Oct 23, 2014

The Royal Report

She's baaaaack...

The Duchess of Cambridge made her first public appearance on Tuesday since August, and since announcing that she is expecting her her second child. Kate, who is due in April 2015, has been suffering with severe morning sickness.

The Duke and Duchess were on hand to greet the President and First Lady of Singapore and welcome them to the United Kingdom. President Tony Tan Keng Yam is the first Singaporean head of state to make a state trip to Britain. The Cambriges first met the Tans during their Diamond Jubilee tour to South East Asia in 2012.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen coat, a Jane Taylor teardrop hat, Prada pumps, and carried a Jenny Packham suede cluch. It is said that the duchess wore a unidentified black dress under her McQueen coat.

No sign of a royal baby bump yet, but Kate is estimated to only be 12-14 weeks along.
The Duchess made a second appearence that evening, this time at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards at London's Natural History Museum.

She wore a powder blue Jenny Packham gown, LK Bennett shoes, and accessorized with a cluch by Alexander McQueen.
Kate was on hand to present the awards to the overall winners of the adults and under-18 competitions alongside Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Dixon. It was the 50th Annual Wildlife Photograpther of the Year competition.


Oct 22, 2014

What the What?! Wednesday

It's Wednesday which means time for another installment of What the What?! Today anything crazy, funny, outrageous, interesting or amazing goes!

My alomst 3 year old niece, Emma, has a very active imagination. Here's a conversation between her dad (my brother) and her mom (his wife).

Apparently, she unrolled an entire thing of toilet paper to make her "blue ribbon bunny." Whaaaaat?!

Oh, sweet Emma!


How am I supposed to do that, Daily Mail?!
Wonder what exactly this job entails.

Happy Hump Day!!!

Oct 21, 2014

Scary Good Halloween Cocktails

Celebrate October's big holiday with a grown-up twist. Check out these adults-only treats!


Blood Orange Bubbling Elixir

1.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
4 oz blood orange juice
2 oz sparkling wine (or sparkling rose)
Blood orange slices (optional)

Directions: Fill a pilsner glass with ice (and slices of blood oranges, if desired.) Add blood orange liquer and blood orange juice. Top with sparkling wine and stir well







Dawn of the Dead

1.5 oz Cruzan Strawberry Rum
2 strawberries, mulled
4 raspberries
10 mint leaves
0.75 oz lime juice
0.75 oz simple syrup*
1 oz cranberry juice
Splash of sparkling rose

Directions: In a cocktail glass, muddle berries and mint leaves. Add Cruzan Strawberry Rum and cranberry juice. Top with ice and sparkling wine. Stir well.



Black Widow

1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 tsp agave nectar
4 basil leaves
3 blackberries

Directions: In a mixing glass, muddle three basil leaves and two blackberries. Add Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with remaining basil leaf and blackberry.



Poison Apple Fizz

2 oz Effen Vodka
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup*
2 dashes ground cinnamon
2 oz hard cider
Garnish: orange slice

Directions: Combine vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and ground cinnamon. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall Collins glass filled with ice. Top with hard cider and stir well. Garnish with orange slice.


Witch's Bellini

1/2 cup Effen Black Cherry Vodka
2 cups frozen berries
0.5 cup pomegranate juice
1.5 cups sparkling wine
1.5 cups ice
3 tbsp of sugar (add more, if needed)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender cup. Blend on high until blended smooth. Pour into small glasses.

*Simple Syrup: 1 part water; 1 part white sugar. Combine sugar and water. Stir until completely dissolved. You can also heat on stovetop to dissolve faster.