Drink Pink

Payton for pH Alchemy-1870 Who doesn’t love a delicious drink? Whether it’s a cocktail or a refresher or a wake-up, drinking is a huge part of our lives. Enter Pink House Alchemy, creators of sensational botanical based syrups. I had a to-die for lavender lemonade at the farmer’s market last year and had been thinking about it non-stop. When I had the same deliciousness at the Little Craft Show this winter, I quickly decided I had to try this at home. I bought the herb, lavender & rosemary syrups. They were divine the few times I used them before they were relegated to the back of my home bar for two months. I re-found them and began to wonder, should they be refrigerated? I emailed Emily Lawson, the alchemist (or owner) herself. She was incredibly kind and directed me to Ross, PH chef/alchemist, who had recently made the syrups shelf-stable. Ross replaced my syrups with bigger bottles, he also gave me three new ones to try! Wasn’t that just so lovely of them? I decided to utilize my new additions and organized a little happy hour with my gal-pal Mallory Berry of MGB Photo. Payton for pH Alchemy-1890 The PH folks had given me a pineapple rosemary shrub (a “sipping vinegar”) and I saw a lovely little margarita recipe (below) on their facebook. Let me tell you, this is the real deal. It was so incredibly yummy that things got a little out of hand. Go get you some.

Pineapple Rosemary Margarita | Mix the following:
2 oz silver tequila 1 oz Pink House Alchemy Pineapple Rosemary shrub (a shrub is a “sipping” vinegar that takes your cocktail to the next level) 3/4 oz Pink House Alchemy Herb simple syrup Juice from 1/2 a lime
(for our version, we used grapefruit flavored sparkling water)

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Photo Credit: MGB Photo

More about PH, via PINKHOUSEALCHEMY.COM: Pink house alchemy is a company dedicated to taste experiences.  Inspired by complementary patterns in roots, barks, fruits, herbs, and botanicals.  pH works every day to find new and perfect connections between ingredients.  Who knew carrot, rice vinegar; sugar and toasted coriander seeds are a dreamy sweet treat?  Simple syrups, bitters, shrubs and timeless classics such as falernum, are where the alchemists put these discoveries to the test!

Purchase syrups & shrubs from Pink House at Arsagas, ONF or on their website.

More recipe suggestions from Pink House:

Blueberry Thyme Gin Fizz: 2 oz. Hendricks Gin 1 oz. pH Alchemy Blueberry Thyme Simple Syrup 1/2 juiced lemon 1 egg white. Shake with ice. Pour. Top off with sparkling water. Garnish with sprig of thyme. Enjoy.

Rosemary Rhubarb Flip: 1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin 1 oz. pH Rosemary Rhubarb simple syrup .75 oz. fresh lime juice 1 egg white Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry shake for 30 seconds. Add ice and continue shaking until frothy. Strain and garnish with a fresh rosemary spring.

Pink House Cooler: 2 oz vodka 1 oz Pink House Alchemy Strawberry Basil simple syrup juice from 1/2 a lime top with sparkling water and garnish with fresh basil

Lavender Hummingbird: In a pint glass: Ice 1 oz pH Alchemy Lavender Simple Syrup 1 squeezed lemon Sparkling water

French Lavender 75: In a shaker: 2 oz gin (the alchemist prefers Hendricks) 1 oz Lavender One half squeezed lemon Shake with ice, pour in martini glass Float champagne on top Garnish with lemon twist

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Celebrate Gift Guide

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I have a very lovely friend who works for Celebrate Magazine. For the December issue, she asked my hubby and I to help her out with a pretty cool gift guide. As I said, I turned into a pageant mom when Ro modeled for The Independent. I thought it was pretty hilarious that we are both featured in the mag but not together. Photos by Jade Howard
Happy Holidays!
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Holiday Getaway Must-Haves

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It’s Thanksgiving! This officially kicks the “holidays” into high gear. For many of us, this equates to travel. Does anyone have as much trouble packing as I do?

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In all aspects of life, I tend to give great advice and not take it. For example, I could advise you on what to pack for a long weekend. I know the rules; stretch your staples, work your wrinkle-free, rely on one great boot & so on. But I am someone who likes to dress for dinner even if no one else is (photo op!!). So when we drive south for a 4 night holiday, I tend to fill up the Tahoe with accessories, pumps and a few extra party options.

Sometimes I have to refocus on the essentials. When it comes to must-haves, most of mine are in the beauty/gadget department. A girl is only as good as her tools, amiright?

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1. this clip situation is the coolest contraption – I took it off a 90s dress and use it when I need a cinch at the waist, but a belt just won’t do
2. philosophy eye cream – because it’s never too early
3. book light – serves so many purposes (reading at night not withstanding) – I clip this baby to my lapel on the regular
4. static guard & sweater weather are synonymous
5. yummy NEST travel spray in Midnight Fleur via Pigmint
6. spin pin! If you have longish to long hair, it’s an absolute must – this lil pin holds all my hair up in an epic bun
7. MAC beauty balm – not too much / not too little (my buddy Kory Tyler turned me on to this)
8. ELF brow compact – this is a product I swear up & down by – $3 to epic brows everyday y’all
9. cold cream – I used to make fun of my poor mama when she used this but I’ve seen the err of my ways – the ONLY thing that will remove heavy eye makeup without removing lashes in the process
10. Clinique green concealer – green counteracts red so this stuff is a lifesaver for imperfections plus it has a bit of salicylic acid so (the hope is) your face will look better when you take it off!
11. Maybelline 14hour lipstick in wine and forever & handy dandy case (vintage) – this is my go-to dark lip for Fall
12. hot rollers – call me old fashioned but I love being able to roll my hair up, chill/eat/whatever for a while, unroll & voilà!

A few beloved things that go with me on weekends away…

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Vintage Leather Moto Jacket – Grey Dog
Jewels, jewels, jewels in travel hanger
Extra Tall Vintage Hat Box (I can fit 6+ in there!)

Stop Shop Fayetteville

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with Mallory & Leea at the Stop Shop Fayetteville event

Mallory Berry is an uber talented photog who recently did 16 stop motion videos for locally owned businesses. She is also my buddy and I’m super proud of her. My other buddy, Leea was the other half of the collaboration. My girls at Guillotine Hair Lounge participated and I was honored to be thier “model”. Watch for me in the middle!
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with Taylor & Lindsey of Guillotine Hair Lounge

Watch the vid –> http://bit.ly/StopShopFayetteville

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a snapshot of the finished look

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find Stop Shop Fayetteville & more pics 
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with Ro at the watch party

BIG NEWS!

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I have something I am thrilled to share with you! Tomorrow will mark my 1000th post! I realized it last week and thought I really ought to do something big. So, my lovely wedding photographer Mallory Berry, a very talented makeup artist Mollie Booth and I collaborated on a little outfit photo shoot that I’m super excited about. Also, two of my favorite local boutiques (The Grey Dog & Cheap Thrills) have signed on to help me giveaway some fabulous vintage! Please come back tomorrow for the whole story!

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photos via my pinterest

Way down yonder in New Orleans

My bags are packed! I’m ready to go! It’s hard to believe that I’m heading to New Orleans to celebrate my bachelorette, see sweet friends that I haven’t seen in a long time and get excited about my wedding in exactly THREE MONTHS from tomorrow!

The weekend has already started nicely, my dress was delivered today! I haven’t opened the box yet but I’m so excited.

I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend! I’ll leave you with a little picture of the future Bridewells.
Photos via Pinterest, Bottom photo by Mallory Berry

News & Thanks

Hello friends! I realized today that my blog is a little over two years old. I missed our birthday, it was in March (3/18). It’s hard to believe I have been posting that long. I’ve really come to love the blog and all the people I’ve reconnected with because of it. I started a blog because I believe it’s so important to hone in on what inspires you. It helps you stay enthusiastic and hopeful. Plus, you always feel inspired!

Today the blog officially transfered over to thewindowshopper.org. If you look for prettypay you will still find me so no worries! Thank you all for the continued support, the kind words and most of all, the friendship. If you’d like a peak back at one of my early posts, click here.

Love,

Payton

My Wedding Inspirations

Today is April 27th. That means our wedding is exactly four months away. I hyperventilated a bit when I realized. In honor of that and of the royal wedding (of course) I thought I’d share some of my wedding inspirations. If Kate Middleton forsakes Queen Victoria’s jewels for flowers in her hair I will never forgive her.

anything vintage or meaningful

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a jewel-encrusted gown

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a stunningly simple setting for the ceremony

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shoes that sparkle

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a ranunculus boutonnière

on a classic tux

Burberry Prorsum Single-Breasted Wool Tuxedo Jacket

sneaks at the reception

Pavilion Sneaks

all the girls in light, feminine hues

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flowers in her hair

white wedding halo

honeymoons in far off places

a little new orleans flavor

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all photos via The Window Shopper (wedding)