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Festive Winter Cocktails

Festive Winter Cocktails
Just in time for New Years Eve! Here are several festive winter cocktails inspired by the season!
Special thanks to ONEHope Wines + Beth for their help and assistance!
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festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
Ingredients Needed:
• 2 parts ONEHope Sparkling Brut Wine
• 1.5 parts St. Germaine
• 2 parts Club Soda
• Ice

Directions:
1. Fill cup with ice
2. Add sparkling wine, St. Germaine + club soda (in that order)
3. Cheers to a new year!
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festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
Ingredients:
 ONEHope Sparkling Brut Wine
• Cranberry Syrup (see directions below)
• Club Soda

Directions
Cranberry Syrup:

1. Combine 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water in a sauce pan + bring to boil
2. Add in 1 cup of fresh cranberries
3. Stir for 1-2 minutes while boiling
4. Remove from heat + pour mixture through a strainer into a glass to remove cranberries
5. Set syrup aside until mixing in drink.

Drink:
1. Pour 2 parts sparkling wine with 1 part club soda
2. Add in cranberry syrup till appropriate tartness is achieved

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festive winter cocktails
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festive winter cocktails
festive winter cocktails
Ingredients:
• Hot cocoa
• Milk/Soy Milk
• Peppermint Schnapps

Directions:
1. Prepare hot chocolate as preferred using either milk or water (up to you!)
2. Add in 2-3 tablespoons of peppermint schnapps
3. Garnish with whipped cream or candy cane

Enjoy these festive winter cocktails, and let me know how you like them!

[All photos by Samantha Zachrich for From Rain to Shine. Special thanks to Beth Phillips and ONEHope Wine.]

September in Review

Hello October! I love this time of year…Halloween, then Thanksgiving then the holiday season! Here is hoping for some fall weather in LA in the coming weeks. September was great and full of busy events, new clients and great times. I can’t wait to share more of my current projects. Happy Tuesday! FR2S-Sept_Review

Summer Zest

Summer Zest Party
Recently, I got some of my gal pals together for an early summer gathering, to celebrate the warm weather and get excited for the new season. Held at my friends gorgeous apartment in Westwood, we sipped refreshing drinks, ate some delicious food, and got to enjoy each other’s company. Who doesn’t love spending a Saturday with friends and sun!? For this party, I wanted the drinks + pastries to have lemon incorporated to the recipes. Lemons are such a great addition to a summer beverage, and also pack in some great health benefits.
Summer Zest Party
The Set Up
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
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I used Minted for all the adorable paper party decor. Not only do they have a wide variety of designs to choose from, they have customization options so you can create your perfect party. I chose a theme that had some yellow + mint colors, since I knew that would be a great canvas for the vibrant lemons. Minted also makes it so easy to set up your decorations, providing the necessary supplies with your order. Seriously adorable and oh so fun.

The Treats
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The cupcakes + cake pops were B-E-A-Utiful and oh so delicious. Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena knows their cupcakes, and every gal couldn’t believe how cute + yummy they were. What’s a party without some adorable cupcakes? The two flavors both had hints of lemon that complimented the cocktails so well, Strawberry Lemonade and Lemon Drop. YUM.
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The Sips
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The first beverage I served was a Rosemary Lemon Margarita. Super easy to make, this drink was tasty and very well received.

 Ingredients: 
Lemons/Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Sugar
Tequila
Rosemary Sprig

I lined the rims with pink Himalayan salt, rather than traditional white. (Full recipe here).

Summer Zest Party

Summer Zest Party
The second lemon infused drink I served was White Wine Sangria, a must for an early afternoon get together. I used ONEHOPE wine, a company that not only makes great wine, but also gives back to the community.

Ingredients:
1 bottle of ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc
1 bottle ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine (optional topper just before serving)
1 cup raspberries
lime slices (1/2 lime)
orange slices (1/2 large navel orange)
orange juice (from 2nd half of large navel orange or ~1/4 cup)
lemon slices (1 lemon)

(Recipe adapted from here.)

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Summer Zest Party

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Summer Zest Party
In addition to the cupcakes + drinks, I served fruit, cheese, crackers, chips and dip. No guest left hungry!
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The Gals
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Summer Zest Party
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Friends, warm weather, drinks, a pool and summer on the horizon makes for an excellent reason to celebrate and enjoy some summer zest together.
Summer Zest Party
Have a GREAT summer!

[A huge thank you to Minted, Dots Cupcakes and ONEHOPE Wine who provided items + helped make this post possible!]

All photos by Samantha Zachrich.


Font Friday 5.6

Font Friday From Rain to Shine
Happy long weekend! I hope you can get outside and enjoy your time. I’m loving this font, and these retro Venice Beach images. Too cool. See you next week for an AWESOME post I am so excited about!

Under the Weather?

I woke up on New Year’s Day with the flu. Happy New Year to me, right? Well, countless chick flicks, cups of tea and naps later, I am slowly starting to feel better. I put together this flu season survival guide with all the things I’ve been using this last week in case any of you happen to catch a bug. Stay healthy everyone!
Home Sick Survival Guide
1. North Face Fleece to stay warm.
2. Nalgene bottle holds 32 oz. of fluids! I use this year round and love it.
3. Kleenex box close to your bed.
4. Cozy leggings to rest in.
5. Halls Cough Drops, especially in the triple action. They work so well.
6. Mug and lots of tea. I’ve been drinking Art of Tea. It’s seriously amazing.
7. A big blanket incase you venture to the couch.
8. Shea fuzzy socks to cover your feet.
9. Slippers to add that last layer of warmth.

To anyone else stuck home with the flu, feel better!

 

Fall Flowers

LA Flower Mart
I love flowers, and have been hearing for quite some time how amazing the LA Flower Mart is. Last weekend, I had to check it out for myself, and it did not disappoint. So many gorgeous, interesting flowers everywhere, and at such reasonable prices. Note to self: Get there earlier next time! The mart is open from 6am–2pm (on weekends) and many vendors start to pack up around 12. I was on the hunt to find some fall flowers to make table center pieces for Friendsgiving. [Check it out here + here]
LA Flower Mart Sunflowers
Los Angeles Flower Mart
LA Flower Mart
I came back with quite a haul! Trust me, it is hard to stop yourself.
White Flowers
Wrapped Flowers
LA Flower Mart
Special thanks to Yael Nov for accompanying me and photographing our day at the Flower Mart!

Sunny Seattle

The second portion of my trip to the Pacific Northwest finished up with 12 hours at home. I was so lucky that it was a sunny beautiful day, so naturally, I wanted to head downtown to the Pike Place Market. Sunny, beautiful days are a treasure in SEA and everyone loves to make the most of them. I love downtown Seattle, and am so excited to be going back there in two weeks!
Sunny Seattle
Seattle Pike Place Market
Seattle Farmers Market
How gorgeous were the clouds this day?
Seattle Public Market
Pike Place Market Flowers
The flowers at Pike Place Market are unrivaled, and some of the prettiest blooms I have ever seen. If I lived in Seattle, I know that I would be getting many of my floral needs from there.
Pike Place Market Flowers
I am so excited to go home in only a few weeks, so stay tuned for even more Seattle posts!

Seaside Getaway

I Love PacNW
Every year, since before I was born, my family has gone to this adorable beach town in the Pacific Northwest called Seaside, Oregon. Seaside is like my second home. It’s comfortable, familiar, and always brings back great memories. This year, I took a few days off of work to go and spend some much needed R+R with my family (and pup!) in my second home. We totally lucked out with the weather, as it is super unpredictable what you will get. It is hard to leave Seaside feeling anything other than happy and at peace. See the snapshots below for a glimpse into this year’s annual trip!
Seaside Oregon
This sign has been up for as long as I can remember!
Seaside Oregon Cove
One of my favorite parts of the beach: The Cove. It is great for finding seashells and looking at some awesome tide pools. (The weekend we went was severely lacking in seashells and tide pools, but there have been years where there is an abundance of both).
Oregon State Park
Definitely got my fix of the fresh, clean air. How could you not when you’re surrounded by the ocean and all these trees!
Seaside Carousel
This carousel is synonymous to Seaside in my mind. Every year, it was tradition that I would take a ride on this carousel. Over the years, I have grown up, but this carousel is exactly as it was when I was a little girl. How can you not love it!?
Seaside Arcade
One of the thrills in “downtown Seaside” is the arcade. Fascination is a game I have never seen anywhere else, and has been a staple of the arcade for years. When my grandmother used to come down to Seaside, it was only a nickel to play! Now, it is 25 cents, with specials at different times of the day. The premise of the game is to roll the red ball and light an entire row. The first player to achieve this wins tickets! (Tickets are used to cash in for a prize at Prize Redemption). It is a fun, fast-paced, and highly addicting game!
Seaside Oregon Prom
There is an awesome walking path along the entire beach called The Promenade. On the other side is the most adorable beach homes I have ever seen. It is family tradition to walk up and down the entire Prom at least once. We passed this adorable wagon in someone’s front yard. Such a cute idea!
Seaside Beach Oregon
We only had one day where it was super foggy and rainy, but it provided many interesting photos. This is one of my favorites that I took. I cannot wait to get back to Seaside, where all troubles seem to melt away. Have any of you ever heard of or been to Seaside, Oregon before?
[Check back next week for the second half of my trip…the 12 hours I had at home in Seattle!]

Monday

Last week, while sitting at my desk, I created a fun typography + icon for how I was feeling about it being Monday. I kept that Illustrator file open all week, and every day, added how I was feeling about the corresponding day. The result is below.
Days of the week
How do you feel about the days of the week?

Hello October!

September flew by and I cannot believe it is October. Last month was great, I spent some time in the Pacific Northwest, went to the Malibu triathlon (to cheer, not partake), spent time enjoying the last few weeks of “official” summer and did some serious blog planning. October marks the beginning of my favorite time of year, the HOLIDAY season. Halloween, Thanksgiving and then the winter festivities ending with New Years. 2014 will be here before we know it, but for now, enjoy one day at a time!
September Instagram Review