Cooking & Recipes

Blueberry Ginger Lemonade | Perfect Memorial Day Cocktail

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This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, but all opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #SVEDKASummer #CollectiveBias

Sweet, tangy and wonderfully refreshing, this cocktail is the perfect way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend. It’s the drink you’ll be making all summer long, because who doesn’t love a cool, refreshing lemonade with a splash (or three) of vodka.

blueberry ginger lemonade a perfect memorial day cocktail

I’ve partnered with SVEDKA vodka for a recipe that will even match your Memorial Day decor, especially if you find this fun limited edition stars and stripes celebration bottle. When making cocktails for a large crowd sometimes you have to sacrifice the quality for the price, but with SVEDKA, which is distilled five times from Swedish Winter Wheat you get a great tasting vodka for an amazing price.

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Now, for the cocktail. It’s a simple recipe, but the combination of the ingredients make it a standout. I love the hint of ginger and the tang of the lemonade. Here is all you need to make this red, white and blue cocktail.

Ingredients:

1 cup of fresh blueberries

handful of strawberries (used as garnish to help with the red, white and blue theme!)

2 oz of SVEDKA vodka

1oz of Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale (whichever you prefer)

1oz of Lemonade

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vodka lemonade, memorial day cocktails, red, white and blue cocktails, blueberry vodka lemonade, vodka mules

Find this beauty of a bottle in the vodka section at your local store, and be on the lookout for the  neck coupon to save!

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Hope you have a wonderful and refreshing Memorial Day! Also, when buying your SVEDKA be sure to download the Shopkick app to earn 75 kicks for scanning the UPC at the shelf, and 200 kicks for purchasing the bottle!

Cheers,

Alina

Beauty & Style

Wedding Season with Rent the Runway

rent the runway spring wedding guest dress

Last night Mauricio and I officially kicked off the wedding season with a fabulous wedding in Los Angeles. Weddings are truly my favorite kind of date night. You get to eat, drink, dance and celebrate a beautiful moment of someone’s life. It’s also an excuse to dress up. Sometimes you can take that little black dress out of your closet or find something that you would wear again, but other times you look at your closet and realize there is nothing exciting in there. Here is why I think Rent the Runway is the perfect wedding season partner.  Continue Reading…

Cooking & Recipes, Make & Do

How to Throw The Perfect Tea Party | Hosting Mother’s Day at Home

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When I still lived in Philly, my sister and I created a tradition of taking our mom and both of our grandmothers to afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. Each year we would take them to a different hotel in the city that offered afternoon tea, and each year it was something we all looked forward to the most. Afternoon tea seems like a very complicated and posh affair because of the variety of offerings and the delicate china, but it doesn’t have to be. Today, I’m sharing a simple blueprint for how to throw the perfect tea party at home, complete with what to buy, how to serve and what to make for Mother’s day or just an afternoon with your girlfriends.

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Make & Do

How To Network Successfully| Style Collective Meet-Up

It took me a really long time to understand what networking is and how to network successfully. I talked about being brave and confident this year, and also about connecting with more with like-minded people, as blogging can be a very isolating process. Joining the Style Collective community allowed me to learn and make genuine connections with people I would have otherwise never had the opportunity to meet. So, when there was a new Style Collective meet-up right in Orange County, I was excited to take a #mombreak. Read on for more on sipping cocktails and networking. Continue Reading…

Travel & See

Weekend in San Francisco Part 2

It would probably not surprise you to know that I am a planner. I’ve greeted many friends with printed out itineraries before trips. The kind of itineraries that have bullet points, with items that are “a must” bolded and alternatives in italics. I can’t say everyone has an appreciation for my thorough research skills and over-preparedness. Mauricio certainly doesn’t love it. His problem with my type-A to the max planning is that it leaves little room for spontaneity.  So I tried to let loose, by not planning every minute of our trip. And I think that might have been Mauricio’s favorite aspect of our weekend in San Francisco part 2. Because what we ended up doing wasn’t planned or even on the radar for either of us.

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Beauty & Style

Trendy Tops for Spring

Over the last year or so, I talked a lot about hoping to create a capsule wardrobe. While my goal is to still have a closet that consists of quality, easy to wear pieces, I think each season still begs for a few trendy items that help make your existing wardrobe a bit more fun. So before our San Francisco trip, I ordered a few trendy tops for spring, and all of them combined were under $50!

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Travel & See

Weekend in San Francisco Part 1

This past weekend we went to San Francisco for a mini getaway, as a family. It was our first trip with a toddler, so I didn’t have high expectations for how much we would be able to see of the city. But I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised at all we were able to do. So much so, that I decided to break up our weekend recap in two posts. For now, here is part 1 of our weekend in San Francisco.

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Cooking & Recipes

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe | Happy Cinco de Mayo

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Constellation Brands. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #CervezaCelebration #CollectiveBias

the best mexican shrimp cocktail recipe

Mauricio and I met in Cancun, Mexico. It’s a good story and I plan to share it one day. For now though, I want to talk about something else I fell in love with while in Mexico. The Mexican shrimp cocktail, or “coctel de camarones.” A phrase I learned quite well while vacationing in Cancun. And also, “una corona light mas, por favor.” This refreshing and spicy goodness is a perfect beach or poolside dish, along with your favorite cerveza.  Continue Reading…

Beauty & Style

Favorite Things From March

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It’s been a few months busy months around here. Mostly, adjusting to life with a toddler, who with each day is becoming more and more independent. Meanwhile, I’m realizing there is no safe zone in our entire house. So far we had a broken vase, spilled everything and everywhere, a broken plate and eaten more dirt than I’d like to admit. Nap time have been our battle ground too. Anyway, that’s mom life. I’ve got way more exciting things to tell you about than just #momlife stuff. Read for a round-up of my favorite things from March ( or February), but who is really counting?! Continue Reading…

Make & Do

Beach Day Afternoons | Teething Necklace DIY

DIY Cheerio Necklace for teething baby

On most days after naptime and lunch, I drag baby FLO out of the house for errands. He seems to enjoy our runs to the store and other pit stops. But sometimes, I feel guilty that he is always tagging along with me as I rush to complete my to-do list. This mom guilt really has no limits! So, I started to instead carve out days where we do things that I think would make him happy. Not that he complains, either way. But new surroundings and play areas, or even a beach walk makes us both content. Besides, Target will always be there next week. So in honor of Dia del Niño, I decided that we need more days for exploring and less days for errand running. Here is a little more on beach day afternoons and my DIY teething necklace. Continue Reading…

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