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Party Time | Cinco de Mayo

Hola Babes! In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve got some festive fiesta inspiration for you!

But first, a little history lesson.

Cinco de Mayo is a day to pay tribute to the Mexican army’s improbable victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The French army was well-equipped, had twice the man power, and had not been defeated in almost 50 years, but under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the French forces. As Time magazine remarked, “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath.” Mexico did remain occupied by the French a year later, but the victory at Puebla helped establish a much-needed sense of national unity and patriotism.

In America today, due to typical over-commercialization and general stupidity, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to buy (racist) fake mustaches from the party store and get bombed on tequila. I try to keep the core spirit of any holiday in mind when celebrating, so for Cinco de Mayo, I’ll be cooking up some authentic Mexican recipes and enjoying the sunshine with friends. No appropriation or inebriation for this babe.

If you’re interested in celebrando, here’s a look at some Cinco de Mayo food & fun:

Margarita | Barbacoa | Corn | Guacamole | Sorbet | Agua Fresca

Table | Gilded Piñata | Streamers | Planters | Wall Hanging | Cactus Piñata | Flowers

How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

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Birthday Babe

Here are a few photos from various celebrations early this month.

My babe Bekah, my boo, & I celebrated early with brunch in downtown Anchorage.

Once in California, I celebrated with my family in Los Angeles.

Finally, I celebrated my BFF Ashley’s birthday in Venice along with some of our friends.

Because I live in Alaska and my family & dear friends live in California, we don’t normally get to spend special occasions together. It was really such a pleasure to celebrate with all the people I love this year. Truly a fabulous start to my new year!

How do you like to spend your birthday?

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Circle Flag Birthday Banner
Design, Home, Seasonal

Circle Flag Birthday Banner | DIY

Image of DIY graphicTo continue with the birthday theme, I have for you a birthday decor DIY. I like to make birthday banners vs. purchase ready-made ones in store, so I’ve made this Circle Flag one for my boo’s birthday this weekend.

This is a simple paper flag banner that you attach to string with tape. And as if that’s not simple enough, I’ve made the circle flags for you! Just click on the pdf below, see the print instructions to print out the flags, & follow along with me!

Circle Flag Birthday Banner PDF

You can print these flags onto card stock if you’d like them to be a little more firm, but I printed mine on copy paper.

SuppliesThen I assembled my supplies: Printed Circle Flag Pages, Scissors, String, Black & White Washi Tape.

Cut FlagsNext, I cut out my circle flags from the printed pages.

For the string, measure out the length you need to accommodate all your circle flags. I prefer to have the “happy” & “birthday” on two separate strings for a more dynamic banner, but if you’d like them all on one string, measure for that.

TapeNow to adhere the flags onto the string. Cut a length of tape & place  in along the top of the flag, overlapping the edge at about halfway up the width of the tape.

Flip over your flag & place the string along the tape. Fold over the unstuck half of the tape onto the back of the flag, securing the string inside.

ContinueContinue taping your flags until they’re all adhered to the string.

FinishedVoila! You’ve made a birthday banner. Now hang that thing up because it’s time to cut the cake and open presents!

What birthday DIYs do you like to do?

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The Greyhound | Hump Day Treat

I simply could not resist the perfectly pink grapefruits at the market this week. A favorite breakfast of mine is a piece of toast, half a grapefruit with a little honey, & a cup of tea. I figured I could stretch my luscious fruit find into a lovely cocktail as well.

The Greyhound is a breeze to put together & the fresh squeezed juice makes it feel oh-so Summer-y.

So let’s get to it! You’ll need…

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 6 oz Grapefruit Juice (fresh squeezed please)
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup (Combine equal parts water & sugar, heat until dissolved. Keeps in the fridge for a week)
  • Jigger or other measuring device
  • Rocks glass filled with ice
  • Cocktail stirrer or spoon
  • Slices or wedges of grapefruit for garnish

Photo of Greyhound IngredientsRound up your ingredients.

 

Into your glass, pour in the vodka, grapefruit juice, & simple syrup.

 

Photo of Stir & Garnish Drink

Stir well until everything is combined. Pop a wedge of grapefruit on the rim to garnish & get to sipping!

What fruits do you go to for cocktail inspiration?

 

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Classic Rocks Margarita
Food

Classic Rocks Margaritas | Hump Day Treat

I don’t like to play favorites (yes, I do), but if I had to choose a fave cocktail, the margarita would be going home a winner. It’s got all the right elements, I think, a cocktail should bear. Not overly sweet, bright & refreshing, and, most importantly, it’s got a serious kick.

I’ve closed out the year with margaritas. I’ve celebrated a beautiful summer day with margaritas (& my even more beautiful BFF). I like margaritas so much, my first (legal) drink was a margarita from Chipotle. I’ll never forget that first taste of the perfection that is eating Mexican food & drinking tequila.

So babes, it would behoove you to have a good-sized lunch to soak up all the impending tequila, because tonight we’re having margaritas!

Here’s how it’s done.

  • 4 oz Lime Juice (fresh squeezed please)
  • 6 oz Silver Tequila
  • 2 tsp Orange Liqueur
  • 2 oz Simple Syrup (Combine equal parts water & sugar, heat until dissolved. Keeps in the fridge for a week)
  • Chilled rocks glass(s) filled with ice (I used a wine glass, use whatever glass you like, it’s your cocktail)
  • Jigger or other measuring device
  • Cocktail shaker filled with ice
  • Salt for rimming the glass
  • Slices or wedges of lime for garnish

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Gather your arsenal.

 

Prep your glass(s) by rubbing the rim with a lime wedge then dipping the glass in salt. Then, fill your glass with ice.

 

Into the shaker, pour the lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, & simple syrup (I missed the shot of the lime juice going in, forgive me).

 

Photo fo Finished Drink

Shake until chilled through. Then, strain into your prepared glass(s), garnish with lime, & drink up! This recipe makes 2 drinks, so share with a friend… or don’t 😉

What’s your fondest margarita moment?

 

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Fashion, Seasonal

4th of July | The Look

Image of The Look GraphicYou’ve made your decor, curated your soundtrack, & planned your menu for Independence Day. Now, all you need is the perfect outfit (isn’t that always the case)!

Here are 4 red, white, & blue looks to ensure you look Star Spangled Bangin’ this 4th of July weekend!

 

Image of The Look | 4th of JulyBDG Americana Sweater Top Bra $34. from Urban Outfitters | AE Denim Shortall $25 from American Eagle Outfitters | ASOS DINO Flatforms $42 from ASOS | Riot Society Original Gangster Abe Raglan Tee sold out 😦 from Pacsun | Distressed Denim Shorts $25 from H&M | Wanderlust Slingback Sandals $14 from Go Jane | Aviator Flash Lenses in Blue $170 from Ray-Ban | Lady Danger Lipstick $16 from MAC | Cutout Embroidery Top $23 from Forever 21 |  MOTO Flag Front Hotpants $64 from Topshop | Madden Girl X Kendall & Kylie Biijou Sandals $50 from Pacsun | MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Large Selma’ Zip-Top Satchel $358 from Nordstrom | Flounce Layer Maxi Dress $17 from Wet Seal | Dolce Vita Open Toe Wedge Sandals – Shandy $179 from Bloomingdale’s

What are you wearing this Independence Day?

 

 

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Food, Seasonal

4th of July | Party Menu

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Hey Party Babes! I don’t know about you, but I love any excuse to decorate, dress up, & entertain. Luckily, Independence Day is a very worthy excuse. So invite your crew over & warn the neighbors, because it’s about to get crazy in your backyard!

No one likes being held hostage in the kitchen while all the fun is happening outside, so here’s a pre-preped & grill-friendly menu of BBQ faves.

Chips & Dip • Punch • Beer • Hamburgers • Hot Dogs • Corn on the Cob • Potato Salad • Baked Beans • Green Salad • Jello-O

The Day Before:

  • Make this potato salad
  • Make these Jell-O parfaits, but hold off on adding the toppings

The Morning Of:

  • Make a boozy Sweat Tea punch
    • Simmer 1½ cups each sugar & water until the sugar dissolves; let syrup cool. Mix 8 cups chilled strong black tea, 1 cup each lemon juice & bourbon, & the syrup in a punch bowl. Add some lemon slices. Serve over ice. (Recipe via Food Network Magazine’s 50 Party Punches)
  • Make your favorite green salad
  • Make/ buy your favorite salad dressing (this ranch looks easy enough)

Right Before:

  • Put out cups, plates, silverware, & napkins
  • Put out the punch, beer, ice water (you’ve got to stay hydrated!), & any other drinks you’d like
  • Put out your favorite chips & store-bought/ homemade dip (I love Ruffles w/ Onion Dip)
  • Put out the potato salad
  • Put out the salad & dressing (serve the dressing on the side to keep the lettuce crisp)
  • Put out the Jell-O & top with Cool Whip & Strawberries
  • Plate your burger & dog toppings & condiments
    • The Classics: American, cheddar & swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, relish, ketchup, yellow mustard, mayo
    • The Contemporary: crisp bacon, blue cheese, arugula, avocado, jalapeños, grilled onions, Sriracha, Dijon mustard, aioli

During:

  • Dump your favorite canned baked beans into a saucepan & place on the grill to heat through
  • Grill the corn, season it to your liking (this sounds delish) & serve it with these
  • Grill the hamburgers (here’s a helpful video)
  • Grill the hot dogs
  • Toast the buns, if desired
  • Stab these into the burgers & dogs & let your crew dress them to their liking
  • Eat & drink too much in perfect reflection of American excess

And there you have it. Now hang your Star Spangled Banner, crank up your 4th of July Jams, & fire up that grill!

What else are you babes cookin’ up tomorrow?

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