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Summer Recipe: White Sangria

July 4th, 2014 · Lifestyle

Last weekend, my husband and I were feeling inspired to make a fun, new summer beverage. After happening upon Mirbeau Inn & Spa‘s featured July recipe for White Sangria, there was no turning back… Mirbeau holds a special place in our hearts, as we held our wedding there last August.

And, sangria is the perfect choice for warm summer nights!

The recipe calls for:

  1. 1 cup blueberries
  2. 1 sliced orange (we kept the slices thin + pretty, like pinwheels)
  3. 2 cups strawberries, quartered
  4. 1 bottle sweet white wine
  5. 1 bottle Champagne
  6. 1 cup vodka
  7. Juice of one lemon and one lime (in a pinch, this is optional)

Mix together in a large pitcher (we used this one from Williams Sonoma.) Set your backyard/balcony/poolside playlist. Chill the sangria. Serve over ice. Enjoy!

What are your favorite summer drink recipes? Share with me in the comments.

Cheers to summer!

xoxo, Emma

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Mascara find: Lash Out Butterfly

June 16th, 2014 · Beauty, Emma's Thoughts

If pressed to pick one must-have cosmetic, it’d have to be mascara. Natural looking lengthening, thick and dramatic volume, I love it all.¬†As I’m a natural blonde, my lashes (although quite long) are lighter on the tips. Because of this, a coat or two of black mascara opens my eyes up that much more. It’s essential. Even on no-makeup days.

Earlier this spring, I ordered Target’s seasonal beauty box. Only $5, the box was a total steal… two full size products, and three very generous samples. Inside that box I found L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Out Butterfly mascara, in black. (This alone made the beauty box more than worth it, as this mascara retails for around $8.)

The brush has a unique, asymmetrical shape. The base is much wider, with flexible rubber bristles that flare out. It works on my eye shape really well, perfectly suited for coating every lash and creating a winged-out look.


The formula is spot on– no smudges or flakes! Color payoff is rich without being clumpy. I have worn Lash Out Butterfly nearly every day since I cracked the tube open.

The true test of love? I will be repurchasing.

Which mascaras are you loving right now?

xoxo, Emma

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You can’t go wrong with Baby Lips

June 4th, 2014 · Beauty, Emma's Thoughts

Typically when I find a product I love, I begin to collect.

I have been a collector (and an organizer) my entire life, sending my mother into a small panic more than once over the precise, crop-circle-like arrangements that my toys and Halloween candy would often take, items carefully sorted by brand, size, color family, and beyond. Turns out I still do this– just glance at my nail polish racks or blush drawer. That said, I’m still very particular about my products. If I amass a small hoard of any one brand or product, you know it’s golden.

Which brings me to Baby Lips.

This post reminds me a little bit of middle school and Every Girl’s obsession with Bonne Bell lip smackers– and that is okay. Because who doesn’t (still) love those? But I digress.

The cool thing about Maybelline’s Baby Lips line-up is the variety. Some have SPF, some are sheer. Others are so opaque and vibrant that strangers will ask me what lipstick I’m wearing. The formula is pretty fantastic too, as it definitely improves the texture and softness of your lips. I have personally experienced this!

Here’s what Maybelline has to say: Clinically proven to make lips 82% visibly less dry, 94% less rough, 77% more supple, and 77% better looking after just four weeks of use! It’s clinical care for baby soft lips.

I concur.

Two of the tubes showcased in this post are even medicated with a minty zing (the white ones,also labeled Dr. Rescue) making them perfect for chapped lip prevention in colder months. Color-wise, most of my Baby Lips fall somewhere between coral and pink, because, that is what I like.


My only gripe– many of favorites are limited edition, like Twinkle, the aqua tube pictured above. Twinkle tastes like a delicious fruit that I cannot describe, has barely any color payoff, but is the best go-to slick of gloss. Excellent under lipstick too. I’m on my second tube of Twinkle and have the tiniest amount left.

Left to right: #80 Pink Wink, #115 Mad for Magenta, #110 Pop of Pink, #50 Twinkle, #40 Pink Me Up, #55 Coral Crave, #70 Pink Shock, #25 Pink Punch, #70 Coral Crush

The price is right– typically around $3-4 a tube. My Starbucks adventures cost more than that, which obviously means I should just go buy more Baby Lips and make my own lattes.

Find Baby Lips at any drugstore, Target, or Ulta. I have had the best luck locating limited edition shades at Ulta, as they will often feature special displays of the newest ones.

Give these a go and report back with your top picks!

xoxo, Emma

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