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The History of the hand shaken Daiquiri

Daiquiris. I love just even saying the word, because it makes me think about the drink and wanting to get one after work to unwind and celebrate surviving another work day. However, I’ve never really sat back and thought about the history of the daiquiri. So, after a quick little search I was quick to find out that daiquiris were invented in a bar in the 1900s in a bar in Santiago, Cuba by a group of American mining engineers. Interesting! They started to become more popular in the 1940s during wartime and the rest is history!

Although there are very different recipes for daiquiris, sometimes the best way is to keep it simple like the Bacardi recipe below.

  • Step 1: Moisten the rim of a tall glass then dip in sugar to rim the edges
  • Step 2: Pour over ice
  • Step 3: Garnish with a lime wedge
  • Step 4: Enjoy!

This summer, rediscover the daiquiri. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is the perfect addition to any summer get-together — fun, delicious, and ready to pour. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, tangy lime and sugar. It is a perfectly balanced cocktail that is not too sour and not too sweet. http://bacardidaiquiri.glam.com


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The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bacardi

Pretty please…being responsible and legal when consuming alcohol!

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Financially Mature

This year has really been pivotal to me. I got a new job, that I love at the pay scale that I wanted to be when I reached 30. Oh, and I turn 30 this year (September 26th)! Also, I’ve been more responsible with my money and saving more, which is a lot easier now that I make more. I’ve been taking advantage of all the things my bank has to offer, including but not limited to, savings account, online banking,  and various security and protection plans for my accounts. I use all I these things to make sure that I’m respecting my money and future.

In the past, spending has definitely been my best friend and retail therapy was my favorite drug and cured everything, in my opinion. However, I ‘m looking more into the future and looking into buying my first home within the next year or so. Therefore, I’m making smarter decisions when it comes to my money and spending habits, which can be quite hard when you are a fashion blogger. Still, I’m doing it thanks to finding the right bank for me and my financial goals.

Just like when anything that requires you to cut back on things (i.e. diets), I’m not depriving myself of wants, every now and then. When you begin to make smarter spending decisions, you will be able to find that amazing point when you can splurge on something like I plan to do for my 30th birthday gift to myself.

So, if you have been trying to sort out your financial future, you definitely need to find the right bank for you try to take advantage of all of the things that offer to keep you on track.

SunTrust has consistently ranked at the top for customer service for a good reason – they understand their customers. This lets them provide the right solutions to meet those customers’ unique needs. They believe banking solid is the key to living solid. See for yourself at livesolid.com, where you’ll find many great articles, tools and tips on everything from shopping to family to money.

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The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of SunTrust

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Dressing Up My Crystal Light Green Tea with Raspberry!

Crystal Light’s On the Go packets give you the ease of a delicious and healthy alternative to soda with the same ease and convenience. They offer a variety of flavors to help keep you happy and hydrated all summer!

For the past week now, I’ve been shoving soda to side and instead, reaching for a Crystal Light’s Green Tea Raspberry on the go. As a lifelong Southerner, nothing screams summer like a glass of ice tea in a mason jar. So, I dusted off these jars that I’ve had nestled in my cabinets and fixed me a glass of Green Tea Raspberry splashed and garnished with lemon and lime. Let me say that the Green Tea Raspberry tea ALONE is amazing, but sometimes you have to switch it up and this combination has been my addiction to unwind after work and I do see me shaking this monkey off my back anytime soon!


So, if you are looking for a quick, healthy and delicious alternative to soda, you should definitely check out Crystal Light’s On The Go mix packets. I recommend the raspberry green tea. AMAZING!

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A Couple Needs. A Few Wants. Too Many Options!

Okay, dilemma! I need a couple of things for around my apartment (i.e: new vacuum and new coffee table). However, there are so many things that I’ve been lusting after and all of the things I need and want are on CSNStores.com

CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from contemporary coffee tables to practically every brand of vacuum cleaner you could want! However, aside from my needs, they also have a vast selection of items from this one home decor line that I’ve been stalking for months; Alessi. Hardcore lust for this italian company!


Okay, a smart decision would be to go ahead and buy a nice and affordable vacuum or simple contemporary coffee table. Unfortunately, my head is leaning toward one of Alessi Mediterraneo Household Accessories Set that would look AWESOME to hold my brushes.

Oy vey! What to do, what to do! I’ll let you know soon.

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Q&A with…Tasha of Imperfect Concepts Boutique

Imperfect Concepts is an online high end resale boutique that features a nice selection of vintage pieces from lines such as YSL, Gucci, Prada, and many more.

Recently, I had the lovely opportunity to ask the owner, Tasha, some questions that range from the good and bad to running Imperfect Concepts to tips on what to look for when you are searching for vintage pieces.

1. How would describe your online store, Imperfect Concepts? As a dream come true… Laughs. But really I would describe my store as a place where women can find luxury and amazing vintage items at fantastic prices. Imperfect Concepts is the best-kept secret for online resale shopping for fashionable women.

2. When and why did you start Imperfect Concepts? Imperfect Concepts was started a little over a year ago (7/11/2009). As a kid I always wanted my own store. I wanted a storefront, but that was not attainable in 2007, when I graduated from Southern University. So, I took a road that has been traveled, but altered the road and used stumbling blocks as stepping-stones instead. The process of starting the store was far from easy but the gratification of saying I am 25 and run a successful business makes it all worth it!

3.  Where do you find the items you sale on your site? When, I first launched the site it was clothes from my very own closet. I had numerous items that had never been worn or with the tags still on them. Then as the store grew I started adding the thrift and vintage store items I was finding. So now, the store is a mixture of both.

4. When you are looking for items to buy, what do you look for in order for you to buy it? I look for items that I feel my customers would love! A perk of running a small business is getting to know your customers. I communicate with several customers daily via social media or on personal levels. When we talk I am always asking, “What do you want to see in my store; what do you think the latest trends are?”

5.  What is your favorite and hardest thing about running Imperfect Concepts? My all time favorites are the packing/shipping process and communicating with my customers. One thing I picked up when working at small boutiques and shopping at them is that you should treat every customer special. They are the reason you will thrive. So, I try to make the shopping/shipping/receiving process amazing every time for each customer. As a result, 85% of my costumers are return customers, and they refer their friends, meaning I gave them a memorable shopping experience!

6.    To date, what was your favorite items that you found and why? I found this amazing Dallas Milo leopard print dress. I was in love with that dress!  Every woman should own a leopard print piece in her wardrobe. That dress was the epitome of fantastic!  When I saw it, I thought immediately of Kate Moss, she always looks chic in leopard.

7.    For people new to resale shopping, what are some rules/guidelines they should look for? First, be patient. Resale shopping is not like retail shopping. It is very rare to find more than one of the same exact piece or to have your size in a particular item. Second, search hard and wide. You might only be looking for a LBD, but if you search the accessory section, you will find an amazing Judith Leiber clutch for your wedding day or perfect gift for your best friend. Finally, have fun! Shopping should always be fun not a torture.

8. What are your favorite labels to find when resale shopping? Vintage Dior, YSL or other high end luxury labels. It is always a high to find great luxury items at a fraction of the price at my local thrift or vintage store!

9. Have you ever found an item that you intended to sell, but couldn’t let go? If so, what? I found an amazing vintage silk Escada stripe bow shirt. Its three sizes too big, but that’s what I love about it! I have yet to wear it, but I know that piece will be a staple in my wardrobe this fall.

10.  Currently, what is your favorite item that you have for sell right now? The Yves Saint Laurent pieces. YSL is always classic and chic. It is a brand I would say every women and man needs in their closet. I love the black jacket and the Fall 2007 croc wooden pump!

11.  What is your hope for the future of Imperfect Concepts? How big do you want it to grow? The hope I have for Imperfect Concepts is to maintain the goal, of providing great articles of clothing to women at affordable prices. Also, to exceed all the expectations others set on us. I use to say I wanted to be as big as the Decades Two or the Fruitions, but I want my store to be as big as God wants it to be!  At the end of the day, I just want to be great at what I do. Grow each day and learn something new in the process, is my hope for Imperfect Concepts.

If you are into fab finds without breaking the bank, then you should definitely check out Imperfect Concept! Also you can stay up to date on special discounts and sales by following at twitter.com/imperfctconcept and  become a Facebook fan!

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