Style + Happy Hour

Happy Hour: A Mango Mocktail

“Everyone’s sober now, …even if they drink a little?”

“Sobriety Is Trending,” that was the subject line of the email I received from a D.C. bar the day after the New York Times article above came out.  Mocktails are coming to bar menus across the country, and special alcohol-free pop-up nights at local bars.  So I thought I would post a less boozy cocktail.

Before we talk about the drink, I want to acknowledge that I have mixed feeling about referring to sobriety as a trend.  I support drinking less because too often we equate alcohol with being social and having fun, and loosening that bond is helpful.  But there are people out there who have really struggles with alcohol dependency and addiction, so when we’re talking about drinking less, we need to remember that there are people for whom sobriety is more important than a fun mocktail on a Friday night.

And now, back to the show…

Town and Country magazine has a wonderful list of 36 festive and fun mocktails.  I loved their grown-up take on the Shirley Temple and their beautiful (if labor intensive) Tahitian Coffee, but this Mango Mule felt like the perfect thing for the waining days of summer.

The Mango Mule mixes cucumber and honey and mango puree to make a truly refreshing drink.  I’d serve it with Chicken Tikka Tacos for fun backyard BBQ.

Since we’re talking about mangoes, let’s have a dress from Mango.

This bold yellow maxi with a flutter sleeve just screams beach-side dinner at sunset.  I can’t get enough of it.  It’s $80 and also comes in black, if you’re looking for more of a basic.

To accessorize, I would wear this fabulous green disc necklace.  I love the complementary colors together, but this necklace would be a welcome and impactful addition to any wardrobe.

Mango has a lot of great dresses that bridge the gap between end of August and mid-October.  This long, pleated dress in a pinky-ivory is definitely on my list for my rehearsal dinner.

Mango also has a line for women wearing sizes 10-22 called Violeta.  This jaw-droppingly gorgeous dot-print dress is being restocked soon, so get your name on the waitlist.

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  1. betsy says:

    That’s a gorgeous rehearsal dinner dress! I love mine so very much, but I do regret going with white rather than something in a pale pink or champagne. Something a little less bridal would have been much smarter (but I was a 38 year old bride excited to finally be wearing white!)

    August 17, 2019/Reply
  2. eac says:

    That Violetta dress—sigh, so pretty,

    August 17, 2019/Reply
  3. Caitlin says:

    I know of a couple bloggers who link to Mango with some frequency, but I’ve never shopped there. What would you say the quality and sizing are like?

    August 19, 2019/Reply
    • Jen says:

      I have a few dresses from Mango and have been very happy with the quality. They also usually offer free shipping and return. My favorite mango purchases are a few of the dresses and a great leather jacket.

      August 19, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Quality is slightly better than Zara, especially in the blazers and coats. Sizing can run a hair small, but should only impact you if you’re between sizes. I’m a 4/6, so I’m a 6.

      August 19, 2019/Reply
  4. Sof says:

    Oh, wow– I don’t love pleats but that rehearsal dress is incredible. You won’t regret that!

    August 19, 2019/Reply