Thursday, April 17, 2014

Disaronno Cocktail Ideas

Eek! How is it Thursday already?!? And today isn’t just April 17th; it also happens to be National Amaretto Day! And since any day is a good day to celebrate Amaretto, here are a few cocktail ideas featuring the one-and-only Disaronno to help prepare you for the weekend:

Disarita FreshDisarita Fresh
¾ part Disaronno
1¼ parts Tequila Blanco
1¼ parts Guava Juice
½ part Lime Juice

Method
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime slice.

Disaronno Cranberry ChillerDisaronno Cranberry Chiller
¾ part Disaronno
¼ part Vodka
¾ part Cointreau
3 parts Cranberry Juice

Method
Shake all ingredients and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice.

Disaronno Jazzy HourDisaronno Jazzy Hour
½ part Disaronno
1 part Vodka
½ part Tangerine Liqueur
1 part Pineapple Juice
Splash Lemon Juice

Method
Shake with ice and strain into a martini cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

Stay tuned…two more great recipes will be delivered tomorrow!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

National Amaretto Day is April 17th–Celebrate with Disaronno

With the weather we’ve had to endure this winter (seriously…we’ve literally gone from summer temps to winter snow in a 24 hour period), and tax day quickly approaching…as in, tomorrow…there is most certainly no better time to celebrate National Amaretto Day, than this upcoming Thursday, April 17th. Disaronno, the “world’s favorite Italian liqueur,” has been tantalizing the taste buds of fans dating way back to 1525 and they certainly wouldn’t let National Amaretto Day go unrecognized. Be sure to check back today through Saturday for tasty Disaronno Signature cocktail recipes to help prepare for the Thursday occasion, or for any soiree you’re planning this season!

Disaronno SourDisaronno Sour
1 part Disaronno
½ Squeezed Lemon
Crushed Ice

Method:
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice filled glass. Garnish with a lemon slice and a cherry.

Cheers!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Star Style at the Lacoste Beautiful Desert Pool Party

It may only be temporary, but the warm weather this weekend had many of us thinking about outdoor soiree’s. Whether attending or throwing a party this spring or summer, take a a style-cue from these stars who attended the Lacoste Beautiful Desert Pool Party over the weekend, with these must-have’s for the season:

  • Moët & Chandon Impérial Ice – the first-ever champagne crafted to be enjoyed over ice, was sipped by the Hollywood elite!
  • Banded Fedora – both Katy Perry and Julianne Hough donned these cut summer accessories.
  • Frames for your Face – make sure you love your sunglasses because they look good on you, not because they look good on someone else.
  • Laidback Summer Style – Outdoor parties require appropriate attire such as Katy Perry’s midi-skirt, Julianne Hough’s relaxed denim skirt, tank and flip-flops or Lea Michelle’s simple sundress.
  • A HOT DJ! And by hot, I’m talking eye-candy like Elijah Wood  who entertained guests at this shindig.

Katy Perry at Lacoste Beautiful Desert Pool Party

Friday, April 11, 2014

Taylor Swift Dons Adorable Skater Dress in NYC

Love her or hate her, the girl always looks amazing. I’m of-course referring to country songbird Taylor Swift, who on Wednesday was seen shopping in NYC’s Meatpacking District with gal-pal Cara Delevingne. To compliment her never subtle red lipstick, the “All Too Well” singer wore this super cute Embroidered Mombasa Skater Dress from Oasis ($97).

Taylor Swift wears this darling Embroidered Mombasa Skater Dress from Oasis while shopping with a friend.

**Splash News Photo

Happy Friday!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

April’s Top 10 Workout Songs!

Fort Wayne, IN – April 1, 2014 – Winter's over, and this month's top 10 list is full of tracks that'll propel you into the great outdoors. In the playlist below, you'll find Foster the People channeling David Bowie, a Miley Cyrus slow jam reinvented as a club banger, and a Wisin track that pairs Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin. Extra kudos are in order for Kylie Minogue whose song “Into the Blue” was voted into last month's top 10 and returns this month in a ferocious remix. So, don't waste another moment: get some tunes, get your shoes, and get moving. Spring's here!

Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.
Foster the People - Best Friend - 115 BPM
Wisin, Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin - Adrenalina - 126 BPM
Miley Cyrus - Adore You (Cedric Gervais Remix) - 128 BPM
Mystery Skulls - Ghost - 120 BPM
Major Lazer & Sean Paul - Come on to Me - 110 BPM
Breathe Carolina & Karmin - Bang It Out - 130 BPM
Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't with It) - 128 BPM
Kylie Minogue - Into the Blue (Patrick Hagenaar Colour Code Remix) - 129 BPM
American Authors - Best Day of My Life (Gazzo Remix) - 125 BPM
Avicii - Addicted to You - 128 BPM

To find more workout songs, check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

gilt City Chicago hosting Exclusive Warehouse Sale!

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Hey Chicago ladies! Gilt City Chicago has the PERFECT opportunity for you to score designer duds at non-designer prices thanks to their Gilt City Spring 2014 Warehouse Sale! Known as an online shopping destination with “insider pricing,” tickets for the event will be available starting Friday, April 7th at giltcity.com/chicago. More details below:

When:

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Late-Night Entrance, 9:30-11:30pm, $20

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Morning Entrance, 9-11am, $10
  • Late Morning Entrance, 11am-1pm, $10
  • Afternoon Entrance, 1pm-3pm, $10
  • Late Afternoon Entrance, 3pm-5pm, $10
  • Evening Entrance, 5pm-7pm, $10

WHAT: Gilt City Chicago members are invited to experience the brand’s legendary Warehouse Sale featuring the most coveted brands at insider prices. From emerging designers to veritable fashion houses, shoppers can peruse racks stocked with all things fashion including the newest shoe styles, jewelry, suits, jackets, denim, tops and outerwear for men, women and children. For the home, expect bedding, kitchen and bath accessories, decorative pieces and more.

Between trips to the fitting room, guests can fuel up with beverages and snacks provided by New Amsterdam Vodka, Dark Horse Wine, Perrier, KIND Bars and illy issimo with services provided by Press Box and Benefit Cosmetics. Ticket prices vary according to date and time of session and allow for two hours of shopping.

WHERE: 

Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse
1747 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60622

DETAILS:

Tickets will be available on April 7, 2014 at http://www.giltcity.com/chicago

Follow the conversation with @giltcity on social media using #raidthewarehouse

Shoppers can prepare for the Gilt City Chicago Warehouse Sale by reviewing the following tips and advice to having the best possible experience:

  • Arrive early:  Just as you would for any sample sale, arrive early!  No matter what session you come to, be sure to get there with ample time. This ensures a full shopping experience, and it's best to view the merchandise when it’s most organized.
  • Reduce your drag:  Come prepared to shop – we require coat check and large bag check, so bring a small purse or wallet that you can keep your credit cards and ID in. A small wallet or cross-body bag will leave your hands free to peruse the racks, or sip a cocktail! Also - if you dress in light layers, it will also allow you to try clothes on easily, and you may even decide to not wait for a fitting room!
  • Think Ahead: Don't be afraid to shop for future seasons.  You'll find that there are not-to-be-missed deals for every occasion.  It's a great chance to score designer ski-ware or that perfect glam dress for the holiday season.
  • Have an open mind: The most exciting part of the Warehouse Sale is the element of surprise! While you may have certain items in mind that you’re really focused on purchasing, take your time, look through the racks and filter through the shoes and accessories with an open mind.  This is usually the time when the magic happens and you'll find yourself going home with some great steals that you might otherwise not have found!
  • And Remember - Plastic!  No cash, so bring your debit or credit cards!

Happy Shopping!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Eczema Got you Itching? Try these strategies for relief

Itch Relief from Dr. GrafWhile almost everyone can’t deny their readiness for the spring season, many men and women welcome spring with just a pinch of skepticism, as this tends to also be the season when pollen allergies lead to the itching and inflammation of eczema.

Of course, chronic itching can affect anyone with dry skin, an overactive thyroid or those with pinched or damaged nerves. Jeannette Graf, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York has a multitude of tips to relieve dry itchy skin this season. The key to relief and prevention is to protect the moisture barrier of the skin, composed of water and lipids found in the outermost layer of skin and Graf tells us, “This is your natural protection against the elements, and is essential in helping to prevent moisture loss." She also states that, “Harsh cleansers and even detergent ingredients in your skin care products and cosmetics can weaken and damage the skin barrier. When skin loses moisture, the cells shrink. This can leave cracks, which literally creates points of entry for irritants and activates the skin’s inflammatory response. This response can result in chronic itching.”

For any of you dealing with dry itchy skin caused by eczema or anything else, Graf offers these strategies for relief:

  • Cool It! Short, lukewarm baths and tepid showers (no longer than 5 minutes) are more comforting to itch-prone skin. Hot water and strong or abrasive cleansers can trigger flare-ups by depleting the skin barrier of its protective lipids. Afterward, gently pat skin dry with a soft towel—no brisk rubbing!
  • Lock in moisture. Applying emollient-rich body cream or lotion while skin is still damp (within 3 minutes after stepping out of the tub or shower) helps to keep the skin barrier intact. This makes skin cells more efficient in holding on to essential moisture. An intact barrier also prevents the entry of potential irritants. Emollient ingredients to look for include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, Shea butter, cocoa butter and extra-virgin coconut oil.
  • Soothe—and prevent—the itch.  For itch-prone skin in need of intensive care, you want a product that not only increases moisture but also repairs the skin barrier and strengthens the skin’s natural defense system. This helps to guard against any pathogenic agents that can potentially trigger secondary bacterial infections. One option: Eau Thermale Avène has a new trio of skin-soothers to target itching: Avène XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil, Cream and Balm. All have thermal spring water and a new active, I-modulia®. This active ingredient helps to ease itching and inflammation and also helps to strengthen skin’s natural immunity.
  • Stop scratching! You’re only irritating more nerve endings than the irritant that caused the itch. If no soothing creams or lotions are handy, cover the itchy area with an ice pack or a cold, damp washcloth for a few minutes; reapply as needed.
  • Be on the lookout for potential irritants in cosmetics and skin care products. Ingredients such as perfumes and preservatives in some products are often culprits that can set off itching and bouts of eczema.
  • Clean up your act! Dust mites and airborne particles can trigger an itchy rash in sensitive individuals. Weekly vacuuming using anti-allergy filter-equipped vacuum as well as damp-mopping floors can help to keep dust in check. You might also consider investing in an air purifier but make sure you change the filter frequently. Living with the right indoor plants can also help to purify the air. Clean-air plants to help you breathe easier and stress less are Dracaena, Pothos and Peace Lily.
  • Launder with gentle detergents. Dust and airborne particles can also lurk in your bedding. Be sure to launder weekly in hot water with a gentle, fragrance-free detergent with a neutral pH to minimize allergies.
  • Nourish your skin from the inside out. In response to irritants, the immune system in sensitive individuals kicks in and sets off the reaction that causes itching. To help keep your immune system running smoothly, drink plenty of water—with a squeeze of lemon or lime whenever possible—and eat an alkalinizing diet.  Enjoy a colorful Mediterranean diet both high in fiber and rich in Omega fatty acids, which includes food such as halibut, salmon, olive oil, flaxseeds, dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens and winter squash. Alkalinizing grains include oats, wild rice and quinoa. Examples of alkalinizing fruits are apples, pears, blackberries, cantaloupe and grapes. As for supplements, add Probiotics to your regimen as well as Vitamin D3, which helps to regulate the skin’s anti-microbial and repair systems.
  • Manage stress. Just like irritants, negative emotions can set off the body’s defense mechanism that triggers or aggravates itching. Regular exercise, yoga, meditation—even 15 minutes of quiet private time daily can go a long way to reduce stress levels. We can’t escape the pressures of life, but we can create calming moments to minimize tension.
  • Partner with a dermatologist. If you are afflicted with chronic itching, it is helpful to see a dermatologist. Not only can itching be triggered by seasonal allergies, but it can also result from fungal infections, contact dermatitis from exposing skin to nickel, latex, dyes, fragrances, and/or preservative, as well as  eczema and very dry skin. If you have atopic dermatitis (a common form of eczema) you may also have asthma, hay fever or food allergies, which need to be treated separately. In some cases itching can be a sign of some systemic issues such as liver or kidney problems.  So if you get no relief from skin care and lifestyle changes, it is important to have an internal work-up.  With the correct diagnosis, your dermatologist can prescribe the best course of action for comfort and prevention of future flare-ups of itching and itchy rashes.

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Perfect Pops of Color with Bags from Lands’ End

It’s becoming very obvious that Mother Nature is delaying spring temperatures until….well, it seems like forever. Fortunately, Lands’ End has bags and apparel saturated with the brilliant hues we’re currently craving, while we’re impatiently waiting spring’s arrival.

Thanks to Krystal Show Photography for these amazing photos!

Pair shorts with a sweater for in-between Spring days.

The sun may have done a disappearing act, but these bright options are spot-on for the season! 5” Chino Shorts ($45), Landmark Mini Fontana Bag ($148)

Land's End, Bright Crossbody Bags, Bangle Bracelets

Rakani Watches, Gold Bangle Bracelets, Yellow Handbags

Spring outfits easy to relax in!

Wedge Sandals, Nautical Outfits, Red and Blue

It’s still a little cool for my nautical outfits I typically break out in the spring, but this blue Crossbody Bag ($22.99) combined with a red sweater is perfection!

 
Spring Outfit Ideas, Lands End handbags, cuffed denim jeans

Items I’m wearing currently available:

Women’s Regular Pattern 5” Chino Shorts, $45
Landmark Mini Fontana Lady Bag, $148
Bangle Bracelets, Majestical Jewelry
What Time? Watch, Rakani Watches, $200
Print Coated Canvas Crossbody Bag, $22.99

Happy April beauties…hopefully warm spring days are quick in their arrival!

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