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Happy Hour: Tart and Thyme


This thyme, rhubarb and grapefruit cocktail is one of the most inventive recipes that I’ve seen in a long time.  The blogger at Top with Cinnamon has the recipe for the rhubarb-grapefruit syrup that you mix with vodka.  She also has some interesting ideas about how to turn a Mason jar into a cocktail shaker.


Rhombus Open-work Dress ($49) 

Mango is having a huge sale.  It’s one of my places to find under-$100 dresses for special events or just everyday wear.  This open-work dress is a great choice (it also comes in black).  This burgundy, fitted dress is another stylish option.  This Mango panel contrast dress has a modern look with a faux-leather bodice.

Mango’s Violeta line, which fits sizes 10 and above, offers this gorgeous Blonda dress in midnight navy.  This cotton-blend shift is a versatile choice that you can style for day or evening.



  1. Jessica says:

    I’ve never heard of Mango’s Violeta line. What is their sizing and quality like? Their website doesn’t seem that great. How is ordering, customer service, returns, etc.?

    January 30, 2015/Reply
    • Rachel says:

      I hate to admit it, but I’ve shopped Mango both online and in stores many times, and I would not recommend them. I can’t speak to the Violeta line specifically, but I’ve found their clothing to be cut very boxy and of poor quality (think H&M but for 3x the price). They ship from their HQ in Spain, so shipping takes a while, and I’ve had really bad experiences with their customer service. I’ve only ever done returns in store because you have to pay for return shipping. Every once in a while I find something there that is worth the sale price and actually fits, but, for the most part, I think Mango is a dud.

      January 30, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Returns can be a pain. But I’ve been generally happy with the jackets that I’ve purchased from there. Not sure about the Violeta line.

      January 30, 2015/Reply