CLASSIC KENTUCKY MINT JULEP: Even if your at home, the derby festivities must go on!

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(Special thanks to my fiancé, Isaac for being such a great model! )

It’s finally here! The Kentucky Derby- when ladies and gentlemen gather at Churchill Downs to place their bets on the finest horses in the country. I still haven’t been to this race (definitely on my bucket list), but i usually manage to put on a great hat and find a fun place to attend in town. Turns out that the best Derby Day traditions is on you can stir up for yourself right at home: the classic Kentucky mint juleps. Traditionally served in a chilled silver cup,this simple bourbon cocktail packs a lot of a punch.

*Note- We recommend going heavy on the crushed ice, which will slightly dilute the drink as it melts.

CLASSIC KENTUCKY MINT JULEP

Ingredients

-2.5 ounces bourbon

-25-30 mint leaves

-ice cubes

-crushed ice

Syrup

-1/2 cup sugar

-1/2 water

-1 large bunch of mint leaves

Instructions

1. First, you’ll make the simple syrup. Combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Place the bunch of mint leaves in an old mason jar (or a heatproof container) and pour the syrup over the leaves. Place the jar in the fridge and let the leaves steep in the syrup for at least one hour. Strain the leaves from the liquid and set the syrup aside.

2.Place you 25-30 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and pour in the 2.5 ounces of bourbon as well as one ounce of your syrup. Top with a few ice cubes and stir. Fill your chilled cup with ice about halfway. Strain the liquid from the cocktail shaker into the cup. Pack crushed ice on top of the liquid to top off the glass. Garnish the drink with a sprig of mint leaves and a straw

3. Place you bets and enjoy your drink!

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Weekly: Style in minutes- with a dash of hospitality

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Rather you’re a college student on a budget or a mom on-the-go, Every woman wants to be known for having charisma and being poised- no what matter the circumstances. In todays on-the-go culture, mastering that art has never been more important. Sometimes we forget that style runs deeper than the clothes we wear, so here are a few tips on how to enrich your world with style AND hospitality!

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Exfoliating scrub to the rescue!

Look fresh faced in seconds! We all have a set routine of extensive cleansing rituals and purifying treatments for a cleaner complexion, right? Well, what do we do when we’re on-the-go and need a quick fix of clear? CLARISONIC CLARISONIC CLARISONIC! These gems work by providing a frequency of over 300 movements per second, consequently massaging away all of the dirt, make up and oil on your face.

Note: I swear by mine- enhanced skin clarity within days of first using it!

Keep tabs for conversations

Avoid awkward silence at the table with help from “Theshimm”, a daily news-letter that simplifies top headlines for the working woman. Use this to your advantage by keeping every conversation interesting, flowing and brilliant. *For news with a southern spin, check-out the “Monday Hot List” at Thedailysouth.southernliving.com/buss. Here you will find new books, boutiques and your latest southern news.

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 Master a simple centerpiece

Impress your guest with an easy, use-what-you’ve-got centerpiece. Nothing quite lightens and freshens your space like an arrangements of flowers painted in the middle any room. Make it a goal to have at least one vase ( although-i prefer mason jars) filled with freshly picked flowers at all times.

Return the favor

Just as you would never show up to a party empty handed, you should never return a dish empty. If someone brings you a covered dish, return it with a delicious treat! Being courteous has never tasted this good.

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TEN GENTLE REMINDERS TO KEEP YOUR DAY FABULOUS

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE NOT-SO ROSES

20140429-082649.jpg“Manners and etiquette are imperative to having a great day AND ultimately a fabulous life.” -LB

Sometimes in a world where some individuals have not always been taught the correct way to politely approach situations, it’s hard to keep yourself poised and graceful. We want to provide you with a few tips to get you through those sour apples and hopefully educate others on proper behaviors and a little charm through your actions!

Making others feel at ease is the essences of gracefulness, yesterday and today.

Remember that there are few words more elementary or welcomes than “please” and “thank you”

Good moods are most definitely contagious! Hopefully yours will be pleasantly catching.

Showing respect is a gift. One that has no cost and is endlessly appreciated.

A short fuse does nothing but burn, should you find yourself with one, steer clear of others!

Clothes count. Appropriate attire is not only respectful, it is also refreshing.

Laugh at even the worst jokes. Telling a good joke doesn’t just make the listener happy, the person presenting it feels as though they are welcomed- in turn bettering your relationship.

Never underestimate the message that is sent by your poise and posture.

Think of your tone. Calm and collected should always be the volume set.

Lastly,

Let common sense be your guide, and graciousness be your goal.

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My contribution to keeping shopaholics in business

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About LBCollections:

J e w e l r y is more than just a statement, it is State of Mind.

Since the establishment of her collection, Lissette has strived to create and carry only the finest accessories of their kind. LB Collections objective is to help ladies show that they are not just one in the crowd; instead, ready to prevail through life with sophistication, elegance and a *little* pop of color! Whether walking around campus, tailgating or running errands, you always have an opportunity to do things with a little style! This website takes a boutique approach at helping you find pieces that combine a genteel upbringing with a hint of fun and flavor! Customizations may be arranged upon request.

Happy shopping!

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