Bar Cart Bliss

August 31, 2015

I've had my West Elm Butlers Tray Table for over five years. First it functioned as a bedside table then it migrated into my living area as an additional surface for books, frames, etc. It wasn't until I moved from Dallas to Houston this past May that I decided to use it as a bar cart situation. There was just one problem...I had no idea how to make it look good. The wine bottles and random decor pieces it held really weren't looking right. It took me a few months of giving the tray table the side eye before I realized what it needed: bottles of booze and bar tools.

 

So alcohol was the major missing piece of the puzzle. But I wasn’t about to spend money on a bunch of bottles that I would never use/drink just for the sake of getting the right “look.” Before making any purchases I started to take note of what cocktails I actually liked…one of the ways I got there was from mixing drinks with friends from the recipes in Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails. Biscuit got this book at the beginning of summer and it became a favorite for all of us at the store. It’s also become popular with shoppers and we’ve had a hard time keeping it stocked on the shelves. What makes the small book so great? Its recipes are simple (in terms of ingredients and directions) but also aspirational and delicious. My favorite part is the “Cocktail Crafting 101” portion in the front pages. The authors put together an assortment of essential spirits that are used in their recipes – a list I greatly appreciated given how I panicked I get when having to pick out wine or liquor.

I didn’t pick up everything on the “stock your bar” list – just because I know I don’t have a palate for bourbon rum or rye – and I deviated from a few of their suggestions to get labels I preferred, but overall it was a super helpful guide and exactly what I needed to go shopping with confidence. Yes, it was an investment to do the stocking…but I spread the purchases out over a few trips to the liquor store to make it a little easier on my wallet.

Getting the bottles was just part of the fun…I also ordered some necessary bar tools:

I think I might need a jumbo ice mold and some more cocktail napkins but I’m not in a huge rush to get those. I’m sure I could add a lot more to the overall cocktail station situation but simple and functional makes me happy and very inspired to mix cocktails on the reg.

Pieces From The Post
Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails // CB2 MARTA LIGHT PINK DOUBLE OLD-FASHIONED GLASS // CB2 Duke Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker // CB2 Stainless Steel Jigger // Williams Sonoma Marble Wine Coaster // Williams Sonoma Open Kitchen Stainless Steel Juicer // West Elm Tall Butlers Tray Stand // West Elm Butlers Tray // Sharyn Blond Monkey Napkins // ONE KINGS LANE VINTAGE TEACUP AND SAUCER (SIMILARSIMILARSIMILAR)  •  Broadbent Vinho Verde Wine // TX Whiskey // Hendricks's Gin // Chartreuse Green // Tito's Vodka // Vida Mescal // Cointreau // Casamigos Tequila // Tanto Jalapeño Tequila // St-Germain

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Some Sales + Steals

August 27, 2015

Ever since our move to our new (and smaller!) apartment a few weeks ago, I am still spending my weekends getting settled and try to give myself a task to complete each weekend. Last weekend I cleared out bags and bags that were full of consignment and giveaway clothing and cluttering our hallway. Taking care of that took two full days but was a huge relief to the space in our apartment and to me! Molly and I started doing regular closet clean outs which I have found to be quite cleansing and actually enjoy doing now. It also allows room (and makes for less guilt) for any new purchases that I may make. By getting rid of things, it helps me to realize what types of pieces I don't wear/love as much so that I don't buy them again. Molly is MUCH better at doing this than I am, but I like to think that I am getting better at following her example:) I am hoping that after this coming weekend's "to-do" of finding a home for one last little box of things that we will feel all settled and in turn, less cluttered! Now that we have our two (big) pups living with us in our one bedroom place, we are determined to keep things organized around here. The lack of open areas or corners to put "stuff" really does force you to do that!

With school starting next week, it's hard not to get in the "back to school" mode of buying those few things I'd like to start a new school year with. Being a teacher I'm similar to a student in that way:) At the top of my list is a more casual "work bag" to carry my laptop in back and forth to school - I hate weighing down my nicer bags with a laptop and all of my other things. Currently looking at the MZ Wallace Metro totes or a classic L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, which I have in a giant size for the beach and love. Any suggestions are always welcome. Will also be taking advantage of the sales as "back to school" excuses! (read on to get the sales + steals)

 

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Extra 40% off sale styles. (these are an AMAZING deal and the black would be great to go into fall – the reviews sold me too)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items. (I feel like Anthro NEVER does this – take advantage! These are adorable and a great deal and I love the idea of this for a trip to St. Barths we’re taking in February!)
  • ASOS: Final clearance sale! Items are up to 70% off – shop it here.
  • Banana Republic: Extra 50% off women’s sale with code BRSALE.
  • Club Monaco: Free shipping on orders over $150 with code FREESHIP. (this is one of the prettier blouses I’ve seen in awhile and one I know would get SO much wear)
  • Eberjey: End of summer sale! Get 30% off all swim and coverups with code SUMMERSALE. Ends 8/31.
  • GAP: 30% off regular priced styled with code HAPPY – today only! (loving all the new arrivals – would love to try these jeans!)
  • J.Crew: 25% off select shirts, t-shirts, and sweaters with code SHOPNOW. (I absolutely adore the print on this top!)
  • J.Crew Factory: Up to 50% off all styles – today only! (this is so fantastic)
  • LOFT: 50% off sale styles!
  • Lulu and Georgia: 15 – 25% off when you spend $250-$1,000 (Great time to buy a rug or piece of furniture that you’ve been needing! (in love with these cute guys – if only we had a home for them in our new place)
  • Old Navy: Get 25% off when you spend $75+ with code ENJOY. Offer ends 8/28. (Molly just bought this, this, and this…very cute)
  • Splendid: 25% off select women’s styles!
  • French Connection: 50% off all sale items + free shipping with code 50SALE
  • The Outnet: End of Season Sale! Extra 40% off!
  • West Elm: Extra 15% off sale with code REDHOT! (I am generally not one for random assortments of coffee mugs, but a set of 6 of these would be amazing – would be a fun gift too)
Some Steals:

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This Outfit + Mi Golondrina Event!

August 26, 2015

I feel lucky that I've been able to visit Dallas a fairly good amount since moving to Houston. Usually I make the 3.5 hour drive to host events and the work related trips make for a great excuse to see my besties that I miss so much. Cristina, one of my closest buds and the owner of Mi Golondrina, and I have a great routine down where I get to stay with her and we have delicious date night dinners. It's very romantic - as you might imagine - and gives us a lot of time to catch-up. The best part about seeing Cristina (aside from just basking in the glow of our friendship) is that I never leave Dallas empty handed...a new Mi Golondrina top or dress always comes back to Houston with me.

 

Because each Mi Golondrina piece is hand-made by Mexican artisans, no top or dress is exactly the same and each is truly a work of art. It’s the craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind beauty that makes it impossible for me to stop adding Cristina’s pieces to my closet. I can’t say no when something catches my eye because I hate the thought of missing the chance to snatch it up! The blouse I’m wearing here is one of the brand’s newest additions and I love how feminine and sweet it is. Cristina would be able to tell you the exact techniques used but it has pleating, open thread lace, and trim around the sleeves and neck. As Cristina would say, “it’s very angelic.”

I’m very, very excited that TOMORROW (Thursday, August 27th) Caroline Knapp of House of Harper and I will be hosting the Mi Golondrina trunk show at Biscuit Home! Biscuit is one of only two retailers that carries Cristina’s work so a trunk show means that there is a great selection of everything the brand has to offer. But be warned: pieces sell fast and sell out! Make sure you try to stop by so you can get your hands on something.

Here are all the details:

.Place & Time: Biscuit Home (1435 Westheimer Road) 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 27th

.Enjoy: Margaritas! Mexican pastries! Yum and yum.

.Shop: A HUGE selection of Mi Golondrina tops, dresses, and bottoms. There will be fan favorites like the white sleeveless tops with multi-colored embroidery along with more unique and new designs (like the top I have on in this post).

If you live in Houston this is not something to miss out on…both Caroline and I look forward to seeing y’all there!

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