Mezquiri

I always thought that Daiquiris were the frozen syrupy drinks that make your head feel like it’s going to pop off when you wake up the next morning. Quickly I would skip over the Daiquiri on the menu while out sipping at cocktail bars deeming the Daiquiri ‘not worthy’ of being served at cocktail bars… until a couple weeks ago. I don’t know if it was because cold weather was lingering just a little too long & I had found myself wishing for a tropical drink or what, but J and I went to Church & State, a cocktail bar in the H Street Corridor that serves “All American” cocktails with homemade syrups and mixes.Thanks to their Daiquiri, I’m now singing a different tune.

Also, the Daiquiri also might be the simplest cocktail out there to mix up so all you “I’m not a mixologist” drinkers out there, you too can whip this up and impress your friends. Serve it with some tacos or if you’re feeling really sassy, swap out the traditional base, Aged Rum, with the smoky cousin of tequila- mezcal! I can’t wait to play around more with this recipe now that warm weather has made it’s arrival!

Here’s the recipe I came up with for the birth of the Mezquiri…

The Mezquiri | makes one cocktail

2 ounces Mezcal (I prefer Vida)
1 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1 lime wheel, for garnish

1) In a cocktail shaker, combine the mezcal, lime juice and simple syrup.
2) Fill the shaker with ice; cap and shake for 15 seconds.
3) Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with the lime wheel. Serve immediately.

C’s Note: If you’re taking my recommendation and serving with tacos, try this recipe for Green Chile & Tomatillo Chicken tacos! You can garnish with cotija cheese & some thin jalapeno slices. Cheers!

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Girls Night In

Girls Night In

TGIF!! J has been traveling a little the last couple of weeks and as much as I miss him, I have to admit, sometimes it’s nice to have a night to yourself to put on your face mask with no judgement, slip into something more comfortable than work clothes, and light your favorite candle before settling into a night of trashy tv with a {large} glass of wine! And in case you didn’t know, it is Rosé season so to celebrate why don’t you just pour yourself two big glasses! 😉 (I love this Rosé & this Sparkling Rosé! Both are under $15)

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite girls night in things… A cute little PJ set (love this one too), Diptyque candles, lip scrubs that you’ll want to eat, and Sephora’s eye and face masks. I plan to this Pearl eye mask this weekend so I’ll report back what I think about it!

What are your favorite things to do on your night in?

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Wedding Video


Today marks 5 months since we tied the knot! Honestly it feels like it was just yesterday! …And then there’s some days it feels like we’ve been married for so much longer! We’re probably definitely still in the honeymoon phase. I still getting confused on what last name to use, we have a “date night” every 5th of the month, and I think married life is the best!

While honeymooning in Italy we couldn’t stop recalling fun stories and events that happened on our wedding day. At the very end of our honeymoon we got a sneak peek of some wedding photos. It was the best way to keep the newlywed excitement high. When we returned home I was anxiously awaiting our completed wedding video and the rest of our photos. When our video arrived in my inbox a couple weeks later I couldn’t stop watching it! I’ve never played something on repeat so much!

It’s so fun watching and reliving our wedding day festivities. Seeing all of our family and friends together having a great time and everyone’s dance moves makes me laugh. The wedding day flies by so fast, but the video takes me back to having the best feeling in the world! I still can feel the giddiness of walking down that aisle! I hope you all enjoy watching our wedding video and in case you missed it, you can view some of our wedding photos here!


Photography, Voyage Photography @rachelsimon | Videography, D.P. Weddings |Venue, Historic Rockland Manor | Bride’s Dress, Enzoani via Love Couture Bridal | Brides’s Shoes, Jimmy Choo | Catering, Country Lane Catering |Band, The Bachelor Boys | Rentals, Capital Classic Rentals | Bridesmaid Dresses, J.Crew, Dessy, Show Me Your Mumu, Jenny Yoo, Asos, Joanna August | Hair, Flow Blow Dry & Beauty Bar | Groom & Groomsmen Suit, Tommy Hilfiger | Groom Vest, John Varvatos | Groom & Groomsmen Tie, The Tie Bar

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London Bits ‘n Bobs

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© London News Pictures. 26/07/2013 . London, UK. Gerry O’Brien, landlord of the Churchill Arms on Kensington Church road, West London, waters the flowers on his pub on a summers day. Gerry, who has been the landlord of the CHurchill Arms for 30 years, spends 2 weeks every year planting the flowers which are watered twice a day.

{via / Photo credit : Ben Cawthra/LNP}

In just over a month we will be off to explore London! I’ve recently been watching The Crown on Netflix to get me in the right state of mind and it has me itching to hop over the pond now! (If you haven’t seen The Crown, I highly recommend it!) We have our flights & hotel booked but nothing else other than a few super touristy things on our list to do! We’re staying in Soho at Hazlitts which I can’t wait to see in person. From the look of it [& reviews] I have high expectations of it being a super charming, quintessential London boutique hotel! We’ve tossed around the idea of heading out of the city after a few days of exploring to Cotswold or Bath but haven’t decided on that quite yet…

If you’ve been to London, from London, live in London, or just have some London Bits ‘n Bobs to share, we’d love (love!) to hear them!

  1. What are the “can’t miss” spots?
  2. Favorite restaurants and/or pubs?
  3. Is high tea worth the price tag?
  4. Do you have any day-trip recommendations?
  5. And most importantly….What should I buy from Harrods?! 😉

 

I’ve done a bit of shopping for the trip too… Here’s a few things I’ve picked up to pack…

 

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Finesse

I  have always been about the high low mix. My wardrobe, accessories, and beauty products including my choice of Shampoo and Conditioners. I’m pretty lucky that I have fairly easy hair to manage since it isn’t super dry, it isn’t thin or crazy curly. I have medium length, medium to heavy weight, wavy hair. If I let my hair air dry then it’s wavy. If I blow dry it, it will stay straight. If I curl it, it holds curls pretty darn well. BUT, it’s important to me that I’m treating my hair just as well as I’m treating my skin, because hair is one of those things that if you neglect it long enough, it will rebel!

Back in the October 2016 Allure issue, Kendall Jenner shared that she uses Finesse and got the tip from Kim Kardashian who had been using Finesse for years! Now, I’m no big Kardashian superfan but you can’t deny that those girls have their beauty routine nailed down. Beautiful makeup, flawless looking skin, and always shiny locks. I couldn’t believe it… millionaires who would have NO problem shoving out $50 a bottle were opting for a Shampoo and Conditioner that were under five bucks. Since Finesse was definitely working for them, I had to see if Finesse was going to work on my hair too. So I opted to try out the Finesse ® Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner to help combat the harsh winter’s impact. Just three to five washes later I could see a difference! My hair felt lighter, softer, and my split ends weren’t showing up as fast! When I was blowdrying my hair I had less frizz and flyaways, not to mention the price was making my wallet (and husband) happy! I’m sure I’ll continue to “try” new Shampoos and Conditioners out throughout my life, but in the meantime I’m loving that I’ve found my new go-to! (Plus, Finesse is showing up in significantly more stores this year — including over 3,400 Walmart stores, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and more priced around $1.99 – $3.99!) So morale of the story is… give Finesse ® Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner a shot! Your hair will thank you!

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Sunshine & Daisies

Spring

 

I am sitting here in March wishing and hoping that I could be slipping into one of these slides instead of boots. I can’t really complain though. Our Fall here in D.C. was warm and our winter mostly mild. A snow storm to close out the season isn’t the worse thing in the world & Stella was a lot less of a storm that predicted- But it doesn’t change that I’m ready for a wardrobe switch! And I have to tell you… I am LOVING the mule/slide trend! These sunshine yellow double strap slides and these crochet slides are both from Target. Yes, you read that right! Who What Wear collaborated with the mega store for a line that is super cute! I’ve already picked up this skirt & top set, these pants, and this tank. I can’t wait to mix and match and wear the eyelash tank with some white jeans, black strappy heels & a bright pink lip for date night when the weather warms up. I’m also loving the look of adding a little neckerchief with my more casual outfits. (Post to come soon!) It adds that little something to the look! You can go traditional bandana print or try something different like  this cute boat printed one or this gingham one.  Ok yeah… definitely safe to say that I am ready for some warmer weather, sunshine & daisies! So winter you’ve been real but the snow can melt and Stella can storm right out of the D.C. area please!

P.S. I splurged on this crossbody… yay or nay?! It’s definitely a small bag, and a pretty penny, but I love how versatile it can be and the cream color for Spring and Summer…. What do you think- Should I keep it?

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Parisian Brunch

 

Pretty much as soon as we touched down I was swept away and completely in love with Paris. I have only been that one time, but dream about going back to my favorite city of lights often. Since a weekend away in Paris wasn’t in the books, I decided to bring Paris to my little home in D.C. for a celebratory birthday brunch.

I kept my spread simple and allowed people to make their own brunch cocktails by providing a mimosa and bloody mary bar. I did  have the glass rims decorated with pink sprinkles for the mimosas and a smokey chili salt for the bloodies but the rest was left to our guests’ preferences.

I found at my favorite grocery store (Trader Joe’s of course) frozen croissants that you let proof overnight and bake. Let me tell you- the smell it leaves in your house is enough to buy these pups, but they taste just as delicious as they smell! I had plain, almond, and chocolate croissants, a brie wedge, cured meats, jam, vanilla yogurt with granola, and a household favorite on cold winter mornings- a seasonal frittata. No birthday celebration would be complete without a couple of desserts so we had a chocolate cake, raspberry cookie sandwiches and some coconut thins.

Since we registered for all white serving dishes I love adding color with flowers and little details like the lemons for a pop of yellow. Flower arrangements can be scattered around your house to make sure your “theme” is consistent. J bought me flowers for my birthday and I just spruced them up a bit with some eucalyptus branches to add a whimsical and romantic feel. Speaking of romantic, I’ve posted a few of my favorite wedding pictures to my C’s Love Story pages! Jump on over to that page after you’re done reading this post! (Hope you like them as much as I do!!) 28 is off to a great start and already scheduled for some fun adventures so keep following along!

C’s Party Tip: Having pre-salt or sprinkle rimmed glasses is a way to add just a little bit more fun to a Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar! For Bloodies make sure you have pepper and some hot sauce for those that like it a little spicier. If you’re not crazy about adding OJ to a perfectly good glass of champagne, you can always muddle some berries or fruit for a little flavor!

 

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Wedding

 

 

So very cliche to say but, our wedding day was the best day of my life! It was so overwhelmingly wonderful to have every single person who has been with us through our life, and relationship, to share in our special day. The love and support was so abundant and of all the things that went off course while planning, it was totally worth it. Our original wedding venue was scheduled to be built early 2016. Well, 3 months before our wedding in November we had to quickly change plans and find a new venue since the original venue was hardly even a construction site. Along with a new venue came reordering our invitations, programs, working with a rental company for the tent, tables, chairs, etc. and switching our mindset to a new atmosphere. I always wanted our wedding to have a romantic feel to it, and honestly, I think venue #2 achieved this vibe more than we could have hoped. With two cottages for the bridal party to get ready in on-site, a stunning side porch that was lit with candles and the chandelier, and a sunny 67 degree Autumn day, (the kind of weather you pray for) made for a perfect event. Looking out at our guests and saying our vows in front of everyone in the audience was the most special time.

Everyone warned us how quickly the day goes by and they’re 1000% right. It was a full day that seemed like maybe 5 minutes. The best piece of a advice a friend gave us at our rehearsal dinner was to step off the dance floor and together look at everyone enjoying themselves. It was the coolest thing seeing family and friends laughing, cheersing, and dancing together. Thank goodness for all the pictures and our video capturing the absolutely packed dance floor and happy faces of all our loved ones. If I could do it all again I would, but for now I’ll be here just scrolling through all 1200 of our photos, smiling and feeling super grateful for our family, friends and of course, my husband!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography, Voyage Photography @rachelsimon | Videography, D.P. Weddings |Venue, Historic Rockland Manor | Bride’s Dress, Enzoani via Love Couture Bridal | Brides’s Shoes, Jimmy Choo | Catering, Country Lane Catering |Band, The Bachelor Boys | Rentals, Capital Classic Rentals | Bridesmaid Dresses, J.Crew, Dessy, Show Me Your Mumu, Jenny Yoo, Asos, Joanna August | Hair, Flow Blow Dry & Beauty Bar | Groom & Groomsmen Suit, Tommy Hilfiger | Groom Vest, John Varvatos | Groom & Groomsmen Tie, The Tie Bar
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The Big Texan Bourbon

Cold weather means bourbon weather. Here in DC, we’re experiencing some unusually warm temps for February (hello 65 degrees & sunny!) but it’s still winter and in winter I like bourbon based drinks & red wine. The warm temps just make me want to drink a little earlier 😉

I shared our absolute favorite favorite bourbon cocktail recipe in this post, but I also like trying a few new ones just to keep it interesting.

Full disclosure; The Big Texan Bourbon calls for Basil and unfortunately I didn’t have anything but rosemary sprigs and some dried herbs when I was making this. I’ve tried dried cooking herbs in cocktails and they just don’t work out that well (insert: brush your teeth after!) so I substituted the basil for rosemary which was still super tasty! I have since tried the cocktail with basil, and that’s super yummy too!

The Big Texan Bourbon | makes one cocktail

  • 2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 2 basil leaves
  • Ice
  • 1 grapefruit slice or peel
  • 1 cherry

In a cocktail shaker, combine the grapefruit juice, bourbon, simple syrup and basil. Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice. Add 5 ice cubes to the shaker and shake well. Strain the drink into the ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with the grapefruit peel and cherry.

C’s Tip: Make your own Bourbon-Soaked Cherries: 

1 cup bourbon, ⅔ cup sugar, ¼ cup fresh orange juice, 1 1-inch strip orange peel, 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ pound cherries, pitted

Combine the bourbon, sugar, orange or citrus juice and orange peel in a small saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Combine the bourbon mixture and cherries in a container and seal. Cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator and let chill for at least three days before using.

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Hello

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It just dawned on me that since all of my previous posts were swiped (see post here) some of you might be wondering who I am!

I am a blogger, turned fiancée, turned wife, who needs to have some sort of creative project so I don’t go insane! Insert blog. Not sure exactly where I’m going to go with the blog this go ’round but it’s here so stick along for the ride!

I love cooking but thanks to the DC Metro traffic, J does most of the cooking in our house. (He’s the best!!) And we use Plated. We love Plated. Without Plated I would have never had this delicious meal (french onion soup burgers), or this one (tilapia confit & green beans) both household favorites!

If you clicked those links and got curious scrolling my Instagram feed, you probably noticed that I have quite a bit of cocktails on there. When J is cooking and I’m coming home late, it’s usually my job to either pour a glass of wine or mix up a cocktail. And yes, we have a favorite household cocktail too. It was the cocktail we served as our “signature cocktail” at our wedding because it is the cocktail that we whip up for parties and cozy nights in alike – aka actually our signature cocktail.

The Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour
makes two cocktails

  • 3 shots bourbon
  • 1 & 1/2 shots fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 shot dark amber maple syrup
  • 1 large sprig of rosemary (plus 2 small sprigs for garnish)
  1. Crush the large sprig of rosemary in your hand and add it to the shaker.
  2. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into rocks glasses containing large cubes of ice and garnish with remaining rosemary sprigs.

 

So here’s the deal. Whip up one of these yummy drinks, comment below and let me know what you want to see on this little ol blog of mine, and tell me something about yourself! xo

 

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