pomogranate vodka cocktail for the holidays

tumblr_nglvhi7GJa1rvqm6lo1_1280I love going to parties and ordering drinks which often times frustrates the barkeeper. Not the part about frustrating the barkeeper, more like ordering speciality drinks, when they are set in their ways and prefer easy and quick beverages to keep the line moving. (Although I do wonder why most beekeepers at parties are so bitter).

Anyway, I wrote this one down a week ago, and walked up to the bartender and asked for something similar. It was simple, minus the glitter sugar, that’s where he drew the line when he added his own twist to the drink. It was fine, and I was in too good of a mood to pout over his version.

Here’s the recipe just in case you’d like to try it at home:

Shopping List

Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
Pomegranate Soda (gives it a nice zing)
Rosemary (if you are feeling extra festive)

DIY Glitter Sugar
Tin Foil
Raw Sugar
Food Coloring

***You can also buy de-seeded pomegranate from Trader Joe or Whole Foods, not sure about other local markets. This is the part I refuse to do, de-seed a pomegranate

 Sugar Glitter Recipe

1/2 (non iodized) or 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 -10 drops food coloring, adjust for desired color

Spread ingredients onto foil-lined baking sheet
Bake @ 270 for 5 minutes
Voila you have Sugar Glitter

Cocktail Recipe

1-1/2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
3/4 oz. Pomegranate Soda
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of ice

small but meaningful gifts and a holiday cocktail

Right about now, I have a pretty good idea of the small but meaningful gifts I want to give my friends and family acquaintances  So, what I do normally do, especially on a rainy, stormy Friday, Saturday evening, is make a cocktail that I found online (a new one each year), turn on the holiday tunes and organize all of the fun gifts to wrap, creatively I might add. I don’t do traditional store-bought holiday wraps. Here’s a glimpse:



cranberry fizz mocktail – from Sacramento Street

antropologie travel calendar

Office Calendar from Anthropologie


Variations on Williams Sonoma Boxed Candies


Paris Views Wall Hanging – Sold at Anthropologie

crystal trillion collar

Crystal Costume Necklace from Baublebar


Apolis Market Bag


one thousand blog posts and i keep on going


I got excited yesterday when WordPress congratulated me on reaching 1000 blog posts – in four years – almost every day Monday through Friday. I think I am proud of this accomplishment. Because as you know, staying creative is difficult, finding topics to talk about a challenge, and the time put into blogging a true dedication. I have to also say that I don’t regret being a blogger. In fact, I am now contemplating how far to take my blog. I know I can, and I want to, and in 2015 I am up for the challenge.

So, stay tuned, there is more, much more coming your way. Thank you for following my blog, commenting, liking, and sharing. I appreciate you all.


boutique hotel pick – carlton hotel – st. moritz, switzerland

Winter time, my hotel picks are always in a  romantic ski-resort destinations. St. Moritz of course is one of those places I adore, and wish I could spend every Christmas there, or even just New Year’s Eve, and with that I have to choose the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz. I usually don’t mention too much about the hotel’s amenities, I simply suggest you click here for that. My appreciation and admiration of the property is the location, and how enchanting it is. A wonderful destination and a thoughtful gift indeed:







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holiday simple decorations – no instructions needed

I am one of those people. The one who doesn’t like to read instructions on anything, especially artsy stuff. So, I normally search online for ideas, suggestions, and from it create my own crafts, or DIYs or whatever. So for Christmas, I always refer to the Scandinavian countries/bloggers mostly for traditional or warm and fuzzy ideas. I’m not a fan of modern when it comes to Christmas. So, here’s what I found and my plan to make all of this happen in the next week or so. Some are easy, some take a little more, but as you can see the pictures are just easy enough to duplicate:

holiday gift idea: for him for her for them

Every gift these days seem to be for just about anyone. There is no more distinction between his or her gifts – mostly for the house/the chef in the family/party planner/couple, and so on. So I figured I’d share with you some of my favorite unisex gift ideas from Williams of Sonoma - A San Francisco based store I love walking through, and shopping for gifts during the holidays. Just click on the photo to be redirected.





already december and the holidays

It’s already December. I could ask the question – where has the year gone? But I won’t. I know exactly where it’s gone and how strange of a year it’s been. Truth be told I can’t wait until it’s over. I’m very ready for 2015 and the opportunity to reset my life, and maybe be a little more selfish and focus on my needs over those around me. Until then, I’m keeping inspired with holiday decor, and all things leading to Christmas and the New Year.