HAPPY HOUR: Blueberry and Basil Margarita

Hope you all are enjoying your Sunday! I am in hot Dallas, Texas for a visit and am in need of a cool drink by the pool! Here is a great summer recipe (a little involved but well worth it!) So enjoy this cocktail on your day off!

BLUEBERRY AND BASIL MARGARITA

BLUEBERRY AND BASIL MARGARITA

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. fresh lime juice

1½ oz. fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp. sugar
3 oz. fresh blueberries
4 basil leaves, plus 1 sprig
3 oz. reposado tequila
1½ oz. Grand Marnier
1 oz. agave syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

Boil juices and sugar in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves; cool. Pour syrup into a shaker with all but 4 blueberries and the basil leaves; crush with a spoon. Add tequila, Grand Marnier, and agave. Fill with ice, and shake. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice; garnish with remaining blueberries and basil.

HOME-SPIRATION: Black and White

Black and white. This is a timeless classic that I love in fashion, but I always thought this combination would get dull in boring in home decor. Here are some amazing and inspiring black and white looks that really pop!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

REINCARNATION: Modern Preppy

Its been so long since I have done a Reincarnation post and I found this great photo and knew it was time to do one! Its a very simple set up, but all the details together make it such a polished look! It would be perfect for a guest bedroom or even your own bedroom!

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Here are my choices for a great way to reincarnate this look…

Skyline Furniture Linen High Arch Panel Headboard from Wayfair.com for only $345

Skyline Furniture Linen High Arch Panel Headboard from Wayfair.com for only $345

Love this Dash and Albert Rug also from Wayfair.com! The 5x8' rug rings in for around $434 (smaller and larger sizes available)

Love this Dash and Albert Rug also from Wayfair.com! The 5×8′ rug rings in for around $434 (smaller and larger sizes available)

This beauty is the Park Mirrored Bedside Table from Pottery Barn. This is an online exclusive for $339 each. Hellooo... perfect to recreate this look!

This beauty is the Park Mirrored Bedside Table from Pottery Barn. This is an online exclusive for $339 each. Hellooo… perfect to recreate this look!

Put these lamps on either bedside table for a great pop of color! These are from Overstock.com and they are the Turquoise Glass Table Lamp set of 2 for $159.99

Put these lamps on either bedside table for a great pop of color! These are from Overstock.com and they are the Turquoise Glass Table Lamp set of 2 for $159.99

Handmade Casual Living Leather Moroccan Ottoman Pouf from Overstock.com for $189.99

Handmade Casual Living Leather Moroccan Ottoman Pouf in Fushia from Overstock.com for $189.99

HOME-SPIRATION: Wild in Print

Okay so for me, the jury is still out on the whole animal print thing! Is it really possible to have tasteful animal print? Usually I stay away from animal print in my closet and my interiors but last year I did find an amazing pair of leopard print flats… so maybe that same success can be found in interiors? Let me know what you guys think about these animal print home-spirations…

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

IN THE NEWS: Check out my Chegg Blog Post!

I recently wrote an article on decorating your dorm in college for Chegg’s How Not To Look Like A Freshman blog! Check it out and so many other great articles!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

For the full article go to  http://blog.chegg.com/2013/06/24/10-tips-for-decorating-your-college-dorm/  or just click on the image above!

For the full article go to
http://blog.chegg.com/2013/06/24/10-tips-for-decorating-your-college-dorm/
or just click on the image above!

 

These are definitely great tips for dorm rooms and any small spaces you might have! Enjoy! 🙂

 

DIY: Wine Corks

So after all of my wine/wine and cheese posts I am sure you guys have been finding yourselves with a lot of empty bottles and wine corks! Here are a few of my FAVORITE WINE CORK DIY PROJECTS you can do with these corks that are simple, fun, and great for the decor!

Start your own initial! Perfect for the kitchen or right near your wine rack!

Start your own initial! Perfect for the kitchen or right near your wine rack!

Instead of your initial try a heart!

Instead of your initial try a heart!

Might be a little time intensive but I love the idea of this wine cork wreath! Perfect for a holiday party decoration! Or skip the bow and it could be for any time of the year!

Might be a little time intensive but I love the idea of this wine cork wreath! Perfect for a holiday party decoration! Or skip the bow and it could be for any time of the year!

Love love love this simple idea for a few corks left over!

Love love love this simple idea for a few corks left over!

Such a unique way to create a cork board for above your desk or near the kitchen!

Such a unique way to create a cork board for above your desk or near the kitchen!

Simple and easy table centerpieces for a wine lovers dinner party!

Simple and easy table centerpieces for a wine lovers dinner party!

Perfect for a romantic wine date for two! LOVE!

Perfect for a romantic wine date for two! LOVE!

Perfect for a dinner party or even wedding reception! Adorable!

Perfect for a dinner party or even wedding reception! Adorable!

Hopefully I will be doing one of these great projects soon! Pictures to come! 🙂

HOUSEHOLD GUIDE: Pattern Mixing

Mixing multiple patterns in your home decor is a very popular trend right now but it can always be a daunting task for those not particularly design inclined. B don’t fear, there are some really simple and fool proof ways to add pattern to your life and your decor! Here are a few great ways to mix patterns.

the most fool proof way to add pattern to your life is to stick with a monochromatic color scheme. Different patterns all in the same color hue is a beautiful way to start mixing patterns up!

the most fool proof way to add pattern to your life is to stick with a monochromatic color scheme. Different patterns all in the same color hue is a beautiful way to start mixing patterns up!

Sticking to two colors that are complimentary will is also a great way to mix patterns! Its a safe way to create a BOLD look in a room!

Sticking to two colors that are complimentary will is also a great way to mix patterns! Its a safe way to create a BOLD look in a room!

Come up with a specific color scheme that you love and keep your mix of patterns in that particular color scheme.

Come up with a specific color scheme that you love and keep your mix of patterns in that particular color scheme.

Adding a small pop of mixed prints is a great way to start pattern mixing! I love this small hint of color in these dining room chairs!

Adding a small pop of mixed prints is a great way to start pattern mixing! I love this small hint of color in these dining room chairs!