Cafe Flora & Mansur Gavriel

Okay, I'm sure quite a few of you have seen photos of this glorious space floating around on Instagram/Pinterest/your dreams. 

Us too. We saw a few shots of this space on Pinterest, not knowing at all what it was, if it was even in L.A., or if we were allowed in, but we knew we HAD to find it! 

We found out through intense Instagram searching that this magical little tucked away gem was in fact in L.A. and not far from us! Aside from being design heaven, Mansur Gavriel is an Italian brand that specializes in handmade bags and shoes. And HOLY GORGEOUS! Also, it's a women-founded company! Woop woop! 

Like we said, this beautiful space is tucked away on Melrose and you can ALMOST miss it, which makes it that much cooler. From two girls who worked in merch & retail for a long time, we were just in awe of the way they really maximized the space. Also, if this wasn't enough, attached to the shop is the most beautiful little cafe, called Cafe Flora, and we had some of the best avocado toast we've ever eaten (and we've eaten a LOT of avocado toast). Also, english scones with homemade hazelnut butter. Yes and yes. 

love & scones,

C & J 

 

Earl Grey Blackberry Cocktail

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Warm weather, and thus, cocktail season is upon us, y'all. We pretty much go with wine throughout the winter months, but as soon as that spring sunshine hits, we're both like "where's the muddler?! Let's make some draaaanks!" It really is one of our favorite summer activities and some of our favorite posts to shoot for the blog. For the past two summers, whenever we would schedule a cocktail post, Jenna would also bring over her bathing suit to my house. We would make our recipe, shoot it, and then go out and drink our creations by the pool. And we're so excited that that season is almost back to us! 

While we in no way consider ourselves Class A bartenders, we do enjoy trying to make new recipes and putting our own spin on them. Jenna has been suuuuper into juleps since our Paris trip, and so we decided to kind of make some version of a julep. We both know we love blackberry, so we started there, and then Pinterest gave us the idea to add earl grey tea to it. And I (Cort) don't even usually like bourbon, but HOLY WOW. This was so good! 

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Ingredients:

  • Earl Grey Tea
  • Bourbon (Four Roses is one of Jenna's and my hubs' favorites)
  • Simple syrup
  • Lime/lime juice 
  • Blackberries
  • A dash of vanilla extract 
  • Club soda

Instructions:

  • Brew your tea, let it steep and cool for around 30-45 min. This cocktail does take some planning if you want it to be served refreshingly cold. 
  • Muddle about 1/2-3/4 cup of blackberries with 1/2 oz shot of simple syrup
  • Add in 1 1/2 oz chilled earl grey tea
  • Add 1 1/2 oz bourbon
  • Toss in a bit of vanilla extract for some extra flavor
  • Squeeze in the juice of one lime
  • Strain mixture into a lowball glass! 
  • Fill glass with club soda
  • Garnish with a lime, blackberries, rosemary, whatever ya like! 

 

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And that's it! Besides pre-planning to chill the tea, pretty quick and painless and super refreshing! 

Anyone have any go-to summer cocktails worth sharing?!

xoxo,

Cort 

Girly Garb: Spring Happenings

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Why does it feel like there's one season of the year that feels crazy busy? Does that happen to everyone?? Well, Cortney and I seem to be entering that time of year...woo hoo! Cort has siblings graduating on different weekends, and also a bestie in Nashville having a baby - so she's flying back and forth for the next month or so. And I'm in a musical that I've been rehearsing for that opens this Friday, (ahh! - yay!), on top of family visiting and other work going on... All good things - just a lot at once!

Cort and I recently took a quick little visit to Long Beach, and it's so cute! We've definitely got to make it down there more often! And we just haaapppeeennn to bring along our matching clutches from Studio DIY's clutch subscription! (Get on the list if you're not already!!)

If you don't know, Kelly from Studio DIY started a monthly clutch subscription where you get a SUPER cute clutch delivered to your door every month! They're incredible quality, and we ALWAYS get a million compliments on them. This isn't an #ad at all...this is just how much we genuinely love them! Seriously, get on that list!

Jen's wearing: Dress - F21, Belt - Vintage, Tights - Target, Shoes - ASOS, Beret - Hello Holiday - Choker, Urban Outfitters
Cort's wearing: Top - Target, Pants - Zara, Shoes - DSW, Headscarf - Urban Outfitters, Earrings - Marley & Alfie

Are you in your busy season? If so, what all are you juggling? We're in this with you! :P

Love & Fast Paces

Jen