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18 September 2017

Berry Bourbon Smash + How To Choose A Signature Whiskey for Your Bar Cart

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Attending college (the best college in the world, fact) in the South sparked my love for whiskey. Whiskey was served at any party we went to, and certainly the first thing ordered at the bars. After college, I spent 2 years living in Kentucky and was introduced to a slightly different liquor that was king in Kentucky, known as bourbon. I've pretty much been in love with each ever since.

Now, a lot has changed since I was in college, and also since I lived in Kentucky. For starters, I'm an adult with a job (well, technically like 43 jobs if you count this blog and my full time job, and Dallas Love List and occasionally blog designing, and occasionally free-lance writing and and and... you catch my drift). Sure, I had jobs in college and while living in Kentucky, but my salary reflected that of a punk kid just out of college.

Now, at age 30, I can afford to not jump straight to well liquors - and the lovely way they make you feel the next morning. I like to think of a nice liquor as an investment piece for my bar cart. I'm certainly not going to serve it in bulk at a party, and it's there for us to enjoy from time to time.
SO, you want to invest in a nice liquor, but what the heck do you buy???

Enter, You simply select the two flavors that best suit your taste, and use a slider to select intensity of each flavor. I'm no newbie to whiskey, so I fell straight in the bold category. Is it weird to be proud of this? Should I add this to my resume? Asking for a friend...

You'll select between the following flavor profiles: Smooth, Spicy, Bold, Sweet, Smoky, then just hit "Get results" to find your flavor. That simple. It even gives you recipe ideas, or suggests if it would actually be good just solo, on the rocks! CB and I like to have whiskey on the rocks (I personally dig the circular ice molds, they're fantastic) and a splash of water.

Today though, I thought I'd show you a cocktail you can make using one of the bourbons I picked out of the bold category: Bulleit 10 year old. The bold category explores the deeper flavors achieved by generous aging; a remarkable pallet with a mix of oak, dark fruits and charred smokiness and long rich finish.

My absolute favorite bourbon/whiskey cocktail is a smash, with muddled fruits and herbs. So, let's hop to it!

Here is my Berry Bourbon Smash featuring Bulleit Bourbon 10 year old!

|| Instructions Makes 2 || 

4 Strawberries

Small handful of blueberries (I used about 10) 

8 basil leaves

3 oz bourbon

3 oz lemon lime soda

1.5oz lemon juice

1 oz agave or simple syrup

Lemon slices and basil for garnish 

|| Directions || 

Lightly muddle strawberries, blueberries and basil in a cocktail shaker until fragrant. Add bourbon and lemon juice, then fill with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass filled crushed ice and top with lemon lime soda. Garnish with lemon slice and basil. 

It's so easy to use the site to find your flavor match! Go check out their website, select your two flavor profiles, adjust using the slider and voila! Your new whiskey match appears. They even have a store locator for you to find your whiskey match. While in store, be on the lookout for the following branded display! 

So, are you a whiskey drinker? 
If so, what's your favorite, go-to whiskey? 

15 September 2017

Ten Instagram Accounts to follow for Interior Decor Inspiration

I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #HygroCotton campaign, sponsored by Welspun. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

CB and I...

Wait, someone start a tally on how many of my blog posts start with "CB and I..."

ANYWAY - *Insert fav opening line here* are working on becoming adults and not having a house full of hand me downs. Decorating is expensive, so it isn't like you can just buy everything all at once. We've started with buying art for the walls. We go to a ton of events around Dallas where there are art walks and local artists have their work for sale. We almost always fall in love with multiple prints at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival and we just bought a large new print this past weekend at a festival!

Finding the right pieces takes time and money. It takes years to find a collection that you can afford, and fit in your design scheme. Our biggest focus is getting our guest bedroom and guest bathroom ready for the influx of friends and family we will have leading up to our wedding in March. I'm excited to get some items that make our guests feel comfortable and at home.

It's hard enough when you're traveling, so I wanted to find some towels for our guest bathroom (and, well, for us too because I'm selfish like that) that were really big, but also plush and cozy for our guests to feel right at home. I can't tell you how many times I've stayed in someone's guest room to find 1. Towels that were so ornate that I was too nervous to touch or use, or 2. towels that were tattered and clearly been around the block a few times.

I recently learned about HygroCotton® technology which is found in select sheet and towel brands at well-known retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Kohls, JC Penney, Walmart, Macy’s, Kmart and Sears. The technology in these towels works by creating advanced performance through unique air-flow, moisture wicking, temperature regulation and absorbency. Its revolutionary hollow core actually wicks moisture away! HygroCotton® products get softer, loftier and, if you can believe this, get more comfortable over time! HygroCotton® towels are more absorbent, dry you quicker and get softer and more plush wash after wash.

Our guest bathroom has a lot of grey and pale blue undertones, so I went with a couple of their light grey towels.

Keeping with today's theme of home decor and interior design, I thought I'd show you a few of the Instagram accounts that I love looking up for design inspo! Because, let's face it, we still have a lot left to do to get ready for March 3rd when all of our family and friends come in town!

Here are a few of my favorite accounts for Interior Design Inspo! 

1. Goldalamode

Size matters 🌿 But seriously I'm quite disturbed that there isn't a larger variety of plant leaf emojis. Where is the monstera leaf emoji?! Who can we talk to about this? . . Also no joke these monstera leaves are the size of my coffee table... and I walked around NYC with them as if they were my brand new baby. People were staring. (Probz just jealous). One guy even said "hey sweetie, nice leaves." That is the only catcalling I will ever accept. πŸŒΏπŸ€— ________________________ #liketkit . . . . . #myplantlovinghome #plantsmakepeoplehappy #plantpackedparadise #jungalowstyle #sodomino #mydomaine #ltkhome #bloglovinhome #myfavoritehouseview #glitterguide #flashesofdelight #ggathome #apartmenttherapy #theeverygirl #stellarspaces #dogsindecor #dspetstyle #currentdesignsituation #abmathome #myeclecticmix #mybohoabode #tuesdaydecorparade #tuesdaydwellings #thatsaviewtuesday #lightandbrighttuesday #thelighthome #howyouhome #plantsonplantsonplants
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2. Halfway_Wholeistic

What's the one word people most commonly use to describe your style? I think I get "simple" or "calming" the most ☺️It's true though! You guys are spot on. I've learned to stick to simplicity because that's what makes me feel at home. I love seeing how other people design their homes to match their style. I recently toured the home of a designer who literally had EVERY wall and corner covered in decor. Pattern and color were not lacking and he had more throw pillows than I could ever imagine! It takes him 7 minutes to make his bed to perfection each day and he displays his wardrobe according to the season 😱 I was in awe of how unique and tailored his style was to suit him, yet so different from my own. That's the beauty of it, everyone's style is unique and special in its own way. So let's hear it! How is your style best described in one word?! #liketkit #LTKhome . . . . . #mysundaysimplicity #entryway #entrywaydecor #target #targetstyle #mywestelm #handm #decor #design #orangecounty #interiordesign #interiordesigner #theeverygirl #smploves #smpliving #lcdotcomloves #mydomain #cb2 #signaturestylehome #whitefarmhousedecor #hclcsundaycalm #deeperthandecor #mydecoratedspace #mywhiteweekend #sweetsundayserenity
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3. House Of Hipsters Blog

4. Centered_by_Design

5. Summer Adams Designs

No matter how many times I come to Hawaii, it never gets old. Funny thing though....I can't lay out for more than a few hours. I get fidgety and think about stuff I need to get done instead of just relaxing. I need to be doing something or adventuring and I need to be moving around. Does anyone else get that way? So I'm having breakfast, heading to the gym, and off to surf!πŸ„πŸΌ‍♀️ Aloha!🌺 Shop this post here --> #liketkit #ltkhome . Search "DIY Framed Wallpaper Panels" on by blog by linking through @summeradamsdesigns . . . . . . . . #blushtones #blushandbashful #blushandgold #mypbteen #officeinspo #officeinspiration #ilovepink #ihavethisthingwithpink #bowchair #wallpaper #diywallpaper #diywalldecor #diywallart #framedwallart #framedwallpaper #instadecor #instaluxe #interiorinspo #interiorinspiration #InteriorDesign
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6. House Updated

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7. House of Six Interiors

Guys!!! 100K!!! Whaaaat!?! This is my thank you letter to ALL of you. Thank you for following along on this crazy journey- never did I nor could I have imagined the endless support and encouragement I would receive from all of you. You all have provided me not only with words of encouragement but endless & crazy-good inspiration. That is the amazing thing about of this crazy Insta ride- there is such a feeling of community over competition. It truly is amazing. We all have so much to share, to learn from and to give in so many ways. I am grateful for each and everyone of you. I have also made such wonderful Insta friends who have turned real life friends...I love you all!! Thank you😘 So to celebrate, tonight I'm thinking a little bubbly is in order while I soak in some bubbly. πŸ₯‚. Ahhhh...sounds good, right!?! . . . . . . . #apartmentherapy #ambularinteriorsaintgotnothingonme #beckiowensfeature #dslooking #designsponge #ehdweekendmakeover #ggathome #houseofsixinteriors #hgtvmagazine #cldecor #homewithrue #lonnymag #mydomaine #mycovetedhome #mybhg #myhousebeautiful #simplystyleyourspace #smmakelifebeautiful #sodomino #smploves #theeverygirlathome #showemyourstyled #modernfarmhouse #smphome #theartofslowliving #thankyou #myscandinavianhome #myhyggehome #bathroom #howwedwell
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8. Domino Mag

9. Pretty.Little.Interiors

10. Sarah_Joy__

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Be sure to start following these accounts if you're design obsessed! Have any other recs you think I should follow, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave them in a comment below! I'd love to find some organizational accounts, in particular!

Next time you're walking around your favorite major retailer, be sure to stop and look for the bath towels (they're giant too, perfect for completely wrapping up in right after getting out of a steamy hot shower) with the HygroCotton® label! 

Plus, for more info, be sure to check Welspun's social channels: Facebook | Twitter