Red, White, and Blue Cocktail

Cocktail for Fourth of July

Sorry for the delay in this post! Usually I post every day, Monday through Friday at 5:00AM CST, but I’m currently traveling and the Inn I’m staying with in Napa was WiFi-less last night so I was unable to write today’s post until this morning.

However, I’m pretty sure y’all will forgive me because this post includes BOOZE (and we all love that / know how much love that).

This Red, White, and Blue Cocktail recipe is perfect for your upcoming Fourth of July festivities (reminder: it’s this weekend!!). By playing a bit with the densities of the liquors, you can create an awesome layered look in your cocktail. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the drink is absolutely delicious and those blueberry star-shaped ice cubes are always a huge hit!

Just imagine laying under the fireworks show on Monday (aka the Forth of July), sippin’ this bad boy. How much more ‘Murica can you get? Well, I suppose you could throw in a star-spangled bikini and totally win the day. This vodka-based Red, White, and Blue Cocktail would be absolutely ideal for any America-themed summer celebration, whether it be Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or even cheering on team USA later this summer at the Olympics! Keep reading for the full recipe.

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Easy, Everyday Loose Curls Tutorial

Hair Tutorial

Lately, I’ve been getting a ton of questions about how I do my hair for blog posts. Pretty much, it’s either straight with the ends curled in (like here) or in loose curls (like here). Since the former is pretty stinkin’ easy, I thought I’d share my everyday loose curls tutorial so y’all can copy my look.

FYI, I’m pretty sure this hairstyle is just as easy as my straight hair look (and that’s why “easy” is in the title!).

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Striped Maxi Dress

Line & Dot Striped Maxi Dress

Greetings from Yosemite, friends!

As you probably saw on Instagram and Snapchat, I spent the weekend in San Francisco (and then drove out to the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite yesterday!). I wore this outfit on Friday (aka on our first full day in San Francisco) and I’m pretty sure that this striped maxi dress is officially my most complimented dress of all time. Seriously. People were stopping me left and right – on the street and in restaurants – to ask me where I got it.

Best part? You can score it for as low as $30!!! (and it would be oh-so perfect for the Fourth of July!)

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How to Pack for a Trip Like a Genius

How to Pack for a Trip Like a Genius

Greetings from San Francisco, y’all!

As mentioned yesterday, I was determined to pack for this trip using only carry-ons (great for trips with multiple destinations). And I am thrilled to announce that I was successful! Yep, I feel like a total genius. Like a packing Einstein. So I thought I’d share with y’all my tips on how to pack for a trip like a genius, of course!

Keep reading for my tips plus some of my favorite travel must-haves.

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Tie-Up Top

Club Monaco Sofye Tie-Front Tank

Okay, yes, I know what you’re thinking: dear lord, Amanda, you are unearthly pale.

Well, thankfully I’m heading to the beach next weekend (with this tie-up top in tow!), so hopefully this situation will be rectified ASAP. Course, let’s be real, I’m always pretty pale and I don’t really tan at all soooooo the best we can hope for is a borderline illegal-level of freckles.

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Watermelon, Blackberry, and Mint Salad

Watermelon, Blackberry, and Mint Salad

This summer fruit salad is ever-so refreshing and delicious! I made it a few weeks ago for my Bloggers Give Back event and served it alongside a fabulous cheese plate and my favorite champagne cocktails.

I love this Watermelon, Blackberry, and Mint Salad because a) it combines all of my favorite ingredients (admittedly, it’d be even better if it used yellow watermelon instead of red watermelon!), b) it’s just SO perfect for a hot, summer day, and c) it’s so crazy-easy that even my kitchen-incompetent grandmother could make it.

And she likely will when I’m visiting her in a few weeks.

Seriously though – this Watermelon, Blackberry, and Mint Salad would be perfect to serve as an afternoon snack on a hot, summer day, during a girly brunch as a side dish, or perhaps even as an appetizer for an evening outdoor cocktail party this summer (over Fourth of July weekend perhaps?). Keep reading for the full recipe!

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