Color Palette: Mediterranean + Morrocan

Happiest Monday to you, friends! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Ours was busy, but so much fun. We went to dinner at a friend’s cottage along the lake, spent yesterday moored out at our favorite swimming hole in the Thousand Islands and just generally tried to soak up every bit of summer that we could. In our parts everyone is already starting to talk like summer is over and that the inevitable long, cold winter is practically here, which is a sentiment I’m refusing to support just yet. This color palette is my way of holding onto summer just as long as I can! Heat and humidity, wide brimmed sun hats and refreshing fruity drinks for days. Also, these colors are just plain gorgeous together and I love the tropical vibe they give off, so there’s that, right?

Color Palette: Mediterranean and Moroccan

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[Photos, from top: La Vita Mia | Elena BeregatnovaOlivia Rae James for Gardenista.]

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Three Blueberry Things + Friday Link Love

Every year around this time I profess my love for all things blueberry. Today that entirely expected rhetoric continues. We’re heading to a friend’s housewarming party at their new summer home this evening so I have a dessert to prep. While it won’t be blueberry in nature (I’m actually bringing my no-bake Oreo peanut butter cake), I’m thinking I should reconsider that because these blueberry pies in little jars? Way way too cool. So today I’m leaving you with three blueberry recipes I think I need to try and your weekly dose of Friday Link Love. See you here on Monday and have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Three Yummy Blueberry Recipes

[Blueberry pie in a jar | Blueberry mint fizz | Blueberry cheesecake cupcakes.]

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Summer’s Best S’mores

When I went glamping with Skinny Cow to kick off the summer, one of the best parts was all of the yummy Skinny Cow ice cream and candy that followed us wherever we went. Always the fan of classic summer s’mores, you can bet that the chocolate candies piled high on trays near the campfire for making s’mores had me at hello! Turns out, swapping out plain chocolate squares for Skinny Cow’s Dreamy Clusters has become my new favorite way to fix s’mores. I’ve dubbed this summer’s best s’mores recipe and with good reason! These s’mores are delicious and they have that little extra something-something going on that any chocolate lover is sure to love.

Summer's Best S'mores Recipe by @cydconverse

To make them, all you need is the standard marshmallows and graham crackers, along with a stash of your favorite Skinny Cow candy. I love the dark chocolate Dreamy Clusters, but the caramel Divine Filled Chocolates are also pretty heavenly for s’mores making adventures. Roast your marshmallows over the campfire and sandwich them between two graham cracker halves loaded up with your pick of chocolate. Smush that bad boy together so it’s all ooey and gooey and indulge!

Summer's Best S'mores Recipe by @cydconverse

I busted these out at a recent campfire with friends and not a single person missed the standard chocolate squares. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’re all in agreement that we’re never going back to “normal” s’mores from here on out. These things are the real deal. Delicious, unexpected and the perfect way to indulge in summer’s favorite dessert in a way that makes your tastebuds happy while still being sensible. Win-win-win. Probably you should bust these out these weekend for a little backyard glamping action! Just saying.

Summer's Best S'mores Recipe by @cydconverse

For more from my amazing time glamping in Montana, you can revisit the photos and the video I shot for you here and here. Hoping to indulge in a glamping trip of your very own? You can also see my tips for what to pack when glamping and see my favorite things to pack when traveling for business mixed with pleasure. From start to finish, my glamping experience with Skinny Cow was the trip of a lifetime, which is something I wish for every one of you. So find a way to add a little adventure to your summer! These s’mores cooked over a backyard campfire paired with a glass of wine and your favorite oversized hoodie will you get you started in the right direction.

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You can truly have it all with Skinny Cow Ice Cream and Candy – incredibly delicious and indulgent yet ridiculously sensible! This summer, Skinny Cow is inspiring our girlfriends everywhere to have it all again by going glamping! Think camping with all the glamorous resort frills – bubble baths, candlelight dinners, feather pillows and so much more. Skinny Cow’s Girls Gone Glamping Sweepstakes is taking 9 lucky winners and their best friends on the glamping getaway of a lifetime! Pop over to Skinny Cow for the details and get yourself  entered to win.

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This post was sponsored by Skinny Cow via Glam Media. Read more about our editorial policies.

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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DIY Snow Cone Holder

DIY Snow Cone Holder by @cydconverse

When I shared my boozy summer snow cones earlier in the week, I promised you a DIY tutorial for making the snow cone holder that B and I made. This little project is one that is so much fun and could be adapted for all kinds of uses, but it’s definitely pretty awesome for holding frosty refreshing snow cones at your next summer party. To make it you’ll just need a few basic supplies like a length of of 1×6 lumber, a drill, some screws and a little thing they call a hole saw, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite tools for working with wood. Together it took B and I about 45 minutes to make, most of which was spent in measuring and laying things out. The construction party is very simple. Don’t be afraid of power tools! You can do this, friends.

DIY Snow Cone Holder by @cydconverse

Ready to rock a snow cone holder of your very own? Click through for the tutorial!

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Boozy Summer Snow Cones

This post was sponsored by Seagram’s Espaces. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that so
generously help The Sweetest Occasion keep the party rockin’!

Boozy Summer Snow Cones by @cydconverse

Snow cones. Is there anything more delicious and refreshing during the hot summer months? I’m thinking pretty much no. Which is why I am so excited to have teamed up with the folks at Seagram’s Escapes today to bring you my take on the perfect poolside beverage. For late summer pool parties there is nothing better than some boozy snow cones! That’s right, friends. Boozy snow cones. Game on!

Boozy Summer Snow Cones by @cydconverse

Boozy Summer Snow Cones by @cydconverse

To make your own spiked snow cones, all you need is a bunch of shaved ice, which you can whip up in your blender or food processor and whirring until chopped up. (There’s no need for a snow cone maker!) Then just set up a table by the pool with some cute snow cone cups, straws and all your favorite Seagram’s Escapes flavors. Friends can scoop up their own cone and top it with the juicy flavor they love best. (The Blackberry Breezer and the Bahama Mama are my personal picks!)

Boozy Summer Snow Cones by @cydconverse

To keep our snow cones in check, B and I whipped up this fun snow cone holder. Tomorrow I’ll walk you through how we did it, because it was super simple to build. In the meantime, these Seagram’s Escapes snow cones have become one of our favorite treats this summer! They’re fruity and refreshing and perfect for hot summer days spent by the pool. Grown up snow cones. Let’s make them a thing, ok?

Boozy Summer Snow Cones by @cydconverse

Boozy Summer Snow Cones by @cydconverse

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[Photos + cocktails by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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