Friday, August 29

blackberry bourbon lemonade

I was never much of a whiskey girl until JD started getting into Scotch years ago. Dating a lover of Scotch opens you up to trying new things. I have sampled more whiskey than I can think of and know things about it that impresses/concerns my mother, like that Highland Park 15 has a nice note of vanilla that is considered a defect. 

Last weekend while discussing what drink to do next, JD and I scrolled through pinterest and landed on some kind of fizz muddled with blackberry jam. I thought it would be too soon to do another fizz after the blueberry lemon one two weeks ago (you can check out that recipe here) so I began thinking of what else might be good with blackberries. My mind immediately went to bourbon and so we continued searching until we found a vague list of ingredients on a restaurant website and as per usual made up our own version.
blackberry bourbon lemonade | recipe
blackberry bourbon lemonade | recipe
blackberry bourbon lemonade | recipe
blackberry bourbon lemonade | recipe
blackberry bourbon lemonade | recipe
blackberry bourbon lemonade
half a lemon
1.5 oz bourbon
1 oz cardamom simple syrup*
3 blackberries
1 oz soda water
crushed ice

*To make the cardamom simple syrup:

In a small saucepan add equal parts sugar and water and a few cardamom pods and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about five minutes. Strain or remove the pods and let cool before adding to the cocktail.

In a large glass or shaker muddle half a lemon with bourbon and cardamom simple syrup. In the serving glass, muddle blackberries and fill with crushed ice. Strain and pour bourbon mixture over ice and top with soda water. Stir and enjoy!


We were going to add champagne but forgot to pick some up so ended up adding soda water instead. I'm kind of disappointed about that. I'll take just about any excuse to have champagne so please feel free to switch that out if you like! 


Happy Friday and enjoy the holiday weekend (if you have one)!

Thursday, August 28

crosshatch

white shirt + crosshatch skirt
white shirt + crosshatch skirt + vermilion celine
crosshatch skirt + vermilion celine
dogeared sailboat necklace
white shirt + crosshatch skirt
gap shirt . madewell skirt {last seen here / also love this one} . celine handbag . tory burch wedges {old / similar} . anthropologie sunglasses {similar} . leslie danzis earrings {old, via gilt} . dogeared necklace . jouer lip gloss in "riviera" . essie nail polish in "after school boy blazer"

This skirt has by far been my favorite purchase this summer. It was love at first sight, so much so that I even featured it in a currently loving post. (You can check that out here.) Which, funny enough, looks a lot like this outfit. I've gotten so much use out of this skirt this summer, probably too much. It's been in a weekly rotation. I should be sick of it by now, but I'm not. I don't think I ever will be. I love it. So I'm squeezing it in one last time before Labor Day when that silly "no more white" rule that I tend to ignore goes into effect. It's only appropriate to begin and end the season with the same skirt, right? 

The last time I wore it on the blog was to ring in summer in a simple white tee and nude sandals. This time I dressed it up a little with a classic oxford, my favorite wedges, and a pop of bright poppy red via my bag. 

What was your favorite closet addition this summer?

Wednesday, August 27

now & later

currently loving | now & later

As we've been edging closer to the change of seasons I've found myself reaching for those more transitional pieces in my closet over my brightly colored summer things. I think clothing that can be worn through different seasons helps make that transition easier, especially when temperatures don't cool down until October and all you want to wear is deep greens and burgundy... or is that just me?

I love how season-less this Madewell dress is. I think I'd feel just as comfortable (and season appropriate) in it now as I would with a blazer or cardigan in November. For now I'd pair it with lace up sandals, a two tone cross body, elephant earrings, and NARS lip gloss in "tasmania". On cooler days I'd add this pretty printed scarf from J. Crew and top it off with a felt wool hat. 

What is your go to piece for the change of seasons?

Tuesday, August 26

a floral printed smock dress

asos floral print smock dress
asos floral print smock dress
asos floral print smock dress + vince camuto bag
asos floral print smock dress
black ankle strap flats
asos floral print smock dress
asos dress {last year / love this one} .  asos shoes {last seen here} . vince camuto bag {borrowed from mom, again} . ray ban sunglasses . essie nail polish in "after school boy blazer" 

I scooped this dress up on sale at the end of last summer. I thought the colors and pattern would transition well into fall. It had a "Thanksgiving" look to me. I ended up wearing it a good amount last fall and early in the winter with tights, boots, and a black cardigan and sort of forgot about it until recently when I went through my closet to survey and reorganize things. I was disappointed to find that I had forgotten about this one as it was originally intended for summer but I suppose it's better late than never. (Plus I'm anticipating getting some more use out of it through the fall again this year.) It was nice to wear this dress on it's own for a change. Instead of piling on layers I kept it simple, pairing it with my favorite new flats and a black cross-body handbag. 

Happy Tuesday and thank you so much for reading! 

Monday, August 25

summer wedding

spring 2008 milly dress + vermilion celine
spring 2008 milly dress + vermilion celine
vermilion celine
spring 2008 milly dress + vermilion celine
milly dress (similar style) . via spiga heels . warby parker sunglasses . celine handbag .  jouer lip gloss in "riviera" . virginie millefiori ring . essie nail polish in "after school boy blazer"

Happy Monday! Thank you so much for all of your well wishes, I'm feeling much better today. Hopefully this is the last cold I catch for a good long time. 

Back in the day while I was away at college a new shop opened up in my home town. When I returned for breaks my mother would take me there to shop. It was my kind of place, they always had the loveliest dresses and this one winter white Milly coat that still crosses my mind every now and then.

The shop was small but the owner and I wore the same size so there was always something to try. This Milly dress was one of those things. It had been heavily discounted and though I had no place to wear it at the time, I tried it on anyway. It fit perfectly and spent the next year hanging in my closet, patiently waiting to be worn. 

I wore it for college graduation and my twenty second birthday and until the weekend before last it had resumed taking up space in my closet. I was a little nervous wearing this dress to a wedding. There is a lot of white in that pattern and though there is an equal amount of navy to balance it out, I didn’t want to draw any attention away from the gorgeous bride (not that that would have been possible). Turns out, a lot of ladies in attendance also wore bits of white in their dresses, including a couple of floor length numbers that I probably would have felt too uncomfortable in. To each their own.

Friday, August 22

red sangria

Well, it's official. I have now caught two colds this summer. Prior to June I can't remember the last time I had one. Right now I look like first pick to lead Santa's sleigh. Needless to say it's been a rough week. I'm so ready for this weekend, which will most likely be my last free one until December. 

Since I've pretty much been out of commission this week, today we're pulling one from the archives, a delicious, summery red sangria. There are a lot of recipes for sangria out there, JD and I have made it several times over the years and this one remains our favorite.
red sangria
red sangria
red sangria
Sangria
1.5 Liters of Red Wine (we used Yellowtail's Shiraz-Cabernet) 
6 Ounces of Gin
8 Cups of Ginger Ale
4 Tablespoons of Sugar
2 Apples, sliced
2 Nectarines, sliced
1 Bunch of Grapes, sliced in half lengthwise

Pour the red wine, gin, and ginger ale into a large pitcher or container. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Slice apples, nectarines, and grapes and add to mixture. I recommend letting it chill overnight to let the flavors blend together, but you can serve it right away over ice if you like.

Note, this recipe makes a lot of sangria. You may be drinking it for weeks following, but I can confirm that it keeps well. We bought a plastic container with a spigot and kept it in the fridge for a couple of weeks until it was gone.

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 20

falling

currently loving | fall colors

As much as I was trying to resist it and really enjoy these last few weeks of summer sundresses and white pants the switch has officially flipped in my head and I’m now wishing it were cool enough for darker colors and more layers. That sounds so awful doesn’t it? I think it must be because this time of year, late August signals the start of school and traditionally, that was when we started breaking out all of our cool new autumn clothes. So, as it turns out even though I am now an adult that has not been in school for several years, I’m still on that schedule. A seventeen year habit is hard to break.

I’ve had my eye on this H&M dress for a couple of weeks now. I love the deep shade of green and loose, flowy shape. I feel like this is something you could wear straight through the winter with the addition of some black tights or pants and a leather jacket. Until then, in these warmer days, September and October, I’d pair it with my favorite Rag & Bone boots (they are seriously the most comfortable shoes!), a sparkly Bauble Bar statement necklace, and a structured Mackage satchel.

What are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

Tuesday, August 19

changing seasons

anthropologie arrow print shorts + long sleeves
anthropologie arrow print shorts + long sleeves
vince camuto handbag
sam edelman "petty" ankle boots + Mischa the yorkie
puppy love
anthropologie arrow print shorts + long sleeves
j. crew top . anthropologie shorts {on sale!} . sam edelman boots . vince camuto handbag {borrowed from mom} . forever 21 sunglasses {similar} . virginie millefiori ring . stella and dot necklace 

There is just something about wearing long sleeves with shorts that I love. It most likely stems from the fact that if my arms are cold, it’s over. I can deal with my legs being cold. Ankles and arms are a deal breaker. I can't do it. It’s been so cool all summer that this has been a popular combination for me, and one that I think would also transition nicely into fall. As much as I've been trying to resist, I've been increasingly drawn to darker, less summery colors lately. In fact, I've been debating whether or not it's too early for navy nail polish since last week. It may as well be Autumn in my mind. 

I wore this (shorts last seen here) on Saturday for our drive over to Jersey City to attend our friends’ wedding. That was quite the adventure. We must have sat on Spring Street (going three blocks) for at least thirty minutes before we could even turn on to Varick. Clearly, we made a mistake taking that route, though the tunnel traffic was pretty brutal from all angles, a good number of our friends were late due to it. Our trip however began out on the island where my furry little buddy Mischa was adamant about being a part of our photo shoot. She has to be in the mood to have her picture taken. If I brush her hair and put a cute bow in it she wants nothing to do with the camera, but let her rip it out and she’s ready to go. Recently I started using little colored hair ties, which she can take out much easier so we had been going with the sheepdog look all week. Mischa was clearly feeling it because she positioned herself next to me in most of the shots and refused to move out of the frame, but I could never complain about puppy photobombs. 

Monday, August 18

beach dress

j. crew beach dress 
j. crew beach dress
gilgo beach, new york
j. crew beach dress
j. crew beach dress
j. crew dress {very old} . havaianas flip flops . warby parker sunglasses . canvas tote {last seen here


On Friday JD took the day off and we finally made it back out to the beach. We haven’t been there enough this summer and it’s really bothering me that it’s so close to an end. Unfortunately, Friday was a windy mess of a beach day. We constructed a windscreen out of a tarp and some driftwood only for a huge block of clouds to roll in shortly after. We made the best of it though, and so did the seagull that tried to hide behind it with us. 

I’ve had this J. Crew beach dress hanging in my closet since college. I had picked it up from the glorious sale section in the mall by school. It was an amazing place to shop, this was back in the day when you could use your student discount on sale items and they always had a massive selection. I haven’t worn it much since then. I thought the loose shape made it difficult to wear as a regular dress and it looked awkward whenever I tried to belt it. I recently rediscovered it while sorting through my closet, and cannot figure out why I haven’t been wearing it all summer. That loose, relaxed shape is everywhere. So I threw it on for our beach day. 

Happy Monday and thank you for reading!

Friday, August 15

blueberry lemon fizz

blueberry lemon fizz
Maybe it's because I've been spending my spare time rewatching old episodes of 30 Rock, maybe it's just because it's summer and it seems to go, but lately I've been really craving everything lemon. Therefore I thought it would only be appropriate to try my hand at a lemon flavored cocktail. It didn't take long to find one that sounded good, a blueberry lemon fizz. The recipe however wasn't as simple as I wanted it to be, and by that I mean that it included ingredients that were not readily available in my kitchen, so I altered it and sort of made up my own version. It came out pretty good, I was certainly pleased with it, and it can technically still be called a "fizz" because it has both lemon and carbonation. You also can't taste the vodka which is dangerous because it is delicious, if you don't mind my saying. I will definitely be making these again, soon.
blueberry lemon fizz
blueberry lemon fizz
Blueberry Lemon Fizz
7 to 10 blueberries
1/2 ounce lemon juice
5 small mint leaves
1.5 ounces vodka
4 ounces soda water
1 teaspoon sugar

Muddle blueberries, mint, and lemon juice in a glass. Add vodka, soda water, and sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved and pour over ice.

Have a wonderful weekend and please let me know if you end up making this!

Wednesday, August 13

feeling retro


This weekend JD and I will be attending the wedding of a good friend from college and while I'm planning to wear an old favorite Milly dress, I can't help but dream of wearing something else, something like this pretty Preen dress. Though, I'm not sure where I wouldn't want to wear this number. The orange design along the v-neck reminds me of a 1920s tennis sweater a character out of Gatsby might have worn, while the full skirt and darling neckline scream 1950s, or even something you might see one of the ladies wear to a dinner party on Masters of Sex. Of course it's no where close to being within my price range (that seems to be a trend in these posts), but a girl can dream. So in the fantasy land where I get to wear it, I would pair it with cat eye sunglasses to play into the retro feel, a fun printed clutch, tangerine lip gloss, dainty stackable gold rings, and classic tan pointed toe pumps. 

Happy Wednesday and thank you so much for reading!

Tuesday, August 12

on the road

on the road | striped tee + wayfarers
on the road | striped tee, denim shorts + white converse
on the road | upstate new york
on the road | striped tee + mulberry alexa
on the road | striped tee, denim shorts + white converse

The last time we did this drive was two years ago returning from our friends Ned and Lana’s wedding in Buffalo. After several delays and canceled flights we decided to rent a car and drive home while three of our friends decided to wait it out in the airport. At that point it became a race to see who would make it back to JFK first. We ended up winning by half an hour I believe and that was an eight hour drive. But we had a lot of fun along the way. I distinctly remember watching/listening to a collection of the Sean Connery Jeopardy sketches from SNL on our phones and laughing a lot. (Side note, we were referring to the van as the “therapist” van for most of the trip.) On this trip, it took me a little while to figure out why I was feeling so competitive once we got on 17. We were clearly not in a race with anyone but when we stopped at a scenic overlook to picnic for lunch I felt the urge to get back in the van and keep going. I also just really wanted to get home. 

For our long day of traveling I kept it comfortable and casual in what has become my new favorite striped tee from J. Crew, denim shorts, and converse. Usually when I travel I try to strike that perfect balance of comfort and looking stylish (hello maxi dresses!) but I wasn't focused on that when I packed my bag Friday night. No, it was all about what was clean, easily paired, and not a big deal if it got dirty. I should probably mention that this van I speak of is typically used for plants and therefore filled with "plant dander" as an exhausted JD put it and dirt. 

What is your favorite go to travel style?

Monday, August 11

neon

neon dolce vita drop waist dress
neon dolce vita drop waist dress
neon dolce vita drop waist dress + fossil clutch
neon dolce vita drop waist dress
neon dolce vita drop waist dress
dolce vita dress . fossil clutch {old} . steven by steve madden sandals . ray ban sunglasses

This weekend was exhausting. As I briefly mentioned on Friday, JD and I drove up to Rochester in the sketchiest looking van imaginable to visit and bring furniture to his sister. Rochester is not a weekend trip, we knew that going in. Luckily, JD and I make a good road trip team. We once drove back from Ocracoke in one shot, happy as clams the entire way. Of course, that was in a more comfortable, less strangers with candy looking car with excellent gas mileage. But we made the best of it, we played a few improv games, sang a fair amount, and discussed the geology of the landscape as we drove across it. No joke. The red rock in the Catskills is sandstone. 

Saturday night we went to dinner at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. It was the one thing aside from seeing his sister that JD wanted to do. I wore this Dolce Vita dress and let me tell you, it just about glows in the dark. I'm usually not into super bright neon/highlighter hues but I really liked this one, give me a drop waist any day, and it was on sale. Since my dress was so bright I decided to keep the rest of my outfit simple with nude sandals and a tan clutch. 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!