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college dorm room bar cart on a budget with ikea kitchen cart

bar cart essentials

Living in small spaces requires major creativity. I’ve been living in a college dorm room with linoleum tiles and drab greige walls, so I’m always looking for space-saving decor that’s big in impact. Buying a bar cart was the best call in that department – I bought the Bygel Utility Cart from Ikea for only $39.99. While you can use this cart to display whatever you like – I’ve seen some great coffee and tea carts, book carts, etc – having a bar cart is such a fun way to show your guests that you’re the hostess with the mostess. There are so many ways to personalize this piece; I’ve also seen lots of Pinterest tutorials where the silver details were spray painted gold, but I kept my silver since I already had a silver shaker! Keep reading to see how I stocked & styled this bad boy.

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Lillet-Mandarin Cocktail Recipe

Mimosa Makeover: Mandarin Lillet Cocktail

Mimosas are such a celebratory drink – brunches, showers, toasting, hosting – mimosas are a total necessity. Unfortunately, mimosas have a before 2pm social expectation. I concocted up a more grown-up equivalent to the mimosa, with just the same amount of fruity flare. Sometimes all it takes are those minor differences to zest it up. Amp up your brunch cred and sip away!

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Hosting, Toasting

Talk Derby To Me

A few weeks ago, I attended a party with the costume memo “dress like a sport.” Though most took a traditionally athletic route, Cameron and I went for a very authentically us approach instead and dressed up as Kentucky Derby attendees. Mint juleps were drunk and floppy hats were worn. Southern style and society is something we both love, making this a really memorable event. Even if you’re a home grown Canadian like me, if you have a little Southern Belle in your blood, host a Kentucky Derby styled event yourself! Read through for more inspiration. Continue Reading

olive you valentine's day martini

Olive You! Valentine’s Martini

Happy Valentine’s Week everyone! Hope you all are spending the week with loved ones or with an exorbitant amount of chocolate. Even if you think the holiday is a Hallmark marketing ploy, you still deserve one day when its socially acceptable to drink pink cocktails. Give this Valentine’s Martini recipe a go, pun equipped & all. The recipe is a twist on the French Martini – traditionally chambord, vodka & pineapple. This recipe uses chambord, ginger ale, vodka & grenadine for extra colour. Serve the kids ginger ale & grenadine in a martini glass for some virgin Valentine’s Day fun. Salut! Continue Reading


Lillet & Champagne Berry Cocktail Recipe

The best present I ever received was a chance to go through the tasting menu at Auberge du Pommier. Not only did I feel absolutely extravagant for eating 7 courses, I also had one of those “I’ve peaked” revelations moments after being introduced to Lillet. Served to me chilled, garnished with an orange rind, this aperitif wine was just absolute perfection on its own, just before the meal. But what makes this  drink a total aha moment is its versatility, especially in cocktails. I like wine. I like cocktails. Never did I realize the two could be so harmoniously intertwined. In a champagne flute, no less! Or a martini glass; serve with gin and vodka, and you’ve got yourself James Bond’s cocktail from Casino Royale. There’s a reason the world’s suavest man loves this drink – it’s divine.

Today, I’ve taken a twist in a fruiter direction and put together a Lillet & Champagne Berry Cocktail. Perfectly sweet, this is a breakfast, lunch and dinner drink. It won’t even tell you what to pair it with because it’d be a crime. Serve it for your New Year’s toasting for a super sweet 2015! Keep reading for the recipe. Continue Reading