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Gift Guide: Modern Cocktail Lover

Pinup Girl checking her Christmas presents in wrapped packages in front of the fireplace does not know her nightgown is now see through.

This cocktail Thursday is all about the gift giving this year. You are sure to make your cocktail appreciating friend smile with any of these tasteful gifts this holiday season.

Stir and Shake cocktail calendar makes a great gift for the cocktail lover on your list.

Stir and Shake Cocktail Calendar - This calendar is more contemporary art than it is for tracking your daily appointments. The drawings on this cocktail calendar display a favorite drink recipe: Bloody Mary, Rosemary Ginger Hot Toddy, Blood Orange Sidecar, Mojito, Agave Margarita, Garden Sangria, Cucumber Mint Gin + Tonic, Blackberry Smash, Dark + Stormy, Vodka Dirty Martini, Old Fashioned, French 75. Your friends could even frame each month after it passes and keep it as art around the house, office or their own lounge at home. Beautifully done.

Book on the appreciation of spirits, booze and cocktails.  Booze for babes

Booze For Babes- You heard me talk about this book on the radio show Bruja on Books, and I still love it. Do not let the name on the cover fool you , this book is perfect for anyone that wants to learn more about the spirits in their cocktails. This would be especially great for someone just getting into their love of cocktails.

The Rox Ice Ball form helps to add some cool to your chilled cocktails with globes of ice
Rox Ice Ball Maker- These ice balls are the newest must have for all of the cocktail crowd. More form than new function these globes of ice add a little cool to your chilled drinks.

Solid Copper Moscow Mule Mugs make the perfect Christmas gift for the cocktail lover
Solid Copper Mugs - There are the MUST HAVE cocktail gift of the year. Last Christmas you could not find these on the shelves anywhere, but this year the stores are ready and this is the year to get them without breaking the bank. These “Moscow Mule” mugs can be used for a variety of cocktails, including the Moscow Mule, Mint Juleps, Cuba Libres, and diet soda. Your friends will sure to enjoy these beautiful copper cocktail mugs all year long.

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La Costa Resort Gingerbread Festival and Tree Lighting Tonight VIDEO

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Tonight, 12-5-2014, Southern California’s own Omni La Costa Resort and Spa will be hosting its 1st annual gingerbread house festival. North San Diego County really is starting to get the hang of this holiday season thing.

Omni La Costa challenges San Diego bakers and holiday enthusiasts to create a signature Gingerbread house for chance to win $1,000 in cash & prizes, a $1,000 donation to the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club in their name! (LaCosta.com)

The Gingerbread Houses have all been judged and they will be announcing the winner of the contest tonight at the La Costa Resort and Spa from December 5th – January 5th.
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Carlsbad Park Hyatt Aviara Kicks Off The Holidays In Style

Carlsbad Hyatt Aviara holiday open house in Southern California near San Diego had perfect weather for the Christmas event

The winter holiday season was on full display this past weekend at Carlsbad’s Park Hyatt Aviara Resort.  On Saturday, Aviara held its first annual Holiday Open House and welcomed everyone from the community to join in on the fun.  Attendees were greeted by carolers in Dicken’s style costume, Christmas tress all through the resort, and a winter wonderland outside.  There were beautfilly decorated gingerbread houses on display as well as a model train in the main entrance.

Park Hyatt Aviara Carlsbad Holiday Open House.  Gingerbread houses brought the Christmas feel to this wonderful winter holiday party Children were more than welcome at this celebration.  There was a station just for decorating cookies, as well as a giant movie screen on the lawn playing The Grinch.  There was even “snow” falling outside on the lawn, and a “Peppermint Princess” read stories to the children outside.

Southern California Carlasbad Park Hyatt Aviara Holiday Open house featured Christmas trees that were raffled off for charity

Inside, the hallways were filled with Christmas Trees decorated in their own themes.  Each of which were to be auctioned off  to raise money for charity.  There were also hot chocolate and hot cider stations, complete with plenty of marshmallows for guests of all ages to enjoy.  As an extra special treat, complimentary sparkling wine was available for the adults to sip on while taking in the scenery.

Beautiful Christmas trees were found all throughout Aviara Park Hyatt during their holiday open house.

We had a great time walking around the Holiday Open House at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. It was quite the change of pace from our every day and a nice way to kick off the holiday season.  We drank sparkling wine, walked out on the lawn and watched the “snow” fall on the kids playing near the fountain.  There was also a photo booth for everyone to take their pictures in, and we saw plenty of people, adults and kids alike, carrying photo strips around the rest of the night.

This was a lovely evening and we hope that this will become a Southern California tradition akin to the Carlsbad flower field in the Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fabulous Holiday Hair Braid How-to

The holiday season is here, that means lots of cocktail parties, cookie parties, office events, and of course dinners to attend. With all of the styling, for work and for play, paired with the dry cold weather, your hair can take a beating. But that does not mean that you cannot have fabulously styled hair for all of your holiday events.

Fishtail braid how to video.  This is perfect for lazy weekends or for all of my holiday parites.
My new favorite style for a lazy weekend, or a glammed up Christmas cocktail party with friends, is the side fishtail braid. Carly Musleh from BeautySauce.com gives a great and EASY how-to video on this beautiful style. It has the look of something complicated, and is perfect for all of your holiday celebrations.

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Women crave beautiful, silky hair but don’t want it weighed down by heavy products that claim to nourish and add shine.  The new Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection is ideal for all hair types and delivers five times silkier hair [after just one wash], without making it feel greasy or heavy.  Proven to absorb quickly, the dry oil features a blend of African Macadamia oil and Coconut oil it  gives you 5x silkier hair when using the system of shampoo, conditioner and treatment vs. non-conditioning shampoo.

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Just as a side note, not only did this leave my hair nice and smooth when it normally looks like a haystack, but it smells great.  Not fruity or sweet, but it has a nice nut smell, musky and lovely.  It smells like something I used to have around when I was little but I cannot quite figure out what it is.  Not only do I love it, but my partner even complimented the way it smells.  So there is that.

Don’t just take my word for it on how well Dove Pure Care Dry Oil works.  Dove Hair is daring women everywhere to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, risk-free now through December 31, 2014. They dare you to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil and fall in love with the touch and feel of your hair or your money back*  Not only that, but you can also have a chance at $20,000 in prizes from Dove!  Share your silky results at #silkyhairdare on twitter, Instagram and Facebook for  a chance to win** $20,000 in prizes up for grabs. Visit Dove.com for more information.

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Cocktail Thursday: Easter Cocktail Recipes

Easter Bunnies Vintage Retro

Easter is here this weekend, and I have the cocktail recipes for you to share with your friends and family. Whether you like light and bubbly of an adult version of a mocha float, I have you covered.

I even have a festivle MOCKTAIL that everyone including the kiddies can enjoy as well. And if you don’t want to play bartender all afternoon, why not put together a festive VOGA Easter Sangria and have a pitcher ready to go?

ENJOY!

Sparkling ice Easter Mocktail
MOCKTAIL Egg Hunt Shooters
Ingredients:
4 oz Lemonade Sparkling ICE
6-7 Strawberries, hulled (plus more for garnish)
Ice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until it becomes slushy.
Pour into a chilled glass (or shot glasses) and garnish with a strawberry.

Raspberry Lemonade Vodka Cocktail
Bunny Hop
Ingredients
3 oz. Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling Ice
1 oz. vodka
Fresh raspberries and lemon slices for garnish

Directions
Pour vodka into a chilled glass with ice.
Top with Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE.
Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices.

Easter Cocktail Sparkling mimosa
Spicy Sparkling Mimosas
Ingredients:
1/2 Bottle of VOGA Italia Sparkling
5 1/2 cups orange juice
2 3/4 cups pineapple juice
1/2 tablespoon finely grated ginger

Directions:
Mix orange juice and pineapple juice in a pitcher.
Pour VOGA Sparkling into pitcher.
Add ginger.
Stir and enjoy!

VOGA’s Easter Sangria cocktail recipe
VOGA’s Easter Sangria
Ingredients:
2 Bottles of VOGA Italia Moscato Wine
1 12 oz. bottle of Peach Beer
3 oz. Triple Sec
2 sliced peaches
2 sliced apricots
1 container of fresh raspberries
1 sliced Granny Smith apple
1 sliced orange

Directions:
Pour wine and beer in a large pitcher and add sliced fruit and berries.
Add triple sec and stir gently.
Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!)
Before serving, top with club soda.
Stir gently and serve over ice.
Makes about 15 servings

Whipped Vanilla Nut Latte vodka cocktail
Whipped Vanilla Nut Latte
Ingredients
3 oz. RealBeanz Vanilla Nut
1 oz. vanilla vodka
1 oz. milk
Coffee beans
Whipped Cream

Directions
Muddle coffee beans into the bottom of a collins glass
In a shaker, combine RealBeanz Vanilla Nut, vanilla vodka, and 1 tablespoon of whipped cream. Shake vigorously
Pour into collins glass over coffee beans, and top with milk
Finish with whipped cream

Mocha Beer Float Easter Cocktail
Mocha Beer Float
Ingredients:
2 oz. RealBeanz Mocha
3 oz. Irish stout beer
1 scoop Pralines & Cream ice cream

Directions:
Pour RealBeanz Mocha into glass
Add in one scoop of Pralines & Cream ice cream
Top with Irish stout beer

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