Mucho Margarita

Though alcohol does no one any favors, how can you resist a tequila based concoction at this time of year? With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching (ahem, 4 days and counting…) what better way to get in the spirit than with a citrus-y treat? I always tend to veer towards the tart and sour, hot and spicy…you’ve been warned ;) Enjoy 3 takes on the original classic. (NOTE: these are not my original recipes, links to credits included for each)

Classic Margarita (at 144 calories, I think I can classify this as “Skinny” too):

Ingredients

  • ∞  Ice
    ∞  1 1/2 ounces 100-percent agave blanco tequila (I used Espolón or Herradura)
    ∞  1 ounce fresh lime juice
    ∞  1/2 ounce Cointreau

Directions

  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau. Shake ingredients together until chilled, strain into rocks glass filled with ice, and enjoy! via

Mango Margarita:

Ingredients

  • ∞  1 cup ice
    ∞  1 lime wedge
    ∞  3 ounces silver tequila
    ∞  1 small mango—peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped (3 ounces)
    ∞  1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
    ∞  1 tablespoon chile powder
    ∞  2 ounces orange liqueur
    ∞  1 1/2 ounces agave nectar
    ∞  3 ounces grapefruit soda

Directions

  • Spread the chile powder in a dish. Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with the lime wedge; dip the rim in the chile powder to coat. In a blender, puree the mango. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into the glass and serve. via

Blood Orange Margarita:

Ingredients

  • ∞  1 1/2 ounces Tequila Avión
    ∞  3/4 ounce Cointreau Orange Liqueur
    ∞  1 ounce blood orange juice
    ∞  1/2 part fresh sour mix
    ∞  1 orange twist, for garnish

Directions

  • In a cocktail shaker, add first four ingredients with ice. Shake and strain (best served over fresh ice). Garnish with orange twist. via

Shoutout to FITSUGAR, Food & Wine, and SHAPE for the awesome calorie-conscious recipes. Bottoms up!

Want, Lust, Must Have: Burberry Crush Clutch

Well, its happened again—this should no longer come as a surprise to anyone. This time, it was a covetable clutch that could convert to a crossbody…yes I f%#*ing love alliteration. I first saw it while in their flagship store for…well, who needs a reason to be in Burberry?

My eye always goes towards unique details, and this instance is no different: dyed pony hair, funky scrunch closure, hidden D-rings on the sides to clip crossbody strap to…it was luxe, it was fun, it was practical…until I laid my eyes on the price tag. No one enjoys paying luxury prices, but thank goodness for friends in fashion :) I stalked it on several different occasions. Only two are documented below.

Burberry Crush in Dark Leopard at Macy's Herald SquareBurberry Crush in Dark Leopard with Burberry Herringbone cashmere scarf
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Always a fiend for funky textures, the pony hair drew me in. Trying to justify a leopard bag? Pfft…as if anyone needs a justification for a leopard bag! The classic pattern goes in and out of style what seems like every year. Aside from my yearning for a snow-leopard bag this season, I’m a tad too particular for my own good sometimes—Ms. DVF, if only you hadn’t added the accent colors, I would’ve succumbed to your white ocelot print this winter, but maybe next year… This bad boy added a lustful detail with the oversized padlock. Though gold ain’t always my thang, it works so well with the Crush I was more than willing to overlook that detail. Unlike my last Want, Lust, Must Have post, this came as a Christmas present from my boo. Sure to jazz up any black on black on black ensemble—as if you thought I wore color, ha!—I’m ecstatic to break out this bag this season and for many years to come.

What are your luxury classic bag aspirations, ladies?

My New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

It took me a bit longer this year to really pinpoint what I want to attempt to change over the course of the next 12 months… I toyed with a few initial ideas:

  • ∞  Stop, Breathe, Notice the Stressor: an attempt to de-stress my life a bit by pinpointing the triggers
  • ∞  Drink More Water—doesn’t everyone say this?
  • ∞  Think LESS: stop over-thinking, nit picking, over-analyzing, etc. ENJOY LIFE…yeah, I should probably keep this one, lol.

Ultimately, though, I want to de-clutter my life. It started once I moved from DC to NYC. I gave away/sold/donated over 3 Hefty trash bags’ worth of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. That put 2 things in clear perspective for me: 1. HOLY SH#* I waste a lot of money on clothes I don’t wear too often, and 2. HOLY F*$% I own way too much shit for someone my age. Moving into a studio apartment seemed like a death sentence when I was in D.C. Hell, even when we signed our lease here I was apprehensive because of the lack of closet space. Since last June I’ve come to realize that you just don’t need all that STUFF. Of course I’ve still shopped after we moved, but I’ve been smarter about it…because I had to. I’ve made an agreement with my boyfriend to tell him every purchase I make, otherwise he’ll just call me out on it and tickle me into submission. Yes, you read that right. Tickling is my weakness. I simply f*$%ing hate it.

In an effort to de-clutter my life ASIDE from my closet, I’ve also opted out of certain things. The biggest one? Twitter. Ah, yes, it feels SO great to no longer be a member of a social community that gives me more headaches than pleasure. Buh bye “Dolce & Gabana have tweets for you”. No…they don’t. Liar. PEACE OUT CUB SCOUT!
Twitter Deactivation Screenshot

Have a happy new year ladies and gents. What positive changes are you going to make in the new year?

My Christmas Wish List

My list this year is a bit shorter than years past. Maybe it’s a new-found maturity, maybe it’s the tiny NYC apartment that will need to house everything, who knows, but this year I’m not asking for nearly as much and I’m happy about that. HINT TO ALL RELATIVES: See below :)
2013 Christmas Wishlist

1. Sephora gift cards
With a very scant post-grad-internship income, gift cards are gold. Especially when it comes to pricey things like French cosmetics brands :)

2. Hot water bottle
This one in particular is über luxe with faux fur on one side and a cashmere merino blend on the other—from Club Monaco, of course. Why am I asking for this? If you’re asking this question you must have a penis, or you’re just seriously blessed when it comes to your monthly cramping. For that, I envy you. Otherwise, I’d like to indulge a bit and ease my intense monthly pains with something as soft as a bunny. Hell, if you can find one with real rabbit fur I’ll take it!

3. John Masters Organics Cacao and Cupuacu Body Butter
Try saying that three times fast! But seriously, this is by far one of the most nourishing body balms I’ve come across. With a decadent lingering smell of cocoa on your skin, there is no better way to banish dry patches and eczema this winter.

4. Heattech Basics from UNIQLO
The Japanese powerhouse, UNIQLO, not only has amazing price points, but also great products. I’ve been wanting to try one of their lines in particular because people across all industries have raved about it—HEATTECH. From the name you know it’s supposed to keep you warm, and with leggings at under $20? I’m SO game. I’d love to grab a few tanks, leggings, and socks…in black and grey of course. (Psst…I take an xs in tops in Uniqlo, small in bottoms/size 25, and I rock a size 9 shoe ;) )

5. Carine Roitfeld’s Irreverent
Always on the hunt for another fashion coffee table book to add to my collection, Irreverent provides great insights into the mind of Roitfeld. It’s no secret that her name is synonymous with cutting edge style, and it’s no surprise that I have her written inner workings as part of my reading list.

6. Frye Abigail Riding Boots
Though they may seem a bit simple, Abigail is one tough broad. Crafted in Spain, these babies are my ideal every day boots to wear to work. There are no unnecessary adornments or embellishments to detract from the beauty of the hide; in fact, the leather is vegetable tanned to keep the natural grain and markings of the skin.

7. A J.O.B.
Really, isn’t this just what everyone wants? A stable salary, health benefits, paid overtime (ha! I’m getting too greedy here), the feeling of FINANCIAL SECURITY. Yeah, that would be nice, but maybe this should be a New Year’s Resolution instead…