Spring Fresh Whiskey Cocktails

1 May

Spring Fresh Whiskey Cocktails

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Vinceremos Julep

(Courtesy of Marie Zahn, Hawthorn Beverage Group)
  • 1.25 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • .75 oz. Amontillado Sherry
  • One tsp. Ginger Syrup
  • Eight mint leaves and three fresh mint sprigs

Instructions: Lightly muddle mint and ginger syrup, add other ingredients and top with pebble/crushed ice. Swizzle briefly and top with more ice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and straw.

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Harper’s Bet

(Courtesy of Mark Corley, The Silver Dollar)
  • 1.5 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • .5 oz. Grenadine
  • .5 oz. Lemon juice
  • .5 oz. Grapefruit juice
  • 3 dashes Orange bitters

Instructions: Shake and strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass.  Garnish with a lemon wheel or mint leaves.

Spring is in the air! Sunshine and blue skies inevitably accompany a craving for fresh and fruity cocktails. I.W. Harper Bourbon Whiskey has provided a couple perfect recipes for this time of year. Had lots of fun making (and drinking) them while enjoying a lovely Saturday on the porch with my dear friend Liz.

Two top-notch options for a seasonal social gathering — picnics, backyard bbq’s or even a Kentucky Derby party (that’s where this wonderful whiskey originates from, after all).

Cheers and enjoy!

Just Show Up

16 Apr

Just Show Up

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New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

When life throws you curveballs, as it will, time and time again, just remember that this shit is normal. I cannot recall the last time I was actually prepared for any significant change but, more often than not, with change comes something magical and completely unexpected.

If things start to feel off kilter…adjust. Don’t feel obligated to explain your decisions to anyone. People may love you and have your best interest at heart, but nobody knows you the way that you do. Never be swayed.

Without uncertainty there is no such thing as adventure. If something seems right deep down in your soul, it probably is…or at least it has the potential to be.

Personally, I’ve never really followed a traditional path, nor have I felt a desire to. But I love my weird, tumultuous life! Sure, I cried hysterically in the shower for 20 minutes this morning and I am not even sure why but, damn, it felt good. And then I got out, wiped my tears, got dressed, and had an amazing day.

It is important to commit to things, and sometimes the most important commitments are the ones we make to ourselves. If things don’t work out right away…modify. You don’t need to give up if things don’t go according to plan, you just need to show up and keep on moving forward.

 *wearing Sonya Chodry Fur Bomber, shot by MiG Ayesa // looking for similar styles? click click click for more felt fedoras and furry jackets!

The Vibes

12 Apr

The Vibes

Post sponsored by Target // Festival fashion is in full swing, and wherever in the world you are, there’s no harm in embracing it. Just be sure to add your own personal spin (and that doesn’t necessarily require face paint, flower crowns and something with fringe).

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New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style\
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style

I may be somewhere across the Atlantic but, as a California girl, I cannot help embracing Coachella vibes this time of year. Jumpsuits are a go-to for me and, thankfully, cute varieties are not hard to come by these days.

I’ve styled up two festival-friendly looks, prefect for getting in music mode. The first is a bit more “moody”, in attempt to steer clear of that all-too-common neon flair, and avoid coming across as overly eccentric. I am a firm believer that you can still stand out without dressing like a lightbulb. So, I went for something that felt playful but subtly somber, wearing a denim onesie, black-out shades and pair of leather booties.  The other look is just easy-breezy and very versatile. All about the “peek-a-boo” detail and cropped, culotte cut…and it’ll last me all summer long.

Whether you are looking for something “on trend” that can be styled up in multiple ways, or feel like going old-school J-Lo with a little ’80’s acid wash action, Target has you covered in the fashion department. So, go ahead…channel your modern hippie chick, and share a little comment about how you might integrate a “moody” or “decorated” theme into your festival wear this season?

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*head to toe: Ray-ban sunglasses, drawstring-waist jumpsuit via Target, KARA Stowaway bag from ShopGoldyn, Acne Pistol booties // Xhilaration denim cut-out jumpsuit,  Journee Colleciton slide sandals

Elevator Love Letter

24 Mar

Elevator Love Letter

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NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard Hotel, elevator shoot, halo braid, cat-eye makeup, printed maxi dress
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard Hotel, elevator shoot, halo braid, cat-eye makeup, printed maxi dress

Enjoy the ride.

*wearing Christina Economou Patchwork dress (click here for more printed maxi dresses), photography by MiG Ayesa, hair and makeup by Kai Stamps

Bubbles on Bubbles

22 Mar

Bubbles on Bubbles

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NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Standard East Village, perfect cozy robe, friend photo shoot

When all else fails, book a fancy hotel room (on credit, if you must – it’ll cost about as much as a therapy session in NYC), and enjoy an evening in with your favorite girls.

Take a bubble bath, order four bottles of champagne, wrap on up in cozy robes and let your worries float away.

Cry, bitch, laugh, sing, dance…do whatever you have to do to let go. Even if the escape is only temporary.

Feeling empty? Well there are countless ways to fill up on endorphins (sparkling wine is a good place to start). Stress is the catalyst for so many real-life ailments, and negative energy is highly contagious disease that nobody wants to catch.

Easier said than done, perhaps, but we must try and set ourselves free every once in a while, and embrace things that enable a more restful state of mind.

When I get lost, I remember my road trips…sticking my head out the window, with the music blasting, closing my eyes and letting the wind blow through my hair. These were the times when I allowed myself to feel life, like a beating pulse, rather than stumble along like a zombie off course.

I’ve certainly had my fair share of “moments”, where crying feels like the only possible release. But it is really important to remember those other times…the times when you you couldn’t help but smile, even if you tried super hard to keep a straight face. Just writing this is making me smile, because I am grateful for my friendships and the wonderful memories I’ve made so far.

We all deserve a night off from time to time. When the road gets rocky it’s easy to forget that it’s OK to escape for a second. There are endless opportunities for enjoyment out there, we just have to be willing to embrace them.

CHEERS.

On Shuffle

19 Mar

On Shuffle

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NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, two-piece printed short suit, leather satchel
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, two-piece printed short suit, leather satchel
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, two-piece printed short suit, leather satchel
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, two-piece printed short suit, leather satchel

It is a bizarre and familiar feeling to be so utterly inspired and disinterested at the same time…

To wake up with so much hope and gratitude, while simultaneously feeling like my bones may crumble to dust if someone says the “wrong” thing. 

Life can be a faulty, volatile, jolting roller coaster. Minutes can go by before I realize that I’ve practically forgotten to inhale…

But, if you aren’t struggling, at least a little bit, then what the fuck are you doing?

OWN IT: who you were, who you are, who you want to become…and don’t forget to keep on learning along the way. 

Do you want to listen to one song on repeat…

Over and over and over again, until you are taking your last breath, wishing you had heard all of the music?

Is that monotony alone not enough to kill you?

Who wants to return to the same unfulfilling job, day after day, with no aspirations for bigger and better?

Who wants to make a routine of reoccurring conversations with the same people, about the same bullshit, at the same depressing bar?

Who wants to crawl into bed each night, defeated, next to a person who owns your heart but doesn’t keep it locked up in a place that feels safe? Someone who holds you because they love you enough to know you need it, but not because they want to feel the closeness you’re starving for…

I do know that this this is not what I want.

Personally, I am okay with living on the edge of a cliff. If being excited also means being scared and taken off guard, from time to time, I’ll try and keep on rolling with it. 

I want to put myself in risky situations where possibilities are endless. I want to let the world throw me curveballs, so that I can go through the process of swinging and missing, slowly learn how to hit them, potentially strike out from time to time, but eventually be able to knock that shit out of the park. I’m willing to work for my personal home run. 

Do I want to fall? Of course not – who does? But I will fall, just as I have done time and time again. And I will pick myself back up…the same way that I always have. I imagine each time it will get a little bit easier. Shake it off and prepare yourself for whatever may come next – be it beautiful or trying. 

Embracing challenges is vital to facing, and overcoming, life’s inevitable hurdles…the challenges that help mold us as human beings and, ultimately, define our character. Without struggle one can never fully appreciate the brightness that surrounds us.

I want to discover true love – the kind that doesn’t make love hurt so much. I’ve had two great loves, both of which left me feeling thankful and sad. But they didn’t make me lose faith. And who knows, maybe one of those love stories isn’t over yet. I hope it’s not.

I think I will find the right person as soon as I can find my bearings. Once I am able to fully love myself, and be the right person…to look in the mirror and feel contentment rather than anxiety. We’re all capable of this, I believe, as long we keep our minds and our hearts in the right place.

I want to find a guy as crazy as I am to laugh, talk, and fully enjoy my life with, without hurting him. Not because I need it, but because I would rather share my curiosity with someone majestic than live through the magic all alone.

It’s sort of like waffles…I would eat them plain if I was really hungry, but I’d prefer to have them with syrup, strawberries, and three mimosas. Why settle for something that only leaves you longing for more?

At the end of the day, I want to be “happy”, just like everyone else on this wild earth. But I have come to acknowledge that the cut-and-dry, dictionary definition for this powerful word is sort of a sham.

“Happy” is more than a word. It is a sentiment that means something different to every person you pass by on the street…my version of “happy” is not the same as anyone else’s.

I think “happy” means taking that occasional, sometimes fleeting, but triumphantly powerful inspiration that anyone with a flicker of passion feels at one point or another, and storing it somewhere safe. It means opening your heart, allowing it to be broken without completely giving up hope, holding on to your morals and beliefs as if they are your most valuable possessions, having integrity, falling down, figuring out how to regain your strength when you feel completely dick slapped by everything and everyone around you, broadening your horizons with each and every tick of the clock, and putting your playlist on shuffle.

Don’t listen to the same song on repeat or do the same stupid dance over and over and over again, wishing you had experienced more of the music. There is so much music, and so much life. And the best part is, it’s never too late to experience, take a deep breath, and enjoy the wild, unpredictable and wondrous ride.

*head to toe: Christina Economou Oversized T-shirt, Christina Economou Collage Jupe Culottes (more rompers and playsuits here), Tantocosì by Riviere Borsa Milano Scala bag via Capolavori (similar satchel styles here)

Photography by MiG Ayesa

Shine On

16 Mar

Shine On

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NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts
NYC, Paris, LA Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Hotel photo shoot, red hair, metallic blazer, lace bra, high-waisted shorts

“A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.” Henry Kissinger

Sometimes life can be a real mother fucker. And I don’t even mean that to be a pessimistic statement….it’s just true. Bad shit happens to good people. The world is riddled with inexplicable hatred, and more grief and injustice than I will ever comprehend. But we persevere, because…is there another option?

Instead of cracking under pressure, I’m going to try and keep searching for that small, shiny light that has to exist somewhere – even if all think you see is pitch black darkness. Finding that glimmer of hope could be just enough to remember there’s actually just as much love and strength around us as there is evil.

Perhaps the reason people endure excruciating pain, is because it helps open our eyes to other invaluable treasures that exist around us….blessings in our lives we’ve been taking for granted without noticing.

It’s hard not to get swallowed up by unjustified wrongs, when sadness is completely warranted. But we can always try our best to paint a silver lining around broken hearts. Right now I just feel like life, love and joy are worth everything, even if times are tough.

Photography by MiG Ayesa, hair and makeup by Kai Stamps