This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoClean #CollectiveBiasOur weather is pretty stinking awesome in California. But just because we have a lot of sun doesn’t mean that we keep our outdoor areas kept up year round. Last weekend, on a gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon, I wanted to be outside with a glass of wine and a magazine. But I realized quickly that my backyard was in no shape to be hosting visitors. With BBQ season fast approaching, I decided to put together a Spring Entertaining Checklist which will help you get your home in order so you can invite people over whenever you want to. Spring parties don’t have to be over the top or stressful. Here is what you need to make sure you are the hostess with the mostess.
Can you believe it’s spring already?! It’s starting to warm up here and the weather has been gorgeous! But I’m not quite ready to fully switch to warm weather clothes. Spring is my favorite transitional season. It means that jeans are still totally comfortable but now you can pair them with a cute tank and a light jacket, one that’s more for looks and not for warmth. After feeling stuck in a rut all winter, spring is the time for me to level up my style. Here are a few ways to update your look for spring without much effort or money.
These are my favorite shoes at the moment. I wear a lot of black so these are a fun way to add a focal point and some extra style. And they don’t only look good with black. These work with other prints and just about any other color. Booties are a great shoe for moms on the go because they are comfortable and easy to run around town in. Plus your kids will laugh when they hear the word, ” bootie!” And if you don’t love leopard print (we can’t possibly be friends) they make booties in all kinds of patterns, colors and textures. So versatile!
Make Up Bags
I’m addicted to little makeup bags. They are usually inexpensive, especially if they are from Forever 21 or H&M. And they come in a variety of colors and patterns. Bright colors are a great update for spring. We tend to get all dark and dreary in the winter months so bringing a pop of color back in is great. These bags are great to carry just a few necessities in if you are going out to dinner. Or use them to organize the black hole that is your purse.
Does anyone else hear the term Black hat and think of Scandal? While you should be wearing sunscreen every day, it is probably time to start putting a little bit more thought in to protecting your skin. A hat is perfect because it provides some extra shade but they also look super cool (except when the wind blows a certain direction and it blows the front of the hat up and I look like Blossom). Spring is the perfect time for hats because it’s not quite hot enough to get your head all sweaty underneath. There is nothing worse than wearing a hat and being too embarrassed to take it off because you know your hair is a matted hot mess underneath.
I won this Stella and Dot necklace from a contest around Christmas time. It took me a long time, and several Facebook crowd sourcing posts to figure out what I should have engraved on there. Ultimately I went with “be cool” which is something we say a lot in our family. It means so many different things: settle down, chillax, be yourself. I love when I wear it because people always ask me about it. Plus it’s rose gold and that’s so pretty. Stella and Dot aren’t the only people who make engraveable bar necklaces. And while I do love this one, I could certainly see picking up another one with a longer message (or names).
I love a good bright lip. But not, like, a really bright lipstick lip. At least it doesn’t work well on me. I’m that girl who looks put together for a minute and then the next minute I look like The Joker. This Pop Balm by L’oreal (in Electric Pink) comes in a lipstick tube but goes on like a sheer balm. It provides a bunch of color in an understated way if that make any sense…All I know is that I love that it makes me feel like I have a finished make up look going on that won’t end up smeared across my face.
How do you update your look for spring?
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There is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose. No wait. There is nothing better than sitting on a patio on a nice day drinking rose and listening to some awesome music. Here is a playlist that I think suits rose drinking just fine. So gather your friends, gather some wine and pull out your speakers. And email me an invite.
Oh yeah. These Blood Orange Sorbet Gin Floats are perfect for spring. These would fit perfectly in an Easter Brunch and work just as well in the evening as a before dinner drink. Yes I said before dinner. Sorbet is acceptable any time of day, don’t you know.
If you love gin and tonics, then you will love this drink. And the blood orange sorbet adds such a nice sweetness. I’m pretty new to the gin and tonic game. The addition of the sorbet sort of eased me in to the somewhat unusual (to me) taste of the gin. I really like trying out new spirits so it was fun playing around with this.
This small batch tonic is meant to be used with soda water but you could certainly sub this out for regular tonic water. And you could also switch out the blood orange sorbet for another flavor. I think raspberry might be quite nice.
The real game changer, for me though, is the Meyer lemon. I LOVE me some Meyer lemons. It really made rounded out this drink for me. I’m sure a regular lemon would work fine too, or lime juice, but Meyer lemons have my heart. And that rosemary sprig acts as a fun stir stick for as the sorbet melts in to the drink. It goes really well with the botanical notes of the gin. I totally sound like I know what I’m talking about don’t I?
- 1 - 1 1/2 oz or your favorite Gin
- .75 oz of Jack Rudy tonic
- One scoop of blood orange sorbet (or other flavor)
- Juice of 1/2 - 1 Meyer lemon
- One sprig of fresh rosemary
- Club Soda (to top off drink)
- To a glass, add one scoop of your favorite sorbet.
- Add gin and tonic.
- Top off with soda water.
- Take rosemary sprig in your hand give it a clap to release some oils.
- Add rosemary sprig to glass and stir.
- Continue to stir as the sorbet melts.
You guys! I’m hosting a Pinterest party tonight with some fab ladies. You won’t want to miss it. We are talking all things spring! There are a few prizes up for grabs and a whole heck of a lot of fun inspiration. I’ve been addicted to Pinterest lately! So come play with me! 6 – 7 pm Pacific Time! Feel free to pin away! Just make sure to use the #SpringMakes hashtag. Read all the details over on Melissa Creates! She also has links to all the co-hosts pages so you can check them out! I hope to see you on Pinterest tonight! Big ups to Melissa for putting this all together! She’s the best.
Here is what I am listening to right now. I still really like lilting vocals, electronic sounds and big melodies but I can see some rock creeping back in. Which makes sense considering summer for me is all about classic rock. I’m obsessed with the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Like, a lot. What are you currently listening to?