Pop. Fizz. Clink! Fun Champagne Recipes {A post by me from Today’s Woman Now}

Today’s Woman Now.

So it may be past new year’s eve but really- do you need an excuse or holiday to drink champagne? I didn’t think so.

Citrus Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice, strained
1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
1/4 cup sugar
1 750ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

Preparation:
1. Mix all juices and sugar in a pitcher and stir until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
2. Divide juice among flutes and top with champagne. Serve immediately.
{From http://www.myrecipes.com}
Chambord Sparkling Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients:
1.5 oz Death’s Door Gin
3-4 oz Mumm Sparkling Wine Cuvee
1/2 oz Chambord liquor
Fresh raspberries for garnishing

Preparation:
Pour all ingredients into a champagne flute, garnish with raspberries and serve.
{From ideas.evite.com}

Semifreddo Bellini {Because a Bellini will fix any girl’s problems…}
Ingredients:
1 cup peeled, chopped peaches, frozen until hardened
1/4 cup peach schnapps
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chilled Champagne or sparkling white wine
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 cup small ice cubes
Peach slices, for garnish

Preparation:
1. Blend peaches, peach schnapps, 2 tablespoons Champagne, the sugar, and ice in a blender until smooth.
2. Divide mixture between 2 glasses; top off each glass with 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Champagne, and serve.
{From: http://www.marthastewart.com}

How To Make Comfy Look Chic (A post [by me] from Today’s Woman Now)

Today’s Woman Now.

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Now that the weather is getting colder, it can sometimes be hard to stay looking chic while also staying warm. But in an effort to keep both style and warmth going strong this season, one of the best go-to pieces for a wardrobe is a slouchy, cozy sweater. Perfectly paired with a fitted bottom, and the right shoes, you’ll have nailed the look and you’ll be warm all season long. Here’s how to pull the look off the right way.

First, a slouchy sweater can look frumpy if not worn correctly. Working gal? Pair a cozy sweater with a pencil or other fitted, crisp skirt.

Try to mix it up. Add in some patterns or pops of color. A slouchy neutral sweater with a classic black skirt? Add chic leopard pumps or boldly colored accessories. Think wines, plums, forest green and even pastels- yes, pastel pink is everywhere this fall.

Roll ‘em up! If you’re looking a little too blousy or baggy, roll up your sleeves or tuck the sweater in. Rule of thumb for almost everything: balance; a loose top with a fitted bottom or vice versa. Don’t over-do it.

Not on the job? A great weekend look is to pair a slouchy sweater with fitted jeans. Leather is big this season as well- try leather leggings and a trendy pair of booties to create a more casual look.

Want to trim it up some? Add a belt. Leather looks great with soft knits. Try an over-sized ‘grandpa’ sweater with a belt. Pair it over a fitted dress with pumps or a tee and skinny jeans.

Fool proof, natural makeup… My go to, no makeup makeup trick!

I believe that some days are just a total waste of makeup. Kind of like those days when changing out of your sweats or pjs is just pointless. Sometimes I like to let my skin breathe. But like anyone else, I have those bad skin days when not wearing makeup isn’t always the best look for me. And then of course, some days I just like to fake it when I’m feeling too lazy to put on a full face or I’m simply in a rush. So of course, on those days, it does take some make up to make it look like you’re not wearing any. I mean, let’s be honest, the “natural” makeup look is trending right now but we all know it still requires more makeup than it lets on. Even those models in the Sports Illustrated swim mag prancing around on the beach, or rolling in the waves have makeup on. It’s not all just natural beauty or even airbrushing!

So with that, I’m going to share some of my favorite products I use to create this look.

First, we all know by now of the BB creams. Heavier than a tinted moisturizer but lighter than foundation, etc. So I’ve tried many different brands of BB creams but I found I really like Maybelline’s dream fresh BB cream. It is light and fresh, it blends very evenly and it even leaves my skin with a little hint of that “dewy” look which is perfect for when you’re trying to look natural but yet it covers enough to even out my skin tone.

Next, to widen the appearance of my eyes, I like mascara in either black or black brown. If your lashes are lighter go for a brown hue- it will look more natural. The trick is to apply it starting at the very base of your lashes. The thicker it is there, the more it will give the appearance of wearing liner so really focus on the base of your lashes and lightly coat the rest- just enough to fan them out and make your eyes look more awake. (I like Clinique’s high impact mascara in black.)

On the subject of eyes, like I’ve posted before, a friend let me in on this product and I’ve been in love ever since. Garnier’s skin renew under eye, dark circle roller is genius. Just roll a swipe under the eyes and dab with a finger to blend. Instantly my eyes look brighter and less puffy.

Next and lastly, you want a natural flush. Use a blush that mimics your natural cheek color. To find this, pinch your cheeks and then match your blush to whatever shade of pink or red or rose it turns. Apply the blush on the outer ends of your apples and angled slightly up your cheek bones. Take two fingers and place them right beside your nose on each side and then apply blush. This way, you get a very even flush and a more natural one since your cheeks don’t flush that close to your nose naturally.

And that it’s…easy, quick and fresh makeup fool proof enough to fake out anyone who might question you.

xxx SSG

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