summer cocktails with voli light vodkas

voli vodkas

TODAY I’ll be hanging in Hollywood with Voli Light Vodkas, the world’s first low calorie fruit and fusion flavored vodka! Ready to put my “mixologist” cap on, here are Voli’s summer cocktail recipes. My favorites are the Skinny Pink Lemonade and Sun Tan. Mmm.

left to right:

Skinny Pink Lemonade

  • Voli Lemon
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Splash of Cranberry Juice
  • Shake and top with club soda
  • Approx Calories: 95

Orange Vanilla Dream

  • Voli Orange Vanilla
  • Splash of club soda
  • Approx Calories: 81

Sun Tan

  • 1 1/2 Voli Orange Vanilla
  • 2 oz Lemonade
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • In a Mixing tin, Add ice, Voli Orange Vanilla
  • Lemonade, Agave Nectar, Pinapple Juice
  • Shake Strain into a rocks glass
  • Garnish: Orange Twist
  • Approx Calories: 144 Calories

All American Lime Lyte

  • 1 1/2 oz Voli Lyte
  • 2 oz Club Soda
  • 2 lime wedges
  • Serve over ice. Squeeze and drop limes into drink and stir
  • Glass: rocks
  • Garnish: Lime
  • Approx Calories: 75

Summertime Seduction

  • 1 1/2 oz Voli Lyte
  • 2 oz Lemonade
  • 1 oz strawberry puree or 2 fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nectar
  • In a mixing tin, add ice, Voli Lyte, Lemonade, strawberry, agave and shake
  • Strain into a martini glass and top with Prosecco
  • Garnish: Strawberry

Swing by the Holi Pop-up Event this Sunday!

Los Angeles amigos!  My twinny, Melanie from Wrecked Stellar, and I will be at the Holi Pop-up Shopping Event this Sunday, December 5 from 11am – 4pm at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood.  Swing on by for some shopping fun while helping to contribute to charity!  A portion of the sales made at the event will support some incredible causes.

Vendors & sponsors:

Rossmore >>
VintiqueLA >>
Sister Mantos Music >> >>  
Haus of Price >>
Kleur Nails >>
LA Bumblebee Candles >>
SPRFKR Clothing >>
Mixed Hearts Jewelry >>
Rojas >>
SpyKids Clothing >>
Adina Mills Designhouse >>
Micah Mayell >>
Birds of a Feather Vintage >>
Chic N Heads Hair Feathers >>

Charities supported:

Any questions, shoot me a note:  stylewithbenefits (at)  Hope to see you there!

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long leopard print dress

Remember when I was on the hunt for a long leopard print dress a la MKO-style, seen HERE?

Well, I’m happy to report that my craving has been fulfilled with this olive green dress from H&M.  Run, don’t walk, before they all sell out.

And contrary to what the above photo may depict, Mel is not preggers…  though wearing this Zara men’s sweater doesn’t help deflect the rumors.  I kid.


Father’s Day Stylish Gift Guide

When my dad’s birthday or Father’s Day rolls around, Mel and I tend to have a semi-tough time choosing the perfect gift.  There are only so many dress/polo shirts and golf accessories that one man can use.  Since we have yet to find a gift (sorry dad… and hi!), I asked my buddy Dan, The Style Blogger and Esquire‘s Best Dressed Real Man in America, to compile a sampling of stylish gift ideas which would suit any dad.

Check out Dan’s list below and then head on over to his blog, The Style Blogger.  Sharing key style tips, Dan’s blog is a must-read and source of inspiration for guys looking to step up their style game and ladies who want to encourage the men in their lives to do the same.

1.  Shoe Care Kit and Cedar Shoe Trees

Men don’t like to spend on incidental maintenance costs, so help your dad take care of his expensive shoes with a nice shoe care kit.  And if pops wants to try out the ever-popular sockless look this summer, cedar shoe trees are a must to soak up the odor and moisture — no pun intended.


2. Short sleeve classic Gap chambray shirt

Dads are usually not label whores, so the Gap shirt can go a long way.  After all, nothing beats an original.  This is the perfect shirt for dad — a mix of manly woodsman and updated style.


3.  Davek umbrella

Chances are your dad is not keen on spending $100+ on an umbrella.  Don’t let him walk around with those quick-flip street umbrellas.  Pick up a modern, lightweight Davek umbrella — with breakthrough technology that allows you to retract at the push of a button — even when the wind flips it inside out.


4.  Classic Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Maybe your dad had these at one time, maybe he didn’t.  Either way, he should have them now.  These look good on older guys, and suit just about any face shape.  Best part is, these have lasted the test of time and are never going out of style.


5.  Updated bathing suit

Most dads at the pool or beach are wearing some giant cargo paisley board shorts or — even worse — a banana hammock from the 70s.  Upgrade your dad’s swimwear this summer with a slim, modern (but not overly “designer”) suit like these 7″ trunks by J.Crew.


6.  Subscription to GQ magazine

Looking to improve dad’s style?  Let him do it on his own by reading the leading american mens fashion/lifestyle magazine.  After reading some quality interviews and lifestyle columns, dad is sure to glance at the style section.  Perhaps add a magazine rack for the bathroom to make sure he keeps the latest issue by his favorite reading place.


7.  Filson garment bag

If your dad is a traveler he needs some good luggage, but odds are he’s not interested in Louis V monogram print bags.  Pick him up this sturdy, manly garment bag to take care of his travel gear.  The added bonus is Filson’s reputation for long-lasting goods is so renowned that eventually you are likely to come away with this bag — when it is nice and broken in.


For more choice gift ideas from Dan, check out this list.

Thanks so much, Dan!

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