Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tips to Step up Your Personal Style‏ ~ #SkinnygirlCocktails

What is your personal style? Although we all have a certain personal style, many of us don't usually think about it enough to consider which categories we fall into. Over the years, I've had countless "styles" that have worked their way into my life, wardrobe and home...some were awesome and others ~ well, I'd rather not talk about it! 

Personal style goes far beyond the clothes on your back, and any Skinnygirl should be equipped with a few secrets to add her own flair. The original Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel recently shared a first look at her new home in Bridgehampton and gave her fans a bit of insight into the style inspiration that helped her transform her space into "the first real home" she's ever had. 

On that note, Skinnygirl would love to share a few tips for developing ~ and owning ~ your personal style, including everything from home design to drinks and entertaining!

Pick a signature color: Choose a signature color and incorporate it into your home decor, wardrobe and even your cocktails. For Bethenny, "Skinnygirl Red" made sense for her and she incorporated red accents throughout the house. The Red Hot Summer recipe below is inspired by Bethenny's go-to-hue.

Choose a theme: Whether it's vintage glam, rustic romance or modern chic, pick a theme to carry throughout your style. Bethenny's casual chic country house was designed to be low-maintenance, casual and serene. 

Give it some character: You theme doesn't need to end with decor ~ spruce up your next party with a creative theme and wow your guests. Roaring 20's, garden party and black and white bash are all fun options that can align with your home design.

Prepare to entertain: Keep entertaining in mind, and adapt both your decor and menu to make it as stress-free as possible. Bethenny's outdoor bar is built from reclaimed wood and is a great piece that invites guests to gather and relax with a signature cocktail in hand. Keeping a few go-to simple drink recipes on hand can help make entertaining a breeze. If you're planning a casual soiree, below you'll find a few easy to make drinks that take the hassle out of entertaining. 

Pick your playlist: Choose a theme song for inspiration, whether you're working on a DIY project, redesigning your wardrobe or planning a party. In the effort to make it her own, Bethenny's new home was inspired by an empowering 2000 throwback track. We'll toast to "Independent Women" with the delightful cocktail below!

Red Hot Summer
Preparation: Pour ingredients over ice, and garnish with an orange wheel.

Bethenny's Bliss
  • 2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
  • Splash of dry vermouth
  • Fresh olives for garnish
Preparation: Shake liquids with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into martini glass and garnish with fresh olives.

Laid-Back Lemonade
  • 1 1/2 parts Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka
  • 2 parts sugar-free lemonade
  • Splash of club soda
  • Orange for garnish (optional)
Preparation: Shake well in a cocktail shaker with ice and pour over ice. Top with club soda and garnish with an orange slice (optional).

Independent Women
  • 2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
  • 1 part club soda
  • Watermelon balls
  • Toothpicks/Mini Umbrellas
Preparation: Shake vodka with ice. Pour into martini glass and top with club soda. Spear frozen watermelon with a toothpick and drop into glass.

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