Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Drinks

A Thanksgiving tradition at my parents' house is ALWAYS am Bloody Mary's. I've had my fair share of Bloody Mary's (aka every time I brunch) and always make them at home. Yes, I know not everyone is a fan (ughhh i don't understand) but I always use Ina Garten's recipe and add a few more extra spicy ingredients.

Hands down the best Bloody Mary I have ever had was in Boston at Stephanie's on Newberry. Aside from the fact it is was absolutely freezing while we brunched, they have a cute little card that lets you  build your own bloody! The options were incredible. Blue cheese stuffed olives, bacon, red hot cheery pepper, and caper berries just to name a few!

I must say the key to any great homemade Bloody Mary is definitely the type of liquor. Plain old vodka is good but Absolut Pepper is a plus! Also adding a splash of Tequila infused with pepper is the absolute best!

Here is the recipe I use: (Thanks Ina Garten)

3 large stalks celery from the heart, including leaves, plus extra for serving
36 ounces tomato juice (recommended: Sacramento)
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
12 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
1 1/2 cups Absolut Pepper for extra kick if not plain vodka does the trick

We are stepping it up this year and adding a topping station where one can add in extra's like at Stephanie's! So far the toppings in the running are: Bacon (duh), blue cheese stuffed olives, slim jims, and a dill pickle spear! Do you have any secret ingredients that make your Bloody Mary? Spill!

This is a photo of my Stephanie's on Newberry's drink:

Build your own! I may or may not have copied a few ideas from this....

Friday, October 18, 2013



Wow, it has been a while since I posted. Life took over. Classes, Junior League, work, alumni club...You name it and I was volunteering. It was overwhelming but now I am finally half way done with the semester!

One specific reason why I have been so stressed is because graduation is looming. It is getting closer and closer and I have no idea what I want to do. I want to work in higher education but not really sure where. While thinking about this the other night walking to class I noticed we had a guest speaker. We had a professor who used to run a program in the inner city that works with children from 7th to 12th grade improving grades, doing activities, and most importantly giving information about college. The speech left me so inspired to connect with these children and give them access and information to higher education. The success stories were so inspiring.

To top it off that Saturday I had my first community service event planned for the alumni group I am part of. We partnered with an organization that does something very similar in lower income areas and helps out the school with everything from grades to cleaning. We were able to paint a huge mural on the wall of the cafeteria and surprise the children. It was amazing making the school beautiful for these students.

These two events combined left me feeling so satisfied. I'm still glowing from having participated in the two events and I really feel like I now know what I want to do with my life. Don't know how I will get there but I know what I want. My two professors even agreed that it would be a great fit.

I cannot explain how happy I am. This week has turned into a very positive week. Also, I'm flying to Boston to visit my best friend and celebrate her engagement. I mean really this week has been so amazing.

Have you had any turning points in your life where everything seemed to come together even if it was only for a little? I want to hear!

Also- being a Miami girl I had ZERO sweaters/long sleeved shirts/jackets and had to make an emergency run to gap. Feel IN LOVE with a sweater. Buy it. It's amazing and soft.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Weekender bags

I'm going on a couple of weekend trips this fall and I have had horrible luck with checking my bags! Think- lost luggage for two weeks. Truly horrible. While planning these trips I realized that I don't have a weekender bag. A weekender bag would be perfect since I am only going to two nights and one of the trips is to visit my best friend in Boston (thankfully don't need to pack things such as blowdryers and hair irons).

Looking around online I found a BEAUTIFUL monogrammed weekender bag that I really really want. It's canvas and leather with a small monogram. It is perfect but the price is high! Do you have a cute weekender bag that you love? I need recommendations because this one is pretty expensive (but SO worth it)!

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Bedding!

I've been such a bad blogger! I hate to give excuses but between work and school it gets hard to update this blog. Recently, I've been wanting a bedroom makeover. I have a white bedspread from my last year of college and I've been wanted to change it up. I love white bedspreads but I wanted to incorporate some color in my bedroom.

I have the white iron rod bed from Ikea which I really love. I've been looking around west elm's website (20% bedding) and found a couple of good options. I also have been wanting to monogram my standard shams and my duvet for a few years now so it is time to bite the bullet!

I create a small mood boards with the pieces of bedding i'm looking at. My Ikea bed is in the middle and I think these choices will work! All the bedding pieces are from West Elm!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer drinks

One of my favorite drinks for the summer is white sangria! I know sangria means red wine punch, but I still refer to it as white sangria. My dad is Spanish so we've always had sangria at parties and I love it! I love red wine sangria but being in the sun and heat makes me crave white wine. I make it all the time so I decided to put the recipe that I use up! I've been using this Bon Appetit recipe for a while and I love it!

-1.5 bottle of white wine (I use the spanish grape AlbariƱo, has a very refreshing taste)
-1/2 cup of Cointreau
-1.25 cup of halved green grapes
-2 oranges thinly sliced, pitted
-1/2 cup of blueberries
-1/2 rasberries

I combine all the ingredients minus the wine. After combining, I add the wine. I leave it in a covered pitcher for about a day and it is ready to go! Stir before serving! I will post a picture of mine when I make it Wednesday!


Monday, July 1, 2013

4th of July

4th of July is my favorite holiday! It really embodies summer. I love the BBQ, pool, frozen drinks, fireworks and the colors! I'm keeping it low key this year and heading out to a pool for an afternoon BBQ. Since it is 100 degrees in Miami, I have to keep my clothes light. I bought these shorts two weeks ago at a huge J.Crew Factory sale and I have been searching for a simple white top just like this to complete my outfit. The 3' J crew shorts are the best shorts I've ever bought. I've never been a shorts person, but after hitting the sale two weeks ago I left with three (still on sale online)! I bought the red, white, and neon pink ones.

The shoes and sun hat are too adorable not to show. How appropriate are they for a fun afternoon BBQ??


Monday, June 24, 2013


I broke my last pair of sunglasses this weekend which is a bummer. This last pair had a good run. I'm in the market for some new ones and I'm definitely looking for tortoise shell glasses because I've never had a pair. My last two pairs were aviators.

I forgot how expensive a pair was! I was in shock, but I really really love these Karen Walker sunglasses. I feel like you can't have a bad day while wearing these. Plus, they look really sturdy.

Two other pairs I was looking at were:

The second pair is Tory Burch, which have a great shape. The bottom ones (and cheapest) are Zara which are adorable! I'm definitely buying a pair today, I can't drive without sunglasses. It gives me a huge headache. I'm kind of leaning towards the Karen Walker glasses but I would feel so guilty spending that much!