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July 2013

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Pins And Needles; Embroidery Hoops With T&A

Sally Hewett nude embroidery hoops Just when I was getting bored with embroidery hoops…UK based artist Sally Hewett‘s 3-D hoops have more ass ‘n titties than a Robin Thicke video and for that she deserves a pat on the, em, back. A little bit Butternik patterns, a little bit Hustler, the x-rated embroidery pieces are in part cute, gross and funny and leave me the overwhelming urge to reach out and hanka honka something. Visit her store here. Sally Hewett nude embroidery hoops art funny
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Tuesday Boozeday; Rose Vodka and Strawberry Popsicles

The rosiness continues in Style It Towers and this week I’m becoming a sucker for boozy ice pops. Everybody loves a popsicle and making your own spiked with last week’s rose infused vodka is the grown up way of serving them up. This is high-impact, low-bother stuff; if you don’t have molds, use shot glasses (like I did) and keep the fresh fruit content high for some seriously prettified pops. It’s worth remembering that alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water so go easy on the hooch unless you want shot glass slushies (which actually sounds amazeballs).  Here’s how I did it, sucka’s.

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Been There, Done That, Bought The Poster; Urban Typography Prints

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Whether you’re feeling a bout of patriotism or missing your favourite stomping ground, Crate Style‘s city prints will help show off your urban love. Featuring the silhouette of each city’s skyline along with written landmarks, the posters are bound to make you come over all gooey for the halcyon days spent trying to find your bloody hotel. While brownie points are lost due to the blatant exclusion of Amsterdam’s Dampkring, they’ve tugged on my jingoism like a banjo by including both Dublin and Cork versions. Feck yeah!

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Prints cost from $25 from Crate Style and come in 3 sizes. 



Ice Ice Baby; 10 Brilliantly Boozy Popsicles To Try This Weekend


Forget spiking the punchbowl, the most retro way to get tipsy this summer is to booze up your ice-lolls. It’s easier than you think;  if you don’t have a popsicle mold a shot glass will do the job perfectly. And once you’ve got some juice and hooch you’ve got the ingredients sorted. I feel a popsicle Boozeday Tuesday coming on, but until then check out these soozled suckers.

Mojito popsicle recipe alcoholic ice lolls recipe What more could you ask for from an ice-loll than a yo ho ho and a bottle of rum? That’s right, some lime and club soda. There’s nothing as sunny as a decent mojito but freeze it and put it on a stick and you’re set for a summer you’ll never remember. Recipe from The Tiffin Box.

sangria cocktail popsicle recipe cocktail alcohol The clever folks at Pass the Sushi use paper cups instead of ice loll molds for these juicy sangria pops. I read once that a person can survive on fresh fruit and red wine alone. Let the diet commence!

Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour popsicle recipe cocktail alcohol Now we’re talking. Give you’re cherry popsicle some balls with a good hard shot of whiskey. I like how they think over at Endless Summer.

Blackberry Prosecco popsicle recipe cocktail wine If you’ve ever made champagne ice-cubes, you’ll know there’s something deliciously fizzly about frozen bubbles. This blackberry and prosecco popsicle doesn’t just look pretty, it tastes pretty too and can be made, as shown, in shot glasses. Another one from Endless Summer.

Spiced rum and Kahlua popsicle recipes Spiced rum and Kahlua? Be still my beating heart. If you’re going to go to the effort of making adult ice lolls, you might as well make them veeeeeery adult. Recipe from Baker’s Royale.

Corona Beer popsicle recipe fun alcohol Man-friendly and super refreshing, beer popsicles should be available from ice-cream vans. Just imagine a world where these got delivered to your block on balmy summer evenings. I think I just delicigasmed. Recipe from Baker’s Royale.

Champagne and Cognac Popsicle recipe alcohol ideas Speaking of bubbles…cognac and champagne, known as a French 75, has always been the perfect cocktail for showcasing how incredibly rich you are. Turn it into a popsicle and you might as well serve it on gold unicorns with celebrity jockeys. Hmmm….Get the recipe from Reclaiming Provincial

Strawberry margarita popsicle recipe ideas alcohol Frozen margaritas are one thing, but margarita popsicles? Gimme, gimme, gimme. If you can think of a better reason to crack open the tequila, I want to hear it. Get the recipe from She Knows.

graprefruit, basil and vodka popsicle recipe adult icepops Cocktail coinesuers will know that fresh herbs are the one of the fanciest ingredients you can use in your mixes right now so a herby, boozy popsicle should impress even your most hipsterly friends. For extra marks, serve them in jars with moustaches. Get the recipe from Cooking Stoned.

10. IRISH COFFEE POPSICLEIrish coffee icepop  popsicle cocktail adult Last but not least a rather distinguished, after-dinner popsicle with a pissed up twist. Irish up your iced coffee with these cutesy little icepops and get your booze and caffeine kick in one go. Visit The Boys Club for the recipe.


Tuesday Boozeday; Rose Vodka Spiked Wine

Adding vodka to wine spells trouble. Delicious, hangovery trouble. I’ve never been a massive fan of wine cocktails (thanks to an ill-fated summer romance with a sangria jug a long time ago) but after receiving a bottle of white on the very day my rose infused vodka was ready, well, it would have been rude not to. It’s a great match, especially with a dessert wine, and easy as shiz to put together so a nice way of perking up a wine girls’ night without resorting to bubbles. And you know what I say, bubbles before ho’s. 

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A Whole Lotta Rosy; How To Infuse Vodka With Rose

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Not long ago I spent a month distilling the virtues of using tea as a mixer in cocktails. From what I remember of the experiment, it went well. So well, I’ve decided to spend this month focussing on rose-tea flavoured vodka. The Tuesday Boozeday cocktail recipe will be along shortly, but for now let’s focus on rosing up that voddie.
I steeped my rose buds, which I got in a tea shop for about €5, for three days but even after ten hours it tasted rather rosy. Rose isn’t the strongest flavour but if you keep the vodka in the freezer after it’s infused (I just fill old jars) it makes amazeballs shots. Stay tuned for a month of rose infused vodka Tuesday Boozeday recipes; it’s going to be a rose tinted summer.
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Feeling Chipper; Sharpen Up Your Salads With Karato’s Oversized Kitchen Parer

Fancying up carrots while making grown men gird their loins, the Karoto oversized parer is my kind of kitchen aid. Standing out as one of those why-didn’t-they-think-of-it-sooner gadgets, Israeli designer Avichai Tadmor‘s counter-top tool makes salad-worthy parings from carrots, cucumbers, courgettes and pretty much anything else you can fit into it. Whether or not you can use it when you lose your eyeliner sharpener remains to be seen, but anything that takes the soul-crushing tedium out of veg prep is good in my book. And by ‘veg prep’ I mean ‘cocktail garnishing’.
Get the Karoto Sharpener from Design Boom’s store, €12.

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