Cocktail Hour | Blueberry Basil Mojito

if there was one herb i wouldn't want to go extinct (is that even a thing that herbs do?), it would be basil. closely followed by cilantro. but i love basil. probably because it's in some of my favorite foods, like caprese salad and margherita pizza. but i also just love how dang fragrant it is by itself. the pepper aroma of the basil mixes perfectly with the sweetness of blueberries. i used to have a candle burning in my kitchen with the scent blueberry basil, which smelled ah-mazing, so i figured they have to taste good together in a cocktail, right?

this is a perfectly light and refreshing drink that can easily be tweaked to be just what you want! 
what you'll need:

> blueberries (5-7)
> fresh basil (2-3 leaves)
> about 2 teaspoons sugar
> 1 tablespoon lemon juice
> 1.5-2 oz. rum
> splash of soda water
> ice

how to do it:

1. in your shaker, put blueberries, basil leaves (i ripped them up a bit), sugar, and lemon juice.
2. with a small spoon or spatula, crush (muddle) all of that up until you start to see more liquid than solid pieces. 
3. pour in rum (or liquor of choice) and some ice cubes. shake well.
4. fill your glass with ice cubes. pour mix over ice. 
5. top with soda water and garnish with basil leaf.
6. enjoy! 

make it a mocktail:
use lemonade (sparkling or flat), flavored La Croix sparkling water, or ginger ale! 



Black x White

if i had a nickel for every time i wore this sweater, i'd have enough money to buy about 12 more. it's easy to imagine how it would be a staple during the fall and winter, but i'm also finding myself reaching for it even now that the weather is warming up. our apartment is just off the lake, so we definitely get hit with a cool lake breeze as soon as we walk out of the building. so for the days when it's warm in the sun and cool in the shade, this sweater is the perfect match with my favorite destructed jean shorts. another way i'd love to wear it is with a couple layered statement necklaces, some pointed toe flats, and a bold lip. this is sort of my 'cool girl' way of styling it. a tiny bit edgy, but mostly just some staple pieces in the same colors. 

sweater | H&M (similar)
shorts | Levi's
necklace | Elisabeth Ashlie
bag | Rebecca Minkoff


Cocktail Hour | Blackberry Greyhound

one of my favorite fruits is grapefruit. if i'm being real honest, i started loving grapefruit because of those sour grapefruit triangles you can buy at a candy shop. it wasn't until probably 2 years ago that i ate an actual grapefruit. even still, it was basically covered in sugar because that's the best way to eat them, am i right? ::nods in agreement::

i don't have a "signature drink" that i like to order or make, but if i see something with grapefruit on a menu, i'm ordering it. unless there's also something with waffles. because waffles trump everything. i discovered the classic greyhound a few years ago and wanted to add a little sweet and fruity twist since i also love blackberries and sugar. see, it all comes together in the end. this is the perfect cocktail (or make it a mocktail!) for summer and certainly not the last time i'll be making them. 
what you'll need:
 6-7 oz. of grapefruit juice
1.5 oz. of vodka
fresh blackberries
fresh grapefruit 
sugar (for rim) 
:::makes one cocktail:::

+ start by dipping the rim of your glass into half of the grapefruit and then into a bowl of sugar to sweeten up the rim
+ next, add 5-6 blackberries to the glass and mash with a spatula or fork 
(if you don't want blackberry pieces in your drink, you can mash the blackberries in a very fine strainer to get the juice and lose the the pieces!)
+ add grapefruit juice and vodka. stir. 
+ add some ice and garnish with a slice of grapefruit
+ enjoy! 

make it a mocktail:
substitute vodka for sparkling water, lemonade, or just leave it out! 



Saturday Style | 14

another weekend in the books! this weekend went by particularly fast, probably because Mike and i seemed to be out and about more than we had been during the hibernation months of winter. most of my friday night was spent working, but saturday and sunday were two full days with my man. i introduced him to the deliciousness of Pastoral, one of my favorite spots in my neighborhood. i'd tried to get him to go there with me before, but hadn't described the sandwiches well enough so he was skeptical. who knew i couldn't describe a sandwich?!  it was some confusion between the true definition of a "sub sandwich" and i lost. however, he's finally seen the light and i'm pretty thrilled because that means there's a lot more caprese sandwiches in my future. 

sunday was spent doing a little shopping - the man is in need of some jeans - with very little success. well, he got a pack of new socks, so i guess that's a success? he seemed pretty pleased. and he talked me out of a pair of Nike's that i was this close to pulling the trigger on, until he pointed out that they made my feet look a little bit like clown feet (in the sweetest way possible) and i agreed, so we both left empty-handed...not my finest show of my shopping skills, that's for sure. 

and here we are at the start of a new week! i've got a laundry list a mile long of things i need to get done over the next three days before heading down south to spend some time with my sister and cute nephews, so i'll leave you with my new weekend uniform: 

jeans | J.Crew (old)
tee | H&M
vest | H&M (similar here or here)
loafers | Coach via Marshall's
bag | J.Crew
necklace | Elisabeth Ashlie


Dancin' Shoes

one of my favorite things about living in the city in the spring and summer is the opportunity to see live music. as i've gotten older, i've come to really appreciate the simple activity of watching and listening to musicians play. whether it's the symphony in Millennium Park, going to a jazz club, or checking out a band at a local bar, i'd pretty much be interested in all of it. it's also on my list to attend a real music festival sometime, if for no other reason than to access my inner boho girl and wear fun clothes that i maybe wouldn't wear in my day-to-day life. nothing crazy, of course, but something with a bit more life and vibrancy. although, i'd also be totally cool wearing all grey and black. 

for me, any outfit that i'd consider wearing to watch live music or to a festival would start with the shoes. something comfortable, durable, and that would add a pop to my outfit. these sandals from DSW fit the bill perfectly. with a mix of pretty pinks, blues and yellows in a fun print, i can add a couple colored accessories and be good to go. paired with a simple black dress and lace crop top, i feel comfortable and like myself, with a little bit of something new and fun.

a few other ways to go with these sandals would be to pair them with joggers and a bright tank, a maxi dress and layered necklaces, or some ripped jean shorts and classic white tee. i'd pull in some boho accents with a fringe bag, a stack of mixed metal bangles, and a colored eyeliner.  with any of these options, i would feel put together and ready to dance to the music! 

top | H&M (similar)
dress | Urban Outfitters
sandals | DSW
purse | Old Navy
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie

disclosure | this post was sponsored by DSW through their partnership with POPSUGAR select. while i was compensated to write a post about DSW, all opinions are my own.