Summer To-Do List

What's on your summer to-do list?

When summer arrives in Seattle, it puts everyone in a good mood. We may deal with perma-drizzle and grey skies the rest of the year, but our summers are pure bliss. For that reason and so many others, this time of year has always been my favorite. Besides sitting outside and soaking up the sunshine for the next three months straight (which sounds like a pretty solid plan, actually), here are a few of the things I can’t wait to do this season.

1. Wear bold, vibrant lip colors. NARS Heat Wave, how I’ve missed you!

2. Find the perfect little white sundress

3. Make rosé slushies

Rosé slushies

4. Get my Shark Week fix, perhaps with some themed snacks

5. Take off on a weekend road trip

6. Dine al fresco as much as possible (rooftop deck at Terra Plata, I’m coming for you!)

Rooftop deck at Terra Plata

7. Read a book (or four) on the beach

8. Attend the Bite of Seattle (Jules and I missed it last year because we were meeting Emily Schuman! Worth it.)

9. Master the art of self-tanning (has anyone tried these?)

10. Get in the water. Lake, pool, backyard sprinklers…it’s all good!

Get wet!

Obviously there’s so much more (making s’mores, watching the fireworks on the 4th of July…) but these are just some of the highlights.

What are you looking forward to this season? Do you have any special summer traditions?

♥ Mil

 

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Spring To-Do List

Spring To-Do List

Apart from summer, spring is definitely my favorite season. Flowers blooming! The return of sandal weather! Puppies frolicking in the sunshine! (Can’t you picture the montage?) It’s tough to beat. While we may have briefly regressed to the chilly dampness of winter this week, I’m firmly in the spring mindset now and there’s no going back. These are the top 10 activities and experiences on my to-do list this season.

1. Bring home all the pink peonies I can carry

2. Catch a daytime Mariners game

3. Hunt down the perfect pair of nude lace-up sandals

The perfect nude lace-up sandals

4. Treat myself to a facial

5. Visit Molly Moon’s new Eastside location

6. Purge the heck out of my wardrobe and donate anything I haven’t worn in over a year

7. Do as much shopping as possible at my neighborhood farmers market

Spring To-Do List // Bellevue Farmers Market

8. Take a cocktail mixing class

9. Hang the gallery wall in my living room (technically, this has been on my to-do list for the past eight months)

10. Plan a Memorial Day weekend getaway – Palm Springs, perhaps?

A Memorial Day weekend getaway in Palm Springs sounds pretty perfect

What are you most excited about this season? Do you have a spring to-do list?

♥ Mil

 

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Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Happy New Year, everyone! How’s 2016 treating you so far? With the insanity of the holidays behind us and a long, cold winter ahead of us, I think we could all use a little pick-me-up…something deliciously decadent that’s both spicy and sweet and warms you to your very core.

I first tried Mexican hot chocolate back in college and I absolutely loved its rich, complex flavor, but I never tried making it myself until last week. After experimenting with a few recipes and tweaking them to fit my own preferences, I landed on the following:

Mexican Hot Chocolate (serves 1)

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Generous pinch of chili powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 piece dark chocolate
  • Whipped cream

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Blend cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, chili powder and salt in a small bowl. Heat up the milk in the microwave and gradually stir in the cocoa mixture; then add the vanilla. (Note: for a larger batch, it would be easier to blend everything in a saucepan over medium-low heat.)

Mexican hot chocolate

Drop in a small piece of dark chocolate – a flavored variety like chipotle chili will add some extra kick – and allow it to melt. Then top with whipped cream and grate a little bit of dark chocolate on top. For added heat, sprinkle on some more chili powder.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

For best results, enjoy your hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire, ideally with snow falling softly outside.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

What’s your favorite way to make hot chocolate, sweet or spicy? Or perhaps with a little bit of booze in it?

♥ Mil

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, one and all! What are your plans for the holiday weekend? I can’t quite decide what to do with myself – I’ve narrowed it down to a spontaneous road trip or marathon nesting in the new apartment. Either way, singing along loudly to upbeat tunes will surely be involved. While I mull it over, you guys can entertain yourselves with a few of my favorite links from this week…

Friday Favorites 9.4.15

1. These engagement ring traditions from around the world are so interesting. In Chile, men receive engagement rings too! (WhoWhatWear)

2. Have you heard of the Fluffington Post? It’s your go-to site for adorable, fluffy cuteness. (The Fluffington Post)

3. We all know that Etsy is a magical wonderland of shopping possibilities, but somehow I’ve never purchased any beauty products there. Well, that’s about to change with this roundup of cool beauty finds. The Mermaid Mask is especially intriguing. (Byrdie)

4. This easy trick for keeping the sparkle in your champagne is a game changer. Hello, morning-after mimosas! (Food52)

5. I’ve been feeling the call of the open road lately, and any one of these amazing road trip itineraries look like they could satisfy my wanderlust. (Fathom)

Have a fabulously relaxing long weekend!

♥ Mil

P.S. This week marked our blog’s one year anniversary. It’s so bizarre to think that at this time last year we were just getting started! Huge thanks and big internet hugs to all of you who have read our posts, left us sweet comments, and made blogging so much fun. We love you!

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