Bikinis, BBQ’s, and Beers, oh my! Summer is here, which means we’ll most likely be spending our days off enjoying the sunshine and sipping on something refreshing while someone fans us with a giant palm leaf… Okay maybe not that last part, but you get the idea. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely one of those people who would rather spend their poolside calorie intake on some delicious summer foods instead of soaking it up in high-cal drinks or beer.
I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite low-calorie Summer cocktails so you can feel confident and healthy during all of this season’s festivities. These yummy drinks are perfect for the Fourth of July and the best part- they’re all under 150 calories so you’ll still have room for dessert! You feel me?
1. The Sangria Sparkler
Great for sharing!
1 bottle of dry red wine
1 cup light orange juice
¼ cup of brandy (or cognac)
¼ cup orange liqueur
2 tbs sugar
2 oranges, sliced
2 cups club soda, chilled
Crushed ice and/or orange peel curls (for garnish)
1) In a large pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, brandy (or cognac), orange liqueur, sugar, and orange slices. Chill for at least 2 hours. Add club soda just before serving.
2) Pour over crushed ice, garnish with orange peels, and share with your friends!
2. Strawberry Basil Spiked Lemonade
2 to 3 strawberries
2 to 3 basil leaves
1 ounce vodka
1) Add bruised basil leaves, vodka, and lemonad
2) Stir, garnish with basil, and enjoy!
3. Healthy Girl Daiquiri
No summer is complete without a strawberry daiquiri by the pool.
1 cup coconut water
¼ cup honey
1 packet Stevia
4 shots rum
Juice from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lime
6 fresh strawberries
1 cup ice
1) Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy
2) Take a sip and instantly feel like you’re in an Island paradise
4. Skinny Pina Colada
If you like pina coladas… you’ll love this skinny version!
1 parts Pinnacle coconut vodka
2 parts club soda
Splash organic pineapple juice
Pineapple slice, cherry, mango slice (for garnish)
1) Shake (or blend) all of the ingredients with ice
2) Garnish with fruit slices and enjoy!
5. Watermelon Cucumber Mojito
Cool and refreshing!
Sprig of fresh mint
1 cup of watermelon, cubed
5 parts Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
2 tsp. agave nectar
2 Lime wedges (for garnish)
1) Squeeze lime wedge into glass
2) Muddle fruit with mint leaves and vodka
3) Add ice and agave nectar and top with soda water
4) Garnish with lime wedge and say, “cheers!”
Choosing your outfit as a guest of a wedding can be difficult enough, let alone choosing what to wear when it’s HOT out! You want to look adorable (hello cute guy in the bachelor party!), be appropriately covered up (this is no time for your Vegas dresses!), but still be comfortable enough to sit through a ceremony and then dance the night away.
First, let’s break down some basic rules of wedding guest attire:
1) NO White EVER!
White accessories, or detailing on a dress are ok, but absolutely no more than 20% of your outfit can be white!
2) When in doubt, cover up.
Not sure if the bride’s super conservative grandmother is going to be there, bring a light cardigan or something to cover your bare shoulders, at least during the ceremony.
3) It’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.
This is a classic rule that I live by in everything I do. I’d rather err on the side of a little more dressed up, than stick out like a sore thumb and be totally under-dressed. People notice the under-dressed, they admire the over-dressed.
4) Don’t be afraid to ask!
Sometimes you truly have no idea what to expect from the wedding or the venue (Is there going to be grass? Is it all outdoor? Is it conservative?), so if you’re feeling stumped, contact the bride or someone in the wedding party that you know. Of course, don’t wait until the night before the wedding to ask these questions!
Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are a few of our favorite pieces for what to wear to summer wedding!
Nikibiki Camel Sleeveless Contrast Line Dress
This dress is perfect because this neutral camel color that let’s you wear any jewelery or shoes you choose! It’s covered up enough to maintain modesty at the wedding but still sleeveless to keep you cool. The black contrast line down the side adds a slimming effect and a little something special to the dress to make enough of a statement! Perfect for a daytime wedding but could totally work for an evening wedding, throw on a black blazer for nighttime warmth and structure.
I’m totally loving the subtle detail added in the texture of the dress. The deep v-neck is great for adding a little sass to the outfit without going too far! Dress up the look with a fabulous pair of statement earrings and throw on whatever color heels you’d like. Want to dress it down for a daytime wedding? Throw on a skinny colored belt and pair with strappy wedges.
It’s like the fashion and style gods were smiling down on us when they decided to blend statement jewelry right into the creation of the dress! This dress is perfect for a black tie optional wedding. The slightly shorter hemline works well with the higher up neckline. Put your hair up in a chic chignon with some simple diamond post earrings and you’ll be dressed to impress.
Ok so until recently, I would have said sequins are a total no-no for weddings, but I was at a wedding a couple weeks ago where multiple guests were rocking sequins and I have to say, I fell in love with this look for a wedding. The only rules, the sequins have to be a subtle matte sequin, or have to be worn sparingly. Pair them with a classic shoe like a black pump, or a nude wedge sandal, and no extra jewelry aside from very, very simple pieces! The hi-low skirt on this dress totally balances out the sparkle up to. We definitely recommend trying the sequin look for a summer wedding.
Now we want to hear, what are you rules for summer wedding fashion? What are you go to styles? What are your no-no’s? Share with us in the comments below or over on our Facebook page!
Happy almost a holiday everyone!! With the 4th of July coming up this weekend, we’ve had all things Americana on our minds. We fully support any kind of American themed outfits, whether you’re decked head to toe in American flags or you’re taking the subtle route and just using Red, White and Blue to show your patriotism! If you’re feeling stumped or need some inspiration, here are a 5 simple ways to get more red, white and blue into your 4th of July Outfit.
Our blogger Kristy is the queen of mani’s so we won’t be surprised if she’s doing nails like these come the weekend! We love these two different takes on the red, white and blue nails. One is more involved & detailed and one is much easier for those of you who are like me, and painting your nails a solid color is more than enough work!
On a holiday, you can absolutely throw out the rules of focusing on either lips or eyes! I just adore this patriotic twist on a super classic look of clean face with liner and lips, this time with bright blue eyeliner and red lips. I’d love to see if any of you try this look, please share it with us on Instagram or Facebook!
I’ve always been a fan of simple, classic and ladylike looks..and there is just something Olivia Newton-John in Grease meets a modern day Audrey Hepburn about this look! Try a small red bow in your half-up ponytail. I will definitely be doing this on Saturday.
DIY Americana Sneakers
Who doesn’t love a good DIY project? Especially when they’re relatively simple and you can do them with items you’ve probably already got at home! Check out this great DIY from Brit + Co to spruce up your white sneakers and turn them into the perfect 4th of July accessory. Pair these with some great cutoffs and a red camisole tank and you are so set to impress at any BBQ or firework extravaganza!
Dress Up Your Children
Don’t have time or energy to DIY any sneakers or nails? Dress up your children in an adorable Americana themed outfit and no one will even notice if you’re not decked in red, white and blue. Take a cue from this adorably, well-dressed kid on how to dress to impress this 4th of July.
Have any other great tips for how to work a little extra red, white and blue into your outfit this 4th of July? Share with us in the comments below or over on our Facebook page! And we want to see your outfits, share them on Instagram using #repeatpo and make sure to tag us @repeatpo
Happy Birthday America!