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June 19, 2018

Ugh, Starting Over… This past 12 months has been rough. I have talked about this couple of times on the blog, and it’s possible I am starting to sound a bit like I am dwelling, but the truth is, I am recovering.

Recovering from what? 

Recovery is an interesting word. It implies a previous illness, or a lingering physical or emotional burden, but in reality, it is so many things. This has been twelve months of losing people that I love; the same twelve months in which I made a poor business decision that cost me thousands of dollars and still has me building and restructuring to make up for it. The year that I failed and lost over and over again. But the good news, is there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I can see it, and I am moving toward it. That, my friends, is my version of recovery.

How did failure & loss effect me?

I’ll be completely honest. This past year, for the first time in a very long time, my business wasn’t my number one priority. That was a hard pill to swallow, but my priorities had shifted, not because I wanted them to shift, but because sometimes that’s just how life is. It throws you a curve ball or two (or four) and you adjust.

Add to that the fact that my business is a central part of who I am. I love what I do, every single second of it. I actually think that is why I am still here, working in the industry. I love it so much that I absolutely refuse to quit. No matter what. The idea that my business was affected during this particularly less than desirable time of life truly keeps me up at night. But what can you do? You just go on. You failed, you lost. Keep moving.

What’s Next? 

The way I see it, sometimes starting over can be the most liberating experience you will ever have. A clean slate, a bit of fresh air, the room to create the future. Freedom. And in my opinion this is when it matters most, because you get to learn from your past and make choices that will effect your new normal. You know that saying, “if I knew then what I know now…”? Now you do! Use the lessons and the feelings to let go and move on to the next phase, whatever that means for you.

I am embracing the space and the room to breathe. My business will be stronger for it and I will have a new lesson to carry with me. Cheers to starting over.

XOXO,

Tori

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June 18, 2018

Quite honestly, there is nothing better in the summer time than a glass of chilled Rose or a frosty cocktail, and this little beauty is one of our favorite hot day mixers! This classy and fresh tasting libation is absolute perfection, whether you are throwing a backyard get together or lounging by the pool. We strongly suggest giving it a try! You won’t be sorry!

Grapefruit Elderberry Rose Vodka Cocktail

When we crafted this cocktail at home, we chose Hangar 1 Rosé vodka, which can be ordered online if you are unable to find it in your area. Make a big batch for a gorgeous and tasty cocktail for your gathering, or one by one to add a bit of sweetness to your day. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce (30 ml) Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) freshly squeezed, strained pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) dry sparkling rosé
  • ½ ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur (more or less to taste)
  • a few drops of lemon juice, to taste
  • ice
  • a pretty thyme sprig or mint leaf for garnish (don’t be shy, a bit of color never hurt anyone!)
Instructions
  1. Simply combine the Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka, the grapefruit juice, the sparkling rosé, the St. Germain, and lemon juice in a stirring glass and then add ice to fill to halfway. Stir for a few seconds until thoroughly mixed, strain into gorgeous coupe glass, and serve. A perfect Summer cocktail to fill your Rosé cravings!

In a creative rut when it comes to all things outside of your work? We understand and we’ve got you covered! Take a look at our complete collectionCreative Lifestyle Posts here. 

XOXO, Tori

* All Images and original recipe courtesy of the incredibly talented and elegant  The Bojon Gourmet. Check her out for plenty of cocktail and food recipes.

 

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Quite honestly, there is nothing better in the summer time than a glass of chilled Rose or a frosty cocktail, and this little beauty is one of our favorite hot day mixers! This classy and fresh tasting libation is absolute perfection, whether you are throwing a backyard get together or lounging by the pool. We strongly suggest giving it a try! You won’t be sorry!

Grapefruit Elderberry Rose Vodka Cocktail

When we crafted this cocktail at home, we chose Hangar 1 Rosé vodka, which can be ordered online if you are unable to find it in your area. Make a big batch for a gorgeous and tasty cocktail for your gathering, or one by one to add a bit of sweetness to your day. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce (30 ml) Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) freshly squeezed, strained pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) dry sparkling rosé
  • ½ ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur (more or less to taste)
  • a few drops of lemon juice, to taste
  • ice
  • a pretty thyme sprig or mint leaf for garnish (don’t be shy, a bit of color never hurt anyone!)
Instructions
  1. Simply combine the Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka, the grapefruit juice, the sparkling rosé, the St. Germain, and lemon juice in a stirring glass and then add ice to fill to halfway. Stir for a few seconds until thoroughly mixed, strain into gorgeous coupe glass, and serve. A perfect Summer cocktail to fill your Rosé cravings!

In a creative rut when it comes to all things outside of your work? We understand and we’ve got you covered! Take a look at our complete collectionCreative Lifestyle Posts here. 

XOXO, Tori

* All Images and original recipe courtesy of the incredibly talented and elegant  The Bojon Gourmet. Check her out for plenty of cocktail and food recipes.

 

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