Thursday, January 29, 2015

Celebrations

Here's a quick, grainy glimpse of what I wore for New Year's and my birthday, respectively. Real posts will be back soon!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sips and Sounds, Volume 4

Vol. 4
The Sip: "Call Me Nancy"
The Sound: Father John Misty, Fear Fun


I've been listening to Father John Misty's record (and two recent singles) non-stop lately, so it was a natural choice for Sips and Sounds. The cocktail I created is similar to a sparkling wine drink I shared before, but I couldn't resist reprising the tequila and blackberry combination. Recipe below!

INGREDIENTS

Fresh Blackberries
Tequila
Ginger Beer
Lemon

INSTRUCTIONS

Muddle a few blackberries with 1.5 oz tequila. Fill your glass with ice and top with ginger beer. Finish with a big squeeze of lemon. Stir and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I'm Still Here

Hey, all! It's been awhile. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Mine was filled was some nice family time and a much-needed break. Things in my world are a bit in flux at the moment. In part because of my distracted mood, I've been giving very little attention to getting dressed lately. If I've learned anything from blogging for years, these spells of disinterest are always temporary! So, I may be a little quiet for awhile, but I'll be back in full force soon. xoxo

Dress: Forever 21
Shirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
Belt: Vintage
Necklace: Etsy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sips and Sounds, Volume 3

Vol. 3
The Sip: Winter Lady
The Sound: Songs Of Leonard Cohen

Inspired by a cocktail from a local restaurant, this is one of the yummiest drinks I've had in a long time! Coupled with the soothing, poetic sounds of Leonard Cohen, it made for an exceedingly pleasant evening. 


INGREDIENTS

Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit
Rum
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Bitters
Lime

INSTRUCTIONS

In a shaker, combine 2 oz of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (about half of a grapefruit), 1.5 oz rum, .5 oz cinnamon simple syrup, a few dashes of bitters and a generous squeeze of lime. Shake with ice, pour and enjoy! 

To make the simple, combine equal parts sugar and boiling water in glass measuring cup. Add a generous dash of cinnamon and stir until well combined.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holly Jolly

Though I've been trying to keep shopping for myself to a minimum lately, this look is comprised almost entirely of new items! No regrets here, though. This combination had me feeling ever-so-festive, and I know I will continue to wear and love each of these pieces. I must gush especially about the boots. After one wear, they are already favorites. Again, quality makes all the difference when it comes to shoes. These look and feel so rich, and they're super comfortable to boot. Pun absolutely intended. Hope your weekend is merry and bright!

Sweater: TJMaxx
Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: H&M
Boots: Courtesy of Trask
Necklace: Courtesy of Julie Vos

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sips and Sounds, Volume 2

Vol. 2
The Sip: Spiked Mexican Chocolate Egg Nog
The Sound: A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector

Christmastime is here, so I channeled those festive vibes for a holiday-themed Sips and Sounds! Phil Spector is a questionable character to say the least, but the Wall of Sound is one of my favorite musical production techniques of all time, and this is easily my favorite Christmas album. To accompany the cheery tunes, I put a different spin on a holiday classic. Recipe below!

INGREDIENTS

Egg Nog
Whiskey
Cocoa Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Cinnamon
Nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS

In a saucepan, combine 6 oz egg nog, 1.5 oz whiskey, about a teaspoon of cocoa powder, a pinch of cayenne and a dash of cinnamon. Stir on low heat until all ingredients are combined and the mixture is nice and warm. Pour into a mug, sprinkle with cocoa powder and nutmeg and enjoy! 

A few notes: I know some people are weirded out by warm egg nog, but think of this as a variation on hot cocoa. I have yet to try making egg nog from scratch, but store-bought works fine for this recipe. Be careful with that cayenne! It can heat up quickly, so start with the tiniest amount. You can always add more. The result is sweet, rich and festive with a spicy kick!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mele Kalikimaka

This vintage dress is one of my favorite thrift store finds of all time. Between the length, pattern and color palette, it's both timeless and seasonless but completely unique. I wore it for an event a couple of months back and had a magical photo shoot beforehand. Everything fell into place perfectly -- the lighting, the backdrop, my bubbly mood. It was until the next day that I realized, to my horror, that the memory card hadn't been in the camera! That little mishap made me eager to don the dress again. It's on my list as a potential holiday party get-up. The colors are ideal for the season, while the tropical flowers keep it from being an obvious choice. Hawaiian Christmas, anyone?

Dress: Vintage
Necklace: Anthropologie