There are countless reasons to love San Francisco and you probably get sick of hearing me list them on this blog over and over again. But I just love my city too much not to appreciate all of the little things that add up to something really special to me. One of such things is the mild weather and the San Franciscan’s love of a good picnic. I have a picnic bag packed nearly year round that’s ready to be thrown in the car for a trip to Napa or slung over my shoulder for a quick walk down the block to my local park. I consider myself a pretty professional picnic-er by this point in my San Francisco “career.” There’s nothing I love more than throwing open my blanket, kicking off my shoes and settling down to a good cheese plate and a little cocktail.
I’m all about keeping it local so I was so excited to team up with the folks at Hangar 1 Vodka to create this special picnic-inspired cocktail. I have been requesting their vodka for years at my local bar. I love the smooth flavor especially when it’s mixed into a cocktail. The vodka’s home is just across the Bay in Alameda (where I frequent the flea market) in an old WWII plane hangar (hence the name, wink, wink).
This cocktail is easy to make and has a lovely light floral taste due to the rose water and the elderflower syrup. You can find elderflower syrup at specialty cocktail stores and a few Cost Plus’. I also have been dying to make these beautiful flower ice cubes for a while. They are easy if you can find edible flowers at your local farmer’s market or Whole Foods. They really make the cocktail (or even your plain water) beautiful.
Ingredients (for one cocktail)
2 oz Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
1 tsp Elderflower syrup
1 ½ tsp Rose Water
4 oz Soda Water
Pour 2 oz vodka over ice in a glass. Add elderflower syrup, rose water and lemon juice. Top with soda water and stir.
Then pack it up and bring it outside to enjoy under the sunshine (ideally amongst a field of daisies).
This post was sponsored by Hangar 1 Vodka. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.
Images by Kim Lucian. Modeling by my lovely friend Brooke.
Tick-tock. It's time to get modern and minimal with your wrist wear. These watch options keep it sleek with monochromatic black faces and bands. I love how this makes an otherwise sporty watch, immediately office appropriate. Try one of these watches with your blazer to give you some serious 'tude. Yes I just said 'tude and I meant it.
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In San Francisco, there is a abundance of prohibition era bars. They serve retro (like really 1880s retro) cocktails and the bartenders wear suspenders and twisted mustaches. I will admit that I'm a sucker for a cozy velvet chair and a well-crafted cocktail so I frequent these places and am not complaining about their recent popularity. A few to try, if you ever visit SF, are Devil's Acre, Comstock, 15 Romolo and Burbon & Branch.
I've noticed that nearly all of their cocktails are served in elegant champagne coupes. Ten years ago, during the peak of Sex and the City, everything was served in a martini glass. With the popularity of champagne coupes, they've rolled back the clocks even further to the Gatsby era. You can actually find this style of glass relatively easy at your local flea market, Anthropologie or Etsy. I've pulled a few finds from Etsy below. Which of these is your favorite?
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A few things that are inspiring me this week…
Earl Gray Chocolate Chip Cookies
My favorite tea is Earl Gray. I just can't get enough of its bergamot-ey goodness. Therefore, Earl Gray chocolate chip cookies sound heavenly. I also love the styling on this recipe. It feels all cozy and warm, sort of like a cookie straight from the oven.
2. Lipstick Tricks for Novices
One of the biggest differences in my routine, since starting my job at Sephora, has been wearing lipstick. It instantly makes you look dressed up even if you barely had time to put on mascara. So many people are intimidated by lipstick but if you follow the easy steps Emily outlines it will help make it a little more approachable. Also, it doesn't hurt if you have an amazing lipstick.
3. Southwestern Kale Power Salad
I gotta counterbalance the cookies with a little kale! I'm a sucker for anything with sweet potatoes in it and this southwest salad checks all of the boxes--it's salty and sweet plus has a delicious-looking avocado sauce.
4. Barefoot Blonde Braid Tutorials
You know when you get ready for bed early and are all excited to feel rested in the morning, then end up getting sucked into YouTube and its 11:30? Yeah that happened to me with these amazing braid tutorials. I'll be honest that my hair didn't turn out as Elsa-worth as Amber's, but I did learn a few new techniques. These braids are perfect to practice during the weekend when you aren't in a hurry to get to work.
Have a great weekend everyone!
I'm obsessed with making my home smell as pretty as possible. I'm always lighting candles, spraying room scents, you name it. Maybe that's because scent is such a strong sense and it can totally make an experience. I have this incredibly vivid memory of having lunch in Paris at a little cafe. They were burning a rose candle and, to this day, roses remind me of Paris. Having a good smelling home can really elevate your space no matter if you live in a 300 ft studio or a large house.
I started buying diffusers awhile back. I loved that they left a light scent without having to burn a candle. One of my favorite companies for diffusers is Antica Farmacista out of my hometown, Seattle. You may have spotted one in my Apartment Therapy house tour. I have tried so many different brands of diffusers but these are by far that best. They keep their scent for months and I think the packaging is so chic. I've tried a few scents now and these are by far my favorites...
Fico Verde - Green fig smells as fresh as it sounds. I honestly can't get enough fig-scented things. I just love how clean and organic it smells. It's perfect for my living room since that's where I spend most of my time.
Ala Moana - This very floral scent is perfect for the bathroom. It smells flowery without being overwhelming and instantly transports you to tropical locales.
Sandal Ambra - A combination of Sandalwood and Amber, this scent is rich and warm. I like it near my bed or (if I had one) in a den because it seems cozy and relaxing.
Being a huge fan of the brand, I have also had a chance to sample their bubble bath, hand soap and bar soap. The packaging is beautiful on all of them and they make such a lovely addition to my bathroom.
Here are a few snaps of how I've placed them around my apartment. I love that as you enter each room there is a different scent, but it is never overwhelming. Oh, how I wish you could smell through the photos because they are just so incredible. Find more about Antica Farmacista and their amazing fragrances here.
While I loved the brand before, the folks at Antica Farmacista were kind enough to send me a few new things to try. This post is sponsored by Antica Farmacista. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.
Happy St. Patty's Day!! Funny enough the largest part of me is Irish (you wouldn't know it from how little I can drink) Every year when St. Patrick's Day comes around I proudly wear a little green here and there.
This year I thought that I would inspire you with two totally different green outfits. One takes it cue from modern, downtown style and the other is notably more preppy. I love both of them in their own way. I mean, who wouldn't want to wear an amazing green jumpsuit? May the luck of the Irish be with you!
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