7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

If you’re planning a brunch for Easter then it’s a must to have some lovely brunch cocktails set up for your guests.  The traditional brunch cocktails are mimosas and bloody mary’s, maybe even a sangria.  However in today’s world of Pinterest and foodie bloggers, I think we can take things up a notch!  Even just having one signature cocktail along side some white wine and rosé shows your guests you put in a little added thought.  Also remember that if you’d like a lighter cocktail, you can always add seltzer or tonic water to these recipes:

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Mojito Margaritas via How Sweet It Is

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Citrusy Champagne Sangria via Kiran Tarun

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Paloma with Salty Chili Sugar via How Sweet It Is

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Add seltzer to make this Lemon Drop Margarita a Margarita Spritzer!

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Pineapple Jalapeño Sangria via Best Friends for Frosting

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Frozen Rosé via Basil and Bubbly

 

7 Brunch Cocktails for Easter

Melon Basil White Wine Spitzer via The Sweetest Occasion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sardinia Beach House Tour

Sardinia, a small island off the coast of Italy is home to this amazing rustic beach house.  Almost every room in the home has a 180 degree view!  (With pretty fabulous views I might add)  Depending on what room your in, you might get a look at the beautiful turquoise waters, or growing grape vines by the in-ground pool.  The owners spared no expense with the furniture, importing doors from India and sofas from other parts of the world.  There’s even a sofa made entirely of rustic logs that you must check out below!

Sardinia Beach House Tour

Doorways had to be expanded to fit the antique doors from India

Sardinia Beach House Tour

Confession : I’m obsessed with these antique turquoise seltzer bottles! I even have one in my own home.

Sardinia Beach House Tour

Sardinia Beach House Tour

Amazingly this log sofa still looks incredible comfortable!

 

Sardinia Beach House Tour

ahh those views!

Sardinia Beach House Tour

Sardinia Beach House Tour

 

Sardinia Beach House Tour

ciao!

Sardinia Beach House Tour

Sardinia Beach House Tour

Sardinia Beach House Tour

 

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How To Do More With What You Have

How To Do More With What You Have

 

How to do more with what you have.  One thing I love about being a jewelry designer is that if I create something I’m not head-over-heels in love with, I can melt it down and start again.  Unfortunately not everything in life can be melted down and re-shaped.  We can’t all be Marge Simpson with her Chanel suit.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain.  Out of the hundreds of episodes that aired of The Simpsons, the only one that has stuck in my head since I was a little girl is when Marge finds a Chanel suit for dirt cheap in a thrift store.  Even at such a young age, I was able to fully grasp that this was a once-in-a-lifetime fashion moment.  She then repurposes the suit to fit her daily wardrobe needs, at one point even turning it into a ball gown.  So while you can’t turn last year’s wedges into this year’s flatforms, there are some things you can do!

Simplify – So often times we find ourselves thinking we need more.  More stuff, more money, more, more, more!  Have you ever found yourself thinking, “If only I had more… I would have the options I need.”?  Pretty much everything we need can be found right in front of us.  The trouble is we already have too much stuff that it keeps us from seeing what we’re really looking for.  So the next time you think you need to go out and buy something, try getting rid of some stuff instead.  Even if it means putting it into storage for a while.

Stop Dwelling – The easiest way to make yourself unhappy is to dwell on something that bugs you.  Maybe you regret the color of your sofa or the apartment you just moved into or the hair cut you just got that looked amazing on that famous actress but looks more like something out of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on you.  Dwelling on it and wishing you hadn’t gotten bangs won’t make your hair grow any faster.  It will only make you unhappy.  Instead try getting creative and accept the challenge with grace and gratitude.  Paint your living room walls to contrast against your crazy colored sofa and embrace the bold.  Acknowledge that no apartment is going to be your idea of perfect but no matter the difficulty, you should still go about making it your home.  And as for your hair, bobby pins and hair spray can do wonders!

Now while these first two things have to deal more with stuff and money, my last bit of advice has to do with you!

How To Do More With What You Have

Recognize Your Skills – I’d like you to make two columns.  In the first column I’d like you to list all your professional skills.  This may be typing at 70 wpm, speaking a foreign language or the fact that you hit your sales goals every month.  List as many things that you can think of.  Now in the second column, make a list of your hobbies, interests and things that you love to do.  Maybe you have a creative hobby like painting or wood-working?  List them all and when you’re finished, I want you to see where these two columns can be combined.  For instance, if you’re good at sales and love to paint, why not try selling your artwork?  This doesn’t have to be your new full time job, but if you’re looking for a new job maybe it could be.  A new opportunity could come to light that you never realized before, or if you did think about it, you worried that it wouldn’t work.  So many people fear the risk of investing in themselves but it comes from my experience that this is the least riskiest of all investments and the one that can pay off the most.

So to recap about how to do more with what you have, simplify and embrace what you already have.  Learn to be grateful and work with what you have already.  Second, realize that things can be repurposed and fixed.  Often times with things you already have in your home.  No one wants to hear you walking around whining about what you want changed, so you might as well just get your butt up and change it!  Lastly, remember that you are full of more knowledge and skills then you might give yourself credit for.  Sometimes it might mean facing a few fears to get to what we want but knowing in the end it will be worth it!

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DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

This DIY for my Coastal Easter Eggs is incredible easy and uses only a few materials.  It can be a little bit messy but I think that’s how most egg dying events go down.  I’ll show you all my tips and tricks for making this process as easy and effortless as possible. As well as a quick and easy fix if you mess up any of your Easter eggs!

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

  • Eggs – the amount is up to you.  I made sure to have a few extra on hand.
  • Glass
  • Water
  • Vinegar – I used white vinegar
  • Paper Towels
  • Egg Dying Kit – I bought one similar to this one at a local craft shop for about $4.

If you don’t want to use an egg dying kit, I’ve included the other materials you’ll need below:

  • white crayon
  • spoon
  • dye

 

 

 

 

You’ll want to start by placing your dye tablet in the glass with 1 tbsp of vinegar.  Allow it to sit for 5 – 10 minutes until it’s fully dissolved. (see below)

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

While your dye is dissolving take your crayon and begin drawing on your eggs.  *Quick tip* Go over each line of your design 5 – 6 times.  This will ensure your design really comes through the dye.  Once your dye has dissolved add 1 cup of room temperature water to the glass.  The instructions on my kit said 1/2 cup but I found that I didn’t want my dye as strong so I added more water.  Place your first egg in.

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

I left my eggs in for about 3 – 4 minutes.  When you take your eggs out put them some place to dry.  If you don’t have a kit, I suggest using the egg crate.

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

 

 

 

 

You may notice (see above) that some of your designs didn’t come out very clear.  I have a really easy solution for this, one that you most likely have hanging around the house. A Tide To-Go pen!  After letting your eggs dry for about 10 – 15 minutes, you can go over your designs with the Tide pen and then quickly dab with a paper towel.  I recommend being very gentle with the Tide pen on the egg because you don’t want to much liquid to come out.  You can see my before/after below:

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

 

 

 

 

Once your eggs have dried and you’ve fixed any mistakes, you’re ready to display them!  Overall this is a pretty easy way to get that coastal look for your Easter holiday.  One last tip – avoid any designs that are more intricate, i.e. a lighthouse or a nautical flag.  I tried a more detailed sailboat and even with the Tide pen there was no saving it (but that’s what the extra eggs are for!) and you can always turn it around to use it as a blank colorful egg.
DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Top 5 Spring Fashion Trends – April

These are my top 5 Spring fashion trends for April that I’m absolutely loving!  I’ve been noticing these trends over the past couple of weeks and one of the funnest are these enamel pins (shown below).  I love the idea of piling these on to a denim jacket for Spring!!  How cute would that be?  Check it out:

Enamel Pins

Shell Enamel Pin from Salty Kai

This one is my favorite! Shell Enamel Pin from Salty Kai

I’m also loving this Watermelon Pin from Draper James and this Shark Pin from Urban Outfitters.

Ruffled Crop Tops

Ruffled crop top are so cute and better yet they can be worn with almost anything from denim to maxi skirts! This one is from Revolve and it’s on sale!!

Some other ruffle crop tops I spotted are this one from Lover’s + Friends, and this one from ShopBop.

Ear Climbers

Wave Crest Ear Climbers from Nautical Wheeler Jewelry

These Wave Crest Ear Climbers are in the shop, available in gold or silver. Love the hammered look, looks like ripples on the water!

Madewell Denim Jacket

You may have spotted this denim jacket on the blog last month. I shared it in a Spring LookBook. I’m still loving it, the more distressed the better!

I love this Straw Tote and it won’t break the bank either. It’s currently on sale!

I’m also loving this Love Summer Straw Tote and this To The Beach Straw Tote, all from Macy’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Nail Art Trends for 2017

Many of the nail art trends that I talked about in my Nail Polish Trends for 2017 posts are still trending for Spring.   As well as a few new trends that are Spring inspired that I wanted to share with you.  I think my favorite trend for Spring is the gemstone inspired nail art.  (see below)  Today I’m sharing this opal nail art but turquoise is another popular one!  Although I love the opal for Spring because of it’s naturally light colors and iridescent qualities.  Check it out!

 

 

 

Stop by my Instagram to check out the Wire Nail Art I made!

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Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

There are some homes when you first walk, you know are going to be special.  Needless to say, that this Brazilian home belonging to none other than the Anderson Cooper is one of those homes!  My heart skipped a beat from the very first time I laid eyes on it.   Weathered kitchen cabinets, exposed beams, and pops of blues and turquoise are just a few of the things that had me “oooh-ing” and “awing”.  Enjoy the tour >

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

Are you in love yet?

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

I’m so in love with that wall color!

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

Did you spot the weather kitchen cabinets?

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

Rustic wooden benches are a current crush of mine.

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

That macrame chair is the cat’s meow!

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

Tropical Brazilian Home Tour

If you love this shower, head over to Architectural Digest to see the outdoor shower that’s inside a carved out tree trunk! as well as more photos from this Brazilian home.

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