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Happy Hour: The Mint Julep


The Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and while I’m a bit overwhelmed by the fact that it is already May, I can’t wait to sip a mint julep and watch the race.  Preparing a proper mint julep is a skill.  You need to mix just the right amount of mint, sugar and Bourbon to make it perfectly, and people usually skimp on the mint and overdo the sugar creating a julep that tastes more like bad cough syrup.

Luckily, the folks at Esquire have a guide to creating the perfect julep.  So whether you’re headed to a party or sitting on the couch with a cocktail in hand, give this drink a try.


Ted Baker London Floral Dress ($295)

This floral dress is pretty and charming, and perfect for a summer party.  I love that there is a lot of print, but that it’s still not overwhelming.  Pair it with a pink clutch and a great wide-brimmed hat ($58!) and you’re all set.

I also like this floral shift from Madewell, this brightly colored Kate Spade and this unaffordable but gorgeous Giambattista Valli.

Looking for something under-$100?  This graphic, waterlcolor print is nice. This Juicy dress has a fairly simple floral.  And this Modcloth dress comes in a monochrome palette, but has a lovely cut and print.

Plus size? I love this sleek shift and this full-skirted dress.  Petite? I like this blue and white floral, and I love the classic pattern on this cap sleeve dress.

Today is my Friday, so I’m giving myself a night and day off from the blog.  I intend to drink margaritas and read a book and go to bed early.  I couldn’t be more excited.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

xoxo, Belle



  1. Terri says:

    love both! The drink brings back so many memories, and the dress…what a southern garden charmer. Beautiful it is.

    May 2, 2013/Reply
  2. Em says:

    Are you going to the VA Gold Cup or the Derby? I’m headed to the Gold Cup & I’d love to meet up and share some of my secret recipe mint juleps if you’re there! 🙂

    May 3, 2013/Reply