This month’s Signature Cocktail is a Plum Brandy Sour. With brandy, fresh lemon juice, homemade plum simple syrup and ice, it’s all you need to create this tart treat. Cheers!

 

 

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Cocktail by Mint & Mirth.  Artwork by Milkfed Press for Snippet & Ink.

 

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I love the look of the classic cat eye (hello Bridgette Bardot!) but have never been able to pull it off.  Perfecting symmetry was one thing, but I’d always end up with one eye smudged. That is until Skyla Arts shared her tips on creating the perfect cat eye, and I’m telling you it works like magic!

 

 

Tools:

Eyelash Curler
Eyeliner Gel
Limitless Eyeliner
Q-Tips
Mascara

 

Directions:

1. Curl your lashes!
2. For the perfect symmetry, look in the mirror straight on. Put a dot where you want your eyeliner to connect.
3. Start in the inner corner, and drag your pencil as close to the lash line as possible. When you reach 3/4 of the way, start lifting it upwards and connecting the dots.
4. Repeat steps two and three for the other side. (If you mess up, get a q-tip with lotion and clean up the edges.)
5. Fill in the inner rim (also named “waterline” on youtube)
6. Finish with lots and lots and lots of mascara

Photography: Christina McNeill / Hair, Makeup: Skyla Arts / Styling: Angela Hassan
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We’re taking things tropical with the first Signature Cocktail of the year — Hula on Ice! Made with pineapple juice, rum and crushed coconut, this beachy drink has us dreaming of white sandy beaches and sunshine!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Cocktail by Mint & Mirth.  Artwork by Milkfed Press for Snippet & Ink.

 

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Our last Signature Cocktail of the year is full of love — and by love, we mean pink grapefruit juice, hibiscus syrup, gin and champagne. Cheers to a fab 2015, and to a beautiful 2016! Xo, and enjoy!

Recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, photography by Josh Gruetzmacher.

 

Ingredients: 

1.5 oz. gin
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz pink grapefruit juice
.75 oz. hibiscus syrup
Top with 2 ounces Champagne

Directions: Combine gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and hibiscus syrup, shake well with ice and fine-strain into a flute, top with champagne, or your favorite sparkling wine!

 

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Decorating your holiday table doesn’t need to be difficult! Planner Jenna Lam and photographer Meg Smith have stopped by today to show you that with the right accents, using your own china, flatware, and glassware can make for a simple, elegant, and perfectly festive table.

 

From Jenna: “The Heath Ceramics plates and Riedel glassware are a staple in my household. By bringing in metallic accents like the gold flatware and gold mercury-glass votives, we instantly made simple everyday items feel more luxurious. The exquisite hand-painted ornaments by Priti Ornaments, doubling as a place cards, added a personalized touch. We also wanted to put a more modern spin on typical Christmas colors.”

 

Jenna Lam, Meg Smith | Snippet & Ink Jenna Lam, Meg Smith | Snippet & Ink

 

 

 

 

 

“Don’t be afraid to use what you already have! Your everyday china and glassware can look unexpectedly elegant with the right tweaks. Similarly, don’t feel like you need to use evergreen to get the holiday feel. Use what’s in your garden or yard. We love incorporating boxwood and rosemary into our holiday arrangements.”

 

 

 

 

Meg Smith, Jenna Lam | Snippet & Ink Meg Smith, Jenna Lam | Snippet & Ink

 

 

More tips from Jenna:

- If you’re not savvy with flowers, bring in color through the table linens or through touches like an ornament place card.

- Think beyond the tabletop – we hung mini boxwood wreaths from the backs of the dining chairs which is a great alternative to a floral centerpiece is you’re short on space.

- I say you can never have too many candles. It’s the holidays! Break out the tapers, votives, pillars. It will make your entire table feel cozy and festive.

 

 

We’d love to see your holiday tables, so share your pics with us on Instagram and tag us @snippetandink for a chance to be featured. And thank you to Jenna and Meg for stopping by with this lovely table!

Photography: Meg Smith / Event Planning & Design: Jenna Lam Events / Hand-Painted Ornaments: Priti / Name Tags: PS Paper / Plates: Heath Coupe / Flatware: Frances Lane, purchase similiar ones at West Elm / Linen: La Tavola, purchase similar at Williams-Sonoma / Napkins: Kim Seybert / Mercury Glass Votive Candles: West Elm / Glassware: Riedel / Champagne Coupe: Sur La Table / Floral Design: Lexie Brooks for Jenna Lam Events / Brass Vase: Jamali Garden

 

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