Guest Post: Frilling Cocktails by Caitlin – Pimm’s Cups

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Hey everyone! Today’s post is written by Caitlin, who absolutely FRILLS us when it comes to fun, fresh cocktail recipes. Be on the lookout for Caitlin in the coming months, as she continues to share some of her frilling cocktail recipes! 

With the London Olympics approaching and it being so incredibly hot here in Philadelphia, I wanted to share my favorite summertime drink using an English based liqueur: Pimm’s Cups!

A Pimm’s Cup is a great, refreshing, and delicious cocktail that is easy to make, low in alcohol content, and it’s one of those drinks that everyone and their grandmother has version of. Therefore, it’s hard to mess up and once you feel more comfortable with making it, you can start putting your own flare to it.

I called upon my friend, Sudeep Rangi, to put in his two cents. Sudeep recently moved to Philadelphia. Prior to that he has been behind the bar of some of San Francisco’s top cocktail and bar programs including: Smuggler’s CoveComstock SaloonThe Burritt Room, and Wo Hing General Store.

Me? I’m just a lover of summertime cocktails as well as hosting get togethers that include a signature drink. So, here’s how to make our version of a Pimm’s cup:

Ingredients

1 large lemon cut in half

4-5 fresh mint leaves plus a sprig for garnish

2-3 cucumber slices plus a slice for garnish

Ice

1 oz. sparkling water

2 oz. Ginger Beer

2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1

Squeeze half of the lemon into a glass. Toss in your mint and cucumber and lightly muddle to release the oils.

Line the glass with sliced lemon (if you want to get fancy) and fill the glass with ice. Add your sparkling water, Ginger Beer, and Pimm’s No.1. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of cucumber or lemon.

And there you have it! A summertime cocktail to wow your friends – a drink that you can make right in the glass. You don’t have to shake it, blend it, or do anything complicated. Once you feel more comfortable with making the drink, start throwing in whatever fruit you want: strawberry, watermelon, blueberries, etc. Just be sure to use fresh ingredients.

What’s your favorite summertime drink? Share in the comments or post on Instagram with #frillingcocktails

-Cait

July 31, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Frilling Cocktails, Recipes | Tags: , ,

Frilling Remodel

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…From this…

…to this…

Oh yeah.

Moving day is tomorrow!

July 27, 2012 4:54 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

I’ve got the blues

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Hey, y’all! So, I’ve kind of got the blues lately, and not just cause I love to layer lots of the same color.

I’m definitely STILL in transition, and have a feeling this sense of being completely uplifted from everything comfortable  might be here to stay for a while! And while I’m looking for a job, letting summer have it’s day, and waiting around to make new friends, I’ve found myself succumbing to more casual wear.

What’s my go-too summer-casual look? Shorts, a wide-cut top with capped sleeves, a cardigan, and wedges. Simple. Comfortable. FRILLING.

I present to you my day-in-the-library-comfy-cozy look (yes, I still spend time in the library; I guess I’m more of a nerd than I thought). I added a pop of red lipstick a midst the monotony of the blues.

top and shorts: Zara, cardigan: Old Navy, wedges: Steve Madden, MAC lipstick

What’s your go-to summer uniform?

July 24, 2012 9:48 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle, Outfit posts | No Tags

Raw Cashew Blueberry”Cheesecake”

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Mmmm… this cold, sweet, creamy pie is packed with fiber, protein, healthy fat, and antioxidants.   Grain-free, gluten-free, raw, vegan, low-sugar/low glycemic… whatever your dietary needs (unless you have a nut allergy), this pie is sure to suit.

I have made this about a gazillion times over the years, as it is one of my favorite healthy sweets.  But this time I substituted some xylitol for some of the agave to lower the glycemic load and overall sugar content.  I based my recipe on this one, but with adaptations.

The Stuff:
Crust:
1/2 cup raw pecans, (almonds or walnuts could also work)
1/4 cup soft Medjool dates, soaked, pitted
1/4 cup dried figs, soaked (optional.  You can use all dates, 1/2 cup total.)
¼ tsp. sea salt

Filling:
1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours (overnight is best)
juice of 2 lemons
1 tsp. real vanilla extract
1/3 cup raw coconut oil, melted (just place the jar in warm water to melt)
1/3 cup sweetener (I used half agave nectar, half granulated xylitol.  You could use honey if you prefer.)
1 cup blueberries (I used frozen.  I get the big bags of organic frozen blueberries from Costco.  You can use any fruit you want, really.  I’ve used strawberries, raspberries, mango…)

The Do:
Place nuts, dates, figs, and sea salt in your high-powered blender or food processor and combine till the whole mixture is sticky.  Spread the mixture in the bottom of a pie pan.

Next, place all the ingredients for the filling in the blender or food processor and blend until everything is smooth, no lumps allowed.  The mixture should be thick, similar to the consistency of soft serve ice cream.

Pour the mixture into the pie pan on top of the crust mixture.

Chill the pie for several hours, until the whole thing has set and is the consistency of a cheesecake.

Enjoy a healthy high-protein, low-sugar dessert!

 

July 23, 2012 2:28 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | Tags: , , ,

Sweet Saturday: Grain free cinnamon donuts

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Happy Saturday everyone! It has been quite a while since I’ve done a Sweet Saturday post, but I am so thrilled about today’s subject. Check out these Cinnamon Roll Almond Flour Donuts that I found over at the Roost blog (LOVE this blog). They are a gluten free, grain free DELICIOUS treat that also happen to be totally guilt free as well!

Lyle and his mom both thought they were eating cinnamon donuts with a chocolate topping until I told them that the topping was actually made from medjool dates. They were THAT good and super easy to make. I did make a few changes though, by using xylitol instead of honey, coconut oil instead of ghee, and pecans instead of hazelnuts. I will definitely be making these again soon!

What’s making your Saturday sweet?

July 21, 2012 9:22 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , , , ,

Frilling Closet Makeover: Jo Ann, Part 2

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Happy Thursday everyone! Remember Part 1 of Jo Ann’s FRILLING closet makeover? Well, now to the fun part!

While going through Jo Ann’s wardrobe, she pointed out a few articles of clothing that she really loved, but either wasn’t sure how to wear or didn’t get enough use of. We made at least 3-4 outfits for each piece, and I snapped pics of Jo Ann with my point-and-shoot so that she could remember each look.

Before we get to those pieces, check out this outfit that does a great job of representing Jo Ann’s style:

I would describe Jo Ann’s style as classic and chic, with a little pop of trendy. Classic because nearly every article of clothing she owns has a timeless look and quality to it, chic because she tends to wear clothes with lots of clean, straight lines which add to her modern and elegant tendencies, and trendy because almost every outfit she wears has some sort current piece incorporated.

In this case her colored pants are super trendy, but the color isn’t too loud. Because of this, I imagine they will be in her closet a lot longer than some of my own neon pink pieces!

On it’s own, this bright orange cardigan is another timeless piece that Jo Ann will have for a long time coming, but paired with the bold teal pants, it adds to the bold and bright, neon, and color-blocking trends that are so popular right now.

One final word about Jo Ann’s style: she loves extra FRILLS. Almost all of her tops have some kind of detailing such as lace or added fabrics.

Now that we understand Jo Ann’s style, check out some of the looks we came up with using clothes she already owns: 

Look 1: the skirt

Jo Ann had one top that she always wore with the skirt, causing her to practically never wear this amazing gem! I mean, can you believe it? When I saw it, I said, “Jo Ann, this skirt might be one of the most versatile pieces you have in your closet. You can wear it with practically ANYTHING,” and then we proceeded to make four solid looks with it.

I love this look because paired with the scarf we were able to incorporate pattern mixing, which y’all know I’m a complete and total sucker for. We also paired this skirt with 4 different tops, three different cardigans, scarf and no scarf, belted over tops, and belted over cardigans. This skirt is so amazingly versatile because even though there is a pattern, the colors are neutral. This quiets the piece down, giving Jo Ann a palette ready for anything and everything.

Look 2: the dress

At one point, Jo Ann held up this dress saying how she really liked it, but didn’t really know what to do with it. We pretty much followed the same formula that we did with the skirt. Various cardigans and belts can make a huge difference! Sometimes no cardigan, sometimes no belt, sometimes a navy cardigan, sometimes a colored, skinny belt, etc., etc.

Not only can Jo Ann create many different looks with this dress, but this belt/cardigan combo is especially flattering to her figure. She actually wore this outfit on her first day back to work after our Saturday together. She told me she got lots of compliments!

Look 3: lace top

Once again a beloved piece that Jo Ann needed some advice on. This top is beautifully detailed, like most of her tops are. Sometimes, though, having that much detailing can make it confusing when styling because it adds a loudness that usually wouldn’t be present with a simple neutral top.

My advice to Jo Ann? Ignore it! She can wear this top with anything! Here, we paired it with her hot pink H&M pants and her animal-print sandals for some pattern mixing. I LOVE it! Perfect for a day of shopping or a night out with friends.

All in all, I think it’s safe to say we had a great time watching Jo Ann’s closet transform from a perfectly fine, gets-the-job done closet to one that is simply FRILLING and a joy to shop in!

Jo Ann’s take on the whole experience:

” Even though I always felt like my closet was somewhat organized before—looking at those pics, I can see that it looks chaotic, and it is so much more peaceful and harmonious now!”

Thanks, Jo Ann! You really are one FRILLING fashionista!

July 19, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Closet Makeovers, Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Frilling Closet Makeover: Jo Ann, Part 1

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Hey everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start! I’m so excited to introduce you all to a new series I am starting on my newest hobby: closet organization. I’ve had quite a few people ask me to go through their closets with them, and I thought it would be really fun to blog about it.

So, without further ado, meet Jo Ann. Jo Ann is a FRILLING fashionista, a working woman in the professional world, and a super fun gal who loves to travel and spend time with friends.

Here were our goals for Jo Ann’s closet makeover experience:

  • Consultation: It was important first and foremost, that I understood Jo Ann’s style. We had a conversation about what she wanted from the experience, and then Jo Ann showed me three outfits she felt represented her style. This helped me for styling purposes later.
  • Downsizing: Jo Ann and I went through every item in her closet, and I asked her the two magic questions for each piece: “Do you love it?” “Do you wear it?” If she hesitated, she threw it in the maybe pile. Eventually, we were able to haul out two large piles of clothes!
  • Closet-shopping: While we went through Jo Ann’s wardrobe, she picked out pieces that she really liked, but wasn’t sure how to wear or only ever wore with the same things. Then, we picked out 3-4 different looks for each piece, and I snapped pictures of her in each one so she could remember them. This was the funnest, most rewarding part because Jo Ann found all kinds of new gems in her closet, and I got to give her style tips along the way!
  • Re-organization: Finally it was time to clean out and FRILL up! We completely cleaned out and reorganized Jo Ann’s closet. Now everything is color-coordinated and grouped by piece (tops, sweaters, cardigans, pants, skirts, dresses, etc.)
  • Finding needs: At the end of the day, Jo Ann got a newly made-over closet as well as a better idea of any basics she felt she was lacking.
Before: 

 

Goodbye unneeded items! 

 

After: 

Even though we worked for a solid ten hours, there is still a lot to be done, and Jo Ann is really excited. She already has plans to better organize her shoes and to set up a section for her jewelry and mirror for getting ready. It was so fulfilling to see the almost-finished product. Jo Ann will have to update us when she adds her personal FRILLS to this space!

Before/After comparison: left side

 

Before/after: right side

 

With her newly assessed and organized closet, Jo Ann won’t have to worry about random, impulse buys. She now knows exactly what’s in her closet and what she’s missing. This leaves room for less wasteful and more thoughtful shopping in the future. FRILLING!

Jo Ann, you FRILL us! Stay tuned, friends, for part 2 of Jo Ann’s experience on Thursday. She’ll be modeling some of her new outfits we found among the clothes she already owns!

 

July 17, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Closet Makeovers, Fashion, Lifestyle | Tags: ,

Frilling Friday: Summer Reading

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You know me, always reading.  I’ve been always reading ever since I was a tiny little girl and could read at all.  I always read the entire summer reading list in grade school, and usually won the “most books read for the year” award.  Haha, I’m a lifelong book nerd.  Like my friend Ali, I’m one of those who always has multiple books going, usually one in each room. Here’s some of what I’ve been reading lately:

Sci-Fi / Fantasy:
The Glory Road, by Robert Heinlen.  My brother had picked up a copy for fifty cents at a library sale and passed it along to me. Love a good classic fantasy that’s vintage and smart and gutsy and totally quotable.  Just finished it.

Parenting:
Discipline Without Distress, by Judy Arnall.  B is fast approaching the two-year-old phase, and I want some gentle tools to help her (and us) through a big developmental year.  This book was recommended by Carrie at The Parenting Passageway, one of my favorite parenting blogs.  I’m not very far into it yet, so we’ll see if it resonates.

Nutrition/Professional:
Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone, by Abram Hoffman, MD and Andrew Saul.  You’re really interested, right?  Well, you should be.  It’s for everyone.

Fiction:
War Brides, by Helen Bryan.  I’m a sucker for novels set in WWII.  This one is a free borrow for Amazon Prime members, yippee.

Non-Fiction:
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed.  Just finished this book a few days ago.  It’s Oprah’s current book club pick.  The story of Cheryl Strayed’s 3-month-long distance hike is fascinating.

Got anything great on your bedside table, bathroom counter, desk, laundry-folding table, ipod, or by your favorite comfy chair this summer?

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July 12, 2012 2:49 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY | No Tags

1 Top, 3 color-blocked looks

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Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! It just so happens to be July’s EBEW today, and the theme is color blocking. I thought I’d have extra fun with this one and show you guys 3 ways I can style my neon pink H&M tank (which, in true H&M fashion, was a very affordable $7).

I love this tank because it is the perfect example of my first fashion rule that any solid can act as a neutral. In other words, this top is very versatile, and while it is definitely on the loud side, there isn’t a lot it can’t be worn with. It’s especially handy when it comes to color blocking.

Check out my 3 looks while I explain my personal color-blocking tendencies:

Semi-Professional

blazer: Zara / skirt: J Crew (factory store) / Wedges: Banana Republic

Tendency #1: When color-blocking, I personally like to make sure each piece is equally bold. Muted colors or lighter, paler shades paired with other bold pieces do less to contrast one another, which to me, is what color blocking is all about. It’s big, bold, fun, and frilling! But don’t let my tendency determine your own habits – adding more of any type of color to one’s wardrobe is a big step in and of itself!

Fun & Trendy 

skirt: Gap Outlet / shoes: Steve Madden / bag: Urban Outfitters

Tendency #2: Add neutrals to emphasize your color-blocked look. Neon pink and orange is very trendy right now, and it’s also very loud. I love this trend and have been making the most of it while it lasts, but I like to add some neutrals (in this case, my shoes and bag) in order to emphasize the color-blocked look while not being too overwhelming.

Comfy & Casual 

cardigan: J Crew / shorts: Zara / shoes: Steve Madden / bag: Target

Tendency #3: Low accessorizing. Personally, I find color-blocking to be a major statement maker. As a result, I like to tone down my accessorizing in order to better emphasize the colors of my actual clothes. In this case, I am wearing very little jewelry and layering colors instead (i.e., the cardigan and tank). And just when you think I’m going to be consistent, I add a major pop of random color with this neon yellow satchel!

These are my tendencies, which might be fun and easy tips helpful for your color-blocking adventures, but they are definitely not hard and fast rules. What do you guys think? Do you like to color-block with your clothes, shoes, bags, or nails? Will you EBEW?

Color Blocking | Everybody, Everywear

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