September 1, 2014

Summer Drink | SPICY WHITE GRAPE & CUCUMBER COOLER #lastdaysofsummer

It makes me so sad to see summer go. I had such a great time this summer with friends and family, travel and in my home. That is why I'm celebrating the #lastdaysofsummer before it's all over. I've made this spicy refreshing drink several times for guests this summer and It is the perfect blend of everything! It's boozy, refreshing and has a kick. I used the ginger infused gin, seen HERE which adds sweetness and a little spice. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients for 1 Serving

  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 shot sage simple syrup
  • Juice of 1 peeled cucumber and a package of grapes (I added a double shot for each serving)
  • 1 shot of  ginger gin
  • 2 slices of  jalapeño
  • Fresh sage
  • Garnish: 1 slice of cucumber, 1 slice of lime, a sprig of sage and a slice of  jalapeño (optional)


July 1, 2014

Wardrobe Essentials: My Top Three Picks for Summer Sunglasses ft. Warby Parker


I was not always a sunglass person. I'm weird about wearing things on my head and face, more evidence that I am turning into my mother. At some point I stopped wearing crazy big earrings and lots of jewelry and opted for a more toned down look. Honesty, I went natural and my hair became an accessory to my style and I started paying more attention to other details like sunglasses.

These three styles aviator, tortoise and round lenses are versatile and will bring value to your  summer wardrobe. All of the sunnies are from Warby Parker. First, can we talk about how their awesome philanthropic work is creating jobs and helping to provide glasses for people all around the world? They have distributed 1 million pairs of glasses to people in need. When you buy a pair, you give a pair. Pretty freaking cool. The summer collections are classic and colorful. Not to mention the variety is stellar.

Check out all the Warby Parker sunglasses.

Aviator: Classic


I have two pairs of aviators. Shamefully they are not the best quality but I have to have them. They look good on everyone and they are classic. I'm wearing Ranskin in Polished Gold and these babies do not skimp on quality. They are fashioned from Japanese ion–plated titanium. Can you say BOSS?  They are classic frames that will go with literally anything and are perfect for this androgynous look. If you get one pair of glasses, aviator is a great choice.


Tortoise: Style Elevator


I’m wearing the Banks in Sea Smoke. I love me some tortoise frames and the contrast here is killer. There is something glamorous about tortoise for both men and women. The structure on this frame makes them a classy statement and effortlessly stylish. Tortoise is like a blazer; it’s a style elevator. Get into it.



Round Lens: Casual Style


Warby offers many sunnies with rounded lenses in fresh colors. Minnie from the Spectrum Sun is one of my favorites. Spectrum Sun feels minimal but still offers a nice pop of color, which is essential for the summer and they had me at Eucalyptus. I have on Quimby in Absinthe. They are very similar to Minnie just a slightly brighter green perfect for a weekend color block. Round frames come off more casual and these frames are so fun and provide great contrast to a colorful summer outfit. 




What are your favorite shades from the Warby summer collections?

June 25, 2014

Honey & Butter Roasted Peaches and Apricots

I’ve been craving ice cream like a motherfucker recently. I do not keep sweets and junk food in my house (usually) because I will eat it all! Literally everything will be finished within, mmm, two days. Instead of buying Haagen Dazs pineapple coconut ice cream, I made this right here.

I added a small cube of butter, a spoonful of organic raw honey and roasted at 350 degrees in the oven until tender and juicy. Serve over fat free plain organic Greek yogurt and voila. I enjoy a mix of textures in my food so I added a bit of praline granola and flax seeds for a little crunch. So simple I don't know if you can call this a recipe, my kind of dish.





June 19, 2014

How to Wear a Bow Tie: Matching Denim



Denim is definitely one of my go to wardrobe staples. I keep coming back to this outfit in various ways because I know it works for me time and time again, it's a great casual look but I still feel dressed up. 

I especially love making denim bow ties. When I create a collection I like to make a sample or two first, to see how well it holds the knot and what shapes looks best. This tie is from my newest denim collection that will be out at the end of July. This particular tie is a vibrant blue with a strong pinstripe, which I LOVE. This will be great casual as I am wearing in this photo set but also a bit more dressed up as it does not look like denim until you are close up. More info on the collection coming soon.

Denim Pinstripe Bow Tie




Sunglasses: Warby Parker | Shirt: H&M | Pants: Target | Bag: Urban Outfitters (old) | Shoes: Zara (old)

June 14, 2014

Infused: Ginger Gin and Rosemary/Berry Vodka



A few months ago gin mules started popping up on bar menus and I couldn't resist. I freaking love all things ginger and the mules inspired me to infuse some delicious gin with ginger. In the second bottle I wanted to try my hand in emulating one of my favorites from Boston. There was an awesome restaurant near my old job called Silvertone. They make this amazing raspberry vodka from scratch. Each time the flavor is different and more delicious than the last.

This vodka will not be as good as Silvertone (ha!), but it will be very very tasty. The best part is that the flavor becomes more intense as the liquor sits with the ingredients. 

It’s super simple to make and would be a great last minute gift for fathers day, if your dad enjoys a mixed drink. You can switch up the flavors to match your taste. 

I had leftover paint sample papers, which turned out to be perfect for bottle labels. 

Enjoy!

Ingredients

Ginger Gin
  • Gin
  • Zest of two limes
  • 1/4 cup sugar or to taste
  • About a 3” piece of ginger diced and peeled 
Use as little or as much ginger as you want. Over time the flavor will get more intense, you can always add more. 

Rosemary/Berry Vodka
  • Frozen or fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup sugar or to taste
  • 3 sprigs rosemary





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