Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Creepy Cocktails For Your Halloween Gathering

Any excuse to serve cocktails in a skeleton glass and I'm in; so I'm always dreaming up different creepy cocktails for Halloween. This year I put together a shot and a martini that are really easy to make. As always, please feel free to adjust to your personal taste. 

Monster Mash Martini 

Ingredients (Makes Two):
3 oz vodka 
2 oz Midori
3 oz sour mix
Freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and measure vodka, Midori, sour mix, and lemon juice over the top. 

Shake, shake, shake, and then strain into a martini glass. Enjoy responsibly! 

Poison Apple Shots

This shot is a little rift on a martini that I made a few years ago. I used a black vodka in this cocktail which gave the drink it's black color. There is no food coloring involved, the vodka is made black with some kind of herb but this doesn't impact the taste at all. I like to have this vodka on hand, just because I think it's fun. But if you don't have any, or you can't find it feel free to just use regular vodka and add some food coloring to make it black! 

Ingredients (Makes Two): 
1 oz black vodka (chilled)
1 oz sour apple pucker (chilled)
Splash of sour mix
Splash of lemon juice (optional)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and measure vodka and sour apple pucker into the shaker. Add a healthy splash of sour mix and if you want a more tart drink, add a splash of lemon juice. If you want it to lean more toward the sweet side you can skip this. 

Shake vigorously and strain into large shot glasses. If it's a tiny shot glass that only holds an ounce it's not going to hold these because you have added the sour mix and lemon juice. If you don't have a large shotglass just serve it in a rocks glass! 

Please drink responsibly. 

I have to give a special shout-out to Dana from Seersucker Sass for going completely out of her way and running to her Target to get this tray and mailing it to me since mine didn't carry it and they wouldn't ship it. I always say the best part of blogging is the people that I have had the pleasure of meeting and Dana is a prime example of that. 

You can find more Halloween cocktails here

In This Post: 

Serving Tray: Target | Skeleton Hand Shot Glasses: Oriental Trading Co. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze

As I'm sure most of you know, I have a deep love of everything Halloween. So when I heard about The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze in New York, I knew that I had to go. It's like a Halloween Wonderland. If you're following me on Instagram, you may have seen my Instagram story from last weekend when I went, but I also wanted to share some photos that I didn't share there and more information about the event in case anyone wanted to attend. I know these all aren't the best quality photos, but my camera was having a technical issue that night so these were all taken on my phone.

The Blaze is a winding path displaying thousands of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns. They're actually made out of Funkins, which are those faux pumpkins that are made out of foam, so they don't rot on you. There are sounds effects and an original soundtrack, that can be purchased in the gift shop, to accompany each display. You can make your way through at your own pace and take your time. It took me about 45 minutes total to walk through the whole thing. The planetarium section was my absolute favorite, and where I spent the most time. There was also a land of dinosaurs, different animals, spiders, Celtic designs, a graveyard, and more. Sometimes Halloween stuff can be a little too scary for kids, but this was perfect for all ages to enjoy. They also serve snacks and beverages including a selection of seasonal beer. The Blaze is open every night from now until November 5, and then a few dates later in November. Buy your tickets online beforehand because they sell out pretty much every single night. A lot of times are already sold out, so act fast if you want to attend! This is definitely something I would go to again and I think it's worth the trip even if it's a couple hours away. You can click here to buy tickets.

Monday, October 9, 2017

White Mountain Shoes Giveaway!

Skipper Hazel Leather Moccasins c/o 
Hale Black Suede Bootie c/o
Loyal Brown Boot c/o

Happy Monday! I'm so excited to bring you guys this giveaway! I have teamed up with White Mountain Shoes again, and this time three of my readers will win the pair of shoes of their choice from the website. White Mountain Shoes are a staple in my wardrobe; they're always really comfortable and a great value. Seriously, I've told you all about the struggles that I have with my feet and finding shoes that don't hurt. It's incredibly rare that I find a pair of shoes that I put on and they are immediately comfortable. All three pairs in this post fell into that category. White Mountain Shoes has a ton of great styles on their website this season, so there is sure to be something to fit everybody's taste and style. I'm sure you're going to be seeing all three of these pairs in several posts, on repeat for the rest of the fall season and moving into winter. I'd love to hear which pair if your favorite down in the comments! 

The form to enter the contest is below and I will be verifying all entries and pulling the winners early next week! I'll contact you via email with further instructions if your name is randomly drawn. Good luck! I hope you all have a fabulous week!

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Disclaimer: I was gifted three pairs of shoes in exchange for hosting this giveaway. However, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Petite in Pearls. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Picking The Perfect Pumpkins and Gourds

We finally had some weather that actually felt like fall this weekend and I couldn't be happier. I think I had been waiting a month and a half to wear this top I snagged from J.Crew Factory for $20 when it was on sale. It was windy and cold and I loved every second of it! One of my favorite fall activities is heading to local farm stands. I'm always so inspired by the rich colors and perfectly imperfect pumpkins and gourds. I always take my time to look at all of them thoroughly until I find the ones that speak to me. I put together five quick tips to help you on your pumpkin picking journey this fall:

1. Don't forget to pick out some for inside! I don't just decorate the exterior for fall and Halloween. I love it so much I want to be able to see it inside for myself to enjoy so I like scattering things all around the house. Mini pumpkins and gourds are great for tablescapes!

2. If you're looking for the most "perfect" looking pumpkins and gourds look in the front where they are on display, that's where they tend to put them. But take your time, some of the best ones that have character and charm are hidden and waiting for you to find them.

3. Watch out for soft spots! You want your pumpkins to last as long as possible.

4. Share the joy of fall and grab mini pumpkins for your friends and/or family. They make an adorable little gift!

5. Don't hold your pumpkins by the stem! It's not a handle and it can break. Sometimes the stem is the coolest part of the pumpkin so you don't want it to break off. 

Do you like going to farm stands? What do you look for when you go picking out pumpkins? Let me know down in the comments! 

What I'm Wearing: 

Shirt: J.Crew Factory | Boots: White Mountain Shoes c/o | Hat: Gift from a friend (Hi Trish!) | Earrings: Kendra Scott 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Apple Cider Cocktails For Fall

The weather may be holding steady at 90 degrees outside, but I am wholeheartedly embracing fall inside. In all seriousness though, enough with this disgusting weather. I'm finally starting to see apple cider pop up in the stores and at farm stands again so it can only get better from here. I wanted to whip up a couple of easy and festive cider cocktails for you this season since I just can't face putting on fall clothes, even just to take photos.

Let me know your favorite apple cider cocktail down in the comments! 

Apple Cider Mimosas

Who doesn't love mimosas? This is just a fun fall twist on the classic brunch favorite. 

Champagne or other sparkling wine
Apple cider
Agave nectar, brown sugar + cinnamon to rim the flutes 

Pour some brown sugar into a little dish and mix in some cinnamon. Take another little dish and pour some agave nectar into it. You can substitute simple syrup or corn syrup here, I just happen to prefer agave because I find it's the perfect consistency and I usually have it on-hand. Also, I hate making simple syrup and having to wait for it to cool. Once the rim of the glass is coated with the sweetener of your choice dip it into the plate of brown sugar and cinnamon. You can skip this step, but I really think it adds something special to the drink.

Decide on the ratio of apple cider to sparkling wine. I prefer to do 1/3 juice and 2/3 wine when I'm making mimosas so they're not so sweet but by all means, add more or less juice to cater to your taste. 

Carefully pour the cider into the flutes and then top off with champagne or your favorite sparkling wine and enjoy! 

Bourbon Cider Smash

Ingredients (Makes 2): 
3 oz bourbon
3 oz apple cider, chilled 
4 oz ginger beer
Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Pour bourbon and apple cider into a cocktail shaker, add a generous handful of ice, and shake vigorously.

Fill the glasses you're serving this in with ice and strain the bourbon/cider mixture evenly into both glasses. 

Top off with ginger beer and stir gently. If you don't have ginger beer, feel free to substitute ginger ale or even unflavored seltzer water.

Garnish with cinnamon sticks and enjoy responsibly! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall Is Coming!

Once we hit the first of September, my brain automatically switches to fall mode. I always start to get excited around this time of year when the air begins to get a little cooler and the days get a little shorter. The sky starts to get a little more crisp and clear at night and you can put up your Halloween decorations without people thinking you're weird. I've actually seen a few leaves changing around here already. I'm working on some fun posts for this season that I hope you all enjoy so be on the lookout for more regular content coming your way. This year is supposed to be exceptional for foliage so be sure you're also following along with me on Instagram because I'll be sharing the trees as they change with you on my Instagram Stories. 

Let me know what you guys are most excited for this fall down in the comments! 

What I'm Wearing: 

Shirt: Club de Mer c/o (Not available yet, but check back because it will be on the site soon!) | Jacket: Old

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Weekend in NYC

This past weekend I decided to make a last minute trip to New York City. An independent movie that I had been waiting to see was having a screening at a theater in The Village and one of the actors was going to be there doing a Q&A afterward. I searched for a hotel near the theater and ran across The Marlton Hotel, where I ended up staying. When I travel I prefer to stay in boutique hotels rather than a generic chain. The hotel was brimming with character and the staff was all very friendly and helpful. Even if you don't stay there, it's worth popping in for a cocktail.

One of my friends works in the city a few blocks away from where I was staying, and another one of my friends was headed into the city for a concert which was also only a few blocks away, so I ended up being able to meet up with both of them and spend a little time together before the movie. Funny how it worked out that way. I grabbed a bite to eat at Republic; ordering the Spicy Coconut Chicken Broth Noodles. The food was delicious, and their frosé was pretty good too! 

After heading out, I went back to my hotel and changed into something comfortable before walking over to the theater. I decided to go over a little early in case people were lining up outside, and they were. Just before 10, when the movie was supposed to start they let us in the theater, which probably held about 200 people. Matthew Gray Gubler (who you may know from Criminal Minds or 500 Days of Summer) came out and introduced the film, 68 Kill. The movie itself was completely outrageous and twisted; I loved it. Afterward, there was a Q&A where anybody could ask any questions they had. Since the movie showing sold out so fast the theater had added another showing at midnight so they kind of shoved us out of the theater in order to make room for the people waiting in line outside to come in and get a seat. A few of us stayed outside chatting for awhile and eventually Matthew came out with a couple of his friends. He was super nice and took photos with everyone and signed things for anyone who asked. 

All in all, it was a fabulous weekend! I was glad I could turn an impromptu trip into the city to see a movie into an opportunity to visit friends that I haven't seen in awhile. Let me know if you did anything fun this past weekend down in the comments! 

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