Winter Cocktails to Warm Your Soul

With the weather here in Seattle being grey and gloomy at best, and our friends on the east coast still digging themselves out of last weekend’s snowdrifts, it seems the perfect time to cancel all of our plans in favor of curling up indoors with a hot drink. Preferably a boozy one. Each of these delicious, inventive winter cocktails will warm you up in the best possible way. So ward off that biting winter chill – be it literal or existential – with some of this boozy goodness…








The pineapple spiced rum is on the top of my list! And if you’re not a big drinker, that one would probably be just as yummy with cider. Ditto for the mulled wine.

Do you have a favorite cold weather cocktail?

♥ Mil


Now Trending: Pretty Pastels

Is anyone else already counting down the days until spring? I’ve had about enough of these 4:30 pm sunsets. It definitely affects your mood after awhile! My wardrobe could also stand to lighten up a bit. I’ve been wearing the same black peacoat pretty much every day for weeks. Classic, sure, but kind of boring. Fortunately, a lovely alternative exists in winter pastels. A cozy coat in a soft pastel shade is the perfect way to transition between the seasons – and it’s a total mood-booster! How could you possibly not have a good day when you’re wearing something so pretty?






What do you think of winter pastels? I love how they seem to make any outfit infinitely more polished and ladylike. Below are a few of my favorites…

Pretty Pastels


one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight

I’d happily add any of these babies to my closet, especially #2! It’s like something Anna Karenina might have worn. And #5 is so Olivia Pope, don’t you think?

♥ Mil

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! How was your Thanksgiving? Are you still in a lingering food coma, or were you up at the crack of dawn to shop the sales like a champ? Either way, I hope your Turkey Day was awesome and relaxing and filled with deliciousness. Enjoy a few of our fave links from the week, ideally while shopping online and eating leftover mashed potatoes out of a martini glass.

Friday Favorites 11.27.15

1. It’s dark and cold as hell, and we could all use a pick-me-up. Check out these brilliant tips for shaking off the winter gloom! (Coco’s Tea Party)

2. Just in case you didn’t get your fill yesterday, this recipe for pumpkin pie with chocolate crust will definitely satisfy your pie needs. (Style Me Pretty Living)

3. A thankfulness cheat sheet is key to busting out an eloquent/hilarious speech when quizzed by your relatives at Thanksgiving dinner. (Mrs. Lilien)

4. This guide to having the best weekend getaway ever have me itching to take a spontaneous trip. (Camille Styles)

5. If you haven’t seen this amazing SNL sketch yet, throw on a flowing Adele wig and and some winged eyeliner and go watch it right now. I’ll wait. (Huffington Post)

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

♥ Mil

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