Wordless Wednesday: It’s Kind of Fun To Do the Impossible

Today’s Wordless Wednesday series features 5 dare-delvish photos that inspire us to push past our limits.

 

1. Dive In

Dive In #summer #photography

Photo c/o CrossingIlandmono Tumblr

2. Wake Up and Live

Skydiving #photography #summer #adrenaline

Photo c/o One Big Photo

3. “Oh darling, let’s be adventurers”

"Oh Darling Let's Be Adventurers" #summer #photography #love #hiking

Photo c/o Indulgy

4. “Young, Wild, + Free”

Young, Wild, and Free #summertime #photography #swing #ocean

Photo c/o Hakuna Matuta Tumblr

5. Splash Happy

Splash Happy #summertime #photography #elephant #splash #woman

Photo c/o Flickr

And now for your dose of inspiration…

"Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures" #explore #ocean #summer #quotes #travel

Photo c/o Tory Stone

“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures” -Lavelle Drachman


Make it Monday: 5 Summer Cocktails (under 200 calories)

Because there is nothing more enjoyable than sipping a cocktail in a bikini poolside, here are 5 quench-worthy Summer Cocktails you can indulge in guilt-free this summer:

5 Skinny Summer Cocktail Recipes (under 200 calories) #summercocktails #skinny #lowcal

1. Sparkling White Peach Sangria

Sparkling White Peach Sangria #summer #cocktails #sangria #peach #healthyliving #lowcal

Moscato is my favorite wine. It’s a slightly sweet and slightly spritzy white wine that is perfect for summertime.

Mix in some peach brandy and ripe white peaches, and you’ve got yourself a “pitcher” perfect happy hour.

Recipe c/o the kitchn

Sparkling White Peach Sangria (Serves 4-6)

  • 2 to 3 white peaches, sliced (2 if they are large, 3 if they are small)
  • 3/4 cup peach brandy
  • 1 bottle moscato (chilled)
  • 1 liter white peach seltzer water (chilled)

Directions

In a pitcher place 3/4 of the sliced peaches (saving some for garnish) and brandy and lightly muddle. Add the Moscato and seltzer water. Stir with wooden spoon to mix. Pour into ice filled glasses and top with a couple of fresh peach slices.

2. Skinny Piña Colada

Skinny Piña Colada by Bethenny Frankel #PiñaColada #summer #cocktails

This trimmed-down version of the Piña Colada by Bethenny Frankel has less than

half the fat of the original by using coconut milk  instead of coconut cream.

 

Piña Colada Recipe (Serves 4)

  • 8 oz. white rum
  • 1/2 cup of light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple juice

Directions

  • Fill a blender halfway with ice, add in the rum, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. Blend until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses, and garnish each with a pineapple slice.

 

3.Randa-rita

Randa-Rita #raspberry #lime #skinny #margarita #mirandalambert #summercocktail

This super delicious and super light Randa-rita by Miranda Lambert

is the perfect girly drink to sip poolside while rocking a bikini.

 

Randa-rita Recipe (Serves 1)

  • Ice
  • Sprite Zero
  • packet of Raspberry Lemonade Crystal Light
  • Bacardi Rum

Directions

  • Mix two parts Crystal Light with one part Bacardi Rum and add a splash of Sprite Zero. Serve over ice. Garnish with a lime or lemon.

 

4. Grapefruit Mojito

Skinny Grapefruit Margarita #healthyliving #lowcal #summer #cocktails

This ultra-refreshing, sweet and tart Grapefruit Mojito from Iowa Girl Eats

 is the perfect summer refresher (without the calories) on a hot day.

Grapefruit Mojito Recipe (Serves 2)

  • 1 grapefruit (segmented and juice reserved)
  • 20 mint leaves
  • 4 teaspoons agave nectar
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons reserved grapefruit juice
  • 3oz rum (2 shots)
  • ice
  • sparkling water

Directions

  • Muddle 4 grapefruit segments, mint, agave nectar, and lime juice in the bottom of a martini shaker with the end of a wooden spoon. Add grapefruit juice and rum, then fill the shaker 3/4 full with ice. Shake until very cold then evenly divide between 2 glasses filled with ice. Top with sparkling water (to taste) and garnish with remaining grapefruit segments.

 

5. Skinny Bikini 

Skinny Bikini #summer #cocktails #skinny #coconut #cranberry #shape

This ultra-refreshing Skinny Bikini cocktail by Kris Molkey of BevMO!

has lots of great tropical flavors without the extra calories.

Skinny Bikini Recipe (Serves 1)

  • 1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz. SKYY Infusions Coconut
  • 1 oz. Diet lemon-lime soda
  • 3 oz. Light cranberry juice
  • Shredded coconut

Directions

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine X-Rated, rum, and cranberry juice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice cube filled glass and top with shredded coconut for garnish.

 

I hope you all enjoy these 5 Summer cocktail. Leave a comment below to let me know your favorite!

Create a thirst-quenching Monday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration…

"A smile is a woman's best accessory, sequins are appropriate no matter what the occasion, and some days simply require a glass of champagne" #quotes #theglitterguide

“A smile is a woman’s best accessory, sequins are appropriate no matter what the occasion, and some days require a glass of champagne”

-Taylor Sterling, The Glitter Guide


Thrifty Thursday-Wedding Edition: Part Two

10 Creative Wedding Photos to Take Before the Ceremony #weddingphotography #bridge #groom #love

It is certainly prime wedding season and with two of my very best friends getting married in the upcoming weeks, I have been immersed in a lot of wedding talk. A few weeks back, I covered Part 1 of the Wedding Series with 10 Creative Save-the-Date photo ideas. Today I am covering 10 Creative Wedding Photos to take Before the Ceremony.

 

From an adorable text to send to the groom the morning of the wedding to capturing Dad’s “First Look” of the bride, these 10 photo ideas will help you to ensure that no special moment goes un-captured before your wedding ceremony.

 

 1. Bedheads

Take a photo of the brides with her bridesmaids on the morning of her wedding day. #creative #wedding #photography

Take a photo of the bride alongside her bridesmaids the morning of the wedding before getting ready.

Photo c/o W Magazine

2. Three Generations of Women

Three Generations of Women #wedding #photography #bride #rings

Take a photo of the bride with her mother and grandmother, along with their rings.

Photo c/o Megan-W

3. Love Letters to One Another

A shot of the couple before the wedding, reading each other’s letters. #creative #love #wedding #photos

Take a photo of the bride and the groom reading love letters they wrote to one another before their “first look”.

Photo c/o D. Personett Photography

4. Dad’s “First Look”

First Looks aren't just for the groom. Love this father's reaction to seeing the bride before he walks her down the aisle #wedding #Photography #fatherofthebride

Before the father of the bride walks his daughter down the aisle, capture his reaction to seeing the bride for the first time on her wedding day.

Photo c/o Juliea Whitlock 

5. “Super” Friends

Super Friends. Love this photo of the groom with his groomsmen. #superhero #tshirts #groom #groomsmen #weddingphotography

Take a creative photo of the groom with his groomsmen. I love this idea of the men showcasing their superhero T-shirts under their suits.

Photo c/o Dumpaday

6. “You’re a Real Life Princess”

Bride and Flower Girl #sweet #weddingphotography #weddingday #getready

Capture a special moment between the bride and her flower girl.

Photo c/o Bobby Earle Photography

 

7. Don’t Forget the Ring Bearer

Such a  sweet photo of the Ring Bearer and Groomsmen #photography #wedding #groom

Take a photo highlighting the ring bearer with the groom and groomsmen in the background.

Photo c/o Pinterest

8. “Toast to Love”

Bridesmaid Toast Before the Wedding #love #wedding #photography

Take a group shot of the bride and bridesmaid toasting before the ceremony.

Photo c/o Pinterest

9. “I Woke Up Like This”Capture the groom getting ready for his big day #wedding #photography #groom

Capture a photo of the groom getting ready on his big day.

Photo c/o Adene Photography

10. “Wait Till You See Her”

"Wait Til You See Her". Take a photo of the bridesmaid hiding the bride and text to groom the morning of the wedding #wedding #photography #love #groom #bride

Take a photo of the bridesmaids “hiding” the bride and text it to the groom the morning of the wedding.

Photo c/o Pinterest

 

I hope you all enjoyed Part 2 of the Thrifty Thursday Wedding Series. Stay tuned for next week’s Part 3 when I will cover 10 creative photos to take during the wedding ceremony.

Create a beautiful Thursday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration…

"They Told Her that to make her fall in love I had to make her laugh. But every time she laughs I fall in love" #sweet #love #quotes

“They told me that to make her fall in love I had to make her laugh.

But every time she laughs I fall in love”

*For more wedding-inspired posts: Check out 10 Creative Save-the-Date ideas, Kristin’s DIY Framed Wedding Lyrics, and Wordless Wednesday:True Love.


On-Trend Tuesday: Peplum Romper 1

On last week’s edition of “On-Trend Tuesday”, the beautiful Kayte of the lifestyle blog Mass Musings rocked a fabulous Maverick Maxi. While maxi’s are definitely a closet staple of a summer wardrobe, another essential summer item is a great romper. Lucky for us, Jyo from the fashion blog CUPPAJYO has got us covered when it comes to mastering the Romper.

On-Trend Tuesday: Peplum Romper #summerfashion #floral #romper

Hey guys, Jyo here! Summer is officially in full swing with temperatures here soaring way in the 90′s. Other than the popular option of dresses, shorts and skirts, a romper is one of the easiest things to wear in the summer. It is effortlessly chic and incredibly comfortable. They come in a variety of cuts, prints and styles; so there are tons of options to choose from. My romper obsession continues! Albeit the annoying bathroom situation, I love a fun little onesie for summer. If you missed my previous romper post, clickhere. This gorgeous vintage floral print romper is from Sheinside. The details in this romper are so beautiful : the deep v neck, the flattering peplum cut and the open back. I usually shy away from a very deep cut, but I decided to take the plunge with this outfit! The v neck cut in this romper is just so perfect : neither too revealing nor too modest. The colors and the unique print makes this a great outfit for a summer barbeque or a night out in town. These photos were taken by Danielle from DC Photography Boston at the stunning mansion at Borderland State Park.

Jo from fashion blog CUPPAJYO in a floral peplum romper #summer #fashion #romper

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Adore this Peplum Summer Romper #floral #romper #summer #fashion #flowers #openback

Can't get enough of the peplum on this floral summer romper #peplum #romper #summer #fashionLove the open back of this floral romper #summer #fashion #openback

Love the details on this floral  peplum romper #floral #romper #summer #fashion

Romper : c/o Sheinside
Bag : Michael Kors
Wedges : Aldo (similar here)
Photos by : DC Photography Boston

Create a beautiful Tuesday!

lu signatureAnd now for your dose of inspiration, inspired by Jyo…

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. #quotes #georgebernardshaw #create #motivation #cuppajyo

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

Photo c/o of CUPPAJYO