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Martini Thursdays...Raspberry Limeade Martini!!!

Raspberry Limeade Martini

So...I just go home from the office, and I'm anxiously waiting for Scandal to come on. Three weeks is way too long to wait for a new episode! So while we wait for 10 o'clock to arrive, why not enjoy a new martini recipe. I am almost embarrassed to admit that this will be the first martini recipe of judgment please! Just accept my sincere apology in the form of the yummy Raspberry Limeade Martini. Enjoy!

2 oz of Your Favorite Vodka
2 oz of Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
1/2 oz of Rose's Lime Juice
Fresh Raspberries for Garnish

1. In a shaker, combine Vodka, Chambord, Lime Juice, and Ice. Shake!
2. Drop a few frozen raspberries into a chilled martini glass.
3. Strain mixture into martini glass.

There you have it! Now you're all ready for Scandal tonight. Let me know how you like it! Drink Responsibly!

Emerald...Werk the Color of the Year!!!

Divas! In case you missed it, Emerald is the Pantone Color of the Year! I am really excited about Emerald, as I think it is a gorgeous color that works well across various seasons. As was the case last year with Tangerine Tango, I am super anxious to add a few Emerald pieces to my wardrobe. Maybe a cute wrap dress...or a great pair of booties...or maybe some Emerald accessories. The possibilities are endless! Check out some of the great pieces I have found while surfing the web...maybe it will inspire you to spice up your wardrobe with the Color of the Year. Enjoy!

Try adding some Emerald pieces to your professional wardrobe. A great emerald-hued dress can work wonders in sea of black and blues. Or, wear an emerald-toned blouse with a traditional suit. Or, how about an Emerald blazer atop a neutral-toned outfit. However you decide to do it, this rich color can make any outfit pop!

If accessories are your thing, why not add a few Emerald pieces. Shoes, purses, scarfs, bracelets, belts, and broaches...all look great in Emerald and can add just the right amount of flavor to your outfit. Need an example? Remember the Emerald earring Beyonce wore at the presidential inauguration? Of course you did!

Last but not least, add a few beauty products to your arsenal in honor of the Color of the Year. An emerald-toned nail color adds just the right amount of sophistication and sass to your office apparel. And a little bit of eyeshadow and/or liner can transform your current look. 

Have you embraced the Color of the Year? How will you incorporate Emerald into your at-work apparel?

I Woke Up Feeling Ugly...

This past Saturday, I woke up feeling ugly. I mean really, really ugly! My Spring allergies kicked in, so I woke up with a puffy face and watery eyes. And I fell asleep without wrapping my hair, so my hair was a disaster. My skin was flaky...probably due to these pregnancy hormones that have invaded my body. I woke up feeling ugly, and I'm sure I looked like a hot mess! Have any of you ever woke up feeling like this? Well, I haven't in a really long time, and it kind of scared me. Let me explain.

Like many Professional Divas, I spend a good amount of my week day getting ready for work, driving to work, working, and driving home from work. And then there are the few chores that I try to take care of when I get home. And then there are the occasional nights when I do a little extra work at home. I try to make the effort to pamper myself whenever I can, but as of late...let's just say that I have been neglecting myself. Now don't get me wrong, I know how to pull myself together so that the outside world is unaware of my neglect. But when I woke up on Saturday...something had to give!

I jumped out of bed (kind of), got dressed, and headed to the mall. My first stop was the nail salon for a manicure and pedicure. My gel polish was about a week overdue, and I could always use a foot scrub (I ended up having to skip the pedicure because the nail tech was a pain in the butt slightly annoying). Next up: S.H.A.P.E.S. Brow Bar for some eyebrow maintenance. Isn't it amazing how a little piece of thread and some tweezers can beat your brows into submission?! My next stop was the hair salon. I was spending most of the day in Brooklyn at my parents' house, so I made a point to stop by my old hair salon for a good old-fashioned wash and set. After an hour, my hair was LAID! Finally, I headed to my parents house and hopped in the shower. While I was there, I broke out a sample packet of an apricot face scrub that I had picked up at the drug store earlier that morning...flaky skin: gone! I got dressed and put on some makeup, and voila! I felt like a new creature! I woke up feeling ugly, and I did something about it. I'm so glad I did!

The moral of this entire diatribe is a simple: never let the pressures of a busy, stressful life prevent you from taking care of yourself. The truth is that I have been spending a great deal of my time working and doing things for others, and I forgot about me. For months, I have forgotten about me, and I haven't been treating myself very well. I broke that cycle on Saturday, and I intend to do better. 

So, I am publicly making a promise to love myself better. And I encourage all of you hard working Divas out there to do the same. Have a great week Divas!

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