Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Perrier Cocktail Recipes for the Holidays

While browsing Pinterest, I came across the greatest set of recipes; jam and gin mixed with Perrier. These quick and easy Perrier cocktail recipes are fantastic for a multitude of reasons: the ingredients required are items you are most likely to already have on hand, they're perfect for hosting surprise guests, and... the holidays while certainly festive and jolly, can and will drive even the most positive of personalities to drink. So, in honor of the holidays, I will be hosting a weekly drink recipe to bring you a little extra joy for the season.

1. Gin Jam (pictured above)
1 oz. Half Moon Orchard Gin
½ can Perrier, about 5oz
1 tbs Tutthilltown Distillery, Elderberry Jam
2 Sage Leaves

Instructions: Muddle sage leaves with gin and jam, stir well. Add Perrier and lightly stir, enjoy.

2. Whiskey Jam
1 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey
1 can Perrier Lime, about 5oz
1 tbs The Jam Stand, Stroseberry Jam
1 sprig of thyme

Instructions: Add gin and jam, stir well. Add Perrier and lightly stir, garnish with thyme sprig and enjoy.

 3. No Jam, But Still Gin
1 oz. Half Moon Orchard Gin
½ can Perrier, about 5oz
1 tbs Blue Hill, Hudson Valley Honey
2 Mint leaves
½ cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions: Muddle mint leaves with gin and honey; stir vigorously until the honey combines with mixture. Add Perrier and lightly stir. Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form when you lift the mixer or whisk (do not add sugar), add desired amount on top and enjoy.

This post was originally posted on the Perrier Tumblr Blog.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Design Your Own Joules Rain Boots


Joules is currently hosting the most darling design contest: they are offering you the opportunity to design your own pair of rain boots! The grand prize winner will spend 5 days in London, with flight, luxury hotel and spending money provided, and their winning design will be sold on Joulesusa.com! What makes this contest extra special is that the proceeds from the limited edition winning design will be donated to Step Up, an all female mentoring program! There will be 10 runner-ups that will be awarded $500 gift vouchers. If you've always dreamed of designing your own Joules rain boots, now is your chance!   

Be sure to submit your designs soon; the contest ends December 4th!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Meet Elsie

I wanted to introduce you to Elsie, the official assistant extraordinaire for A Mused Blog. Chances are you've already experienced her handiwork of working behind the scenes: she's who gives you a behind the scenes look during photo shoots, as well as scheduling out my tumblr and Pinterest accounts. We've got some great ideas in the works - but first, let me allow her to introduce herself! 

Hello everyone! My name is Elsie and I’m Amber’s new intern for A Mused blog. This is my first post of a bi-monthly series that I’ll be doing, giving you commentary about life and experiences. I’m also going be Amber’s tumblr presence (so I’m hopping I’ll see tons of likes and reblogs). I’ll let you get a behind the scenes look at some photo shoots we do so as you to give an idea of the fun craziness that we go through getting posts to the blog.

Just a little about me so I’m not a stranger: Although I’m truly Sonoma County born and raised, my mother is English so I spent summers across the Atlantic visiting family and friends. This was the inspiration of my love for travel. I’m constantly planning my next trip (there are WAY too many flight/travel apps on my phone). I can’t think of anywhere in the world that I do not want to visit. 

I also have a love affair with my wardrobe, and I think that fashion and how you dress is an essential part of someone’s personality. I really believe that clothes are vital to how you present yourself and what you can communicate to the world. I’m really drawn to juxtaposition, like heavy menswear with delicate feminine touches. Lately I’ve been into the sporty tomboy look, a la Cara Delevingne. Finding the balance between “I don’t care” and “I tried really hard so, appreciate it” is difficult and the struggle is on going, so I will be sure to keep you posted.

Looking forward to getting to know you all in the next few months!!
            Elsie xx

Photography: Sosatography 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Pont Alexandre, Paris

My birthday trip to Paris feels like it was so long ago. A different lifetime...and an entirely different season of my life. For you longtime readers, you know that Paris is so much more than a city to me. Rather it is a refuge, a solace, a source of inspiration and healing...and my home. I never was able to fulfill my college dream of moving to Paris. I always hung that dream on hopes of the future, and it seems that life has continued on without them.

But this isn't a melancholy post about the City of Light; rather it's a celebration of making this last trip happen despite all the odds: as much as I have traveled to Paris, this was my first real trip alone. I was going to celebrate my Golden Birthday while simultaneously leaving a life that I knew behind. I left with my head in a fog, but comforted in knowing that I had everything figured out (I didn't). As much as I let myself down in life - making rash decisions, dropping the ball on communication, being sure of everything one minute, only to question everything the next, Paris has never let me down.

The city of Paris is akin to the lover that you are obsessed with; one you constantly strive to claim ownership of - only to discover that it's very inability to be possessed is what makes up its charm. Rain, heat, cobblestone streets of grime, and wind that makes it impossible for a great hair day; I take it all. Paris will always be my home...And I am oh so happy to belong.

Blazer-Cape: Audrey // Jeans: Big Star // Heels: Target // Purse: vintage, purchased in Paris // Sunglasses: Dolce + Gabbana // Earrings: ?? // Blouse: F21
Photography: Jennifer Wang