Tootsie’s Toddy Whiskey Cocktail

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work with Rue Magazine photographing a cocktail recipe by New Orleans Bar Chef, Lu Brow. Since the weather is just beginning to turn chilly, I thought it would be perfect timing to share a few of the outtakes and the recipe for this spicy cocktail that’s perfect for the Fall. Enjoy!

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8 whole cloves
8 raisins
2 ounces rye whiskey
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Pinch of nutmeg
1 ounce boiling water
1 cinnamon stick

Insert cloves into raisins. Place in a heat-proof glass. Stir together rye whiskey, simple syrup, and pinch of nutmeg until blended. Pour over raisins. Add 1 oz. boiling water. Stir gently using a cinnamon stick. Pour into a brandy snifter and enjoy!

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Weekend Favorites + Style

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was pretty busy unfortunately, but I did find time for a little relaxation and online surfing. Here are a few awesome things I came across and thought you might enjoy. Happy Monday and have a great week!

One of my favorites on Instagram is Teen Vogue Beauty & Health Director, Elaine Welteroth. I absolutely LOVE her style. She’s so fearless and edgy, and best of all she has fun with fashion. Her positive energy is contagious. She seems to just enjoy life and not take things too seriously. If you’re having a bad day and need a pick-me-up or inspiration, definitely check her out.

Love these calendar prints by Cologne-based company, jute Beutel. Another great holiday gift to add to the list!

Move over red door, it’s all about a yellow!

I discovered the work of Luli Sanchez on Pinterest and fell in love. Her abstract, hand painted patterns are dreamy.

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4 New Books On My Shopping List


1. The Kitchn Cookbook – Apartment Therapy
Apartment Therapy’s cooking site, The Kitchn, has been the go-to site for foodies since 2005. Being a serious home cook myself, I’m looking forward to adding this to my growing cookbook collection. The book features 150 recipes, plus tips and techniques for the kitchen.

2. Elements of Style – Erin Gates
If you’re an interiors junkie like me, then you’re probably very familiar with Erin’s blog, Elements of Style. Her book is an extension of her blog and offers advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons on decorating a home that reflects your personality. I’ve heard great things so far and I’m looking forward to grabbing my copy this weekend. Something unique about this book is that she includes a personal essay in each section. I love that! It’s like blogging in print.

3. Cologne’s Got Style – Lena Terlutter & Henriette Frädrich
I’ve been following Lena Terlutter on Instagram for quite some time now. She can easily pair a Chanel handbag with a mini skirt and white Addidas and look effortlessly chic. Her book is available starting November 2nd. I’m not sure when it will be available in the States, but I’m hoping very soon.

4. The New Bohemians – Justina Blakeney
I’m really looking forward to Justina’s new book. I’ve a huge fan of her blog and her expertise in bohemian style is unmatched. I know it’s going to be visually stunning, how could it not with blogger/photographer DABITO behind the lens? 12 DIY projects created by Justina and insight into achieving this aesthetic will be included. Unfortunately, we have to wait a little bit longer for this one. The release date is April 2015, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.

Hooray for bloggers! It’s so refreshing and inspiring to see so many bloggers becoming authors.

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