Fashion, Fitness and Giving Back with Bloomingdales




I think the title says it all here folks! Fashion, fitness, and supporting an excellent cause, what's not to like? 

Head out to Bloomingdales Chestnut Hill Wednesday August 24, from 2-5 for a Belly, Butt and Thighs Bootcamp or a Yoga Body Scult class and earn $10 in bMoney along with a day pass to Crunch Fitness.

Not only that, but when you shop August 24th-28th you help support Bloomingdales pledged donation of $75,000 to amFAR.

Perfect excuse to shop for some new fitness gear, work on your fitness, and give back all in one. Done, done and done.


Garden to Glass Cocktail Recipes: A Recipe Round-up

Check out Garden to Glass Cocktails

by Noelani at Mode


Cocktails that make the most of fresh herbs and produce. From your garden to your glass, doesn't get much easier than that. Muddle some basil and berries, infuse your own booze, or create an earthy-sweet + herbacious simple syrup.

Think and plant: rosemary, lemon mint, chamomile, verbena, sage, and even edible flowers for beautiful garnishes.

This takes locavore dining to the next level.....your bar cart!


Berry Patch: Cocktail Recipe


If a cocktail could have a theme song, this one would be Sour Cherry, by The Kills. Because it is sour berry amazingness, on par with the sexy, bitter, cool of Alison Mosshart and Jaime Hince. It's like a classy sour patch kid, grown up, with kick. Have I sold it yet? I can come up with more if you need me too.

It is also a close cousin to my favorite summer drink, the shrub, making use of some vinegar to tart things up a bit. Remember, add the vinegar to taste and you get what you give with an aged balsamic, meaning, pay up. You won't regret it.

Best of all, this makes use of everything local farms and my garden is yielding right now. Strawberries. Rhubarb. Basil.

Just do it.


Berry Patch


1 part strawberry rhubarb simple syrup

juice 1 lemon (about 1 tbsp)

3 large basil leaves

2 parts bourbon

1 1/2 oz strawberries hulled and thinly sliced

1 tsp GOOD aged balsamic (I like Villa Manodori)

1 small strawberry, halved for garnish



To make simple syrup, wash, trim ends and thinly slice three stalks of rhubarb. Hull and thinly slice 1/2 quart strawberries. Place in a pot and cover with 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar. Boil about 15 minutes. Let cool. Pulse in a blender. Strain liquid in a fine mesh strainer and keep in a jar for use.

Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Muddle.  Add ice. Shake and strain into a glass (with or with out ice- optional). Garnish with a berry. Drink with abandon.


*Drizly provided product for this post.


For more cocktails and ideas:

Build a Better Bar Cart

Build a Better Bar Cart: Stock it

Build a Better Bar Cart: Brewing Bitters

Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita


Drink it! Black Rose

Drink it! Meyer Lemon French 75's

Drink it! Lavender Bees Knees

Drink it! Indian Summer Crush

Drink it! Heat & Honey Margarita

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