STYLE & THE BAR CART - LEMONADE

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Hello darlings, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you're getting settled in from the Monday bustle. Today, I welcome you to the first post in my Style & The Bar Cart series

Style & The Bar Cart is a creative production that combines my passions (style, decor, vintage & DIY) to serve as outfit and occasion inspiration for the modern girl who loves to entertain in style and prefers cocktails over wine.  

I chose a lemonade theme because we're fast approaching Lupus awareness month and making lemonade highlights my friend's quest to find a cure for Lupus. Monique was diagnosed with Lupus a few years ago and as part of her fight against this disease she formed a support group called The Lemonade Makers. I am a part of that group and every year we participate in the annual Lupus Foundation of America walk and fundraiser. I wasn't very familiar with Lupus prior to knowing Monique but quickly learned about the disease including the fact that 90% of people living with lupus are women, with women of color being at especially high risk. If you'd like to learn more about Monique or donate to our team, you can do so by going here. When life gives you Lupus, make lemonade!

Speaking of lemonade, Beyonce also released her visual album titled LEMONADE, did you watch? Talk about good timing! I love me some Beyonce and was anticipating the release this weekend. LEMONADE is uninhibited and riveting and I won't say anymore because I hope you watch and listen to all of the magic. 

Preparing the lemonade bar cart was a cinch! I wanted to keep it simple and use items I already owned. I repurposed my polka dot pitcher as a vase and added colorful grocery store tulips for high impact style with very little spent. Mason jars were garnished with lemon slices and used as drinking glasses. Pretty yellow and white paper straws added a festive touch. 

A stack of colorful books were used to elevate the pedestal dish with shortbread cookies. You can find lots of books with interesting covers for less than a dollar at your local thrift shop and can even replace the pedestal with a pretty plate found at the same thrift.  

The lemon tray and napkins were pieces I received when I worked at Apartment Therapy and the little ceramic lemonade bottles were purchased at a department store a few years ago. I utilize many of my decorative pieces for dual purposes since I live in NYC as there is always concern for storage. The pitcher is used for beverages or as a vase and the pedestal serves as a jewelry holder or appetizer/dessert dish when entertaining. The tray is used when serving guests but is then placed inside my kitchen cupboard to hold bottles of alcohol that can't fit on my bar cart. 

I used my vintage juice pitcher to serve my spicy ginger lemonade. Yes, spicy ginger lemonade! The Kitchn has a great recipe that I'll be using all summer. 

I was captivated by Dolce & Gabanna's lemon print and dreamed of owning some of the pieces. When I spotted similar lemon-printed pieces about a month ago at Zara for way less, I knew I had to have them. How could one resist this delicious print? I enjoy wearing bold prints and this top fit the bill. I just wish they had matching shorts. 

I styled the lemon-print top with culotte jeans, yellow heels, gold bangles, my favorite white tassel earrings, a clear box clutch and retro-style cat-eye sunglasses. I kept my hair simple with a milkmaid braid up-do and loose face-framing curls.  

Here is a roundup of items for you to make your own lemonade bar cart. 

Yummy shortbread cookies go well with lemonade!

Pour yourself and your guests a glass of lemonade, add a shot of vodka if you please and enjoy!

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Pretty gold bar carts make me want to do the twist...

or pretend to read a book!