Our Apologies! And Thank You!

We’re currently experiencing technical difficulties in the Land of Swoo today–What can we say, we’ve almost made it to the weekend. Our sincerest apologies for the “Burn, Baby! Burn!” blog update some of you received. You were probably thinking …huh?

Good thing is, it’s been awhile since we’ve thanked all of our loyal subscribers! So, what a perfect time to say thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU.

Stay tuned for more updates, and we wish you the sweetest rest of the week (and weekend) ever!

 

XO

-The Swoozie’s crew

Introducing Ban.do!

Spring is finally here! And that means we’re gearing up for a lot of new and exciting things at Swoozie’s; one in particular being the newest addition to the Land of Swoo, Ban.do! If you haven’t already heard of these stylish, La-La land-inspired accessories and gifts, you’re in for a special treat. Ban.do adds the perfect touch to the Swoozie’s lineup by giving you lots of color, taste and just the right amount of girly options to jazz up your every day style.

 We’ve got Canvas totes, Key chain pouches and Carryall duos for on-the-go girls…

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Back Me up Mobile Chargers, Power Trip chords, iPad/iPhone cases, Disco Tech Wristlets and Ear Buddies for the tech goddesses…

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Crystal Crush Bobbies , Sparkle & Shine Bobbi Sets and It Girl Bobbies, Twists Scarves and Girl Talk Headbands for the trendsetters….

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AND Sip Sip Tumblers, Drink Sleeves and Cross Body Party Pouches for the social butterflies!  

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Simply put, there’s a Ban.do essential for every fashionista and occasion! Looking for designer accessories at the perfect price? Ban.do is the way to go!

Tweet us your favorite items! (@Swoozies)

Book Signing Event with Trista Sutter at Swoozie’s Denver

Join us at our Swoozie’s Denver location for a book signing and appearance event with Trista Sutter, runner-up on Season One of the ABC reality television show The Bachelor and the star of the first season of its companion show The Bachelorette. Trista has also appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and NBC’s Fear Factor.

Trista SutterTrista’s book, Happily Ever After, reminds readers that it’s the smallest gestures and the most unassuming things that can have the greatest effects. Trista is often asked her secret to being one of the rare reality-TV relationships to make it to the altar and beyond. In this heartfelt book, she shares the simple yet profound keys to finding everyday happiness: gratitude and grace. From the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments we have with our kids, our spouses, our pets, or even strangers, to the more obvious lessons we pick up from reading the news or hearing an inspirational story, knowing how to recognize, accept, and be grateful for all of our daily blessings is truly what “happily ever after” means.

Join us in stores for cocktails, book signing, and a meet and greet with Trista! 

Where:

Swoozie’s Denver
589 Fillmore St.
Denver, CO 80206

When:

Tuesday, March 25th
4-6 PM 

We look forward to seeing everyone there! 

Our Favorite Green Cocktails & Dazzling Drinkware for St. Patrick’s Day

When March 17 rolls around, a little Irish comes out in all of us.  On St. Patrick’s Day millions of people everywhere come together to celebrate the Irish culture by wearing the color green, taking a stab at traditional Irish dancing and drinking lots of booze. If you’re not a big fan of beer or can’t find a nearby Irish pub or parade to celebrate, we’ve got the perfect green concoctions and drinkware to help you create your own soirée and wow your friends!  In fact, our shimmering glasses may make you forget all about wearing beads. What’s the number one Swoozie’s must-have you might ask?  The green Acrylic Double Wall Glitter Tumblers of course!

1. The Shamrocker

The Shamrocker is a sophisticated yet simple tequila mixture with a delicious fruity taste. Its combination of melon and orange gives you just the right amount of flavor and fun. Garnish with a few orange slices to really prove you know what you’re doing. Simply mix in a cocktail shaker, throw in some ice and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur

1 oz. Silver Tequila

½ oz. Triple Sec

A splash of orange juice

Try It! The GoVino Cocktail Glass Set goes perfectly with the Shamrocker. Even better, these glasses are recyclable, shatterproof and come with a unique thumb notch for easy swirling and holding. Drink up!


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 2. The Classic Mojito

The Mojito is a classic cocktail that can be served on St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year (If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably already had your share of these before). Its hint of lime and mint leaves gives the perfect homage to the color green, and it is best served in any tall glass. You can also make your own simple syrup for extra bragging rights.

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Ingredients:

½ oz. lime juice

1 tsp. refined sugar

3-5 mint leaves

A splash of club soda to top off

Try It! Swoozie’s Acrylic Double Wall Glitter Tumblers will take your cocktails to a brand new level! Mojitos are traditionally served with stirring rods, so the built in straws are sure to keep your drinks tasty and fresh. The double-walled acrylic layer also helps keep the beverages cold.  While you’re at it, stock up on a few green Personalized Napkins also!











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3. Green with Envy

If you love this cocktail’s name, you’ll love that it gives you a taste of the islands as well.  With only four simple ingredients, this drink is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and count down to your Spring Break getaway. Serve with ice cubes or combine the ingredients with ice in a blender for a little more variety. Top with pineapple, orange slices or cherries and get your hula skirt ready!

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Ingredients:

1 oz. Coconut Rum

1 oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur

1 oz. Pineapple Juice or Orange Juice

2 ½ oz. sweet and sour mix

Try It! Whether you prefer smaller, green Acrylic Glasses  or Jumbo Striped Acrylic Glasses, we’ve got plenty of options for you and your guests to enjoy. These multi-purpose glasses are stylish and easy to carry when socializing with friends. You can even add your own personal touch with vinyl personalization.







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4. Irish Tea Party

Simply stated, the Irish Tea Party is the Irish version of a Long Island Iced Tea. Complete with a Southern and Irish staple, this whiskey mix brings both worlds together in one glass. Serve with Irish Tea Cake to compliment your mixology skills, and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Ingredients:
2 oz. sweetened, chilled green tea

½ oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey

½ oz. Absinthe to rinse in glass

A splash of ginger ale

Try It! Pair this drink or any treats with these Kate Spade Cocktail Napkins and Kate Spade Coasters, designed with cute, popular sayings. Both sets come with a blue pair, which actually was the initial color of choice for St. Patrick’s Day in the 17th century!




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5. Kiss Me I’m Irish Martini

Feeling lucky? The Kiss Me I’m Irish Martini is sure to be your best pick of the night. Because this drink is so simple to make, you can spend most of your time enjoying your friends and less time in the kitchen. Even better, this cocktail is low in calories!

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Ingredients: 

2 ½ oz. Sparkling wine

1 oz. Midori Sour

1 oz. vodka

1 ½ oz. lemonade

Try It! Before adding the sparkling wine, use a green CHILL Pouring Spout to serve your martinis at the right temperature all night long. Insert the cooling pour spout after two hours in the freezer, and instantly enhance the drink’s flavor. You’ll want to use it for every wine night! Switch it up with personalized cups too.


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Which drinks are you dying to try? Share with us! 

How to Create a Wedding Guest List

It’s officially wedding planning season! Here at Swoozie’s, we are big fans of this time of the year because it gives us all something to celebrate. And what is better to celebrate than true, undying love? 

Below is another entry from one of our own, Sarah. She will be tuning in weekly to blog about her own experience, providing tips and advice as she learns along the way. She will even solicit the advice of others and create an online dialog for all of our other recently engaged readers. 

How to Create a Wedding Guest List 

I have to be honest – creating a guest list was one of the most difficult things I have done while planning my wedding. Don’t get me wrong, we had zero issues with writing down the name of every person we would love to have in attendance. What we had a problem with was deciding who Kevin and I could actually afford to attend.

The reality is that every wedding has a budget, and it’s important that your wedding guest list keeps this in mind. Most people can’t afford to have 300 people in attendance, so below I share with you some of the tips I acquired while trying to keep everything within budget.

Understanding Your Budget

On average, a reception will cost you about 50% of your total wedding budget. While per person costs vary drastically, it seems like a solid average is around $65 a person. Yes, $65! So, let’s say you had a $20,000 total wedding budget – that would mean you could afford to have around 150 guests.

I think it’s important to break down the numbers this way, because it helps you decide how many people you can actually invite, rather than how many you want to invite.

Divide Seats Equally

This seems to be the only thing that is fair. Instead of fighting over whose guest is more important, lay down strict ground rules. If you are inviting 200 people to your wedding, the bride gets 100 and the groom gets 100. How you decide to split those invites amongst your parents is up to you. For example, I have a small family so my parents had fewer people they wanted to invite, requesting 25 of my 100 invites. Kevin, on the other hand, gave his parents 50 of the 100 invites because he has a larger family.

Create and A and B List

This has been my savior! It was inevitable that we hoped to invite more people than we could afford. So, we created an A and a B list. Those who were on the A list received the first round of invitations. If somebody from the A list replies with regrets, then we will send an invite to those on the B list in order of importance.

We hope that these tips helped you in your planning efforts. What advice have you found to be helpful? 

2014 Wedding Trends

We love wedding season! We also love seeing the beautiful and unique trends that each passing season presents. Below we share some of our favorite wedding trends of 2014.

Unique Cake Toppers

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Bride and groom figurines are so 2013.

Radiant Orchard

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The 2014 color of the year is to die for! Why wouldn’t you want to incorporate it into your wedding palette?

Personalized Glassware

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People are breaking their own wine glasses all of the time. Give them something they will really need.

Gold Glitter

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Whether it’s on your cake, in your centerpieces, or on your invitations – gold glitter is sure to add a special pizzazz!

You’re Engaged! Now What?

It’s officially wedding planning season! Here at Swoozie’s, we are big fans of this time of the year because it gives us all something to celebrate. And what is better to celebrate than true, undying love? 

In 2013 one of our very own girls, Sarah, got engaged. Eek! So, we thought it would be exciting to introduce a blogging series where Sarah will share the ups and downs of her very own wedding planning. In the following weeks, Sarah will blog about her own experience, providing tips and advice as she learns along the way. She will even solicit the advice of others and create an online dialog for all of our other recently engaged readers. 

So, without further ado, let’s get planning! 

You’re Engaged! Now What?

Hello, ladies! First, I would like to pause for a moment of exciting reflection. I am engaged!

Now, while that may or may not matter to you, the purpose of this blog is to bring all of us engaged (or married) women together so that we may share our experiences, trials, and successes as we go through these next few months with one another. Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times of a women’s life. But, with that excitement can also come stress.

Before I get into a few tips that make up my first blog, I figured I would at least give you a little background on my story.

I was engaged in the latter part of 2013, when my boyfriend, Kevin, of over two years popped the question. It was a romantic night that involved flowers, dinner, wine, and a dance to “our song.” I will never forget the overwhelming emotions that were felt that night. The photo above was taken the following day during the madness of family celebration.

Since Kevin and I were engaged, we have spent a lot of time working on planning our wedding. There are a lot of details to cover, and it can easily become overwhelming. First, let’s start at the beginning. You’re engaged, and that’s awesome! But, now what?

1. Write it down, so you don’t forget

Before you begin looking at wedding dresses and contemplating flowers, pause to really reflect on this moment. In 10 years, will you remember exactly what your fiancé said when he proposed? Probably not!

Take the time to write down everything you can remember about that special moment. What was the weather like? What were you wearing? What did he say when popped the question?

The week Kevin and I were engaged I bought a journal and have been writing about the experience since the beginning. This is a special time in your life and you should document the pivotal moments along the way.

2. Talk timeline

Only you and your fiancé know what a realistic timeline looks like. While most couples give themselves a year to plan a wedding, determine what it best for you. Kevin and I have a very busy schedule in 2014 and knew that the only month we could realistically get married was in June. However, that was going to limit the amount of time we had to plan.

I vote for scheduling more time than less. It will help alleviate the stress of feeling like you have too much to do and not enough time to do it.

3. Breakdown a realistic budget

I put an emphasis on realistic for a reason. I plan on addressing this topic more in-depth at a later date, but I think it’s important that you understand how much money you have to spend before you start any planning (or dreaming).

Getting married can be expensive, and with Pinterest, wedding blogs and magazines, it’s easy to get lost in the romance of it all. However, that romance comes with a price. Understanding what you realistically have to spend will help you determine a lot of the specifics. Be honest. This will help prevent future disappointment.

What do you think? Do you have any tips for those who are recently engaged? We’d love to hear from you by commenting below!