we create | DIY gold-leafed glasses

buzzfeed approached me recently to come up with a summer drinking glass tutorial. my mind immediately went to vintage gold-leaf cups and cool cocktails. this is what i’d imagine serving guests on a southern porch, filled with clinking ice and a sprig of mint.
(special thanks to leslie grow for the photos!)


we.sip | lavender lemonade


what’s not to love about lazy summer days. soaking up the sun is one of those things that’s hard to do with a bad attitude. if you’re sipping on a condensation-covered glass of ice cold lemonade…then. well, you’ve got it made.

this week leslie shows us how to make lavender lemonade, accompanied as always with her gorgeous pictures.

A couple months back, I met up with my closest girlfriend that I hadn’t seen for probably 3 months. I have been traveling so much for work and she is always so busy with her own work, we just never had a spare moment to relax, catch up, and just enjoy each other’s company. Finally I was home for more than a week, and she had a free day, so we were able to schedule a couple hours of uninterrupted time for just her and I.

It was her pick on where to meet for lunch. She brought me to this place called Native Foods, which I always wondered about but never stopped in to try their food (since I try to be frugal and healthy, I rarely eat out, but she is always an exception!). She has been a vegetarian for about a year now and (of course) looks stunning, is always telling me how great she feels, and how she has so much energy. Little did I know, Native Foods is a Vegan restaurant. I was a little skeptical but she assured me that I would LOVE this place.

It is true, I do love that place! Especially their famous Lavender Lemonade. The other day I was desperately craving a cold glass of it, but I just couldn’t live to pay $2.50 for a glass (yes they have free refills), but I’d rather have an entire pitcher at home! I scoured the Internet trying to find their exact recipe, and I think I came upon one that isn’t too far off. This is a relatively inexpensive drink (when lemons are at a good price). You may be wondering where to find cooking lavender…any organic grocery store such as Sprouts or Whole Foods should carry it in their bulk seasoning section. It’s so cheap…$1/oz. Which is about all you need for this recipe. (I got extra because I love the smell of lavender.)

I hope you enjoy this relaxing, floral twist on a traditional classic.

post by alex michael may. photos and recipe adapted by leslie grow.

Lavender Lemonade:
Yield: 6 servings
Prep time: 15min, Cook time: 15min
Adapted from: spoonwithme.com (syrup), allrecipes.com (lemonade)

1 Cup sugar
6 Cups cold water
3 Tbsp. (1.5oz) dried lavender flowers
1 Cup lemon juice freshly squeezed 6-8 lemons (best at room temp.)
½ Cup to 1 Cup lavender simple syrup

Lavender Simple Syrup
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup water
3 Tbsp. (1.5oz) dried lavender flowers

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, over high heat. Immediately remove from heat, stir in lavender flowers, and allow to sit until cooled to room temperature. Strain, pressing the lavender flowers to release oils. Can be refrigerated in a jar for up to 2 weeks.

1 Cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
½ to 1 Cup lavender simple syrup (add more syrup to mix if you like it sweeter)
5 cups cold water

Stir all ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve over ice.

*Optional: Frozen fruit ice cubes
Add a couple blueberries, raspberries or strawberries to the water of ice cubes, let freeze.

we.bite | grilled cheese skewers + tomato soup shooters

today on the mini series we modernize a classic and scale it down to a palatable bite (and gulp!) jenna has created a delectable crouton-esque sandwichette that pairs perfectly with a caramelized onion tomato soup. in the heat of the summer the shooters can be replaced with a chilled gazpacho! yum! you can find the recipe below with a list of ingredients. we’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe and see what amazing modifications you’ve cooked up! now, let’s get to the mouthwatering pics!

Caramelized Onion & Tomato Basil Soup Shooters with Grilled Cheese Skewers

Makes 16 shooters

Stuff You Need

2 Tbsp butter
3 large sweet onions, sliced
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp crushed red pepper
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
4 cups stock
1/3 cup basil, julienned
Salt and pepper, to taste

4 Tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups ciabatta bread, cubed
3 oz. gruyere cheese, cubed
Salt and pepper, to taste

How To

Melt the butter over medium heat in a large stock pot or Dutch oven. After the butter has melted,
add the onions, sugar, crushed pepper, salt and pepper. Turn heat to low and stir occasionally
until onions are a deep golden brown about an hour and a half. After the onions are done, add the
crushed tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium low, and let simmer for 30

Preheat broiler. Melt the butter in a sauce pan, and add crushed garlic. Stir until fragrant, about
30 seconds. Add cubed bread and mix until well incorporated. Place the pan under the broiler for
2 minutes until croutons are crisp and golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly.

Assemble skewers by sandwiching the gruyere cheese cube between 2 croutons.

Take off soup heat, add the chopped basil, and check for seasoning. Pour soup into double shot
glasses and add skewers. Serve immediately.

recipe by jenna schiedermayer, photos, layout and intro text by alex michael may

we.style | throwback sunshades

the epitome of summer glamour, we’re seeing a resurgence of vintage-inspired shades this summer. nothing says “i’m kind of a big deal” (or “i’m still a dreamboat with no eye makeup!”) like an oversized pair of glam glasses. below are some of my faves (and budget-friendly versions, too!)

throwback sunshades

we.style | stripe for the picking

stripe for the picking

French Connection cut out dress
$228 – usa.frenchconnection.com

Diane von Furstenberg ring
$30 – bloomingdales.com

Diane von Furstenberg resin jewelry
$30 – bloomingdales.com

See through shades
$325 – bloomingdales.com

Striped scarve
$124 – asos.com

Barneys New York folding umbrella
$130 – barneys.com

Yellow Stripe 6 Bowl
$3.95 – crateandbarrel.com

we.do | forget me knot

if you’re anything like me, you sometimes often get out of bed at the very last minute, relishing every last nanosecond of post-snooze bliss before scrambling out the door to your crazy day. while i still grasp firmly to the dreams of the day when i will rise early, run 23.7 miles, cook and enjoy a three course breakfast, shower AND shave AND exfoliate, apply a full face of makeup and put on my pre-laid-out outfit that i prepared the night before while listening to Tchaikovsky Symphony#6 and doing yoga, a girl’s gotta have a plan b, yes?
enter the forget me knot, a romantic and deceivingly simple alternative to putting your hair back or pulling a britney. you simply need a few bobbie pins and a clear or black (depending on your hair color) hair elastic.
we finished ours with a studded barrette by collude to add a little extra edge. now tell me, what are YOUR tips for a streamlined a.m. routine?

style by cynthia marie. photos, layouts and text by alex michael may.

we.create | striped table runner

run ’em like run ’em run ’em.

i recently created this striped table runner while decorating for a friend’s bachelorette party, and it turned out so cute, we used it at the wedding too! this can be applied in any color (why not try a warm palette for the summer, or go with an ombre effect!) and on almost anything (new curtains, anyone?!)

i used wide painter’s tape i picked up at my local paint supply store, a plain canvas runner (you can get yardage and leave it unfinished, too! i’ve been wanting to try burlap!!) and acrylic or fabric paint in the color of your choice. i find sponge brushes make application a cinch.

make sure you let the paint dry fully before peeling the tape.

now tell me, how will YOU use this super simple technique?