Fresh blooms

I can’t believe another Friday is here! Somehow I managed to pick up another flu bug so my regularly planned post for this week has been postponed, but staring at these beauties all week has been helping me keep my spirits high.
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I can’t tell you how much I love flowers and I can’t think of one thing that brightens my days more than fresh blooms especially when I’m under the weather. These tulips in shades of hot pink are helping me think ahead to Spring and reminding me that’s there’s only a few more months of Winter and hopefully only a few more sick days ahead. That is something worth looking forward and a such a lovely way to start off the weekend!

Oh and one more thing…I couldn’t post here without mentioning quickly how proud I am of our seahawks!! That miraculous win against Green bay in OT still has me excited! What a pleasure it is to watch our hawks play and as a long-time fan, such an honor to witness that moving and emotional victory. One of the best playoff moments in the history of the game. Can’t wait to see them in action in Super Bowl 49!

I hope you enjoy these pretty tulips as much as I am. I plan to have some Super Bowl and Valentines related posts coming soon! Until then you can find me on Instagram.

Have a lovely weekend!
xo

Melon & Mint Margaritas

 The weekend is here, the Seahawks beat the Panthers last Sunday and I just recently finished 2nd place in my all girls fantasy football league. That means there’s much to celebrate over the next few days and I’m looking forward to every moment of it! Now tell me, do you love football as much as I do? If so, who’s your team and who will you be cheering for this weekend? Since I’m a Washington gal it’s the Seahawks all day for me! I’m so thrilled that they made it to the NFC Championship game and one step closer to the Superbowl, as predicted!

Since today is “blue friday” (a day designated by our Mayor to honor our team by wearing hawk colors,)  I’m showing some love to the hawks by sporting my ultra glittery football nails, and concocting a new bevvy inspired by the Seahawks and the 12th Man (aka the Seahawks fans). A light and refreshing homemade Melon & Mint Margarita, finished with blue paper straws from the Posh Shop, and a festive 12th Man flag. Color inspiration blue and green.

celebrate. defeat. rePete!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Melon & Mint Margaritas (12th Man)

Honeydew melon paired with tart lime, mint leaves, patron and cointreau. Refreshing, and lightly sweetened with no added sweeteners. Party perfect with rePete’s necessary!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies:

2 cups fresh honeydew melon, cut into chunks or removed with a melon baller if you’re fancy like that.

1.5 ounces (1.5 shots) fresh squeezed lime juice

2 ounces (or 2 shots) premium tequila

4-6 mint leaves

a splash of cointreau

lime wedges for garnish

sea salt for the rim

Navy paper straws

12th Man flags (I simply made mine in photoshop using creating rectangles in Seahawk blue and adding the #12).

tape

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place 2 cups of melon into the freezer and allow to chill for an hour

Once chilled and frozen, place in a blender with the next 4 ingredients.

Blend together until smooth.

While blending, rim each glass with the wedge of lime and dip into sea-salt.

Pour your blended margarita into each glass and garnish with lime.

For the paper straw flags, simply print your flags and cut them out, then wrap 1 piece of tape around the straw, leaving enough of an edge to adhere each 12th Man flag.

Place 1 in each melon margarita and enjoy!

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

This is a super simple and delish beverage option for your football parties this sunday. These could also be made for other teams by changing the fruit and paper straws, but I’m a hawks fan so I’m not even gonna go there.

Melon Mint Margaritas - Seahawks 12th Man | Posh Little Designs

Is it Sunday yet?!

Go Hawks!

Cheers and thanks as always for reading!

Nail color: Essie’s Lots of Lux + white decorating art pen for details.

This specific recipe for Melon & Mint Margaritas (12th Man) was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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TGIF + Eggnog French Macarons

Celebrating the fact that Friday has arrived with a warm mug of tea and sweet macarons, because well, it’s just been one of those weeks. An extra long one to be honest, so I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead and kicking it off with a few of my favorite little things.

It truly is all the little things that I love to get lost in, even if only for a few moments, until it’s back to business as usual.  Little things like this gold monogram mug from Anthropologie which is perfect for holding my oversized serving of decaf chai (with extra almond milk.) The Little book of Chanel from Zgallerie, and some delightful homemade Eggnog Macarons, which I pulled from my frozen holiday stash!

TGIF + Eggnog Macarons | Posh Little Designs

The recipe for the Eggnog Macarons was found on South each Primal and I’m super thrilled about it! The instructions are simple and straight forward with measurements already converted, for those of us who don’t already own scales (like myself). If you’re still learning the ins and outs of French Macarons (like myself),  I would highly reccommend this recipe! I will admit, the more practice you have with the macarons, the less difficult they become, but I have to credit the recipe for the way they turned out. No cracks, good sized feet and a pretty circular shape too. So major!!

And for the filling…I swapped out the regular butter for vegan butter and eggnog for coconut milk eggnog to make them dairy free. Yes, I know they are eggnog macarons, and holidays are over but this recipe is so worth holding onto, or of course making and stashing away in your freezer as I have.

TGIF + Eggnog Macarons | Posh Little Designs

I’ve actually gotten into a habit stashing away macarons in the freezer since they pretty much happen to make everything better! Wouldn’t you agree?!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate the arrival of the weekend? Are you a football fan? I definitely am and I’m looking forward to watching the hawks beat the panthers Saturday evening! Yes, I gotta rep my city!! And if they win, I’ll plan some type of celebratory treat or beverage on the blog for their next playoff game.

TGIF!

 Thanks for reading friends!
xo

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Hello 2015

I hope you all had a fabulous end of year celebration! I’m spending my first Monday of 2015 working on business goals and brainstorming new ideas, and products for the blog and shop. It’s hard to believe I’m going into my 3rd year of blogging and 2nd year as an actual business. I remember when I first started and I hadn’t a clue what I was doing. Looking back I do feel like there’s been plenty of growth, but I’d like to spend time in 2015 working on enhancing my photography and styling, learning more about SEO and creating a new line of products! How about you? What business goals and plans are you focusing on for the 2015? I’d love to hear them!

Unfortunately I’m still recovering from a flu virus that I caught over Christmas. It’s been a pretty rough 10 days to say the least. My oldest came down with the illness on Christmas eve with a high fever that kept her up most of the night. Certainly not the best way to spend the holiday, but I’m glad it’s nearly over! I was actually sick most of the month of December, so many of my plans for the blog and shop have been put on hold. Because of that, there’s much for me to prepare for in the year ahead. Staying on top of my health and getting more rest is a top priority! I need to build my immune system so I can be the best version of myself for my family and business and I’m starting that today with a simple detox green smoothie, as I journal my goals.

2015 | Posh Little Designs

I’ve blended a mix of power greens, cucumber, banana, lemon, ginger, chia seeds and almond milk hoping to ward off the remnants 2014’s illnesses. All of these ingredients are rich vitamins A, C & K, potassium and antioxidants to build immunity, detox the body, help with disease protection and cold and flu prevention. Exactly what I need! In addition to all the immunity boosts of the ingredients, the banana adds a touch of natural sweetness to this smoothie that I’m so loving right now! I can also taste the ginger and lemon with a subtle hint of greens.

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

Green Detox Smoothie

Ingredients/Supplies

1 cup power greens (baby kale and spinach mix)

1 small peeled banana cut into large chunks

1/3 cup cucumber with peel cut into chunks

juice from 1/2 a lemon

2 inch piece of ginger peeled and cut into pieces

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup almond milk

1/2 cup ice cubes

a few thinly sliced cucumbers for garnish

blender or magic bullet

Instructions

Soak chia seeds in 1/4 cup almond milk for 5-10 minutes, allowing them to expand in size.

Pour soaked chia seeds into blender with the remaining ingredients.

Blend on high until smooth.

Pour in a pretty glass, garnish with a few thin slices of cucumber (optional) and enjoy!

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

I plan to drink these green smoothies all week, and with much-needed rest I know I’ll be back to myself in no time. If you’re feeling under the weather you’ll surely enjoy this boost to kickoff the first work week of the new year!

Detox Smoothie | Posh Little Designs

I’m looking forward to sharing with you all many of the ideas that I’ve come up with for the blog and shop in 2015! Please check back soon for more and as always, thank you for reading!

xo

This specific recipe for Green Detox Smoothie was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2012-2015.

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Farewell 2014 + Frozen Berries & Champagne

Raising a glass to 2014 as the year comes to a close. There were so many highlights and bright moments I experienced and I’m incredibly grateful for them all! Thank you to all of you for your continued support of Posh Little Designs! All of my lovely friends and peers in the blogging community, my customers and those I’ve had the honor of meeting and getting to know thru social networks. I have nothing but happiness in my heart for each and every one of you!
Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I am so looking forward to all that 2015 has to offer, but what we’ve created in 2014 is completely worth celebrating!

Cue the champagne!

literally!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I can’t think of a more fitting time to share this quick and simple champagne cocktail with you guys. Complete with fresh fruit, blended and frozen into cubes for an easy and last-minute beverage, if you will be hosting a little NYE party this evening. This recipe will take just a few minutes to make and serves as a nice alternative to champagne by itself.

I hope you enjoy!

Frozen Berries & Champagne

Ingredients/Supplies

1 ice-cube tray

Champagne glasses or coupes

1 bottle of your favorite bubbles ( I chose Sofia Blanc de Blancs mini’s because they’re pretty, pink and I had them on hand)

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries and strawberries (or fruit of your choice)

2 tbsp organic fruit juice

strainer

saran wrap

blender

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

Instructions:

Blend fruit with organic fruit juice of your choice until liquified.

Pour blended fruit through a strainer to catch seeds.

Fill each cavity of your ice-cube tray with blended fruit mixture and cover with saran.

Place in the freezer for at least one hour or until completely frozen.

When ready to enjoy, remove the cubes from the tray and place 1-2 in each champagne glass.

Pour bubbles over top the frozen berry cubes and allow them to slowly melt into the champagne.

Then propose a toast!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I have to admit, this post was actually supposed to be happening a few days ago, but unfortunately I have come down with the flu so I’ve been a little slow at getting it published. My New Years Eve plans for this evening have been canceled but I’m happy to be ringing in 2015 with one of these!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!

Cheers!

I’ll have much more to share here soon!

xoxo

Brandi

This specific recipe for Frozen Berries and Champagne was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

NYE Black + Gold

Gold is one of my most favorite colors and has become a staple in my every day. From home decor to party straws, I can’t get enough!  This elegant and metallic hue pairs beautifully with nearly every shade there is, and right now I’m loving it next to black and even a bit of silver, especially for the holiday season.

Speaking of holidays, today’s post covers all of the above. With NYE only 1 day away, I’m totally feeling inspired! Do you have plans for the New Years? I’m having a small celebration with my sister and girlfriends with my favorite picks for a quaint and fabulous girls night in below, featuring pretty tapas plates and a stunning crystal jug from
Chairish
, the online vintage furniture shop.

NYE Black + Gold | Party Inspo | Posh Little Designs

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Mixing the old and new with prints is one of my favorite techniques when styling a table. I relied on the gorgeous vintage pieces found at
Chairish
to balance and complete the look.

Loving croc print place mats in silver and black alongside gorgeous black and ivory Moroccan Tapas Plates. Easy to style, with a touch of elegance and perfect for enjoying holiday friendly french macarons (my fave) and sweet treats.

Dress up bakery or home-baked cupcakes with pretty chevron paper baking cups, and fitting gold 2015 cupcake toppers. Hello new year!

Trendy bottles of champagne from Chandon’s limited edition collection are currently all the rage! Pour into a beautifully shaped crystal jug and mix in your favorite fruits for a quick celebratory punch.

Serve in onyx glasses and garnish with black chevron paper straws from the posh shop.

For a final touch, decorate the space with tissue poms & confetti in shades of gold and offer party hats to guests to round out a festive holiday evening.

What are your favorite ways to style black and gold for a holiday? I’d love to hear them!

Click on the numbers above for direct links to all the products seem above.

Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday last week and a Happy New Year! I’m so looking forward to 2015 and all that’s in store.  Much more to share soon!

xo

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Champagne Blush

Those of you who know me well, know how much I adore weddings. In fact, the planning of my own big day nearly 10 years ago (sigh) is much of what motivated me to start-up my blog back in 2012. Being happily married for nearly a decade now is quite amazing, but I gotta admit, I do dream of the day when my hubby and I renew our vows, which is most definitely in the plans for the very near future.

It truly has been a marvelous year to get married! We went to 4 weddings last spring and summer and I’m seriously blown by the level of gorgeousness and creativity that went into each special day. Attending so many weddings this past year, has me looking forward to 2015. I truly cannot wait to see what’s new! From bridal style and decor, to all the personalized details that I’m such a sucker for.

But first, I’m pulling together some of my favorite trends from 2014 to create a special bridesmaid’s look (through the eyes of the Maid of Honor,) for a fabulous NYE wedding! Starting with the darling number you see below (Vivien) in the fitting shade of champagne, from
Weddington Way

Champagne Blush | Bridesmaid NYE - Posh Little Designs

As you may know, nude and neutral bridesmaid dresses continue to top the list for wedding party fashions. If I were getting married tomorrow, this shade of nude would most certainly be among my favorites. There’s an incredibly chic and understated elegance about this hue that looks beautiful next to the bride in white and can be easily glammed up with the right accessories, as you will see below in my Champagne Blush NYE Bridesmaid look.

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I’ve been ooh-ing and ah-ing over all things gold and sparkly and couldn’t think of a better time than a New Years Eve wedding to incorporate some glam!

Loving the idea of loose locks pulled back into a modern twist, and an embellished sheer capelet as an over-the-dress option, to cover bare bridesmaid shoulders on a chilly New Years Eve night

Simple, stacked dainty gold bangles and a gold & pearl ear jacket (swoon) from Rue Gembon, with a gold sparkled Anya Hindmarch clutch are perfect additions to the bridesmaid’s style.

And since I’m still blushing over blush tones, tying in one of the hottest colors of the season by way of sparkling heels and half-moon nails (with gold) seemed oh-so necessary.

Lastly, a pop color via the YSL berry lipstick which has been incredibly sought after for Fall/Winter 2014 to complete this festive look.

If only I could transport these items into my closet at this very moment! What are your thoughts on the trends for weddings in 2014/15? Are you loving these ideas as much as I am?

Click on the numbers above, for direct links to each of the items seen in today’s post.

Much more holiday to share soon!

xo

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