On the Rocks: Coconut-Lime Mojito

Melissa
March 08

Happy Friday SB Chic readers! The weekend could NOT have come sooner for me, and today we are mixing up one of my all-time-fav concoctions-a mojito! I LOVE coconut, but some of the coconut mojitos I’ve had frankly taste like sunscreen…but this recipe is fresh, light, and absolutely delightful!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 shot clear rum

Tiny splash of simple syrup

Lime wedge

Fresh mint leaves

Splash of coconut milk

Lemon-lime soda (aka Sprite)

Soda

*Add lime wedge, 7-10 mint leaves, simple syrup, and coconut milk into a glass (note: you can find canned coconut MILK pretty much anywhere–which is different than coconut water). Muddle these ingredients and make sure to extract the oils from the lime rind, and try not to massacre the mint (muddle gently–the last thing you want is mint stuck in your teeth). Add ice, rum, fill with lemon-lime soda, and top with a splash of club soda. Give a good shake and serve on the rocks.

-XOXO Melissa

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

Beribboned Doggy Ring Bearer Ideas

Kelly
March 06

Last week, I featured a bouquet with a two-tone bow, and this week I’m showing how you can use this same idea and put it on your puppy head. Here’s Mira modeling her two-tone bow.

You can also tuck in some flowers. Simply take 3 flowers, use green stretchy floral tape and wrap the stems together (as if you’re making a boutonnière). Pin with a safety pin, attach under your bow, and you’ve got yourself an adorable ensemble for your doggy. More doggy ring bearer ideas right here:

Mira wearing bold ikat

Mira with a red, white and blue scarf

Mira with a lace bow

Photographer: Jess Wilcox

Shoesday

Kelly
March 05

T-strap suede shoes that are totally wearable post-wedding day? Sign me up! Shoes by Gucci, similar avaliable here.

Photographer: Birds of a Feather

Editorial: The Coast of California

Kelly
March 04

With all the craziness in our every day lives, its easy to take for granted the natural beauty that surrounds us. Bryce Covey, a photographer from New York, sought to capture the simple beauty of the coast of California: the birds, the sea and the sky… I love the quiet beauty of these images

From Bryce:

“The California Coast is one of my favorite in the world. Most of the time I photograph the setting as a beautiful backdrop to weddings or portraits, but as I was driving down the 101 at sunset one day I pulled over to enjoy it on it’s own. Looking at the coast as the subject, with sand, waves, birds and sky painted with the gorgeous golden light was refreshing. It’s so easy to take for granted the beautiful location we live in, but photographing the coast with a new perspective makes me appreciate it all over again.”

Photographer: Bryce Covey

On the Rocks: Raspberry-Tangelo Spritzer

Melissa
February 28

TGIF! It feels great to be back after a brief hiatus…wedding planning is in full-swing and Kelly and I are working on some pretty amazing stuff for the big day. In the meantime, I’ve mixed up a fantastic batch of luscious libations that I think you will enjoy. First up: this light and refreshing spritzer is deliciously tart, and super pretty!

I think FRESH citrus is the key to any tasty cocktail…and the mix of lime juice, raspberries, and tangelo juice is perfection!

Ingredients:

1 shot of raspberry flavored vodka

Tiny splash of your favorite raspberry liquor

Fresh raspberries

1/2 tangelo

Lime wedge

Soda

*Muddle fresh raspberries and lime wedge in flat-surfaced glass, add vodka and raspberry liquor, squeeze the juice from the tangelo (watch out for seeds), and top with soda. Garnish with a tangelo twist and voila!

-XOXO Melissa

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Mixologist: Melissa Traub

Flower Chic: Purple, Red, & Pink, Spring Bouquet

Kelly
February 27

I love unexpected color combos and this spring bouquet, with its mix of purple, red, and pink, definitely fits the bill. I wanted the colors of this bouquet to almost be a transition between the holiday colors of Valentine’s Day & Easter…

I layered two ribbons, a gauzy purple/red ribbon over soft lavender.

Deep red ranunculus were contrasted against dark purple sweet pea.

To create this bouquet you need:

-1 bunch purple clematis

-1 bunch purple hellebore

-1 bunch red ranunculus

-I bunch pink anenomes

-1 bunch dark purple sweet pea

Begin by placing 3 flowers in your hand and then adding more flowers, going around the bouqet to maintain a round shape. Finish by winding stretchy floral tape around your stems to keep them together. Then wrap lavender ribbon to cover the tape, and pin with a pearl headed pin to hold the ribbon in place. Then cut two lengths of ribbon, lavender and purple/red, and wrap around the bouquet and tie into a bow. And now you have a perfect spring bouquet!

To see more bouquet arrangement tips & ideas click here. To purchase flowers go to Fabulous Florals.

Photography: Jess Wilcox

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance

Shoesday

Kelly
February 26

I’m in love with these delicate lace shoes, they’re sooo pretty and delicate. You can buy them right here.

More lace-y shoeday goodness:

Photographer: Clary Photo