A few months ago Katie and I went to a cocktail making class at one of our favorite Greensboro restaurants, Gia. Nino, Gia’s owner, hosts a monthly cocktail making class highlighting a new main ‘ingredient’ each month. The class we went to was beer cocktails (of course)! It was lots of fun – Nino and the head bartender know what they are doing when creating cocktails. The best part of the class is the note taking so you can go home and recreate your favorite cocktail.
We really loved the beer cocktail that I’m going to share with you, it’s something completely different but all the flavors mix really well. One of the great parts to this cocktail is that you can change it up with just a few items that you probably already have in your cabinet and in your fridge.
Iced Blonde Ingredients
1.5 oz of silver tequila
.5 oz of agave nectar
2 oz of a lager beer
Fruit flavored tea ice cubes (we used Tazo passion fruit)
First you’ll start by picking out a fruit flavored tea to make large ice cubes. We have these fun Tovolo ice molds that make round 2.5 inch ice cubes. After the ice cubes have frozen take them out and place one into a highball glass. Be sure to use something large enough to fit the ice cube without it moving all over the place. Shake the tequila and agave nectar together and then pour over the ice cube. Pour the lager over the tequilla and ice cube and stir until the foam goes away. We used a summer lager, which was nice and light and let the passion fruit come through.
This cocktail is great to cool down during the hot summer months. It’s also very versatile depending on what types of tea you choose and the different lagers that could be mixed in. A great way to be creative and drink at the same time, go make your own concoction!
Among so many fashionistas at #SBSCon, it was hard not to feel inspired by fashion. While I love shopping for clothes, I never felt that I was that stylish or into trends. Instead, I have developed my own style, a mix of preppy, bright and graphic. After taking some outfit photos for Liz of Pretty Sweet Life, she suggested she could take a few of me too. I was a bit nervous, but I ended up loving some of her shots. And so, a new column was born. I’ll be sharing one or two outfits a month using reasonably priced pieces that you can wear everyday.
Shorts: Embroidered neon floral short , J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sandals: Seychelles Aim High Gladiator Sandal (similar), Seychelles (similar) | Necklace: Urban Citrus Lime Green Bead Multi-Row Necklace, Kenneth Cole (similar) | Top: Fitted boyfriend printed chambray shirt, Gap (similar) | Purse: Veranda place nylon small evie, Kate Spade (similar)
I wanted to go with a laid-back comfortable look with a bright pop of color since I would be sitting in a conference room all morning at #SBSCon. A long sleeve chambray shirt with the option to roll the sleeves up is perfect for hot outdoor weather and air-conditioned conferences rooms. I added a simple Kate Spade bag that held all of my conferences needs – phone charger, notebook, pens, and lipgloss.
This outfit was perfect for a day of learning and networking. I would love your feedback on this post and would love any suggestions for future style posts!
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Last Monday I put together a quick recap of the Southern Blog Society Conference (#SBSCon) in Atlanta. Today I wanted to take a bit more time to dissect the event and share some of the knowledge I gained at #SBSCon.
The group of bloggers that I spent three days with was wonderful and oh so fashionable! Everyone became quick friends, it didn’t matter if you knew everyone or no one, which made the conference even better.
We started the conference with a Night Cap hosted by Ahalogy in the swanky Whiskey Blue on the top floor of the W Atlanta-Buckhead (where the conference was held). Having never been to a blogging event this large and not knowing anyone, I was a bit nervous. Luckily, there were champagne and macaroons to get the party started.
The fabulous Breck of Whim of the South, came right up and introduced herself which made me feel at ease right away. She also introduced me to Cathy and Jessica, the founders of SBS. I also quickly met Alicia of Alica Tenise, who I loved getting to know over the course of the weekend. The event was set up perfectly, it gave everyone a chance to meet over everyone’s favorite – champagne!
Mae of MaeAmor | Natalie of 11th Thread (be sure to check out her amazing handmade clutches when you are there!) | Me | Liz of Pretty Sweet Life
Keep reading what I did the rest of the weekend at #SBSCon! (more…)
In the midst of summer, a refreshing color like turquoise cannot be beat. Add some turquoise to your home or wardrobe this summer and you will not be disappointed. Turquoise also works for several seasons, therefore a new Kendra Scott pendant will be just what my wardrobe needs.
Clockwise from top left: Ming Boxes, Z Gallerie | Shaylee Pendant, Kendra Scott | Turquoise Splash Napkins, Anthropologie | Turquoise Heart Studs, LaLiLa Jewelry | Monogrammed Geo Plate, C. Wonder | Darling Callie Scalloped Hem Tunic, ASOS
I’m ready for a weekend full of relaxing and catching up on blog planning. I have so many ideas from SBScon that I need to work on getting them all down. Lookout for a full review of the conference on Monday. Enjoy the weekend!
A porch is essential to a home in the South. We fell in love with the sweet little porch on our 1950s bungalow when house hunting. The previous owners left a worn bistro table and set of chairs on the porch when they moved. Not wanting to have an empty porch, we left them there for two years. Over my staycation, I grabbed some paint and gave the table and chairs new life.
The table had a natural wood top, but was dried out, so I applied Zinsser Oil-Based Cover Stain to created a perfect canvas for the next coat of paint. I decide to paint the table and chairs the same emerald green, Olympic’s Painted Parrot, that my front door is painted. I let the latex paint dry over night before I tackled the legs the next morning. I used flat black Rust-Oleum paint which gave the table the perfect refresh. Note that the cover stain and Rust-Oleum are oil based and can make a bit more mess than latex paint, so be prepared.
Now my bistro table is the perfect place to enjoy my morning coffee and read my favorite magazine, Southern Living. (A big thanks to Southern Living for hosting the Southern Blog Society pool party and giving us all a copy of the mag!) The gorgeous ceramic berry bowl is by my friend Lindsay of Suite One Studio.