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style rules to live by

chic, Lifestyle, floral-design-style, salon, smartstylebyshannonpaul, stylingShannon Paul

Hey guys!!! I know it’s a been awhile since my last post but this year one of my goals is to blog more frequently. Wish me luck :)

Having great style is so within your reach the only requirement is CONFIDENCE! Yep; it’s not having the most expensive outfit or the perfectly decorated home. It’s all about wearing what makes you feel like a million bucks or having pieces in your home that are uniquely you, tell a story and make your house feel like a home.

Here are a few style rules that I live by:

SHOP WITH PURPOSE. This is probably the thing I stress most to my clients. We have all fallen into the trap of a day of shopping and coming home with absolutely nothing we intended on buying or needing. Whether your shopping for clothes or decor items have a list and know what your shopping for. If you can’t make a list that means you probably don’t need it! When you shop with purpose your budget will thank you and you will end up buying things you truly love.

SPLURGE ON THE SHOES. Invest in the staples of your wardrobe that you will wear over and over again. I love trends just as much as the next girl but I spend accordingly when I know that I can’t see myself wearing that cold shoulder top more than a few times.

THE 80/20 RULE. Strive to have a closet that is 80% staples and classic pieces and 20% trendy. By doing this it becomes so much easier to develop your own personal style (bonus it really cuts down on your getting ready time) .

until next time

xx

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sparkling pomegranate punch

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I have made a lot of drinks in my day but this is by far one of my faves!  When it comes to entertaining I love anything that I can prepare ahead of time.  These individual, designer cocktails can be made up to two days ahead of time and they won't lose their sparkle.  Soooo good for a party, shower or any time you want to treat yourself!  Hope you love this one as much as my lucky taste testers do!!   Shopping list   sparkling moscato split (12.7 ounces), Barefoot makes a very affordable bubbly pink moscato for under $3 a split which doubles as your glass  pomegranate vodka  pomegranate juice  fresh oranges  How to  Begin by poring out 3 ounces of  moscato per individual bottle.  No need to be wasteful you can always sip on the "left overs" as you craft your cocktail  Add 1 ounce of pomegranate vodka  Add 3/4 ounce of pomegranate juice  Add 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed orange juice, 1 large orange per four drinks  Garnish with a twist of orange rind and place the cap back on.  Secure a straw to the bottle with ribbon and voila' you are ready to entertain.  Cheers!!!       

I have made a lot of drinks in my day but this is by far one of my faves!  When it comes to entertaining I love anything that I can prepare ahead of time.  These individual, designer cocktails can be made up to two days ahead of time and they won't lose their sparkle.  Soooo good for a party, shower or any time you want to treat yourself!  Hope you love this one as much as my lucky taste testers do!!

Shopping list

sparkling moscato split (12.7 ounces), Barefoot makes a very affordable bubbly pink moscato for under $3 a split which doubles as your glass

pomegranate vodka

pomegranate juice

fresh oranges

How to

Begin by poring out 3 ounces of  moscato per individual bottle.  No need to be wasteful you can always sip on the "left overs" as you craft your cocktail

Add 1 ounce of pomegranate vodka

Add 3/4 ounce of pomegranate juice

Add 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed orange juice, 1 large orange per four drinks

Garnish with a twist of orange rind and place the cap back on.  Secure a straw to the bottle with ribbon and voila' you are ready to entertain.

Cheers!!!

  

 

berries & bubbles

Celebrate, Champagne, Cheers, Christmas, Cocktails, floral-design-style, Happy 2018, Lifestyle, New Year's Eve, New Years, Sparkling rose'Shannon1 Comment
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Picture Perfect New Years’ Cocktail

I love, love, love bubbles!  Anything with champagne in it is always a win in my book.  berries & bubbles is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.  Even better; right?!

Start 2018 off the right way and cheers with this delish drink.  Bonus: you can completely customize this drink by swapping out the fruit and sorbet flavors.

Shopping list 

  • sparkling rose
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen raspberries
  • blackberry sorbet

How too 

using an eight ounce champagne flute add:

  • 1 whole frozen strawberry
  • 3 frozen raspberries
  • 5 ounces of sparkling rose
  • a heaping tablespoon of blackberry sorbet
  • garnish with a metallic straw

So easy and so good.  CHEERS too 2018!!!!!!!!!!

 

recipe & styling by smart style by shannon paul

photos by stephanie of philterphotography

 

 

 

 

vanilla bean espresso martini 

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 vanilla bean espresso martini The grown up version of coffee and doughnuts!!!  This classic combo is party ready.  For your next gathering make your guests this fun and yummy cocktail; I promise they will love every sip.  Enjoy!

Shopping list

  • Vodka ( kettle one is my preference )
  • Starbucks vanilla espresso
  • Vanilla extract
  • Frangelico
  • Creme de cacao 
  • Doughnut holes

How to

  • 2oz of vodka 
  • 2oz of espresso 
  • 1oz of creme de cacao
  • 1oz of frangelico
  • 2 drops of vanilla extract 
  • Add this to a shaker full of ice
  • Shake until the drink becomes frothy and pour 
  • Garnish with two doughnut holes 

sip responsibly!!

sparkling +mint+melon

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Minty Melon Sparkler

Light, fresh and sparkling make this watermelon mint sangria perfect for summer.  It even goes well with a hot dog.  I totally stole this from Chick-fil-A, they have a watermelon mint lemonade.  What a good combo for a summer sangria.  Enjoy!!!

Shopping list

  • 1 bottle of sparking rose per 34oz pitcher
  • Watermelon schnapps 
  • 30 small cubes of watermelon 
  • Mint
  • Club soda

How to

  • In a small pitcher (I used a 34oz pitcher) pour 4 ounces of watermelon schnapps 
  • Add about 20 cubes of watermelon 
  • Add a handful of mint leaves
  • Now you want to muddle the watermelon and mint together using a muddler; to muddle means to press the ingredients against the side of a pitcher with a muddler.  This releases the flavors so they bind with the alcohol
  • Add bottle of sparkling rose
  • Now you can pour/ makes about 4 serving
  • Divide into 4 glasses and top each with club soda
  • Garnish with 3 watermelon cubes and 2 leaves of mint

sip responsibly!!