Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Cocktail 4: The Great Pumpkin Shake

For my final Halloween cocktail recipe, here's a sweet autumn treat!

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Ice Cream
Milk
Whiskey
Cinnamon
Ginger Snaps

Instructions:

Combine a couple of scoops of pumpkin ice cream, a dash of milk (or more as needed for desired texture), 1.5 oz whiskey, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few ginger snaps in a blender. Blend until smooth.

For both the ice cream and ginger snaps, I love Trader Joe's brand! The ginger snaps can also be served on the side or put in a food processor to rim your glass. This beverage is a bit reminiscent of egg nog... a great transition into the holidays!

Hope you have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Carmen Miranda

The idea of a fabulous headpiece was appealing to me this year, so I decided to pay homage to the legendary Carmen Miranda. Initially I was planning to wear a short dress with ruffly sleeves that was already in my closet. It wasn't perfect, but it would work. Then I stumbled upon this over-the-top number at a thrift store. How perfect! It felt like a sign. Carmen was indeed meant to be my costume this year. 

I constructed the headpiece using a turban, ring of cardboard, this foam fruit and lots of hot glue! Then I piled on colorful jewelry from my collection and stepped into my tallest shoes to complete this easy yet impactful look.


Halloween Cocktail 3: Killer Kalimotxo

I can't take credit for inventing this unexpected combination. The Kalimotxo is a popular Basque drink consisting of equal parts red wine and Coca-Cola. It sounds strange but tastes surprisingly good (reminiscent of sangria), and the dark reddish color is creepy for Halloween!

Ingredients

Red Wine
Coca-Cola
Lime

Instructions

Combine 3 oz of red wine and 3 oz of Coca-Cola and stir. Add ice and a squeeze of lime. To create the blood drip effect, stir a few drops of red food coloring into some corn syrup. Use a spoon to add drips around the rim of your glass. It gets a little messy, but I think it's worth it!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Cocktail 2: Haunted Horsefeather

Here's another Halloween-themed cocktail for your enjoyment! 

Ingredients

Cinnamon & Sugar
Carrot Juice
Whiskey 
Ginger Beer (I use Gosling's)

Instructions

Rim your glass with a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon. Combine 2 oz carrot juice, 1.5 oz whiskey and 3 oz ginger beer and stir. Add ice and enjoy! 

Spiffy & Sporty

With all the excitement surrounding Kansas City sports right now, it seems that team apparel is becoming part of everyone's everyday attire. I tend to dress rather thematically. If I'm wearing a jersey or baseball cap, I naturally reach for equally sporty items to complete the look, but there's something fun about going a more unexpected route. Pairing athletic pieces with office-ready pumps and a blazer creates playful contrast! 

Jersey: Courtesy of NFLShop.com
Jeans: Forme
Blazer: H&M
Shoes: Nine West
Scarf: Target

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wild Things

This quick, easy costume came about by happenstance. My boyfriend saw these horns at Target awhile back and thought they were too cool to pass up. I jokingly tried them and then remembered that Igby had a ram costume from last year. A fuzzy white jacket and a bit of makeup later, and my pup and I had matching costumes! 

Horns: Target
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Jacket: H&M
Boots: Vintage
Igby's Costume: Target

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Cocktail 1: Black Widow

It's Halloween week on Kansas Couture! In addition to a couple of costumes, I'll be sharing several creepy cocktail recipes. Delicious drinks inspired by my favorite holiday? Yes, please!

Ingredients

Blackberries
Sugar cube
Reposado Tequila
Sparkling Wine
Lemon

Instructions

Muddle several blackberries and a sugar cube in your glass. Add 1.5 oz tequila and stir. Add ice and top with sparkling wine and a squeeze of lemon. Initially, I poured my blackberry/tequila mixture through a sieve for a smoother drink. But I liked the look of the blackberry pulp floating in the drink, so I added some back in. Your call!