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Welcome back my loves! It’s a new week, so I’ve got a new cocktail recipe for you guys. I decided to do a spicy Bloody Mary because, well why the heck not? Everyone knows that millennials love their brunch but sometimes I’d rather stay in bed and brunch with my hubby at home. So, for those weekends that we decide to stay in, this is the perfect Bloody Mary recipe to go with whatever you decided to cook up!

INGREDIENTS:

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Tomato Juice Processed with VSCO with n1 preset

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Worcestershire

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Tabasco

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HOW TO MAKE:

Fill glass of choice with ice

Add 1 can of tomato juice over ice

Add 1.5oz of Absolute Peppar

Juice half of a lime into glass

Add a pinch (seriously barely any) horseradish into glass

Add a splash of olive juice

Add .25oz of  Worcestershire sauce

Add Tabasco to taste (I like mine EXTRA spicy)

Stir in glass with a stirrer or spoon

Garnish with celery sticks and a lime wheel

Ta Da!!! You’re done. Repeat as necessary haha

FYI: I rarely ever measure ingredients except for the liquor! I usually adjust the ingredients to taste depending on my mood. For example, my husband doesn’t like it as spicy so I only put two to three splashes of Tabasco and extra like juice in his. When it comes to me, I like the first one to be SUPER spicy, so I load up the Tabasco and horseradish and then usually go heavier on the Worcestershire and olive juice for the second round.

What cocktails do you all want to see next? Leave me a comment below.

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Xoxo,

Denise Alexandra

 

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Hello my loves! I just spent 6 days in Cancun with my hubby for some good quality relaxation and fun and I thought I would share some photos from the experience with you guys.

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We found out the hard way that August is one of the hottest months in Cancun, as if this wasn’t obvious, we just didn’t consider it. Thank goodness that there was an amazing pool all throughout our hotel, because that’s where we spent the majority of our time considering the heat. We opted to stay at an all inclusive so all of the food and alcohol was already included in the cost. I am choosing to leave the hotel name anonymous because we were not treated very well and had many issues with the front desk. However, despite the poor treatment, we enjoyed laying out and relaxing before having to come back home to NYC!

To be honest, we didn’t do anything while we were there, but that was always the plan. We chose not to do any excursions or leave the hotel often because we just wanted to chill. Sometimes you just need a vacation of laying around and drinking all day, am I right?

I do have to give a shout out to this great little restaurant that we found near our hotel, the Blue Gecko. After eating a few days of inedible food at our all inclusive, we decided to get on yelp and find somewhere to eat real food. This bar had nothing but stellar reviews, so we decided to give it a try. After going there the 3rd night we realized why, the place was freaking amazing! We ended up eating there two days in a row and bringing leftovers and extras back to the room for later. That turned out to be the best decision we made the whole trip haha!! Food really is so important to my husband and I, so lesson learned with the all inclusive.

Anyway, enough about food. Cancun was truly a beautiful destination with sunny weather and palm trees for miles. It most definitely was not my favorite tropical destination but I truly enjoyed myself, relaxing in the sun with my love. Now, where to next? 

You all know I can’t end this post without some swimsuit and fashion action! So here were some of my favorite looks and where I purchased them.

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Mermaid one piece is from Missguided. I purchased it on www.asos.com

This baby pink bikini is from www.zaful.com I purchased it in a medium (even though I usually wear a small) because the reviews said it ran super small. It fit perfectly and was so flattering. My favorite swimsuit that I wore this trip by far!

Bad news!! This swimsuit top is no longer sold. It was from Victoria’s Secret and they stopped selling swimwear. Seriously breaks my heart because they always made the cutest bikinis. I found a similar one at Bloomingdale’s by Trina Turk. My bottoms are the same ones from the baby pink bikini from Zaful.

I wore this look on the first night and was so obsessed. My top is from Asos, skirt is from Forever 21. I also wanted to do a monochrome coral look for my makeup to go with all the neutral. Eyes are colourpop cosmetics ‘Blow Me Away’ eyeshadow palette. Lips are NYX Suede Matte lip liner in shade ‘Life’s a beach” with Maybelline lipstick in shade ‘Coral Crush’. And of course Milani ‘Luminoso’ blush.

I LOVED this makeup look!! I felt so fancy and powerful (the power of a red lip.) Something about a golden eye and red lips just looks stunning on so many people. I used Blinc Cosmetics ‘Electric Eyes’ palette and IBY Beauty ‘Three’s a company’ eyeshadow trio on the eyes. I used Physicians Formula butter bronzer to contour and bronze my face. My highlight is Becca Cosmetics ‘Opal’ and my lips are Colourpop Cosmetics lippie stick in ‘Bossy’.

Last thing I wanted to mention was that I always pick a new fragrance for each vacation. I totally stole this idea from Kathleen Lights on YouTube. She mentioned that the scents took her back to the memories of that vacation, and I’ve always associated smells with memories so I started doing this a few years ago. I chose Nest Fragrances ‘Black Tulip’ for this trip. It smells so warm and floral that it was perfect for this sun drenched vacation.

Where are you guys vacationing this month? Leave your destinations below, and also leave me perfume recomendations for my next vacation!

Muah 💋

Denise Alexandra

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Hello loves, it’s me again! I’m back, but this time with something super delicious. For those of you who do not know me, I am actually a bartender in NYC. So, naturally I’m going to make sure that you guys get some yummy cocktails out of this deal, right? DUH! For my first cocktail on my blog, I couldn’t think of a more perfect choice than my favorite drink; a spicy margarita!

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There are so many different variations of the spicy margarita and I’ve loved every one that I’ve tried so far. When it comes to making a drink at home, let’s be honest, the easier the better. So I put together the most simple, yet freaking yummy, spicy marg for you guys! Also, because of how simple it is, it keeps the calories very low. What more could you ask for?

WHAT YOU NEED: (ingredients)

Silver/Blanco Tequila (pick a favorite) I used Deleon but I also like Herradura and Patron

Organic agave nectar

Limes

Fresh jalapeños

Cocktail shaker

Muddler

Fruit juicer (handheld)

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Slice jalapeños into 1/4 inch slices and remove the seeds.

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Step two: Add 3 slices of jalapeño and 3/4oz of agave syrup into your cocktail shaker.

Step three: Muddle the jalapeños and agave together with a wooden muddler if you have one. Full disclosure, I couldn’t find my muddler so I used the clean backend of a screw driver to muddle it!! I’m not even joking people, use what you’ve got (I told you this was easy.)

Step 4: Fill the shaker up with ice and add 1.5oz of tequila.

Step 5: Cut 2 limes in half and hand juice them into the cocktail shaker. If you don’t have a hand juicer just literally squeeze the juice out with your hand. It should create about 2oz of juice if you feel the desire to measure it.

Step 6: Shake it!!!!! The more you shake it, the better it tastes. Okay, not really, but make sure you shake it enough to get it super chilled.

Step 7: Pour ALL of the contents from the shaker into a glass of your choice. Then top with more ice if you need it.

NOW DRINK YOUR MASTERPIECE!!!

Obviously, you can make more than one at a time in the shaker (just double the ingredients.) Also, you can adjust the ingredients to your particular taste. For example, I don’t like mine as sweet as my husband does so I add a little less agave syrup to mine. I hope you all enjoy this spicy margarita as much as I do.

CHEERS!!

Denise Alexandra 💋

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Hi loves! If you’re anything like me, then you love a cute Sunday brunch spot, and NYC has no shortage of them. This weekend, my gal pal @styles_worthwhile (go give her a follow) picked out this adorable spot on the Upper East side; The Penrose.

This Sunday just happened to be a little cooler than we have been used to now that the crazy heat wave is finally over. I am so here for it though! Fall where you at? I’m ready!! So I opted for something casual but warm, and still on trend for summer. You already know I wore gingham. I cannot escape this trend, it’s literally everywhere, so I tried it out per usual.

Overall, the food at The Penrose was amazing! I ordered scrambled eggs, French toast sticks and a side of bacon (because I’m boring & picky AF.) Thank goodness @styles_worthwhile is more adventurous than me and ordered the avocado toast. We ended up sharing everything and I actually LOVED all of the dishes. I would totally recommend going there, especially with their adorable decor. It had a very country chic vibe with farmhouse raw wood tables and beautiful wildflowers in small vases. We didn’t opt for our usual Bloody Mary/mimosa at brunch, but instead ordered the weekend hite wine they had on happy hour, which was phenomenal. We then followed that up with a spicy margarita because why the hell not? Let me tell you, I’m OBSESSED with spicy margaritas, like really obsessed, and this is one of the best I’ve ever had! So that was the end of our brunch date, but let’s get onto the outfit deets shall we?

Gingham is all the rage right now, I see it everywhere from Pinterest to Instagram to, well everywhere!! I thought I’d give it a go, so I purchased this super cute off the should gingham top at Forever 21 for $19.90. So cheap and adorable! Unfortunately it’s sold out right now but you can but I will link some similar tops at the bottom of this post. My jeans are from Gap, of course. I love the way Gap jeans hug my body and their length always fits my short legs which is important for my 5’0 mini self. Plus, mid wash blue jeans are always a staple in my wardrobe. Side note: I don’t think I’ve ever paid full price for a pair of jeans from Gap. They are constantly sending out 40% off promo codes, so I hold out for that email and buy in bulk.

My shoes are from Steve Madden, I purchased them at Macy’s for $59.99 and they come in multiple different colors. I love how casual they are, yet they have such cute detail to make your outfit more snazzy. Once again, Macy’s has amazing sales so keep your eye out for coupons and shoe sales that they always have going on! My bag aka my favorite part of this outfit is from Boohoo. This is one of the first things I ordered from this website and I am mildly *wildly* obsessed already. I purchased this piece for $36, but Boohoo.com usually has a 50% off code in the AM right on their website homepage. I love the embroidered trend that’s going around but sometimes it looks a little to vintage-y on me, so this is the perfect way to incorporate the trend without feeling like a grandma.

Last, but certainly not least, my makeup rundown. I get so excited to get all dolled up for fun days out! This time, I tried a few new products so let me make this super simple and literally give you guys a list.

FOUNDATION: L’Oreal Pro Matte mixed with Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

BRONZER: Kat Von D Shade & Contour Palette

HIGHLIGHTER: Ofra Cosmetics ‘Rodeo Drive’

EYESHADOW: Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Brushes Palette – Shades ‘Silk Creme’ (crease) ‘Butter’ (crease & lower lash line) ‘Firework’ (lid) ‘Mocha’ (outer v) ‘Enlight’ & ‘Beam’ (brow highlight & inner corner)

LIPS: NYX Suede Matte Lipliner in ‘Pink Lust’

Thanks for joining in on my Sunday brunch and please comment below what your favorite NYC brunch spot is if you live here or what your favorite brunch food to eat is if you live somewhere else!

Muah 💋

Denise ✨

LINKS TO OOTD ITEMS: 

Jeans: http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1048555&pcid=5664&vid=1&pid=788089002

Top: (sold out but similar) https://m.macys.com/shop/product/sanctuary-gingham-off-the-shoulder-top?ID=4469680&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-2-_-78-_-MP278&LinkshareID=J84DHJLQkR4-bWlcaonXZbAs1IhpePGkxw

http://m.asos.com/us/parisian/parisian-off-shoulder-gingham-top/prd/7808344?affid=10607&transaction_id=1024e679bceb812c8759227cc2129e&pubref=1023

 

Shoes: https://m.macys.com/shop/product/steve-madden-womens-ecentric-q-platform-sneakers?ID=2531213

Bag: http://us.boohoo.com/hannah-all-over-embroidered-clutch/DZZ47563.html?color=105

 

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Hello loves! Welcome to my first blog post, I am so glad that you’re here. I went back and fourth many times about what I wanted my first post to be about, should I do a get to know me post, outfit of the day, or a favorites post? just simply couldn’t decide. Then, I was coming home from work and checked my mail and my Boxycharm monthly subscription box had finally arrived. I always look forward to this box every month but this month I was super impressed. So, I decided right then and there that I should do a post on my Boxycharm box. Not only am I super passionate about the box every month, but I was genuinely inspired to try these products out.

Let’s get into it! Check out what was in my July 2017 Boxycharm.

Immediately, I was drawn to the Blinc “Electric Eyes” eyeshadow palette, which retails for $45. The colors are 100% the tones that I am obsessed with; warm, shimmery goodness! After swatching these shadows I was even more excited to try them out. They are creamy and hella pigmented, yet they don’t have much fallout which is amazing. The only negative thing I have to say about this eyeshadow palette is that it doesn’t have any matte shades, therefore you’ll need another palette or single shadow to complete an eye look. However, the shades are beautiful and you can create so many different eye looks with these shadows.

Wear test: After wearing these shadows for 4+ hours in the NYC summer heat I did not notice any slippage or fading. The shadows stayed in place and shimmered beautifully in the sunshine. My opinion A+++

 

Can I just say that I’m super impressed that a Bare Minerals product was in my box this month? Bare Minerals was one of the first non drug store makeup brands that I ever used and they constantly put out quality products. I was stoked when I saw that it was a powder duo, because you can never have too many quality powders in your makeup collection. This translucent powder duo in the shade “invisible light” didn’t swatch the best, it was a little gritty if I’m being honest, but I’ll give any product a fair shot. I used the matte side to set my under eye and t-zone with a fluffy powder brush and dusted the glow side on the rest of my face with a large powder brush to set my foundation. This product has a retail value of $32.

Wear test: After half a day, I noticed that my concealer was creasing under my eyes more than usual, which is not ideal. However, I won’t write off the matte powder just yet, I’ll try it with a different concealer first. As far as the glow powder goes, I love that its glow is more of a sheen and not glittery. I think it would be extremely flattering on mature skin. I’m definitely a fan of the glow side, as it did not sit on top of the skin, it just made me like healthy and hydrated.

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Sooooooooooo, I love Colourpop! My love for this brand is unreal. I have purchased many of their products on my own, so when I saw a Colourpop lippie I was a bit nervous that I’d already have the shade (which has happened before in other boxes.) Nonetheless, it never hurts to have a backup of a product. To my surprise, it was a shade that I didn’t have yet; their Ulta Matte Lippie in “Beeper.” This shade is extremely popular from my understanding, a shade that is similar to Kat Von D’s “Lolita.” I have to say, not my favorite shade on myself but I can see how it is very flattering on others.

Weat test: I put this on around 11am, ate brunch, walked around in the hot sun for two hours and it barely budged. It wore a little in the very center, but every liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried does the same thing. Overall, an amazing formula and very long wearing, just not a major fan of the shade for the summer. Although, this shade would be a perfect neutral for the fall.

Next up, the Uni-brow universal eyebrow pencil by WinkyLux, retail value of $12. I have never heard of this brand, but that’s part of what I love about this box. I’ve discovered many new brands from Boxycharm that their products have become some of my holy grails. This is my type of brow product because it has a pencil on one side and a spoolie on the other. It says the shade is universal which always makes me nervous, since my brows are honestly non existent, but let’s try it anyway!

Wear test: Not my favorite brow product I’ve ever used. I noticed throughout the day that it faded and I even hit my brow with my sunglasses at one point and the brow product transferred onto my upper brow which is never a good look. Also, I found shape of the pencil a bit difficult to work with considering my brows are fairly small and the product was a bit thick. The shade is also a bit too dark for my brows since I am sooooooooooo blonde and fair. Overall, not my fave.

The last product was the Spray. Set. Go makeup setting spray by Project Beauty with a retail value of $32. I must say that I am a huge fan of makeup setting sprays but I don’t usually vary in the brands that I buy. I have my go to’s and I don’t really mess with that part of my makeup routine. However, let’s try this thing!

Wear test: First off, I love the spray nozzle on this product. If you use setting sprays, you know what a disaster it can be if you are completely finished with your makeup and spray a setting spray on with a bad nozzle. It’s like giant droplets only there to ruin your day and your makeup. Okay, not that serious but you know what I mean. Once you’re done with your makeup, you want to be able to spray your face with a hydrating spray that makes your makeup last and go on with your day. I’ll have to test out this product more, but so far I think it did a great job of making my makeup last, plus it gets major bonus points for the fine mist.

 

The total value of this month’s box was $127. Whattttttt, I know! It’s crazy right? How do they get away with giving you $127 worth of products for $21? I’ll never understand, but I am totally here for it.

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Thanks for unboxing July’s Boxycharm with me! Follow me on Instagram @alexandra_avenue and Twitter @alexandraavenue to keep up with all of my posts!

Muah 😘

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