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A Fresh Twist on the Champagne Cocktail for the New Year

Ah, champagne. There is no wrong way to drink it. But you can make it even better by using it in a cocktail. Traditionally, the champagne cocktail is made with a brown-sugar cube and aromatic bitters distilled from herbs, roots and fragrant bark. The botanical bitters cut the sweetness of the champagne, and the molasses-infused sugar cube folds it right back in, letting the sweetness sit underneath the first wave of bright freshness. The result is a nuanced and convivial cocktail.

NYE cocktail from Good Bar

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Mirroring the ball drop at Times Square, the sugar cube sinks to the bottom of the glass, captivating your attention as it fizzes and nearly sparkles. Bonus: the cube acts as your personal time drop. If you finish your drink before the cube dissolves, you might want to think about slowing your roll, ever so slightly.

Whether you’re looking for a fresh start in 2017, or savoring every last moment of 2016, we can’t think of a better metaphor for considering this year in retrospective. The sweet is rarely appreciated without the bitter, and the bitter adds depth and complexity to the sweet.

NYE cocktail from Good Bar

In the hopes of bringing in a new year that’s bright and balanced, we enlisted the help of an expert: Josh Batway. The bar manager of Good Bar, a well-provisioned and light-filled bar and restaurant in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, shared his tips for putting a special twist on a classic.

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How to Gift Like a Boss: Tastemade’s Claire Thomas’s Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit

Just in time for the alcoholidays, that time of year when you can’t go anywhere without someone handing you a drink, Tastemade host Claire Thomas shared this spirited gift idea. Homemade bitters, some yummy bourbon, citrus garnish and gorgeous barware add up to a stylish gift that won’t go unused. 

How to Make an Old Fashion Kit

Follow Claire’s simple steps in the video below to make your own gorgeous Old Fashioned kit. 

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Holiday How-To: Three DIY Spa Scrubs from Tastemade’s Dzung Duong

Just in time for your Secret Santa and Hanukkah gifting needs, Dzung Duong of Tastemade shows us how to make three homemade spa scrubs, perfect for the relaxation addicts on your list. These simple blends include nourishing, natural ingredients to rest and rejuvenate. Pick a mixture that suits your recipients, gather your ingredients and carve out just an hour, no more, to make and package these intoxicating scrubs.

Honeysuckle Spa How-To

To spread good cheer in scrub form, follow along with Dzung’s instructive video and recipes on her Honeysuckle channel.

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Entertaining with the Perfect Holiday Recipes and Hostess Dresses | The Realest

Each month we take a lady we admire and give her the model treatment in our photo shoot, The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and makeup artist; she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style. Then we all head out on location for a professional shoot that showcases this month’s featured dress looks.

It’s that time of year when you gather you and yours to spread good cheer. In homes and restaurants around the globe, families and friends will come together to clink glasses and raise forks full of food. While we were thinking about what dishes we’d serve this season, we decided to consult restaurateur Sarah Penn. Sarah happens to own two of the loveliest and coziest restaurants in Seattle—perfect venues for intimate, festive mixers with kin.

Sarah Penn, The Realest

We visited Sarah at her two locations, Pair and Frank’s Oyster House & Champagne Parlor, where she shared scrumptious recipes with us and offered her suggestions for celebratory wine pairings, all while modeling five dresses perfect for hosting or attending a holiday party. Get her easy recipes for smoked salmon blini and potato leek gratin (you need these), and a peek at the dresses in her restaurants’ warm interiors.

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Here’s How to Create the Season’s Most Stylish Dinner Party (and Brunch, and More!)

There’s more to the season than the bold-face main events. Not to take away from the traditions and ceremonies that mean the most to you and your family, but wouldn’t you agree that the last-minute get-togethers and low-key shared meals that end up happening before and after are every bit as meaningful and special?

And aren’t the outfits just as good, too?

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All images by Jessa Carter

We’re in favor of celebrating togetherness as often as possible, and we’re also in favor of looking at decor and party vibes in the same way we look at fashion: as a mix of classic motifs, artfully unearthed components and new, inventive spins on everything else. 

HERE’S HOW

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Bringing the Seasons Inside: How to Make a Foraged Centerpiece

Foraged Centerpiece

The concept of urban foraging was revealed to me by a florist friend. We first walked around her garden in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, then we sought out the fringes of abandoned parking lots to pick branches, sprigs and blooms, quickly shoving the botanical contraband into canvas totes as we strolled.

We were left with a rustic assortment that channeled the romance of artfully unpruned English gardens and the shabby-chic aesthetic of the ’90s. Visually, the comparison of our cache to grocery-store stems felt something like fresh cranberries chopped up with sugar and lemon rind next to cranberry sauce out of a can.

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How to Make Macarons, the Perfect Holiday and Hostess Gift

A pretty plate of homemade cookies is just about the nicest gift one can give or receive during the holidays. But if you’re the type of giver that isn’t satisfied with just nice, you might want to skip the traditional frosted Christmas cookies this year and step it up with a batch of traditional European macarons. As colorful and lovely as your sprinkle-topped snowmen cutouts, these meringue confections aren’t as difficult as their preceding reputation.

How to Make Macarons

We met with expert macaron maker Megan Gordon, aka Lady Yum, for an encouraging tutorial on creating these comely cookies. Her guidance breaks the recipe down in simple steps that even novice bakers can accomplish.

How to Make Macarons

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Masala Roast Potatoes Recipe from Tastemade’s Vijaya Selvaraju

Just in time for your Thanksgiving plans—whether they be getting together with family and friends or eating turkey in front of the TV—the geniuses at Tastemade have gifted us some yummy holiday dishes that you’ll want to keep in your recipe repertoire.

Masala Roast Potatoes from Tastemade

We started with dessert first, so be sure to check out these delicious nibbles if you missed Amy Lee’s Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites. Now we’re on to the meat and potatoes portion of our holiday feast—or at least the potatoes part here.

Vijaya’s savory tubers add a spicy eastern flavor to your dinner. This easy-to-make side dish is a Thanksgiving staple with a twist that’s sure to please your dining companions.

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How to Make a Succulent Wreath for the Holidays

If you’re over evergreens, let us suggest something equally verdant but more unique for your holiday trimming: succulents. These days, the trendy water-plump plants can be found at most floral shops, however, their use in seasonal wreaths and arrangements is only just catching on–which means that yours could be the only door on the block to rock one!

Succulent WreathIn addition to being relatively low-maintenance and resilient, succulents are also easy to work with–good news for those of us who are all thumbs but not necessarily of the green kind. And since this is a living wreath, you can keep up this decoration year-round without shame.

Read on to follow our low-stress steps for fashioning a custom wreath.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A WREATH

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Life Styled | How to Pimp Your Wreath

Fiori holiday wreaths

At this time in the season it’s a little late to commission a custom evergreen arrangement from a luxury florist. But ring a jingle bell, because the folks at floral design studio Fiori are angels: they’ve volunteered to show us how to dress up a store-bought fir circle with just a few easy tips.

Pomegranates, dried oranges, succulents and other wreath decorationsWhat you need:
A wreath, 26 to 28 inches wide
A spool of wired ribbon
Accents like pine cones, fruit, artificial flowers, succulents, glass ornaments, other foliage–pick things that go with the style of you home and the size of your door
20 or so pieces of six-inch wire
A 10 to 12-inch wire for a back fastener
A hot glue pot or gun
A wire cutter

1. Start with a simple green wreath that you can buy at many grocery or home improvement stores. Attach a wire or hanger to its back if there isn’t one already.

2. Collect some wares. Fiori’s creative director Leigh Grossman recommends wired ribbon with reversible sides. Six-inch wire pieces for fasteners. Camellia, magnolia and/or eucalyptus leaves add depth to the evergreen needles. Pinon cones are sturdy, earthy accents. Fruit, as well, can be used for color. Artificial or dried flowers add softness.

YOUR WREATH COMES FULL CIRCLE: HERE’S HOW

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