Happy Fourth of July

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Happy Birthday, America! 

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday. Xx.



Links I Love - Happy Holidays!

It's a fabulous weekend for celebrating. 

Yesterday, we shared one of our favorite wintry cocktails, and it is perfect for the holiday weekend upon us. Whether you're celebrating Hannukah or Christmas, let this be a reminder to come together, to cherish those we have in our lives, and to celebrate accomplishments big and small. It has been an awfully emotional and chaotic year. 2017 has to be better, right?!

Here are nine links we loved while searching all things the holidays. Enjoy! 

1. The most gorgeous (and seemingly delicious) wintry punch

2. Ten wonderful holiday rituals. 

3. How to pack up and go on vacation.

4. Ten tips for creating the perfect entertaining environment. 

5. Best home workouts for living rooms and hotels alike. 

6. The year 2016 in pictures. 

7. A beautiful movie night.

8. An amazing guide to the best reads of 2016

9. Three quick DIYs for the perfect party wardrobe. 

Have an excellent weekend. Happy Holidays! Xx. 


Best Holiday Spritzer

The easiest, festive drink around town. 

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It is no surprise I love champagne (exhibits A, B, and C). But what I love even more? Easy peasy cocktails that include champagne and take less than a minute to make. Because Thursdays are traditionally reserved for quick tips and weekly niceties, I wanted to up your hostess game and share my favorite holiday cocktail. 

This spritzer is light, slightly tart, and absolutely festive. It's easy to stock up on the essentials, cranberries and rosemary, without fearing they will go bad in the next hour. With these ingredients, you can create a gorgeous cocktail for drop-ins and soiree guests alike. 

Holiday Spritzer

Ingredients:

+ champagne or prosecco (any kind will do)
+ 5-7 cranberries
+ 1-2 sprigs of rosemary
+ optional: a pinch or 1 teaspoon sweetener*

Recipe:

1. Optional: add 3 cranberries and sweetener of choice to your champagne glass and muddle.
2. Fill your glass with champagne.
3. Top with remaining cranberries and rosemary.
5. Serve, sip, & enjoy!

Note:

*I like to use organic, vegan sugar or brown rice syrup if I have it on hand. If this is too sweet, add more of your sweetener of choice.

If you would like this to be non-alcoholic, consider using sparkling water.

+ What's your favorite way to drink champagne?

Tag @yourfriend_em on Twitter or Instagram when you make this champagne cocktail. Share this with people who could use some champagne in their lives. Hashtag #thegreatvibesguide to spread the Great Vibes! Xx.

Cheers to Great Vibes & cocktails with a twist! Xx.


25 Last Minute Gifts

So much better than a candle. Snag these gifts by December 21st for a Christmas/Hannukah delivery. 

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This year has blown me away in some very happy ways and some extraordinarily painful ones. I didn't have the time to do my favorite gift guides this year (check the ones from the past out here), but I did find five stores that are making last-minute gift buying a non-issue. I haven't snagged a single thing this year (oy vey queue the panic), but I know these five shops will surely set my mind at ease. Check the 25 gifts below, perfect for the Great Vibes men and women in your life. Happy Shopping! Xx. 

Rifle Paper Co.

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1. Cashmere Sweater
2. Softest Moccasins 
3. Beautiful Scarf
4. Pom Pom Keychain
5. Bib Necklace

Anthropologie (for Stocking Stuffers)

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1. Mini Projector
2. Copper Bar Tools Set
3. Polaroid Camera
4. An Amazing Cookbook
5. Outdoor Running Gloves

+ What is your favorite store to snag last minute gifts? 


Links I Love - Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween!!! 

It's one of the best days of the year! It's spooky and fun and nothing but excitement. It's also my birthday eve! Woot woot :). To celebrate this spooktacular day, here are nine links I loved from around the web this weekend. Party hard tonight! 

1. Amaaaazing Halloween costumes. Simple and festive! 

2. If you haven't had dinner yet (or need a late night snack, try these festive ones). 

3. Free People's Halloween playlist. Love. 

4. Plus this incredible blood red potion (juice). 

5. Your Halloween horoscope

6. Fashion-y costumes --- my fashion girl tooth fairy costume agrees with this. 

7. Ten gorgeously dark spaces. 

8. These snapchat filter costumes get me. 

9. And because there is never an excuse not to have pumpkin ... 

Have a fun filled week!!! Xx.