Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dreaming of Derby: Blackberry Mint Julep

blackberry mint julep recipe

The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. The iconic cocktail consists of bourbon, sugar syrup, and mint...simple, right? I've honestly never been a big fan of the julep, mostly because I have a very low tolerance for the taste of bourbon (hence this sweetened up bourbon drink) . Blasphemy for a Kentuckian, I know. But this blackberry julep satisfies my need for sweetness and lets me wave my Kentucky pride proudly--win-win!

I picked up Southern Living's Around the Southern Table cookbook a few months ago and have been googly eyeing so many of the recipes. I came across their blackberry julep recipe and knew it would be perfect.

blackberry mint julep recipe

Better's super simple..but looks oh so fancy.

Derby Blackberry Mint Julep
2 ounces of fine Kentucky bourbon (I used Angel's Envy)
4-5 mint leaves
2 lemon wedges
4-5 blackberries
1 tablespoon sugar
club soda

Place the mint leaves, lemon wedges, blackberries and sugar into the bottom of your glass. 

Now take your spoon and muddle it all up until everything is combined and the sugar dissolved.

Add in the generous. Drop in the ice and pour in the club soda and let the bubbles fill to the rim.

blackberry mint julep recipe

While the mason jars are cute I now realize that I need julep glasses. Especially, since this drink is so good that I'll have it on repeat all summer.

Are you a julep fan?
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

If I Were Going to Prom I'd Wear This!

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It's officially Prom Season. Go to any sit down restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night and you are bound to see flocks of teenagers dressed to the nines sporting corsages and boutineers. It's so funny seeing it now and thinking how young they look because I'm sure people thought that same about me all those years ago while I was dining with my date for our oh so fancy dinner at the local Mexican restaurant.

Prom was a big deal at my high school. Girls would start shopping for dresses around Christmas, fry themselves in the tanning bed (I spray tanned!) for months, and even walk around with saran wrap around their waists to ensure the dress fit!

I love seeing pictures on Facebook of all the recent proms and seeing how the style trends change. For example, I remember during my prom years the two-piece look was falling out of style, but now it looks like it is back in full force.

I could look at dresses all day so it was very fun for me to put together this post on what I would wear if I were going to prom! Albeit, the only invitation I will be getting is to be a chaperone.

I distinctly remember thinking all of my prom dresses were the most beautiful creations on Earth and that I would wear them over and over again. No. They are all stuffed into the back of my closet collecting dust. If only options such as Rent the Runway had been available back in my day! Some great options for young girls for prom!

Opening Ceremony Copper Chemical Element Dress

Halston Heritage Lemon Fade Gown

allison parris Heirloom Dress

BCBGMAXAZRIA Blossom Festival Gown

Now I want to go to prom..or at least an occasion where I can get a big pretty dress!

What are some of your favorite prom dress memories?

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Talk Derby to Me Giveaway with Lucky Peanut Jewelry!

Happy Derby Week! I'm so excited share with you my first GIVEAWAY! This is an all Kentucky everythang week and the same is true for our lovely giveaway host Lucky Peanut Jewelry. The creative mastermind behind LP Jewelry is Katie, a fellow Kentucky girl, who has a passion for creating jewelry with an antique and vintage feel.  I first discovered Katie and LP Jewelry browsing through her Etsy Shop. I love a good arm party and these custom cuffs and bracelets hooked me in! 

Katie spends her weekends hunting through flea markets and antique shops for jewelry pieces that she re-purposes into her beautiful cuff and bracelets. Each piece is truly one of a kind!

The winner of this GIVEAWAY with receive 2 pieces from Little Peanut Jewelry! Katie was kind enough to send the pieces to me to try out...and I fell in love with them! 

The lucky winner will receive both these pieces!

How beautiful is this turquoise stack? This 3 strand bracelet is made from genuine turquoise beads and fits very comfortable with an elastic cord. This piece is so versatile and can be stacked in addition to your current collection of bracelets.

This genuine leather cuff is perfect for Derby! The multi-colored rhinestones are so pretty and really pop--a true statement piece! 

If you want to add these pieces to your arm party enter the GIVEAWAY below! Check out Lucky Peanut Jewelry Etsy shop to see more of Katie's collection! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015


I was tagged in a fun little number game and given the number 4 by Jasmine! A fun survey to get to know bloggers better!

4 Names People Call You

1. Britt
2. B
3. Brittany Lea (by my mother)
4. Bertier (only by my sister and an inside joke from the move Remember the actually makes zero sense now that I think about it.) 

4 Jobs You've Had

1. Grocery store cashier (my first job)
2. Intern for Kentucky Democratic Party
3. Pharmacy Tech
4. Lawyer

4 Movies I've Watched More Than Once

1. Bridesmaids
2. Girl Interrupted
3. My Best Friend's Wedding 
4. Step Mom

4 Books I Would Recommend

1. What Alice Forgot
2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.The Lovely Bones

4 Places I've Lived

1. Pikeville, KY
2. Lexington, KY
3. Louisville, KY
4. Who knows what's next!

Four Places I Have Been

1. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2. Charleston, South Carolina
3. London, England 
4. Las Vegas, NV

Four Places I Would Rather Be Now

1. Charleston, SC
2. New Orleans, LA
3. Thailand
4. Mexico

Four of my Favorite Foods

1. Nachos
2. Sushi
3. Anything Italian
4. Cheese Plates

Four TV Shows I Watch:

1. Girls
2. Intervention
3. Blacklist
4. Homeland

Four Things I'm Looking Forward to This Year (2015)

1. NOLA (this week!)
2. Growing the Blog
3. Finally seeing Nelly this summer! 

Four Things I'm Always Saying

1. "Literally"
2. "I'm dying" 
3. "I guess"
4. "Boys! Stop! (referring to my dogs acting like they're in WWF)"

Four People I'm Passing this On To

1. Lindsay
2. Laura
3. Kerri
4. Courtney

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dreaming of Derby: Hats!

On Derby Day it's all about the HATS! Some of the most interesting images of the day focus on the wide array of hats in the crowd. Whether you're in Millionaire's Row or partying in the Infield you can show off your personality and style with your hat. Some of these hats are truly like a piece of art. 

While others are just out of this world! 

My hats from Derby past...

There are so many options for hats but here are my favorites!

The fascinator is the modern girl's answer to the Derby hat! The miniature hat has all of the sass and personality of a large hat but more chic and practical. This is my personal favorite option..who doesn't love a headband?

Details: BlueBlack/WhiteRedBlack/Purple

The wide brimmed hat oozes with class and sophistication.  Try walking around in one of these and not raising a pinkie with your drink :)
Details: CoralNavy/CreamBlack/WhiteRed

Or better yet..break out your glue gun and make your own! Check out the links below. 

How to Make a Kentucky Derby Hat

Make Your Own Derby Hat

DIY Kids Derby Hat

5 Derby Hat Tutorials

What's your favorite hat option?

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Friday, April 24, 2015

5 Things on Friday

One. Jamberry Nails

Have you heard of Jamberry? This company makes "nail wraps" in fun colors and patterns that look and feel just like a gel manicure! A friend and Jamberry consultant was nice enough to let me try out some samples and I was so impressed--both with the ease of application and the look. A regular manicure for me lasts roughly 8 hours..I wish I were kidding. I'm on day 5 and still going strong! I work in a pretty conservative office environment so I can't go too crazy with my nails but I loved using the floral nail wrap for a fun accent nail. I paired the accent nail with OPI Sweet Memories for a feminine look. There are endless colors and patterns to choose from. I can't wait to try more!

Check out Jamberry Nail Wraps to browse all the options!

Two. Earth Day

Wednesday was Earth Day and instead of going to the gym or my Zumba class I opted to take a hike. I'm lucky enough to live smack dab in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains so there are plenty of hills to climb. It's so easy to take for granted the beauty of a place that you are exposed to everyday but this natural beauty was truly breathtaking! I definitely got my workout in climbing to the top of this baby!

Three.  Anthropologie Giveaway

Today I'm teaming up with these lovely ladies to give away  a $250 Gift Card to Anthropologie! I love this store and hope you do too! The clothes and home items never disappoint. Here are some things I would put in my shopping cart if I could win!

Prize: $250 Anthropologie Gift Card
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Four. Backpack Purses

Have you all seen these lately? They're apparently making a BIG comeback. I'm pretty sure the last time these were in style I sported one just like this...please tell me you did too. 

Nonetheless, I can't deny that I really want one now! Some are so cute and would be perfect for summer travel. I know it's a trend and I will likely not want to carry it forever so here are some cheapies I have my eye on. 

Five. Rocksbox. 

I finally jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for my first Rocksbox. Subscription boxes are so fun and such a nice surprise to find in the mail once a month. This may be my favorite one. So have you ever dreamed of going into your favorite store buying everything you want..leaving the tags on..wearing it for a month..then returning it? (hopefully I'm not the only one with a fashion criminal mind) Rocksbox gives you that option (without being a fraud!)! They send you a box with 3 high quality jewelry pieces each wear them all you want (or have option to buy)..then you can send them back and get a new box of new pieces! GENIUS. WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS? 

Here are my pieces from my first box. 

Perry Street Abby Necklace (Retails $64)

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Have a great weekend friends!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dreaming of Derby: Dresses

Every year on the first Saturday in May my old Kentucky home hits the spotlight as the world looks on to watch the run for the roses in the Kentucky Derby. Derby isn't just a day for us--- it's weeks of anticipation and celebrations full of parties, eating, drinking, and of course DRESSES. Let's be real..for us girls it's all about the dresses and accessories. Indulge yourself in seersucker, florals, pastels, bows, Lilly---every preppy girl's dream occasion! 

I won't be making it to Derby this year (NOLA here I come) but these beauties would be top on my list if I were hitting up next week's festivities! 

You simply cannot go wrong with floral for derby. I'm crushing on this floral romper which would be perfect for a low key celebration! 

Details: 1. Romper; 2. Maxi 3. Floral Midi 4. Floral Fit and Flare 5. Floral Flare

If there is ever a time when you can get away with sticking a big bow on yourself--it's Derby! 
Details: 1. Yellow Lace Dress 2. Tulip Dress 3. Mesh Midi Dress 4. Bow Skater Dress (On sale for $28!!) 5. Fit and Flare

All of these dresses are giving me Derby fever! Which one is your favorite? 

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