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Friday Favorites | Freckled Italian

Happy Friday! Rob got in around 10 last night and we ordered pizza, which was delivered right after we got home from the airport. We sat outside with a citronella candle while Ender ran around our backyard and lightning bugs flickered. It has been so hot here in Charlotte--at 11PM it was still in the high 80s and super humid. I kind of hate how hot it gets down here, but there is something magical about a muggy summer night, especially when there's pizza.

We're headed out of town early tomorrow morning for a wedding, but we both have some work to do before then (as well as some oysters and cocktails with our name on them later tonight in Uptown), so until then, I wanted to share a few links for your weekend:

This dress looks so comfy and light that I want to wear it every day this summer. I just might! This one, too.

17 Refreshing Cocktails You Need To Make This Summer. I'll take one of each.

Donald Trump Is Dead Wrong About the "Good Guy with a Gun" Theory -- a Ballistics and Firearms Expert Explains Why. I used to think this, as embarrassing as it might be to admit. But it just makes no sense.

Iwan Rheon is musically talented--who knew? The man can act, that's for sure--it took me a few seconds to not be unnerved seeing his face on my screen. 

Maybe I'm not fashionable enough to understand this but can someone explain to me why these shoes are so expensive?

I'm really into this Instagram account. Paleo recipes inspired by takeout dishes? Yes please. (Gimme the sweet and sour chicken.)


What are you up to this weekend? Hope you're staying cool wherever you are!

Some Things You May Not Know About Me v.4

Some Things You May Not Know About Me | Freckled Italian

I am absolutely obsessed with rowing since joining my new gym and I'm totally looking in to joining a rowing club at some point so I can try it out on the water sometime.  

I'm usually home all day but never charge my phone. Anytime Rob is around he always has to remind me to plug it in.

I've been rewatching lots of Friends episodes lately and I think Phoebe is my favorite.

I have an appointment at my hair salon today to go even lighter and I am so excited about it. Also in December I chopped 5-6 inches off and immediately regretted it, even though my hair was super long. For the longest time I was going darker and darker, but it's been fun to experiment a bit this past year or so.

I know every word to the song "Miami" by Will Smith. It's embarrassing.

I've gotten rid of approximately one big bag of clothes every month for at least the past year and I still have more things in my closet than I know what to do with. 

What are some things I might not know about you?

Photo by Virginia Ashley Photography.

Cocktail Recipe: Citrus Elderflower Cooler

Citrus Elderflower Cooler | Freckled Italian

I absolutely love entertaining, especially in the summer, and ever since we moved into a place with a backyard, we've been having friends over almost every weekend. Usually I'll pour a couple glasses of wine or grab some beers out of the fridge, but lately I've been itching to serve up some fun cocktails instead. This one is full of bright, tropical flavors and a little hint of elderflower, which makes for the perfect drink to celebrate the start of summer. I kind of love the mix of fruit with floral.


  • About 2 tablespoons of diced pineapple
  • 2-3 thin slices of fresh mango
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup elderflower liquor
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • A splash of tequila (optional)
  • Sliced blood orange, for garnish


  1. Separate the pineapple and mango between two glasses. Muddle the fruit with the end of a wooden spoon. Fill the rest of each glass with ice.
  2. In a cocktail shaker full of ice, combine vodka, elderflower, orange juice, and tequila. Shake until it's so cold you don't want to hold it anymore. Pour the cocktail mixture over the ice and give it a stir to incorporate the muddled fruit. Garnish with a slice of blood orange (regular orange would be fine if you can't find blood oranges) and enjoy.
Citrus Elderflower Cooler | Freckled Italian

I plan to share more cocktail recipes from now on, so if you have an ingredient you'd like me to work in, let me know. Cheers!

Citrus Elderflower Cooler | Freckled Italian