By now, you've inevitably felt the effects of Springtime fever. One of the things that go along with warmer weather for me is margaritas, especially if they're extra fruity. There's not much that feels more right to me than loading up on chips and fresh guac while sipping on a bold flavored margarita outside with the sun glaring down on my skin.
Today, in honor of the new season, I'm sharing an easy, skinny margarita that you can whip up to surprise your guests with much more than just the standard, lime version. Now, I know that we're nearing beach season and many of you are "watching your figure" but, there's no reason you can't still enjoy happy hour. This Skinny Strawberry Mint Margarita is low calorie and has real fruit blended into it, along with fresh herbs sooo... you could like almost call it a balanced meal, almost.
Essentially, all you need is a SkinnyGirl Margarita base, fresh strawberries, and mint to get you set for relaxation and a beach-side mindset! Speaking of which, I'm getting the beach bug real bad right now and can't wait until the moment that I can sink my toes into the sand with the perfect book and this margarita in hand. What do you think? That sounds better to me than heading into the office today, no?
(Makes 2 Margaritas)
Mint Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. When the syrup starts to boil, lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Gently roll a handful of fresh mint leaves between your hands to release the aromatic oils, then add it to the syrup. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then remove the mint leaves and strain the syrup if need be. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, the syrup will keep for about 2 weeks.
Note* If you prefer your margarita a little more on the sweet side, substitute granulated sugar for the Himalayan salt on the cocktail rim.
How much are you guys loving this weather right now!? I definitely could get used to it after all of the back and forth this month. A few weekends back, I decided to purge my closet at home and make room for more Spring-friendly wardrobe staples like this sleeveless sweater and airy blouse. Thinking back, this decision to switch over entirely may have been a bit premature but, nonetheless, I was too excited to put our Winter weather in the past.
The weekend that my Mom and I decided to take a "girls' day" and ventured out shopping, we started off searching for black and white, office appropriate items that would be able to easily transition into the weekend. Much to my surprise, I found the majority of my favorite pieces at the GAP outlet for extremely reasonable prices. I loaded up my dressing room with lightweight, pastel sweaters, printed trousers, button-up dresses, and more. I can already tell that this draped sweater vest is going to be an essential, easy layering piece for Spring.
On Fridays, our designated casual day at the office, I love to pair my comfortable, cropped pants with some easy, pointed flats. Accessorizing this look with gold jewelry items like my engraved "S" necklace that Sam's Mom gifted me, my Alex and Ani blacelet, and a few dainty, layered rings, help to complete an outfit and make me feel put together. This look is perfect for going straight from the office to a casual happy hour with friends or clients.
Last weekend, Sam and I went searching for a new camera lens in order to improve the quality of AEE and ended up visiting a number of stores, getting a ton of photography tips (who knew these things had so many neat functions!?), and purchasing a new camera and lens! We were like two kids in a candy store. It was quite the day on Saturday so, on Sunday when the weather finally cleared up for a bit in the afternoon, we were more than ready to get out in the city and test our new toy. I can't wait to shoot with it more this upcoming, holiday weekend in hopes of capturing some fun moments.
Blouse: GAP Embroidered Tank (similiar style), Sweater: GAP Draped Open Front Vest (similiar style), Pants: GAP Cropped Slim City Pant, Purse: Kate Spade Shoulder (similiar style), Shoes: Zara Flat D'Orsay Shoes, Necklace: Poppy and Stella Initial Pendant (similiar style), Bracelet: Alex and Ani Tree of Life Charm Bangle, Lipstick: MAC Kinda Sexy Matte Lipstick
The past few months have been kind of a blur for me and for some odd reason, I didn't get to complete nearly as many blog posts as I had anticipated. One of those posts being my Winter beauty buys, since I have been doing them in seasons rather than months. That being said, I'm kind of relieved that I didn't get around to my Winter installment since they were relatively boring and not all that glamorous, anyway. (Think: oatmeal lotion and heavy duty chap stick). So, when Spring popped along and the weather began behaving accordingly, I knew that it was the right time to bring out (and buy new) pink hues in my cosmetics case.
I've decided that rather than waiting for the seasons to change to share my new favorite beauty products with you, I'm just going to round them up really whenever I deem necessary, ok? I'm glad we're on the same page. I figured you wouldn't have a problem with that anyway. Everyone loves discovering new beauty products, especially when they're this pretty.
Spring is my favorite season for several reasons; one of those being that it brings out my more feminine side, especially in the blush and nail polish departments. These tiny touches and adjustments in my daily routine help me look and feel my very best for the new season ahead.
1. Rose Radiance BareMinerals Blush $21
The first beauty product that sticks out to me when I think of changing seasons from Winter to Spring is a beautiful, pink blush. Adding a pop of color helps provide depth to my face overall and accentuate my cheek bones. This light pink shade makes me feel extra girly and pairs perfectly with my pale nail polish and lipstick mentioned below. It is my go-to makeup combination,
2. Ballet Slippers Essie Polish $9
Over the past few months, Essie has become my favorite nail polish brand because of the on-trend shades and colors. I even stopped going to the nail salon to get my monthly gel treatment because I've been painting my own nails and toes (gasp!) with these cute colors. I love switching up the shade each week to fit my mood and this pale pink, Ballet Slippers, has definitely been my favorite to match my neutral wardrobe.
3. MISSHA Perfect Cover BB Cream $22
This foundation is actually the one that I spoke about when I did my Korean Beauty Products trial and it has stuck with me since. I love it because it's so lightweight but, it still manages to provide great coverage. The shade that I chose matches and blends in with my natural skin tone perfectly and has not caused any breakouts in the many months that I've used it.
4. Son & Park Highlighter Cube $12
Highlighter is one of my favorite final touches to apply in my makeup routine, especially on the weekends when I feel like a little extra "glow" is necessary. Swiping a touch of this product across the very edges of my cheekbones and down the ridge of my nose helps those distinct features stand out that much more.
5. Rosy Cheeks LUSH Fresh Face Mask $13
You all know by now how loyal I am to my favorite beauty company, LUSH. So, it's really no surprise that they made my Beauty Buys list once again. One thing that you may not know, however, is that I've had a mild skin condition that causes redness and tiny bumps on my cheeks and arms for years now. I'm usually able to hide the redness on my cheeks with the BB Cream Foundation that I mentioned earlier. That being said, when I took my monthly trip through the LUSH store that we have downtown, I was surprised to see a new fresh face mask that I had yet to try, appropriately named "Rosy Cheeks". Upon explaining my skin to the sales associate, I knew immediately that this would be a good match for me. I've been using it at least 3 times a week now and love how it calms my skin and makes it smooth. It has helped with the redness in my cheeks, especially if I use it in the morning before applying my makeup. This fresh facial has become a staple in my beauty routine and, judging by how well it has worked for me so far, it's not going anywhere.
6. Kinda Sexy MAC Matte Lipstick $17
This is not the first time you've seen this specific shade of lipstick by MAC on AEE (here, here, and here) and it definitely won't be the last. I can't even express how much I love this matte lipstick. At a minimum, I use it 5 days a week. Kinda Sexy is my no-fail, neutral shade that helps me feel put together whether I'm headed into the office or downtown for a date night. The use that I have gotten out of it justifies the more expensive price. In addition, I've found that the MAC lipsticks are better quality and do not dry out my lips like many other brands.
What are your favorite beauty buys this month? Let me know in the comments below or via Instagram (@anna_elizabethevents)!
XO Anna Elizabeth
Good morning, babes! This week flew by and I couldn't be happier that it's the weekend once again. Sam and I had made plans to ride our bikes into DC today to enjoy the cherry blossoms (I've never seen them!) but, with the weather report now calling for a mix of rain and snow, we decided to hold off until next weekend. I'd like to say that I'm disappointed with this but, after feeling less than par all week and working the longest day yesterday at the office, I think that I'll be okay with just relaxing around the house and catching up on some blog work instead.
It's the first weekend in awhile that we haven't had any plans at all and it feels kind of nice. We might venture out for a little brunch action tomorrow, or we might just spend the entire weekend in our pajamas drinking mimosas and ordering in truffle fries. It all depends on how we're feeling. Aren't those the best kinds of weekends, anyway?
What are your plans for today? Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day this week? Did you drink all of the Shamrock Shakes your heart desired and are you still paying for it now?
Easter has always been an exciting holiday in my house. For as long as I can remember, the day has revolved around decorating Easter eggs, the hunt for our hidden baskets, and loads of unnecessary candy. Of course, Easter is about much more than just those trivial things but, spending the day surrounded by family and loved ones has always felt very special to me.
Last year, my family and I decided to spend the day at the National Zoo in DC with the kids. This turned out to be the best idea we've had yet. No one had to get dressed up or stressed out about sticking to a schedule. We all had such a blast chasing the kids around, imitating animal noises (embarrassingly), and having a low-key picnic for lunch. We haven't planned anything yet for this year since the kids and my sister are now back in Arizona. That being said, I can imagine that the day will be filled with something similar that will allow us to simply enjoy each other's company.
Since I already told you that this holiday (and really any holiday) translates to a ton of sweets for my family, I figured that adding in a few, sparkly cupcake toppers might make us feel a little less guilty about it. They're so cute and festive, right? I mean, at the very least, that gives you a free pass to stuff your face with as many as you'd like.
Plus, these cupcake toppers are just so easy to make. It'd be plain out irresponsible for you to show up to a family gathering with cupcakes and no Easter bunny on top. Truly. I mean, especially if the said cupcakes are store-bought. Which, in my case, they are because I'm lazy on holidays and I'd rather spend the time doing something much more exciting. Like, for example, coating my eggs in glitter and praying that Sam doesn't scold me for making the house a mess. To be fair, I'm usually still picking gold specks of glitter out of my (and Oliver's) ears 3 weeks after, too,
Although I can't deny that I am a stiletto girl at heart, I knew that these Nike Internationalist sneakers would be my go-to since the moment that I slipped into them. I often complain about the lack of diversity in my shoe closet since I don't own many flats or running shoes. But, I think that this Spring I'll be turning the page and leaning toward a more practical wardrobe.
On the weekends, Sam and I are generally running around doing errands, exploring new places, or spending time with Oliver in parks throughout the city. That's why today on the blog, I wanted to share with you my favorite athleisure look featuring some comfy, accessible, and chic wardrobe staples for carrying out your weekend activities. Because, honestly, whoever said that athletic clothes should only be used for gym-related purposes has obviously never done their hour-long, grocery shopping trip in a pencil skirt and pumps.
I love to switch out traditional, black leggings for these faux, leather ones on the weekends because it makes a simple, comfortable look feel more dressed up and polished. The gray speckled, cowl neck sweatshirt works perfectly with the remaining accessories because it gives me a color contrast rather than wearing an all-black outfit.
Top: Cowl Neck Athletic Hoodie (similiar style), Bottoms: Vegan Leather Leggings (similiar style), Sneakers: Nike Internationalist, Backpack: BorboletaAffair Black Leather (smaller size), Sunglasses: RetroSuperFuture Black & Gold, Nail Polish: Essie Ballet Slippers
Good morning, ya'll! Weekend Links is coming to you a little late but, for good reason, truly. My little baby turned 4 today! Can you believe it? Sam and I say every day how we feel like he is still just a puppy. Oliver has been such a blessing in our lives and imagining how we functioned before him feels actually impossible at times. Sam and I woke up quite early this morning to grab lattes and shoot a new style post in the park but, ended up walking around for a while after admiring the city landscape and getting sappy over how quickly Oliver has grown up. This afternoon, I'm planning on making Oli some homemade fro-yo treats and taking him to his favorite park to run in circles until his little legs give out. And, of course, today wouldn't be complete without a trip to Chick-Fil-A for his annual birthday dinner (this was the first meal he ever had with us as parents #oops).
Also, my big sister's birthday is today, the big 26, and although she is in Arizona and celebrated it in California last weekend, I wish that her and the kids could be here in Maryland with us as well! Facetime will just have to suffice until I can squeeze in some time to run out there and visit.
I hope you all had a fabulous week and have some exciting plans for the weekend ahead!
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