thirsty thursday: foolproof wine spritzer recipe

I’m still a teensy bit in vacation mode. The adjustment back into the Real World would be a heck of a lot easier if the weather would cooperate. Windy weather? No, thank you. Sunny day by the pool? Yes, please!!

My mother and my cocktail of choice on vacation was the wine spritzer. Scoff if you want, wine snobs of the world. But they are absolutely delicious and even if you seriously question your bartending skills, wine spritzers are completely foolproof. Case in point? There’s a bit of a story there.

Last night, I visited the new Trader Joe’s on 14th Street to acquire valuable wine spritzer ingredients. A friend called and instead of paying attention, I kinda just eyeballed the shelves and tossed items in my basket. And was on my merry way.

There are some cocktails that you need precise ingredients, measurements and expensive wine. Spritzers are not one of those. All you need is wine, a sparkling juice to give it some fizz, citrus slices to add flavor or just rock it as a garnish. Add ice, a silly straw and you are all set! Easy peasy lemon squeezy (into the cocktail!).

Foolproof Wine Spritzer - DC Girl in Pearls

 

In case you’re interested, I used Trader Joe’s Sparkling French Berry Lemonade ($2.99) + Gaetano D’Aquino Pinot Grigio ($3.99) and garnished with a lemon slice.

P.S. Have you entered my giveaway to win a gorgeous Shine Collection tunic?? It’s a perfect complement to a refreshing spritzer : )

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shine collection tunics for summer (+ a GIVEAWAY)

Let me tell you, Phoenix isn’t called the Valley of the Sun for nothin’. Every day was hot hot hot. My loose-fitting cotton apparel became my BFFs. Besides my swim suit, my go-to vacation piece was my tunic from the Shine Collection.

With its navy trellis design and pink accent trim, the tunic is a sure-fire way to beat the heat while looking poolside put-together. The lightweight fabric is ideal for those dog days of summer. Actually, the hand blocked fabrics are created in India!

Dianne Brickman launched the Shine Collection in 2013 and was recently featured in Bethesda Magazine. The Shine Collection also donates to local schools as well as the Childrens National Medical Center. A local style business + charity = win-win!

DC Girl in Pearls - Shine Collection tunic, Jack Rogers + Ray Ban aviators

Shine Collection Tunic // Jack Rogers in Platinum // Ray Ban Aviators 

DC Girl in Pearls - Shine Collection tunic, Jack Rogers + Ray Ban aviators

Paired with my Jacks + Ray Bans, I’m ready to take on Summer 2014 and you can too by entering to win your own Shine Collection tunic!

P.S. You can even wear it to In-n-Out like I did, just be careful not to spill your burger, animal-style on it!

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Keep Your Dream in Drive + Going Unplugged

Last week, I flew to Phoenix, Arizona to spend quality family time soaking up the sunshine and eating as much Mexican cuisine as humanly possible. I thought about planning posts before my break but then Real Life got crazy, my to-do list grew and I just didn’t have time. Life goes on.

I love blogging and creating a community here on DC Girl in Pearls and I truly hope you do, too. But I’ll be honest, it was relaxing not worrying about editing and making sure all the bits ‘n pieces were in line before hitting “Schedule Post.” I spent the vacation focusing on my family and just enjoying the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I occasionally tweeted and did post on Instagram a handful of times. I’m a social media junkie, after all.

Now I’m back in the Beltway, my batteries recharged and I am downright over-the-moon giddy about the content I have scheduled and in the works for you. Specifically (spoiler alert!), DC Girl in Pearls’ THIRD birthday!!! Crazy, right??

Before we head back to regular programming including a GIVEAWAY later this week, I wanted to share a mantra I discovered on a trip to Sedona. Keep your dream in drive - inspirational quote from Sedona, Arizona

I spotted the quote in a shop out of the corner of my eye and absolutely love it. What do you think of it? Is there a mantra that stuck with you?

lovin’ lately

Wine + Art Girls' Night at Merlot's Masterpiece on U Street in DC1. Have a fun girls’ night at Merlot’s Masterpiece on U Street! Sip wine and create a beautiful piece of art for your home. I visited the studio yesterday and had an absolute blast painting my “Washington Monument At Night.” Keep in mind I haven’t walked into an art class since I was in 8th grade!

2. Step-by-step guide to cleaning out your closet for spring. I took copious notes…

3. I decided to save up for this Kate Spade beauty in dark geranium. I need to break my “big bag lady” habit!!

4. Taking a major walk down memory lane after watching the first trailer for Girl Meets World

5. What I’ve packed for my Arizona vacation so far: Jacks, bathing suit + sunnies.

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thirsty thursday: margarita madness

Mexican restaurants have always been a favorite of mine. If it wasn’t for my waistline, I would gladly indulge in chips, salsa and guacamole every single day. You think I’m exaggerating. I’m completely serious.

I remember when I was about 8 and with my mother at our favorite local cantina. I distinctly recall her telling me that when I’m old enough to order a margarita, I will love Mexican restaurants that much more. Lo and behold, she was right! I’ve tried and dabbled with various flavors but my go-to is a swirl (strawberry + lime). I do love the unique seasonal flavors but, of course, you cannot do wrong with the original!

Thirsty Thursday: Margarita Madness

 

Grapefruit // Classic // Blood Orange

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get vacation-ready with jack rogers + marley lilly giveaway

I’ll be on vacation in Arizona next week and I don’t think I can express how excited I am!! I’ll get to see family members I haven’t seen since high school and spend a week laying out in the bright sunshine. I’m trying to pack this week but I know that because of a busy schedule, I’ll be packing on Friday evening. But I have already tossed a couple of travel necessities into my tote: a couple of books for the long plane ride + my Jacks.

I cannot wait to slip into my Jacks and soak up the lovely sunshine on my vacation. They are a constant in my warm-weather wardrobe so to me, spring doesn’t truly start until I can pull out my Jacks.

I was really excited to see that two of my favorite brands Jack Rogers + Marley Lilly teamed up for a fantastic giveaway!! After all, there are multiple monograms involved…

Enter here to win a pair of monogrammed Jacks and a tote + hat from Marley Lilly! I know I will : )

get vacation-ready with jack rogers + marley lilly!

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nobody’s perfect

Today’s post is a far cry from the one I originally planned. I scheduled a baking post to celebrate Easter but last night, I just couldn’t make it work (to paraphrase the deity Tim Gunn). As I whipped up the cream cheese frosting, it was smooth sailing and looked like clear skies ahead. Then, pesky food dye came into the picture and I couldn’t get even close to the shade I was aiming for. And I was covered in frosting thanks to my exuberant mixer.

One of the blogging phenomenons (or really, social media phenomenons) is this perception that bloggers have it together at all timesThat they look effortlessly stylish all the time, their souffles rise magnificently and their apartments are lavishly furnished. Well, at least for this blogger, that is simply not true. And last night’s frosting fiasco was a prime example.

I am a 24 year old who experiences bumps in the road like everyone else. It might be major like financial worries that cause me to lie awake at night crunching numbers in my head or something trivial like food dye malfunctions.  For me, the pivotal part of these anxieties is picking yourself up and figuring out a way forward. Whether that means creating a budget and kicking your Starbucks habit to save money or simply accepting the fact that your frosting isn’t going to be the perfect shade. But it’s cool, because you still have a bowl of delicious frosting. And all the ingredients for cupcakes. And the show must go on.

Please share your thoughts with me!!! I’m especially interested in hearing from you about the perception that bloggers have it all.

The show must go on

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monogram monday: color dipped wine tote

With spring weather finally deciding to show more than fashionably late, I am already making my list of things to do this summer. Brunches, museums, I may even throw a picnic into the mix. Although let’s be honest, the closest I’ve come to a picnic has been Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. But summer 2014 could be the year. Monogram Monday: Color Dipped Wine Tote

Color Dipped Wine Tote from Shop Dandy 

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spring 2014 style lookbook

I thought about doing a little April Fool’s joke today but I decided with the nonstop-rain-and-snow/hail that Mother Nature gave us over the weekend, I’ve had enough of pranks and would prefer a happy surprise. Since it’s April 1st and I am wishin’ and hopin’ that the winter blues are behind us, I’m sharing my Spring 2014 Style Lookbook with you! These items are the ones I’ll be reaching for in my closet or putting on my wish list for one of my favorite seasons. I’ll be updating my lookbook as I find more sartorial gems so be sure to visit the spring lookbook  at the top of the page for the latest! 

What’s ahead on my spring style forecast? Lots of stripes, florals, pastels and unexpected neutrals like cork!

 

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monogram monday: design darling’s acrylic business card holder

In DC, it is vital that you keep your business cards on you at all times. America may run on Dunkin, but DC runs on networking. In line for coffee, on your way to a hearing, at a friend’s happy hour, networking is a nonstop athletic sport as far as DC goes. I keep my business cards in a Kate Spade holder in my work tote at all times but at home, I like to have them on my entryway table, ready for me to replenish my stash as I head out the door. I think that Design Darling’s acrylic holder is the winner in my search for a new holder!

 

Monogram Monday: Design Darling's Acrylic Business Card Holder

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