Redheaded French Blonde

Hallelujah you guys, I’m emerging from hibernation after a crazy long cold snap here in Edmonton. The past two weeks have been so cold. I’m talking windchills of -50C cold. I basically stocked up on food and wine and hung out at home for a week, which means I’m now stir crazy and my kids are driving me nuts 😂.

One reprieve in my hibernation was a visit from Holly (@chandeliers.and.champagne) for a little cocktail creation date. We decided to bring a little taste of summer to our lives with a fresh, citrus drink that would be perfect on the patio (or in our case hiding behind frosty, snow-covered windows).

I’ve had a bottle of Lillet sitting in my liquor cabinet since the summer. I saw the aperitif popping up in a lot of different cocktail recipes and knew I wanted to play around with it and see what we could come up with. If you’re wondering what it tastes like alone, it was similar to a really sweet white wine. Definitely not something I’d want to drink on it’s own, but it was delicious in this cocktail, especially combined with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice!

This drink is a pretty stiff one, with three different types of liquor in it, but it was delicious and a perfect treat to get Holly and I through day 100 of being trapped inside with four kids three and under 🥶🥶🥶.

Redheaded French Blonde

Yields 2 cocktails

You’ll need:

1 oz elderflower liqueur – we used St. Germain

4 oz Lillet Blanc

2 oz dry gin – we used Bombay

4 oz fresh-squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice

2 dashes of orange bitters

1 sprig of rosemary and 1 lemon rind, to garnish

Ice, to shake

Directions:

Vigorously shake all ingredients (except for garnishes) in an ice-filled cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a small piece of lemon rind pierced with a sprig of rosemary. Enjoy, and call yourself an Uber if you’re drinking more than one 😉.

Xoxo Alex &Holly

How to style a slip dress 4 ways

I’ve officially hit the age where the fashion cycle is repeating itself. While some trends like bell bottoms, acid wash jeans and butterfly clips are better left in the past, the resurgence of some familiar 90’s styles makes me excited to try my hand at updating the look and incorporating it into my everyday style.

The slip dress is so beautiful in its simple, slinky glory. It can be dressed up or down and is versatile enough to be worn year-round with the right accessories.

Here are four ways to style a slip dress, perfect for casual or dressy occasions:

1. Tone-on-tone duster cardigan

I love this look for a date night. Generally speaking, I’m always a fan of a monochromatic look. One peek into my closet and you can tell I’m not big on colour. It’s just a sea of tan, black, white and denim. I know what I like, and I stick with it!

2. Knit turtleneck

This is another monochromatic look. You could totally use a different coloured turtleneck, but I like how this outfit came together. It both dresses up the turtleneck and dresses down the slip dress.

3. Oversized v-neck sweater

An oversized sweater is such a great way to wear your dresses into winter. You just have to make sure your sweater hits you in the right spot. I had belt this one underneath to make it shorter.

4. Leather jacket

A leather jacket is one of my favourite accessories. It instantly makes any outfit feel cooler and more out together. And I love the juxtaposition of silk and leather together.

Do you own a slip dress? What’s your favourite way to style it?

Xo Alex

Slip dress: H&M

Duster cardigan: Dynamite

Knit turtleneck: Banana Republic

Black Sweater: H&M

Leather Jacket: The Bay