April 23, 2012

Monday Mocktails: Refreshing Blackberry Lemonade with Rosemary


Hello Everyone. Thank you for stopping by and checking out our little nook of the web. There are so many changes going on right now in my life and sadly I have had little time to post. I moving this week and next week I start a new job. It's a bitter sweet change but with the new job I'll have mornings to work on the shop and the site. I have some very exciting things planned for the business. I hope all goes well. I've been working so hard to prepare for this change. I cant wait to get back into a regular rhythm of posting again. I miss you all and I miss being creative. Here's today's mocktail to inspire me and you... a blackberry lemonade with rosemary to garnish. It's very refreshing and quite irresistible. I can't stop thinking about how good this would be with gin, ha. I hope you enjoy it alcohol free.

Blackberry Lemonade with Rosemary
Serves 2


  • 6 Lemons
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1/4 Cup Blackberries
  • 2 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • 6 Packets of Stevia (or other sugar of choice)

  1. Make sure you wash all of the fruit. In a shaker or large glass, muddle the blackberries with the stevia and a few needles from the rosemary sprigs (this can also be done in the bottom of the serving glasses).
  2. Fill your shaker or glasses with ice.
  3. Slice and juice your lemons. Fresh juice makes a huge difference in taste. Pour your juice over the top of the blackberry mixture. 
  4. Pour in the water. This amount can be less, it all depends on how tart you like your lemonade.
  5. Stir with a spoon and garnish each with rosemary.

March 25, 2012

Monday Mocktails :: The Grapefruit Pomegranate Ombre


I have been so in love with ombre lately. Everything from Drew Barrymore's hair to tights to dresses and tablecloths. It's just so lovely and quite festive for spring. I imagined a drink in ombre style and viola! you have the Grapefruit Pomegranate Ombre. It reminds me of the tiger's blood snow cones I adored in grade school. Try this out it's really delicious on a warm day or even great for a party with your friends.

Grapefruit Pomegranate Ombre
Serves 2

  • 1 Grapefruit Juiced ( about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate Juice ( I used Pom original)
  • 3/4 cup Coconut Water

Directions:
  1. Split your pomegranate juice into two rocks glasses.
  2. Carefully top with ice.
  3. Pour the grapefruit juice very very slowly over the ice. They should stay layered. If they mix you poured too quickly. (I practiced in a shot glass first)
  4. Then very very slowly pour the coconut water also over the ice. It should slowly layer and sit on top.
  5. Enjoy with friends!


March 23, 2012

I ♥ Ruche! Spring 2012 Catalogs


Ruche has always found a way to be enchanting and inspiring. I absolutely love thier lookbooks and thier store. It is one of my favorite places to shop. Just take a look at these dreamy photos. And check out the shop.








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February 20, 2012

The Return of the Monday Mocktails: Carrot Ginger Zinger


 So finally we are back on schedule with Monday mocktails. I apologize for the hiatus. I have missed posting these. I just have so much fun coming up with these recipes. I hope you all enjoy them too. I know many of you have been asking me about them. So here we are this week with a delicious carrot drink! I love carrot juice so much but it is really tasty when mixed with orange juice. This little concoction will deliver a punch of energy and boost your immune system as well. And by the way, I think carrot juice could be a secret ingredient to a creamsicle drink. Give it a try. Enjoy my lovlies. I have missed you dearly. Make a better Monday with this treat, just right click the recipe to print.

January 16, 2012

Monday Mocktails // Pomegranate Grapefruit Shrub


Here we go with another mocktail with apple cider vinegar. I have done a few drinks with vinegar and I think it's so delicious and good for you. I know it might sound awful but when sweetened appropriately the vinegar really lends a wonderful flavor to fruit. Shrubs are fruit drinks with vinegar and usually honey. They were a very popular drink in the late 19th century through the mid 1900s. Apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits that it is considered to be a cure-all. I am a strong believer in this. It's good for metabolism, arthritis, lowering blood sugar levels, acid reflux, it cures hiccups, its great for acne, colds, and many many more. So I hope you give this winter mocktail a try it's really delicious. I'd love to know what you think about it.You can click the picture to print as well!



January 13, 2012

Friday Favorites: Get Warm And Cozy With Manzanita


I'm so glad to introduce you all to this lovely lady. Meet Rebecca of Manzanita. She has mad talent for crocheting and her blog is most inspiring. Her site has many really great DIY projects and I absolutely love her shop! Everything in it is so fun and whimsical and cute. I love crocheting so much but I couldn't miss out on one of her handmade treasures. I have just ordered the cute green laurel headband you see below (sorry peeps...this one's taken ha). She has such great taste and many of her pieces have total vintage style.  Please go take a look around her shop and site. I cannot wait to receive my headband!







January 10, 2012

Outfit // Coal Miner's Granddaughter


Hello everyone I hope your day is going amazing. Thank you for stopping by. I finally get to show you an outfit with my favorite boots! They are older than the building I live in, older than everyone I know, and usually the oldest thing in the room. So much fun! They were made somewhere between 1910 and 1930. Treasures like this are exactly why I love vintage so much. Don't forget to take a look around. I hope you find some inspiration here.

Dress: from The Lotus Boutique
Cardigan: Target
Tights: Target
Boots: Vintage 80 yr old boots from Wildfell Hall Vintage. These are my favorite boots EVER!Thank you Amy
Hat: Vintage 1930s, thrifted
Belt: Vintage, thrifted
Earrings: Urban Outfitters


January 6, 2012

Friday Favorites : Inspiration For Your Home with Bolaget


I'm am so excited to show you all Bolaget! It is a Swedish realty company (from what I can translate) that is based in Malmö, Sweden. They seem to lease and sell apartments that are just so stunningly beautiful. They often are furnished when the photos are taken, just breathtaking apartments. I have loved this site for a while now and it's so selfish of me not to share! Shame on me. I have found this site to be one of my most favorite sources of inspiration for my home and I hope it will be for you too . The house tours are exactly what I look for and this site has tons of them! They are bright and lively and have the perfect Scandinavian style. It makes me miss living in Sweden. I want to go back and live in one of these apartments! Oh sometimes life isn't quite so fair ha. Enjoy this site!










January 4, 2012

Outfit // Something Old Something New

 
So here's to overcoming my fear of outfit posts. My goal this year is to work on these and get better. I love clothes and fashion so much and wearing vintage. I plan on sharing more of this with you guys and gals. This is my favorite dress. Even though it's not vintage, it's so fun and pairs well with vintage accessories.

Dress: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: Banana Republic
Legwarmers: Vintage 80s from when I was in ballet
Boots: Vintage 80s Pirate Boots
Cobra Ring: Vintage from Ebay
Hat: Vintage 20s from my shop!




January 2, 2012

Monday Mocktails : Sweet N' Salty Chocolate Spice Cocoa


Hello lovelies! Happy first Monday of the year. I can't believe its 2012?! Last year just zipped by faster than any other year for me. I finally accomplished my goal of opening my vintage clothing shop and this website. We will see what's in store for this year. I decided to start this year's mocktails off with this luxurious and very good for you sweet n' salty chocolate spice cocoa. Hot chocolate actually beats red wine and tea in antioxidants. It also has tons of flavinoids that helps to process nitrous oxide in the body which help virus-infected blood cells, lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and even help manage weight loss. And since I love home remedies...hot chocolate will get rid of that hacking cough when your sick. This recipe adds the addition of cayenne which has crazy results on sickness, blood flow, metabolism, and many other health benefits. So drink up, this hot cocoa is good for your body and your soul. It is also mostly a powder recipe so feel free to make it your instant cocoa mix, just add the agave and water when you're ready to serve!

Sweet N' Salty Chocolate Spice Cocoa
Serves 4

  • 1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Powdered Creamer
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Milk Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Stevia or Sugar Substittute
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Whipped Cream, for garnish (optional)
  • Lindt Sea Salt Chocolate, for garnish (optional)
  • Dash of Cayenne, for garnish (optional)

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir for 2 minutes and remove from the heat.
  3. Pour into your favorite mugs and garnish with whipped cream, chocolate, and cayenne.

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