Friday, April 17

lavender honey whiskey lemonade

There have been a handful of developments around these parts this week. One of them is that we have the liquor cabinet all set up, one of the few things we can say we're done with. I'd prefer not to wonder what my grandmother might think of where I put it all, in the beautiful credenza that once sat in her living room. I find it fascinating how we either love or hate the styles we grew up around. I never realized how similar our sensibilities were until I started looking for furniture of my own. (Believe it or not, I actually pinned the very same Louis XVI settees from her living room.) I love it. Every time I open the top drawer I'm transported back to another time. I'm eight years old, tapping out the melodies of Irving Berlin on the piano. I hope that smell never fades. JD reassured me that the chances are dim as it's likely been that way for fifty plus years. Fingers crossed. 

Now getting back on track. While looking for some easy spring cocktails to shake ourselves out of our old fashioned rut/routine, I came across one recipe for a lavender sour and another for a honey lemonade. Both sounded lovely and so I decided to combine the two flavors in one drink, resulting in lavender honey whiskey lemonade. It strikes the perfect balance, sweet and drinkable, full of spring flavor. 
lavender honey whiskey lemonade | prosecco in the park
lavender honey whiskey lemonade | prosecco in the park
lavender honey whiskey lemonade | prosecco in the park
lavender honey whiskey lemonade | prosecco in the park

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons simple syrup
2 ounces honey whiskey (we used Catskill Provisions)
2 drops of lavender bitters

In a larger glass or shaker combine lemon juice, simple syrup, whiskey and lavender bitters. Stir, pour over ice, and enjoy. Garnish with lemon or fresh sprigs of lavender if you like.

If you can't find honey whiskey or just don't feel like leaving the house, the regular kind will do just fine. To get that same sweet honey flavor, replace your standard simple syrup with a honey version by combining equal parts honey and water. 

Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 15

summer daydream

top . denim . sunglasses . lipstick . clutch . bracelet . heels

Lately I've been so consumed with decorating and finding a (very specific style) coffee table that isn't obscenely wide. I haven't given much thought to clothing or shoes, what I'm going to wear in the morning, or what new things I might like to add to my collection. Who am I? What am I? Where can I find nyc apartment sized furniture? There are so many questions. But in my summery daydreams where all the trees are in bloom I'm wearing something like this. Clean white jeans with a loose striped top that dips down a little in the back. It's the kind of classic and simple outfit you could wear just about anywhere. Slip on a pair of sandals for a walk in the park or some suede heels to head out for drinks. Obviously my mind is set on the happy hour portion of the day. I've been eyeing these heels for too long and if it is socially acceptable to wear suede to a June wedding, I just might have to (finally) scoop them up.

One of these days things will bloom. The way I've been eyeing the tree outside my window, well maybe I'd hold off on growing leaves too.

Monday, April 13

spring stripes

Is it just me or did last week drag on like nobody's business? Filled with errands or not, the weekend was a welcome relief. We're still a ways off from being finished, but the new apartment is feeling much less like a sea of boxes and more like something actually lives there. It is important to note that I am sitting on the living room rug to write this because we finally put it down, for good! 

After a week off from blogging, it would appear that I have definitely forgotten how to pose for outfit photos, but that's always been an awkward thing. Sunday, yesterday, we did some experimenting with shooting indoors against our very blog friendly white brick wall before heading out to brunch and finishing up some miscellaneous errands. This is an outfit I expect to be on repeat until it gets too hot to comfortably wear pants. I'm always a fan of stripes and so I doubled up. I had these espadrilles on my wishlist last summer but they sold out before I could get my hands on them. I was not missing the boat this year and so I have been patiently waiting to wear them for about a month now. 

Also, wanted to share this video as it pretty much sums up my thoughts on my previous upstairs neighbors. Elephant bowling, "whacky Wednesday", and the laughing man are things I will not miss. Don't get me started on the occasional indoor rain.

On that note, Happy Monday and thank you for reading. 

Tuesday, April 7

update / giveaway

I'm taking the week off from blogging while we finish up with this move. Retrospectively, I probably should have taken a day or two off work to make things easier, not a seven day project. Lesson learned.

In the meantime, don't forget to enter for a chance to win a 300$ Nordstrom gift card!

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Friday, April 3

five breakfast cocktails to try this weekend

If I've been a little absent this week it's because things have been a bit hectic around here. We're in the process of moving. Surprise! It's wonderfully exciting and scary and a bit stressful all at once. I'll elaborate more next week, once I'm feeling more settled. 

In the meantime, let's talk about some breakfast appropriate cocktails I have my sights set on. With the weather finally warming up (it was in the high fifties yesterday! I was actually able to wear my coat open!), I am very much looking forward to spending some quality time outdoors. One of my favorite things about spring and summer in the city is the plethora of outdoor eating options. Sidewalk seating, hidden gardens, and rooftops are where it's at and brunch holds a special place in my heart. Imagine a quiet, tree lined street on a cool summer morning in the West Village, sitting outside at a tiny cafe table crammed with an assortment of coffee cups and cocktails, your boyfriend covered in egg yolk because he hit it the wrong way with the fork. Best. Brunch. Ever. We still laugh about that, and aside from having to run back to the apartment to change immediately following, it was possibly the most perfect morning. While I may have to wait a little longer for one of those perfect weather brunches, the cocktails certainly do not have to wait. And what better time to try some pretty new recipes than Easter? Here are five breakfast cocktails on my list to try.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a change to win a 300$ Nordstrom giftcard here and have a wonderful weekend!
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