Spring Fresh Whiskey Cocktails

1 May

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Vinceremos Julep

(Courtesy of Marie Zahn, Hawthorn Beverage Group)
  • 1.25 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • .75 oz. Amontillado Sherry
  • One tsp. Ginger Syrup
  • Eight mint leaves and three fresh mint sprigs

Instructions: Lightly muddle mint and ginger syrup, add other ingredients and top with pebble/crushed ice. Swizzle briefly and top with more ice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and straw.

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Harper’s Bet

(Courtesy of Mark Corley, The Silver Dollar)
  • 1.5 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • .5 oz. Grenadine
  • .5 oz. Lemon juice
  • .5 oz. Grapefruit juice
  • 3 dashes Orange bitters

Instructions: Shake and strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass.  Garnish with a lemon wheel or mint leaves.

Spring is in the air! Sunshine and blue skies inevitably accompany a craving for fresh and fruity cocktails. I.W. Harper Bourbon Whiskey has provided a couple perfect recipes for this time of year. Had lots of fun making (and drinking) them while enjoying a lovely Saturday on the porch with my dear friend Liz.

Two top-notch options for a seasonal social gathering — picnics, backyard bbq’s or even a Kentucky Derby party (that’s where this wonderful whiskey originates from, after all).

Cheers and enjoy!

A New Sound

21 Apr

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New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sing Street, Vintage Beach Boys tee, rock and roll style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sing Street, Vintage Beach Boys tee, rock and roll style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sing Street, Vintage Beach Boys tee, rock and roll style

Feeling “good vibrations”, as I spend my final days in Paris (more to come on that shortly). Major life changes ahead…again. But exciting ones, for sure.

I have never been a musician…not even close. However, I have always had an appreciation for music: the skills required to master an instrument, the partnership that goes into building a band, and an the all-around collaborative effort that accompanies transforming a creative vision into something bigger…something that moves people.

Be sure to check out this awesome trailer for “Sing Street”, a movie I truly cannot wait to see… and post a photo of yourself today on Instagram for #BandShirtFriday to help support SingStreetMovie, with the hashtag #SingStreet.

*head to toe: Ray-ban sunglasses (more classic styles here), vintage Beach Boys tee (a couple more band tee options here),  3×1 high-rise skinny jeans (additional pieces from this great denim brand here), Strathberry MC Midi in Vanilla ( for structured satchels galore, click here), Acne Pistol booties (click here to get your Acne footwear fix)

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Just Show Up

16 Apr

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New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Sonya Chodry fur jacket and a hat with a feather

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

When life throws you curveballs, as it will, time and time again, just remember that this shit is normal. I cannot recall the last time I was actually prepared for any significant change but, more often than not, with change comes something magical and completely unexpected.

If things start to feel off kilter…adjust. Don’t feel obligated to explain your decisions to anyone. People may love you and have your best interest at heart, but nobody knows you the way that you do. Never be swayed.

Without uncertainty there is no such thing as adventure. If something seems right deep down in your soul, it probably is…or at least it has the potential to be.

Personally, I’ve never really followed a traditional path, nor have I felt a desire to. But I love my weird, tumultuous life! Sure, I cried hysterically in the shower for 20 minutes this morning and I am not even sure why but, damn, it felt good. And then I got out, wiped my tears, got dressed, and had an amazing day.

It is important to commit to things, and sometimes the most important commitments are the ones we make to ourselves. If things don’t work out right away…modify. You don’t need to give up if things don’t go according to plan, you just need to show up and keep on moving forward.

 *wearing Sonya Chodry Fur Bomber, shot by MiG Ayesa // looking for similar styles? click click click for more felt fedoras and furry jackets!

The Vibes

12 Apr

Post sponsored by Target // Festival fashion is in full swing, and wherever in the world you are, there’s no harm in embracing it. Just be sure to add your own personal spin (and that doesn’t necessarily require face paint, flower crowns and something with fringe).

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New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style
New York City, Los Angeles, Paris Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Festival style, denim jumpsuits, Coachella style, California street style

I may be somewhere across the Atlantic but, as a California girl, I cannot help embracing Coachella vibes this time of year. Jumpsuits are a go-to for me and, thankfully, cute varieties are not hard to come by these days.

I’ve styled up two festival-friendly looks, prefect for getting in music mode. The first is a bit more “moody”, in attempt to steer clear of that all-too-common neon flair, and avoid coming across as overly eccentric. I am a firm believer that you can still stand out without dressing like a lightbulb. So, I went for something that felt playful but subtly somber, wearing a denim onesie, black-out shades and pair of leather booties.  The other look is just easy-breezy and very versatile. All about the “peek-a-boo” detail and cropped, culotte cut…and it’ll last me all summer long.

Whether you are looking for something “on trend” that can be styled up in multiple ways, or feel like going old-school J-Lo with a little ’80’s acid wash action, Target has you covered in the fashion department. So, go ahead…channel your modern hippie chick, and share a little comment about how you might integrate a “moody” or “decorated” theme into your festival wear this season?

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*head to toe: Ray-ban sunglasses, drawstring-waist jumpsuit via Target, KARA Stowaway bag from ShopGoldyn, Acne Pistol booties // Xhilaration denim cut-out jumpsuit,  Journee Colleciton slide sandals

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Blue Skies are Calling

3 Apr

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New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Ray-ban sunglasses, fur-lined parka, basic knit tee, high-waisted skinny jeans, leather booties

Figured I would say goodbye to winter, and to Manhattan (for the time being), in a very city-centric setting…accompanied by the new love of my life, Sonya Chodry’s FELICCA parka. Not kidding, this jacket probably hugged me better than any guy ever has or will…practically orgasmic. Right now I would legit prefer spending a romantic night by the fire with a bottle of wine accompanied by this coat over any big-mouthed, half-witted man. More wine for me!

Returned to France last week, where I spent a few days re-acclimating, after being away from “home” for nearly three months — a whirlwind to say the least. Just arrived in London, where I met my lovely mother, and am looking forward to a little Euro-tour with the best lady I know. Will be spending a few days here, followed by Amsterdam, Lithuania, and then back to Paris!

It’s been a long, long winter. But blue skies are calling. And in the meantime, at least there are fur-lined jackets, amazing adventures, and beautiful people all around me…not much more a girl can ask for.

*head to toe: Ray-ban Clubmaster tortoise sunglasses (additional Ray-ban styles here), Sonya Chodry FELICCA fur-lined parka, LOFT Lou & Grey linen tee, Paige Hoxton ankle zip jeans (more styles from Page Denim here), Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

SIDE NOTE: SHOPBOP IS HAVING A STELLAR SALE (and it ends tonight – 4.7.16, so hustle hustle hustle on over, before it’s too late). Use code INTHEFAM at checkout for 25% off your order!

 

Best Case Scenario

30 Mar

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New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Floppy felt hat, cashmere sweater, slim fit winter pants, burgundy tote, woven leather slip-ons
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Floppy felt hat, cashmere sweater, slim fit winter pants, burgundy tote, woven leather slip-ons
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Floppy felt hat, cashmere sweater, slim fit winter pants, burgundy tote, woven leather slip-ons
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“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” Oscar Wilde

Trials and tribulations are no stranger to me. I cannot say that I don’t still experience fear when I feel them approaching. However, at the same time, I realize my “problems” are quite small in the grand scheme of things, and with every major hurdle, I either learn something invaluable, gain a certain strength I never saw coming, or develop a stronger sense of self – all of which help with getting through whatever life decides to throw at me next.

You know how people say “In five years from now, will this really matter?”, and the answer is almost always ” hell no”? Kind of the point I am getting at. Think about the last thing that troubled you…and then think of something you thought was a HUGE deal five years back. Well, you made it five years, right? So chances are you found a way to get through it. And more likely than not, you are either laughing at the fact that it even got to you at the time, or looking back fondly, and maybe nostalgically, knowing now how far you’ve come as a result.

If nothing else, it is a good view to take on life when tough things get tossed your way. We can only control so much, so let’s take control of the things we can, and do it in a positive way. Doesn’t mean things will be perfect but, if you choose this route, the worst you’ll end up with is a “best case scenario”.

*head to toe: Hat Attack XL Luxe Hat (more amazing Hat Attack styles here), Equipment Sloane cashmere sweater (additional cashmere coziness here), Sonya Chodry SEVERINE après ski pants < amazingly cozy, Kelsi Dagger BK Vail mules (more easy-to-wear slip-ons here)

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Red Hot Revelations

28 Mar

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New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties
New York City, Paris, Los Angeles Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel Blog: Cat-eye sunglasses, fur hood, winter to spring ski parka, red cigarette pants, black leather booties

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

It doesn’t feel like spring but, well, it is. So I decided to put my foot down and embrace the damn season. Not quite ready to strut around in a sundress, but I did throw my middle finger to the inconvenient and unpredictable climate that’s been lurking (and yes, it’s possible that I am referring to more than just the weather).

Shallow as it may sound, I’ll stand by my belief that what you choose to wear in the morning can actually have a huge impact on your mood. If things feel dark and gloomy, fight back by being bright and shiny. Throw on something snazzy like a brilliantly bold piece of outerwear (this fur-hooded fantasy parka by Sonya Chodry will undoubtedly do the trick), and show off those stems with a pair of power bitch pants. Time to leave your doom and despair in the dust.

*head to toe: Freyrs Ruby cat eye sunglasses (click here for some more sharp styles), DOMINO Ski Parka by Sonya Chodry, red pants by Joseph (additional stand-out skinny trousers right this way), Rag & Bone Newbury Booties