Thursday, December 18, 2014

the most sparkly tree of all!

Yes, I did make a tree out of earrings.
Because...
Well...
Because it's beautiful...and sparkly...and...fun?
Anyway- it's pretty right?
Pin away, m'loves:

Which one would you pick off the tree?
Those Erickson Beamon beauties are my favorite!

xo, lp


*pssst: let's be friends on instagram, okay? you can find all my pictures right here! --> @lpodlich










Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TAKE A SIP: CRANBERRY MOSCOW MULE

I had to squeeze in one last Christmas drink before taking next week off..so naturally I chose some thing red & green...
Cranberry Moscow Mules!
What you need to make it happen:
- 2 ounces Vodka
- Gingerbeer
- Lime Slices
- Frozen Cranberries
- Ice

How to make it happen:
Step 1: Fill copper mug with ice & add  2 ounces vodka, 1 teaspoon cranberry simple syrup.
Step 2: Top with ginger beer and garnish with a few lime slices & a handful of frozen cranberrries
Step 3: Enjoy!

Fruity, tart- not at all too sweet!


What drink will you be sipping on this season?
If you'd like one of these, just come on over!

xo, lp


*psssst: let's be friends on instagram, shall we? find me here           --->@lpodlich 

*also: for more drinks recipes, go HERE!   


Monday, December 15, 2014

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE....

Happy Monday you lovely people!

The countdown to the holidays is on- and we're gettin' festive around here! Here's what's good lately:


Yes, I AM that annoying person that changes out paper straws with the holidays. The bar officially has Christmas all over it!

I am so excited to go home and give gifts to friends & family. These monogram mugs will be perfect for all of my favorite girls back home:

Christmas & Hanukkah cards have been sent out- with all the envelopes decorated with washi tape and Social Print Studio stickers!
 I don't know what it is - but once December hits I want all every single fair isle thing I see. Liiiike this hat: 


Tomorrow's recipe is SO. DANG. GOOD. Cranberry Moscow Mules, mah friends:

What have you been doing to get in the holiday spirit?
I fully expect holiday cards & cookies to be sent my way, folks!

xo, lp



psssst: let's be friends on instagram, mmkay? find me here  --> @lpodlich

Friday, December 12, 2014

an HONEST gift guide for each friend- no, really!

Okay people, here's the deal.
If you're looking at this gift guide, you're either a total slacker, or have just legit been having trouble crossing the last few people off your list.

I know what you need.
You need gifts from somewhere that will ship QUICKLY...and for FREE.
Why do I know this? 

Because I'm in the same spot. 
In fact, I came across all of these gifts because I need all gifts here by the 18th - and after last year of getting gifts AFTER Christmas that had been promised by stupid retail companies to come on time, I'm not taking any chances.

Here are some gifts for the people you might have left on your list- guaranteed free (and super fast) shipping:


For the "I have no idea what to get you" Friend: Let's be real, most of the friends we meet later in life aren't like our High School or College Friends. We just haven't seen them grow up, or have enough inside jokes with them from being drunkenly stumbling back to the dorms with. For these friends, it can be hard to get gifts for! 
What I suggest: These House of Harlow or Kate Spade studs. Totally within budget, but look lovely all boxed up.

For the Recently Engaged Friend: The great thing about these friends is that no matter what you give them- as long as it's related to their magical engagement day or upcoming wedding- will be adored. So, get them something that shows you fully get they're about to get hitched!

For the Constantly Travelling Friend: Maybe they have a job that they travel a lot for- or maybe they have a long distance boyfriend. Either way, a travel themed gift will show you get their lifestyle, and thought of something cute & practical just for them.
What I suggest: These heels travelling bags are made for individually travelling with shoes so they don't get scuffed- or get dirt on your other clothes!

For the Type-A list-making Friend: Everyone has a bunch of Type-A friends in their life- especially at their place of work..but it can be hard to shop for these people since they don't seem to have a whole lot of obvious interests!

For the Friend who lives too far away: You've been friends for a long time, and you need to ship their gift...but OY shipping things is friggen' expensive! 
What I suggest: These adorable notecards. They're small and flat so they cost next to nothing to ship, and you can write a cute note about how you should be Pen Pals because you miss them so much!

For the Friend who Instagrams everything: This technically should be for the friend who is obsessed with their iPhone- but the two usually go hand in hand...
What I suggest: A few cute but affordable iPhone cases. (Jordan Carlyle / Marc Jacobs / Rifle Paper Co ) She'll love to change them out depending on her mood- and they're Instagram worthy to boot. #loveit #bestfriend

For the Friend who likes booze or ironic hipster things: Oh yes. These friends. The friends that still think mustaches are a funny thing on mugs and shirts and temporary tattoos. These are the friends who like quirky things, and with those quirky things, they like craft beer and Trader Joes wine.
What I suggest: This Jonathan Adler Moustache bottle stopper: Good for the hipster wanna bes, good for the booze lovers.

For the Friend who loves Fido: Ah yes, dog owners. They already think their pet is sent from the heavens, so why not pretend you think the same by giving them something dog-themed? 
What I suggest: This gold dog catch-all for anything from jewelry to things you'd need at your desk.

There you have it, people! 
The quick, down and dirty gift giving guide. So get out there and grab a thing or two for those last few people on your list!

What kind of person do you need last-minute gifts for?
If you have any other ideas for people like the ones mentioned above, I'd love to hear them!

Xo, LP

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TAKE A SIP: SPARKLING CARAMEL APPLETINI

Okay my friends, it's officially time for HOLIDAY DRINKS!

I mean, not that any of these drinks coming up on the blog aren't good all year long..but..they're perfectly holiday party ready!

First up: Sparkling Caramel Appletini.
What you'll need to make it happen:
- 1.5 ounces vodka
-  Hard Cider (angry orchard preferred!)
- Caramel Sauce 
-Apple Slices (honeycrisp is best)
- Ice

How to make it happen:
Step 1: Swirl caramel sauce in the martini glass
Step 2: Shake ice & vodka until chilled & add to glass
Step 3: Top off with hard cider, stir, and garnish with an apple slice.
Step 4: Sip & enjoy!

Simple, right?
The caramel sweetness assures no bite from the vodka, and the fizz from the hard cider is an extra surprise!

What holiday drink are you making this season?
If you don't have a good one in your repertoire yet, make this one!

xo, lp




**psst: let's be instagram friends! -->@lpodlich

Monday, December 8, 2014

TARTAN ALL THE TIME

Happy Monday you lovely people!

Today is a great day. Why, you ask?
Well for starters, it's my amazing sister Louisa's birthday!! (Hi Lou!)
It also happens to be the day of our anniversary! Er, I mean, Michael + Me...not my sister + me. That'd be just wrong. And illegal in the USA I think?
Anyway: Michael I know you read this blog once every blue moon - so Happy Anniversary!

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Here's what else is good lately :

Rainbow. Glitter. Ornaments.
I DIYed these guys YEARS ago, and we still use them on our secondary mini tree. Just some dollar store ornaments, glue spray, and Martha Stewart glitter. As you can tell, I'm still obsessed with snapping #everythinginrainboworder pictures of them on Instagram :)

35 Degree Weather!
Oh Wisconsin, I love  you when you have mild Decembers! I probably just jinxed myself here- but this extra warm weather means I get that much more use out of my favorite Tory Burch flats. Love, love, love.

Holiday Cocktails!
Tomorrow on zee blog I'll be sharing this recipe for a sparkling caramel appletini. Oh yeah, it's reaaaally good.
(and no, you're not seeing double. it's the same scarf. evidently it's officially my biggest photobomber lately.) 

Holiday Gifts!
I absolutely love giving gifts- and I've been having a blast Hanukkah & Christmas shopping this year for friends and family. My latest great find is this silver antler bottle opener. If you don't have anyone in your life that'd like this, you're probably thinking I'm a crazy person- but I know one hunter and one artsy-thinks-antlers-are-cool gal who with both love this! (If you're in the same boat as me, you can get it here)

What's new with you all?
Anyone else powering through holiday shopping?

xo, lp




*pssst: find me on instagram! --> @lpodlich



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