It’s been a busy week this week. Some blog maintenance, catching up with real life, etc. So, this week’s cocktail hour is a casual one. My outfit this week is inspired by the casual, yet elegant French style I saw in Paris (yes, still riding on the Parisian high).
To sip on while I’m relaxing this Friday evening, a lesser know, but still delicious gin cocktail called the South Side. Crisp and citrus-y, it’s a perfect ending to a hectic week.
5 mint leaves
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz gin
1 oz simple syrup
Gently muddle mint leaves and lemon juice in a shaker. Add gin, simple syrup, and fill shaker with ice. Shake and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with mint or twist of lemon
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The weather here has been pretty lovely so far this spring, but some places in the US haven’t fared so well. In honor of potential April showers, here’s a few rain gear options to make the dreary days a little brighter.
There’s a lot of options available for every personality from futuristic clear vinyl to classic Sherlock Holmes inspired cloaks to sleek modified trench coats. The key is add splashes of color to bring some cheer to rainy days.
While you’re sloshing through puddles, you can sip on a Dark & Stormy. A deliciously murky concoction of dark rum and ginger beer.
1.5 oz of dark rum
Fill a tall glass with ice, and add the rum. Top with ginger beer, and garnish with a lime wedge.
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I’m back from a whirl wind adventure in the city of lights. What a lovely, refined city. Full of rich history, unique architecture, delicious food and pastries. I can’t say enough good things about this wonderful place.
It was a packed schedule of the typical site-seeing stops , but the highlights for me were attending the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Grand Palais, and fabric shopping in Montmatre.
I came across the exhibit by chance in the Metro station near our hotel, and noticed that it was running currently, and had to take the opportunity to see this master’s work. The exhibit consisted of 182 pieces designed between 1976 and 2015. He sees it as the ultimate fashion show rather than a retrospective. The show was organized in themed groupings, such as french sailor stripes, corsets, punk, etc. The mannequins were plain white, but had live faces projected on them (including Jean Paul’s) to bring them to life! It’s hard to describe what it’s like to be in the presence of such creativity and stellar avant garde (and cheeky) design. It was pretty incredible. If you will be in Paris before August 3rd, and are a fashion-ophile, I recommend stopping by the Grand Palais to check out this exhibit, you won’t regret it.
The man himself in his iconic french sailor stripes speaking to exhibit goers
Fabric shopping in Montmatre was inspiring. Just to have the breadth of choice within a small vicinity and at great prices (10 euros for 3 meters!) was exhilarating. I got a little carried away, and my suitcase was bursting (literally, I had to borrow my friend’s luggage strap because my zipper popped open).
Arms full of fabric
The French 75
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
1 oz gin
3 oz champagne
Add all the ingredients except the Champagne to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake well and strain into a Champagne flute.
Top with the Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
I chose a quintessential french inspired outfit to wear while you enjoy your cocktail. What is it about stripes that evoke Paris?
Follow me on Instagram to see me sipping on a French 75 in front of the Eiffel tower! 😉
*Image courtesy of Food Network
By the time you read this post, I will be on my way to PARIS!! Can you tell I’m a little excited? This my first time traveling abroad, and there was a ton of planning involved in getting ready for this trip.
Deciding what to take with me was a challenge. Comfort is a necessity. There’s going to be a lot of walking, and it could be a little cool at times. But, at the same time, it’s Paris, so you can’t slack off in the style department. Traveling aboard can also present some challenges, and I didn’t want to have the possibility of my bag not making the flight, so I decided to only take a carry-on.
So, the challenge, taking a stylish wardrobe for 4 days in a single carry-on. Easy…….?
It started with deciding on a color palette and identifying multiple pieces that could work together.
After trying several outfits on, I culled everything down to a handful of pieces.
I ended up with four bottoms (3 pants, 1 skirt), seven tops, and four pairs of shoes. Together, they make up 13 outfits, so I’ll have plenty to wear and choose from.
I’m using some space bags to ensure everything fits with room for souvenirs. Follow me on Instagram to see these outfits in actions, and travel vicariously with me.
Au revoir! See you in a week!
This week’s cocktail hour, I’m featuring two classic brunch cocktails in honor of the Easter holiday this weekend.
On the lighter side is the mimosa.
2oz. Orange juice
chilled sparkling wine
Add the orange juice to a champagne flute. Fill will sparkling wine.
1 Lemon wedge
1 Lime wedge
2 oz Premium Vodka
4 oz Tomato juice
2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
2 tsp Prepared horseradish
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch Celery salt
1 pinch Ground black pepper
1 pinch Smoked paprika
Pour some celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of a pint glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated. Fill with ice and set aside. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake gently and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge.
Hard to choose? Put on your Easter bonnet, have both, and make it a very Happy Easter!
I was watching a Sex in the City marathon (I don’t know about you, but this is one show that I never tire of) last weekend, and in one episode, Carrie orders a Shirley Temple while she waits for her friends to show up for her birthday party. It felt a little coincidental since my birthday is tomorrow, and that the Shirley Temple brings back fond memories of my childhood. Our neighbors, “Mr. & Mrs. B” had a bar in their basement. And, when my family would visit them, my brothers and I would get to sit at “Mr. B’s” bar . He would make us Shirley Temples and we’d play “slots” on the machines he had on the bar. Really wholesome stuff. 😉
Since we are all adults here, I found a more adult version of the Shirley Temple
The Dirty Shirley
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1 0z grenadine
4 oz ginger beer (or ginger ale)
In a chilled glass mix together vodka & grenadine. Top with ginger beer & some ice. Garnish with maraschino cherries, you can float some in the glass too.
To go along with this cheery, fun pinky-red cocktail, is a flirty, girly pink and floral outfit.