Sips and Scents

We finally made it to the weekend!

Is it just me or did this week seem like three? Which is why I’m so ready for a cocktail! It might still be winter but I’m thinking Spring with this drink.

Pear Vanilla Rosemary Cocktail

Before we make our fancy cocktail first we’ll add some zing to it with Rosemary Simple Syrup.

What you need:

1 pear, chopped

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup water

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What you do:

Add in everything in a small pot and just simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, and strain.

Now for our cocktail!

What you need:

2/3 cup pear juice

4 tbsp simple syrup

2 oz vodka

ice

pear slices and rosemary for garnish

What you do:

Simply fill two glasses with ice, divide your vodka, and add two tablespoons of syrup to each glass. Then, add 1/3 cup pear juice to each glass. Garnish and enjoy the amazing smells!

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So, since your kitchen now smells AMAZING from this fabulous cocktail I thought since I talked about perfume on Monday, that today along with my drink recipe I would also share five perfume hacks that I swear by.

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  1. Never have  your perfume in the bathroom. The steam from the shower will eventually ruin it.

  2. Moisturize first, your scent will stay longer.

  3. The best time to spray your perfume is right after the shower and before getting dressed.

  4. Perfume in your hair lasts longer but will dry out your hair. Spray your brush and then brush your hair.

  5. Spray tissue paper with your favorite perfume and line your dresser drawers with them for a better scent.

    I hope your weekend is full of sweet smells and delicious sips!

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Burger Perfection

Hello Friends!

I don’t know about you but once March hits, I’m mentally done with Winter as much as I love it. All I can think about is enjoying a cocktail on our patio and grilling. Speaking of grilling I love to share with you guys when I find a new kitchen tool that makes life just that much easier. Not to mention prettier. When “Burger Mee” approached me for a collab I was so excited to try out their signature Burger Press. It saves you time because you can press a few of them before you have guests coming and can just throw them on the grill. 

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Don’t think you have to only make burgers either!

Think Tuna Melt, Crab Cake, the possibilities are endless! 

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If you’re into kitchen tools that will make your life just a little easier head to their Instagram (@burgermee) or website (www.burgermee.com).

In my neck of the woods it feels like -1. So I guess we are just going to have to hang in there and wait for the grill until the weather breaks. Happy Wednesday!

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My Few Scents

It was a perfect August day, 75 degrees and just the right amount of sun. As I stood outside of the church in my wedding dress moments away from getting to marry the man of my dreams, a cool breeze blew, and all I could smell was Coco Mademoiselle, my perfume. I closed my eyes, and truly took in the moment.

I consider this to be my signature scent and have worn it many, many times after our wedding and before it too. I called it my “wedding scent” as I started to wear it the April before we got married. This scent reminds me of some of the best moments in my life (including when I met Theo). Perfume is so much more powerful than sometimes the credit we give it.

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This is truly the finishing touch of getting ready. As Dior says, you can change your perfume with your mood. As true as this is I have always changed mine with the seasons. My Chanel my one that never changes. But, for Spring, I love “Miss Dior”, for Summer I like “Yellow Diamond” by Versace, Fall is Marc Jacobs “Decadence”, and Winter is “Illicit” by Jimmy Choo.

I have so many memories evoked by smell. When I was in high school, every fall I pulled out my “Amber Romance” by Victoria Secret. If I were to smell that right now, I would be transported to a Fall Friday evening, standing on the football field on a Friday night getting ready to cheer. It never left my cheer bag and that was the only time I used it.

Every Easter, MK and I have made the tradition to get each other a new (or one we’re out of) fragrance. And when he leaves for work in the morning, but his scent lingers it makes my heart so happy. We also have a matching perfume that is only made and bottled in Capri, Italy. When we were running around on that gorgeous island, we came across this perfumery and got the His and Hers “In Love” fragrance. I rarely wear it because once it’s gone it’s gone. Unless of course we end up there again.

Okay, I’m done telling stories. For now. Unless we go as far back as Cucumber Melon form Bath & Body. Where are my 90’s gals? Haha. Back on track, like Dior says, perfume as been used since the start of civilization. So, I thought it would be fun to give you five fun perfume facts:

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  1. No matter which perfume you choose, it will smell different on you than anyone else.

  2. The famous Chanel No 5 has one thousand jasmine flowers.

  3. Scents can improve your mood. Stressed out? Try Eucalyptus. Works for me every time (it’s my body wash).

  4. Your nose gets completely used to often used scents. Don’t over do it.

  5. Jean Carles, who actually created Miss Dior, insured his nose for one million dollars.

    So if this Monday brings you nothing else, at least smell good and spritz your go-to perfume.

    Also, stay tuned for a new drink recipe and five perfume tips on Friday’s Martini Moment.

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Perfume is the most intense form of memory.
— Jean Paul Guerlain