Celebrate The Derby In Style! The Hats, The Cocktails & The Roses.

Sport and fashion are coming together once again for one of my favorite days of the year, The Kentucky Derby. I always get super excited for the derby because of all of the tradition that it offers. From the hats, to the roses and mint juleps, The Kentucky Derby in my opinion is the most fabulous event of the year! Most of us aren’t lucky enough to make it to the worlds most famous horse race itself but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in style at home! It’s time to dry those tears and recreate the derby magic with your friends and family. Check out this segment I just filmed and learn How 2 make the hats, the drinks and the flowers! Followed by the recipe below.

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What sets the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks apart from other sports and entertainment events? Is it the world-class horses? The Hollywood stars? The romantic Twin Spires? Well, first and foremost, it’s the hats!!

Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade is much of what makes “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” one of the greatest people-watching events in the world! From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits when it comes to choosing your Derby hat.

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon is privileged and honored to be a part of that tradition.

Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

TheReady-to-Serve Cocktail is a staple at the track the rest of the year as well. You can also find the Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail at your local retailer. The commemorative bottles have become collectors’ items for many, capturing the mood and spirit of the famous Churchill Downs track and Kentucky Derby race. If the Old Forester Ready-to-Serve Cocktail is not available from your local retailer, you can make your own with this time-honored recipe:

The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe

Old Forester Mint Julep

  • Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon
  • Silver Julep Cups

rosesThe roses were first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party. The roses were such a sensation, that the president of Churchill Downs, Col. Lewis Clark, adopted the rose as the race’s official flower. The rose garland now synonymous with the Kentucky Derby first appeared in the 1896 when the winner, Ben Brush, received a floral arrangement of white and pink roses.

In 1904 the red rose became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby. The tradition was strengthened when, in 1925, New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the “Run for the Roses.” The garland as it exists today was first introduced in 1932 for the 58th running won by Burgoo King.

Each year, a garland of more than 400 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing with the seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the Twin Spires and number of the race’s current renewal on the other. Each garland is also adorned with a “crown” of roses, green fern and ribbon. The “crown,” a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the Derby Winner’s Circle.

Each year the Governor of Kentucky and other dignitaries also present the winning jockey with a bouquet of 60 long stemmed roses wrapped in 10 yards of ribbon.

VIPsmalllogoThis year I am VIPinking my Annual How2Girl Kentucky Derby Ladies Luncheon turning it into not only a fun, girls only social event but we are having raffles and the proceeds go directly to Bright Pink Org. A leading non-profit that raises awareness and funds for breast and ovarian cancer. To learn how to incorporate giving back to Bright Pink and entertain for a cause for your next event go to www.VIPINK.org and you can learn more about Bright Pink at www.BrightPink.org

 

Get My Exclusive Offer On The Hottest New Watch Of The Season For Under $50!

coachella-street-style-08-gigi-hadidUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve been seeing loads and loads of killer Boho looks this season. From the runway to Coachella every fashionista is bringing out their inner hippie and I just love it! From Fergie to Gigi Hadid at Coachella to Kendall Jenner rocking the the catwalk it seems everywhere you look: magazines, fashion blogs and everywhere on social media the boho babes have taken over.

treeThere’s no place better than a festival to bring out your inner hippie. I’ve been going to Coachella the past 10 years and I always get inspired by all of the creativity girls exute when putting their ensambles together.

 

rs_634x1024-150411101124-634.fergie.cm.41115 It’s so crazy, all of these outfits have been planned for literally months in advance. The festival circuit is basically one big fashion show, for girls at least. I wasn’t able to make it to Coachella this year because of my work schedule and flying out to see my husband Nikki on the road with his band Sixx: AM but I just attended The Stagecoach Country Music Festival for the first time ever! I’m super excited about this because it’s basically a country music version of Coachella. This weekend my inner Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader finally came out! I had the white leather fringe jacket and everything.  While I didn’t go as far to plan my outfits out months in advance I did plan out my accessories because every How2Girl knows the right accessories can dress up and give much needed pazazz to even the most basic outfit. As I was searching and searching I came across the hottest new product!

 

HippieChicLet me introduce you to Hippie Chic. It’s a watch and a bracelet in one. Super affordable, very bohemian yet can be worn with jeans and a t-shirt too. When I stumbleled upon this I thought what a clever idea! It’s one size fits all, it’s totally on trend, it’s affordable and is great for any age. I bought one for my mom, a few for my girlfriends and one for my stepdaughter for her middle school graduation present. Long story short, I’m so in love with these that I got ahold of the company and have teamed up with them with an exclusive How2Girl offer. I even gifted them to the top female artists at Stagecoach like Cassadee Pope. This is a limited edition set from Hippie Chic, and the first time that the product is being made available in the US. So get em while they’re hot!

 

Hippie Chic is your perfect fashion accessory – a quirky and feminine watch with a bohemian vibe. Its leather strap is adorned with wooden beads and charms. With a vintage face and braided cord bracelets complimenting the “stacking” trend, Hippie Chic will add a BoHo feel and laid back style to your outfit.

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Case Size: 22mm x 22mm x 7mm

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My Top 3 Simple & Fabulous Yogurt Facial Mask Recipes!

aab45b790a8f7cfa_50282661.previewEvery girl knows that regular washing, exfoliating and moisturizing are all essential for your complexion but when there’s other skin issues at hand such as acne and excess oil, most of the time they can be only be cured by facials.  If you’re experiencing mishaps with your complexion or you just want to get your skin bright, glowy at beautiful this Spring, it’s essential to include facial masks in your beauty regimen.

susan-sarandonWhenever I’m lucky enough to go to a spa which is usually for my birthday, I always get the 411 on all the hottest new treatments available. I recently was at the world famous Ojai Valley Spa & Inn for my wedding anniversary when I stumbled upon three fabulous masks on the menu. Surprisingly the ingredients were all organic and super simple. So I thought, why not recreate these at home. Famous celebrities like Madonna Photo 2013Madonna and Susan Sarandon have splurged on these facials in Ojai but lets face it, we all can’t go to the spa religiously to take care of our skin.

So today, instead of using up all your savings to buy high-priced facials, why not make your own? Now without further a due, here are my top 3 How2Girl Yogurt Mask Recipes to get your skin fabulous this season.

 

imagesYogurt and Oatmeal Facial Mask 

If you’re looking to sooth and hydrate your skin this mask is for you. Just combine one tablespoon of organic yogurt and one tablespoon of finely ground oatmeal in a bowl. Mix the ingredients well. Dip the spoon into hot water for a few minutes then pour a small amount of honey. After warming the honey in the microwave, add to the mixture and stir well. Apply the facial mask on your face and leave it there for about ten minutes. To remove the mask, rinse your face with warm water then wipe using warm cloth.

 

1394646927_eggsYogurt and Egg White Facial Mask 

If your skin could use some tightening and firming you’ll love putting your eggs to good use with this mask. Mix up two egg whites with 2 tbsp of plain yogurt in a bowl. Making sure to mix well before applying to face. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe the face with warm cloth.

 

HoneyYogurt and Honey Facial Mask 

Do your pores need some tightening? Then you’ll love this mask! Just combing 2 tbsp of yogurt and 2 tbsp of honey and squeeze of lemon into a bowl.

Hope you love these 3 easy and quick recipes as much as I do. For more DIY for the girl on the go follow me @How2Girl on Twitter and Instagram and tune into How2Girl Radio only on iHeartRadio.

The Top 21 Tips To Eating Clean This Spring!

1398206494932Spring is here! I’m breaking down everything you need to know to get your health routine on the right track. Think of it as some dietary spring cleaning!

Recently Dr. Oz had a special on his show with his 21 need to know tips to eating clean. I learned so much from them and I know you will too!

21 Rules For Eating Clean.

We are constantly hearing the term eating clean. It sounds healthy and nice but what does eating clean actually mean? Here are the top 21 tips to help you get on your way to a healthier more beautiful you!

1. Keep Your Food Real. What goes into your mouth has to be whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense, properly sources and properly prepared foods. An apple is an apple. I looks like read food. Fill your cart with produce, some of it with the dirt still on.

2. Eat More Not Less. Skipping meals depresses your metabolism. Eating more frequently helps moderate blood sugar levels. The result is you tend not to binge or overeat.

3. Eat Like A Baby. Babies eat every two to three hours; you should too. This powers up your metabolism, keeps blood sugar levels in check and helps to prevent overeating..

4. Break The Fast. Never skip breakfast. This meal is an opportunity to nourish yourself properly after several hours of not eating and sets the metabolic machinery in motion for fat burning for the day to come.

5. Plan Your Meals. Think eating clean takes too much time? Planning your meals ahead of time and storing in the fridge allows you to grab meals on the go without all of the prep time everyday.

6. Smaller Portion, Smaller Pants. Too much of a good thing is still too much of a good thing. Use your hands as a guide to keep portions in check. A quick guide is one serving of lean protein= 4 ounces or the palm of your hand. One serving of complex carbs= one cupped hand. One serving fat= the size of your thumb.

7. Chew! Loads of us gobble, Hoover or inhale our food. Slow it down. Try chewing each mouthful 25 times.

8. Treats Are Not Cheats. Making eating clean your lifestyle is a powerful choice for better health. It’s not a prison sentence. Eat a treat now and then but reserve it for special occasions not everyday.

9. Give Yourself permission To Change. Look at that crappy unflattering photo of yourself and say, “OK, I ate myself overweight but those days are over!” Accept the truth and give yourself permission to make better food choices.

10. Can’t Read It? Don’t Eat It! If it’s got a label, chances are that food is processed and contains ingredients you can’t read or spell and look like they are from a chemistry experiment – leave it on the shelf.

11. Be Fooled and Good Sense is Overruled. Be on the high alert when a glitzy “food” label claims “sugar –free,” “new and improved,” “low-calorie” or “diet.” These words generally mean more hidden sugar and unwanted chemicals, thus more weight. Clean eaters are not so easily fooled! Reach for nutrient dense, properly prepared… well, you know the drill, see rule no. 1.

12. Carbohydrate Addiction. Yep! We may just be drunk on simple carbs. We may just be drunk on simple carbs. Stick to complex carbs uncluding vegetables, especially greens, fruits and whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.

13. On-The-Go Eating. This spells preparedness and helps you skip fast food oopsies. Pack a cooler with ½ baked sweet potato + 2 tablespoons salsa + 1 hardboiled egg or 1 apple + handful (12) raw unsalted almonds.

14. Get Moving! We are meant ti move. You can get clean but you still have to make yourself move. Aim to sweat for at least 30 minutes four to five days per week. Not only will your body improve but so will your mood!

15. Strike Sugar. It’s white, it’s powdery, gives you a high and you come back wanting more. You’re addicted. I’m not talking about drugs, I’m talking about sugar. You’re addicted and it’s everywhere! Removing this ingredient from your diet yields the most significant rewards and overall change.

16. Alcohol: The Other Legal Drug.  People are always surprised to learn that alcohol is also sugar. Alcohol addiction is similar to sugar addiction. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, especially if you are trying to quit. Save it for special occasion only.

17. LP+CC. Always pair lean protein with complex carbs and a bit of fat for best metabolic effect. Women tend to eat less protein than men, but it needs to appear at every meal.

18.  Fat Is Fantastic. Fat is not the anti-food. We need it to be optimally healthy and human, and in many traditional societies people ate predominantly fat and carbs. Don’t fear fat. Eat at least 3 tablespoons of good quality fats in the form of coconut oil. (Yes it is saturated but is excellent for health.)

19. Lean Greens. Eat more greens. My breakfast these days consists of 2 cups steamed mixed greens cooked in cocnut oil and topped with 2 sunny-side-up eggs.

20. Wetter Water. North america’s No. 1 nutritional deficiency is water- even though we seem to drink more of it, we are in fact dehydrated thanks to diuretic beverages including coffee, tea, soda, sports drinks and more. Here’s your Wetter Water Recipe Fic: Place the juice of ½ lemon and a pinch of unrefined sea salt into 8 ounces of water. Now you have an electrolyte-rich glass of water that will hydrate you properly.

21. Smart Salt. Use unrefined sea salt only. Regular table salt has been stripped of all that is good using chemicals and bleach. That’s just a scary thought. It even contains sugar. Unrefined sea salt contains 92 trace minerals and elements ideal for human health. Choose sea salt every time.

Kickstart Your Spring Entertaining With Champagne & Rose Infused Cupcakes!

1The birds are chirping, it’s warm outside and your calendar’s quickly filling up with lots and lots of events. From Easter and Passover to girls luncheons, baby showers and birthday parties, Spring is the perfect time of the year to attend events and entertain for a handful of fabulous reasons! First off, not only is it finally nice outside (thank goodness) but Spring beats Summer entertaining hands down for a few reasons at least in my book…

1. The kids schedules are more manageable (they are in school, so you have a few free hours a day! Yay!)

2. Most of your friends are in town and not on Summer vacations.

3. Lets face it, after being cooped up during the winter months, it’s time to get out there, put on your cute new spring dress and spread your wings.

Bottom line, I’m truly excited because the social season has officially started! With that being said and with all of the fabulous entertaining ops coming up I’m always looking for fresh and innovative ways to reinvent and put my own spin on basic ideas and recipes that have been around forever. One trend I’ve noticed in the past few months from Paris fashion week to Oscar soirees was desserts infused with every girls favorite… a little bit of bubbly darling!

2Today on How2Girl I’m going to show you how 2 turn super simple store bought cake mixes into works of art using my signature H2G simple, quick and idiot proof and mouthwatering Spring cupcake recipes that will not only blow your guests minds but I promise you… these sweet babies will make you the hostess with the mostess without breaking the bank!

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To start off, we’ll be adorning our delectable cupcakes with crystalized edible flowers. You’ve seen these beauties on tons of wedding cakes and in lots of bridal magazines before, but surprise surprise, they are in fact extremely simple to do! Just cut off the stems off your chosen blossoms, dip the tops of the petals in egg whites, sprinkle with white sugar and let dry overnight on wax paper or plastic wrap.

 

How2GirlCupcake5In the morning the egg whites will have dried and the sugar will look like crystals. This is a really beautiful and simple trick to dress up any dessert.

 

 

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Next for the baking:

For my signature Key Lime Champagne Infused Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting you’ll need:

1 box Vanilla cake mix

1/2 box Lime flavored Jello powder

1 cup of Champagne (this will substitute the water)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 can Strawberry Frosting

an extra splash of Champagne for the frosting

Green food coloring if desired for the cake mix

 

5For my signature Strawberry/Blackberry Rose Infused Cupcakes with Lilac Vanilla Frosting you’ll need:

1 box Strawberry cake mix

1 cup Rose wine (this will substitute the water)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 small container fresh Blackberries or Raspberries

1 can Vanilla Frosting

Blue and Red food coloring (to make it lilac)

an extra splash of Rose for the frosting

 

6Heat your oven to 350. Follow the instructions on both boxes adding in Champagne and the Lime Jello powder, veggie oil and eggs to the Key Lime mixture. Bake and let cool.

For the Rose cupcakes,  follow the instructions on the box, add in the Rose, veggie oil, eggs and Blackberries into the Strawberry cake mixture. Mix separately, bake and let cool.

Next with a spoon in a large bowl add a few splashes of your Champagne to the Strawberry frosting and mix (for the Key Lime cupcakes).  At the same time in a separate bowl mix in Red and Blue food coloring to your Vanilla frosting until you get a pretty Lilac color then add a splash of Rose and mix. (For the Strawberry/Blackberry Cupcakes)

Next, using a spoon, add both of your frostings into two separate ziplock bags cutting a small hole out of the corner after they’re filled. If you want to use a frosting tip for texture or design be sure to first cut the edge off, add the tip and then fill with frosting. Either method works great depending on what look you’re going for.

 

8Now for the fun part, ice your cupcakes! Normally this is the most annoying part of baking for me but using your handy ziplock baggies this method is much, much easier and less time consuming rather than attempting to frost with a spatula. With the zip locks, you just start in the middle and work your way out.

Last but not least, mix your crystalized flowers with fresh flowers without any sugar to the tops of my cupcakes for a beautiful and whimsical extra oomph to really make your guests jaws drop!

It’ that simple ladies! You’re all done. Serve with Champagne and Rose and enjoy! Trust me, these babies will be a huge hit at your next event and also make an amazing party favor because here at How2Girl, we all know you can’t show up to a party empty handed!

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