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Copper French Press here

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Who needs an excuse to make margaritas?! I’ve never had any trouble coming up with one, but if you really need a reason, today is Cinco de Mayo! I started making these a few years back and they were a hit with mis amigas, and are SO easy, so I decided to share the love here. They key is gauging the heat level of when infusing the tequila…I like it HOT, so keep all the seeds, and let it sit for about 24 hrs. The fun part of these is the straining method…a French press! The process of French pressing your coffee is super fun and we decided to apply that to another fun beverage…tequila. Enjoy these responsibly and ¡Salud!

 

Ingredients:

-Silver Tequila (we used Espolon)
-7 Cups Grapefruit Juice
-5 Large Jalapeños
-5 Limes (reserve one for garnish)
-1/3 Cup Honey
-1/3 Cup Filtered Water
-Margarita Salt

*Note: This process takes a couple of days…So plan your party accordingly!

 

Instructions:

To infuse the tequila: Wash and slice jalapeños, place half in French press. Pour half of the tequila over the jalapeños and cover with saran wrap, refrigerate remaining jalapeños. Leave mixture in French press on counter for at least 8 hours per batch…just remember the longer you let it set, the hotter it will get! When you are ready to strain tequila, place lid on French press and press down just like you would with coffee. Pour off tequila and place in freezer while you make the 2nd batch (we just used the original tequila bottle for storage).

To make the margaritas: Heat honey with water in a small sauce pot to create a simple syrup. Let cool. In a pitcher combine grapefruit juice, 2 1/2 cups of the tequila, and the juice of four limes. Stir together. Add in simple syrup and ice. Salt the rims of your favorite glasses and serve immediately.

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Road Trip Essentials

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Chocolate-Mast Brothers // Bluebird Two Sunglasses-Dita // Auto Bingo Cards-Toy Smith // Rosewater Spray-Heritage Store // Rose Vintage Scarf-Nordstrom // The Goldfinch-Donna Tartt // Still Water-Acqua Panna

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This past weekend we moved to Los Angeles. Packed up my little car and the dog, and drove out West. I’ve been wanting to come to the West Coast for a few years now, and am feeling at peace that we are finally here, safe and sound. I’ve complied a list of items that we packed, making the trip easy and fun. Needless to say the “auto bingo” cards were a great hit, providing ongoing laughs and friendly rivalry. A good book for your break from driving, a scarf that can be tied on the head or neck (or in my case, rolled up in the window for some shade), and sunglasses are a must-have.  Don’t forget to pack tons of water and of course some chocolate. Check out some more road trip fun here.  ***Thanks to my girl Sally for the rad picture edit ❤

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mini road trip

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Were hitting the road, off to Gem and Jam Fest and the Gem and Mineral Show, teardrop trailer in tow. Of course we’ve packed some travel food (look out for these recipes), and have a fresh road trip playlist “On the Road”… available the blog manana. Follow our adventures here. Vaya con Dios!

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Valentines Day Gift Guide

VDAY FINAL Naughty Picture Viewer-Image 3D // Pink and Red Le Pen-Marvy Uchida //  Cest la Vie Notebook-Smythson // XO Stud Earrings-Emily E Jewelry // Loved Ring-Catbird // Love Heart Keyring-Smythson // Footsies Cashmere Socks-Golightly Cashmere // Sugar Lip Treatment-Fresh // Macarons-Danas Bakery // Absolute Rose Candle-Malin and Goetz // Amore Hair Tie Set-Mane Message // “I Heart You” Thong-Hanky Panky // Cat Nap Kit-Charlotte Olympia

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A few Valentines gift ideas, plenty of time in advance. Even though you may be gifting these to your gal, many of these are win-wins for the guy as well (naughty view finder/thong), and are really just great couples gifts. How about skipping the cliche chocolate this year, and pick up a box of macarons instead. Most macarons are gluten-free, and your girl will love that you thought outside the box. Girly items to pamper her, such as the Cat Nap Kit, “Absolute Rose” candle, and cashmere socks are sweet things she’ll love. The Fresh Sugar Lip treatments are my fave. They soften lips with luscious botanicals (makeout session hello) and comes in 5 great shades that lend themselves to this day dedicated to love.

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