Woodchuck’s Oopsy Daisy – A Crisp and Herbal Hard Cider

If you love the taste of herbal teas you have to try woodchucks Oopsy Daisy hard cider, the fourth craft from their limited-time Out on a Limb Series.  I had it last week and this stuff is really good! It’s also a great alternative in the summer for those of you who do not like white wine or beers.

One of my favorite drinks is champagne with splash of St. Germain elderflower liqueur and Oopsy Daisy, a floral and mildly sweet apple/chamomile flavor hard cider falls in the same category for my taste buds.  The chamomile and apple + honey makes such a pleasantly unique and refreshing pairing.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw this post:

 

Here are a couple of notes from the info sheet he sent me which I think describes it very accurately:

Aroma:

tea, floral , honey notes.

Feel:

smooth, medium body.

Taste:

 crisp, smooth, sweet in the middle, delicate lingering after taste.

Sight:

clear bright, liquid gold.

Alcohol %: 5.5% ABV

 As a fan of  their cider, I am very flattered that Ben from Woodchuck noticed my newbie blog and contacted me to try Oopsy Daisy.   I probably wouldn’t have picked this up if I saw it on the shelf which would have been a pity because  I really like this flavor and I hope it comes back to the shelf every year.   It was not available in my immediate area but it is available at Whole Foods On Tap, and that’s a good enough a reason to take a break from grocery shopping.

You can try your luck and find it in your area on their store locator.

Out on a Limb ciders rotate every 30 day,  and past flavors included Chocolate Raspberry (which I missed but would LOVE to try!), Cheeky Cherry and Spitter Splinter (bitter apple).  Don’t miss a flavor, follow Woodchuck on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay in the loop.

Xo, Leslie

 


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Office Style Spring 2015: Midi and Pencil Skirts

This has been one of the longest winter in NYC but leg season is quickly approaching, so here I’ve compiled a couple of office appropriate skirts that you can easily wear to an after work event and still be dressed to impress.

The Trend: Knee High & Midi Length Skirts

Length is in, so for this post I am focusing on  knee and midi length skirts.  In general these skirts look best with heels (instead of flats), they are meant for dressing up but feel to use your judgement when selecting the right shoes for you.  If you are petite like me, I know what you are thinking,  but you can DEFINITELY rock these skirts, however you will absolutely need a little height boost from your heels otherwise you’ll get lost in it.

The Details: Slits, Color and Playful

To add a fun twist to a work outfit pay attention to the details.  Look for pieces that have zippers, a cool slit (but not over the top), colors, buttons and texture.  I would stay away from print unless you absolutely love it, because those are more memorable and therefore you will not be able to wear them as often.  Now simplicity goes a long way, you can also just pick very plain clothing and add a kick to the outfit with jewelry (I learned this being on a budget).

The Picks: Pencil Skirts 

The Picks: Flowy Midi Skirts

Hope you enjoyed reading.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

Xo, Leslie


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Announcing New Blog Section – Office Style Picks

Hey lovies,

I think is so hard to find office style inspiration from fashion bloggers and that’s probably because work clothes is generally really boring!  So, who really cares to blog about that?!  But that leaves a lot us (myself included since I am not a fashion blogger) having to come up with our own fashion style for work and for lack of experience end up giving up and crawling back up to our comfort zone uniform.

But since I spend a minimum of 40 hours per week (2,080 per year) I am determined to look for cute office-appropriate affordable outfits that I can also comfortably wear outside of work to an after-work events or activity.  I stress affordable because at this point in my life I have some financial goal I am working on that I cannot compromise that for shopping, but that doesn’t mean I have to give up style.

office fashion = office style - 9 to 5

Starting today I will be posting my office-appropriate fashion picks on a regular basis.  Some posts will be store specific and some will just be a combination of pieces that I found appealing.  I will also include fashion inspiration for celebrities and other bloggers.

You can tip me off to something cute by leaving a link in the comment or sending me a message here.  You can also drop me a line if you want to contribute your picks in guest blog post.

Let me know what you think.

Xo, Leslie

 

PS super pumped for this!

 

 


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{Giveaway} Win a $50 Gift Card to Minted!

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Minted.com is giving my readers the opportunity to win a $50 Gift Card to use anywhere on their website… Winner will be notified in 1 week.  Enter to win!!!

TIP: increase your changes to win by doing all the actions on the rafflecopter widget below — please note it might take a few seconds for it load.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

***Update****

I thought I should give you guys a little bit more details about this raffle.

PRIZE

You are entering to win a $50 gift card to minted.com, where you can find fully customize-able designer stationery for weddings, save the dates, birthdays, baptisms, holidays and events of any kind.

At minted you can also now also find unique artwork pieces to add a special touch to any room.

There’s no purchase required to enter the raffle.  There is no minimum purchase required to use the gift card.  The value of the card can be used on any products on minted.com and it expires on September 1, 2015.

HOW TO ENTER
  1. Log on to the rafflecopter widget above using your email or by connecting with your facebook or twitter account.
  2. Do any of the of the actions in the box.  Each action gives you 1 entry.  You get up to 5 entries and can increase your chances of winning by doing all the actions in the box.

WINNER SELECTION PROCESS

This raffle is done through the rafflecopter widget, which will randomly select a winner from all the entries.  Winner will be selected Monday 4/13  and notified no later than Tuesday 4/14 via the email provided or associated with the social media account used to sign up.  Winner most respond within 48 hours to receive gift card code or another random winner will be picked.

Important: I will verify that the winner has completed the action required for the winning entry .

Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Thanks for participating and I wish you the best of luck!!!

Xo,
Leslie

PS You can view my minted review here and  check ’em out on facebook and pinterest!

 


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Minted: Discover Beautiful and Affordable Artwork by Independent Artists

It’s amazing the difference a piece of artwork can make when adding the finishing touches to your home, office or business decor and not to mention the stimulating effects it has on our brains.  I find that displaying art can really pull together a room and it is such a great way to display personal style and taste.

Mariam Naficy - CEO and Founder of Minted
Photo via Minted | Mariam Naficy – CEO and Founder of minted.com

 

I found an amazing woman-founded art marketplace called minted, where independent  artists and designers  from 48 states and 43 countries submit their artwork for the minted community to vote and give them the opportunity to sell their designs.  The winning artwork goes to the minted art marketplace where we can score these eye catching unique pieces and support these artists.

In addition to art prints and wall arts, minted also offers stationary for weddings, save the dates and customized stationary for any event.  I just spent hours looking through all their options and I invite you to check them out.  You will not be disappointed!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Watercolor Inkblot 1  by Kristen Smith- minted

minted - manarola by Kayla KingSun Drop by Holly Royval- minted

minted - bloom in blue by Deborah Velásquez

here and there - minted - by Sonal Nathwani

foil new york city map  by by Alex Elko Design - mintedbrooklyn bridgte foil - minted - by Jody Wody   be unique - unique fishy - by Oscar & Emma - minted cancer foil - minted minted - reach by Carrie ONeal

canna 1 by Masaaki Saji - minted canna 2 by Masaaki Saji - minted canna 3 - by Masaaki Saji - minted canna 4 - by Masaaki Saji - minted

 

Hope you enjoyed it!

 

XO,

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Target Lovers, Don’t Miss This Amazing Offer!

If you love shopping at Target.com and love to save a pretty penny you definitely want to keep reading…

I just became a Target.com affiliate and a couple of days ago and I received an exciting email from Target letting me know about their REDcards  benefits and I think you’ll love the savings as much as me.

Before we get to the benefits and details of the REDcards, I want to mention that I absolutely love that we have the option to choose between a debit and  credit REDcards and still get the same benefits. That means that customers that prefer to pay cash or those who cannot get a credit line  are not left out of the amazing savings.

I personally like to keep as few credit cards open as possible, so the debit card is perfect for me. But if you prefer to pay your balance slowly or make larger purchases then the credit line might be a better fit for you.  There is no annual fee for either card but be sure to review the REDcard Credit for APR and late fees.  The REDcard debit is straight forward and works like a check like a check by drawing from your existing checking account.

Now the fun part —>The Benefits of  the REDcard debit/credit
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REDcards Benefit 1:  5% discount on ALL purchases

This may not sound like a lot but this is actually a pretty good deal.  It is specially in a store as irresistible as target, where you can get pretty much everything you need backed by a price match guarantee.  My credit card only offers 1% cash back on all purchases and in less than a year I’ve accumulated $225 in free cash.  Of course I don’t carry a balance so it’s not like I’m giving that money back to them in interest.  If you think of the 5% discount as cash back and throw the savings into your piggy bank and you’ll watch it add up.

REDcards Benefit 2: Free Shipping

We also get free shipping at Target.com with no minimum purchase, whaaaa???  Now they are speaking my language.  If I had any objections about how much sense it makes get the card, this eliminates all doubts. Say no more, I am sold!  That means that I can rack up savings by purchasing groceries and home stuff without worrying about shipping costs or minimums.

REDcards Benefit 3: Extended Returns

An extra 30 days to be exact. Perfect for the busy person or procrastinator.  I consider this a savings of it own because how often do we go past that return deadline and end up keeping things we don’t need.

REDcards Benefit 4: Give back

Target is highly committed education and will donate  up to 1% of purchases go to school of your choice.

The online application process for debit and credit has immediate approval (except for some debit applications that require a few days to confirm a bank account).  As a REDcard holder you can easily check your credit card account balance, make a payment, review past statements, check their debit card transaction history and manage their PIN. They also get to enjoy exclusive offers available only to REDcard holders.

Don’t miss out on this awesome deal- apply here!

Xoxo,

Leslie

Disclosure:The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.


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Beauty Week Ends in 2 Days! – Deep Discounts on Spa and Other Beauty Services

I just came across Groupon’s Beauty Week, a week long event offering a deal on top of deal on (already discounted) beauty services at quality spas and salons nationwide!

Beauty Week started on Monday and ends on Saturday, March 21st, so hurry up and check it out!  Watch out for today and tomorrow as Groupon will be highlighting even deeper discounts—up to an extra 30% off on a curated selection of deals!

Groupon says: you can expect deals on the freshest beauty and wellness services, including haircuts, spray tans, mani-pedis, spa days, and massages. ranging from deep-tissue to hot-stone to couples, or you can experiment with unusual or new-to-you services—like sensory-deprivation therapy, eyelash extensions, or the totally alien world of dentistry.

Take advantage of the Discounts:

20% off all Local and Goods health and beauty deals if you use promo code SPA20 (ended!)

March 17 and 18: $10 off facial and massage deals if you use promo code SOOTHE10 (ended!)

March 19 and 20: clearance sales for up to an extra 30% off selected deals

March 21: an extra 20% off med-spa deals if you use promo code MEDSPA20

Each of these codes can be applied up to three times on its associated days.

You can check them out here.

Enjoy!

 


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