Brazilian Limeade Cocktail Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NeverTooHungover #CollectiveBias. Messaging below is intended for ages 21+ and is intended to be enjoyed responsibly, in moderation.


Happy Monday! If you’re like me, you had a very fun but VERY busy weekend. I already know that tonight I’m going to want to sit back and relax and (if you’re over 21), sometimes that means having an alcoholic beverage! Unfortunately I’m pretty prone to hangovers so I tend to avoid drinking on weeknights. Adulthood is rough! I was just introduced to I Never Too Hungover and I love it! I really can’t afford to lose a whole day in bed just because I want to have a few drinks with friends the day before and Never Too Hungover totally solves that dilemma! Drinking Never Too Hungover Prevention before an evening of drinks helps prevent hangovers the next day (recommended for up to 7 drinks), and drinking Boost after drinking will help you recover.

Bonus: even if you’re not drinking alcohol, Boost can be used to help boost your energy! I know I’m not the only one who needs a pick me up from time to time.

webimg_8260We’re finally feeling the fall weather here in Dallas, but if I’m being honest…my choice of beverages are still stuck in the summer. Even when it’s chilly, I would much rather have something bright and refreshing than spicy or hot. It’s just not my cup of tea (see what I did there?) One of my favorite drinks lately is a Brazilian limeade but today I’m making it with a little twist by adding in vodka! This is a drink I enjoy year round – during the spring and summer it’s perfect for cooling off and during the fall and winter it’s great for when I’m dreaming of warmer temperatures. Although it’s made in a blender, this is not a frozen recipe, the few ice cubes just chills the water. Totally appropriate for all seasons!


For this recipe, which makes four servings, you’ll need:

  • 3 small limes cut
  • 3 T sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 3 c water
  • 3 shots of vodka (or any liquor you like)
  • a handful of ice

Here’s what to do:

  1. Wash your limes thoroughly.
  2. Cut the lime into wedges (don’t peel them!) and put the wedges into the blender.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender, including a handful of ice.
  4. Pulse your blender until the limes are blended into small pieces and there are no more chunks of ice – you will see green bits of lime floating around, which is normal!
  5. Pour the drink through a fine mesh strainer either into a pitcher or straight into a glass. This step is CRUCIAL, otherwise your drink will be too bitter and you’ll have lots of chunks of rind.
  6. Serve over ice and enjoy!


If you’re in the Dallas or Houston areas, make sure to visit your local Sam’s Club for the Never Too Hungover Road Show. They will be in stores in Dallas on October 27-30, November 3-6 and November 10-13 and in Houston October 27-30 and November 3-6. Never Too Hungover is not available for purchase at Sam’s Club just yet, so make sure to wait and visit once the Road Show arrives! You can also pick up all the ingredients you need for this recipe at Sam’s Club so it’s a total one stop shop!


Now bust out that blender and make yourself a delicious beverage that’s the perfect balance of bitter and sweet and don’t forget to pick up Never Too Hungover at Sam’s Club so you can feel your best the next day! Their unique formula will help neutralize toxins, keep you hydrated, restore nutrients, and help keep those hangover symptoms at bay.


16 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Disclaimer: I received some items courtesy of Boohoo for the purpose of this post. Of course, all opinions are my own.

A simple black dress and shoes can go a LONG way in your wardrobe. They always say a “little black dress” is the perfect thing to have in your closet, but I like the LBDs that are no-fuss like this one. It was under $20 and these clearance booties top off the look. For less than $40, you look pulled together and you didn’t even have to bust out the iron! Click through for more details on this look!

Photos by Taylor Gardner aka Dallastyle

I hope you guys know that I try to be really transparent on social media and this blog. That being said…I was thinking about it, and there’s still SO much y’all don’t know about me! I always like getting to know bloggers better so I wanted to give you a bit of insight into who I am. I tried to come up with some random things that even my closest friends wouldn’t know…we’ll see if I succeeded.

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DIY Ghostbusters Holtzmann Costume

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #CatchMoreData #Ghostbusters #CollectiveBias

Looking to recreate one of Holtzmann’s costumes from the new Ghostbusters movie? Look no further! This DIY Holtzmann costume features her iconic paint splatter overalls and details on how to get the perfect Holtzmann hair. Bonus: the hair tutorial is easy, uses no heat and doesn’t require any special tools or products! Click through for more photos and to get the scoop on this perfect Holtzmann Halloween costume. As a lifetime Ghostbusters fan, I knew the moment I saw the 2016 film that I HAD to dress up as Holtzmann for Halloween! She has some amazing outfits that are pretty easy to DIY, you just need to make sure to include her iconic hair and glasses and you’ll definitely get recognized. For this post, I’m showcasing one of my favorite looks she wore, the splatter paint overalls. It’s one of the first times you see Holtzmann in the movie and I think it kind of sets the tone for her character.

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Stranger Things Inspired Outfit + Dallas Fan Days Preview

dallas-blogger-dallas-comic-con874If I say the words “Stranger Things” and you’ve seen the show, you will probably have some kind of ridiculous reaction. I know for me personally it’s usually something along the lines of “OH MY GOSH IT’S SO GOOD YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW!!!” Soooo when I saw this shirt pop up on Totally Good Time’s Instagram, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

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Diversity Chic x Jamberry

diversity-chic-jamberry-2131This month we’re doing something a little different for Diversity Chic, but just to recap in case you’re new (hi!), here’s what we’re all about:

Diversity Chic is a collaboration of Dallas bloggers showcasing current fashion trends on a variety of skin tones, hair colors, body types and heights. Each month we will feature a new trend tailored to our personalities and style.

Our focus is to explore the world of fashion in its unique, diverse, and stylish manner – one trend at a time.

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Two Ingredient Halloween Punch Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone #WickedFantaFun #CollectiveBias

Halloween is such a fun time of year and it’s the perfect holiday for parties with people of all ages! This easy 2 ingredient recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the budget. Make your Halloween sweet and spooky and click through for the details!

Ahhhh Halloween. It really is one of my favorite holidays! Whether you’re a kid or an adult, a scaredy cat or a thrill seeker, there are tons of ways to celebrate Halloween. You can watch a scary movie, dress up in costume, decorate your mantle with creepy potions and skulls (which is what mine looks like right now) or you can just make a delicious Halloween – themed treat! Today I’m sharing a really simple Halloween-inspired recipe that’s delicious and easy. It’s the perfect way to satisfy that trick-or-treat sweet tooth. What more could you ask for?
Here’s what you need:
  • Fanta® (any flavor – there are 8 to choose from! Orange, Grape, Strawberry, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Apple, Peach and Cherry)
  • Sherbet (again, any flavor!)
  • A cup or glass (for each person you’re serving)
  • A large punch bowl or container (if you’re making a big batch)
  • Ladle or spoon for serving
  • Optional: gummy worms, plastic eyeballs, ice cube trays, plastic insects

I grabbed my Fanta at Family Dollar – they have 2 liter bottles and cans with Halloween packaging designed by Noma Bar that is SO cute! Click here to locate your nearest Family Dollar store. Oh and get this – you can save $1 when you buy (1) Fanta 12-pack 12oz cans AND (1) Red Baron pizza 12oz or larger, with digital Smartcoupon at Family Dollar (10/24/16 – 10/31/16)


Here’s what to do:
  1. If possible, chill your Fanta before the party. (Optional, but I prefer starting with it cold already)
  2. If you’re making a large batch, pour your 2 liter of Fanta into the bowl/container a few minutes before your guests arrive. If you’re just making one glass, fill your glass up about halfway with Fanta.
  3. Next, add your sherbet! Honestly, you don’t have to be super precise with the measurements, but a ratio of about 2 parts Fanta to 1 part sherbet works well. If you want your punch to be extra frothy, add more sherbet.
  4. Come up with a fun name for your punch! Here are a few ideas – “Witches Brew,” “Ghost Goo,” “Brain Stew” or “Guts Soup” (that last one is pretty gross but it could work, depending on the crowd)! If you have time, make a cute little sign or label to go on or next to your punch. I just used my computer printer to print on some clear labels I already had at my house. Even if you don’t have time for a sign, I would still come up with a name you can use when you describe it to your guests!
  5. Lastly….make your punch fun! Add in eyeballs, insects frozen into ice cubes, or gummy worms – or if you’re like me, use all three! The possibilities are endless so get creative. Just make sure to serve your punch with a straw so there’s not a choking hazard.

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Don’t forget to pick up your Fanta at Family Dollar and save even more with this Smartcoupon (10/24/16-10/31/16)!

  • What’s your favorite way to celebrate Halloween?
  • What’s your favorite flavor of Fanta?


These affordable serums are under $15. You need.

affordable-serum3First off, this post is not sponsored even though it’s going to seem like it. Just sharing the love for some affordable serums that I am SO excited about!

Like so many of you guys, I suffer from an array of skin issues that I’m constantly trying to “fix” – rosacea, acne, eczema, dry skin and sensitivity. So yeah, there’s a lot happening on my face. I’ve never been one of those girls who feels totally comfortable just walking out the door without any makeup on. I’m not expecting to ever have “perfect” skin but I’m doing everything I can lately to try to improve it. Except I’m not giving up dairy…I will never do that.

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Poncho Mania

dallas-blogger-valery-brennan403Y’all. This past week, I was in Denver which meant…I GOT TO WEAR A PONCHO. If you followed my blog last fall/winter, you might remember my obsession with ponchos. If you’re new around here, (or you need a reminder), here are all my poncho posts from last season…it’s borderline embarrassing.

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Football Game Day Nail Art

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS. All opinions are mine alone. #ScoreAtCVS #CollectiveBias

Even if you don’t love football, this football nail tutorial is the perfect way to celebrate game day! You don’t need any fancy tools, just the right nail polishes and a brush. I promise, even if you're not an artist, you can totally nail this DIY football nail art!
I’ve got a confession, you guys – I don’t really get that into sports. That being said, if there’s an excuse to change up my beauty routine and have fun – count me in! I mean seriously, who doesn’t love a good themed party?! Since I don’t really have any football-related fashion items, I like to put my nails on full display on game day. You can grab everything you need for this tutorial at your local CVS – it’s a one stop shop for all your game day needs! You can even pick up the perfect game day snack to take to your game day parties, SNICKERS® bars (with special football themed packaging) and SNICKERS® Crisper Bars. (Click here to save $1 on SNICKERS® at CVS!)

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