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Classic Cocktail Spotlight: the White Russian

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October 24th, 2014 · Print Print

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I’m a bit of a cocktail purist.  Sure, I love new flavors and variations on the classics, but sometimes, when you really love a drink, you just want that drink.  No bells or whistles.  Just that pure, delicious flavor. 

And that’s especially true with classic cocktails.  Most classic cocktail recipes are easy to make and only a few ingredients, and they’re so deliciously satisfying when you get them right. 

Take this drink: the White Russian.  It’s three ingredients, and it tastes sort of like a boozy milkshake (as in: delicious).  Lots of lists call the White Russian one of the Top 10 cocktails of all time, and for me, it’s the absolute top. 

So, if you’re a purist like me, just mix up a glass, pour it over ice, and enjoy.

And if you want to spice things up (particularly if you’re think about including this drink in a holiday party lineup!), there are so many fun ways to update this classic cocktail for the holiday season.  Garnishes like crushed peppermint, fresh cinnamon sticks and shaved white chocolate will take this classic to the next level, and are beautiful to serve.  Or, if you want a particularly foodie-oriented variation, use a dried star anise or a split vanilla bean for a particularly beautiful finishing touch.  You could even host a make-your-own White Russian bar with Kahlúa, vodka, cream, and garnishes, and let your friends create their own!

Finally, once you’ve tried the classic, think about incorporating seasonal flavors to vary things up — the White Russian is just as delicious with the Kahlúa seasonal flavors, like Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice or Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha. For more ideas for holiday entertaining, visit KahulaHoliday.com, or follow Kahlúa on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Kahlúa White Russian

INGREDIENTS
1 part Kahlúa
2 parts Absolut Vodka
1 part Heavy Cream

DIRECTIONS
Fill a rocks glass with ice.  Swirl together the vodka, Kahlúa and cream, and pour over ice.  Sit back, sip responsibly, and enjoy! 

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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a cute idea for halloween

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October 23rd, 2014 · Print Print

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A few days before Halloween, I wanted to put a really great product on your radar.  This trick-or-treating bag from FEED supports UNICEF by donating $1 from every purchase to UNICEF’s nutrition programs. 

If you want to buy it, it’s here.  It’s $18, which is only slightly more than those plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat bags you can buy at drugstores.  And what a great way to teach your kid about nutrition and giving back than to work it into one of their favorite holidays. 

I love my FEED bag — in the past six months, I’ve worn it in outfit posts here, here, here and here.  There are many more expensive options in my closet, but it’s bag that I reach for constantly.  I get more compliments on it than any other bag in my closet — it’s beautiful, people are familiar with the wonderful cause that it supports, and it’s an example of really lovely fashion that also helps the world. 

We’re not taking him trick-or-treating this year, but next year, Bear will be proudly sporting one of these on Halloween!  And I’ll be sharing his costume in the next few days, so keep an eye out! 

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Three Steps to the Most Luxurious Lashes Ever

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October 22nd, 2014 · Print Print

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With natural beauty all over the runways, one of the best ways to look natural yet put together is to rock luxe eyelashes.

Lashes are one of the most important pieces of your look. Taking care of your eyelashes so that they’re long, lush and healthy will save you a ton of time and effort when you’re getting ready.

Here are step-by-step instructions to ensure you’re making the most of your gorgeous lashes!

1. Start with a good base. If lashes are the focus of your look, skin has to look perfect. The best way to achieve this isn’t by adding a ton of foundation. It’s starting with healthy skin. Use a gentle cleanser, like the Simple Skincare Moisturizing Facial Cleanser, which doesn’t have any harsh chemicals and follow with a moisturizer that has SPF to protect your skin, like the Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15.

2. Use a natural shadow. Just because you want va-va-voom lashes doesn’t mean you need to wear nighttime makeup during the day. Stick to your usual your daytime look, and pick an eye shadow that’s a few shades darker than your natural skin tone.

3. Coat your top and bottom eyelashes with primer and mascara. Make sure each lash is coated with mascara, even if you have to use two coats.  It’s crucial to give your makeup extra surface area to stick to!

4. Dust your face with translucent powder. When your whole look is complete, dust translucent powder all over your face. This gives your makeup extra staying power, which helps it last all day and night. 

When you need to remove your gorgeous lashes, remember to reach for Simple Skincare Eye Makeup Remover Pads – they’re a lifesaver when you’re ready for bed and done with your beautiful lashes!

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