8/20/2014

A FIG & HONEY COCKTAIL...

Figs get a bad wrap sometimes. I know so because I've contributed to that reputation. They aren't the prettiest on the outside, but they are really beautiful and sweet on the inside. Don't judge a book by its cover they say... :) I actually had my first date with figs just a few months ago at a restaurant that served this amazing fig and prosciutto pizza. It was DELISH! Since then, I've wanted to learn more about figs and develop more of a relationship with them...

So an event that happened this past Saturday called for a good cocktail. I'll explain more about that on Friday... I to make something simple, sweet, girly, and different. I walked past a big bunch of these figs at the grocery store later that day and thought that a fig cocktail would be perfect to try. The color is girly, they taste sweet, and I found this simple recipe to bring that all together. The cocktail turned out to be all of those things plus some! The combination of the fig puree (which takes 2 seconds to make), the additional sweetness from the honey, and the effervescence from the ginger ale make for the most tasty combination. Then you get that hit from the vodka that tops it all off! It's so good and one of those things that I could see myself serving at a little dinner party for my girls...

Here is what you need and what to do: (makes 2 cocktails)

Fig Puree

1 cup fresh figs, rinsed & halved
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons water
Juice of half lemon

Cocktail
1 1/2 tablespoons fig puree
1 tablespoon honey (more or less depending on the sweetness of the puree)
2 oz ginger ale
1.5 oz vodka (or more to taste)
2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1. To make the puree, add all of the puree ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. You can make this ahead and store it in the refrigerator, or use immediately. Note that this makes enough puree for about 4 cocktails and keeps in the refrigerator for a few days...

2. To make the cocktail, add the fig puree and honey to a shaker. Stir it together with a spoon until it is well combined. Add the remaining ingredients and top with ice. Shake well and strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a few figs. 

Enjoy!

Images by me
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8/18/2014

I'M WEARING: CLASSIC NAVY & NUDE...

So I thank God for rain. If it weren't for rain, I wouldn't have thought of the next theme - or having a theme at all- for my next set of outfit posts. Rain was in the forecast on the day of the photo shoot, so I had to think of an alternate plan which obviously had to involve a space inside. The first place that came to mind was The Optimist, one of my very favorite restaurants in Atlanta. The food is outstanding and the design (by designer Smith Hanes) is breathtaking. So thanks to the possibility of rain, the simple theme of "Fashion Meets Design" was born and I am so excited about it!! I wanted the photos to be a blend of some of my current fashion favorites and the beautiful interiors of the restaurant. I think my amazing photographer captured both perfectly, which is why I heart her... 

This first outfit is an outfit that was full of surprises. I found this Tory Burch sheath dress on sale for 40% off online and thought it would be perfect for work. I've never owned a Tory Burch dress before, or any of her clothing for that matter, so I literally measured myself with a tape measure (imagine that...) and hoped that I ordered the right size. Well I did. Not only does it fit perfectly, but it's almost like the people at TB knew my exact measurements. I never get that lucky when I order things online! It's a very tailored dress that is the perfect hue of navy and is extremely comfortable. I paired it with these nude pumps - 'cause nude goes with everything right?? I purchased them online during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and they are surprisingly comfortable, too! I know I keep harping on comfort, but that is my #1 priority these days... :)

Dress: Tory Burch, similar here, here and here | Pumps: Kate Spade | Clutch, J.Crew, similar here and here | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: J.Crew (old) | Stacked Rings: Banana Republic, similar here | Nails: OPI Bubble Bath | Lips: NARS Fire Down Below

SHOP THE LOOK




Images by Paula Coldiron
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8/15/2014

A CUTE CORNER + LINKS...


Whew!! What a week! I actually mean that in a good way. This was just one of those weeks where a lot of things got done. I wrapped up some big projects with work, spontaneously booked a girls trip for later this year, starting planning another trip for my upcoming birthday, started reading this good book, and made some progress on my bedroom makeover. In the midst of all of that, I somehow managed to make it to bed by 10:30 each night! The only thing I haven't done is make big weekend plans. Perhaps that's a good thing. I'd love a little downtime. I hope your weekend is fabulous. Enjoy the links and I will see you next week!

I'm so glad you found this post to be helpful! Let me know if you try the product!

Ten great organizational habits to establish before 30... Apparently I'm a bit behind.

I've read this beautifully written essay three times. So optimistic...

A quick and easy way to get great inspiration for your decor...

S'mores & ice cream smashed together. Heaven.

A pretty vintage before & after...

A beauty of a bathroom...

Simple, affordable & stylish...

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8/13/2014

FOUND: A 100% NATURAL DEODORANT THAT WORKS!




THE FACTS: I have been looking forward to this day for almost a year and it is finally here! I FINALLY found an all-natural deodorant that works!! Perhaps that's not the most exciting thing in the world, but I have my reasons for my excitement...

About a year ago, my doctor found a lump in my left breast. That moment when she asked, "Do you feel that?" was one of the scariest moments of my life. After a mammogram and an ultrasound, it was determined that the lump was just really dense tissue - which apparently is a common occurrence in women in their 30s who have not had children. Anyway, since then I have been diligent about my monthly self-breast exams. My heightened sense of awareness has also made me research whatever else I can do to stave off breast cancer - or any cancer for that matter. Of course my diet is one thing I've worked on. The other is changing my deodorant...

There are several studies out there that suggest that the parabens and aluminum in deodorant can cause breast cancer. Even though several of the studies have been inconclusive, it's just common sense to me that these two very unnatural things that I had been using use each day in high dosages (I was using a men's deodorant!) can't be good for the body. So I set out on the journey for a good natural deodorant that actually works. After several misses, I finally found a hit!


THE RESULTS: After reading Joanna's brilliant post on natural deodorants, I decided to purchase the travel size of Lavanila's Pure Vanila deodorant. I started using it on a weekend to avoid any potential embarrassments at work. I wore it during a long walk that weekend and during Pilates. I did perspire, but had zero odor. I wore it to work the following week. I perspire when I am nervous and I sometimes get nervous in meetings and just in general conversation. Those are the situations when my old deodorant took vacations. Well, Lavanila stayed on the job! Let me state again that I still perspire, but not nearly as much and there is no sweaty-smelling odor! It doesn't stain my clothing and even more importantly, I have not experienced any skin reactions. I was quite worried about that, but luckily I've been ok! I've only tried the Pure Vanilla scent, which doesn't smell quite like vanilla to me, but still smells good. Overall, I'm thrilled!

Have you tried it or any other natural deodorants??

*not a sponsored post

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8/11/2014

LIFE LATELY...

{The location of my next set of outfit posts! I can't wait to show you how the pics turned out! Stay tuned! } 

Hi there! I hope you had a lovely weekend! That is exactly how my weekend went. Lovely... I shot my next set of outfit posts, shopped, napped, treated myself to some good ice cream, and had Sunday brunch with a good friend who has practically known me since the day I was born. It was just a good summer weekend. Speaking of summer, here is a quick little roundup of some of my favorite summer moments... Fall is my favorite season and I am so looking forward to it, but I have to say that this summer has been quite fun... 

{Dinner with some besties at Taqueria de Sol. If you are ever in Atlanta and love Mexican food, please stop by there. Your soul will be happy... }

{Sneak peek at my newly updated master bathroom!!  I still have a few more things to do, but I am thrilled with it so far! I'll show you the reveal soon! }

{I made this watermelon salad for a dinner party and the guests loved it! Just throw some cubed watermelon, blueberries, blackberries, and mint into a bowl. Toss it with the juice of a lime and let it chill in the fridge for about an hour. It's so good and refreshing! }


{ I went to Ikea for the very first time on Saturday. I know! I'm so late to the game. But oh boy... They have SO MUCH STUFF! I was completely overwhelmed by everything from the parking to the people to the numerous products. But I loved it. I'll definitely be going back - just not on a Saturday. Ha. :) }


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