Monthly Archives: November 2017

Ornament Cocktail

Photography by Minh Cao of Du Soleil Photographie

Ornament, Runner, Straws

Now that Thanksgiving is over we can officially go in full speed ahead Christmas mode, right? Today I’m sharing another festive cocktail with Sipp. This one is super simple (there’s only 2 ingredients) but what really matters is the presentation.

Get ready to blow your friend’s minds at your next holiday party with a cocktail in a Christmas ornament!

Ingredients:

  • Clear Christmas ornament (I suggest a plastic one but you could use glass too)
  • 4 oz chilled Sipp’s Mojo Berry
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • Festive straw

Recipe:

  1. Take your metal ornament top off
  2. Pour 1 1/2 oz of vodka into ornament
  3. Pour 4oz of Sipp Mojo Berry into ornament
  4. Add a festive straw to sip with (or should I say Sipp with)

Note: Serve immediately as you cannot fit ice into the ornament, hence why the Sipp mixer should be chilled ahead. You can also top off your drink with a dash of bubbly.

Hearth & Hand for Thanksgiving

Photography by Minh Cao of Du Soleil Photographie

Tablecloth, Pumpkins, Cups, Plates, Napkins, Flatware, Napkin Rings, Skirt, Earrings

Do you guys watch Fixer Upper? I’m obsessed, so are my parents and I like to think I’ve convinced Will to tolerate it too. I’m Chip and Jo obsessed! The couple not only are so wholesome and sweet but also silly. It’s feel good TV and not to mention they’re insanely talented. While their rustic farmhouse style may not be my aesthetic, I totally respect it.

When they came out with their new line, Hearth & Hand at Target I was inspired to create a Thanksgiving tablesetting with their goods. In true Chip & Jo fashion I tried to keep the setting simple with minimal fuss. I mixed old (the vintage Scottie dog napkin holders that my Aunt Brenda got me) with new pieces from their collection. It’s a table where food and conversation take the spotlight frilly decor.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Will you be using Chip & Jo to inspire you as you entertain guest?

Sipp for Thanksgiving

Photography by Minh Cao of Du Soleil Photographie

One of my go-to cocktails is a Moscow Mule. They are refreshing, light and with so many varieties can be reasonless. One day while walking through Target, buying things I truly didn’t need, I came across Sipp, a line of sparking mixers in unique flavors. It wasn’t until further research I discovered they are based only 20 minutes away from #PatriciasPalace in Downingtown, PA. Not only are they local and delicious, they are also organic which is why they have quickly rose to the top of my list.

Today I’m sharing a version of a fall Moscow Mule that is perfect for Thanksgiving made with Sipp’s Ginger Blossom.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz of Sipp Ginger Blossom
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup of cranberries
  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • Crushed Ice

Recipe:

  1. Fill Moscow Mule mug to brim with crushed ice
  2. Pour 1 1/2 oz of vodka (I used Tito’s) over crushed ice
  3. Pour 4 oz of Sipp Ginger Blossom into mug
  4. Cut lime in half and squeeze 1 half of the lime into cocktail
  5. Garnish with the other lime half and cranberries
  6. Enjoy!

Giving Thanks

Photography by Minh Cao of Du Soleil Photographie

Bud Vases, Center Vase, Placemats, Napkins, Dress, Earrings

I guess I should first start this post by addressing the radio silence. There’s truly no grand excuse for my lack of posting the last couple months, it simply comes down to a lack of inspiration and a busy schedule. I know, I know… everyone is busy so I shouldn’t use that as an excuse but the lack of inspiration is real.

Do you ever feel uninspired? Like you know you should be doing something but you just don’t know what or how? Maybe you even question what you’re “meant” to do? That was me last winter and spring. I wasn’t just uninspired with blogging but also in my work. Well, especially in my work. I’ve been in the PR industry now for about 5 years and owned Piqued PR for about 3.5 of those years.

In the past I had always been a “go-getter”, I knew what I wanted and how to get there and would work countless hours to make it happen. Then last winter came and I just froze. I think a fallout with a client and the things she had said got in my head and then I started getting distracted by competitors. I questioned if I really was good at what I did and if I actually enjoyed it and wanted to continue down that path.

Long story short, I took a temporary break from PR. By that I mean I didn’t take on any new clients for a few months and just worked with my existing clients. The biggest curve ball of all…. I enrolled in Temple University’s certificate in Interior Design program and worked a few hours a week for a local interior designer. The mini break allowed me to indulge in my love of design and decorating but most of all reaffirmed my love for my career in PR.

I now am back to chugging away at Piqued PR in the most successful months we have had yet in business, working with some of my favorite businesses and brands. I also decided to refocus on blogging on the side for fun. While I don’t see me doing daily posts any time soon, you can find more regular content now in the coming weeks and months. Think more tablescapes, holiday decorating and even my basement renovation project.

Today though we are starting with a little Thanksgiving table setting because I am so thankful to be recharged again. Everyone knows I’m blue and white obsessed, so the inspiration was my ginger jars which I collect. Mixing something classic and preppy like chinoiserie porcelain with warm fall tones and patterns. The juxtaposition of formal and casual.