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6 Cocktails to Shake Up for National Tequila Day

By  July 24, 2014

As if we needed another reason to raise a glass on Thirsty Thursday, it’s National Tequila Day! While we love a frosty margarita when the heat is on, the agave-derived spirit works in plenty of other delectable drinks or–let’s be honest–straight up with salt and a lime wedge. We found a few fun cocktails to order at your favorite watering hole or serve up for a slew of friends. Regardless on how you shake up the unofficial holiday, remember to drink up; it’s good for you!

 

Pineapple Serrano Margarita

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2 oz. Herradura Silver
3 cubic inches of pineapple diced
¾ oz. lime juice
½ oz. simple syrup
3 slices of Serrano chili with seeds.

Crush pineapple and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler. Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients; shake hard and strain over ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a chili and a star Anise pod.

Sandia Frescao

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1 ½ oz. Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
¼ oz. Cointreau
2 oz. fresh-pressed watermelon juice (or 1 oz. of a good-quality bottled puree)
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
½ oz. ginger syrup*

Build in a mixing glass, then shake & pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass.  Garnish with a watermelon wedge, if desired.

*For the Ginger Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine ½ pound fresh ginger and ½ liter Tres Agave Nectar over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a very light boil, stirring occasionally. Strain & allow the mixture to cool for 25 minutes.

Cucumber Margarita courtesy of Whiskey Blue

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1 ½ oz. Casamigos Blanco
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. Cointreau
½  oz. simple syrup
5 cucumber wheels

Muddle cucumber with the simple and lime juice. Combine all ingredients to iced mixing glass. Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with cucumber slice on a bamboo pic.

Honey Ginger Sauza-Rita

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1 oz. Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 oz. lemonade
1 oz. ginger beer
1 oz. water
½ tsp. honey
Lemon slices

Combine lemonade, ginger beer, tequila, water, lemon slices and ½ teaspoon of honey in a glass filled with ice. Stir well to combine.

Este Lado by Ben Scorah and Marshall Altier

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1 ½ oz. Tequila Don Julio Blanco
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup*
Slice of English Cucumber
Mint Sprig
Mint and Cucumber Wheel Garnish

Muddle English Cucumber and mint sprig in simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice over ice, and shake well. Strain contents over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with mint sprig and cucumber wheel.

For the simple syrup: Bring ½ cup of water to a boil and dissolve 1 cup of sugar into boiling water. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Can be prepared one day ahead.

Papaya Smash

Papaya-Smash

1 ¼ oz. Avión Añejo
Slice of Fresh Papaya
¼ oz. Agave Nectar
½ oz. Aperol
½ oz. Orange Juice
¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Fresh Papaya for garnish

Add a slice of fresh papaya and agave nectar to a mixing glass. Muddle to release the papaya flavor. Add Avión Añejo, Aperol, and orange juice. Then, top off with fresh lime juice. Add ice and give it a good shake. Strain the mixture over ice and garnish with a fresh slice of papaya.

Sriracha Strawberry Margarita

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2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
½ cup Tequila
¼ cup Cointreau (or other orange flavored liquor)
1 tbsp. agave nectar
½ tsp. Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili
2 cups ice
*Serves 2 generously

Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth. Pour into a sugar rimmed margarita glass.

Bethany Mota Wants to Brighten Up Your Bedroom

By  July 24, 2014

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Bethany Mota is taking her eye for style from your closet to the rest of your space.

We envied at how pretty her home looks in all of her video clips, and the YouTube sensation is giving every decorating diva a hand by expanding her Aeropostale partnership with a collection of home décor. Paisley printed bedding, bejeweled throw pillows, ruffled curtains, motivating wall decals, and a sparkling chandelier comprise the boho home collection with a few owls thrown in for good measure.

As if the eclectic look wasn’t enticing enough, all of the pretty pieces are priced at under $150, perfect for anyone looking to spice up their “shelfies.” There’s no need to wait either as they’re all available now on Aeropostale.com.

First Look: Marimekko x Paperless Post

By  July 23, 2014

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The most influential Finnish design house has all of your invitation needs covered this summer. Throwing a barbeque? Check. Sending your child off to college? Check. Are you, perhaps, planning a summer bridal shower? Check. And if you’ve been looking for the perfect stationary to customize, you’ll want to see this. Enter Marimekko’s collaboration with Paperless Post.

Starting today, all 40 designs are available to send online or on flat-printed cardstock. The collection is massive but we were able to scaled down our favorites to 20. Click through the photo above to see our choices, you just may find yourself looking for an excuse to send out these offerings.

Shop here.

Party Report: Chrissy Teigen Toasts to A Thing of Beauty

By  July 23, 2014

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THE PARTY: Launch of Stella Artois’ “The Butcher, the Baker, the Belgian Beer Maker”

THE PLACE: Stone Street, NYC

THE DEETS: There’s something special about summer nights in New York City. Around every corner, down every block, opportunity for an exclusive moment in an overwhelming city presents itself in distinctive ways. Maybe it’s an impromptu picnic for friends in a garden, or a couple dancing in the middle of an empty street.

Stella Artois took advantage of that very emotion on Monday night in the Financial District by taking over Stone Street with an outdoor dinner party to celebrate their new show, “The Butcher, the Baker, the Belgian Beer Maker.” Guests of honor included the three hosts, Chrissy Teigen, Aliya LeeKong and Cara Nicoletti, as well as Rosario Dawson and Natalie Joos. 

Following cocktail hour, guests sat down to a communal table dominating the middle of Stone Street and tucked into a three course meal: heirloom tomato galette, dry aged ribeye with steak frites, and Belgian apple pastry. With each section of dinner came a description of the offering from the chef and instruction on how to pair Stella Artois’ selection. As the summer sun slowly faded away, a candle was passed down the table in order to light the votives accenting our tablescape, cementing the communal dinner feeling of the evening.

#FlywithAmelia: Modern Day Amelia Takes Us Around The World

By  July 21, 2014

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While we may not have been in the cockpit, thanks to the modern day Amelia Rose Earhart, we were still able to experience her flight around the world as she live-streamed it. On June 26, Earhart with co-pilot Shane Jordan embarked on a 17-day journey to symbolically recreate Amelia Mary Earhart’s flight in 1937.

Earhart is the youngest woman to fly across the world in a single engine plane and with Target as the exclusive electronics partner to The Amelia Project, she is also the first to fully live-stream the social media-integrated flight. “Social media is how we communicate emotions, experiences, and major life events,” Earhart said. Using her iPad Mini and iPhone 5S, Earhart was able to share her experience and connect to followers using the hashtag #FlyWithAmelia. “It was only natural that we use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show the beauty, excitement and wonder of the flight around the world.”

The devices allowed Earhart to connect with followers every step of the way by updating their location, sharing pictures, feelings, attitudes, and facts about Amelia Earhart and receive encouragement from followers.In addition to interacting via social media and documenting her experience, Earhart used the electronics for collecting data, engine information, and navigation and even to keep fit with a Fitbit Flex during her 108.6-hour journey.

Of their 17 stops, Earhart’s favorite was in Tanzania at the Kilimanjaro Airport where she stayed in an African hut at the base of the mountain and ate chicken curry, rice, and pumpkin soup. Flying over 28,000 miles of land and water, there was one view that stood out to Earhart. “Howland Island was my favorite location to overfly. I felt like Amelia Mary Earhart was there in spirit with us as we flew over the island where she intended to land,” Earhart said, tweeting a bird’s eye view photo while flying over the island.

Talk about the journey of a lifetime!

Happy Birthday, Prince George: Gifts For the Little Prince

By  July 21, 2014

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Our darling Prince George Alexander Louis is turning one year old! Can you believe it? The time has really flown, we can’t imagine how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, feel. Though, something tells us they’re probably just excited that their little one is finally sleeping through the night. In celebration of the little Prince’s first birthday, we come bearing gifts. Short of frankincense and myrrh, we’ve scoured the Internet for the best of the best to offer Prince George.

  1. Grandma is Greatest Queen Bibavailable at Café Press for $12.99
  2. Baby Japonesque Dolphin Nail Clipper and Fileavailable at J.Crew for $15
  3. Little Prince Potty Chairavailable at Children’s Funky Furniture for $119.44
  4. Harrods Guardsman Bearavailable at Harrods for $34
  5. Melissa Shoes Sugar Rain Rhino Boots, in Black, available at Bergdorf Goodman for $65
  6. The Little Prince, available at Amazon for $9.53
  7. Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug Mouse Ride-On, available at Barneys New York for $85

Instagram Diary: Montauk-ing with Sweaty Betty

By  July 21, 2014

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There is nothing I love more than the opportunity to escape the city for a little getaway. Make that a fitness getaway, and I’m beyond excited. Sweaty Betty (a well made, not to mention, fashion-forward fitness apparel brand) out of the UK recently opened a store in SoHo, and I’ve been sniffing around the brand’s wares ever since. Founder Tamara Hill-Norton invited me and a few other editors to spend three days at Ruschmeyers in Montauk, investing in fitness and wellness with yoga, SUP, and a visit to Montauk Juice Factory, all while wearing enviable pieces from Sweaty Betty. Perfection, right?

Jenny Packham Lights Up Real Luxury with Crafty Candles

By  July 21, 2014

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Jenny Packham wants to light up your home, and it’s not through your wardrobe!

Following int he footsteps of Jason Wu and Mary Katrantzou, the British designer has linked up with luxury beauty brand Neom Organics on a pair of scented candles that tap into Packham’s balance of sweet and sultry. The candles will be available at both eponymous sites starting in September for $137 for a 50-hour burn time and a whopping $505 for 150-hour burn time. “We chose to collaborate with Jenny Packham not just because she designs the most inspiringly beautiful dresses in the world, but because of the way the dresses make you feel,” said Nicola Elliott, co-founder of Neom Organics. “A precious moment of utter luxury, this is the synergy of Jenny Packham and Neom.”

The first candle, called Real Luxury, taps into our inner silver screen femme fatale with seductive notes of lavender, jasmine, and Brazilian rosewood essential oils. The second, Happiness, takes a lighter turn with a vibrant blend of white neroli, mimosa flowers, and lemon essential oils. Even the packaging nails Packham’s preference for the glitzy side of glamour thanks to bold 18-carat gold prints on each. “I’m a huge believer that scent is linked to mood, and I think we all associate certain scents with certain memories,” Packham said. “Each scent befits a mood and a moment. I love both, as I think many women would.”

We can already see our selves spinning through our scent-filled spaces in one of Packham’s pretty dresses!

Luxury Candles to Set the Mood

By  July 16, 2014

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The time is right for relaxation and romance. Turn off that main switch and light a candle, why don’t you? What’s that smell? Is that … cucumber melon? If the idea of making your home smell like a popular body spray for teens sounds like a winner, read no further. If you’re looking to adorn your home with luxurious fragrance, read on.

Scented candles no longer only come in ginormous jars that smell like super sweet food items (although there is a time and a place for such a thing). For a grown up, sensual candle experience, consider these luxurious options.

Moroccan Oil hand-poured candle – The signature hair and body oil smells divine on its own, but when this candle is burned in your home, the fragrance takes on a warm and sensual tone that will fill your home.

Diptyque - This perfumerie has been producing exquisite Parisian fragrances for home and body since 1961, and their reputation for high quality and uniquely beautiful scents makes them a celebrity favorite.

Voluspa - Voluspa candles make for exquisite and special gifts, because they’re not only decadently fragranced, they are beautifully packaged decorative items. With sumptuous scents like “Crisp Champagne” and “Tuberosa di Notte,” you can’t go wrong.

Henri Bendel - Henri Bendel is a purveyor of many chic must-have things, but the candles are amongst the best. With a variety of fragrances from classic to quirky, you could make your bathroom smell like Linen while your kitchen smells like Tomato Vine (for example).

NARS - That’s right, the makeup brand we all adore also makes sumptuously scented candles in beautiful glass containers, that come in 5 unique fragrances intended to stimulate the senses.

Bond No9 - Beloved NYC perfumerie Bond No9 makes exquisite, distinctive, memorable fragrances for your body and your home, which come packaged in collectors-worthy containers.

Capri Blue - Capri Blue candles come packaged in gorgeous, covetable found glass and mercury glass bowls that will look glorious on your mantle or dresser, and come in scents like Volcano, Rain and Aloha Orchid.

Jonathan Adler - Is there anything Jonathan Adler can’t do? The designer and tastemaker has a finger in every pie, and his candles are to die for. They come in bold bright candle vessels, or basic white, or super fun and quirky perfect-for-housewarming containers, like Peace, Hashish or Muse d’Or.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

Go Inside Ford's Further With Ford Trend Conference

By  July 14, 2014

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What happens when a car company invites a fashion girl to Detroit? She packs her Glam pink notebook, her metallic J.Crew wedges and gets ready to buckle down to learn about key trends that will impact the future of technology, design, sustainability and transportation at the fourth annual Go Further with Ford trend conference. She Instagrams Kenneth Cole speaking one the opening panel, gets a first look at the new Ford Edge, and is diagnosed by a lipsologist.

At one point during the conference, the automotive brand took the group of journalists, editors, bloggers and car enthusiasts on a tour of Ford’s Dearborn Truck plant. My first car was a Ford Taurus–my parents bought it in 1994 when it was the best-selling in its class at the time, kicking off my early Ford loyalty that was cemented after a trip to Dearborn plant. Let’s take a look, shall we?