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The Signature Cocktail

30 Nov

The Signature Cocktail

Almost two years ago I did a blog post talking about holiday entertaining tips. In that, I mentioned concocting a signature cocktail. Well, I still recommend it, lol. A signature cocktail is a fun, easy idea that is sure to add some pizazz (that’s right, I unironically used the word pizazz) to any party/event that you have.

Some pros:

It’s cheaper– If you chose to serve just your signature cocktail or with only one or two other beverages, you only need buy one set of ingredients.

It’s easier– Again, having to mix or premix just one drink makes life far simpler for whoever is making and serving them.

It seems fancier (though it really isn’t)– When you pour that beautiful drink with cute toppings and announce it was created specifically for this event, people will be highly (or somewhat) impressed. It’s that attention to detail that sets a broke party girl (or guy) apart from the crowd.

It’s fun– It’s a great experience to come up with an idea for your drink, make it and serve it.

It’s a great way to personalize your event-Having a drink you invented just for a wedding or birthday adds a meaningful touch and makes it that much more special.

 

Some tips:

Find inspiration:

Theme: Use the theme of your event e.g. a tropical theme could have a drink with pineapple juice.

Colours: Your drink can be based off colours used in your event or based off of your favourite colours.

Abstract: Take inspiration from unexpected things. A few weeks ago I attended an event where there were cocktails made based off the top notes in perfumes they were premiering. I thought that was super cool. You can get inspired by notes in a favourite body fragrance or candle, you can pull on visuals in a painting, decor or architecture.

Let it compliment your menu flavours– In the same way you would select a wine based on the food being served, your signature drink should suit the menu. A crisp acidic based cocktail might suit a seafood soiree while a malty flavoured one goes with barbecued meat.

Let it suit the type of event– The cocktail flavours should match not only the actual food but also the type of food which is also somewhat dependent on the time of day. You may create a light and whimsical cocktail to go with a brunch or a sweet decadent one to go with a dinner party.

Keep it simple– Once you’ve been inspired and select your flavour profile, chose a few key elements and put them together, don’t over complicate it with every flavor you like.

Add a “surprise” element– This could be a sugared flower or candied fruit or some sweet treat. It can also get very fancy by adding dry ice or torching a marshmallow.

Signature Cocktail: The Broke Party Girl (pictured above)

Inspo: Champagne mouth and beer pocket, pink, bubbles.

Ingredients: Prosecco, Chambord liquor, Pink cotton candy, berries in syrup (I used Amarena cherries).

Presentation: Champagne flute, cotton candy placed on top.

Drop cotton candy into drink and watch it dissolve!

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Holiday Travel Tips

16 Nov

 

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes time with friends and family, lots of food and of course travel. Traveling year round can be as stressful as it is enjoyable but add a holiday in the mix and it becomes that much more intense. I myself have done a good bit of traveling around holidays and here are a few tips I find serve me well:

 

  • Book early and look around- If you know you plan to travel start checking flights ASAP! Generally as the date draws closer, the cost of the flight exponentially increases as the demand is now high. I would recommend booking at least 6 weeks in advance if you can to ensure the best price. Also take some time to check different airlines and third party booking sites for the best deal.

 

  • Try avoiding peak days- When it comes to holidays, some of the busiest days are the two days before or the two days after the actual holiday, this means fares are up, delays are rampant and airport lines are long. Interestingly, the actual holiday is usually much quieter with lower fares to boot. To get a better idea, there are some websites that actually list the best and worst days to travel in terms of fare costs and how busy.

 

  • Avoid peak times- Travel early am or late at night. This is in the same vein as avoiding peak days. Very early or late flights tend to be more rare meaning shorter lines. Very early flights are less likely to be delayed as well. There are also websites that offer some insight as to the best times of day to travel.

 

  • Allow for connections- Many of us have to take connecting flights in order to get to our destination. This is definitely a source of travel induced stress. If the first flight is delayed or the immigration/customs/security lines are long, you can end up missing your next flight which can send the entire trip into a tailspin. Try to book your flights with enough time in between to allow for a smooth connection. This may require a little research into the airports you’ll be traveling through to understand the layout, get info on the wait times etc.

 

  • Plan ahead: check-in online, plan for ride pick up/drop off/ weigh luggage- All in an effort to achieve a nice smooth travel experience, check-in in advance, book rental cars or pick ups in advance and ensure that your luggage and its contents meet the security and airline requirements…IN ADVANCE!

 

  • Be early- They say that Timeliness is next to Godliness…or is it Cleanliness? Anyway, if you leave early you will at the very least arrive on time. I recently traveled out of LAX and LA is infamous for the actual worst traffic. What did I do? I got my Lyft ride to collect me 4 1/2 hours before my flight. I was so early there was no one to check in luggage and I sat at the check in desk for almost an hour, but that was okay I’d rather sit at the gate for two hours than sit anxiously in traffic, lose my mind while checking in and have to run through security and to my gate.

 

  • Pack smart- I try to avoid checking luggage whenever I can because that saves money as well as time (spent waiting for luggage to come off the conveyor belt) and hassle (when it mysteriously doesn’t come off the conveyor belt). If you can’t avoid having checked luggage, remember pack your essentials, versatile clothing and in keeping with baggage policies to avoid issues with overweight or oversize charges and customs hassles.

 

  • Eat well/Bring snacks- Travel can sometimes be long and arduous, you don’t need hangry-ness on top of that. I advise having a nutritious, filling meal before you begin your travels and pack along something to munch on while waiting in lines or on flight. You can of course eat at the numerous overpriced eateries available inside airport terminals , just make sure you stay well fed and hydrated.

 

  • Dress comfortably- I have mentioned this before in my post about dressing for travel,  but comfort is key when traveling. That, and being dressed to run to a gate it you have to. Wear comfortable well fitting clothing and shoes that are simple to remove and replace during security checks.

 

  • Be patient/Prepared for delays- Despite your best efforts to be prepared; on time, appropriately dressed, perfectly packed something can still go wrong. There could be a major delay or flight cancellation, lost luggage or nothing but terrible restaurants in your terminal. Just take a deep breath because this too shall pass.

Thanks for reading, have an awesome day and safe travels.

 

PINK Lipsticks

24 Jun

Hello

The loud pink

The Candy pink

The pretty pink

The matte pink

Nude Lipsticks

27 May

“I just LOVE a nude lip colour” says every beauty blogger ever! I, myself always shied away from nude lipsticks for a LONG time. I just felt pale pinks and peaches would never flatter my deep skin tone.

How wrong I was, nudes can suit any and every skin tone, you just need to find the one that works for you and pair it with the right lip liner.

Nude in the past was associated with lighter flesh tones of persons of European descent. That has been challenged in recent years and now the term nude has evolved to mean neutral. Neutrals in fashion are colours that accent any other shade on the colour wheel. In makeup it means a similar thing. A good neutral lip colour will accent any eye/blush look as well as any outfit making owning the right nude lip colours a must.

This is my little collection of nudes and each one serves a different purpose.

 

The Nude Nude

 

This is BLS17/Pops Explosiv by NYX. It is a pinky beige shade and I usually use it in the centre of my lips to add some dimension. This is NYX’s buttery formula so it is smooth and glides on nicely with moderate staying power.

 

The Pink Nude

This is Plumrose by Milani in the creamy formula. It has that rosy blush that warms up a neutral and makes your lips look alive.

 

The Dark nude

This is Maltshake in Sephora’s lipstories cream formula and it is beautiful. It’s a cocoa infused neutral shade perfect for us with deeper skin tones or any skin tone for that matter. It isn’t quite brown and it isn’t maroon , it’s right in the middle.

 

The Cool Toned nude

This is rose femme by Milani in its cream formula. This is a cooler toned almost grey nude.

 

The Spicy nude

This deep cinnamon pink is liquid lip colour LIPL12/Exotic by NYX. It is pigmented and really dries down. I find it works best when blended with a darker liner.

 

The pale nude

Who knew Burt’s Bees made makeup? I didn’t before I first came across this lip crayon (they make way more than lip crayons now btw). This is a very light, pale nude perfect for someone with a fair skin tone but also a perfect centre colour for any skin tone.

 

The Perfect nude

I received this mini lipstick by Marc Jacobs in Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang as my free birthday gift from Sephora. This was the first nude I believe I owned, I would never have even considered this colour had it not been handed to me but I’m glad I got it.

This is a neutral toned dusty pepper pink and it is positively perfect! It matches my deep skin and it can match any skin tone. It is smooth and has good lasting power.

Those are my nude recommendations. Any other type of nudes you would recommend?

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

NAME CHANGE

1 May

Hello

 

POORPARTYGIRL is changing to BROKEPARTYGIRL! This blog was started with me wanting to showcase lifestyle on a budget, how to get your biggest bang for your buck and make the best purchase not necessarily the cheapest purchase. It’s about faking it until you make it and doing the best with whatever you have. What it isn’t about is being inconsiderate to people who actually live below the poverty line. I have NEVER intended the name poorpartygirl to be offensive to anyone and to be honest no one has ever taken issue with the name. However, as much as I love the name and I feel attached to it, I feel it is more appropriate to use the term broke rather than poor. Hence the name change.

Thanks for reading and understanding and have an awesome day.

A Few Spring Things

29 Apr

Hello and Happy Spring (even though I live in a Tropical climate where our only seasons are rainy and dry). Here are a few things I have been and continue to enjoy as we mark time until glorious summer!

MAKEUP

Pretty Birdie by Pretty Vulgar

Pretty birdie palette

This brand launched on Sephora.com sometime last year. I remember it initially got a bit of buzz then everyone , myself included seemed to forget about them. Fast forward to March this year when I saw this brand in store.

I was immediately drawn to this palette with its mixture of bold mattes(Nevermore and Snitch) and muted jewel tone shimmers(Wing it, Brilliant and Jealous). The formula is smooth and easy to blend and allows for many different spring appropriate looks!

Life`s a Festival by Too Faced

Life’s a festival palette

Are you sick and tired of unicorns and mermaids yet? I`m not! But I understand why some people might be. If you fall into that group I implore you to look past the ~ unicorn-ISM ~ and the somewhat silly packaging because this palette is solid.

It`s definitely meant for creating more fun, festival inspired looks with a few brightly coloured matte shades(Dessert Vibes and Young and Free), a lot of beautiful shimmers and some popping duo-chromes (Artist pass and Mystic Rain). If you can still get your (unicorn) hoofs on this one, definitely give it a try!

EATS

Starbucks Instant Refresher and Bobo`s bar

Starbucks Refresher

I am an obligate coffee drinker. I say obligate because I need the caffeine to get me going in the morning but I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee lover by any means. However, I`m always looking for something different and I recently found this. This is a hibiscus and berry flavoured drink with just a touch of caffeine. Enough to get your mornings going with a fruity/floral refreshing taste.

Bobo Bar

I discovered Bobo bars a few months ago in my quest to find breakfast on the go that didn`t contain gluten (I have some gluten intolerance) This company began as a mother daughter home baking endeavor and their bars come in a multitude of flavours from peanut butter to orange cranberry. They taste great warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave and go along great with tea, coffee (or starbucks hibiscus berry refresher)

BODY

Lip Mask

Lip mask by Lifestyle Products

They are making masks for everything these days: face, eyes, hands and lips! And to be honest, they don’t make a real difference one way or another , but they can give some temporary relief and improvements and they’re fun !

This brand is called Lifestyle products and they have a few different ?flavours ?scents such as shea butter and coconut. Your lips feel hydrated and soft after use.

Body Spray

BBW Rose Quartz body mist

Bath and Body Works is always out there looking for new ways to separate me from my hard earned money. One of their latest (successful) attempts is their new New Age , mineral inspired line. This is quite interesting as most minerals (rocks) don’t actually have any associated odours.The three scents are Rose Quartz, Aquamarine and Moonstone and they are available in shower gels, lotions and body mists. They all have more mild, clean scents with rose quartz having a soft rose water type of scent.

HOME

Candle

BBW Avocado Coconut 3 wick Candle

I love me some candles especially BBW candles. This particular style they have brought out features a more squat but wider shaped candle (stated to be the same amount as the regular shaped ones) and many of the scents are more natural inspired. This one, combines avocado and coconut, a rather unlikely pairing which gives a creamy, rich smell.

Thanks for letting me share some of the things I currently like and have an awesome day!

5 Key Accessory Pieces

11 Mar

This post outlines some key accessory items I think every woman should have. This is not an exhaustive list and it is totally expected to have multiples of some of these items but having at least one of each will help keep your wardrobe afloat.

Sunglasses– Of course you need a pair. Sunglasses walk the line between function and fashion. They shield your eyes from uncomfortable sunlight and protect them from UV damage. Choose a pair of sunglasses that suit your face, goes with most of your wardrobe and that fits in with your budget.

A tip for prolonging the life of your sunglasses is to keep them in their case once you aren’t wearing them. Don’t drag them onto your head, don’t hang them onto the neck of your shirt and don’t just cram them into your bag.

Clutch– A small compact bag to stash your essentials in for a night out. Select a clutch that can hold your phone and keys along with some lipgloss. The colour and style are totally subjective but of course, neutral colours will get the most use.

Whatever style you chose depends on you but I have two recommendations when looking for a clutch apart from ensuring it can fit enough stuff. The first is find one that has a few card slots or at least a small pocket for a card slot. That way you don’t have to worry about a purse/wallet. The second is try and find a clutch with a strap, preferably a detachable one so you get more versatility in terms of wear.

Scarf– Yes, a scarf! I’m not talking a long woolen winter neck warmer, although that’s key in some people’s wardrobes as well. I’m talking a classy, printed silk square. A scarf can add that splash, that personal touch to your overall look. You can wrap it around your head or make it into a headband, you can tie it around your neck or (my fave) tie it around a bag handle elevating it.

A tip for buying a multi-use scarf is to get a wider longer one, that way it can comfortably be used lots of ways.

Hat– A hat is definitely key. For sun protection while on vacation or to add some flare when you’re feeling groovy. My personal favorite is the wide-brimmed felt hat but hats literally come in all shapes and sizes and can reflect who you are.

When storing your hats, place some crumpled paper or plastic bags in the head portion to help it keep its shape. Unless you have a hat form. Or a hat box. Those work too.

Belt– And bringing up the rear is a belt. Belts also sit on the line of function and fashion. They help keep your pants and skirts in place but they can add so much to an outfit. You can add a skinny belt to a work outfit to look more put together or wear a thick waist cinching belt with a loose-fitting dress or top to make things more interesting.

If you find you wear mostly gold jewelry, you should get a belt either with a gold, brass or copper buckle and if you wear more silver, chose belts with silver and pewter buckles.

What accessories do you consider essential to your wardrobe? Let me know and have an awesome day!

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