Friday, March 30, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

SundaySips: "Mad Men" Sangria

Tonight is our "Mad Men" Season 5 premiere party. It's a potluck of sorts, where our friends will each bring a '60s-inspired drink or snack. One of the drinks I got up early to make this morning is a "Mad Men" Ginger Sangria.

Here's what you need:
1 bottle red wine (I went with a $9 pinot noir, but you could probably get by with something even cheaper.)
2 oranges
2 lemons
2 limes
1 Granny Smith apple
2 tablespoons sugar
2 shots of gin
16 oz. bag of frozen peaches
16 oz. bag of frozen pineapple
4 cups of ginger ale

Pour wine into punch bowl.

Cut one of each citrus fruit in half and squeeze juices into bowl.

Slice the remaining citrus and apple into small slices and add to mixture.

Add sugar and gin. Let cool overnight in the fridge

Before serving, add bag of frozen fruits and ginger ale.

I adapted this recipe from here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

FiveThingsFriday: Reasons I wish I had long hair

For the past, oh, 10 years or so I've been in a perpetual state of "growing out my hair." What that actually means is that I grow my hair to that really annoying shoulder-length-and-it-doesn't-look-good stage, find a cute short haircut and bring it to my stylist with a sheepish smile and say, "I'm ready to just cut it all off." Yes, all three inches of it. So anyway, I'm back on my kick of wanting long hair and here are five good reasons why:

Fishtail braids:

Top knots:

Long braids:

Ombre ends:

Source: via Alyssa on Pinterest

Milkmaid braids:

FridayFavorites: Pinners

There is a group of ladies on Pinterest that I am almost always guaranteed to repin. They have impeccable taste and fun style, and I high encourage you to follow them.

Lauren @ with Two Cats

A few of my favorite Lauren pins:

Britta Trygstad

A few of my favorite Britta pins:

Teresa O'Day

A few of my favorite Teresa pins:

Kate @ Wit + Delight

A few of my favorite Kate pins:

Source: via Kate on Pinterest

Cristen Voeltz

A few of my favorite Cristen pins:

Moorea Seal

A few of my favorite Moorea pins:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WomenOfWednesday: Women of Mad Men

This is a new weekly feature here on OliveObserver about the women who inspire us. Feel free to post your own woman of Wednesday in the links.

This week, it's the women of "Mad Men."


The workplace has changed for women in many ways, and this show is such a reminder of how thankful we can be to those who endured the "olden days" of sexism and discrimination.

To Betty Draper: Despite many character flaws, you had the guts to walk away from an unhappy marriage riddled with infidelity.

To Joan Harris: You embrace your curves and you aren't afraid to show men you're better at their jobs than they are.

Source: via Jessica on Pinterest

To Peggy Olson: You embrace being the only woman in the room and stand up for what you believe in while maintaining your sweet charm and vast loyalty.

I salute you all, for living in a mad world with some truly mad men.

WardrobeWednesday: Colored jeans

I already have a few pairs of colored jeans, and even though I'm fairly brave when it comes to fashion choices I often find myself wondering what to wear with them.

Some inspiration:

Source: via Kate on Pinterest