January 27, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I’m a firm believer that it’s never too early in the week to talk about happy hour so today I have another super yummy cocktail from Fresh Pours to share with you. We’re talking the fresh and fruity raspberry mojito! I have a serious love for a good mojito. We have a restaurant locally here that’s right on the water and they grow loads of mint right outside the front door so they can serve up amazing mojitos all summer long. Come winter, I start to crave those mojitos, which makes me pretty excited about this raspberry version. I think I might just need to whip up a pitcher of these this weekend when I’m debating whether I should be rooting for the Patriots or the Seahawks. (For the record, I’m leaning toward neither.) Is anyone else a huge mojito fan? I suggest you give this recipe a try!
- 1-1/2 oz white or silver rum
- 6 – 8 fresh mint leaves
- 6 lime wedges
- 1 oz raspberry simple syrup
- Splash of soda
- Fresh raspberries
In a shaker, muddle the mint, lime, and rum. Add ice and raspberry simple syrup to shaker. Shake well, and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with soda. Garnish with fresh raspberries and fresh mint leaf.
Photography by Kelly Cartney | Styling + cocktails by Fresh Pours | Design Consultation by Elizabeth Clark Weddings | Stationery + illustrations by Beet & Path
[Photos by Kelly Cartney.]
January 27, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Hi, friends! How’s everyone today? My apologies for being unexpectedly MIA since last week. Behind the scenes over here I’m gearing up for a lot of new things designed to help really make 2015 awesome. I realize that sounds annoying vague, but in reality these first few weeks of the New Year have largely been spent laying the foundation for my personal and professional goals for this year and beyond. I’m talking really exciting things like participating in webinars, reading and researching, taking lots of phone calls, reviewing contracts, budgeting, projecting, and so on and so forth. This is the first time in a few years that I’ve really made the effort to invest in the backend of the business (and by invest I mean with time, love and energy) and I feel like the time has been so well spent. But today, what I’m most loving is winter citrus. I can’t get enough of it come citrus season, and this color palette is all of that in a nutshell. Aren’t these colors just so pretty and happy? I love pretty and happy.
[Photos, from top: Talbott Teas | A Beautiful Mess | Desmond & Dempsey.]
January 22, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Apparently my reputation for loving a good cocktail precedes me, but today I’m convinced that’s a pretty good thing, because it inspired the fine folks at Fresh Pours to send over a few fun cocktail recipes to share with you! Fresh Pours is a new, hip cocktail and bartending service located in Toronto and today they’re sharing their signature cranberry basil cosmopolitan recipe. This is perfect for a dinner party, that bridal shower you might be planning or an at-home Valentine’s Day date night! Plus I just find the combination of cranberry and basil to be completely irresistible so there’s that, too. Stay tuned for more cocktails from Fresh Pours and many thanks to them for sharing!
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz Triple Sec
- 1/2 oz basil simple syrup
- 1 oz cranberry simple syrup
- 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
Put cranberry simple syrup in the bottom of a martini glass. In a shaker filled with ice, add vodka, triple sec, basil simple syrup and fresh lemon juice. Shake well and strain into the martini glass. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
January 21, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I’ve been working with my girl Erika (you guys have heard me mention her a zillion times) to start the daunting process of rebranding and redesigning The Sweetest Occasion. I mentioned that last week in my 50 Random Things About Me post, but it’s notable because it’s going to be the biggest overhaul I’ve taken on in the going on seven years since I founded this here blog. One of the things I’m pickiest about (and poor Erika, there are many) is the color palette, because we all know I’m a color fiend. Luckily, Erika knows exactly what I’m all about (we’ve logged a lot of hours all over the country in shared hotel rooms and curled up on couches drinking wine talking for hours) so I know I’m in good hands, but I’ve also been using Pinterest religiously to track my inspiration. Today’s post is directly inspired by some of that pinning action. Which is not to say the new branding will be anything like this when we’re all done, but I will say it helped me hone in on this perfect winter color palette. It’s soft, dimensional and cozy while still feeling bright and crisp. It feels sort of lovely and perfect on this -8° day, what do you think?
[Photos, from top: Garden Trading | Refinery 29 | Buro.]
January 20, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Friends, I need your help today! Now that we’re well into winter, my skin is taking a beating and this is the year I’m resolving to figure out a combination of products that helps remedy the situation. As a bit of background, I have combination skin. In the winter I have a very slightly oily t-zone on occasion, but tend to have extremely dry skin elsewhere. Around the corners of my nose, my cheeks, and the corners of my eyes are especially bad. My skin can get so dry in the winter that any kind of moisturizer burns like crazy and it’s not uncommon for me to walk around looking like I have chapped, windburned cheeks when I do not. Pretty! I feel like I’ve tried most everything in the drugstore so this might be the year where I need to invest in my skincare essentials so I can get things under control. I’m also open to using different products day and evening if that helps – I’ve just kind of always been too lazy to think about it that hard in the past. These products are ones I’ve either heard great things about, have started trying myself or saw on YouTube and decided to add to my list. (That bit about YouTube? Totally true.)
So, ok. This is where you come in! Lay it on me. What are your holy grail winter skincare products? I want to know about your favorite serums, moisturizers, cleansers, cleansing oil and waters, toners, exfoliators, the works. I try to stick to products that are free of parabens, sulphates, fragrances and alcohol where possible, although if something works well for you I want to hear all about it even if it might not perfectly fit that bill. I know you guys are way cooler than me and have your winter skin all figured out and have some wisdom to share, so please do! I’ll report back in a month or so and let you know how I’m making out.
[Row 1: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate | Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream | Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado | Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye | Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil | Row 2: Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Toner | Bioderma Cleansing Water | Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm | First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.]
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