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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Hour: The Perfect Gin and Tonic

It's Friday, which means you need a cocktail recipe at hand to ring in the weekend. What better to celebrate the spring weather (it's turned to rain here, sadly) than the classic gin and tonic? We have been drinking them with alarming regularity since discovering the secret to the perfect gin and tonic. My parents sent Ben a mixology-inspired gift for his birthday and it included this small batch tonic from Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., pictured above. It's mixed with seltzer water to create tonic that's (probably) lower in calories and amazingly delicious. Though it was backordered for months, my mom was on top of her game and ordered in January, allowing us to enjoy this in March. We have since them become addicted and can't stop serving it to friends and are now on our second bottle. We've been able to find this online at Jack Rudy's site, but even easier? It's available in Crate and Barrel. Stock up. You'll never go back to regular tonic water!

Read on for the tonic-based recipe.

You'll need:
1 shot of gin*
Seltzer water
1/2 a lime

In an old-fashioned glass, add small batch tonic, the juice from half of a lime, 1 shot of gin and a handful of ice cubes. Pour seltzer water over the ice until the glass is full. Stir thoroughly, otherwise the tonic will end up on the bottom of the glass and your cocktail will be awful. Enjoy with a lime wedge for show!

*I prefer Bombay Sapphire but we tried out Crater's Lake's infused gin for this recipe and were not as impressed. It lacked some of the juniper flavor that makes gin and tonics so special

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Summer Cover

Cover-up: O'Neill c/o SwimOutlet; Sandals: c/o Aeropostale

When the sun starts to shine, I get googly eyes for summer vacation. I don't even get a summer vacation anymore and I'm over here drooling thinking about lazy days with no work, endless beaches and swimming until your skin is tired of salt, sunscreen, and sunshine boring into it. Planning our wedding in Hawaii means that I get at least two quality hours of googling images of Oahu beaches and resort pools. That can't be healthy for the Portland-bound girl that I am. Or my Portland-bound computer that's forced to conjure up amazing beach photos for me every day. Sorry, computer!

I got this beach cover up from SwimOutlet with my future resort-going days in mind. They may not be for another year, but judging by the weather changes here lately, this isn't going to be getting heavy use until that sunny March 2015 vacation we have planned. One of my favorite things about beach cover ups is that they let the breeze in, but they also give you some skin coverage just in case you're starting to get pink and toasty. In Hawaii a beach cover-up in considered being dressed up, so you can actually go out to dinner in them, bathing suit top soaking through and all. I'm not sure if that's a pro or a con for Hawaii style but it certainly makes it easy!

Do you have resort plans in your future? What do you wear that does double duty on the beach and off?

P.S. I uploaded this look to the swim outlet fashion showcase online. If you pick something up for your summer plans, be sure to do so as well! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fields of Flowers

There's not a lot to say after endless photos of flower fields. This kind beauty is unrivaled by most anything else. How does one right about a million tulips blowing quietly in a field, all colors harmonizing on a sunny day in the middle of a valley silent but for whispering wind.

We waited for about an hour (and drove an hour) to see these fields in Woodburn, Oregon, but after feeling grumpy about the wait and hot drive, we found ourselves standing amid the happiest flowers in the world. Is there anything better?

P.S. My shorts are from Gap (old), chambray from Target, and tank from Aeropostale.