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Dress (similar pricey or affordable option) and Shoes: Forever 21, Sunnies: Brooklyn Flea, Purse: vintage (similar), Earrings: InPink, Nails: Sally Hansen “White On“, Lips: NYC “Big Apple Red” c/o

InPink earrings & vintage sunglasses

Don’t you hate when you think you have nothing to wear? I seem to find myself in this closet conundrum quite often, including last week when I was trying to pick out an outfit for our 4th of July dinner cruise. In my defense, I did have an outfit picked out but it just wasn’t working for various reasons I won’t bore you with. But thanks to our recent move, I rediscovered this forgotten little red number. Of course I had to complete the look with some white and blue (I know…totally mind-blowing color combo for the 4th, right?!).

Hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend!

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Happy Hour- 4th of July Cocktails

4th of July cocktails

4th of July is tomorrow (in case you haven’t looked at a calendar recently) and if you have no idea what you’re making, well, you’re probably out of luck. Kiiiiiiddddding! While I may not be able to help you much with the food side of things (although this may be of some help), I do have you covered in the category that truly matters, aka cocktails. Versions of this drink have been floating around for some time now, but it never gets old to be able to dress AND drink your patriotic colors. My variation calls for cake vodka, but if you prefer, regular vodka would also work well. Cheers to your 4th of July cocktails!

4th of July Cake Cocktails

Chill everything before you pour into glass

1 oz. Grenadine
1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
2 oz. Cake (or regular) Vodka
1 oz. Sprite
1 oz. Blue Gatorade

There are two keys to having the drink distinguish its Red, White and Blue color. One is by having patience and carefully pouring each ingredient down the side of the glass. The second is by pouring the ingredients with the heaviest sugar content from the bottom to the top.

Start by pouring the cranberry juice and grenadine on the bottom. Top generously with ice, as this will also help with the color separation. Then slowly pour the vodka down the side of the glass to not create any bubbles or mixture between the grenadine/cranberry juice mix. Repeat with the Sprite and the same with the blue Gatorade.

Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Since discovering a farmer’s market right around the corner from us, two things have happened. 1) Our fridge has been over-flowing with fresh fruits and veggies (which I absolutely love!) and 2) we have forgotten to buy food from any other food group…I wish I was kidding…

I guess we had to start our wedding diet somehow,right?!

With only 5 ingredients and a nice contrast between sweet, salty, and crunchy, this salad would make the perfect complement to any summer BBQ. Memorial Day menu anyone?!

Cucumber Watermelon Salad

1/2 a cucumber, chopped (or about 1 cup chopped)

2 1/2 c. watermelon, cubed

1/4 c. mint leaves, chopped

Juice of 1 large lime

Pinch of salt

Toss everything together in a medium size bowl. This can be eaten immediately, although the flavors really intensify if you refrigerate this for 30-60 minutes before serving.