Wednesday, June 22, 2016

8 Summer Cocktails

In honor of the official first day of summer taking place this week, I thought it would be a great time to share a few drink recipes to keep you cool on those long, hot summer days. Here are a few favorites that I've rounded up.  What are some of your favorite drink recipes?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Travel | What to Pack for a Comfortable Trip

Well, hello there! Remember me? I've been a little absent in the blog world lately due to life's busy schedule. I'm looking forward to getting back into my regular blogging routine. Although, I do think time off isn't always a bad thing. It's nice to step back and give my thoughts a break so that the creative juices can start flowing again. 

I just returned from a work trip in Vegas which pretty much drained every ounce of energy I had. It was a great trip, but six days in Sin City is more than enough. Not to mention the travel aspect of it all. Traveling takes so much energy alone, especially when it involves a time change. If I'm spending a lengthy amount of time in an airport and on a plane, I want to make sure I'm comfortable. I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some travel items that will help get you deal with those sometimes unpleasant hours and varying temperatures both on the plane and in the airport. I've put together a comfy travel list including everything from pants and tops, to accessories and shoes.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Friday!

I'm so happy the weekend is finally here! These next few days are going to be a whirlwind with everything I have on my agenda. I'm taking a little trip and will be gone for a few days, so pardon the silence on the blog. Follow along on Instagram and Snapchat @mryanflowers to find out where I'm headed! 
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Life Lately | May: On the Go!

I feel like May passed by so quickly! Maybe that's because there has been so much going on. But you know what they say, "time flies when you're having fun."

A few girlfriends and I started the month off right with a wine and cheese night. It's always so nice to have an evening in and catch up with girlfriends. 
One of my favorite things about May is Cinco de Mayo! We celebrated with a fiesta at the office complete with taco kits from Minero. If you haven't checked this place out yet, be sure to do so. They have some of the best burritos and sangria in town. 
The Cinco de Mayo celebrations continued after work at Mex 1
The best part about this time of year is the length of time it stays light outside. These warm summer months are perfect for late afternoon happy hours. You can't beat this view either. And side note, the cheese in this picture is a fig and balsamic goat cheese is life changing. 
I went home to visit my mom for Mother's Day but the funny thing is I don't have a single photo of us together. Maybe it's because she decided to work that Sunday. If anyone knows my mother, then they know how much of a hard worker she is and it's extremely difficult to get her to slow down. However, we did manage to find time to sip on some cocktails in the backyard.
I posted a recipe for Spicy California Shrimp Stacks a few weeks ago, but let me just tell you one thing, making them with fresh tuna is a game changer. I went over to my girlfriends house for their supper club and had the pleasure of enjoying freshly caught tuna. We had it raw, packed in the shrimp stacks and seared. It was seriously one of the best meals!

I received my first Rocks Box set last month and loved it. You can read more about my first experience here. Also, if you're interested in trying it out, use code apolishedpalatexoxo for a free month!
I finally attended the Beaufort Charities Golf Tournament this year. I've always heard it's so much fun but have never had the chance to go. A group of us rented a house for the weekend and had a blast. It was great catching up with high school friends. 
The house we rented was on Fripp Island, which is so beautiful. One of the cool things about the area are the deer that linger around the island. They will come right into your backyard.
We spent some time by the pool.
And at the daiquiri hole.
And a small amount of time watching the tournament. 
I checked another restaurant off my list last month. Bur first we stopped at The Gin Joint, which I have been to once before. It's a small cozy little spot off of East Bay Street downtown that serves some impressive cocktails. I highly recommend To Pimp a Butterfly! (not pictured)
We had dinner at Fulton Five. This place has been around a while and was crowned the most romantic restaurant in Charleston. I had the bolognese and it was worth every single calorie. 
Nice weather meant time spent on the water with friends. 
One of my favorite restaurants in Charleston hosted a guest chef series at my office. We had the pleasure of enjoying great food and cocktails prepared by chef Reid Henniger of Edmund's Oast
One of my best girlfriends who currently lives in New York, came in town to visit one evening, which meant a long night full of laughs and bar hopping. She's coming back this weekend and I can't wait!
We celebrated Memorial Day with friends and family on John's Island. We were fortunate that the rain disappeared long enough for us to enjoy some time outside. 
Of course one of the best parts of the day was the food. We had pulled pork, mac and cheese, broccoli salad, dips, strawberry short cake, and more. I couldn't refrain from making these pineapple bacon and cheese bites
The best way to start your morning after a long day of cocktails in the sun is with a good old fashioned serving of creamy shrimp and grits...and a mimosa of course!
Hopefully this blog posts is evidence of why I've been a little quite around here lately. I'm hoping to get back into my regular posting routine after the next week or so. Thanks for sticking around!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Current Playlist: Summer 2016

It's amazing how a good playlist can completely change the mood of things. It changes the vibe a party, the energy in a workout and helps pass the time while driving, or sitting in traffic  if you live here in Charleston. Here's a little snapshot of what I'm currently listening too. And a little FYI, I like a little bit of everything, from hip-hop and country to reggae and beach music. Today's list is all about fun music to start off the summer!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Swimsuit Cover-Ups

Cover-ups can be a challenging article of clothing. In my opinion, it's necessary to own several styles that suitable for different situations. There are the see through cover-ups like the one below, that are great for lounging around the pool. There are the long flowing cover-ups good for a day at a resort. There are sexy little cover-ups that are perfect for time spent on a boat. And there are cover-ups that can also serve as a casual outfit, perfect for a transition from the beach to a restaurant. Today I'm sharing a little bit of everything and all in a variety of price ranges. If anyone needs me, I'll be at the beach!

Which ones are your favorites?

Friday, May 27, 2016

10 Memorial Day Recipes

Entertaining is something both my husband and I love to do, especially when it involves food. I love any excuse to fire up the grill and by that I mean my husband. With Memorial Day right around the corner, I figured it was a great time to share a few of my favorite recipes with you, perfect for outdoor entertaining. 

Nothing welcomes summer more than fresh ripe tomatoes. Add them to a pie shell filled with cheese and other goodies, you can't go wrong. 

These are the perfect bite size appetizer for snacking.

The perfect way to add a little kick to your burger. 

No BBQ is complete without potato salad. 

A nice cool side that satisfies the taste buds. 

I seriously look for any excuse to make these. They are so flavorful!

A more exciting way to eat chicken and veggies. 

A fun twist and a nice change from traditional slaw. 

Blueberries are always a good idea, especially when they are in dessert. 

Because eating dessert out of jar seems more fun. 

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

Follow along with me this weekend on Instagram and Snapchat @mryanflowers!