Archive: July, 2011

26 Jul

Drink of the Week: Lava Flow

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Has it been as hot where you are as it has been here? Jeez. A heat index of 110 is NOT okay!!! With that said, I thought a lava flow was an appropriate signature cocktail for this time of year :)

Photo and Recipe Credit: Squidoo

Lava Flow

There are numerous variations for making a Lava Flow. This biggest difference is that some recipes use 1 oz. of light rum and 1 oz. of Malibu® coconut rum. When Malibu® coconut rum is unavilable you can use 1 1/2 oz. of light rum and 1/2 oz. of coconut cream.


  •  1 oz. light rum
  •  1 oz. Malibu® coconut rum
  •  2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
  •  1 small banana
  •  2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
  •  2 oz. coconut cream


Blend the 2 rums and the strawberries in a blender to form a smooth paste. Pour this mixture into a tall (Collins or Hurricane) glass. Rinse the blender. Blend the banana, the coconut cream, and the pineapple juice in blender with crushed ice until smooth.

Pour this mixture into the glass with the rums very slowly and watch as the strawberry mixture oozes its way to the top along the sides of the glass creating the flowing lava effect. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and paper umbrella.






22 Jul

Etsy Find Friday: Favor Boxes

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This week we have rounded up some awesome favor boxes for you!! You know gift boxes…. those things you buy to put the things you buy in them. Well, presentation is everything so check these out!

So I know I have posted these boxes before, but I kinda love them! I especially love the contrast between the dark box and the bright colored flowers. These hand made beauties are hand made and come in a variety of colors. And guess what?! Imeon Designs is going to offer you 15% off your entire order just use coupon code theaislestyle at checkout!!!

Photo Credit: Imeon Design

It’s no secret that I LOVE FLOWERS, so it’s only natural that I would love this beautiful favor box by Simple Taste. It is made of thick brown cardstock and features a large deep red mum right on top! They come in multiple sizes and would make the perfect addition to a fall wedding!

Photo Credit: Simple Taste

I also love owls :) I thought these were absolutely perfect for a fun and casual affair, and I know I’m not the only one who loves owls! The set features 3 different owls on 12 muslin drawstring bags. Check out Papermoon by Kat‘ s shop for other variations! Great for candy favors!

Photo Credit: Papermoon by Kat
These favor boxes are truly something special! Each box has beautifully detailed birds and cherry blossom flowers cut from each side. You can choose from a variety of colors and ribbons (for 10 cents extra). Kat Blu Studio has other styles as well so head on over and check them out for yourself!
Photo Credit: Kat Blu Studio
20 Jul


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My favorite new addiction! A friend of mine posted on Facebook saying she got her first birchbox in the mail. Naturally, I was intrigued and checked it out myself. I went to their website and quickly signed up.

Birchbox is a company puts together “boxes” of products and sends them to you every month, sort of like a magazine subscription. It is $10 a month, and you can choose to be billed monthly or in advance. Products can range from skin care to makeup, nails and hair to fragrance. Now just so we are clear, these are not full sized products. They are not big but I would say they are larger than sample size, and they are great products (not stuff you would be able to buy at your local drugstore). Here’s the kicker: You get free shipping on the full size version of the products you receive in your birchbox for the whole month!

Now you ask yourself, how does this benefit me as a bride? Well there are several ways this can help you!

  • Sign up now, and find beauty products you may want to incorporate into your wedding day beauty regimen.
  • You can buy subscriptions as gifts! Use this as an opportunity to get your bridesmaids something they will love!
  • Keep all your boxes from the time you get engaged to the big day and throw them together for everyone to use while getting ready!
You can sign up here! Make sure to tell them I (Nicole Apter) sent you! Or shoot me an email and I’d be happy to send you an invitation!

Each month has a different curator of products. This month was Cynthia Rowley!

Here’s what mine looked like!

Then you unwrap it and looks like this!! Every curator helps design their look for the month. It’s really neat to see the differences.

And then this!!! I love the products so far and have already found a few that will become part of my beauty collection at home!

19 Jul

Beautiful Bolero’s

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! We were super busy last week working on updates for the site and we had our photo shoot for our about me page, so sorry for being MIA! Back to work we go :)

I love a good bolero! They are a great way to change the overall look of your attire the day of, if you are wanting a wardrobe change but can’t afford it! BLHDN has a ton of great options to choose from.

Reverse Shell Bolero- $180

Made of cotton ribbon, this bolero fits snuggly as if it was an addition to the dress. It is available in ivory and has a beautiful scalloped edge.

BLHDN- Reverse Shell Bolero

Feather Bolero- $350

This beautiful piece is made of silk charmeuse and feather plumes in a beautiful blush color. It is designed exclusively by Va Et Vien for BHLDN.

BHLDN- Feather Bolero

Primrose Bolero- $220

Made of silk and nylon this beauty features raw-edged tulle beds for an extra glamourous look. Also made exclusively for BHLDN, by Quillaree. Only available in Dusty Rose.


BHLDN- Primrose Bolero

Bow-Topped Bolero- $120

A girly-girl’s dream come true, ruffles and bows! This bolero is made of silk-cotton twill and comes in navy, buttermilk and violet. An exclusive for BHLDN by Hitherto.

 BHLDN- Bow-Topped Bolero

Adorned Bolero- $180

Yet another exclusive by Va Et Vien, this embroidered and beaded silk chiffon bolero buttons at the color for a really inspired look.

 BHLDN- Adorned Bolero

Ribbon Candy Bolero- $150

One of my favorites, this bolero has row after row of silk ruffles that continue on around the shoulders and neck. This beauty is made by Hitherto and comes in Ivory.

 BHLDN- Ribbon Candy Bolero

Petal Panes Bolero- $180

Buttercream hand-cut silk blooms adorn airy tulle in this creation by Va Et Vien. Lovely!


 BHLDN- Petal Panes Bolero

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