March 30, 2013

Saturdaze: Coconut Mango Mojito

This drink completely screams Miami or any other tropical destination and I love it. It's great for the summer time and pretty easy to make. I got this recipe from How Sweet It Is; a really great food blog with some awesome drink recipes.

Coconut Mango Mojitos
makes 1 mojito, but is easily quadrupled
6-8 fresh mint leaves
2 1/2 ounces of mint simple syrup
1 ounce of coconut rum
1 1/2 ounces of club soda
1-2 ounces of mango puree
the juice of one lime
To make the mango puree, combine 1 peeled + chopped, ripe mango in a food processor (or high speed blender) with the juice of 1 lime, and process until smooth (or at least almost smooth).
In the bottom of a glass, add 1 ounce of simple syrup and the mint leaves. Muddle with a muddler or use the clean bottom of something blunt, like a screwdriver! Add ice to the glass, and pour rum, syrup, mango puree, lime juice and club soda over top. Mix with a long spoon or knife and serve with an additional sprig of mint.
Note: depending on the sweetness of your fruit, you may want to add more/less simply syrup, so I suggest tasting as you go. Same with the rum – add more if you like your drinks strong. Malibu also makes a mango rum that you could combine with traditional coconut rum.

March 28, 2013

Kate Spade Saturday

Have you guys checked out Kate Spade's newest project, Saturday? They have all sorts of things from clothes to home in great colors and prints at seriously great prices. Also, you can even design your own weekender bag! It's truly a great addition to the Kate Spade family and I love everything about it. So, I've picked out some of my favorite items from the home and travel section. What do you guys think about Saturday?

March 27, 2013

Ride into Spring

I've been thinking about getting a bike for such a long time. Especially one in a bright color with a basket in front. With great weather ahead there's honestly no reason not go out and ride.

March 24, 2013

WILT: Pusher Love Girl

I fell in love with Pusher Love Girl ever since Justin Timberlake performed it at the Grammy's. His new album, The 20/20 Experience, recently came out and I haven't stopped listening to it. Any favorites on the album?

March 22, 2013

Saturdaze: Spicy Cucumber Margarita

The only spicy cocktail I remember having was a margarita at this Mexican restaurant in NYC where the rim was salted with cayenne pepper. It was awesome! What I've never had was a cocktail with a jalepeno inside. Let alone, a cocktail with a veggie. With that, I bring you today's Saturdaze post, Spicy Cucumber Margarita, by Bon Appétit Magazine. Not only does it sound interesting but I bet it tastes great! 

1/3 cup sugar
3 cups tequila blanco
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice
1/2 cup triple sec
1 jalapeño, halved lengthwise
Lime wedge
Kosher salt
Sliced cucumber

Bring sugar and 1/3 cup of water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let simple syrup cool.
Combine simple syrup, tequila blanco, fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, triple sec, and jalapeño, in a pitcher. 
Chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours (taste every 1/2 hour or so until spiced to your liking); remove jalapeño.
Rub a lime wedge over half the rim of highball or rocks glasses; dip into kosher salt. 
Serve Margaritas over ice in prepared glasses; garnish with sliced cucumber and jalapeño.

March 20, 2013

Top Event Planning Books

I could read books on events/weddings all day long if I had the chance. They're extremely inspirational and get me really excited about the career path I'm heading on. I've decided to list some essential books on event planning from the best designers ever! They also make great coffee table books and conversation starters. Looking forward to purchasing all of these soon!
Books and where to get them are listed below!

Celebrations by Preston Bailey (Buy Here)
Wedding Chic by Colin Cowie (Buy Here)
The Party Planner by David Tutera (Buy Here)
Party Like a Rockstar by Jes Gordon (Buy Here)
David Stark Design by David Stark (Buy Here)
P.S. David is actually coming out with a new book in May named Art of the Party. Look out for it!

March 19, 2013

Thank You Cards

Handwritten thank you cards are a must in my book. It's a gesture that's incomparable to a text, email, or phone call. Even when I worked in retail, I was required to write hand written thank you notes. So, I've picked out some colorful thank you cards that I think would definitely be appreciated by all recipients. How amazing do these look?

March 18, 2013

Pinning: 1

Bits and pieces of what I've been pinning/re-pinning lately! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest :)

The lips DIY art is extremely easy and fun! It's a great idea for those who just need a small accent in a room. This seating chart is visually amazing and that's why I love it. I do question it's functionality though. I can't imagine having guests at an looking for their names like that. It would definitely have to be well organized but it's definitely possible.

How awesome is this living area. The leopards are amazing! The perfume bar is such a great idea! It would be amazing for intimate events and such a great take he gift for guest!

Statement Chairs

We've all heard of statement jewelry. That one pair of earrings, necklace, or ring that is the highlight of every outfit. Well, I believe the same goes with your home.  What better way to spice things up than with a chair that throws everything off but they somehow fit together? Well, I've gathered a few chairs that completely caught my eye and make that statement.

sources: one. two. three. four.

March 17, 2013

What I'm Listening To (WILT): Carried Away

Sunday Funday. I've decided to post what I'm currently listening to (WILT) on Sundays. Why? Because what's better than chilling out and listening to music on a Sunday? So, today we have Carried Away by Passion Pit. Enjoy. I'd love to hear some of your suggestions as well!

March 16, 2013

Saturdaze: Chandon Brut Mojito

Saturdays are all about relaxing with a drink in hand, hence "Saturdaze". To start off this series, I went with a modification of one of my favorite cocktails, the mojito. It's definitely one of my favorite drinks after vodka tonics. I'm not a big fan of sweet cocktails because a good cocktail doesn't need much. Some lime, tonic water, or soda and it's good to go in my book. I found this recipe on Epicurious and thought it was a genius idea. I would've never thought of putting those two together and the recipe is extremely simple.

7 to 10 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 leaf for garnish
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Juice of 1/4 lime. plus 1 lime wedge for garnish
1 oz rum
Ice cubes
1 oz chilled sparkling wine

In a cocktail shaker, combine the mint leaves with the Simple Syrup and lime juice.
Using a muddler or the handle of a long wooden spoon, crush the mint.
Add the rum and fill the cocktail shaker about two-thirds full with ice cubes.
Cover and shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds.
Strain through a strainer or fine-mesh sieve into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Top with the sparkling wine.
Garnish with the reserved mint leaf and a wedge of lime. 
Serve at once. 

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