Friday, August 29, 2014

{friday cocktail: prickly pear margarita}

I can't even remember the first place I had a prickly pear margarita, but ever since trying one I have been on the hunt for the hard to find prickly pear or cactus flower fruit to whip up a batch for myself.  Living in Chicago certainly didn't help on my search for the elusive ingredient and I even tried finding them in Paris as super specialty store L'Epicerie with no luck.  Last weekend while grabbing breakfast at Grand Central Market in downtown LA, I spotted a box full of them at one of the random produce stands inside (the spanish name for them is "tuna" which threw me off at first, but the vendor assured me it was what I was looking for).  We picked up three of them and promptly came home to google exactly how you are supposed to cut them open and harvest the fruit.  I followed this recipe for how to make the prickly pear syrup and the only modification I would mention is that the process on the stove only takes about 5 minutes as opposed to the 15 the recipe calls for.  Besides adding a vibrant pink/magenta color to your cocktail, the cactus flower also adds a subtle fruity sweetness that pairs perfectly with a spicy salt rim.  Here's my version of the recipe:


Thursday, August 28, 2014

{what i loved this week}

on instagram: The SLS in Vegas opened last weekend and they clearly know the way to my heart with their pool area design.  A girly package in Paris.  Mini olive oil cakes perfect for a Fall get together.  Obsessed with the new "shop" edit on They All Hate Us

on pinterest:  Now that we are back living in a loft, I'm back on the bigger is better train of thought when it comes to furniture, art, etc and I love the impact this massive black & white print brings to the room.  I love this quote.

on the blogs:  Just discovered Nomad Luxuries blog via her home tour on The Every Girl and I was immediately obsessed with her fabulous interior design taste and jealousy inducing travel posts. 

on the internets:  A few weeks back, I got to spend a day at Claire from The Kitchy Kitchen's home shooting some fun bridal shower inspiration she was putting together for Martha Stewart Weddings.  The bohemian flower crown shower inspiration is now live on the site complete with delicious recipes!  

on my wishlist:  A simple jersey t-shirt dress in an interesting fabric.  I love a good boyfriend blazer- especially this peacoat inspired version.  A gorgeous pink lace dress from DVF. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

{summer cocktails video with Pinnacle}

Hey guys! Sorry for the unannounced radio silence around lately- real life just got in the way these past couple weeks.  I'm back today with a fun video I shot at the beginning of the summer in NYC with Glam and Pinnacle Vodka.  It's full of easy summer inspired cocktail recipes and me acting generally ridiculous on camera!! Enjoy!