Friday, May 29

spicy grapefruit margarita

Having a carton of grapefruit juice taking up space in my fridge makes me want one specific drink, a Hemingway daiquiri. I fell in love with them on our trip to New Orleans a few years back and often find myself debating if I should order one when out. There are some great bartenders in New York City but I'm weirdly specific with my drinks and I don't like being on the receiving end of a blank stare. You know what I'm talking about. So I went over the ingredients to see if I could come up with something similar, but different since we're out of rum. Lime, grapefruit, simple syrup... it all sounds very much like the makings of a margarita. Two grapefruit and tequila recipes in a row, why not? 
spicy grapefruit margarita | prosecco in the park
There are a lot of recipes for margaritas out there, everyone seems to make them a little different. It's all about personal preference. I ended up sifting through quite a few before I found one that I liked, altered it to my needs, and added a little bit of a twist. Different variations of "spicy margaritas" kept popping up and I was intrigued. I like spicy so the addition of some cayenne simple syrup was a no brainer. A margarita with a little burn. But there's no need to worry if that's not your thing because you can add just as much cayenne as you'd like or none at all. 
spicy grapefruit margarita | prosecco in the park
spicy grapefruit margarita | prosecco in the park
spicy grapefruit margarita | prosecco in the park
SPICY GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA
2 ounces grapefruit juice
1.5 ounces tequila
1.5 ounces lime juice
1 ounce grand marnier
.5 ounce cayenne simple syrup
lime slice
salt

To make the cayenne simple syrup add equal parts sugar and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add cayenne pepper to taste. I made only half an ounce so I used just a dash. 

Pour all ingredients into a shaker and shake with ice. Run the lime over the rim of the glass and dip in salt. Pour into the glass, garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy!
spicy grapefruit margarita | prosecco in the park

Thursday, May 28

white nights

white nights
le specs runaways luxe sunglasses
white nights
joie lena wedges
white nights
j. crew top {last seen here / similar} . 7 for all mankind pants {old / updated version} . mulberry handbag . joie wedges {currently on sale!} . le specs sunglasses . clinique lipstick in "pudgy peony" . essie nail polish in "marshmallow"

First things first, I have been waiting to use this title since last summer. Nothing ever panned out I guess. Maybe it's because I have a love/hate relationship with these pants. I love the idea of white pants and hate what happens once your put them on. Since it is now socially acceptable to wear all white all the time as Memorial Day has come and gone, I couldn't wait to try this look. It's one I had been thinking about for quite a bit but silly as that old rule may be, felt uncomfortable wearing in the middle of April in inconsistent weather. For a summery evening look I paired a fluttery silk top with white denim and nude wedges. I love that this top is more of a cream color, I think it makes wearing all white feel less daunting. I always worry that I'll either sit in or spill something on myself before the day is through.

How do you feel about wearing all white?

Wednesday, May 27

heating up


With temperatures much higher than average this week, my ideal outfit would be somewhere between a swimsuit and a loose, shapeless sack of a dress. Option number two is slightly more appropriate for an office setting. This Madewell number makes a nice compromise with a loose fitting overlay top and  small open back detail. It's the kind of dress that could easily transition from the office, topped with a cardigan of course, to happy hour. I've said it a hundred times by now, but I really do love those wear anywhere, day to night pieces. I feel like you just get more for your money, not to mention more styling options. For an after hours look I'd pair it with these adorable color blocked Chloé sandals, a striped clutch, and oversized sunglasses, you know, in case you find yourself at a fancy rooftop joint. 

Tuesday, May 26

jord wood watch

jord ely watch #jordwatch
jord ely watch #jordwatch
jord ely watch #jordwatch
jord watch c/o . j. crew cardigan {old / similar} . zara top {last seen here}. 7 for all mankind denim {updated version} . mulberry handbag . tory burch wedges {old / similar} . le specs sunglassesvirginie millefiori and catbird rings . jouer lip gloss in "monaco" . essie nail polish in "marshmallow" 

Happy Tuesday, I hope you all had a lovely long weekend. It's hard to come down from a holiday weekend. We spent ours out on the island with the pups and checked off most of the items on my weekend wish list, most of which were food related. Burritos from Bubba's, ices from Ralph's, etc. I've always said that all of our favorite pastimes involve eating. And the Mischa apple doesn't fall far from the tree too. We're constantly in talks for more cookies. 

Saturday morning we went down to the dock to bark at the birds and take in the scenery. Small as she is, birds are her target with a special focus on Canadian geese. I have been waiting to wear this top for weeks. I scooped it up about the same time I hit publish on this Wednesday wish list and have been "saving" it since. For what? Who knows. Life without a washer and dryer is an adjustment bringing out some weird reactions, kind of like an improv class. I paired it as planned with white denim but opted for a cardigan, wedges, and simple accessories for a wind friendly weekend look. 

A couple of years ago JD and I wandered into a shop in the West Village that had a couple of wooden watches on display. He was instantly smitten being the handy watch guy that he is. I liked the look and idea and it stuck with me. There are a good deal of things like that in my life, little things that stick around, popping in and out of my thoughts over the years. It's extra special when they come full circle. I really love this watch, it's fun and different without being over the top, in your face about it. You know what I mean. It's timeless and elegant and isn't too big or bulky. I have tiny wrists and often avoid wearing watches as the styles I like have the tendency to look clunky. That is certainly not the case with this Jord number. Not to mention I have received so many compliments on this watch. JD is jealous. 

Friday, May 22

j. crew giveaway

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the paloma

the paloma | prosecco in the park
the paloma | prosecco in the park
the paloma | prosecco in the park
the paloma | prosecco in the park
the paloma | prosecco in the park
Regardless of what the weather is doing, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer so this week I wanted to make something to sip while sitting in the sand. While a day at the beach may not be in the cards with this cool weather we're having, a summery (almost pink) drink will have to suffice. I've had a couple of recipes for this one pinned for a while but haven't gotten around to trying it, mostly due to my inability to remember to add grapefruit juice to the grocery list. It never made it on to the list, but I did stop to pick some up on my walk home from work earlier in the week.

The Paloma is so easy to make and isn't overly sweet, which is always a win in my book. The grapefruit and lime juice do a nice balancing act, and the splash of soda mellows it a bit. This is the kind of drink I'd expect to see on a brunch menu. I'm kind of surprised that I haven't. It would blend right in with the brunch crowd of cocktails. 

THE PALOMA
4 ounces grapefruit juice
1.5 ounces tequila
1 ounce lime juice
soda water

Add grapefruit juice, tequila, and lime juice to a large glass. Stir. Pour over ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lime or grapefruit if desired. 
the paloma | prosecco in the park
 Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 20

beach weekend


Growing up Memorial Day was always spent at the beach. Cold rainy ones finished with sandy exploration missions, sunny ones watching the planes dip and dive overhead while acquiring the most awkward sunburns. As a result one year my knees remained a darker shade of tan than the rest of me. Beach holidays were always my favorite, really any ones that we spent with this special group of people. I'm not quite sure of my plans for this year, but I know where I'd like to be. Hint, hint, It involves wearing something like this. 

I'm not usually drawn to the color pink when it comes to clothes, but this swimsuit is calling my name. It's the perfect "anytime" shade, looks great with or without a tan. I don't know about you, but bright colored suits and I don't mix until about midway through the season. I'd happily pair it with a printed coverup, sunglasses that make a statement, and embellished sandals. I know this Valentino pair is crazy, but I just love them. Maybe one day, a girl can dream.

What are your weekend plans?

Monday, May 18

scallops and stripes


I was a bit hesitant when I first tried this combination last summer (see here). A scalloped hem with a striped top? The chance that it could be deemed "too much" was high, but once I had it on I knew I had finally found the perfect match for a skirt I spent years trying to figure out what to do with. There was no turning back. It was pretty much settled before I clicked "order" that this skirt would be similarly paired with a classic breton striped shirt. 

Since this skirt is a solid white, I think it's a bit more versatile when it comes to pairings. It should go with just about anything, which is always a nice perk. Whenever I shop for new pieces I try to think of a few things I would wear it with so once it arrives it won't just be taking up space in the back of my closet. It's a useful tip if you are trying to build a wardrobe of things you'd like to wear things for years to come. 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Happy Monday and thank you for reading!

Friday, May 15

strawberry basil smash

strawberry basil smash | prosecco in the park
strawberry basil smash | prosecco in the park
strawberry basil smash | prosecco in the park
strawberry basil smash | prosecco in the park
My love affair with smashes has been well documented on this blog. For reference please see here, here, and here. The possibilities are endless when it comes to flavors, and you can make them taste exactly like pie. Need I say more? 

With spring in full swing and summer quickly sneaking up on us, I've been craving something simple and refreshing with a bit of fizz. A smash fit the bill perfectly. Inspired by the recent addition of our mini windowsill garden, I decided to pluck a few basil leaves and get to work with the strawberries currently taking up space in my fridge, waiting to be remembered and promptly devoured. I like the idea of strawberry and basil together, or watermelon, the makings of a summer salad to be eaten outdoors on a wide weathered deck overlooking a beach. #beachhousegoals. One of these days. 

For this drink I chose to go with bourbon but any kind of whiskey or rum or even gin would work. It's all about personal preference with this one. You could probably do tequila if you like. These light, summery flavors don't discriminate, they go with anything. 

THE STRAWBERRY BASIL SMASH
1.5 ounces bourbon
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3 - 4 medium strawberries, sliced
3 - 4 basil leaves
soda water

In a large glass add sugar and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then add strawberries, basil, and bourbon. Muddle. Pour over ice, top with soda water and enjoy!
strawberry basil smash | prosecco in the park
Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, May 13

safari shorts


There's a scene at the beginning of High Society where Grace finds out that the reporters are coming to cover her wedding. In it she wears a pair of tan high waisted pants belted with a matching blouse and red espadrilles. I'm sure there's a better word for it, but for now I'm going to go with "safari inspired". It's a classic look that I'd first imagine wearing deep in a jungle somewhere at the turn of the century while studying the native plants and animals. Second would be a costume party, mostly because I haven't seen pants like those in, I can't say when. I have however seen several pairs of shorts lately that have the look. It's a more modern approach, an update if you will. This pair from Zara immediately reminded me of that scene and as it is my mission to dress in a more ladylike/figure flattering manner, I'm tempted to at the very least try them on for size. For a modern and less costumy twist on a classic ensemble, I'd pair with a relaxed peach colored blouse and finish off the look with classic espadrilles, a bucket bag, and oversized cat eye sunglasses.

What do you think, would you wear these shorts?

Tuesday, May 12

floral earrings

j. crew sweater {old / similar} . madewell shorts {old / similar}. the shopping bag earrings c/o

As I've mentioned a lot lately, I've been on a basics kick, trying my best to remix some old favorites to get myself out the door in the morning. The trouble with basics however, is that they can get real boring real fast. Lost in a sea of colorless outfits I've found myself reaching for accessories a bit more than usual. Don't get me wrong, I'm always a fan of pretty printed scarves and rarely forget my rings, but bracelets and earrings are in less frequent rotation. This floral inspired pair from The Shopping Bag has made a fun addition to my collection. They're big and bold without being over the top and add that much needed burst of personality to my collection of casual classics. 

P.S. You can get get 25% off this pair (love these and these as well) or anything you like at The Shopping Bag with the code "PROSECCOINTHEPARK". 

Monday, May 11

weekend wine tasting


This shirt has been in heavy rotation as of late. In the last two weeks I've worn it to work, a concert, and wine tasting. As the weather has gotten warmer I've been feeling stuck when it comes to my wardrobe. I can't say I'm particularly thrilled with the winter weight gain either. It makes things challenging to say the least. I've been falling back on simple classics like this shirt while I work it off, making sure to change things up a little each time. I wore this version on Saturday. My mom is a tricky person to shop for so instead of a typical Mother's Day gift that would most likely go unused we took her out east for the day. We lunched in Greenport and sipped wine while overlooking our favorite vineyards. It was a lovely day. 

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, as well as Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8

south side

south side | prosecco in the park
south side | prosecco in the park
south side | prosecco in the park
south side | prosecco in the park
I wanted to try something different this week, something I haven't done before, something less glaringly pink. I believe it's become fairly evident that I have a thing for pink cocktails, especially during the warmer months. Mostly because they look like something you should be sipping while sitting on velvet sand, looking out over a sparkling cerulean sea. I decided to start at the beginning, because not to paraphrase The Sound of Music, it's a good place to start. For me that means the 1920s, my golden age, the days of speakeasies and beaded dresses and lavish cocktail parties. 

It didn't take me long to find a recipe for a South Side, but it certainly did surprise me. In some odd twist of fate, I'd never heard of it. A nice little discovery with fuzzy origins, it's either named for the South Side of Chicago or an old club on Long Island. Each of the recipes I encountered all called for slightly different ingredients, lemon or lime, a splash of soda, the addition of unspecific bitters, and varying amounts of mint. I decided to mix and match the bits I liked and went from there. I'm not sure if you could call this a true South Side, but I'm going to. 

THE SOUTH SIDE
2 ounces gin
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
3-5 mint leaves
3 drops angostora bitters

In a large glass or shaker add gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and mint. Shake to bruise the mint leaves. Pour over ice and garnish with lime and mint. Enjoy!
south side | prosecco in the park
Have a wonderful weekend, and wishing all the moms out there a very happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 7

denim jacket

dkny jacket {very old / similar here and here} . h&m dress {old / similar} . sam edelman boots . mulberry handbag . ray ban sunglasses .  julep nail polish in "vanna"

I've had this denim jacket hanging in my closet longer than I should admit. It's very old, but I still remember picking it out. I liked that it wasn't so loose in shape, that it came in a little at the waist, defined it a bit more than the standard version. My love of fitted jackets and coats goes all the way back to my elementary school bird coat, this huge colorful monstrosity that made me look like a gigantic and very lost tropical bird. Or a dip dyed humpty dumpty. Your choice. #scarredforlife. Next time I'm home I'm going to dig up a photo.

While this jacket hasn't gotten much use over the years, I couldn't part with it. There was always a chance it would come back into style and if that were the case, I'd want it. With their popularity steadily increasing now was the time. And so I pulled it out and paired it with an old but not quite as old spotted sundress for a casual spring look. 

Wednesday, May 6

blush denim


I have spent a lot of time very recently looking for a new pair of white pants. I already have a pair, but I'm not particularly fond of the way they're looking both on and off these days. As a result I have read far too many critiques of a dozen reasonably priced pairs. I don't know about you, but I'd personally like to not see the words "see" and "through" stuck together quite as much... Which lead me to my new quest, the search for a blush pair, a pretty pink alternative that is subtle and close enough to get the same look. Plus, blush pink is a nice change of pace from the sea of bright white denim. While this AG pair is a little more than I'd like to spend on a whim, the color is spot on, and there's a chance they'd work well in the winter as well. Three out of four seasons certainly isn't bad. 

For a casual spring inspired outfit I'd pair them with a sleeveless white shirt, knotted at the waist, easy sandals, and accessories that make a statement. I've had these constellation earrings in my cart for about a month. I just love them. And how fun are these mirrored animal print sunglasses? They'd definitely add a twist to such a simple outfit.

Tell me, how do you feel about blush colored pants?