Coopers’ Craft Summer Sippers Blogger Event

IMG_3803

A couple of Saturdays ago I got to attend a South Florida Bloggers event for Coopers’ Craft Bourbon at House Kitchen & Bar in Coral Gables. I had a real blast trying out different cocktails and hanging out with fellow bloggers!

IMG_3876Of all the cocktails I tried, my favorite one was the Coopers’ Cup. First of all, it came in a real cute tin cup..which we got to keep! The drink itself was smooth and it didn’t make my throat burn like crazy. I really liked the combination of bourbon + ginger beer.

In case you’re dying to know how to create this drink, here’s the recipe!
(All recipes are courtesy of Henry from ABC Bartending)

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Coopers’ Craft
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • top with ginger beer (roughly 6 parts)
  • Served over crushed ice in tin cup, garnished with mint sprig

Instructions:
Combine Coopers’ Craft Bourbon with lime juice. Add ginger beer and serve over ice in tin cup. Garnish with mint Sprig.
IMG_3852
Here’s Henry (from ABC Bartending) making the Coopers’ Cup!
IMG_3857IMG_3860

I loved the Coopers’ Cup so much, that I took a million pictures of it!
IMG_3881IMG_3880IMG_3895IMG_3900
I’m just really obsessed with these tin cups & mint sprig….

The next cocktail we tried was the Kentucky Luxedo. IMG_3828
The recipe for this one:
Ingredients:

  • 1 part Coopers’ Craft
  • 1/4 part Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Muddled Sugar Cube

Instructions:
Combine Coopers’ and Maraschino Liqueur into a mixing glass and stir with a bar spoon. Muddle sugar and bitters at the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Add ice and strain into a mixing glass into glass with sugar and bitter mixture. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

IMG_3841IMG_3845

The last cocktail was the After Barrel. We actually learnt how to make this one ourselves!
IMG_3975-2

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Cooper’s Craft Bourbon
  • 5 Blueberries
  • 4 Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/2 oz. Peach liquor
  • Orange Bitters

Instructions:
Place blueberries and strawberries in a shaker. Pour Peach liquor over the berries. Muddle the strawberries, blueberries and peach liquor to release the juices. Add Cooper’s Craft Bourbon and orange bitters for a nice tang. Add ice cubes and shake. Pour and enjoy!
IMG_3983IMG_3987IMG_3989IMG_3972
This was probably the most pretty looking one!

We also got to try very delicious foods from House Kitchen & Bar:
IMG_3901IMG_3902IMG_3908
Everything was so yummy! I definitely recommend this place. It was my first time trying their food and I was extremely satisfied. My favorite was probably the Margarita pizza (ofcourse!).

Here are some more pictures of the event. I loved the whole set up.
IMG_3805IMG_3811IMG_3820IMG_3838
IMG_3919
So, I met the cutest doggie! His name is Hamilton Barkley and he wears cutie bowties. :3

IMG_3942

IMG_3849IMG_3928IMG_3944IMG_3947IMG_3951IMG_3964

What I wore:
dino
Photo by Vintage Unicorn

Dinosaur Blouse: Forever21
Pink skater skirt: Forever21

*disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Blast from the Past: Halloween- Lydia Deetz

Even though Halloween is more than 2 months away, with the way this year is flying by, it’ll be here before we know it! Which is pretty fantastic because it’s my favorite month of the year (yes Halloween should be a whole month).
Nabila, it’s way too early for a Halloween post, don’t ya think? I know, I know. But the other day I went to Costco and, to my surprise, they already had numerous amounts of Halloween costumes and decorations in display! So, that got me thinking…What should I dress up as for Halloween this year?
A little of my past Halloweens history: costumes that deserve a notable mention have consisted of a cute Butterfly (1988), a pumpkin (1994), a blue Genie –à la I dream of Jeannie (1995),  Zatanna Zatara (2009), Dead Roller Derby Girl (2010), Amelia Earhart(2011), Wednesday Addams(2012-2013), Lydia Deetz (2014), and Link (2015).

My absolute favorite Halloween costume of all time is Lydia Deetz (from Beetlejuice).
lydiadeetz1

Two Halloweens ago, like every year, I waited until the very last minute to choose a Halloween costume. After being Wednesday Addams for two years in a row, I knew I couldn’t be Wednesday again. So, I searched my brain for costume possibilities, mostly this consisted of looking inside my closet and trying to visualize something. That was a solid failure until out of nowhere the name Lydia Deetz appeared in my brain. What an epiphany that was! I still remember it like it was yesterday. I had everything in my closet, minus the black floppy wool hat (Forever 21). After wearing this ensemble for a day, I was obsessed with the look. And still am!

lydiadeetz2

lydiadeetz3

lydiadeetz4

I think, if I could dress up as Lydia Deetz everyday, I would.

lydiadeetz

One day I’d like to dress up in the red wedding dress she wears!

lydiadeetzred
Cosplayer: Ryoko-demon

 

This year I’m doing things differently. I’ve already thought of a couple of possibilities and I want to thank Pinterest for helping me out here. There’s Spinelli from Recess (when I was a kid, I wanted to be badass like her! Still do…), a Team Rocket member,  or Eleven. OR maybe I’ll do all three?? I mean, I’m a firm believer that Halloween should be a full month!

Will you be dressing up this Halloween?? Are you the type to procrastinate til the very end like me? Or do you formulate ideas months & months in advance? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

 

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Do you have that one dress that you want to eat, sleep, dance, work, and basically just live in for all of eternity? I do. I call this the Star Wars dress because it’s my favorite Star Wars dress and I want to do just that. As a lover of galaxy prints and stars, it was inevitable for me to fall in love.

star-wars-dress

IMG_1442

starwars-2

 

IMG_1476

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

starwars-3

 

Processed with VSCO with 4 preset

 

 

 

I’d like to thank Paola from Coral Gables Love for photographing me & my awkwardness at Wynwood many moons ago!  I promise that next time we have another fun fashion photoshoot, I’ll have better poses! 😉
{all edits done by me}

Outfit Details:
the Star Wars dress: Macy’s
Purple tights: Forever 21 (similar)
Neon pink shoes: Target

 

Vader Easter Bunny~


    Do you ever just find something in your closet that you completely forgot you owned and as soon as you touch the fabric all these memories just shwoosh right back into your life? This happened to me yesterday morning when I was contemplating what to wear to my family’s Easter get-together. Last time I wore this dress..heck, the last time I saw it with my own two eyes, was back in 2007 for Grad Nite. That’s right, 9 years ago. This means one of two things: either A. I haven’t cleaned out my closet in 9 years, which is pretty possible…OR B. there’s a black hole in there and it mysteriously burped out the dress when it heard my pleas, causing me to find it. IDK. All I know is that I was glad I found it because I had no idea what I was going to wear.

    Whenever I think of Easter in terms of fashion, I think of pastel colors and flowers and pretty dresses. Since I don’t own a flowery pastel-colored pretty dress, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to wear and was ready for a “what-the-hell-am-I-gonna-wear”battle. But then that thing happened and I found this flowery dress. Now, it’s not pastel and it’s prettiness can be questionable (I mean, I think it’s pretty…but you, dear reader, might not think so… it is rather outdated..idk) but as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one. Kind of like when I was a Senior looking for the perfect outfit to wear to Grad Nite. I remember looking everywhere and nothing was convincing me..but then I saw this dress at Forever21 and just knew. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a dress…it might be one of those long shirts you’re supposed to wear with leggings (I remember that being in style back in ’07). But, since I’m a short one, I get to wear it as a dress. Although, if I remember correctly, I wore black tights to Grad Nite…’cos this is still a pretty short “dress”.

     ANYWHO, so yeah. This is what I wore for Easter~ Do you have any go-to Easter fashion trends?

 

Outfit Details:
Flowery Dress: Forever21 (from 9 years ago)
Photographs by: My mum
(who puts up with my crazy antics..I mean, who
wears a Darth Vader mask on Easter?
Me)

Chibi Legend of Zelda

IMG_1676-2_2ndcrop

The award for finding the coolest tshirts online goes to my boyfriend. For Christmas 2015, he gave me this rad Hilda shirt from Redbubble. Hilda is from the video game The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. She is the princess of Lorule, a parallel world to Hyrule. She is also her world’s counterpart of Princess Zelda, sharing a physical resemblance as well as similar attire. As a fan of purple hair and purple lipstick, as soon as her character was introduced I fell in love. Hilda is someone I see myself cosplaying as in the future. I love Zelda, but Hilda is just..I dunno..cooler. In appearance anyways.

IMG_1682_2nd

deats_2nd

When I first saw these Chibi Zelda leggings (which btw are discontinued, sorry. I wish LivingDeadClothing would bring them back!) I knew they were meant to be mine. They’re sooo frakin’ cute! It’s got chibi forms of  Link and Zelda of course, Ganondorf,  Midna, Skull Kid, Dark Link, Fi, Sheik, Vaati, the Happy Mask Salesman, and even Epona! It’s pretty cool how all these characters fit so well together..and there’s so many! Have you ever played a Legend of Zelda game? Do you have a favorite? I’m currently playing Ocarina of Time (gosh, I’ve been playing this game for ages…damn you real life priorities!).

gif time!

IMG_1676-2_2ndgif

Outfit Details:

Hilda t-shirt: bandreaNRG @ Redbubble
Chibi Zelda leggings: Living Dead Clothing

Fashionably Vader

vader        When I was a little girl, I dreamt about wearing this dress. It belonged to my godmother and I loved seeing her wear it. She made it about 25 (or so) years ago. Yup, that’s right, she sew’d it together and voilà, made a dress. Having an aunt who makes her own clothes is pretty rad, especially when she makes clothes for you. It’s been a while since she’s sewn anything, but the clothes she’s made in the past are pretty fantastic. She’s made me flamenco dresses (I’ll have to make a post about them one day…surprisingly, they still fit! Not sure if I should feel proud about that considering I was 14 at the time), my 15’s dress (which was a gauzy purple dream), and other pieces here and there. She’s amazing. When I was a kid I wanted to learn how to sew just like her. I visualized myself wearing my own designs and never having to go back to the mall again. Heck, I still do! No, I never learnt how to sew, but never say never, amirite? It’s still something I want to learn how to do.

vader2
Anywho, back to this dress; when I turned 17 I inherited it and for years I kept it in my closet. Every single time I looked at it, it made me feel nostalgic and nice inside (is that weird?…) and I daydreamed about what things the dress had seen, and what it knew. I took it with me to Tallahassee when I lived there and even pinned it on my wall like hipsters do. It was my favorite dress. At the time I didn’t like wearing long dresses. They made me feel short (I am short!) and I guess I hadn’t come to terms with that. Which is why after 9 yrs of owning the dress, I wore it for the first time last year and it fit me perfectly. I imagined my aunt wearing it and thought “How cool is it that it fits me! This is history!”
vader3

vader4
IMG_1406-[2071025]

About the Vader mask: a silly idea I had at 3am one time. “Lady Vader”. Darth Vader meets fashion. Idk…it seemed like a good idea at the time, hah.

Outfit details:
Vintage dress
Black floppy hat: Forever21 (similar)
Darth Vader mask: Amazon

It’s Dangerous to go Alone. Take Link!

IMG_0717wls
Went to GameStop today for a Mew code and ended up leaving with this guy, too. He’s so tall! (Or maybe I’m short?) He reaches my knees. Can’t wait to photograph him ❤

Hey Look Listen!

vader&me

Hi there! Nabila here! You can call me Nabi for short if you’d like. This little slice of the internet is dedicated to all of my geeky & weird antics. From fashion posts to photographs of amiibos & other figurines to videogame talk and geeking out over the new Star Wars films.

A couple of things:
My full name is Nabila Verushka Nassar. Verushka is a made up middle name I gave myself back in 2010. When I was born my mum didn’t give me a middle name and for most of my life I longed for one. I honestly can’t remember how I came up with Verushka but I’m sure it was a good story.

I was first introduced to Star Wars when I was a kid and I’ve loved it ever since. I have to thank my big brother for that one. My favorite character is probably Darth Vader (my huge collection will tell you that). Second favorite character is that badass R2D2, and BB-8 is just plain adorable. He’s like a little hamster you want to protect from the world.
vader
 ❀I am currently obsessed with The Legend of Zelda. I’ve been playing Ocarina of Time for the past month (ugh why does real life have to interfere with video game time??) and I’m excited for the release of Hyrule Warriors Legends. My name, Nabi, is like Navi and I frakin’ love that so much. You’ll probably find a lot of “Hey! Look! Listen!” around this blog.

❀I was sorted into Slytherin today on Pottermore. Back in middle school & highschool I fancied myself a Gryffindor. I wish Pottermore existed back then. One of my guilty pleasures is Harry Potter fan fiction. Wait what..?

❀I love stickers and snail mail! I have overflowing drawers full of postcards and stationary. I keep telling myself that I can’t buy anymore but..well..that never happens. It’s those Target trips! They always have cute things!! My most prized stationary is my Lisa Frank pack. It’s almost vintage! If you ever want to exchange postcards/letters, I would be so down for that!

❀I currently attend FIU and I’m in the process of getting a Bachelors in Business Management and Photography. I want to have my own photography business one day so I figured I should study business so I know what I’m doing. I’ve also wanted to work for National Geographic…I mean, to get paid to travel and take pictures all around the world?! That’s a dream come true!

Blah Blah Blah wow I wrote a lot for my first post! I basically just wanted to welcome you to my lil blog and got a little carried away! D’oh! ❤

xoxo,
Nabi

2

Outfit details:
Stormtrooper SUIT UP pencil skirt- GeekyU Shop.
Black&White heels- Forever21 similar
Darth Vader mask- Amazon
Pearl collar necklace- Beya