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Naughty & Nice, Sugar & Spice Holiday Cocktails

Sugar & Spice Holiday Cocktails

To start off this Holiday Season just right, here’s a bit of Sugar & Spice to make everything nice.

Growing-up in the Southwest, the holidays have always included two key flavor components: Sugar & Spice.

Our Christmas morning table was always packed with an array of tamales, we would have a little bit of guacamole with Mexican egg & green chile frittata while our stockings were stuffed with sweet treats of candy canes, gummies and chocolates.

Of course as a child we would take a bite of breakfast and then sneak a few bites from our stockings — which is why I always think of Sugar & Spice when it comes to Christmas.

I wanted to share this oh so sweet & spicy “Southwestern Christmas tradition” with you, so I hopped in my sleigh and went straight to the experts.

EXPERTS in SPICE: El Segundo SOL at Fashion Show

EXPERTS in SUGAR: Sugar Factory at Fashion Show 

And here is my gift to you, Holiday Cocktail Recipes that celebrate these seasonal flavors. It’s fun to pair them with either a little bit of Sugar or a little bit of Spice.  Make them yourself at home or pop in for a much need Christmas shopping break to El Segundo SOL and Sugar Factory at Fashion Show Las Vegas to try them crafted from the experts. 

While you’re there, don’t forget to grab your photo with Santa or check out Holiday Stroll, a festive walk-through experience featuring a look into Santa’s Workshop and a magical Winter Wonderland. You can even enjoy free gift wrapping from the Gift Wrap Girls while you’re experiencing the holiday magic!

Christmas Cocktails

From El Segundo SOL

Pear Moscow Mule

  • 1 1/2 oz Sky Pear Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish

Combine Vodka and lime juice in a Moscow Mule mug.  Fill with ice. Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with lime wedge.

Christmas Cocktails

Sugar & Spice Holiday Cocktails

Spicy Peach Mimosa

  • 1 oz Peach Tree Schnapps
  • 1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
  • 2 oz Champagne
  • Tanjin and Sugar for rim

Rim a Champagne glass with Tanjin and Sugar. Pour Peach Schnapps and Orange Juice into glass. Top with Champagne.

Sugar & Spice Holiday Cocktails

From Sugar Factory

Poinsettia Punch

  • 4 oz Cherry Vodka
  • 2 oz Triple Sec
  • 3 oz Sparkling White Wine or Champagne
  • 2 oz Grenadine
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 6 oz Cranberry Juice
  • Gummy Christmas trees and Candy Canes for Garnish

In a Shaker combine Cherry Vodka, Triple Sec, Grenadine, Simple Syrup and Cranberry Juice.

Shake and pour over ice in a large goblet. Top with Sparkling Wine/Champagne. Garnish with Candy Canes and Gummy Christmas Trees.

Sugar & Spice Holiday Cocktails

Santa’s Snowflake

  • 4 oz Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz Blue Raspberry TORANI Syrup
  • 2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 10 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Gummy Snowmen and Candy Canes for Garnish

In a shaker combine Coconut Rum, TORANI Syrup and Pineapple Juice.

Shake and pour over ice in a large goblet.  Garnish with Candy Canes and Gummy Snowmen.

Sugar & Spice Holiday Cocktails

Sugar & Spice Holiday Cocktails

Mistletoe Mule

  • 6 oz cherry Vodka
  • 5 oz Ginger Beer
  • 6 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz Grenadine
  • .5 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Cherry or Simple Syrup
  • Jelly Wreaths and Cherry Gummies for garnish

In a shaker combine Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Grenadine, Lime Juice and Simple Syrup.

Shake and pour over ice in a large goblet.  Top with Ginger Beer. Garnish with Gummies and Jelly Wreaths.

Sugar & Spice Holiday Cocktails

* This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show Las Vegas.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sugar & SPice Holiday Cocktails

How to Get Chic French Girl Hair


We admire them for their joie de vivre because being effortlessly chic and sophisticated just seems to come naturally to French girls.

The clothes, the food, the wine, the attitude! It’s that whole vibe that French girl’s have which we are constantly chasing. So it’s no wonder the Parisiennes’ signature low-key aesthetic also extends to the way they style their hair. It may look effortless but we all know looking like you “haven’t” tried requires a lot of time (and product).
What’s the secret to getting tres chic tousled tresses? How to get chic French girl hair? Luckily for us Francophiles there is no need to travel abroad to learn these secrets, we have a brand new spot right here in Las Vegas at Fashion Show, created by our own un expert en cheveux a la française, Signature Salon by Claude Baruk.
If you have been binging Emily in Paris and longing to add a dash of French chic to your look, this is the place to get that effortlessly well-coiffed (or should I say de-coiffed) cut, colour and style like a French girl.
I sat in Claude’s chair to get a taste of the French Girl hair experience with one of his expert blow-outs and we chatted about how to get chic French girl hair.
French Girl Hair Secrets

Three Secrets to French Girl Hair from the Expert Himself, Claude Baruk

Un- “In France we love the natural. The “not styled” effect, but styled. It may take you a bit of time in front of the mirror but the final effect should be that you didn’t spend any time on it. We call it négligé. It should look very natural and say ‘I didn’t have time to do my hair’ but it’s perfect.  It’s the French version of  ‘I woke up like this’.”

Deux- “The French love quality hair products. Kerastase is extremely famous in France which we carry in the salon, but the French also love niche brands.  There are a few of these niche brands that I love that will be coming to the US market soon, that my salon will be able to help you discover like Mon Shampoing and from the South of France Vegetalement Provence.  Both product lines are cruelty free, clean beauty comprised of organic botanical ingredients. ”

Trois- “Balayage is a signature French girl hair technique. Balayage is a French word meaning ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. It allows for a sun-kissed natural-looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us as children. Rather than dyeing the hair with one single lighter colour, there are two shades, and one is always slightly darker. This gives that true Parisian vibe.”

Get the Look

Signature Salon is offering a really cool concept. Not only can you come in and experience any service including cut, colour,  Kerastase hair treatments (I got one and my hair has never looked healthier), blowouts, cold fuse extensions and hotheads tape-in extensions- you can also sign up for a membership program.  The program has three tiers: Club Signature, Fashion Signature and Carre VIP Signature. Each membership comes with it’s own perks like free blowouts, discounts on salon services, discounts on products and free root touch ups!

Signature Salon

Signature salon by Claude Baruk
Signature Salon by Claude Baruk
Signature Salon by Claude Baruk is open Mon-Sat from 11am to 8pm and Sun 11am- 7pm at Fashion Show directly across from California Pizza Kitchen. Call 702.476.4882 for an appointment or walk-ins are welcome.
*This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
How to get chic french girl hair

Boo-tifying a New Kind of You’ve Been Boo’ed

You've Been Boo'ed

Sometimes a simple Halloween gift for a friend is the perfect way to brighten her day.

Picture this, you’ve been running around like crazy all week.  Between social distance schooling the kids, the stresses of your job and cooking 8 million meals over the last 6 months the stress is building up. There’s a knock at the door and you hesitantly head over, thinking it’s yet another census taker, but instead you’re surprised to find a cute little Halloween surprise made just for you sitting there.

Life has been crazy and you need those unexpected moments that make you smile. This is a super simple Halloween gift that you can take to a friend to brighten her day (and probably yours too when you give it).

Last year I shared with you a fun tutorial on how to Boo’ze your friends and this year it’s all about Boo’ tifying them!  Boo’tifying works just like Boo’ing but with way better treats.

If you have played the Boo Game during Halloween with your neighbors you know how it’s done. For those of you that are unfamiliar,  it’s a fun game to play at Halloween.  You grab a Halloween bucket or bag, stuff it full of treats and goodies, leave it on your neighbors door step, ring the doorbell and run.

It’s kind of like ding dong ditch but with candy and everyone is happy you rang.

BOO’tifying is a new kind of You’ve Been Boo’ed and it will totally put a spell on you.

It’s “You’ve Been Boo’ed” but make it beauty and so easy! I wanted my gifts to have a rustic witchy apothecary feel so I used my favorite pocket friendly wrapping option- a paper lunch sack.

You've Been Boo-ed

You've Been Boo'ed

What You Will NEED:

  • Beauty Treats
  • Paper Lunch Sack
  • Creepy Ribbon
  • Bakers String
  • BOO’tified Printable (DOWNLOAD HERE: You’ve Been Boo-tified Printable )
  • A Feather (It’s part of the spell)

First you will need to gather some bewitching beauty products- nothing too expensive it’s that thought that counts.

I brewed my beauty potion at LUSH at Fashion Show- they just launched their perfectly spooky Halloween Collection of vegan and ethical Halloween treats which includes everything from Bath Bombs to Bubble Bars, Shower Slime, Lip Scrubs and more!  LUSH is perfect for this gift- fun, a great price point, everyone can use them PLUS they smell Halloween-tacular! If you don’t want to use a paper bag LUSH has a super cute Halloween fabric knot wrap (see above) which you can tie FUROSHIKI style and then add the printable.

LUSH Halloween 2020

Once you have your gifts, place them in the lunch sack. (I did one bath bomb in each gift).

Fold the bag over.

Then tie the bag shut with a creepy ribbon.

Now roll your printable up like a scroll and tie it with the baker’s string.  Put a feather behind it and secure them both to the ribbon on the bag.

Leave your Boo-tified potion on your friends doorstep, ring the doorbell and run! Warning- this will be followed by shriek’s of delight from your friend.

I think this year, more than any other, we need to spread a little seasonal magic and this beauty spell is the perfect treat to lift her spirits!

*This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You've Been Boo'ed for Beauty Lovers

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Sure, summer looks a little different this year but we are a resourceful bunch and we will have our day (or days) in the sun.

Whether your plans include the perfect social distanced vacation with an all-in camping/lake getaway, taking a mental-break day trip to the beach or relaxing by catching a few rays in your own backyard you’ll want to look and feel your best. After all that’s what summer is all about. Keep your cool and soak up those feel-good sunny vibes!

So what are the “cool” kids wearing this summer?  The biggest trend is functionality. Pieces that serve dual purposes. High-tech fabrics and innovative designs. Things that are not only fashionable but lightweight, soft, breathable, have stretch, are moisture-wicking, fast drying and cooling.

When you think of “summer” clothing, nothing says “summer” like Tommy Bahama. From beach to backyard and everywhere in between for over 25 years Tommy Bahama has inspired the world to relax in style while embracing the world around them.

I stopped into Tommy Bahama at Fashion Show to curate the ultimate summer must-have list that will help you keep your cool while looking totally hot!

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Island Active Board Shorts

With a fixed waist band and UV 30 protection these shorts will take you from Beach to Brunch and everywhere in between. Soft, lightweight and fast drying- wear them as a short, as a swim trunk or BOTH! These dual duty versatile trunks are the only shorts you’ll need this summer.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Linen Braid Fedora

As an alternative form of sun protection – and a potentially stylish wardrobe addition – a summer hat is a great investment. This made from 100% hemp and features an elasticized COOLMAX sweatband to wick away moisture, keeping you dry on and off the water.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Good for your mind

During hot summers, flip-flops can help relax you feet and your mind. According to research by Cognitive psychologists from Northwestern University, apparel affects the psyche as well. Wearing relaxing flip-flops help calm the feet and psyche.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Big Island Basics Hydrating Lotion

Keeping your skin supple and hydrated is a necessity during the summer months.  With natural and oceanic extracts, aqua, sage, henna, willow and aloe vera this deliciously scented lotion with keep your skin soft and hydrated all season long.  This stuff is so good that they keep selling out!  Grab some now while it’s still in stock!

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Flavors of the Southern Coast Cookbook and Blackberry Brandy BBQ Sauce

Some of the best recipes I have ever made were from Tommy Bahama Cookbooks and with Tommy Bahama BBQ sauces.  If you are planning any type of an outdoor (or indoor) summer meal these little lifesavers will take your cooking to new levels.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Indigo Garden Front Tie Bikini

With UV 50 Protection this dreamy breezy set is flattering in all the right places. It’s tall cups provide excellent support and it’s cute flirty skirted bottom covers without looking like you are trying to cover PLUS it’s fun retro design makes you feel like you stepped straight out of a 50’s Beach Movie.

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Medium Brim Scarf Hat and Andre Assous Madina Raffia Wedges

Every gal needs a great summer beach hat and this one is totally packable.  Featuring the same COOLMAX inner elasticized sweatband as the mens, it will wick away any moisture to keep your face fresh and dry.  Looking for a comfy sandal with a little lift?  These raffia wedges have the squooshiest foot-bed ever!

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Keep Your Cool with Tommy Bahama

Maui Jim Olu Olu Sunglasses

These oversized beauties feature PolarizedPlus2® lenses that eliminate 99.9% of glare and SuperThin glass that provides the absolute crispest optics available and has a scratch and solvent resistance.

Keep your cool with Tommy Bahama

Marlin Bar Cocktail Shaker Set

You didn’t think I would leave out cocktails did you?  This cute set comes with a cocktail shaker and two pineapple glasses- perfect for a tiki bar.

These summer must-have’s are available at Tommy Bahama Fashion Show. Stop in, shop and celebrate the Island Life.

*This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Summer essentials


How to Clean a Coach Bag

How to Clean a Coach Bag

The daily wear and tear on leather handbags can leave them dirty and dull, especially if you carry your bag every day.

Of course sometimes there are obvious stains or spills but why clean your bag if it’s not obviously dirty? Well, think about the dirt and grime that it comes into contact with on a daily basis. Public bathrooms are about the worst place to bring your bag because the germs quite possibly jump right onto your purse without you even realizing it. The store, your office, the doctor – almost anywhere you go, you will experience built up dirt and grime, even if you do not see visible stains. In fact, it is better to clean your leather before you see stains to retain the best results.

A leather handbag is an investment, so you want to take good care of it. Handbag cleaning takes hardly any time, but doing it will really extend your bag’s life.  Proper care for your bag is a must, even if your bag is free of spots, monthly cleaning will keep it looking sharp.

First, determine what type of bag you have: coated canvas, fabric, suede or leather.  Each type will require a different sort of cleaning.  For this post I am focusing on cleaning a leather bag.

Having the right cleaning and protective products on hand at home is essential for optimum maintenance.  COACH makes an incredible duo of Leather Cleaner/Leather Moisturizer that only costs $10. Think of them like shampoo and conditioner for your bag.  You need BOTH to really keep the bag in shape- especially if you live in a dry climate.

How to Clean a Coach Bag

How to Clean Your COACH Bag

Before you start , make sure to empty your bag, shake out the interior and remove any detachable straps.

How to Clean a Coach Bag

Next, apply the Leather Cleaner to a clean, dry, soft cloth and then rub on bag in small circular motions.  A little goes a long way.  This will remove dirt, smudges, denim transfers etc.  Make sure to clean the entire bag- front, back, straps and under the flap. This will ensure that your bag stays in uniform condition throughout.

How to Clean a Coach Bag

Once you have finished with the Cleaner it’s time to apply the Leather Moisturizer.  Again, apply to a clean, dry, soft cloth and rub on bag in small circular motions everywhere there is leather. It’s like lotion for skin. It helps with dry, dull leather and is especially good for the handles and straps which you touch alot.

How to Clean a Coach Bag

Let the bag dry completely before use.  If you aren’t planning on using it right away make sure to store it in a dust bag (which comes with your bag when you purchase it- it’s usually tucked inside).

How often should you clean your bag?  If you use the bag every day you should do this every two to three months. If it is more of a weekend bag or when you are heading out for special occasions every six to nine months will be enough to keep your piece protected.

More tips to extend the life of your bag

  • Avoid placing your bag on floors
  • Make sure all pens you toss in it have lids.  Ink stains can destroy the aesthetic of a bags interior.
  • Make sure you use a makeup bag to hold beauty products. Throwing makeup brushes directly into your bag, a smashed powder or lipstick that loses its lid can severely damage your bag interior. They are some of the hardest stains to remove from fabric with their high oil content and the interior of your bag needs protecting just as much as the outside.

*With our current worries about keeping things germ free and disinfected you might be thinking of going one step further and disinfecting your bag.  A great product to try is Bioesque Botanical Solution- it is  free of bleach and other harsh chemicals. Powered by Thymox technology, it utilizes Thymol, a cutting-edge antimicrobial agent present as a component of Thyme Oil, to quickly power through grime and destroys the germs that it encounters.

Coach at Fashion Show offers DROPit handsfree shopping services. Shop now and then have your bags delivered right to your door at your preferred time and NOW you can even call the store, place your order, pay via phone and have DROPit  deliver your purchase to the same day! It’s like online shopping but with a personal touch and same day delivery! Contact the store for more details.

Fashion Show is offering complimentary Dropit services when you shop now through September 7th. Download the Dropit app and use code: FSHANDSFREE to get started today.


*This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How to Clean A Coach Bag