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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Wine Dress and Winter Ruffles

Hi everyone!

TGIF…we made it to the weekend! Weekends these days have been slam-packed with birthdays and holiday parties and it can be hard to find the perfect outfit. Do you go really festive with sparkles or simple with boots and jeans? I like to mix it up and dress down what could be considered a dressy look and vice versa. I recently found the dress below at Zara in New York with my sister. Zara is everywhere and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to battle the crowds, but I was so happy I did. I found the dress and choker below. I love it because it’s a frilled up shift dress that can easily be dressed up or down. Check out the links for more on this look and each of the pieces.

Be on the lookout for more holiday looks soon. Have a great weekend!

XOXO- Natalie

Dress | Choker | Boots

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers under $25

Happy Tuesday! How did everyone fare with Cyber Monday!? Hopefully you stocked up on lots of presents (and a little something for yourself too!). Good news is, the savings didn’t stop yesterday-you can still save some money and get some great gifts, without breaking the bank. If you have a TON of people to buy gifts for this year, this list is for you! All these gifts are under $25, so they are perfect for Secret Santa gifts, co-worker presents, or stocking stuffers! There is something for everyone on this list too! Let us know what your favorite is below in the comments!

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Monogram Necklace  |  Initial Jewelry Dish

Initial Coffee Cup |  Monogram Zip Top Pouch

Pinch Provisions Fitness Kit  |  Reflective Head Band 4 pack

‘Sweat Now Glow Later’ Tank |  Resistance Bands 

Bite Beauty Lip 4 Pack  |  ‘Christmas Cookie’ Shower Gel

Living Proof Perfect Hair Dry Shampoo  |  Pixie Glow Tonic

Beauty Blender w/ Cleanser  |  Fair Isle Thermal Leggings

Knit Beanie w/ Faux Fur Pom  |  Plaid Square Blanket Scarf

‘Cat Nap’ Eye Mask

Happy shopping, hope your week is off to a great start!

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3 Fall Beauty Trends to Try Now

For several seasons, we have been seeing a lot of the “no-makeup” makeup look. Natural looking hues, with some contouring and blush thrown in. For fall and winter this year, it is the opposite direction: there are tons of goth-romantic looks with daring and edgy colors. Here are three beauty looks we are eager to try out these coming months, along with some helpful tips.

Bold and Dark Lips

I know what you are thinking…’duh, of course you go darker for fall/winter!’ But we are not talking about going from nudes and pinky peaches to berries and soft reds. No way. This fall, a very bold, dark lip is what’s coming down the runway. Think dark (almost black) rouges, burgundy, and deep plums. It’s all about dramatic and impactful this fall/winter.

Not sure how to wear a dark lip? It’s simple. Keep them the center of attention and keep the rest of your makeup simple. A few tips:

-With darker colors, using a lip brush or pencil is also a good tip for perfect application, since darker colors tend to smudge easier and you DO NOT want that.

-Worried about how a dark shade will look? Test it out first! For fair ladies, go with a color with a pinky undertone. Darker skin tones look best with a blue or brown undertone.

-Wear with the right clothes. Dark lips look best with colors and fabrics that stand up to the bold look. Wearing summery colors or fabrics with dark lips can look costume-y.

Curls and Texture

No more sleek tresses or beachy waves. For fall and winter this year, it’s all about curls, curls, curls. Voluminous curls have been seen at almost every show this fall, and there is a good reason why. It’s so pretty and romantic! The soft curls have moved into a more voluminous and done up style. We love the big fun curls at Diane von Furstenberg and also the 1920’s brushed out curl look from Zac Posen. And braids are in bigtime…the more twisty and textured, the better.

It’s all about great texture and body. If you are like me (who has fine, stick straight hair) this can be a bit of a challenge to achieve. A few tools to help you:

-Healthy hair is the foundation for a good style. Use a deep conditioner once a week, especially when it is dry and cold outside.

-Use a thickening or volumizing root spray or mousse before you style.

-Blow dry with a round brush in sections. This will help lift and plump the roots of your hair, making sure you get it completely dry.

-Use hot rollers in place of a curling iron. This will help you get more volume closer to the root of your hair and will set that curl in place a little better. They are also a little less hot than a curling iron, so they don’t damage your hair as much. And finally don’t forget the hairspray!!

Artsy and Dramatic Liner

Not sure how many of the runway shows you have checked out, but there have been some extreme eyeliner looks! Big bold lines and colors are making a splash this fall. It’s all about intense color or pushing the boundaries with black liner. No easy does it, natural look here! Think more modern and graphic.

A few tips to help you pull off a bold eye this fall:

-If doing a dark eye, keep the rest of your makeup simple!

-Bright liner is fun, put not paired with clashing clothes. If you are rocking a teal liner, keep the rest of your look neutral or with complementary colors.

-Rock the boldest looks in the PM. We love it, but we don’t think your boss is going to understand the graphic liner trend.

 

Tell us below what you think about the current trends for Fall and Winter, and which ones you are excited to try out! We love to hear from you!

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Floral Print Blouse

Hi everyone,

This past weekend was beautiful, warm and 65! This weather has us ready to transition over to Spring clothes. Floral is definitely in for the Spring and we’re loving it! We’re headed of to NYC this weekend for Amanda’s bachelorette and it went from sunny and 65 last week to the forecast now calling for snow 😦 Hopefully this will be our last bout of cold and then we can step into Spring!

I found this blouse recently and it’s so comfortable and breezy, while this exact style isn’t available because it’s actually TJMaxx, I have a really cute similar option, but I’ve linked my jeans and necklace for you guys as well as a $17 option for my grey booties. Check out the link below for these items (the purse was in my last post) Now is the time to stock up for next fall / winter guys, happy shopping!

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Floral blouse (similar) | Jeans | Necklace | Shoes

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Blazers and Prints

Hi all,

This 50 degree weather has us wanting Spring, but we still have a few winter looks we want to share. Today’s look is an evergreen one that is all about the blazer and polka-dot top.

Blazers are one of those must have staple pieces that can really dress an outfit up. They don’t have to be boring and you can pair them up with a fun print like polka dots, florals, stripes, etc. Check out the links below for the outfit details and browse similar options that are fun, classic staples.

Blazer | Blazer Alternative |Top (sold out – similar) | Jeans | Sunnies

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Winter Layers with OTK Boots

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Tunic Fab’rik, old, similar Here and Here | Cape SheIn Loose Cape | Boots Steve Madden ‘Gorgeous’ OTK Boots | Belt Dress Up Boutique Gold Plate Stretch Belt | Handbag Ann Taylor Signature Tote, sold out, similar Here | Necklace Banana Republic Chain Collar | Sunnies Ray Bans

It has been so cold in Atlanta the past week, and we actually got some snow. Ok, well a light dusting of snow…sorta. But that’s a big deal here in the south. It started to warm up on Sunday so I was able to wear this outfit out to brunch with our friends to do a little late birthday celebration for me and our friend Lauren. It was still chilly so having the layers was key. I recently bought this cape online and it’s so cute! Purchasing clothes online can be tricky because of sizing {although I’ve almost mastered it-practice makes perfect!}, but the great thing about this cape is that it’s one size fits all AND it comes in three different colors. Oh and it’s $16. Pretty much a no brainer!

These boots have become my new favorite lately, I have been finding more and more stuff to wear them with-I love them. They are easy to walk in, and they keep your legs warm too, ha! This tunic is older, but I linked similar ones-this jewel tone is great and it flatters everyone. You can pair this look with leggings for a little extra warmth too.

Hope everyone is staying stylish and warm!

-Amanda