Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 33

Vol. 33
The Record: The Gorillaz, The Singles Collection 2001-2011
The Refreshment: Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Porter with whiskey, hazelnut and orange. (recipe below)

For this fun, dance-y Vinyl Vednesday, I was tempted to just serve the Kansas-made porter. It's delicious on its own, and the label is a perfect fit for the look and feel of the Gorillaz. Alas, my love for cocktails and creativity got the best of me, so I added my own little spin to it. See below!

Ingredients

Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Porter (or a porter of your choice)
Whiskey
Hazelnut Syrup
Orange

Instructions

Combine 1 oz of whiskey, 1/2 oz of hazelnut syrup, a generous squeeze of fresh orange juice and several ounces of porter in your glass. Stir, add ice and enjoy!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Golden Girl

While I've always favored bold gold jewelry, I've noticed my taste evolving recently. In the past, I've been quick to frequent the costume jewelry section of fast fashion retailers to snag the biggest, most colorful statement pieces I can find. Lately, though, I've been leaning toward more refined, classic pieces. When New York-based designer Julie Vos contacted me, I jumped at the chance to add some timeless luxury jewelry to my collection. Oh, what a difference quality makes! From substantial classics like this gold chain to dainty, delicate designs to colorful options featuring semi-precious stones, there's something for everyone. And, Kansas Couture readers can use the exclusive discount code kansascouture for 20% OFF site-wide!

Sweater: Old Navy
Skirt: Vintage
Boots: Old Navy
Necklace & Ring: Courtesy of Julie Vos
Socks: Target

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 32

Vol. 31
The Record: Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane over the Sea
The Refreshment: Whiskey Vanilla Root Beer Cream Soda (recipe below)

I don't know what to say besides this album is perfect and one of my all-time favorites! Using milk as my inspiration, I came up with a simple creamy cocktail. It's admittedly sweet but well-balanced and quite delicious. It goes down a little too easy!

Ingredients

Whiskey
Vanilla Syrup
Quality Root Beer
Half & Half

Instructions

Combine 1.5 oz whiskey and .5 oz vanilla syrup in your glass. Add ice and fill with root beer. Add a dash of half & half. Stir and enjoy!

Note: For the one pictured, I doubled the ingredients. If you follow the recipe, yours will be smaller. :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Costume Inspiration

It's no secret that I'm a Halloween fanatic. This year is a little different because one of my very best friends is getting married on the big day! While my attention may be a bit more focused on that momentously exciting occasion, I'm not letting the holiday pass me by. In addition to watching scary movies nearly nightly, I will undoubtedly don at least one costume before the 31st arrives. Until I'm able to share a new disguise with you, here's a look back at a few favorites from the past! Are you dressing up this year?

Andy Warhol

Tippi Hedren in The Birds

Black Swan

Dead Heather from Heathers

Twiggy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Honeycomb

Sorry for the lull around here. Last week was spent largely in jammies on the couch thanks to a wisdom tooth extraction. But I'm on the mend and getting back into the swing of things! Here's an outfit I wore a couple of weeks back that's quite representative of my fall style (hello, collared shirts and sweaters). Though I have a couple of yellow sweaters in my collection, when I laid eyes on this goldenrod number, I knew I had to have it! The color is my favorite of course, but the cropped fit and textured pattern sealed the deal. I anticipate wearing it lots and lots this fall and winter!


Sweater: Old Navy
Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Cheap Monday
Shoes: Steve Madden

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vinyl Vednesday, Volume 31

Vol. 31
The Record: Lykke Li, Youth Novels
The Refreshment: "Let It Fall" (recipe below)

Last week, I selected Lykke Li for Vinyl Vednesday in anticipation of seeing her live on Saturday! It was such an amazing show. Her dark, smoky set and witchy woman vibes were perfectly suited to the season. She managed to exude cool while still being down-to-earth and friendly. Backed by an impeccable band, her vocals and stage presence were powerful and playful. As I've mentioned before, I tend to adore Swedish musicians, and Lykke is one of my absolute favorites. Read on for an early autumn-inspired cocktail.

Ingredients

Sugar
Cinnamon 
Whiskey
Hard Cider
Lemon

Instructions

Rim your glass with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Add 1.5 oz of whiskey and ice to your glass. Fill with hard cider and stir. Finish with a squeeze of lemon and enjoy. 

The sweetness of this drink will depend on your cider. I normally prefer dry but recommend a sweeter cider for this cocktail. A splash of ginger beer is a yummy addition if you use a dry cider. This is a great drink when you're in the mood for something fall-inspired, but it's still warm outside. It's crisp and refreshing!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sadness, I'm Your Girl

 Here's what I wore for an amazing Lykke Li show over the weekend. (I'll tell you more about it in tomorrow's Vinyl Vednesday post!) Picking an outfit was a bit tricky because I'm in full-on fall mode, but it's been quite warm lately. Also, I always try to be comfortable (especially when it comes to shoes) but still stylish for shows. This dress has been in my closet for ages but rarely gets any wear, so it felt fresh. The short hemline and open back showed just enough skin, while the long sleeves felt fall-y. The over-the-knee boots added a fashion-forward touch, and they were nice and comfy. Success!

Dress: Secondhand
Boots: Target
Necklace: Vintage