Swizzle into Summer the ANGO Way with these Easy Cocktail Recipes


Recently, I’ve found myself hosting more and more gatherings at our house, which means I’m even more motivated than ever to find new recipes to try out when we have guests over. All of our guests are 21+ and, with the summer heat, it’s hard to beat an ice-cold, refreshing summer cocktail!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ANGOSTURA® bitters. All opinions are my own!

With cocktails, I’ve found that being adventurous leads to the best flavors. There’s always a lot of experimentation that happens, but sometimes when you find a recipe that’s just right, you don’t need to tweak it a whole lot. I mean, with a good tropical beverage, if it’s not broken don’t break it! That’s my tiki motto.

Today, I wanted to share a couple of cocktail recipes I really enjoy, and that all share something in common: the swizzle! If you’re unfamiliar, swizzling is the process of stirring a drink with crushed ice with a swizzle stick. It’s the perfect way to ensure ice is distributed evenly throughout a drink for the perfect degree of dilution. After all, why not play bartender and swizzle into summer?

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How to Dress for a Wedding // Outfit Ideas for Wedding Guests

Anyone else finding themselves right in the midst of wedding season? At this age, many of our friends and family members have already tied the knot, but every summer we find ourselves attending at least a wedding or two. With that comes the struggle of how to dress for a wedding.

This summer, for instance, two of Dave’s cousins are getting married to their longtime partners and we couldn’t be happier for them! But, as always when weddings come up, my mind immediately goes to what I will wear. Anyone else?!

Disclosure: This post contains clothing that was provided to me complimentary from Adrianna Pappell and Aidan by Aidan Mattox. Affiliate links are also used, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission. All opinions are my own!

Men have it easy. A timeless suit can last a lifetime, while women’s fashion changes every season! Of course, there are staples you can add to your wardrobe and accessorize to update your look for different occasions. Today, I wanted to share some other ideas for wedding guest dresses, some that don’t require you to even buy a new dress or outfit!

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My Purifying Hair Care Routine for Summer

Disclosure: Thanks to Pantene for sponsoring this conversation. All opinions are my own!

My hair has been top of mind lately as we go into summer. It’s the time when my hair goes through the most extremes; whether it’s taking a dip in the pool, spending time outside in the sun, or getting blasted by the air conditioning in the car and at the office. With a medium length haircut right now, I’m fortunate that I have less overall hair to manage than I used to. However now I find I battle different problems, like product build-up, greasier roots, and dry feeling ends. How’s a girl supposed to keep her hair fresh all summer long and manage all of these problems within her haircare routine?!

Pantene Charcoal Shampoo and Conditioner

After recently adding some soft highlights and lowlights to my hair for summer, I’ve been noticing that my scalp has been more sensitive than ever. I’ve been trying to go easy on the products, but I find that even after one wash, my hair is already looking greasy. Heavy moisturizers in my shampoo and conditioner leave my hair looking dull, weighed down, and ultimately oily after just a single day. Fortunately, I was recently able to try out the brand new Pantene Charcoal Collection. Just like charcoal in skin products, the charcoal in this new shampoo and conditioner works to purify the hair, from the root to the ends in only one wash. Pantene is a brand that I’ve loved and used since I was in elementary school, and I love how they’re always creating innovative products to meet the needs of a modern woman like myself!

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4th of July Outfit Ideas for the Stylish Girl

Happy 4th of July week! I can’t believe the holiday is nearly upon us. Before everyone heads out to celebrate with friends and family, I wanted to share some outfit inspiration, whether you love being patriotic or it’s not really your thing. Flag tees, in my opinion, should be a thing of the past, and instead, I encourage you to take a stylish twist this holiday by incorporating your favorite color, whether it’s red, white, or blue into your outfit!

Disclosure: Thanks to PrettyLittleThing for sending me complimentary clothing to style in these outfits. All opinions are my own!

Stripes, plaid, polka dots, solids, oh my! The choice is yours when it comes to what pattern, if any, to choose for the holiday. You can go subtle, or go bold. I opted to take two extremes – an outfit that to me, literally screams patriotism, and one that is more subtle and can be worn any day! Just add patriotic accessories, or not, and go!

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3 Days at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco // Where to Stay, Eat, & Visit in SF’s Embarcadero Neighborhood

At the beginning of June, I set off on an adventure to San Francisco. If you can believe it, I had never been before! With family in SoCal, I had yet to make the adventure up to the Bay Area. With Pinterest hosting the in the making conference for creators, it was the perfect opportunity to visit San Francisco!

Disclosure: Thanks to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco for hosting our stay! All opinions are my own.

San Francisco is a beautiful city bordering California’s bay and the Pacific Ocean. With wine country, Sausalito, Alcatraz Island, and the iconic sights of the city like the Victoria houses and cable cars, there is plenty to do and see in the city, no matter what your interest may be. Shopping, food, drink, sports, arts, and culture can be found in nearly any neighborhood, and we were thrilled to stay at the Hyatt Regency in Embarcadero, which is in one of the most exciting and interesting neighborhoods.

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