Craft Cocktails With a Twist — And One Amazing Tip That Will Change the Way You Garnish Forever

With alfresco entertaining in full swing, it’s time to up the ante with a few delicious signature cocktails. We came across two refreshing recipes during an amazing experience at Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley.

Ian Winget (mixologist, sommelier, and Domaine Chandon alum), personally taught us how to whip up two cocktails that literally took two minutes to make. The first drink was called a Summer Sweet and Savory — Summer savory is actually an herb that resembles rosemary. Made with sweet fruit and and Ian’s famous strawberry rhubarb bitters, this crisp concoction is perfect for brunch outdoors or early evening cocktails.

If you really want to show off your hipster cocktail cred, the Blackberry Crush was made for you. Devised of muddled mint, blackberry, and served in a cool mini mason jar, this drink is sure to impress your friends. The secret to getting all of that great flavor and smell from cocktail herbs? SLAP IT. Yes, it sounded a little strange when Ian told us to slap our herbs (in this case, mint), but once we “slapped” it, the herbal essence was much stronger and flavorful. Here are the recipes below. Thank you Ian and Domaine Chandon for the wonderful evening!


Summer Sweet and Savory Recipe:
Makes one cocktail

3 oz strawberry lemonade
3 dashes of strawberry rhubarb bitters
2 to 3 oz Chandon Blanc de Noirs
Spring of fresh Summer Savory
2 large strawberries, quartered

Pour strawberry lemonade into a shaker. Add the bitters and ice. Shake. Strain into a coupe or other decorative glass. Add the Summer Savory and strawberries. Top with Blanc de Noirs and serve.


Blackberry Crush Recipe:
Makes one cocktail

7 ripe blackberries
5 mint leaves
1/2 oz agave syrup (or simple syrup)
2-3 oz Chandon Brut Classic
1 lemon slice

Put the blackberries, mint, and agave syrup in the bottom of a rocks glass. Muddle until crushed (be careful not to overdo it!) Add the Brut Classic and then stir. Garnish with lemon slice and serve.

Get the Look:
Pharrell Red Shawl Cardigan

“Style says who you are without saying a word.”
Pharrell Williams in Red Cardigan and Stetson Hat at Samsung Galaxy III and Lupe Fiasco

Everything Pharrell Williams does, he does with his own unique flair. In NYC we ran into him at the Samsung Galaxy and Lupe Fiasco event, and he was rocking the freshest red shawl cardigan sweater.
Anyone able to positively identify this sweater?


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Ralph Lauren Shawl Collar Sweater

Mixed Prints &
A Pop of Color

Keeping warm and colorful at the water shed.

After a few frigid winters in New York, it was time to update my winter regalia. This cardigan by Ralph Lauren (Denim & Supply) is cozy with an amazing shawl collar and colorful Navajo pattern.  Perfect for intimate fireside conversations and warm enough for brisk evening walks to the market. The more I wear it, the more classic it becomes. Mixing Prints, a pop of colorRalph Lauren Denim & Supply Sweater | Camouflage Cargo Pant | Slouchy Hat | Nike Mid Rise | Warby Parker Spectacles

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Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Fashion Show

The New Essential:

Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Fashion ShowA leather jacket has always been on my wardrobe essentials list, but finding the one (that will end my search once and for all),  has been quite the challenge. The ones I love are way over my budget and the more affordable options just aren’t good enough. The changing season offers opportunities to set sale alerts on such pieces, and while prices do drop, it’s never been tempting enough for me to make the move. eBay to the rescue! I’ve found many gems on eBay and this one tops my list of major scores. It’s still a splurge piece, but well worth the investment. The leather is buttery soft and the silhouette is the perfect harmony of edgy and just a little whimsical thanks to the subtle peplum details. Spring is already on my mind, providing inspiration for the outfit below. Cool, yet unbelievably comfortable.Spring-Outfit-Ideas

3.1 Phillip Lim leather jacket | Rachel Comey denim pants | Topshop Shell Top | Tibi Bee Heel Mules

Blake Mycoskie - Start Something That Matters - Book Review by Blushing Truth

Start Something
That Matters

Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS shoes, begins his book, Start Something That Matters, with the classic poem “Success” by Elisabeth-Anne Anderson Stanley.

To laugh often and love much
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children

To earn the appreciation of honest critics
endure the betrayal of false friends

To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition

To know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Personally, I have never worn or owned a pair of TOMS shoes. However, lots of my “cool” friends religiously buy TOMS and always brag on how they are saving the world with each purchase. Other than the motto, “Sell a pair of shoes today. Give a pair of shoes tomorrow,” I really knew nothing about TOMS.

This was about to change. Once I opened the book, it was hard to put down. Start Something That Matters is a fast and informative read. It gives us a better understanding and appreciation of Blake Mycoskie’s business and philosophy. His storytelling reminds us of simple truths that are necessary for success that we seem to forget in the hustle and distractions of our daily lives.

His book helped me simplify and focus on achieving my goals. Start Something That Matters is a great read, and a book I’ll most likely read many times over. “Highly recommended for those ready to make a difference.”

I still haven’t bought a pair of TOMS shoes yet, but I did get a pair of TOMS sunglasses. =)

Toms at ShopStyle


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