Friday, October 31, 2014

Blood Orange Margarita


Happy Halloween! The weekend of goblins and ghouls is here and I am ready to play a little dress-up. Halloween hasn't always been a favorite holiday of mine. It could be the fact that my mother, for most of my middle school life, poked two holes in a white bed sheet and threw it over my head, claiming I made for a perfectly reasonable ghost but I digress. Over the last few years I have finally come embrace All Hallow's Eve, particularly the Mexican tradition of  Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) on November 1st & 2nd. 

A nod to the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, this year I whipped up a tart treat worthy of the fiesta, the Blood Orange Margarita. I actually love Margaritas but  have recently stopped drinking them for they can get too sweet due to artificial mixes full of sugar. Thus looking for a substitute to the typical margarita recipe, I partnered up with Whole Foods, finding a natural sweetening alternative from RIPE Bar Juice. Cold-pressed and fresh, RIPE Agave Margarita (Agave Lime Sour) is an ideal organic cocktail mixer that uses 100% Agave Nectar for its flavor. I used it in my recipe to replace the lime juice and simple syrup and it was delish! To give the recipe an extra "craft" cocktail twist, pun intended, I made red Margarita salt. Simply pour a handful of store bought Margarita salt into a zip lock bag, add two drops of red food coloring into the bag and shake. POOF! ABRACADABRA! You have red Margarita salt. So if your looking for a libation to follow the candy and costumes this bloody recipe will do just the trick!


Ingredients:

Sliver Tequila
Grand Mariner
RIPE Agave Margarita 
Blood Oranges
Limes
Red Margarita Salt

Recipe:

1. Prep cocktail glass, pressing lime juice on rim and then dip rim into red Margarita salt
2. Pour 1.5 oz of silver tequila into shaker
3. Add 1 oz of Grand Mariner 
4. Add 2 oz RIPE Agave Margarita Bar Juice
3. Add 1.5 oz of fresh Blood Orange juice
4. Add ice
5. Shake well and pour into salt garnished glass

Monday, September 29, 2014

Indian Summer


We are going through an indian summer in California right now and to say I am having a love hate relationship with this weather would be an understatement. Don't get me wrong, I do love the lingering evening warmth. I just really miss the fall rain and are itching to wear my vintage sweaters.

Styling some looks for this weather has been a challenge. Helping my fashion feat, Calyso St. Barth has some darling fall pieces that are great for this transitional time. I mean, how fun is the print on this dress?! Thus looking to highlight the pattern, I paired the piece with some vintage neutral accessories, including a sweet hat! I took this look for a spin to a fun event at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo. Exploring local liquor distributors, Hanger 1 Vodka and No. 209 Gin , I was treated to a fabulous afternoon of tasting. This tasting was only one of many events offered by the hotel on a monthly basis. Their next event is Quattro' Berfest featuring yummy beer and brats (see more details here)! Happy Fall Folks!


Dress c/o Calypso St. Bart/ Vintage Shoes via Kuzak's Closet
Vintage Hat via Happy Dragon Thrift Shop/ Vintage Purse via Kuzak's Closet

Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Back To School Guide


Academic Calendar Paper Source/Case Paper Source/Bow Flats Kate Spade/Tote Madewell
Kate Spade Pencils Paper Source/Sunglasses Toms

Back-To-School season is upon us! I love this time of the year because although I am not a student anymore, I still prep for another work year in the same way. So whether your heading back to class or are simply re-vamping your home office space, like moi, shop for tools that are not only stylish but that also set you up for success. Teaming up with Santana Row this month, I have put together the perfect Back-To-School Shopping guide with pieces for your wardrobe as well as for your desk area.

Paper Source is a must stop at The Row for Back-To-School items. Full of quirky and cute stuff, my number one item to buy is their large academic calendar, which is ideal for keeping track of projects. New accessories are also a great way to make the seasonal transition a bit more fun instead of daunting. Consider a new phone case and how about some sunnies from TOMS?! Not only are they fabulously chic, but they are part of TOMS One for One program, which gives one person eyesight when one pair of glasses is purchased. I recently got to try some pairs on at the TOMS X Santana Row Fall Preview event and let me tell you they were amazing. TOMS currently has an adorable cart at Santana Row's Park Valencia, but it will only be there for a limited time so make sure to stop by and enjoy 20% off! Lastly for the girl-on-the-go, grab a versatile tote and some statement flats, Kate Spade even has some sweet sneakers, and presto you are ready for that 9 to 5 school and or work schedule. Happy Shopping Gals!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beach Babe Vibes


One of my favorite pieces this summer has been hands down a vintage straw tote I picked up at a local estate sale. On repeat, its nod to beach babe vibes has made it the perfect accessory to pair with my bright summer pallet. The first time I took it for a spin, I paired it with an amazing designer vintage scarf I nabbed at a Kuzak's Closet sale and some thrifted sunnies. Pre-loved galore, I love mixing and matching pieces with character!
 


Dress Urban Outfitters/ Scarf Vintage via Kuzak's Closet/ Sunglasses Black & Brown
Shoes Vince Camuto/ Tote Vintage


Hair Bigsby House

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mixology 101: Tequila Thyme Lemonade


Nothing says summer afternoon more than lemonade! After dabbling in lemonade popsicles earlier this season (see here), mixing up a lemonade libation is another fun alternative to enjoying this childhood favorite. 

The Tequila Thyme Lemonade is a signature drink at the Garden Court Hotel's Summer Pop-Up Bar.  It is very simple to whip up, yet packs a powerful tart punch that is very refreshing. What I like to think of as the Tequila version of the Old Fashioned, this drink is a great option instead of the typical summer Margarita, which can get very sweet and boozy. Cheers to the last days of summer! 


Make sure to stop by the Garden Court Hotel's Summer Pop-Up Bar, which is open every Friday at 5:00pm until the end of August !

Ingredients:

Fresh Thyme
Lemons
Simple Syrup
Silver Tequila
Cold Water

Recipe:

1. Add 3 thyme sprigs and 2 lemon wedges into a glass cup
2. Add .5 - 1 oz of simple syrup and muddle ingredients directly in the glass
3. Add ice
4. Add 3 oz of silver Tequila and 1 oz of cold water
5. Stir


Garden Court Hotel

520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 322-9000