Links + Love + Libations // Stylist Edition

Happy Friday y'all ! We've made it through another week and it I have to say this week has been AWESOME. I've finally started to come out of my dark place and managed to pull off posting, getting dressed and being present all week long so that makes me happy. Things are definitely on the upswing and I can feel change in the air.

Monday I took the plunge and ignored all the doubting voices in my head and signed up to be a Stella and Dot stylist. I have Melinda to thank for finally pushing me over the edge. She and several other friends have been nothing but encouraging and supportive and I can't wait to get started. I've already booked my first show and I don't even have samples yet! I'll have a full post up next week with all the behind the scenes details and also be hosting an online trunk show later in the month but you can check out my site here: 

Tuesday I talked about how I've discovered my personal style through blogging and taking daily outfit photos. Even the looks that don't make it to the blog have helped me hone my style.

Wednesday I gave the finger to what has commonly been known as the standard for beauty in this country. I think it's one of my better pieces.

In other news I wore leopard leggings twice in the same week (shh I only photographed them once) and spent an inordinate amount of time trying to keep my little guy wearing pants.  And because I'm an awesome parent and always 'present' I bribed him with a sucker so I could get a few things done. That totally backfired.

Photo: Because I'm not above bribery and I just need 5 minutes to send an email. #ikeepitreal #momlife #toddlerlife #fromcarpools2cocktails


* This video is everything for me. I laughed, I cried (happy tears) and I got bodied. I dare you not to smile and shake your money maker a little.

* Pinned and shared . 11 Things I wish I Knew When Starting My Business. So, so good.

* Huff Post Women was killing it this week and Why I'm Not Here For #WhiteGirlsRock is just the tip of the iceberg. No matter your race it's an excellent read.

* Suddenly I'm 16 again and feel the need to check my pager and rock some platform sneakers.

* Californians will get this like nobody's business. L.A. neighborhood's broken down by stereotypes. Hilarious.


This looks so delicious and I want to make it this weekend. And if I can't then maybe one of y'all can and invite me over to taste test mmkay?

Rosemary Peach Maple Leaf Cocktail

Makes 1 strong drink

1/4 of a peach, chopped, plus a few slices for garnish
1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary maple simple syrup (below)
1 tablespoon strained lemon juice
1/4 cup rye whiskey (preferably Redemption Rye)
tiny pinch smoked sea salt
rosemary sprig for garnish
sparkling water or club soda, optional

Muddle together the chopped peach, rosemary maple simple syrup, lemon juice, rye, and salt in a measuring cup or glass. Strain the mixture into a tumbler filled with ice, pressing on the fruit pulp to get out all the good stuff. Garnish with the peach slices and rosemary sprig. If you like your drink a little lighter, top it with a splash of sparkling water or club soda.

Rosemary Maple Simple Syrup

Makes about 1 cup, enough for 10 drinks

3/4 cup lightly packed rosemary leaves (from about 10 sprigs), roughly chopped
1/2 cup (5 3/4 ounces by weight) maple syrup
1/2 cup water

Combine the rosemary, maple syrup, and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then cover and steep for at least 15 - 30 minutes. Strain the mixture though a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the rosemary to extract all the liquid. Discard the rosemary. Chill the syrup until cold, 1 hour (or mix your drinks right away if you just can't wait). The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for at least several weeks.

Cheers to the weekend!!


  1. Your Son is too cute and must try that cocktail.
    May I say your blog is uber cute!!

    Your BLMGirlfriend,


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