Friday, September 12, 2014

Flashback Friday

It's crisp and cool in my neck of the woods today. I'm loving the recent onset of fall weather! Since I didn't get any outfit shots this week, I thought I'd take a look back. Here are a couple of shots -- one from last September and one from the September before that -- featuring one of my fave vintage pieces.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 28

Vol. 28
The Record: The National, High Violet
The Refreshment: Gin, creme de violette, lemon, elderflower soda

With this album, I was faced with the unusual problem of having too many cocktail ideas! I ended up sticking with my initial inspiration -- a cocktail including creme de violette, an ingredient I have enjoyed at bars but never experimented with at home. See recipe below!

Ingredients

Gin
Creme de violette
Lemon juice
Elderflower soda

Instructions

Combine 1.5 oz gin, .5 oz creme de violette and .5 oz lemon juice and stir. Add ice. Top with elderflower soda*.

*I happened to have this ingredient on hand, but it's not essential! You could use St. Germaine and soda or just plain soda instead. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mad for Mod

Mod style will forever have my heart. Lucky for me, the swinging sixties aesthetic is also totally trendy this fall. I have no doubt that the simple striped shift will be getting a whole lot of wear this season. 


Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Necklace: Sara Cramer

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 27

Vol. 27
The Record: Peter Bjorn and John, Gimme Some
The Refreshment: P B & J (Pimm's, bourbon and juice)

Thanks to the popularity of the song "Young Folks," Peter Bjorn and John's Writer's Block became one of my favorite albums of my college years. But, as I am wont to do, I didn't bother to listen to the records that came before or after it. It was fun to get reacquainted with this charming Swedish pop trio! As for the beverage, it was light and summery with a bit of kick...a boozy Pimm's Cup. Recipe below!

Ingredients:

Pimm's No. 1 Liqueur 
Bourbon
Simple Syrup
Lemon Juice
Soda Water
Mint

Instructions:

Muddle some mint in your glass (or you can clap or slap it and add it last). Combine 1.5 oz of Pimm's, 1.5 oz of whiskey, 1 oz of simple syrup and .5 oz of lemon juice. Add ice and top with soda water. Stir and enjoy! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sunny Days

It's hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. On one hand, I feel sad...I love the long days and laid-back, good times vibe of the season. On the other, I'm thrilled for fall, my favorite season! Style-wise, I feel way more inspired by fall, and it ushers in the Halloween season. Yippee! But, as warm temperatures linger, I'll continue to reach for easy breezy pieces like loose camis and cloth pants. 

Top: H&M
Pants: Target
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Bag: Fossil
Shades: Ray-Ban

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 26

Vol. 26
The Record: Beach House, Teen Dream
The Refreshment: Moscow Mule Float

This is one of my favorite records ever...a dreamy, dynamic masterpiece without a single track that I'm tempted to skip. And, the accompanying cocktail was such a treat! Combining the fresh flavors of a Moscow Mule with the decadence of a float, I highly recommend making it during the sliver of summer we have left. 

Moscow Mule Float
Stir together 1.5 oz vodka, a few ounces of ginger beer and a squeeze of fresh lime in a tall glass. Add a scoop of lime sherbet or sorbet and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fancy Free

The day I wore this, I had initially put on a fussy, somewhat ill-fitting dress. Quickly realizing I wasn't comfortable, I opted for a soft tee, elastic waist skirt and sneakers. This easygoing ensemble was infinitely superior. Don't get me wrong -- I still love pretty dresses, but as I get older, I'm valuing practicality more and more. And I've realized that if you don't feel great in what you're wearing (for whatever reason), it probably doesn't look great either. 

Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Courtesy of ModCloth
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Forever 21