NYE Drink Idea: Molecular Mojitos

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Hosting NYE and looking for the perfect cocktail to serve?? Molecular mojito balls just might be my favorite new drink idea!!

Molecule-R is this awesome company that creates crazy cocktail kits combining elements of mixology with being a kickass scientist! CLICK HERE to get your starter kit! You’ll get everything you need to make a series of unbelievable drinks in no time! From fuzz to fizz to suspensions, Molecule-R walks you through all of it! If you’re trying to get even fancier, you can get the Evolution Kit HERE!

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In case you’re not all about buying these fancy schmansy kits (we feel ya), but still wanna be a badass NYE host, you can  follow our step-by-step guide below to recreate our magical mojito balls!

〉〉Step 1: Combine 1/4 tsp calcium lactate (you can get some on amazon) with 1 tsp sugar, 5-6 mint leaves, and 3 lime wedges. Muddle in a highball glass, add in 1 oz white rum & 2oz club soda, and filter with a sieve. Place the filtered liquid in a glass and prepare your pipettes!

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〉〉Step 2: Rip up a few mint leaves and place in an ice cube mold. Use your pipettes to add your liquid mixture from above to fill each ice cube mold. Place in the freezer until completely hard (about 20 minutes).

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〉〉Step 3: While you wait for your cubes to freeze, create your sodium alginate bath! Dissolve 2 grams sodium alginate (you can find anything on amazon!) in 2 cups of water. Make sure the sodium alginate completely dissolves… we used a hand blender because the stuff can be so tricky!! You’ll also want to set aside a separate bath of pure water.

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〉〉Step 4: Remove frozen cubes from the freezer and drop into the sodium alginate bath. Let them float around for about 3 minutes, stirring verrrrry gently and making sure that they don’t get stuck to each other! You’ll see them start to gelatinize into little balls (so fun!!!). One by one, spoon your balls from the alginate bath to the water bath.

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〉〉Step 5: Remove the mojito balls from the water bath and place on spoons to serve!

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〉〉Step 6: ENJOY! That’s right, eat ’em up and experience a mojito ball that explodes in your mouth. Such a cool phenomenon, these little guys are definitely worth playing scientist for an afternoon! Plus, your friends will think you’re a scientific genius!

Have a wonderful & safe New Year’s friends!! We hope these little drink balls add a pop of magic to your night! ♥

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DIY Coconut Scrub

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Why not start the new year with your brightest, freshest face? Along with the rest of the world, I have fallen in L O V E with the magical qualities of coconut oil! It’s super soft and nourishing and is a cheap, easy, natural fix for dry skin & damaged hair. Recently, I’ve been using coconut oil as a bi-weekly facial scrub. The results have been outstanding!! By mixing coconut oil with salt, I’ve seen my complexion even out and have eliminated the dry patches that used to drive me nuts! There are tons of options out there for purchase that combine the nutrient-rich qualities of coconut oil with the exfoliating element of a salt scrub, but why BUY when you can DIY? This option is beyond simple, and is super effective!

This is what you’ll need:
♥1/4 part pink himalayan salt (ideally… but table salt works just fine!)
♥1 part coconut oil at room temp

〉〉Just mix the salt with the coconut oil until evenly distributed & store in a cute, air-tight container! Use twice weekly by applying to your face and body in slow, circular motions. Wash off with warm water and love the results!

No time? Click to buy the pre-made formulas below!

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What are your New Year’s beauty fixes?? Share below!

Dress It Up or Down

Most of the time, I am the person at the holiday parties that is way overdressed. I can’t help that I love clothes and dressing up! Life of an aspiring fashionista… For this year’s holiday party, I decided to mix it up a bit – dress it up on top, but dress it down on the bottom, or what my Grandma likes to call it “a fancy top with raggedy jeans!” haha. I obviously had to “shoulder” my jacket (tip: if all else fails, shoulder it), rock the shades, strap on the studded heels, and flash off my favorite Tannery LA bag to add a little bit more steeze to the outfit :)

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◊ Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters ◊
◊ Necklace/Bracelet – Boutique ◊
◊ Bag – Tannery LA
◊ Floral Blouse – Phillip Lim for Target ◊
◊ Jacket – Michael Kors ◊
◊ Jeans – Forever 21 ◊
◊ Studded Heels – Sam Edelman

New Year’s Celebration Outfit Inspo

The burning question while prepping for the New Year’s celebration isn’t “what are you doing?”, it is “what are you wearing?” It is vital to ring in the new year with a BANG, might as well look fab while doing it! If you haven’t had time to think about what you are going to wear, we are here to help you! Below, we put together a variety of New Year’s celebration outfits, that we hope will inspire you! Share with us on how you will be ringing in the new year and what you will be wearing!

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All Gold Everything

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The new year is a perfect time to liven up your home decor! Gold is warm and glittery, a great accent color for any area in the house. I love paring gold with soft pastels, bold blacks, and white walls! Here’s my inspo for each of the items above (plus, lots of blog inspired DIY options):

1 – Bar Cart! Bar carts are big news right now, esp for the yuppie generation that loves the idea of having a mini bar, but doesn’t have an apartment equipped with a built in. A bar cart is a super cute, stylish way to display cutesy bottles, glasses, straws, mixers, etc! Check out this article by Camille Styles for inspo on how to make your bar cart beautiful!

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2 -Faux Antlers! Faux is everything! Faux antlers are beautiful and decorative without the cruelty that we H A T E. Use these as jewelry hangers for a multi-purpose storage / decor option! For an awesome DIY tutorial, check out The Blissful Bee.

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3 / 4 – Gold dipped vases & lamps! Start with simple glass bottles or jars and DIY these boys into sparkly little gems. Two twenty one has a superb step-by-step guide! Check it out:

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5 – Vintage inspired gold mirror! Try your local thrift shop, then follow HGTV’s guide on how to antique a mirror.

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6 – Golden long stemmed silverware! We haven’t reached the point of DIY on these kids, but they do pair marvelously with every table setting… ever. Just go buy some.

Winter Wardrobe

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PicMonkey CollageIT’S GETTING COLD OUT. When it’s cold, we wear furry hats and fun vests and tights!! Get crazy with different patterns and materials, as long as you keep your colors simple and toned down. I love a red lip in the winter because my cheeks flush so quickly in the cold air.

What’s your winter look? Tag us on gram – @halfsiesblog

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Street Style: Long Cardigans and Dresses

Long cardigans and dresses? Yes, please. Check out this bohemian babe that knows how to pair up the perfect pieces, to make for an adorable outfit!
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Restaurant Review: Church & State

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Restaurant Name: Church + State 
Location: 1850 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$$
Genre: French Great for: Date night

This place is fantastic for a glass of wine and some appetizers. If you’re going all-out, its great for full on dinner as well, but trust me when I say you won’t be able to move after a full meal at Church + State. 

The ambience is simply magical: with rustic wood, artsy lights, and a flare of French decor, the dimly lit restaurant is small and cozy enough to have you feeling that you jetted off to Europe, just for dinner. On spring and summer nights (or heck, pretty much any night in LA), long tables are set in the outside area to allow for dining under the stars.

I advise getting here early if you don’t have a reservation, because if you show up past seven you’ll be standing in the doorway, tortured by the delicious aromas that won’t be yours until you’ve long been salivating.

Another plus of getting here early: the chef loves passing out goat-cheese puff pastry, and boy am I a sucker for anything bread and cheese. Follow that with the standard bread board (served warm with a butter so thick and creamy that even French natives won’t be unphased), and you’ll be full before you’ve even put in your order.

For the cultured wino – this is your place. I’m a happy camper on any night that = a glass of pino noir (there are so many good ones to choose from) and an order of escargot. Don’t make the mistake of thinking appetizers are meant to be just that – apps can go a long way and completely fill you up! 

My go-to items: Escargots de Bourgogne en Croûte (or breaded escargot for you non-francophiles), Os à Moelle (roasted bone marrow), and one of their many “tarts” which are basically fancy french pizzas. 

For the less adventurous, not to worry: there are plenty of more mainstream options, like mac&cheese, french onion soup, salads, and various chicken, salmon, and duck entrees. 

Near the up and coming arts district of DTLA, when you’re done with your meal you can stroll the surroundings of the restaurant and stop in one or more local bars/boutiques! Date night at it’s finest. 

OR, just stay at the bar (below). It’s.so.freaking.cute!!!! ♥

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Best Holiday Cookies

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It’s the most festive time of the year… COOKIE TIME!!! Everyone loves holiday cookies, and I’ve been dying to whip up the most perfect batch of my favorite holiday treats: peppermint pretzel cookies. Mouth watering yet? I’m not peppermint’s biggest fan, but these are wild. Try just one and you’re bound to get caught with your hand stuck in the cookie jar. You can thank me later.

Wanna try? We use Sunny Anderson’s recipe, but nix the chocolate chips and candy canes. Instead, we buy Trader Joe’s Peppermint Pretzel Thins, mash them up, and mix ’em in. Use your discretion, but we usually add about a half cup. Side note: don’t even think about trying the batter before you bake it. It’s that good.

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Street Style: Dark Basics

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Just so we’re clear: basics aren’t basic. We LOVE basics, all year every year! Keep your wardrobe simple and focus on seasonal accent colors like navy, olive green, and black. Incorporate patterns like stripes or simple geometric shapes to keep things fun yet simple! Love this look on my sis because she kept her outfit super toned down and then threw on those BRIGHT orange moroccan flats as a fun statement.

How does your style change as the weather cools down? Share with us in the comments below or tag us on insta! @halfsiesblog

GET THE LOOK:

Flats – Moroccan Street Market (Similar here) | Pants – GOJANE | Jacket – Cotton On (Similar here) | Crop top – Lulu Lemon (Similar here)