Amy Smyth Made It.

Amy Smyth of Amy Smyth Made It is a lady after my own heart. She’s got attitude. She loves design. And she’s got a knack for combining the two. Not to mention she’s an awesome illustrator. What else can I say – Amy’s the entire creative package. Check out her extensive line of paper goods here.


On the Rocks: La Floridita Daiquiri.

I learned a lot about daiquiris from the post on this recipe for the La Floridita Daiquiri. Authentic daiquiris are not those neon-hued frozen concoction you find running rampant at resorts. In fact, they don’t even have to be frozen! All of which is a huge relief to me because I’ve never been a fan, but now I can say my opinion has done a 180º.

– 2 oz Cuban light rum*
– juice of half a lime
– 1 tsp maraschino liqueur
– 1 tsp sugar or simple syrup

Blend just until mixed with three-to-four cubes worth of crushed ice. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Or, for an unfrozen option, shake vigorously over ice until well chilled.

*For those of us who don’t have or have access to procure contraband Havana Club, Puerto Rican or Dominican light rum (like Brugal) is an acceptable substitute.

:: photo and recipe via SLOSHED!


Outdoor Office.

Today is the first that’s dipped below triple digits in five. long. days. Drop it to about 80º and this outdoor office would be perfectamundo. A great combination of inspiration and perspiration.

:: via Apartment Therapy



I’m loving these ISAK home accessories by graphic designer/illustrator Sandra Isaksson! She’s truly a master of the graphic pattern. New designs and products are added each season and I can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future. These are just a few of my favorite patterns and pieces from the line.

:: via Hostess with the Mostess



Basically a bubble-wrapped pouch that fits snugly around a bottle of wine, WineSkin is great for mailing, packing in luggage and pretty much any other time you need to get some wine to its destination intact. A really simple idea that yields great results.