Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Bar Cart Style



Teased Ingredients:

Maker's Mark Whisky
Mint Syrup
Freshly brewed Green Tea
Lemon
Fresh Mint

Teased Recipe:

1. Brew a small pot of green tea
2. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of Green Tea into shaker
3. Add 1 1/2 ounce of  Maker's Mark
4. Add 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
5. Add 1/2 ounce mint syrup
6. Shake over ice
7. Garnish with fresh mint

See the Full Teased Mixology Post HERE

Spring time is definitely my favorite cocktail season! From citrus flavor infusions to floral hints, spring libations are not only fun to drink but look at as well. Thus inspired by two of my most popular spring craft cocktails that have been part of my Mixology Series, I partnered up with Chairish to bring you my bar cart essentials.

When entertaining, cocktail making tools can make or break your happy hour. Therefore two of my musts in my bar cart are a cocktail shaker and an ice bucket. I love all the styles and sizes cocktail shakers and ice buckets can come in, yet be very careful to not pick one just because its fun, instead consider its functionality as well. For example, I personally have a simple silver bucket that works when putting champagne on ice and a separate stylish bucket for guests to use for filling glasses. Speaking of stylish, one of my favorite items in Chairish Barware section had to be their Pineapple Ice Bucket. I mean I am obsessed!! Very en trend this spring to summer, pineapple touches are a great way to add a chic touch to your bar cart this season. 


State Of Grace Ingredients:

Raspberries
Vodka
Simple Syrup
St. Germaine
Champagne
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice
Orange Juice

State Of Grace Recipe:

1. Muddle raspberries in mixer
2. Pour 1 1/2 ounce of Vodka
3. Add 1/2 ounce simple syrup
4. Add 1/2 ounce St. Germaine
5. Add 1/4 ounce each of orange, lime & lemon juice
6. Add ice and shake well
7. Pour then top off with a splash of champagne

See the full State Of Grace Mixology Post HERE

Correct use of cocktail glasses is also a big do on my list. Helping to not only serve the drink correctly but also add some style to your craft I recommend two sets of glasses in your bar cart. One set should be for shaken drinks like a Martini. The other set should be for stirred drinks like a Collins. Matchy matchy sets can overwhelm a bar cart so stick to sets that marry each other through details like gold rims or colors. With a bevy of vintage glass beauties, Chairish has an amazing selection of drink ware sets that can be mixed and matched that will give a bar cart a unique and uniform look. 

CHEERS!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Flower Child


Last year I loved the way I was able to style this same top for festival season (see here) so you can imagine how excited I was when I found a similar skirt at Crossroads Trading Company, giving this look new life! Your really can't ever go wrong with florals for spring and this year matching sets are a must do trend. 


Top Crossroads Trading Company
Skirt Crossroads Trading Company
Vintage Hat Happy Dragon Los Gatos
Vintage Purse Goodwill
Kitten Heels Goodwill 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mixology 101: DIY Bubble Bar


With spring here brunch season has officially begun and its got me saying YIPPEE! Brunch is one of my favorite spring weekend activities because, not only does it usually involve great food shared with family and friends but, it can also include some happy hour fun in the sun. This spring season, why not make your happy hour especially happy adding a DIY bubble bar to your brunch soirĂ©e? 

The Mimosa is the typical go-to drink for DIY brunch bars. Its easy to make, sweet and of course you cannot forget the refreshing bubbles! Thus looking for something a little stronger but still as sparkly, I found a fabulous floral alternative, The St Germain. St. Germain is an aperitif liquor made out of Elderflowers, perfect for getting the pallet ready for savory meals like brunch. When paired with equal amounts of bubbles and fizz, this signature cocktail concoction becomes the sophisticated sister of the Mimosa. There are couple of tips to make note when crafting this drink. Order is essential. Never start the drink by pouring the St. Germain liquor portion first for this will prevent the drink from mixing well. The ideal pour recommends to add the St. Germain liquor second, sandwiched in between the bubbles and fizz of your choice. Customization is key. The St. Germain can be made with a variety of spirits and carbonated waters. Substituting champagne with sparkling wine can give the drink a sweeter punch. Opting to use sparkling water versus club soda can open up the drink to hints of fruit flavor. If you are looking for a floral touch, pay homage to St. Germain's floral history using edible flowers as a garnish. Edible flowers can also be used to make homemade floral ice for a darling drink twist.

For your DIY Bubble Bar display, make your set-up swoon worthy by incorporating simple signs and labels. Bella Carta Studio's design guru Karla Randolph recommends using easy paper printables for labels. Some scissor work, a little adhesive and viola. I mean how cute are these Pop Me, Pour Me, Pick Me labels!? (Get some adorable Happy Hour printables HERE) A bar menu or instructions is also a big do. Giving the shabby chic chalkboard look a fresh new spin, Karla suggests shopping for an acrylic option. Affordable and available in many colors at your local hardware store, this sign can easily come together using paint markers, stencils and a steady hand. 

Whether your planning for those spring holidays, like Easter and Mother's Day or those spring celebrations like bridal and baby showers, a DIY bubble bar is a simple festive option surly to be a brunch time hit!

For two more spring cocktail options, 
get my State of Grace recipe HERE and my Lillet Rose recipe HERE!






The St. Germain

Ingredients:

Ice
St. Germain
Champagne
Sparkling Water

Recipe:

1. Fill glass with ice
2. Fill glass 1/3 full Champagne
3. Fill glass 1/3 full St. Germain
4. Fill glass 1/3 full Sparkling Water
5. Stir & Enjoy


Floral Ice

Materials:

Edible Flowers
Distilled Water
Silicon Ice Cube Tray

Instructions:

1. Fill each ice tray cube 1/4 full of water
2. Add flowers into each ice tray cube facing down
3. Freeze
4. Fill each ice tray cube halfway full
5. Freeze
6. Fill each ice tray cube to the top
7. Freeze



Cocktail Recipe St. Germain / Paper Goods Bella Carta Studio / Bar Sign Audrey Nicole 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hot Lips


From Galentine's to Valentine's I had such a great time celebrating LOVE with close ones this past month! It is the simple moments that really count. Road trips, coffee dates, a hike, all things where laughs are just inevitable when great conversation is shared with great company. One of these moments was just the case when I joined The Four Seasons Silicon Valley for its darling "Get Teased" event with some of my favorite local ladies. A stylish high afternoon tea party, Four Seasons introduced guests to quality Silicon Valley companies and my favorite discovery was Nuubia SF. A fine artisan chocolatier, all confections are hand crafted with organic and humanly sourced ingredients. Ganaches, pralines and truffles!!! You can only imagine that I of course devoured each chocolate bit by bit. Make sure to stay tuned to Four Seasons Silicon Valley Facebook Page to get updates on coming events! See you there!!


Inspired by all things sweet at the event, I reworked the ensemble I wore to high tea, taking it from day to night by adding a trio of brooches to my original black and white look. I love the idea of using a brooch as a stylish alternative to the classic statement bauble. Thus consider incorporating  a brooch into your spring look instead of the typical necklace or earrings.  I paired my chic new statement lips pin with an antique jeweled flower sparkler and a quirky vintage Dachshund piece. A little glam, a little fun, I think brooches are my new spring to summer go-to gem!

  

Lips Brooch Pin c/o Fantasyard shop HERE
Heart Shaped Sunnies Crossroads Trading Company
Thrifted Gingham Top Goodwill
Faux Leather Skirt Crossroads Trading Company
Vintage Dooney & Bourke Goodwill
Vintage Shoes Kuzak's Closet

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Parisian Love


Only ten days into February and what a fun time it has already been! Getting back into the swing of event hopping I was invited to some amazing local beauty events, including Whole Foods Market's #makeupbreakup event in Campbell. Focusing on "breaking-up" with conventional beauty products that can have unwanted chemicals, I totally loved the bevy of fabulous natural alternatives Whole Food's introduced me to at their #makeupbreakup party! My favorite "unconventional" product showcased was Suja Juice. Juice? A beauty product? YES! Alongside their skin care items and make-up brands Whole Foods also showcased healthy food alternatives, teaching that what you eat and drink can really make an impact on beauty health. Recently interested in exploring the world of cold-pressed juice, I was taken back at how delish Suja juices tasted and at the detoxifying juice programs they offer via Whole Foods Market. I am officially addicted to their Green Supreme. Can I get a YUM?! Whole Foods will be having an amazing beauty sale from February 11th to the 15th, offering 25% off all makeup, nail color and lip balm so make sure to stop by and pamper yourself. Speaking of pampering, Whole Foods will also be having an amazing Valentine's Day promo, offering a dozen trade roses for $40... pink would be nice... hint hint, right ladies!?   

With Valentine's Day in the air I wore this pink look to the #makeuptobreak event and I might have to repeat it on February 14th. I recently snagged these pastel pant pretties at Bella Rosa Boutique in Los Gatos and was so excited when they paired perfectly with my powder pink strappy heels. Subtle and sweet, light pink hues are great substitute for the traditional red on Valentine's Day. Consider pairing a pop of pink heel with some boyfriend jeans for a casual date night or a statement pink dress with all black accessories for a romantic night out on the town. Ooh la la!



Pastel Pink Denim Current Elliott shop HERE 
 Pastel Pink Shoes f21 shop HERE
Striped Tee Brandy Melville shop HERE
Sunnies Peter Pilotto for Target
Vintage Purse Kuzak's Closet