Friday Favourites – Spartina 449 Edition

Good morning happy, sparkly Friday people!

Bit of a specialized Friday Favourites post for you today. I recently bought another couple of Spartina 449 pieces and have received so many compliments and questions on them that I thought I would showcase what else is on my wishlist.

I would like to preface the post by saying that this post is in no way sponsored and none of the links are affiliate links. I just like to share.

So with all that out of the way – here are some of the gorgeous pieces sitting in my cart at the moment! I really feel that their whole style is perfect for island girls, wannabe mermaids or any lady that likes to channel her inner beach babe, with so many nautical and tropical charms and motifs. Have a look and see what you think – 

This Boho Chic Toggle Bracelet comes in both beachy sea foam green and a pretty cream colour way with coral accent beads – $72


I love the pretty tassels on the multi-coloured boho bead wrap bracelet – $46.50 add charms to it like the little ladybird or the turtle on the sea foam green version



I love my ‘Greetings from Hawaii’ charm necklace with the sweetest pineapple and hibiscus charms – but I also have my eye on the O’ahu version with the little turtle, surfboard and anchor… Aloha! $40



How sweet are these adorable sand dollar and starfish earrings – $30 for the set of two. 


I love the pretty turquoise beading on these beaded horseshoe earrings – $26


This beautiful beaded tassel toggle necklace is the perfect way to add a chic touch to your casual bikini and cover-up outfit. A great length too at 36″ – $76 


My Ships Ahoy necklace is a great statement piece with the 34″ chain and the chunky anchor charm – $44.  

I have a couple of items that I’m lusting after which are currently out of stock and I’m keeping my fingers crossed and patiently waiting to see if they come back in… And don’t even get me started on the beautiful range of tunics, handbags and even stationary! They deserve a post of their own!

So there you have it – a few of my favourites – any of them tickling your fancy?

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Easy Cocktails That Impress

Little known fact about me – for 6 years I worked in cocktail bars (very, very busy cocktail bars).

The downside of this is that I am unapologetically snobby about my cocktails. I don’t like my mojitos too sweet, God help you if you go anywhere near my margarita with sour mix, I want my drinks garnished correctly, I demand quality spirits with clean, fresh ingredients and I mix a mean iced tea (actually about 20 variations thereof).

The upside is that I can teach you a few things about mixed drinks.

Now, unlike most cocktail guides, I don’t expect everyone to keep a fully stocked bar cart, so I’m listing my favourite recipes based on the 4-key white spirits. This way, no matter which of the staples you happen to have on hand, you can rustle up a tasty libation.

Tequila

The simplest and most beautiful tequila drink (in my humble opinion) is the Paloma. Wonderfully sharp and refreshing – only 5 ingredients required.

Refreshing Grapefruit and Tequila Palomas

tequila

grapefruit juice

simple syrup*

club soda

fresh lime juice

:: Mix equal parts grapefruit juice, tequila and club soda (1/4 cup) – add a teaspoon of simple syrup and a quarter lime squeezed. Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime or grapefruit. (Salt rim on the glass or a sprig of rosemary are also optional extras). Serve and enjoy!

FYI – many recipes will just mix tequila with a grapefruit soda and it is still very tasty, but I’d urge you to try making it from scratch – it is so much better!
Gin

Elevating the classic G&T with the quintessentially British pink gin.

gin

angostura bitters

fresh lime juice

tonic

:: Add two shots of your preferred gin with five dashes of angostura bitters and a quarter lime squeezed to a large glass with ice – top with tonic water – stir and serve garnished with a slice of lemon.

Vodka – the secret to this is a good quality (read: fiery) ginger beer – the Moscow mule.

Cold Moscow Mules - Ginger Beer, lime and Vodka

Vodka

Fresh Lime Juice

Ginger Beer

:: Add two shots of your favourite vodka to a tall glass (or copper mug, if you have one) and half a lime squeezed (some recipes call for you to drop the lime shell into your drink – I’ll leave that up to you) and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a wheel of lime and enjoy!

Rum

Ernest Hemingway’s favourite, the classic daiquiri. Not all daiquiris are blended with fruit. In fact, I much prefer it when they’re not. A classic daiquiri requires only three ingredients. (Not to be confused with a Hemingway – which is a different variation altogether).

The glass of alcoholic cocktails Daiquiri consists of rum on the leaves of lime, elderflower syrup stands on wooden table on black background
a good white rum

fresh lime juice

simple syrup*

:: Add two shots of white rum with the juice of one lime and a teaspoon of simple syrup. Shake vigorously over ice and pour into a coupe/martini glass. Enjoy!

(This is the only recipe that actually needs a cocktail shaker or any equipment – apologies for that.)
*You will have noticed that a couple of these recipes require a simple syrup. Easily made you will need equal parts granulated white sugar and water. Pour one cup boiling water and one cup sugar into a pan on a medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Be careful not to let it boil. When dissolved let the syrup cool and pour into a sterilized bottle or jar. It will keep in the fridge for up to a month. Once you have mastered basic simple syrup you can then start exploring herb infusions (basil and rosemary are two of my favourites) but that’s a lesson for another time… 🙂

So there you have it – a clean and effortless cocktail that you can throw together no matter which spirit you happen to have at home – just in time for the weekend!

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