Certified Online Shopper

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In my opinion, there’s no better therapy than retail therapy—especially when you don’t have to leave the house. Online shopping is my favorite thing to do after coming home from a long day of brainstorming new glass designs! I pour myself a glass of wine in my Shopaholic,Too glass, get out my credit card, and go online to my favorite stores…

Below are a few online stores help people think I’m a certified fashionista!

ShopBop: ShopBop is an all-encompassing website that ranges from designer shoes, to clothes, to jewelry—and everything in between. Although it might be a little pricey, it’s always good to splurge sometimes! One thing that I have in my closet is the Fierra dress by Alice + Olivia. It’s a simple little number that can go with anything you already own.

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RueLaLa: I’ve never found better deals than at RueLaLa. By signing up to be a member, you receive exclusive discounts and deals on designer brands. Seriously, there are such good prices that this website becomes absolutely addicting! The app makes it even easier to shop on the go—especially on my short breaks during the day. The brands that RueLaLa carries changes daily, so there’s always something new to fall in love with.

Threadflip: Vintage clothes are always fun to shop for, especially without digging through thrift stores. Threadflip is a website where people sell unwanted clothes from their closets, resulting in discounts from 50-90 percent off the original prices. You can find designer clothes and one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your wardrobe. I have even found a Chanel purse that was marked down by 70 percent! Not only do you get access to great finds, but great deals as well!

Be sure to check out my Pinterest board titled “Certified Fashionista” for styling inspiration and other great finds!

Paradise in a Glass

Kick off the summer right with my favorite summer martini recipe! This drink goes perfectly with my Hibiscus Martini Glass or Hawaii Wine Glass, along with a waterfront view and a sunset. It’s a great addition for an outdoor party or just simply lounging the day away. I remember first trying this recipe in Hawaii, and now every time I use it I think of the beach bar with the beautiful hibiscus flowers surrounding me. Be sure to try the recipe and let me know what you think! Xo, Lolita

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Recipe:

1 ounce (30 ml) vodka

0.35 ounce (10 ml) passion-fruit liqueur

0.35 ounce (10 ml) cranberry juice

0.35 ounce (10 ml) pineapple juice

Champagne

1 strawberry, for garnish

Directions: Place the vodka, passion-fruit liqueur, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice in a shaker and shake well. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and top off with champagne. Garnish with the strawberry.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, and check out my #ThrowbackThursday of my trip to Hawaii: @designsbylolita

Time For a Mother’s Day Luncheon!

Whether you’re celebrating your own motherhood or your own mom, it’s still a perfect time to celebrate! Mother’s day is obviously the day to commemorate everything to do with moms!

Moms basically know how to do everything, and they are there for their kids through anything. No matter how many times moms say, “Because I said so, that’s why” or “Go ask your father,” you know they deserve to be celebrated!

This Mother’s Day put together a luncheon for your own mom, for yourself, or all of the moms in your extended family! Whether you’re a new mom or a grandma, this luncheon is perfect for every mom. Not only will this luncheon be celebrating moms and everything they do, it will give moms the chance to realize how amazing they are and to relax. Obviously, our #1 Mom Wine Glass would be a hit!

Atmosphere and Decoration
If it’s nice outside and if you have a porch or backyard, you can set up a pretty and sweet luncheon space outdoors. However, if the weather is not appealing or if you simply just don’t have the outdoor space, set up the same pretty and sweet space inside! Set up one table or a few tables depending on how many moms attend this soiree! If there are many moms coming to the celebration, set up a couple of tables with beautiful flower arrangements as the centerpieces! If you want to have an accent color prominent for the luncheon, make the flower arrangements associated with that color! (For example, if you have a light green accent color, add light green hydrangeas to your arrangement!) Here’s an example of a lovely flower centerpiece you can use:
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Drape the tables in tablecloths made from a lovely patterned or solid-colored fabric! Set picture frames in front of the flower arrangements. These picture frames can hold quotes praising moms or pictures of the moms you’re celebrating! This will visually show them how much they are appreciated. Here’s an example of a picture frame showing a quote that could be set on a table:
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Set up the luncheon space with pretty paper lanterns, strings of fake flowers, and some sort of banner that reads “Happy Mother’s Day”. If you have an accent color, make sure you associate that accent color with the decorations! Here’s a nice example of a mother’s day set up that could inspire your own!
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Food and Drinks
Good food is always an essential for any celebration. Taste buds need to be pleased with a light yet delicious menu for this luncheon! If there is a larger attendance for your luncheon, a buffet option might be easier to serve food. Set up an attractively decorated buffet table that sticks with the theme of your luncheon. However, if it is just your immediate family, bring the food to the table. Have a wine and cocktail bar set up (you can simply use a table draped with a pretty tablecloth topped with ice buckets, soda, juice, your favorite wines, and other alcoholic beverages…make sure there is something for the kids!)

Drinks:
The Ladybug (Watermelon Cocktail)
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: epicurious.com
Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of half frozen cubed watermelon
  • ¼ cup of lime sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup vodka

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Kids Version: Watermelonade
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: epicurious.com 

  • 1 (12-pound) watermelon (preferably seedless)
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 16 cups ice cubes, divided

Food:
Start off with a yummy and light salad to serve. Here is a perfect salad recipe to use for this special occasion:

Roquefort Pear Salad
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: allrecipes.com
Ingredients:

  • 1 head leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 3 pears—peeled, cored and chopped
  • 5 oz of Roquefort cheese—crumbled
  • 1 avocado—peeled, pitted and diced
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black better to taste

Now for some lunch entrée options:

Spring Basil Linguine
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: myrecipes.com
Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces uncooked fresh linguine
  • 1 cup shelled fresh green peas
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 2 ounces shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

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Chicken Parmesan Burgers
The directions for the recipe below at epicurious.com
Ingredients:

  • 10 1/2-inch-thick slices French bread (4 inches in diameter); 8 slices toasted, 2 slices (crust removed) diced
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons minced fresh basil, divided, plus 12 large basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup purchased refrigerated marinara sauce
  • 12 ounces ground chicken (white meat)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 4 large radicchio leaves

Serve asparagus as a yummy side!

Roasted Garlic Asparagus
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: epicurious.com
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped parsley
  • 2 pounds thin asparagus, ends trimmed
  • Fleur de sel or coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Now time for some yummy dessert to please those taste buds!

Strawberry Shortcake
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: chow.com
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and quartered
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 medium lemon)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt, plus a pinch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups heavy cream

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Of course, this Mother’s Day soiree already shows a huge appreciation for all moms, but to give them something they can keep forever to remind them is just as great!

Whether it’s a grandma or a new mom you can shower them with our Mom related glassware just so they are reminded—and hey! They get some relaxation out of it too. Shower the moms with our “Love you Mom Wine Glass”, “#1 Mom Wine Glass”, and our “#1 Grandma Wine Glass”. They will sure appreciate being able to have their wine in a glass that says it all!

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Be sure to check out our Mother’s Day Luncheon Pinterest board for more ideas for your Mother’s Day Luncheon! Cheers!