Holiday Spiced Sangria with Black Box Wine + Friendsgiving

sangria1Do you know how I get through the holidays? Wine. Lots and lots of wine. Just kidding…kinda. Seriously though, I think almost everyone can agree with me that drinking and the holidays go hand in hand. And I love some red wine (and so does my family!). I usually try to stock up on wine right before the holidays, because I know that I will be having guests over or hosting dinner parties. Let’s be real, you need wine on hand when it’s just you and you want to have a glass or two after a long day. That is where Black Box Wine comes in clutch. This wine isn’t what you used to drink in college (it’s ok, admit it). This is award winning varietals that even your wine snob friends will enjoy.

In addition to being delicious, Black Box wines are super portable and have eco-friendly packaging. Having this lightweight packaging is a lifesaver…no more taking a bottle of wine over to your friend’s house and worrying about that glass bottle rolling off your car seat and breaking. These Go Packs also use 65% less energy to make and have 53% less waste than glass. You can feel good about having that third glass of wine-cause hey, your helping the environment!

Black Box Wine is tasty on it’s own, but it’s also perfect for making a big batch of cocktails to serve at holiday gatherings. I love a good Cab, but I also LOVE to make Sangria. Maybe it was my study abroad to Spain in college, maybe it’s the basic girl in me. Today I’m sharing a great recipe for holiday spiced winter sangria, made with Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon. It has all those warm holiday spices in it, combined with the toasty oak and cherry flavors of the wine…it’s the perfect holiday drink!

Holiday Spiced Winter Sangria

-2 Go Packs Black Box Wine 500 ML Cabernet Sauvignon

-1 cup brandy or spiced rum (I like to use this rum)

-2 cups apple cider

-3 tea bags of Orange and Cinnamon Spice Tea (try this one or this one)

-1 apple + orange, cut into small chunks/slices

Start by heating up your apple cider until almost simmering. Steep your 3 tea bags in the hot apple cider for 10-15 min. Pour your wine into a large pitcher, then add the rum/brandy. After your teabags have steeped, remove those and pour the cooled apple cider and tea mixture into the wine. Stir to combine. Core and chop your apple, sliced your orange, and add this to your wine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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We also wanted to share a few pictures from our Friendsgiving we had a few weeks ago. We met so many amazing bloggers and made a bunch of new friends. The best kind of women are the ones who support and encourage each other, and all of these amazing women are girl bosses who do just that. Our Friendsgiving was hosted by Erica of Eating with Erica. If you haven’t checked her out yet, she is talented food blogger who has an eye for food and fashion. She hosted us all at American Cut in Buckhead, and the food was to die for! If you live in the Atlanta area, you must have dinner here. Huge thanks to Double Cross Vodka, who sponsored our delicious dinner and as well as some yummy cocktails!

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All of our wonderful photos from Friendsgiving were taken by the fabulously talented and sweet Jamie of Jamie King Creative. It was pretty dark in there and all these pictures turned out perfectly! Go check her out!

Hope everyone is gearing up for the holidays!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her under $75

Tis the season! We are kicking off our gift guides this season with gifts for her under $75. There are some great gifts in here, perfect for your bestie, sister, or mom. We kept it under $75 on here, so you don’t break the bank of gifts. There are many great steal out there right now, like this adorable leopard print beanie for $25 and that stiped clutch that’s only $25. And let’s talk about these Bauble Bar Tassel Earrings that are to die for; they are on our wish list for sure! Some great beauty products too for the beauty maven in your life, like the Tea Tree gift set and the Mac makeup set.

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Bauble Bar Tassel Drop Trio   |  Stripe Foldover Clutch

Leopard Print Beanie  |  Hammered Gold Hoop Earrings

Quilted Puffer Vest  |  MAC ‘Sweet Nude’ Kit

‘Liquid Therapy Wine Glasses  | Moccasin Slippers

Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ Pendant  |  Cashmere Scarf

Metallic Gold ‘Swell Water Bottle   |  Voluspa Mini Candle Trio

Tea Tree Rescue Facial Gift Set

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Wear Now, Wear Later: The Shift Dress

I love pieces that you can style several ways and that you can wear into multiple seasons. This wine colored dress is perfect for that! I styled it two different ways: one for now while it’s warmer, and then one for fall (or when the weather cools down a bit more!).  This dress is seriously a must have. It was re-stocked from the Nordstrom sale, and it comes in a TON of other really pretty colors.

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For the summer style, I paired it with open toe gray booties that are a little cooler than regular boots, and one of my favorite cross body bags. This bag is a dupe of a way more expensive bag and is a steal at under $30. I belted the dress for a little bit of a different look too.

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Dress Lush ‘Karly’ Shift Dress | Bag SheIn Grey Saddle Bag | Booties Target last year, similar Here and Here | Belt old, very similar: Asos Gold Metal Skinny Belt

Wear Later

I love this fall look. In fact I really cannot wait for it to get cooler so that I can actually wear it out. Fun Fact: while taking these pictures it was like 95 degrees out, no bueno for OTK boots and a hat. SO HOT. I love these over the knee boots-they are so comfy and actually pretty easy to walk in, and I love how they looked paired with the wine color. They would equally cute with the olive or printed version of this dress too. This hat I scored at Target for less than $25, and I have a feeling I will be wearing it alot this fall. I will definitely be rocking this dress with a cute blanket scarf too, just when it finally cools off!

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Dress Lush ‘Karly’ Shift Dress | Boots Steve Madden ‘Gleemer’ Over the Knee Boots | Hat Merona Gray Floppy Hat | Necklace Charming Charlie Pendant {on sale!} | Clutch, old, similar Here

What are everyone’s plans this weekend!? Make sure to follow us over on Instagram, it will be a busy weekend for us! I will be headed up to Asheville, NC for a quick weekend getaway with the hubs, and Natalie will be in Mexico!

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