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CINCO DE MAYO!

We’re already a few days into May and I can’t believe it! But that means – Cinco de Mayo! I always like to do something small to celebrate the day. Whether it’s going out for Mexican food with Shawn, turning up some bachata music at home (Tucker loves it), or snackin’ on homemade chips and salsa. What’s not to love?

I usually like to enjoy a good glass of red, but for Cinco de Mayo I spice things up. Here are my favourite cocktail recipes that you can also make at home. ¡Salud!

1. The VOSSgarita

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VOSS Water is my go-to choice to stay hydrated. You guys know that I have trouble drinking enough water because the flavour is well kinda boring. BUT VOSS makes flavoured sparkling water which I’m really loving. There’s Lime Mint, Lemon Cucumber and Tangerine Lemongrass. I played around with making a ‘healthier’ version of a Margarita with the Lime Mint sparkling water and it tastes so good! Knowing that it’s not as sugary makes a big difference in my mind. I can still indulge, but not feel guilty for it.

Ingredients:
1 ½ ounces tequila (3 parts)
1 ounce triple sec (2 parts) 1/2 ounce lime juice (1 part)
Top up with Lime Mint VOSS Sparkling
Garnish with lime zest
Margarita salt for glass

Pour tequila, triple sec and lime juice into a container. After creating the mixture, chill in fridge.

2. Red Sangrita

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Red wine, fruit juice and fresh fruit – traditional Sangria is one of my top favs! It’s perfect for this time of year and always reminds me of summer and barbeques. A fun spin on just a simple glass of red wine 😉

Ingredients:
2 bottles red Spanish table wine
1 cup brandy 1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup orange juice 1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup simple syrup, or more to taste (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves, cooled) Orange slices Apple slices Blackberries Pomegranate seeds

Mix all ingredients together and let stand in a tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

3. Spicy Margarita

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Shake it up with a drink with edge. Muddled jalapeno adds a kick to your cocktail. It’s a nice change from the typically sweet blended margaritas that most people order. I tried this once in a restaurant and love recreating it at home from time to time. If you’re into spicy, give it a shot!

Ingredients:
1 1⁄2 oz Tequila Reposado
1 oz Fresh lime juice
1⁄2 oz Triple sec
1⁄2 oz Agave syrup
2 jalapeño coins (seeds removed)

At the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the jalapeño coins with agave syrup. Pour the remaining ingredients into a shaker, fill with ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Finally, garnish with a lime wedge.

4. Perfect Paloma

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Ahh, the perfect Paloma. It’s refreshing and pairs nicely with spicy Mexican food. So juicy and never disappoints!

1 1/2 shots of reposado tequila (or any good quality blanco)
juice of half a ruby grape fruit
1/2 shot of agave syrup or sugar syrup
about 75ml club soda
a squirt of fresh lime juice (optional)

Mix the grapefruit juice, tequila and sugar syrup until well mixed. Pour over a tall glass filled with ice and top up with soda water. Add a squirt of lime juice and rim the glass with salt.

5. Blackberry Beet Agave Negro

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This is such a flavorful cocktail! It’s deep and intriguing and has a hint of sweet earthiness from the beets. It’s a more masculine drink and fun variation on sipping on tequila.

Ingredients:
Beet simple syrup
1 heaping cup chopped beets 1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
For the cocktail
5-6 blackberries
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
half a lime, sliced in half
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) beet simple syrup
2 ounces (1/4 cup) reposado tequila
2-3 ice cubes 1.5 ounce (3 tablespoons) chilled club soda
1 lime wedge for garnish
1 blackberry for garnish

Add the blackberries, lime juice, lime slices, and beet simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a muddler or a back of a wooden spoon until the blackberries are smashed and the limes have released their juice and fragrance. Add tequila and ice to the cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for about 8 seconds. Strain into a glass and add the club soda. Discard the berries and lime. Add more ice if desired and garnish with a lime wedge and a blackberry.

How do you guys celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Love,

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SO LONG WINTER LAYERS!

The weather is slowly getting warmer and I’m so ready for spring style! Summer is my favourite season and with spring finally here, it just means we’re THAT much closer.

I’m always up for trying new things when it comes to my style. I’ve heard whispers that some of the biggest trends on the runway right now are bright shades, the classic trench and fringe. Sign me up!

Whether you’re going out to brunch with the girls or an outdoor date night, there are so many ways you can freshen up your style and shake off those heavy winter layers.

Here are some of my favourite spring picks to get you excited for the new season!

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COLLAGE1. Pink Fine-Knit Sweater | 2. Yellow Drop Earrings | 3. Bamboo Clutch Bag | 4. White One-Shoulder Top | 5. Pink Strappy Heels | 6. Mint Nail Polish | 7. Pink Wraparound Scarf | 8. Cognac Suede Sandals | 9. Beige Trench Coat | 10. White Fringe Shirt | 11. Colour Block Heels | 12. Beige Straw Tote | 13. Coral Demi-Sheer Lipstick

 

#REALSTAGRAM: Dimples are cute – no matter where they are on your body

I was recently in British Columbia and joined the “Unapologetically Her” event. It was an event aimed at celebrating and inspiring women across the lower mainland. I love when women come together – magic happens! This event was all about the power of female leadership.

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I had the best time and then afterwards I saw a photo of myself that made me zero in on a tiny bit of cellulite on my leg. I completely dismissed everything else – why I was there, how confident and comfortable I felt on stage, how amazing it was to be surrounded by an empowered group of women. It’s scary how our thoughts can change like the flick of a switch and we need to control these thoughts. We all get them.

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As women, we have this tendency to scrutinize and pick apart our image. We look for flaws and we are our own hardest critics. Nothing about beauty is perfect. Our imperfections are what makes us beautiful. Airbrushed is not real and it’s not okay for us to continue glorifying it.

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There are a lot of movements happening right now with #MeToo and #TimesUp. Everyone’s coming together and standing up for our rights as women. At this crucial time, we can’t be our own enemy. We need to truly love and embrace ourselves. That’s what #Realstagram is about – setting yourself to a higher standard than just your looks. Time is up on a lot of things – including perfectly photoshopped photos that don’t portray you as “real”.

Sometimes, I feel like getting creative and still play around with filters. Photos also look different when you have perfect lighting and are posing for a campaign. The lesson here is to not throw away a photo just because you think there’s a “flaw” in it. Learning to be comfortable in your own skin can be a challenge, but it’s also so liberating.

I feel like it’s my responsibility to share this journey with my followers because we’re all human and we all have insecurities. Taking steps forward together is powerful! We’re making a difference.

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It’s an exciting time to be a woman. With every online and offline movement, our voices are being heard. Now’s the time to disrupt the norm of what’s considered “beautiful”!

Those are my two cents…

Love,

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PHOTOS: Amber Leigh Photography

Blue Crushin’ on Maui

2017 was a big year for me. Between the launch of my podcast, “Off the Vine” and starring in my first Broadway Show, “Home for the Holidays”, I can easily say that the past 365 days have felt so surreal.

I wanted to start this new year just taking it all in. Looking back on what I’ve already accomplished and setting my sights on new things. What better place to do that than in Hawaii? I like myself a good deal, which is why I’m obsessed with Hopper. It didn’t take long for the right one to come along, so I brought my team down to Maui and it was exactly what we all needed! There’s nothing like planning the next year, poolside with a few piña colada(s).

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We arrived at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and suddenly everything became about leis, mai tais and sunscreen. It was my first time visiting this property and it was absolutely stunning. I’ll for sure be back! Everyone was so welcoming and our room was stocked with red wine (of course), snacks and cookies. Thank you Andaz for making us feel right at home!

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We started off the trip poolside with some drinks and went through a very thorough goal setting workbook that made us dig deep. Nothing was off limits and it felt amazing to share my innermost goals and dreams for this year. I have to be honest, this is something that I never used to prioritize, but after what’s felt like a very successful year, I want to keep climbing higher and pushing myself harder.

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That evening, we watched the most stunning sunset on the beach while doing a photoshoot with Flytographer. I seriously get so mesmerized by Hawaiian sunsets. There’s nothing like it! Shout out to Bella Bloom Maui for creating the most stunning Haku Lei for me to wear. I didn’t want to take it off.

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While in Hawaii, you have to go to a luau…right? How do they move their hips so fast? That Friday, we went down to the Hyatt in Lahaina and caught the Drums of the Pacific Luau. The food was great and the gin and sodas were flowin’. My girls went up on stage and I managed to stay behind…until the very last part of the show where I got called up to swivel and shake in front of the crowd! Ahh, so close!

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On Saturday, we woke up early (and I mean early in vacation time) and did a hike. I always try to mix in a bit of exercise on vacation! We strolled through a little town called Paia, where we had a bite to eat, and ended up at Mama’s Fish House, which I highly recommend, for some seriously strong margaritas! Mama’s knows how to pour a stiff one.

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At last – Sunday Funday! It was our most relaxing day in Maui. We went on a long beach stroll and had breakfast on the patio. Then, my Booje girls had to pack for their flight home – and I was off on another adventure. Kauai with Shawn!

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There’s something special about the islands. Personally, Hawaii helped me take a step back and appreciate all the good things in my life. There’s magic on Maui.

Sending you guys alohas!

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Love,

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P.S. Shop my vacation looks here! For all you who asked about the Burgundy dress in the pictures above, it’s from Park & Fifth.

GRAPE THERAPY

I’ve got exciting news! I’ve kicked off this new year with a series of fan-centric minisodes every Thursday called Grape Therapy! These are fun, bonus podcast episodes. Sometimes I’ll take calls for confessions. Other times, we’ll discuss real life questions and recap the Bachelor. You’ll find it under my ‘Off the Vine’ podcast.

Tune in! 🙂

Love,

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MY TOP FAV CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR EVERYONE IN YOUR LIFE!

Christmas Day is just one week away! I can’t believe it. It’s such a special time of year and each season the magic returns. My family always gets into the spirit of things, and Christmas at our house is always BIG. When I was young, the whole house would be decorated from head to toe, and we had specific traditions we’d follow. Shawn and I make a big effort to keep some of these traditions going – and have also started a few of our own! Spending our first Christmas in the Big Apple is exciting, though. New York really comes alive this time of year.

One thing I love about Christmas is always getting the perfect gift for a friend or family member. It doesn’t need to be expensive, as long as it shows how well you know them – and that you listen. Nothing beats a thoughtful gift. Here are a few of my favourite things for every person in your life! Hurry though, you’ve only got a few days left!

1. TruSelf Organics’ “For The Face” Gift Box
I’ve been using these products for quite some time, and I can’t say enough great things about them! The “For The Face” gift box includes 8 products packaged and wrapped up – the perfect gift for your mom or sister. Pamper them this holiday season. The best news? TruSelf is in the gift giving mood and everything on their website is 30% off! Yes, that includes the “For The Face” Gift Box! Just use the promo code KB30.

2. Vanity Planet’s Pink Blend Party Makeup Brush Set 
I’m obsessed with these makeup brushes! I actually have them in both pink and black because I love them so much. Rumour has it the pink set is almost sold out – but the black set is so slick! These brushes are so, so soft and are cruelty free. They don’t harbor any bacteria or shed and save me from using too much makeup. Your best friend would LOVE them. Right now, if you click on this link and use the code KB70, you’ll actually save 70%!! Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas!

3. Reebok Men’s Hydrorush in Black
These bad boys are built to perform! The Reebok Hydrorush runners are versatile, comfortable and durable. For the athlete in your life! If you need runners with serious traction for any surface, dependable security for quick cuts and fast changes, you’ve found your match.

4. Free People’s Furry Bomber
This ultra luxe bomber jacket makes a statement. Isn’t the colour amazing? I love that it’s faux fur and the color is so festive. Chances are you’ll be picking up two (one for you, and one for the lucky lady in your life).

5. SoundSport’s In-Ear BlueTooth Headphones 
A durable and advanced design – these headphones stay secure and comfortable when you sweat. They’re also water-resistant, so no excuses when it rains. The Bluetooth technology keeps wires out of the way and the sound is unbelievable. Definitely something that the tech-y in your life would appreciate.

I still have a few things to pick up myself. The countdown is on – good luck and happy shopping!

Love,

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