Tipsy Tuesday: National Tequila Day

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National Tequila Day is on July 24 – this is not a drill!

Giving the holiday a LatAsian twist, DÔA’s mixologist Josue “Josh” Gonzalez introduces agave nirvana in a glass with the Sensei Serenity.

The refreshing cocktail masterfully combines Casa Noble tequila, cucumber juice, honeydew melon, lime juice and shiso leaves for an enlightening drinking experience.

Sensei Serenity
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 oz Casa Noble
  2. .5 oz FOS Mastiha
  3. 1 oz Cucumber juice & Honeydew melon
  4. .5 oz lime juice
  5. 3 shiso leaves
Instructions
  1. Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake vigorously, Strain over fresh ice into a Rocks glass.
  2. Garnish: Cucumber Slice
  3. Glass: Rocks Glass
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Thirsty Thursday: Holy Daiquiri – Summer Time Love For National Daiquiri Day

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Fall in love with the co-coo on Wednesday, July 19, as Ron Barceló thinks outside the coconut to deliver Summer Time Love – its new take on the daiquiri just in time for National Daiquiri Day.

Frozen and blended, this cocktail helps imbibers cool off with its formula of Ron Barceló Platinum, coconut cream, raw granulated sugar, pineapple chunks, coconut flakes and strawberry.

Summer Time Love
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 ounces Ron Barceló Platinum
  2. 1/2 ounce coconut cream
  3. Barspoon raw granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  5. 1 large strawberry
  6. 1 large basil leaf
Instructions
  1. Approx 1/2 cup ice fill to about 80 percent of the liquid
  2. Blend till smooth. Serve in pilsner or hurricane glass
  3. Garnish with coconut flakes and strawberry
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Wine Wednesday: Santa Julia Innovac!ón Malbec – Syrah Rosé

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Rosé seem to be the new “it” wine. You’re seeing it more and more all over the place and everyone is enjoying it. My good friends at Winesellers, Ltd sent me this amazing bottle of Santa Julia Innovac!ón Malbec – Syrah Rosé from Argentina. 

I recently saw a Facebook post from a friend who said that she likes to buy new bottles of wine based on how pretty the bottle is, but continues to be disappointed when she tries it. Rest assured…the label on this bottle is pretty and the wine inside matches it perfectly! The color of the wine is also an amazing coral color! Reasonably priced at around $10 for an entire liter, this is definitely a go-to wine that you should always have around.

It’s not overly fruity, but does have hints of cherries, strawberries and blackberries. It’s not too dry and if you’re usually a white wine drinker, then you’ll most likely really enjoy this bottle. I certainly did (as you can tell from the lack of wine in the bottle!). 

Beautify: Battle of the Charcoal Masks

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I’ve been reading and seeing a lot on the newest must-have beauty product, the charcoal mask, so I definitely wanted to give it a try. I bought the Mary Kay Charcoal Mask (retail $24) and I received a sample of Posh Cackle Spackle (retail $18), Teen A and I brought them up to Lake Tahoe with us for a spa evening during our summer vacation.


First up was the Mary Kay Clear Proof Charcoal mask. It was easy to apply and said to leave on for 10-20 minutes. It hardened as time passed so you couldn’t move your face (evidence in our corny looking pictures!). When time was up, we were able to easily take it off with water and a washcloth. No muss, no fuss. My skin felt smoother afterwards and clean. 

Our cemented expressions trying to force a smile…and still looking good in our LuLaRoe!

Since you shouldn’t apply a mask the following day, I tried out the Posh Cackle Spackle sample when we got home. As soon as I opened the package, I noticed a difference. I didn’t realize it was aloe and spearmint infused, so the instant mint smell was a surprise at first. It was easy to apply as well, but I had a slight tingling on my face (I think due to the mint) and the color was not that of charcoal, but more teal (it matched the LuLaRoe Classic T I was wearing at the time!). This mask you leave on for 5-10 minutes. I removed it the same way I did with the Mary Kay mask, water and a washcloth but this one was a bit tougher to remove. I had to really scrub it off and it didn’t feel like I had amazing, soft skin afterwards. 

All-in-all, I’d have to say I preferred the Mary Kay Charcoal Mask and am glad that is the one I purchased. If you’d like more info on how to purchase it, you can contact my fellow blogging buddy and Mary Kay Consultant, Stephanie Shar!

Thirsty Thursday: Rootstock Wine Bar and LuLaRoe

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We all know about my obsession and love for all things wine, but did you know I have a love, passion and obsession with all things LuLaRoe?! This week I got the pleasure of bringing both of my loves together by hosting a Sip & Shop at Rootstock Wine Bar in Los Gatos. 

Rootstock Wine Bar features wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara County and also has a wine and beer shop within the bar. They have outdoor seating so you can people watch which is always fun, high top tables inside or you can sit at the bar. I took over the couch seating area with my LuLaRoe stash! 

Rootstock put together a special wine list for the event. Since I was hosting, I only allowed myself to partake in the Bailly Lapierre Sparkling Rosé, which was delicious and absolutely perfect. I think every shopping event should have some Sparkling Rosé! 

The LuLaRoe styles that were featured were Amelia, Azure, Cassie, Carly, Classic T, Irma, Joy, Julia, Leggings, Lindsay, Lola, Maxi, Nicole, Randy, Sarah, and Scarlett. Not familiar with LuLaRoe and wondering what all these names are? The founder named each style after family members, so those are actually dresses, skirts, and shirts! 

If you’d like to visit Rootstock Wine Bar, they’re located at 217 N. Santa Cruz Ave and also have a Cupertino location! If you’d like to learn more about LuLaRoe, drop me an email