Cranberry Basil Cosmopolitan

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!

Cranberry Basil Cosmo from @cydconverse

Cranberry Basil Cosmo

  • 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.

Cranberry Basil Cosmo from @cydconverse

Cranberry Basil Cosmo from @cydconverse

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Photography by Kelly Cartney | Styling + cocktails by Fresh Pours | Design Consultation by Elizabeth Clark Weddings | Stationery + illustrations by Beet & Path

[Photos by  Kelly Cartney.]

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Color Palette: Bluestone + Sage

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?

Color Palette: Bluestone and Sage from @cydconverse

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[Photos, from top: Garden TradingRefinery 29 | Buro.]

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Winter Skincare Essentials

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.)

Winter Skincare Essentials from @cydconverse

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.

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[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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Chocolate Berry Smoothie

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie from @cydconverse

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Today we’re starting the week with a yummy, nutrient-packed breakfast that doesn’t skimp on flavor. My favorite. Following up on the chocolate banana peanut butter smoothie I shared a couple weeks ago, today I’m bringing you my other favorite smoothie recipe – a chocolate berry smoothie loaded with fresh raspberries. Chocolate and raspberries together are just so good!

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie from @cydconverse

You can find the complete recipe over at Momtastic, where I’m breaking it down. Although honestly, it’s so simple it doesn’t require much breaking down, which is kind of why I love smoothies. Throw some stuff in the blender, whip it up for a few minutes and breakfast is ready. Love that!

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[Photos by Cyd Converse for Momtastic.]

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Pretty January DIY Ideas + Friday Link Love

It has been a shockingly long time since we wrapped up the week with a little Friday Link Love, but starting today we’re officially back in action! We’re talking about a handful of fresh, pretty DIY ideas perfect for a little January weekend crafting. This is pretty much going to be a working weekend for me. I had to take some time off this week to deal with some family/personal matters so I’ll be working hard this weekend to get caught up on my to-do list and start working on fun Valentine’s Day content to share with you in the coming weeks. What are you up to this weekend? Whatever it is I hope it’s fabulous and fun! See you here on Monday! xoxo

Pretty DIY Ideas and Friday Link Love from @cydconverse

[Color dipped clothes hangers | Dip dye placemats | Art print | DIY travel mug | DIY phone case.]

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