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Friday Fab Finds

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Fall TV Shows

With fall comes the new season or bunch of new shows to watch.  Below are the ones I am most excited about.

  1. Dexter
  2. Homeland
  3. The Vampire Diaries
  4. The Office
  5. Gossip Girl
  6. Law & Order: SVU
  7. Modern Family
  8. Elementary
  9. The New Normal
  10. Hart of Dixie
  11. Beauty and the Beast
  12. Go On

Thursday Treat

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Low-Cal Cocktails

I am not much of a drinker but occasionally I will have a chilled glass of martini or two. But soon realized that these cocktails are loaded with calories so I decided to find some low-cal alternatives and thought I share. These are all delicious and have some health benefits without that after taste of guilt, just the way I like it, enjoy!!

All of these are 200 calories or less

1. Blueberry Julep

Blueberries helps decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Ingredients:
1 1 oz bourbon
1/4 cup fresh blueberries muddled with 1 wedge of lemon and 1 tsp brown sugar + 2–4 oz seltzer

Direction:
Combine all ingredients and serve over ice in a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a blueberry skewer.

2. Green Tea-ni

Drinking green tea can lower cholesterol, fight bad breath, and reduce body weight, and may even ward off cancer

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz gin
4 oz brewed and chilled (or bottled) green tea
2 tsp honey
Ice

Directions:
Shake all ingredients in a shaker, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.

3. Kiwi Daiquiri

Kiwi packs a dose of fiber, which helps you stay fuller longer

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz white rum
1 kiwi, peeled and quartered
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp lime zest
2 1/2 tsp agave nectar
1 cup crushed ice

Directions:
Puree all ingredients in a blender. Serve in a chilled rocks glass and garnish with a kiwi slice.

4. Thyme Lemonade

The scent of lemon is a mood booster

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz limoncello
5 sprigs fresh thyme muddled with 1 wheel of lemon
Ice
4 oz seltzer

Directions:
Shake everything but seltzer in a shaker. Pour over ice, top with seltzer, and garnish with a lemon wheel and thyme sprig.

5. Hibiscus Margarita

Research has found that hibiscus tea may naturally lower blood pressure

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz tequila
4 oz brewed and cooled hibiscus tea (or try a bottle like The Republic of Tea Natural Hibiscus Iced Tea)
1 tsp agave nectar
Ice

Directions:
Shake all ingredients in a shaker, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Rub an orange peel around the glass’s rim, then use as garnish.

6. Nectarine-Basil Vodka Collins

Basil has been shown to lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Square One Basil organic vodka
1 wedge of lemon muddled with 3 slices of nectarine and 1 tsp agave nectar
2–4 oz seltzer

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a chilled collins glass. Serve with ice and garnish with a nectarine slice.

7. When in doubt or feel too lazy to make yourself a cocktail, have a glass of champagne, it’s only 83 calories per serving; I like Moët Rose.

Photos: womenshealthmag.com & mintlovesocialclub.com
Recipes: womenshealthmag.com

Monday Madness

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Mad about Ikat!!! Yes, I am completely in love with Ikat print. I like the repetition of the pattern and its a great alternative to wearing florals or stripes (though floral Ikat print is available). This print not only looks good in clothes, it’s looks great on shoes and home decorating items like lamp shades, cups/plates and pillows. It comes in various colors and if you are wearing it, then it easily goes from day to night. See how Katie Holmes and Khloe K. wears it casually during the day and Kristen Bell and Rachel Zoe dresses it up for night. Finally, our first lady shows us how to wear it for work. Below are some Ikat print items that you can get for yourself.

Retailers:

Ikat pillows
Ikat kitchen items
Ikat lampshade

Express Ikat dress
Topshop dress

Ikat shoes
Ikat pur
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