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SVEDKA Bloody Mary Bar

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If you live in the Mid-West, you know that with only a 100 days of summer every moment counts. I love throwing parties, especially parties that include one of my famous vodka bloody mary’s in the summer however it can become a scheduling nightmare amongst friends when everyone has a calendar full of social activities. Chicago is a city that takes brunch seriously and plethora of restaurants that provide unique brunching experiences, but all these weekend brunches, while a great way to see family and friends, can really start taking a toll on your wallet.

So what better way to get the party started this summer than by hosting a summer brunch with an epic bloody mary bar. I love hosting brunch at my apartment, especially because I live so close to Lake Michigan. After a filling breakfast and a few rounds of cocktails, you have a full day of sun & fun at the beach ahead of you and your guests.

 

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Last week I hosted brunch at my apartment on one of the hottest days of this summer yet. With the weather cooperating, I put together a DIY bloody mary bar for my friends to enjoy using SVEDKA vodka as my go-to alcohol for my barbecue bloody mary mix. This bloody mix recipe is simple: take your favorite bloody mary base and add a few tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce for a extra boost of flavor – trust me, it makes the biggest difference.

We all know that a great bloody mary starts with quality vodka and a splash of spicy bloody mary mix, but don’t forget about the garnish. I put together a few of my favorite items on one plate and let my friends have free reign on what they wanted to put into their cocktail. The bacon on a stick was a huge hit as were the kalamata olives and dill pickle spears. My general rule of thumb, if you would eat it at a great BBQ restaurant than it deserves to go into a bloody mary.

With 4th of July just around the corner, the SVEDKA Stars and Stripes bottle make a great decorative table topper. Who doesn’t love it when your vodka does double duty? It’s like the price of food and decor all in one. This summer bring your friend and family together for a meal and a great cocktail; you’ll create lasting memories for years to come.

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P.S. If you’re looking for more summer cocktails recipes or entertaining ideas, check out SVEDKA’s Celebrate the Summer website. You’ll be sure to wow your friends and family this summer by hosting a great summer party!

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Barbecue Bloody Mary Mix
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Start your summer party on the right foot with this SVEDKA BBQ Bloody Mary Bar. This easy to make recipe is a great way to add your own unique touch to a classic weekend brunch cocktail.
Servings Prep Time
3 drinks 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 drinks 10 minutes
Svedka, Bloody Mary Bar, Bar, Summer Cocktail, 4th of July Party
Barbecue Bloody Mary Mix
Print Recipe
Start your summer party on the right foot with this SVEDKA BBQ Bloody Mary Bar. This easy to make recipe is a great way to add your own unique touch to a classic weekend brunch cocktail.
Servings Prep Time
3 drinks 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 drinks 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: drinks
Instructions
  1. In a large mason jar, add all the ingredients. Shake well and let the mix sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
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The Best Financial Decisions I Made in My 20s

3 Ways to Be More Productive This Summer

Ever feel like your to-do list is never ending? This summer my schedule seems to me more jam packed with activity than usual, and keeping up with all the invitations and daily life activities has become quite a challenge for me. I’m so excited about all the events and happenings around Chicago that I just can’t say “no” to anything, especially when you live in a city that only sees a 100 days of summer.

I’ve been researching ways to be more productive this summer and I think I’ve found a few tips and tricks that would really make a difference. The best part is that they don’t break the bank and cause you to break your financial goals to achieve the state of G.S.D. (getting sh!t done) From journaling to keeping focus, these three tips will help you have the most productive summer yet!

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+ BULLET JOURNALING

Have you guys heard of bullet journaling? This article gives you a great synopsis of how bullet journaling works. After writing down the general “rules” of bullet journaling, I’ve been giving it a shot for the last week and I can personally vouch for the fact that I’ve seen a significant increase in my productivity.  The concept is super simple and customizable to each individual, but for some reason it really does work. For weeks I’ve been getting down on myself for completing every item on my traditional to-do list but with this bullet system, I feel far more accomplished and less guilty about shifting priorities from one day to another.

The best part of the whole system? It doesn’t cost you more than the pen and paper that you probably already have lying around. #budgetfriendly

+ THE ONE TOUCH METHOD

This sounds a little dirty doesn’t it…. How many times in a day do you start something, stop, and than come back it later. If I think about how much time I waste during the day waiting to send out that email because “it can totally be done later” or “let me just think about it before I respond”, I would probably be able to get home from the office at a more reasonable time

Well you’ll be wowed at just how much you can get done by incorporating the one touch method. Like most productivity tips & tricks, this concept is super simple. Never touch anything twice, don’t put it on hold and commit to finishing each task that you start. That’s it. Period.

Has anyone tried to break that “I’ll do this later habit” with the one touch method? I would love to know if it worked for you!

+ THE TROLLOPE 15

Okay, I’ll be honest here I totally just made this name for this productivity trick up. This method of tackling large projects doesn’t technically have a official name, but I decided to stretch my creative mind and named it after the author most famously associated with this productivity method – Anthony Trollope.

For those of you that have used the pompodoro method of tackling tasks, this method is essentially the same. Anthony Trollope was a famous author who wrote 40+ novels in his lifetime by simple breaking down large projects (like writing a novel) into increments of 15 minutes. In his method, you identify a manageable “victory” and complete it within the 15 minute allotment.

For any large task or project, it’s critical for your success to break things down into small manageable chucks of time that can be treated like mini-victories. In today’s society where everyone is looking for that instant gratification, this method provides meaningful success that keep your momentum going.

Who doesn’t love tackling large projects without the stress or last minute panic over getting your task done on time.


Anyone else out there try a new productivity trick that they are totally loving? I’m on the hunt to find the method that best suits me so I’m always looking for suggestion!
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A Summer in Color Block

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:: ASOS Color Block Dress | J.Crew Sandals (old, similar here) |
| Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac | Urban Outfitters Sunglasses ::

Hello Monday, let’s do this! I’m coming off one of the most productive weekends I’ve had in a long time. As much as I love going out with friends and exploring everything that Chicago has to offer, sometimes it’s nice to spend a weekend checking everything off your to-do list.

Nothing makes you feel more accomplished on the weekends than getting up and actually getting dress. I’m not talking about yoga pants and tanks (although that’s my ideal outfit pretty much any day of the week) but a cute summer color block dress. I picked up this dress for under $100 from my favorite online store, ASOS, and I couldn’t be more excited to wear it out and about this summer. The bright colors and midi length make it the ideal dress for any summer occasion – gotta love clothing items that multitask.

So what’s on my summer agenda? One of my favorite activities to do on the weekend is to grab a coffee at Elaine’s Coffee Call at the Lincoln Hotel, then grab a donut from The Doughnut Vault’s truck, and head on over to the Green City Farmers Market to pick up a fresh bouquet of in season flowers. It’s the ideal way to easy into the weekend on a Saturday morning and you feel extra fancy when you feel your best.

If any of you are in the area, I recommend Perennial Virant for a post farmers market brunch. I recently took my good friend Enakshi there and we loved the seasonal shared S’mores Donut. The menu does change seasonally so I suggest you hop to it quickly to pick up one of these delicious treats.

So what’s on your summer agenda? I’d love to hear how you spend your weekends and balance fun and responsibility!

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:: Photography by Enakshi Mehta ::

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Life Lately, Vol. 3

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:: LIFE LATELY ::

TGIF! Anyone else feel like post holiday work weeks always go by the slowest? I can’t say that too much happened to me this week but I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend to myself. This work week is kicking my butt big time and I all I want to do is head to the lakefront with a great summer read and enjoy the sun.

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:: THE ROUND UP ::

+ I always feel like I do the most life reflection around my birthday. If you ever feel shitty about your life, this article is a great reminder that everything will be okay.

+ Summer has arrived and it’s time to get out there and make some friends. How to get people to like you? It’s easier than you think!

+ It’s the last weekend of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Don’t miss out on some great summer finds like this fabulous hat, this on trend dress, and these “OMG I need these” shoes.

+ Did you guys see The Everygirl’s Co-Founder Danielle Moss’s home tour? I’ve been inspired to spruce up my apartment this summer with some fun knick knacks.

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:: COCKTAIL HOUR ::

Hello Summer! Fresh berries are in season, so head over to the farmers market this weekend and pick up some raspberries to make this Raspberry Fool cocktail. CHEERS!

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The Birthday Dress

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:: Lucy Paris Dress | J.Crew Sandals (old, love these) |
Sole Society Tote c/o | Urban Outfitters Sunglasses ::

So anyone else feel like they need a vacation from the holiday weekend? I sure do! I had a wonderful birthday weekend in the city, but man could I use an extra day just to catch up on errands. #adulting

This past weekend was quite eventful and I loved every single moment of it. I got to check off a lot off of my “must see” list this weekend, much of it included a variety of restaurants and bars. In case anyone didn’t already know, the hangover struggle is real once you hit your late twenties. Like Whoa…

The weather really made Memorial Weekend in Chicago extra fun, especially since last year on my birthday it actually snowed. I took advantage of the weather and brought out one of my favorite summer dresses for a spin. This dress was under $100 and for anyone pear-shaped like me, it’s the perfect fit/flare dress that flatters your figure. Clearly I’m having a blue dress kinda of month…seen here and here.

The best part is this dress has an adjustable waist tie that comes in handy right after a big meal. On that note….If  your looking for a place to patio brunch this weekend, I suggest checking out new Lokal location in Lincoln Park for bottomless mimosas. The food was great but the staff is definitely not holding back on the mimosas. If you are looking to do something more upscale for, The Aviary, is quite a unique cocktail experience. For those of you who haven’t made it to Lost Lake yet in Logan Square, make it a priority to check it out ASAP! (clearly cocktails were in heavy rotation this weekend)

So what did you guys do this weekend? I hope you enjoyed as much of it outdoors as possible!

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:: Photography by Enakshi Mehta ::