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Raise a Glass to the Troops this Memorial Day

It is with honor that we raise a glass to the men and women who have and do serve to protect our country, the sacrifices these military servicemen make is one that nothing else compares to. These men and women deserve much more than just our respect, they deserve more than we can offer, so this Memorial Day, we honor them with a toast, for their years of service, with one of these delicious cocktails. Now there's no need to take cocktail making classes, or to buy a cocktail kit, because we bring you some simple, and delicious drink recipes from Skinnygirl Cocktails, DeLeón Platinum Tequila, Basil Hayden's Bourbon, and Knob Creek Rye Whiskey. We bring you red, white, and blue (really purple) cocktail recipes to show our gratitude to our troops.

Ras-beery Cooler

1 part Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
1 part chilled beer
2 parts raspberry lemonade concentrate
Lemon wedge or garnish
Lime peel for garnish
Mix all ingredients in a glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and lime peel.

Watermelon Refresher

2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
1 large piece muddled fresh watermelon
1 part club soda
1 tsp. agave nectar
Squeeze of lime
Pour ingredients over ice. Top with club soda.

Platinum Sage Margarita

2 oz. DeLeón Platinum tequila infused with fresh sage
¾ oz. clarified lime juice
¾ oz. fresh cane syrup
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over cracked and cubed ice until thoroughly cold. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve up garnished with a sage leaf.

Basil Hayden's Spiced Blueberry Punch (Created by Debbi Peek)
Recipe serves 4-5

4 parts Basil Hayden's® Bourbon
8 parts Blueberry Juice
8 parts Passion Fruit Juice
Sparkling Wine or Club Soda
15-20 Fresh Mint Leaves
1 bag Frozen Blueberries, for ice ring
Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, blueberry juice, passion fruit juice and mint leaves to a medium sized punch bowl and stir. Add blueberry ice ring*. (See recipe below.) Serve in a cocktail glass and top with club soda or sparkling wine.

*Blueberry Ice Ring

Freeze one bag of frozen blueberries with water in a bundt cake pan.
Dip frozen ring into hot water for a few seconds to unmold.
Place in punch bowl with blueberry side up.

Knob Creek Rye Blackhawk

2 parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey
1 part DeKuyper® Sloe Gin
1 maraschino cherry for garnish
In a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes, combine the whiskey and gin. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.


Make a Statement this Spring/Summer with Sorial Handbags

Warm days are finally here! Hopefully you've finished your spring cleaning and got rid of all past season items that you don't wear anymore....if only to make room for new things like designer handbags. Take a look at the fabulous handbags and purses from Sorial's Spring/Summer 2015 collection, bursting with crossbody bags, totes, backpacks, and hobo bags, all available in pretty spring and summer hues of light blue, pink, pale neutrals, and more.

Rubina Collection

The bags in the pictures below are from Sorial's Rubina Collection. There's a style for every occasion! And with the variety of colors, these bags are sure to make your outfit pop! The snake skin-like pattern is beautiful, great for mixing and matching patterns which is in style. One of my favorite bags from this collection is actually the Reversible Totes. I love that you get two looks with just one bag, and that you can dress it up or down whenever you need to. It also comes with a matching wristlet, perfect for your make up and pocket mirror.

Gramercy Collection

The Gramercy Collection features bags, totes, and clutches that are great for any woman who loves or needs a modern style. These chic, structured bags feature crisp, streamlined, and stylish silhouettes. I can personally vouch for the beauty of the Gramercy Backpack - a very stylish and functional backpack that'll keep you right on trend. I can fit my 11' laptop in there and still have room for more!

Stingray Collection

This collection boasts the distinct look of the stingray. Available in beautiful pastels that give a real springy feel to them, these embossed stingray accessories adds lots of sophistication to your everyday handbags. Select this beautiful texture in nine standout colors.

Sand Dunes Collection

The Sand Dunes Collection is great for anyone who loves a bold snakeskin print, rich tones, and textures - this collection focuses in on the python pattern. The bags have beautiful python patterned accents to go along with their base color - great for a statement purse or paired with a nice leather jacket. I personally love the Lola Satchel, because of the cut out pattern paired with the solid color underneath.

60's Flashback Collection

This collection will give you a blast from the past! Retro and stylish, the 60s Flashback Collection sports a lot of whites and nude bags, perfect for when you need to accessorize without taking the attention away from your outfit - although these bags are amazing on their own! Sorial bags are known for being functional as well as fashionable, just like the Avery Foldover Bag. This bag can be worn as a crossbody purse or a shoulder bag. Two ways to wear and style!

Sunkissed Collection

The Sunkissed Collection features bags that are bright and vibrant - great for spring as well as summer! Each bag is unique and make great statement pieces. The Liv Tote is very representative of the collection. The name of this collection is very befitting - because this bag looks like it belongs on the beach!

Loving what you see? Grab your favorite Sorial Handbags at 40% OFF ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING in their Memorial Day sale, using code MDW15.


Shopping NYC: PONO Jewelry Sample Sale

It's time again for one of our favorite seasonal moments, the summer fashion jewelry sample sale from PONO by Joan Goodman. Some of you are showing off your beautiful, new engagement rings, why not accent your new diamonds with some bold and colorful resin jewelry? As always, there's lots of gorgeous jewelry to drool over from the PONO sample sale, where their gorgeous goods will be 50-80% off. What's more, you get to meet designer, Joan Goodman, while you're scooping sensational bracelets, and necklaces for your jewelry box. See all the sample sale details below:

Get PONO's stunning jewelry at unheard of prices. Pieces we advise you to look out for include their mixed medium Pathways Bangle now only $25.00 each, originally $250.00, the mesmerizing colorful Sea Farer link necklace on sale for only $50.00, down from an earlier $250.00, or one of our favorites, the funky, chunky Meteor Resin Necklace, originally $365.00, now yours for only $100.00, and last but not least, snag a stack of elegant and eclectic Bangles for an amazing 10 pieces for $40.00, originally valued at $250.00.

Once again, the sample sale runs from Monday, June 1st-5th, from 9am–6pm, and is located at 347 W 36th St. suite 405, between Eighth and Ninth Aves. Subway: A, C, E to 34th St. (212-216-0044, ponobyjoangoodman.com).

Food on the Move | Village Voice's Choice Streets Fourth Annual Food Trucks Event Recap

We discovered so many new favorite foods at the Village Voice's Choice Streets Fourth Annual Tasting Event. Once again, it was food trucks galore as we descended upon the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86 on Cinco de Mayo. We were determined to beat our poor performance last year and enjoy as many food truck food varieties as we could. It literally was foodie heaven being surrounded by all these food trucks at Choice Streets. Sadly we didn't meet our goal of surpassing last year's count, but this time its because the event was packed, much more than last year, with scores of more people waiting to enter and indulge in this gastronomical feast.

Since the event was held on Cinco de Mayo, attendees were entertained with live music from Mariachi Flor de Toloache (pictured above), New York's first and only all-female mariachi band. Before we began to indulge, we stopped in at the Bruce Cost Ginger Ale booth to arm ourselves with this delicious, and sparking beverage made with fresh whole ginger that's great for digestive comfort and our over indulgence.

With disposable tray and Bruce Cost ginger ale in our hands, we began our foodie journey. Although they were not food trucks, we had to make a stop at Mofongo NY, who was there on behalf of Puerto Rico Tourism, serving up food so good, they had the longest line for the entire event (we easily waited an hour but it was so worth it), and the Whole Foods, who were sampling delicious Applegate Hotdogs.

From there we went on to hitting the food trucks. Our first stop was to Korilla BBQ who offered three taco variations - Spicy Pork tacos, Chicken tacos, and Ribeye Tacos. We decided to go with the Ribeye Taco, which was so incredibly divine; the stead melted in your mouth and left you wanting more.

Our next stop was to Sweet Chili and their peppery offering of Sriracha Fries Topped with Sweet and Spicy Sriracha and Sriracha Aioli.

We've never been one for pepper, but the combination of sweet and spicy added some flavorful heat to our already delicious fries. From Sweet Chili, it was on to something a bit more sweet but equally savory. We heard so many great things about SnowDay's Grilled Cheese, we had to make it our next stop.

This standout food truck offered their Signature Maple Grilled Cheese, which includes sharp cheddar, Shewolf Bakery sourdough, 100% pure NY State maple syrup, Smoked Pork Spare Rib with Maple Gastrique and Spring Slaw, and Maple Lemonade. Besides the Mofongo, this was easily our favorite dis of the night. Our next stop was to Big D's Grub Truck, offering the nights' most unique dish, Bangkok Basil Spicy Pork fried Rice with a Runny Egg on Top.

This definitely made our top five favorite food experiences for the night, and if we were able to, we would've gone back for seconds. Of course by this time, we were already starting to feel the seams of our jeans, even with the overwhelming long lines, we were reaching our limit; with room for one for dish, and armed with more Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, we headed over to Domo Taco, and their 5 Spice Braised Pork Served on Toasted Corn Tortilla with Miso Slaw, Pico de Gallo, and Sesame Crema.

There were several trucks we didn't make it to either because the lines were too long or we had surpassed our limits but they definitely are worth mentioning,t hanks to all the praises they received from other attendees. These amazing trucks include Andy's Italian Ices (offering guilt-less refreshment), Souvlaki Lady, Gorilla Cheese, Pizza Luca (offering Neapolitan pizza from the biggest oven we've ever seen), and Langos Truck, and are pictured below:

Of course we can't have a hearty meals with a spirit or two to compliment the variety of cuisines. On hand to keep libations flowing were Barefoot Wines, New Amsterdam Vodka, and Rums of Puerto Rico, etc.

As always we had a great time at the Choice Streets Food Trucks Event, it truly is a food lover's culinary fantasy. Tell us, have you ever been to Choice Streets, are any of these food trucks favorites of yours?

Rolls-Royce Unveils New Car, the Wraith 'Inspired by Fashion'

We had the distinct honor of being invited to the unveiling of the newest Rolls Royce motor car, the Wraith "Inspired by Fashion". The unveiling of the prestigious new motor car, designed by Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, Michelle Lusby, took place during Pratt Institute's Women of Influence in the Business of Style event (more on that part in another post). The new Rolls Royce "Wraith – Inspired by Fashion" provides a modern take on the grand tradition of customers personalize their Rolls Royce to their tastes and lifestyle.

This latest innovative design from the luxury car company was inspired by the prestigious international catwalks and Bespoke tailors that are ever so present in the fashion industry, resulting in an aesthetically stunning and sartorially on-point motor car. Just as timeless designs are reinvented to create new standards in the fashion industry, Rolls Royce is raising the bar of creativity and progressing the notion of style, with the "Wraith – Inspired by Fashion", which boasts stunning materials, colors and textures procured from the world of high-fashion. The ‘Wraith – Inspired by Fashion’ boasts a two-tone exterior in a color palette of Andalucian White and Arctic White where accent hues, Jasmine, Tailored Purple or Mugello Red truly stand out; its signature shoulder-line is accentuated a hand-applied feature-line in the chosen accent color, giving a hint of the its contrasting interior where you will find the accent hue on traditional locations such as embroidered on headrests, seat stitching, and piping but also non-traditional placements, as seen in the two-tone composition steering wheel; and stagecoach-like doors that feature a contemporary impression of the car’s classic Arctic White and Black interior color scheme.

Other noteworthy details include:
  • Fine silks in the car’s front and rear door pockets
  • An abstract representation of the Spirit of Ecstasy with each emblem set precisely at fifty-five degrees to complement the lines of the door
  • An exquisite lacquered wood dashboard
  • A Bespoke Clock, set as a piece of jewelry, styled exclusively to emit a pearl effect
  • The integration of welting in a colorful silk strip, that stylishly frames the Wraith’s signature leather door-panel
Several fashion and industry notables attended the event to celebrate the unveiling of the Wraith 'Inspired by Fashion' and Women of Influence in the Business of Style event including fashion NYC-based designers, Tracy Reese, and Maria Cornejo, both of whom were speaking at the panel, and Singer/Songwriter, and 2014 2nd Congressional District Democratic nominee, Clay Aiken, who was so gracious, and funny when he said yes to my photo request.

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