Spring has sprung in NYC. So I broke out my favorite pair of white jeans to celebrate.
The flowers are in bloom in Bryant Park.
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky over Freedom Tower.
I like to admire photos of sunny New York my boyfriend’s Mom took years ago that currently hang in our apartment.
It’s been well over a decade since I crossed the boarder into Canada. So when my cousin decided to have her bachelorette party in Montreal, I was totally there. I’m kind of hidden in the group shot above. So trying to find me might be like playing “Where’s Waldo?” The city of Montreal is fab. Between the old buildings and everyone speaking French, it kind of feels like you’re in a small European country totally obsessed with hockey.
Since what happens on a bachelorette weekend, obviously stays on a bachelorette weekend, here are some fun photos I took of the city and girly festivities in between drinking and debauchery.
Okay, I can explain! This is “Montreal Barbie” a.k.a. the drunk friend the bride to be had to find every morning after we hid her the night before. If you have bachelorette party coming up, I highly recommend playing this game.
Remembering Syracuse’s six overtime win against UConn at Madison Square Garden in 2009
Custom jewelry (these are by Vivi Sun)
Mysterious candles (I spotted these in a Lower East Side bar)
As a huge horror movie fan, I’m particularly partial to Stanley Kubrick’s classic, A Clockwork Orange. Though I hope to never encounter Alex DeLarge and his band of droogs, I’ve always found the scenes in the Korova Milk Bar fascinating. After trying Milk Plus for the first time with a recipe I found online, it has officially become one of my favorite cocktails. Someday, I intend to have a Clockwork Orange-themed Halloween party featuring this Milk Plus recipe.
In a cocktail shaker add the vanilla extract, orange blossom water, and brown sugar. Gently breakdown the sugar to mix with the liquids. Then add bourbon, milk, and ice cubes. Shake vigorously until the top is foamy. Serve into 16oz cup for one or 8 oz glass for two. It can also be served in champagne, scotch glasses, or over ice. Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg on top and enjoy.
Whole milk gives the drink a thicker taste and smoother texture. However, if dietary preferences dictate, other milks may be used just add an extra tablespoon of milk to get closer to the desired results.
I tried it with Bushmills and Johnny Walker (red, gold reserve, and black). But, I had the best taste and experience with Jim Beam.
All ingredients can be easily found at the grocery store except Orange Blossom Water. It’s an herb used mostly in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Most speciality herb and spice stores should have it. Since it has such a unique flavor and taste, finding a substitute is difficult. If you’re really pressed, orange extract is the best alternative and can be found in any grocery store.
Disclaimer: There is no direct correlation between this Milk Plus cocktail and the ultra violence depicted in A Clockwork Orange.
How to Get InstaFab for Instagram Compliments of Celebrity Stylist and Under The Gunn Judge Jen RadePosted in Aspiring Socialite by Vicky Sullivan | Tags: celebrity stylist, Instagram, Jen Rade, Photography, Project Runway, Project Runway: Under The Gunn, selfie, The Wicked Witch of Wardrobe, Under The Gunn
Lately, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Instagram. I even find myself pausing moments with friends and stopping on the street for long periods of time just to get the perfect shot. So when celebrity stylist, Jen Rade, aka The Wicked Witch of Wardrobe, pulled together her top five tips on how to get “InstaFab” for Instagram, I immediately took notice. Jen makes a living out of helping people look their best in photographs. So not only does she feel right at home when determining what works and what doesn’t as a Project Runway: Under The Gunn judge, she can also show you how to take the perfect selfie. Enjoy her InstaTips:
Red lipstick is the one statement piece that can take your look from average to great – even jeans and a t-shirt look better with red lips.
Show Your True Colors
Any color is the best color to wear for a selfie – that’s what filters are for! The whole point of a selfie is to express yourself so there’s no right or wrong.
Less is more
When it comes to makeup and accessories, everything can’t be something!
If at first you don’t succeed…
Play around and take 10 selfies until you find the right light and angle. Lighting is the most important!
Filter or no filter?
Sometimes I use filters, sometimes I don’t. I go for whatever makes the mood of the picture look cool.