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

RAID MY CLOSET

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On May 4th (if you’re local) you will be able to shop my collection of clothes, shoes, hats, jewels and accessories. I am doing a SERIOUS edit.
The sale will be at Grey Dog 724 N. College, Fayetteville AR from 11-6. Of course, I will be there to share stories/style recommendations or possibly just chilling and drinking! We’ll see how this goes and I may do more. Hopefully online – so some of you interested but far away parties can get in on it! —> the facebook event
Click on the photo below to see the preview  album or check out the possibilities from past outfits. I  will be posting more items as the date draws near. xo

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above photo by the lovely Mallory Berry5

Absence to Fondness? / What I Wore: Sophisticated Christmas

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(what I wore: hat – vintage via cheap thrills, earrings – grey dog (revamped by Stacey @ Dark Star Visuals), dress – sketches by christine jaguin via cheap thrills, b pin – vintage, heels – stuart weitzman via daisy exchange)
While I realize your life does not revolve around what I might have worn,  I do apologize for leaving you hanging over the holidays. I was ill/traveling/hope you’ll forgive me. Posts probably will be a bit more sporadic as I’m working on some exciting stuff that I will share soon and some not so exciting stuff that I won’t bore you with. Happy 2013 & thank you for visiting.


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What I Wore: Going Southwest

what I wore: blouse – carole little for st tropez west (thrifted, find the brand here), skirt – max studio, boots – asos (similar) or these, turquoise earrings – forever21, turquoise beads – mae’s

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I don’t know if you noticed, but I get some pretty amazing treasures from Mae’s. If you’re local and you haven’t been by there, you are completely missing out. I got these beads a few weeks ago and was giddy when I realized how well they went with my $3 earrings from Forever. You know how I love dressing on a theme, so I went full-on southwest with the whole ensemble.

What I Wore: 40’s Throwback

what I wore: dress – vintage milanzo (thrifted), earrings – vintage from in retrospect, bow ring – forever21,  nails – bulletproof by pistol polish, heels – nine west
I got a really good pull when I went thrifting the other day, including this dress which was $2.50. I love the shape & femininity of the silhouette; especially paired with my 40s-ish nine west platforms. Also, if you are local (NWA), you really must check out In Retrospect on Township. It’s a vintage/kitsch mall with amazing jewelry, furniture and all sorts of other things – great prices too!

What I Wore: Blue Jean Baby

what I wore: jeans – levi via grey dog, blouse – vintage, heels – bcbg, bracelet – mae’s, earrings – mom’s

I found these amazing vintage levi’s last week at Grey Dog. I’m so excited about them because they’re the perfect length and rise. Also picked up the gorgeous silver bracelet at Mae’s – a local favorite.

What I Wore: Baby Blue

what I wore: dress – vintage parade from cheap thrills, necklace – 30s vintage (a present from my hubby) found @ mae’s, platforms – go jane *please excuse the (clean) laundry in the background…it was late

Last night I went to the Shop Local night of the inaugural Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week. I have to say, I was really impressed and am now so excited about Friday night when some of my favorite boutiques will be showing. Obviously we don’t have as many designers as a big city would, so the shows are all philanthropic and benefit local charities. I’m really proud of the great work that went into making this event happen and I can’t wait to see how it takes off!
The two beauties in the picture have blogs as well! Check out http://lovecity.tumblr.com/ and http://renegadegarden.com/