Tag: libations

gift guide | stocking stuffers {LA}

the holidays are here ya’ll! and i absolutely love this time of year, especially because i am able to spend time with my dear family.  i left sunny, warm california and headed home to beautiful, majestic south carolina. these short days of winter always feel so magical when back at home. the evenings are spent snuggling together by the fire, lit by the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, watching beloved holiday movies or playing card games. today, my sisters and i are doing a little last-minute shopping for stocking stuffers!!!

{1}nivea tinted lip balm {2} salt collection from over&above {3}colorful emory boards from spoonsisters.com {4} funny monkey tea infuser at amazon {5} gorgeous hand-knit scarf by spatters and jayne {6} clever “scratch” map to keep track of all the amazing places you have visited at uncommongoods {7}OPI glimmer wonderland nail polish at sephora {8}book of skinny cocktails to help us keep the calorie count down during the holidays {9}smartwool socks at REI {10}utili-key from restoration hardware {11}tabletopics, for fun at family dinners from uncommongoods {12}adorable owl phone case from urban outfitters {13}keep tabs on your favorite recipes from spoonsisters.com {14}hand cream trio from l’occitane

gift guide | for the ladies {LA}

need a little last-minute gift inspiration for that hard to shop for gal pal? here are a few great gift ideas sure to please your sister, co-worker, mother-in-law, or your best girlfriend. happy shopping!!!

 {1}the take anywhere tote in red from baggu {2}the perfect gold bangles from dreamcollective.com {3} super cute owl salt & pepper shakers from designer jonathan adler  {4}must have magazine subscription to anthology {5} luxurious faux fur throw by west elm {6} soy based candles with amazing natural fragrances from archipelago {7} sea blue measuring spoons from west elm {8} loving this locket from antrhopologie {9} heartbreaking & inspirational must read, by caroline moorehead {10} functional art for the perfect hostess, the jujuy pitcher {11} add a little pop of color with the fun & funky driftwood hooks from kielmead

gift guide | for the fellas {LA}

with the holidays just around the corner, i have been full-speed-ahead with my christmas shopping for friends and family. and because i travel across the country for the holidays, i do most of my shopping online. then have the packages delivered to the east coast – wrapped and ready for giving! while perusing the web last night i created “gift idea boards”, cataloging all of the great finds i came across. of course, i thought i would share some of the spectacular items i discovered for that handsome fella in your life. . . wether it be a husband, boyfriend, father or brother.

{1}the perfect travel companion, the doctors bag by peasants&travelers {2} sleek bar set by alessi {3} super comfy slippers by old friends {4} f-bomb paper weight at uncommon goods {5} 30for30 collector’s set from ESPN {6} a bit of a splurge, the sky prodigy automatic telescope {7} sophisticated shave set from steve&co {8} audiophile hd800 headphones by sennheiser {9} the ultra hip MONO case passport wallet {10} unique crow bottle opener designed by tadahiro baba {11} vintage scrabble found at restoration hardware {12} the perfect red holiday cardi by armani {13} fabulously striped socks from richer and poorer

hudson whiskey {LA}

“whiskey, whiskey my old friend . . .  i ‘ve come to talk with you again.” ~kris kristofferson

happy {1st} day of september!  while i am clutching onto the last weeks of summer with all my might, i find my thoughts drifting to the cool crisp days of autumn.  i love the colors, the smells, the fashion, the football, and of course cool weather cocktails. and what comes to mind? whiskey, of course!  currently loving {hudson whiskey}.

photos of the bottling process shared by {tuthill town spirits}  – the amazing company behind hudson whiskey.  i mean, don’t you just love the labels?!? even if you are not a big whiskey drinker, you really have to try this little concoction:

{the creole} – a favorite of my dear friend, burson.

  • 2-3 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • splash of benedectine
  • 1 maraschino cherry (optional)
  • lemon peel

stir liquid in a mixing glass with ice, strain and serve topped with a twist of lemon peel. add maraschino cherry if you like (i say it’s a must) and enjoy!