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TRANSITION TO THOUGHTFUL BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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In our transition to all things ‘thoughtful living,’ we are making an effort to ditch our normal beauty products that for a regime that is much more friendly. Out with the weird ingredients, in with natural ingredients, stuff we can pronounce, and things that help repair our skin. Ya dig?First up – charcoal…okay, okay, and a little bit of coffee.

I have been on the charcoal train for a few months now & I am obsessed with every single on of these products. The Clinique gel & scrub are a part of my daily routine and every Sunday, during my little me-time pamper session, I bust out the mask & coffee scrub. All totally affordable & products that don’t break me out..and I don’t say that lightly because we all know what shit skin I used to have. So, party people, pour that glass of wine and let’s get to at-home spa-ing!


FRANK BODY SCRUB – i.e. the most amazing scrub ever

This is, and I mean it, the best body scrub around. It’s totally affordable, lasts forever, and smells amazing. I use this every other day (I even pack a little pouch of it in my gym bag) and my skin is constantly baby’s butt smooth. Plus, it cuts down on cellulite and eczema and a bunch of other beneficial stuff. I use it because it smells amazing and does wonders for my sluffy Chicago skin. Get it, you won’t regret it!

BOSCIA CHARCOAL MASK – basically magic

Again, another product I can’t live without. While it does make you look like Darth Vader when it’s on, it’s amazing and leaves your skin feeling all silky smooth. For $8 a pop, these are a totally affordable treat once or twice a month. Boscia has a bunch of different treatments – like sake or green tea – but the charcoal is my favorite.

CLINIQUE CHARCOAL CLEANSING GEL 

This is a new addition to the bunch, but I am really liking it. It cleanses my skin without drying it out, gets rid of the makeup & city grim, and leaves my face feeling fresh and comfortable. Clinique is a brand I keep coming back to because their products are gentle and way less harmful then other cleansers.

CLINIQUE CHARCOAL CITY BLOCK MASK

Sister, if you are looking for a good mud mask, this is it. I love it, I love it, I love it. It’s a scrub and a mask and it’s so good. It is great for a weekly mask, won’t dry your skin out, and has a nice little scrub at the end. I use this puppy once a week and my skin has never felt better. Plus, the natural bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay help remove pollution and impurities, while natural silica beads gently refine texture. Pretty nifty!


 

CLEAN UP YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE 4 simple steps to a healthier you

Healthy living- we all strive to do it on the regular and for the most part, you’re getting pretty good at choosing whole foods and cutting the junk and you’ve got the yoga thing down, but if you’re still not feeling like a million bucks, you may be missing a piece of the puzzle. A big piece!

Healthy living is about far more than just nourishing your body with nutrients and movement – it’s about cultivating healthy relationships, joyful and mindful living, plenty of good sleep and in today’s world, creating a less toxic living environment.

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As woman, we may slather a handful or more pricey beauty products all over our bodies before we even leave the house in the morning, many of which may contain toxic ingredients that have been linked to serious health issues like hormonal imbalances, fertility issues, and even cancer. Yah, I went there.

Cleansing your beauty routine can be just as important as cleansing that beautiful bod. In fact, think about it this way- what’s the point of detoxing if you continue to put the junk in?

Here are a few simple ways to cleanse your beauty routine and really rock out the healthy life…

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READ THE LABEL:

Just like when you’re grocery shopping, reading the labels on your skin care products can tell you a lot about what’s inside. Watch out for pthalates, sodium laurel/laureth sulfate, fragrance, and parabens, to name a few. Primally Pure is a great example of label purity. Their Deodorant, Lavender + Sage Body Butter and Fancy Face Serum are the real deal. Let’s just say you could literally eat your deodorant if it came down to it.

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CHOOSE A SAFE SKIN CARE BRAND:

Choosing a non-toxic option doesn’t mean you can only use crushed rose petals and coconut oil. Beautycounter, one of my favs, has banned over 1,500 ingredients from their makeup and skin care line and are leading the safe skincare movement. The best part- their products actually perform. Their Lip Sheer, Charcoal Cleansing Bar and Balancing Face Oil are must-haves!

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DIY IT:

A super simple and affordable way to cleanse your beauty routine is by making a few products on your own (think mouthwash, body butter and deodorant for the brave!). Adding pure essential oils like lavender, frankincense, and melaleuca can up your DIY beauty game big time! They have natural cleansing and beautifying properties and smell a-mazing! Hello home spa!

STOCK UP SLOWLY:

 Depending on your current beauty routine, switching over to safe skincare products can be pricey. An easy way to make the transition more affordable is to stock up on products as you run out, one by one. But if you’re ready to take the non-toxic plunge, dive right in girl!

One of my favorite ways to check out how my current products are ranking in terms of purity is through the Environmental Working Group. Plug your fav products into their new app, “Healthy Living”, to see their safety ratings

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Written by Justine Campbell, RD, NTP & Photography by Caroline Potter, NTP

MARBLED ICE CREAM PARTY

As you know, we love any excuse to throw a party & we are always looking for fun, new ones! We have been big fans of Oh Happy Day (what party lover isn’t?!) for a long time & now that they launched a new party shop, it’s an endless source of party inspiration. Take these spunky marbled plates & cups for instance – they are so fun! Don’t they just scream ice cream party?!

We had friends over a few weeks ago & we thought it would be a fun surprise to serve up a spunky little dessert & these marbled accents did the trick! Who wouldn’t want their ice cream served in something as happy as these? Scroll down to see what you need to plan your own ice cream party surprise!
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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

– Ice cream

– Ice cream cones

– Sprinkles, chocolate sauce, gummy bears, nuts, berries, and all of your other favorite toppings

Marbled napkins (we got ours in orange!)

Marbled cups (we want all of the colors!)

INSTRUCTIONS:

– Add some fruit, chocolate, or other larger toppings to the bottom of your cup. Scoop your ice cream on top & finish off with sprinkles & an upside down ice cream cone!

– Use your cone as a spoon, mix the sprinkles on top with the goodies at the bottom, or just dive in! No matter how you eat it, it’s always delicious!

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Photography by Aimée Mendez

 

PEACH BOURBON SMASH perfect for a warm summer night

Peach season is approaching & there are few things I love better than stone fruit cocktails. Between stone fruit sangria, peach & basil gin + tonics, lavender peach bellinis, and now this insanely delicious peach bourbon smash – your summer is about to get a whole lot sweeter!

Even if you aren’t typically a fan of fruit based cocktails, the bourbon buffs up this beauty & the fresh thyme gives her a hint of an herbal taste. The combination is undeniably delicious and the best part is that it takes less than 5 minutes to make!

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PEACH BOURBON SMASH
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Ingredients
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Dash of simple syrup
  • Ripe peach
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Add your bourbon, lemon juice, & simple syrup to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Cut your peach in half & squeeze the non-pit side into the shaker. Get all that good juice & pulp your can muster. Strip a few sprigs of your thyme leaves into the shaker as well.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds & pour into a bourbon glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of peach & a sprig of thyme

So, what do you think? Ready to run out and get yourself some peaches? We’re stalking our local farmers market for a good haul & when it’s time, these peach bourbon smash will be on repeat all summer long!

What are your other favorite peach-based cocktails?


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HOME TOUR | CARRIE WALLER of Dream Green DIY

Andrea Pesca-3Meet Carrie Waller – our latest home tour obsession  & the creative maven behind your favorite internet spots. Whether you are drooling over one of her fabulous features for the Glitter Guide or upgrading your space with one of her brilliant DIYs, Carrie is definitely someone you want to hang out with. Now that we’ve gotten a peek at her space, the girl crush has escalated to full-on love 😉 See what we mean below! 


Carrie Waller-22 HI! TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

My name is Carrie Waller, I am 30 & I live in Waynesboro, VA where I am the Founder of Dream Green DIY, Features Editor for Glitter Guide, and Freelance Writer.

Andrea Pesca-2Carrie Waller-02WHEN PEOPLE WALK INTO YOUR SPACE, WHAT IS THE FEELING YOU WANT THEM TO HAVE? 

I would love for people to think that they stepped back in time, and that we truly honored the era of our 1960s home. We just moved into our mid-century A-frame ranch last year, and have spent our free time working to really spruce things up, but to also pay homage to the original details of our home. The previous owners actually built the house back in 1962, and lived here for over half a century—we’re only the second owners! I often think about how they might react if they walked back into the space that we’ve created from what they left behind. I love to imagine that they’d be proud that we kept the original mid-century flair and personality intact.

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WE ARE OBSESSED WITH YOUR BASEMENT – TELL US ABOUT IT!

Thank you! I think that the expansive finished half of the basement in our house really sealed the deal when we toured the home last September. That said, a large room poses its fair share of challenges—namely layout. We have tried a number of different configurations in the last six months, and finally settled on a multi-zone layout. We’ve got a little movie-watching lounge area with a digital projector in one corner, a record cabinet and stacks of vinyls for easy listening off to one side with bean bag chairs nearby, and a more traditional living area with seating and a television near the fireplace. We were able to make the large space feel cohesive despite its multiple personalities thanks to a running bohemian-inspired color scheme throughout the entire room. It’s a great space for entertaining and relaxing any day of the week!

Carrie Waller-17Andrea Pesca-10WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR SPACE?

That we are finally living in a single family home. I have spent the last decade moving from apartment to apartment, and my husband and I most recently lived in a cookie cutter townhouse. Although we have loved every space that we’ve lived in, this home feels really special. Sure, there’s no telling where life will take us and what opportunities or challenges will crop up in the future, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this rambling old ranch will be our forever and ever house.

Carrie Waller-07Andrea Pesca-1WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Taking things slow! I’m a perpetual impulse designer, so I’m trying to break my track record with this house by taking things one room and one design decision at a time. I have to keep reminding myself that we’ve only been here for six months, and that we need to really live in the spaces to know how they need to work for us. Right now, my biggest challenge is definitely patience and waiting to see how the design unfolds organically and intentionally.

Carrie Waller-08Andrea Pesca-7IF YOUR HOUSE HAD A SPIRIT COCKTAIL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Something simple but significant

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WE LOVE A GOOD ENTERTAINING TIP. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE?

I have a running collection of party supplies that I keep on hand at a moments notice (think: patterned paper plates, celebratory napkins, striped paper straws, confetti in all shapes and colors). By having these things at the ready, I am able to welcome people over for a fun impromptu celebration anytime without the stress of having to go out and buy party supplies! Oh, and vintage glasses. Always buy the fabulous vintage glasses you see at antique stores and estate sales! There’s no prettier way to serve a cocktail than in a retro glass.

Carrie Waller-23 Carrie Waller-06WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE IN YOUR HOUSE?

Choosing my favorite piece would be like asking a mother to choose her favorite child—it’s impossible! I love every single piece of vintage furniture, glassware, art, and textile we have in our house. They all tell a unique story and remind me of times like when my husband and I went to that little converted farmhouse antique store in Covesville, or when my sister and I braved the ratty old thrift store at the beach to uncover hidden treasures. Our collection of retro secondhand furniture and accessories are much more than just “things”—together, they’re a collection of palpable memories that are priceless to me.

Carrie Waller-35Carrie Waller-05WHO INFLUENCED YOUR INTERIOR STYLE?

My interior style is unabashedly retro and mid-century, with a hint of bohemianism thrown in for good measure. I love the sleek lines and edgy patterns of the 1960s, but also can’t get enough of the layered textiles of the boho aesthetic. I get a lot of inspiration from designers like Emily Henderson, Justina Blakeney, and Amber Interiors.

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Photography by Andrea Pesce & Carrie Waller

OLIVE OIL & SAGE MINI LOAVES

26530763070_4619c063f2_bLooking for a perfect snack or something to bring to a get-together? How about an Olive Oil & Sage loaf? Don’t write them off, these little loaves are adorable & totally loav-able 😉 – xoxo, LK


Lately, I’ve not only allowed myself as many hosting opportunities as my calendar can manage, but have fortunately received many invites by other hosts as well. I never like to show up empty handed and prefer to leave a thoughtful impression upon my host to show my gratitude. This is why I try to choose less common gifts such as handmade table linens or a salt scrub I’ve made in a scent they like.

Sometimes though, the hostess will ask you to bring something such as dessert. For the occasions where something specific has been requested, like dessert, I still try to find a creative treat. This is how I came up with the Olive Oil & Sage Mini Loaves, which were a combination of several recipes I’d made before. The flavors are extremely subtle and pair well with most every meal being served.

This recipe, which you can find below, will allow you to make 3 mini loaves. Two of the loaves you can wrap nicely for your host to keep and then one can be shared after the meal.26530778420_6e7eab8109_h

OLIVE & SAGE MINI LOAVES
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • ¾ cup Whole Milk
  • 1½ tablespoons Fresh Sage, finely chopped
  • 5 ounces Dark Chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • Coconut Oil for coating the pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease 3 mini bread loaf pans using coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl whisk the Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, and Salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a separate medium bowl beat the eggs. Mix the Olive Oil, Whole Milk, and Sage into the eggs. Using a spatula gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry until fully combined. Stir in the chocolate.
  4. Divide the batter between the 3 loaf pans and smooth the tops. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool before moving to a wire rack. Enjoy!

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Written & Photographed by Aimee Mars

AN ODE TO BARE-FACED BEAUTY

howtobeachhair_031Hey y’all! Courtney here. When it comes to makeup, I’m one of those gals who tends to think less is more, and adapts the “natural beauty is timeless and classic” sort of mentality. But besides that, and the fact that I’d much rather get a couple extra minutes of sleep or meditation in the morning than spend my time in front of a mirror, minimal makeup is – believe it or not – a fashion statement (if you want it to be). Think about it! The amount of makeup you wear is absolutely parallel to your sense of style, all you have to do is wear it with confidence. So – as an ode to bare-faced beauty – here’s three tips that are guaranteed to make your face both bold and beautiful without all the extra maquillage.

1) EXFOLIATE THE SKIN

Facial masks have been a cosmetic staple of mine for as long as I can remember. And it’s not just because I feel pampered and semi-compelled to cut up a cucumber and… well, you know the rest! It’s because they’re one of the easiest at-home solutions to achieving healthy and supple skin. Whether you use a cream, cotton sheet (my favorite! they’re portable, doused in a serum-based formula, and packed full of vitamins and amino acids) or clay mask, target one area over another, or need a deep cleanse for your whole face, one easy application provides an array of long-lasting benefits. They hydrate and detoxify the skin, remove excess oils, increase circulation, replenish nutrients, improve the appearance of your pores – the list goes on! Sit back, relax, and de-stress with a calming face mask after work or right before you go to bed, and sleep better knowing that you’re doing your skin a huge favor.

2) MAINTAIN THOSE BROWS

Maintaining a strong brow shape is key to accentuating your eyes (also, if you don’t own an eyelash curler, get one!) and making your face stand out. Science has even proved it’s your most important facial feature! So give your brows a little extra TLC, and start by avoiding waxing as it destroys the sensitive skin. Try tweezing or threading instead, but don’t forget to embrace your natural shape if you’re doing it yourself! If your brows are thin or sparse, try using a daily serum to help them grow. Now, here’s the fun part! Use an eyebrow gel to add definition and create the perfect arch, apply the right color powder or pencil, and use a spoolie brush to blend the two for a natural and symmetrical final touch. Sculpting beautiful brows are essential to getting that natural, gorgeous look! And face it: they’re trendy as hell.

3) DRINK WATER & EAT WELL

This may come off as obvious to some, but I know so many people who neglect the indispensable benefits of drinking water and eating healthy – and having great, glowing skin is one of them! After all, your appearance is a reflection of your health, right? Make sure your fridge is full of fruits and veggies, wholesome fats and proteins like seafood, eggs, and beans (to name a few), and don’t take water for granted! Buy a nalgene bottle, fill it up every day and make it a habit to never leave the house without it. They say drinking eight 8 oz glasses a day is best, but I believe the amount depends on the person, their activity level, etc. So my advice is to drink as much as you need to maintain clear urine! Leading a healthy lifestyle will get rid of toxins, emphasize your natural beauty, and make you feel more confident than ever!
Don’t get me wrong. Makeup is fun (I love bold lipsticks and enjoy playing around with different styles, colors and brands) but it shouldn’t be obligatory! Plus – the hot summer days approaching are as good an excuse as any to ditch the face paint. So if you’re thinking about cutting back, turn to these three tips for a little more organic guidance and enjoy the liberation! 

 


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ACNE, AT-HOME PEEL PADS, & MY SKIN WIZARD

IMG_4489Real talk, I used to have terrible (terrible) skin. Ask any roommate I had in college. I would lather layers and layers of cover-up on and try any peel, mask, or toner. Oh, you happened to be selling the latest skin regimen? Great, I’ll take 12 bottles. My skin was so bad that when I smiled it would crack and bleed. Which is really cool and totally not embarrassing at all. It got so bad that I developed this weird way to laugh so I didn’t have to smile – I would open my mouth slightly and make this really weird robot laugh sound. It was horrible & not to mention terrifying.

Anywho, I had atrocious skin for about five years in my late teens & early twenties until I found an actual skin wizard. It was a freak run in that it resulted in me crying in her chair, but she turned my skin around, removed the scars, and continues to keep my skin in fantastic shape. If you are a) looking for a new skin guru (don’t worry, she FaceTimes) b) need an at-home treatment you can count on or c) want to empathize with having shitty skin – this post is for you.

IMG_4481This skin wizard is named Alissa & runs an amazing studio – Porespective – based in Austin, Texas, but the best part is that she FACETIMES! It’s amazing. Plus, if you can’t get yourself down to Austin (although if you are struggling to clear up your skin, she is absolutely worth the trip) she just developed these insane Peel Pads that I can’t get enough of.

It’s a clinical grade peel that contains everything you need to brighten up that skin and get rid of acne from the comfort of your own bedroom. I use mine twice a month and it makes my skin look noticeably brighter and more clear. From the comfort of my sofa, I get an at-home medical treatment for literally a fraction of the price.

Not that the price (or ease) matters, because taking care of your skin is always worth it. It’s more the fact that great skin care is available without the flashy price tag, weird storm trooper light mask, or pain.

IMG_4473As someone who takes the care of their skin very seriously, I would not lead you astray on this front. If you are looking for someone to help turn your skin around, Alissa is your gal. If you are looking for an at-home treatment that won’t break the bank but that has legit results, these Peel Pads are the way to go.

Do you have an acne story and want to share? I am all ears. I know it can sound like such a vain thing, “I have such terrible skin!” But it really can keep you back from relationships, jobs, opportunities, and cripples your self-confidence. Girl, I’ve been there.
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THE MARIGOLD COCKTAIL delightfully romantic

DSC_1467TGI-freaking-F, you know what I mean? Sometimes Fridays come around and you’re like, “wow, that week went by so fast” and sometimes you’re like “HOW IS IT ONLY TUESDAY?!” So, clearly it was a Tuesday-like week for this gal and I am celebrating the oh-so-lovely weekend commencement with the most stunning cocktail around.

Clearly, I have a thing for edible flowers. I put them on doughnuts, in salads, and obviously, in tequila, but today’s love of edible flowers goes to a new level. This time we are creating a cocktail around a flower, specifically the marigold. Look at it – its so stunning. Packed with color & quintessentially summertime, this marigold cocktail reflects its namesake perfectly. Plus, it’s delicious.

So kick off those work-day shoes, put on some yoga pants, and pour yourself a fancy as f cocktail – you deserve it.
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THE MARIGOLD COCKTAIL
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Delightfully romantic & perfect for a spring-time get together, brunch with friends, or a celebration. The Marigold Cocktail is always a showstopper.
Ingredients
  • Simple syrup
  • Marigold or Chamomile tea
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • Champagne
  • Marigolds, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients for the syrup to a small saucepan and gently bring to a boil. Reduce to a slow simmer and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat, let cool and strain.
  3. Bring water for the tea to a boil, add in one to two tea bags, & allow to steep for 10-12 minutes. Add lemon juice, simple syrup and thyme to the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add tea, gin and plenty of ice. Shake well. Strain into glass and top with a splash of champagne & a marigold.

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DARK CHOCOLATE WHITE RUSSIANS perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up

IMG_4331Okay, okay, so I know that White Russians are typically a cold weather drink but I am going to question that cocktail norm. White Russians are always so delicious & wonderfully decadent and they always make me feel like I’m having a treat when I sip on one – you know what I mean?

I had a hankering for one the other evening after dinner & while I could do without the cream (dear #summerbod) I wanted that iced coffee taste. So, I improvised and found the best new summer pick-me up – The Dark Chocolate White Russian. Y’all, it’s scary good.

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Swap out that heavy cream for your favorite Nutchello flavor (I used Rich Dark Chocolate & Walnuts) and voila! The cocktail doesn’t lose it’s consistency or feeling of decadence, but the heaviness of the cream is swapped out. Plus the nut-based beverage is vegan, so you’re basically super healthy now.

All I know is that on a hot afternoon when I need a little pick-me-up after work, this is going to be my go-to cocktail for a while. The mix of the nutty flavor, chocolate base, and coffee liqueur is basically what dreams are made of. Give it a try & let me know what you think!

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DARK CHOCOLATE WHITE RUSSIANS
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Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of Silk Rich Dark Chocolate & Walnut Nuctchello
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 3 ounces of coffee liqueur
  • Few handfuls of ice
  • Sprig of mint, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add a small handful of ice to each glass & pour in your vodka and coffee liqueur.
  2. Pour in your Nutchello on top. For a richer chocolate taste, use a larger glass & add to taste.
  3. Gently stir, garnish, and sip, serve, repeat!

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