Watermelon Cilantro Margarita

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Watermelon Cilantro Margarita:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Silver (Blanco) Tequila
  • 1 slice of watermelon w/ rind removed (also cut a little slice for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro
  • Juice from 1 fresh lime
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
  • Club soda
  • Margarita salt (I prefer no salt but it makes for a better photo!)
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Muddle watermelon, fresh cilantro and agave nectar in shaker glass.
  2. Add in tequila, lime juice and a scoop of ice into the shaker glass. Add top and shake well.
  3. Prep glass by rimming it with a lime wedge and dipping into salt.
  4. Pour mixture into glass. Top off with club soda.
  5. Garnish with small watermelon slice.

4 Ways to Transition a Summer Dress into Fall

I live in Arizona and even though the seasons do change, we really don’t pack up our summer clothes and take out the winter clothes. It’s much more about layering different pieces in order to adapt to the weather changing. Check out this week’s video on how I transition a summer dress into fall using this season’s hottest trends:
  • Style 1: Pop of Color
  • Style 2: Sweatshirt & Felt Fedora
  • Style 3: Leopard & Heels
  • Style 4: Chambray & Motor Boots

Note to self: I really need to smile more in these style videos. Being the model is still taking some time to get use to.

6 Ways to Wear a Maxi Skirt

There was a lot of interest on the original post I did for multi-ways to wear a maxi skirt, so I decided to get a little creative and turn it into a fun video for you all. I mentioned that this skirt is great when traveling light but not until I was putting together the outfits for the video did I realize how great it really is! You can create (at least) 6 completely different looks with just a handful of items.

On a side note, I feel like I’ve been MIA from the blog lately, but the plan is to get back on the bandwagon next week. Things have been extremely busy the last month, so I’m taking a break and ending work a little early today to head to LA to celebrate my 30th birthday with some of my favorites. I promise to come back refreshed and with a bunch of new content (and a little older…)! Happy Friday!

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Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

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Every summer muddled drinks are on the top of my must-have list. I love the pure freshness that you get when muddling fruits and herbs. Earlier this year when I was in Austin, Texas I discovered jalapeño tequila and instantly knew I had to try to make my own. Both of these things add up to be my summer drink mix: tequila + spicy + muddling =  the Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita. This drink recipe is the perfect balance of refreshing with just a kick of heat.

Jalapeno infused Tequila:

Ingredients:

  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 mason jar (I used a pint size)
  • Silver (Blanco) Tequila (enough to fill the jar)

Directions:

  1. Slice jalapeno and place in the jar.
  2. Pour and fill jar with tequila.
  3. Add lid and let it sit for 3-5 days in a cool/dark place. Once a day shake the jar.
  4. Strain out jalapeno slices/seeds and pour back into mason jar. I keep the jar in the fridge, it’s always good to have chilled tequila on hand.

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Jalapeno Tequila
  • 5 thinly sliced pieces of cucumber (save one slice for garnish)
  • 2 oz of margarita mix. My favorite is Tres Agaves since it is organic and contains just lime juice and agave nectar. Or substitute with 1 oz fresh lime juice and 1 oz agave nectar.
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 slice of jalapeno (for garnish)
  • Margarita salt (I prefer no salt but it makes for a better photo!)

Directions:

  1. Muddle 4 slices of cucumber in shaker glass until the juices are released. If you don’t have time to make the jalapeno infused tequila then add 4 slices of jalapeno to be muddled.
  2. Pour in remaining ingredients into the shaker with a scoop of ice. Add top and shake well.
  3. Prep glass by rimming it with a lime wedge and dipping into salt. Add 5 ice cubes.
  4. Pour mixture into glass. Garnish with cucumber and jalapeno slice.

Summer Entertaining: The Goods

Summer Entertaining Essentials
  1. Blue Mason Jars – I stocked up on the limited edition blue mason jars. These blue beauties have multi-uses as vases, drinking cups, infusing alcohol (see #8), etc.
  2. Drink Tub – The tub makes it easy for guests to serve themselves.
  3. Pitcher – I prefer this stainless steel pitcher over a glass one, never have to worry about it breaking.
  4. Large Wood Cutting Board – Another multi-use item in my kitchen. I recently bought one of these and have used it as a serving piece for appetizers, part of a bar setup and as a center piece on a table. 
  5. Ikat Bowls – Add a pop of color to the table with these bowls.
  6. Ice Cream Attachment – This KitchenAid attachment has been on my wish list for awhile now. I have a bunch of recipes saved for the day when I actually get one.
  7. Kraft Paper – If you haven’t noticed I like to use kraft paper a lot. It’s a inexpensive material with endless uses.
  8. Jalapeno Infused Tequila – I’m attempting to make my own version this weekend. I’ll post the recipe on the blog soon!
  9. Myspace – I’m still trying to figure out the new Myspace interface but still digging it. Here are the songs I have on repeat this summer.

Maxi Skirts

Maxi Skirts

I pretty much live in maxi shirts during the summer; they keep you looking stylish even in the heat. My go-to outfit is pairing it with a tank top and statement necklace. These skirts are so versatile, which make them a perfect piece when traveling light. Here are some other options on how to wear a maxi skirt for different occasions:

  1. BBQ/Summer Party: White tank & denim vest
  2. Date Night: Add a statement necklace
  3. Day of Shopping: Simple gray t-shirt & flip flops
  4. Office: Sleeveless dress shirt, belt & wedges
  5. Girls’ Night Out: Leather jacket & heels
  6. Traveling: Chambray shirt

Chambray Shirt

Chambray Shirt

I’ve gotten a lot of requests for more style features, so here you go!

I’m currently obsessing over the Chambray shirt. This All-American classic is a staple in my closet and can be mixed into any style. Go classic like Ashley Olsen did by just tucking it into black skinny jeans or more edgy by layering it underneath a vest and pairing it with chunky gold jewelry. I also love wearing this shirt as a jacket, its light weight and perfect for those summer nights.

Summer Essential: Coral Lips

It’s hot in Arizona, I mean REALLY hot, so when it comes to a beauty regime for the summer the theme is “less is more.” I’m talking tinted moisturizer, waterproof mascara, a bold lip color (that’s it). For the summer, I like to tone down the traditional red lip and go for more of a coral shade. I can’t live without the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. It’s the perfect bright orange red, plus it’s rich with pigment, long lasting, moisturizing and no lip liner is needed.

Go bold like Jessica Alba with a liquid lipstick, or get just a wash of color by using a gloss or balm. Check out my tutorial on how to keep the lipstick lasting all day.

Top Row:

Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave, Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Rogue, Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera (this is the color Jessica Alba is wearing)

Bottom Row:

Nars Gloss in Wonder, Bite High Pigment Matte Pencil in Zinfandel, Korres Lip Butter in Mango

Jessica-Alba-at-Golden-Globesimage via imabeautygeek

Amber Heard Coral Lipsimage via vogue uk

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