Call me Old Fashioned: a recipe for a Wisconsin Old Fashioned using Brandy.

You don’t get much more Wisconsin than an Old Fashioned. An Old Fashioned made with Brandy (versus the seemingly more popular Whiskey variation). Admittedly I hadn’t sipped an Old Fashioned until I had lived in Wisconsin for a year or so, but once I had one I truly understood the state’s infatuation. It seems like each establishment has their own “secret recipe” for the traditional drink, here’s how we do it at our house:

INGREDIENTS

Lowball glass full of crushed ice or 1 Ice Sphere
Muddler
2 oz Brandy
1 tbsp Homemade Simple Syrup (or 1 sugar cube if you’re feeling lazy)
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 Orange Wedges
2 Maraschino Cherries
Soda Water (we make ours using our Soda Stream)

DIRECTIONS

Add 1 orange wedge, 1 cherry, simple syrup (or sugar), and bitters to bottom of lowball glass and muddle. Top with crushed ice (or ice sphere). Poor 2 oz. Brandy over ice, top with a splash of soda water.

Bend a Little

 "The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists." - Japanese Proverb

 

A little inspiration for your Monday: “The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” – Japanese Proverb

Henna Lipstick

Henna Lipstick: it's like mood lipstick! It reacts to your body's pH & temperature to stain your lips a custom color that looks extremely natural. Lasts hours!

Today I’m over at Beauty Bets reviewing Henna Lipstick. Have you heard about this crazy green stuff? It reacts to your body’s pH and temperature to create a custom color for your lips. It tints your lips (everyone’s unique color will be different!) and lasts a few hours. Read my full review, see before/after pictures, and get info on buying by clicking here.

 

Work Worth Doing

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." - Theodore Roosevelt

Growing up I always loved reading the jokes and quote pages in Reader’s Digest…my Grandparents always had more than a few of them hanging around.  On a recent trip home I stumbled across this quote from Theodore Roosevelt and really loved it.

 

Have you tried RocksBox? It's a subscription service that sends designer jewelry to your doorstep----wear it as much as you want, then send it back for a new set!  (+ a link to try one month for free!)

The past 3 months have been super fun thanks to my RocksBox Subscription. Haven’t heard about it yet? Let me tell you a little more about it (plus I also have a special deal so that you can try RocksBox for 1-month for free)!

RocksBox is a subscription service that delivers beautiful designer jewelry right to your doorstep. You simply go to the website, create an account, and fill out your style profile by answering simple questions. Once that is set up you will patiently wait for your first set! A few days later a lovely little box will arrive in the mail and it will include 3 pieces of jewelry. You are free to wear the jewelry as much or as little as you want. You can keep it for 3 days or a month—–whatever! If there’s anything you really love, you have the option of purchasing the piece. When you’re tired of the set you just drop it back into the mail (the return postage is already paid, you just slap the label on it)! A few days later a new set will arrive for you to enjoy. My favorite part about this is that there is no limit to how often you can exchange a set. You could wear all 3 pieces within a few days, send it back, and have a new set before next weekend. It’s really fun and I absolutely adore getting that box of goodies in the mail. I’ve been doing RocksBox for 3 months and here are some additional thoughts:

1. Make a pinboard! You have the opportunity to share a pinterest link with your stylist. Create a pinboard that is just for jewelry (here’s my Bling + Baubles Board) and add the link to your Style Profile so that your stylist can see what you like. This will increase the likelihood that you get pieces you like. I added this necklace to my Pinterest board and had it within days. I love the honeycombs (a little matchy-matchy with my business branding and I love it). I think I’ll be keeping this one.

Have you tried RocksBox? It's a subscription service that sends designer jewelry to your doorstep----wear it as much as you want, then send it back for a new set!  (+ a link to try one month for free!)

2. Communicate with your stylist! I’ve had a really positive experience chatting with my stylist. When you return a set you can hop online and leave feedback for your next set. Be honest about what you liked or didn’t like and also tell them about upcoming events, trips or even drop a link to a new dress or shirt that you want to pair up with new jewelry. Also, specify what you will wear. You can specify what type of jewelry they send (earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings). If you know you don’t wear one of those, don’t leave it as an option! Personally I despise bracelets, so I don’t receive them in my sets.

3. The jewelry is kind of expensive. Which is part of the fun. When else will you wear a $100 pair of earrings or a $60 necklace? For most of us, not often. But you might find that you don’t purchase items very often (or maybe never)! And that’s fine. But also beware that if you lose it, you are responsible for the cost of it. So, proceed with caution. However, if a piece breaks you are not responsible for it. Just send it back, no worries.

4. Take advantage of discounted rates! The service is $19.99 a month, which is an incredible deal, but if you sign up for a year it’s $15.00 per month—which is even better! I signed up for the full year and have no regrets. Getting fresh jewelry in the mail has actually made me look at my wardrobe differently. I get a bright statement necklace and instantly think of 3 things in my closet that I’m anxious to pair it with. This means that I have definitely noticed that I spend less on clothes each month, which totally justifies the cost for me.

Want to try RocksBox for one month for FREE? Click here to get this special deal. If you have questions about the service please comment below or find me on Twitter or Instagram. P.S. If you’re a dude the 6 or 12 month memberships are a pretty incredible gift for the lady in your life. Thank me later. 

Have you tried RocksBox? It's a subscription service that sends designer jewelry to your doorstep----wear it as much as you want, then send it back for a new set!  (+ a link to try one month for free!)