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Dear Santa, I’ve Been Good

Hi guys!

I hope that you all had an amazing Thanksgiving!
I’ve had so much going on over the last couple of weeks that I haven’t had a chance to chat with all of you. I finally have a moment to sit down with some eggnog and catch up.

Speaking of a lot going on, this time of year most of us are busy doing a lot more running around. It’s important that we don’t forget to take a moment for ourselves. Whether that be a long relaxing bath, a cup of tea, a beauty routine, or shopping. I’ve decided to share with all of you a few of my favorite beauty items. These items will either make a perfect gift for someone on your list or a treat for yourself.

My Drybar Besties

Blown Away
I’ve tried a lot of hot tools for my hair. A LOT! And hands down two of my favorites are the Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer and 3-Day Bender Curling Iron   from Drybar. Even when I use them at the highest temperatures (bad I know) my hair doesn’t get damaged. They come in the company’s signature Buttercup Yellow and have both leave my hair shiny and silky.

 

Best Tweezers Ever

Plucky Lady
So FYI, all tweezers are NOT created equal! I’ve had tweezers go dull. I’ve had tweezers stop working/lose their grip. And I’ve had tweezers go wonky after a drop or two…or five. Knock on wood my Tweezerman For Laura Mercier  tweezers are still going strong for the last seven (!) years that I’ve had them. Wow, I hadn’t realized that I’d had them that long! Now I love them even more!

 

100% Human 100% Fun

Hair She Goes
I’ve made it no secret over the years that I wear extensions. My biggest concern when wearing extensions is that they look realistic. For the last year my go to choice has been Indique Hair Extensions They’re 100% human hair and come in a variety of textures and lengths. The extensions can be colored by your stylist for an exact match. And they have some options that are already colored. The hair is available for microlinks, braidless sew-ins, and sew-ins. They also make clip-ins and v-tips. They have locations throughout the country and are available online as well.

The World of Atelier

Sweetie Pie
A few years ago I was introduced to Atelier Colognes and it’s been a magical ride since that moment. I actually do a custom blend of two of their fragrances Vanille Insensee and Orange Sanguine That combination reminds me of orange creamsicles which is one of my all time favorite smells. And with these fragrances a little goes a very long way, so only a touch of each is needed.

All of these items will make a nice gift this season. Especially if it’s a gift for yourself!

Posted in Food & Drink, Home Decor

Fabulous Thanksgiving Table Decor Inspiration

We’re a week away from Thanksgiving. Which means that everyone is thinking about food, food, and more food. I wanted to take a moment to focus on where you’ll be enjoying that delicious meal.

Buffalo Check is huge right now. Those in the know in the home decor community are finding ways to incorporate it in their fall and holiday decor. Like Michelle (IG: @houseoftransformation). She shows us that a black & white tablescape will go lovely in any type of home. Whether your style is farmhouse, glam, or somewhere in the middle.

Another favorite of decor lovers is neutrals. Jenna (IG: @fabulous_farmhouse_designs) blends neutrals with a soft pop of color so that your table isn’t overwhelming, yet gets attention. The addition of a pastel or muted color is a great way to take your place settings to the next level.

Alicia (IG: @smalltownnest) selected a unique option for her centerpiece. The beautifully arranged wooden toolbox will make your table stand out for all of the right reasons. Not only is this a great option for a dining centerpiece, but this would also be lovely to add to your living room or bedroom.

Sometimes the holidays are spent away from your family. If you’re lucky you have a circle of friends that have become your family. And that is worth celebrating. This tablescape by Ashlee (IG: @sweetsouthernoaks) celebrates your Frimaly. The Friendsgiving decor and twinkling lights make everyone feel at home and welcome.

As mentioned earlier Buffalo Check is what all the cool decor kids are doing right now. Angela (IG: @thefrugalredhead) added her own touch to that with a deep teal tone. Incorporating it in her place settings and centerpiece. The jewel tones offer a nice warm feeling to your meal.

Thanksgiving is the unofficial end of Pumpkin Season. Amber (IG: @trendifarmgirl) gives pumpkins a beautiful send off. Using various tones gives you a palette that is a gorgeous ode to fall. It also prevents your tablescape from being to monotone. With an outside setting such as this one the pumpkins also help to keep things grounded if your Thanksgiving is a windy one.

Astra (IG: @redbrickfauxfarmhouse) also gave her table the unique spin of using a wood toolbox. She altered hers slightly by using vintage glass bottles for her florals. The pop of coral tones work beautifully with the splashes of coral along her table runner. Brightening up your dining experience.

Family, thankfulness, and food are what we usually focus on when it comes to Thanksgiving. A lovely backdrop for all of that can start with your dining room table.

Posted in Food & Drink

MMMMimosa Time

Take a classic for a spin

I love a mimosa as much as the next girl, but sometimes you may want something a little different than the classic orange juice flavor. Here are some tips for making a dreamy glass of fruity bubbles. As well as a few varieties that you may or may not have tried before.

1. Ingredient Selection

For my mimosas I don’t have a specific bubbly that I use. I also don’t have a preference for price range. I know that there are some people that prefer to use something that costs a bit more. And there are others that prefer something inexpensive. I’ve had both and enjoyed both.

One thing that I won’t do is use frozen juice. I worked for a company that served mimosas mixed with frozen juice and there was most definitely a difference in consistency and taste. I also avoid pulp when making mimosas. It’s not a pretty sight in your glass, and I feel like it takes away from the experience.

2. Presentation

A classic mimosa is served in Champagne flutes, although I’ve seen people serve them in wine glasses. The choice is yours. I personally love a nice Champagne flute. It makes me feel ooh-la-la fancy.

Toasting Flutes

Make sure that you use cold ingredients. And if you’re making them in batches make sure that they stay cold. Warm mimosas aren’t fun. You’ll probably still drink it, but it won’t be the same.

3. Preparation

When mixing make sure to pour the sparkling wine first. It will help to prevent the drink from overflowing. Trust me and learn from my mistakes of my youth. Also, tilting your glass slightly will retain more fizz. And isn’t it really all about the bubbles? There’s also no need to stir your mimosa. Your drink will mix itself.

And now the fun part!

The below recipes are for large batches, great for hosting a brunch. They roughly make about 8 servings. They can also be made by the glass following a 50:50 ratio of sparkling wine and juice. If you like them a bit sweeter try one part sparkling wine and two parts fruit juice. If you want more of the bubbly stuff try two parts sparkling wine and one part fruit juice.

For all recipes, serving immediately will give the best flavor. If preparing for later, store the pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve. (Be aware that you will lose some carbonation if storing for later.)

Beverage Dispenser

I’ve included some classic recipes, as well as some out of the box recipes that I’ve experimented with in the past. Enjoy!

Classic Mimosa

INGREDIENTS

1 750 mL bottle of chilled sparkling wine

3 cups chilled orange juice, pulp-free

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour sparkling wine into pitcher

Add orange juice

Serve in chilled glasses

Bellini

INGREDIENTS

1 750 mL bottle of chilled sparkling wine

3 cups peach puree, strained

8 pear slices, thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour sparkling wine into pitcher

Add pear puree

Serve in glasses garnished with pear slices

Pina Comosa

INGREDIENTS

1 750 mL bottle of chilled sparkling wine

3 cups chilled pineapple juice

1 tablespoon coconut flavoring syrup (I like Torani) https://shop.torani.com/Coconut-Syrup/p/TOR-361651&c=Torani@Syrups@375&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&adtype=&kw=?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItOKgwPnR5QIVKSCtBh2NEgLXEAQYAyABEgJXi_D_BwE

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour sparkling wine into pitcher

Add pineapple juice and coconut syrup

Serve in chilled glasses

Cran-Apple Mimosa

INGREDIENTS

1 750 mL bottle of chilled sparkling wine

2 cups chilled cranberry juice

1 cup chilled apple juice

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour sparkling wine into pitcher

Add cranberry juice and apple juice

Serve in chilled glasses