In Season: 6 Sweet Summer Cool-Downs With Smirnoff Ice

By  July 30, 2014

The guest list is confirmed, the menu is set, the decor’s been determined, and, naturally, your party outfit is already hanging behind the door. The last step toward readying your swanky-chic summer bash and arguably the most important touch: Stock the bar, with cool cocktail creations in mind.

Provide party guests with something smooth and refreshing to sip all evening. Summer and Smirnoff Ice go hand in hand, especially for a get-together where there may be myriad beverage preferences. Versatile, crisp, and perfect for the season, Smirnoff Ice can be served alone, as a citrus taste treat, or, for something different, combined into a creative concoction. Try out these recipes for your bash!

Stripey Shandy (2 servings)
1 (11.2 oz.) bottle Smirnoff Ice Original
1 (11.2 oz.) bottle Red Stripe beer
Lemon wheel
Into a pint glass, pour chilled beer, then Smirnoff Ice, and top with a lemon wheel.

Smirnoff Ice Original Sangria (10 servings)
2 cups Smirnoff Ice Original
2 cups Butterfly Kiss Chardonnay
Fruit for garnish: oranges, blueberries, limes, lemons, raspberries, apples, peaches
Soak fruit in wine.
Pour into a punch bowl and stir in Smirnoff Ice Original.
Serve with fruit.

Smirnoff Ice Preparada
Into a pint glass, add ice and fresh fruit such as oranges, pineapple, apples, limes, strawberries, cherries, lemons, and limes.
Pour Chamoy and Chili Lime seasoning to your liking over fruit.
Stir in Smirnoff Ice Original.

Smirnoff Ice Bellini Sangria (10 servings)
2 cups Smirnoff Ice Peach Bellini
2 cups Butterfly Kiss Moscato
Fruit for garnish: peaches, cherries, raspberries


A Look at H&M’s Fall/Winter 2014 Home Collection

By  July 29, 2014


A little under a year ago, H&M launched its highly awaited e-commerce site with a new addition: home! Now, we’re excited to share our favorite looks from the Swedish retailer’s fall/holiday offering. One word: gorgeous. The products are everything you could need to perfect your #shelfie. Think velvet cushion covers, faux fur throws, and floral bedsets–talk about looking forward to home for the holidays. Click through to see the best looks.

Instagram Diary: Hitting the High Seas with Canyon Ranch

By  July 25, 2014



There’s a certain decadence associated with cruises: beautiful destinations, lengthy voyages, and endless buffets. It’s easy to overindulge in certain aspects, but spa authority Canyon Ranch has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to bring everything into balance. Luckily, they also brought me along for the ride.

Scott Campbell's SAVED Wines Save The Arts

By  July 25, 2014

SAVEDWinesSave the arts by drinking wine? Sounds good to us. Contemporary artist Scott Campbell and California winemaker Clay Brock, founders of SAVED wines, have released a special limited edition gift set that benefits Free Arts NYC. A group of 100 screen printed black lacquer boxes with original artwork by Scott Campbell will hold newly released vintages of SAVED Red Wine and SAVED “Magic Maker” Rosé.

The artwork on the boxes was inspired by the wine labels and projects Campbell’s belief in the power of symbolism and its ability to set positive wellbeing in motion. The box is available for $100 at SAVEDWines.com. All proceeds will benefit the charity and be used for arts programming in schools.

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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