Category: DIY

Happy #Friyay – Here’s a #CincoDeMayo Cocktail

DIY Holidays Lifestyle Recipes

Happy #Friyay – Here’s a #CincoDeMayo Cocktail

I love any excuse to get together with friends! So this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo is held to celebrate Mexican army’s victory over the French army in the Battle of Puebla. Even though we’re a far ways away from the Mexican border, it’s a lovely excuse to sip margaritas, eat tacos, and listen to Mariachi.

No matter what kind of Margarita you’re making, here are some tips courtesy Bon Appetit for how to get the best Margarita EVER!

1. Squeeze it
The single most important ingredient is fresh lime juice. Use any gadget you like–just please don’t twist open a screw cap. For parties, juice the limes ahead and fill a squeeze bottle to keep at the ready.

2. Sweeten up
Notice there’s no triple sec in our recipe? That’s not a typo–and no, you won’t miss it. We prefer light agave syrup for its complementary flavors (and shared origin) with tequila.

3. Go for silver
Always drink tequila made from 100 percent blue agave. It just tastes better. In Margaritas, use only blanco (a.k.a. silver or white) tequilas, which have a peppery, vegetal kick that won’t get buried when mixed. Save your aged reposados for sipping.

4. Take it with a grain of…
Salt brings out the flavor in everything, but too much can be overwhelming. So we only salt halfway around the rim and are careful not to get any in the drink.

Espolon Tequila Blanco

This silver Espolon tequila from the LCBO has always been one of my favorites to make cocktails with. What’s yours? I would love to try some new ones but this is such an old classic I never branch out!

What kind of Margarita are you making? One of my favorite variations on the classic cocktail is to add a little pomegranate juice – it makes it less acidic and more refreshing. For the brave ones – jalapenos! The LCBO stocks some Jalapeno-infused tequila or you could put a pepper in at the end.

How are you celebrating Friday? Let me know how these tips go by commenting below or tweeting to me at @ShesInfluential

How To Remove Jeans Stains From Your Bags #YouGotThis

DIY Fashion Lifestyle

How To Remove Jeans Stains From Your Bags #YouGotThis

With the weather getting increasingly cooler as each day passes, I’ve found myself packing away my dresses and skirts and turning to my classic fall staple: dark jeans. Turns out though, my jeans and leather handbags don’t play so well together and wearing both has resulted in blue stains on most of my purses. I assumed the only way to restore my bags was to get them professionally cleaned, so I set them off to the side to take care of later.

This weekend though, I was inspired by Canadian Tire’s #YouGotThis contest and, after scrolling through countless videos featuring DIY fixes to everyday projects, I felt empowered to take on my own!
With just a couple materials from Canadian Tire and only a few minutes out of my day, I had given my favourite bag a much-needed facelift. Check out the video below to see how!


Don’t forget to submit your own how-to video of an everyday fix to the contest for your chance to up to $5,000 in Canadian Tire gift cards. For inspiration, check out the Canadian Tire video gallery, and remember, #YouGotThis!

What’s your favourite everyday how-to?