G’Vine: The Fashionable Gin

So guess what? It’s thirsty Thursday! It’s the prelude to the weekend and I’ve got a great liquor company to share with you called G’Vine Gin. G’Vine Gin is known as the fashionable gin and it’s absolutely tasty.

I had the chance to chat with one of G’Vine Gin’s own, Audrey, to get all the fashionable details on G’Vine:

I love the name G’Vine. How did you come up with it?

We were looking for a name that would be intrinsically related to the product and be understood in any languages. We had several formal brainstorming, but the name G’Vine came up one evening while sipping a G’Vine & Tonic with friends and family! The G stands for Gin and Grape. And Vine relates immediately to the unique origin and base ingredient of our gin, the grape. Actually, if you read the name on the packaging, you can see Vigne in French which means Vine. Personally, I really like the way of how G’Vine sounds and rimes with Divine…

Since G’Vine is The Fashionable Gin, how do you personally associate fashion with your cocktails? 

G’Vine is a wonderful “accessory” for any fashionista, whether she enjoys it at home or at an event. G’Vine’s contemporary and sleek packaging, which refer to its roots in the beautiful south-western villages of France, where grapes grow and vine flowers ripen, is the unmissable bottle you need on your bar. G’Vine has been immediately embraced by the fashion industry: it’s been a partner of the Madrid Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for 3 years now where the Kissing Room, a gorgeous private lounge where G’Vine cocktails flow, welcomes designers and fashionistas view here and we just helped French Rebellion, a group of French designers, launching their brand at the New York Fashion Week. I personally try to stay classy in all circumstances and have my favorite accessory, a hat.

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What is your favorite drink to make with G’Vine?

For me, cocktails are like clothes: it depends on the weather, the occasion and my mood. The equivalent of a flowery dress and straw hat for a picnic or petanque would be a bright G’Vine and tonic served in a large wine glass with lots of ice cubes. For an evening on a rooftop, I would opt for a G’Vine Basil Smash mixing gin, basil leaves, lemon juice and a tiny dash of simple syrup: sophisticated yet not pretentious. And for a festive occasion or celebration, the little black dress with a colorful accessory is a must and pairs perfectly well with a French 75, a traditional cocktail made with G’Vine, June liqueur, lemon juice, and champagne.

Where can G’Vine be purchased?

G’Vine can be found in any upscale liquor stores in the US. In New York, that would be Astor Wines, Park Avenue Liquor, 67 Wines, Brooklyn Wine Exchange, Winfield Fynn, just to name a few. And you can always purchase it online through websites like DrinkUpNY.

Will G’Vine just top at Gin – what’s next for the company? 

G’Vine has already welcomed a few other members in its family since its creation in 2006: June, a delicious liqueur made from the flowers of grapes; Excellia, a handcrafted tequila aged in Sauternes wine and Cognac barrels; and we’re about to launch a brand new vermouth on the American market. It’s all about grapes for us!
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Myself along with a few friends have personally tried the gin and we all agree that it’s an honestly good drink. It goes down smooth and the flavoring is perfectly light and refreshing. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

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Alyxia Leaf Jewelry

I recently entered a blog giveaway on The Moda Intersection on a whim and actually won. Thanks Rafflecopter for randomly selecting me name! My winnings arrived to my home in the form of a beautiful necklace and earrings by Alyxia Leaf.

Alyxia Leaf

Alyxia Leaf is a unique jewelry company based in NYC that creates beautiful crafted pieces made of actual leaves fond in nature. Before a piece becomes a part of a collection, it goes through a rigorous design process that takes about two months to complete. Alyxia Leaf first gathers the finest grown leaves from both Australia and the United States, and then preserve them for two weeks to keep their freshness. After gathering and selecting leaves (or one of our other natural  selections), they go through the electroforming process at our Kentucky design studio. Through special techniques, leaves are transformed into amazingly intricate pieces of jewelry.

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These are the perfect fall accessories as they have a fantastic earthy feel and are offered in a range of colors that easily compliment a fall wardrobe. Of course Alyxia Leaf can be worn year-round but I’m loving that the leaves are falling outside and I can wear pieces to match.

Here’s how I styled my Alyxia Leaf necklace and earrings.

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I paired my fabulous new jewelry with a fun pair of paisley Zara pants to compliment the color of my necklace and a white H&M blouse to pull the look all together. Be sure to visit the Alyxia Leaf website to check out the entire collection.

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Two Designers You Need to Know

I have had the privilege of attending Fashion In Detroit for three of the four years it has been in existence and I have to say, this has been its best year yet! And after attending this year’s Fashion In Detroit festivities, I feel compelled to share with you two spectacular designers: Joe Faris and Peter Soronen.

Joe Faris:

You may remember Joe Faris, creator of Fashion In Detroit, from Season 5 of Project Runway. He is back in the Motor City creating unisex collections but the detailing of his men’s garments are what really stands out. During Fashion In Detroit, Faris debuted his collection in collaboration with Dodge and I was personally in awe of the detailing on each of the male leather and bomber jackets. Cross stitching, buttons, zippers and color played key roles in the Dodge collection mixing fashion with function for a gritty Motor City feel. You can see some of his detailed work for the Joe Faris Detroit collection which will be available for purchase soon.

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Joe Faris Brown Leather

Peter Soronen: 

Peter Soronen is a demi-couturier hailing from the mitten and now a designer to the stars. Soronen is known as the “Corset King” and has the ability to create impeccable dresses for women that celebrate the feminine form. At Fashion In Detroit, the crowed was in awe of his attention to patterns and fit.

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Kudos to the Fashion In Detroit team for putting on a great show and exposing great designers like Jor Faris nd Peter Soronen.

Photo Credit: joe-faris.com and petersoronen.com

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5 Reasons Not to Miss Fashion In Detroit

I’m a Michigan girl, so naturally I’m excited for one of Detroit’s most elite fashion events – Fashion In Detroit! So if you’re in the area, be sure to clear your schedule this Saturday for a fun, fashion-forward event.

Reasons not to miss Fashion In Detroit 2014: 

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1. There will be runway shows including fashions from the Adam Levine Collection plus a musical performance by Lewis Hensley! I first discovered Lewis Hensley at a different fashion event years ago and instantly became intrigued by his smooth voice. I am personally very excited that Detroit’s own Lewis Hensley will be the official performer of Fashion In Detroit 2014.

2. Market Detroit will be back for those who like to discover and shop.  Market Detroit is an interactive pop-up shop retail environment featuring local designers, retailers, vendors and entrepreneurs.

3. There will be an after glow because everyone loves a good fashion party! Sound Board at Motor City Casino will be transformed into the chic and now-famous Fashion In Detroit After Glow party attended by local celebs and fashionistas alike.

4. Fashion In Detroit will present the opportunity for lots if photo ops. From runway pics, to selfies and even group shots, there will be several reasons to snap pics throughout the night resulting in great footage for blogs, Instagrams, Facebook and more. Plus, there is a special Social Media lounge offered to bloggers and press presented by Style Shack.

5. It’s one of Detroit’s best fashion events! In its 4th year, Fashion In Detroit 2014 is a non-profit corporation established to spotlight Metro-Detroit’s fashion and it’s unique development. Developed by Joe Faris, fashion designer and Project Runway Alum, this event is held at Motor City Casino in Detroit showcasing both fashion and entertainment.

To find out more about Fashion In Detroit visit the website at http://www.fashionindetroit.com.

Will you be attending Fashion In Detroit at Motor City Casino?

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What I Wore: Shopping Secrets Edition

Jeans and boyfriend tees are perfect, easy pieces for fall days. Plus, boyfriend tees and jeans can also be paired with adorable trench coats for warmth and style. Check out how I styled this weekend afternoon ensemble. And you’ll never guess where I got my khaki polka dot trench – the little girl’s section at Target! 

Target Kids Trench Coat

That’s right! Ladies, don’t be afraid to get bargains in sections of your favorite stores like the little girls, juniors or even men’s departments. My secret shopping tip is to shop for pieces like coats or sweaters in these various sections in sizes Large or XL. Chances are they will be cheaper than adult size garments, too. This girl’s jacket from Target was only $24 where something like this would have been at least $40 in the adult section.

Target Kids Polka Dot Trench Coat

Pink Kate Spade Bag

I decided to play with prints with my Target camo flats and the Polka Dot Trench and added my little Kate Spade bag for a pop of color. Have you ever shopped in another department for clothes?

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6 Beauty Hacks Everyone Should Know

There are a few beauty hacks that I feel compelled to share with you all because everyone loves a good shortcut or alternative in life! (Items including “*” notate beauty hacks that I have personally tried. Items including “-“ notate beauty hacks that I haven’t tried but wanted to share.)

-Use paperclips to create a racerback bra.

Image via Oh Rubbish Blog

Image via Oh Rubbish Blog

Instead of purchasing a new bra or throwing on a strapless bra lacking support, use a paperclip to secure your bra straps in place. The straps will create an X shape on your back in order to hide the straps when wearing a racerback tank or other garments that typically expose your bra straps.

- Store bobby pins in an empty Tic Tac Box

Everyone knows bobby pins are like socks. They mysteriously go missing! Save your bobby pins by storing them in an empty Tic Tac box. It’s compact enough to carry in your purse for on-the-go days and small enough to place in the corner of your bathroom counter to save space.

* Dry your hair with a t-shirt to eliminate frizz

Photo via michellephan.com

Image via michellephan.com

Have you ever noticed that when you towel dry your hair, it seems to be a little bit harder to tame? That’s because towels don’t really do a great job of drying your hair when there’s already excess moisture on the towel. Instead, use a t-shirt to dry your hair and tame the frizz.

*Use a men’s razor

Women’s razors are great and all but sometimes when you want a closer, more efficient shave, women’s razors can get a little pricey. Save a few dollars and pick up a pack of men’s razors. Men’s razors are already made to cut thicker hair so using a men’s razor to shave your legs, armpits and bikini line just might be more efficient for you.

*Shave your legs with conditioner

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

If you’ve run out of shaving cream, don’t worry because that bottle of conditioner can do the same trick, if not better. Conditioner smooths and softens your hair and works the same on your skin. Using conditioner in place of shaving cream will leave your legs extra smooth after a good shave.

*Put hairspray in a body spray bottle

When your bath and body works body spray is running low, don’t toss it just yet! De-assemble your hair spray bottle and pour the hair spray into the body spray bottle. This concoction allows you to utilize your hairspray but with the remaining body spray still in the bottle, your hair will hold its style plus hold a sweet fragrance!

Have you tried any of these beaut hacks?

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Wardrobe Wars: Summer vs. Fall

After speaking to several of my peers about seasonal fashion, I have come to realize that everyone’s favorite season is fall!  There’s just something about chunky sweaters, fancy statement coats and fabulous riding boots that make you just love fall. But for those of us who love fall fashion but still long for the bright warmth of summer, there are ways to position your wardrobe to get the best of both worlds.

Here are some tips for holding on to summer even when there’s a crisp fall breeze:
Integrate floral prints into your wardrobe: We typically see flowers bloom in the spring so floral patterns during the fall can remind us of the summer that once was. Bonus: floral will still be a hot print for fall.
Don’t be afraid to wear pops of color: Be bold with your pieces. Try a neon colored cardigan or perhaps stick with the monochrome theme for your clothes and add a bright colored shoe to remind you of sunny days.
Long sleeve dresses are your friend: Long sleeve dresses are the perfect weather-appropriate piece giving you the warmth that you need for a chilly day but still offer that, “Summer’s not over just yet” deal.
Check out how I styled this fall appropriate outfit with summer flare.
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Super fun shoot in Downtown Detroit curtesy of my PR gal pal, Teia Harris of Love Publicity!
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Outfit Details:
Dress – Lulus
Shoes – Target
Necklace – H&M
Sunglasses – Aldo 
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