Starbucks at Night

Did you know that Starbucks serves wine? Oh yes! Starbucks Evenings is hot new thing at select Starbucks locations across the country. This new concept is in Atlanta, Chicago, Portland, LA and Seattle. Each regional area has it's own unqiue menus as well.

photos via Starbucks

Now you have a familiar place to gather after work with friends. you have cool music, tasty bites, wine and beer starting at 4pm. The atmosphere is great. I am so excited about Starbucks hosting my Crafts + Cocktails workshops this summer. Make sure you sign up. It's going to be a great collaboration. See ya there!

DIY: Strawberry Lemonade

Let's make some lemonade! I have teamed up with gal pals of 1821 Bitters to create a yummy Strawberry lemonade cocktail for the summer. It's so good! My friends from 1821 Bitters are also a sponsor for my crafts workshop series, Crafts+Cocktails! I'm so excited to have them on board.

Today we are making a strawberry lemonade cocktail I mixed together. You can omit the alcohol and use sparkling water instead. It's that darn good either way. Oh yes! Enjoy this summer cocktail and please drink responsibly.

12 oz  Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
1/2 cup  New Amsterdam Citron Vodka
6  Frozen Strawberries
Sliced Lemons 

In your favorite pitcher, add lemonade concentrate and water
Puree frozen strawberries then add to pitcher
Pour in the Strawberry syrup and Vodka
Stir the lemonade well.

To Serve
Add crushed ice to glasses.
Drop in a sliced of lemon to each glass.
Pour lemonade into glass. Let the yumminess begin!
Disclaimer: I am not a trained bartender or professional mixologist. You've been warned.

Pop Talk: Summer Bellessa

Say hello to my friend Summer of Girls with Glasses and the editor of Eliza Magazine. Summer is the sun to my shine. She has a beautiful personality full of cheer and you gotta love that. I enjoy talking with her because she inspires me to be my creative best.

photos by Jacie Marie Smith

Summer is one half of the creative duo Girls with Glasses. Have you seen their blog and watched their videos? They cover all things cool like music, style, diy, beauty and motherhood. They are sweet, charming, energetic and fun. In this world of new media, it's so nice to have such creative gal pals like Summer and Brooke. They will have you trying new beauty tips, crafting and singing a song. Ain't nothing wrong with that!

photos by Jacie Marie Smith

photos by Jacie Marie Smith


Now it's time to have a little Pop Talk with Summer

I'm most creative...
when I have a problem that I need to solve. I seem to do my best work when people don't think something can be done.
My creative style is...
I have two ways I work. The first is very planned, researched, organized. I almost meditate for inspiration. This happened a lot more before I had kids. The second is frantic, instinctual, and off the cuff. Sometimes that work is even better then the first type, but usually it's not. As my life has gotten busier, I have learned to make due with what I have. I would rather create beautiful messes than create nothing at all.

The one thing people don't know about me is...
I eat a lot of cookie dough, a lot. I live on the edge, salmonella who?!

_________inspires me.
Art, photography, music, nature, pretty things, people, places, dreams, my kids, fashion, design, life

My life in 6 words 
Creating, Playing, Loving, Trying, Trying again.

My dream project is...
I have lots of dreams, with different possible projects attached to them. For Girls With Glasses, it would probably to create a funny quirky tv show, that would inspire and entertain women and show the joys of motherhood, creating, friendship, and growing.

What's your theme song when you walk into room?
Funny you should ask! Brooke and I actually wrote our own theme song! It includes all the women we love and aspire to be like.

Do you say Soda or Pop?
Both, interchangeable. I'm from Chicago, where pop is what we drink, but I have lived in "soda" states too, sometimes I just say soda pop to really get crazy.

You can find Summer here: