4 LOW-CAL HOLIDAY DRINKS

It’s that time of year!  Friends and family are gathering to celebrate the holidays.  Serve them these festive, guilt-free spirits.  High in holiday cheer, low in calories.

Skinny Cranberry Punch

Skinny Cranberry Punch

Try the skinny, holiday version of your usual vodka cranberry!  This low-cal option is great for serving at holiday gatherings.  It’s a sweet drink but it can be made extra tart by squeezing in lemon.  It’s a true a crowd-pleaser!  Throw on your Metallic Pleated Skirt and serve this fun drink at your holiday party!

Ingredients:

64 ounces light cranberry juice (1 jug)

2 cups low sugar orange juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1 lemon

28 ounces diet ginger ale

½ cup lemon juice

½ cup Splenda

5 ounces vodka

Cranberries for garnish

Directions:

Chill all items for 1-2 hours before making.  Combine cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, ginger ale, lemon juice, Splenda and vodka in a large bowl.  Stir until Splenda is completely dissolved.  Add ice.  Cut lemon into slices.  Add to bowl.  Add cranberries to please.

Calories/serving: 120

Serves: 15

Gin Rosemary Fizzy

Gin Rosemary Fizzy

For the another super skinny concoction, try the Gin Rosemary Fizzy!  The fresh taste of rosemary and lemon diffuse within the gin.  Compared to many holiday drinks, the fizzy is incredibly light.  Pair this drink with the adorable Ruby Sequin Dress for a fun and flirty night out.

Ingredients:

2 one-inch sprigs fresh rosemary

1 freshly squeezed lemon

½ teaspoon honey

1 ½ ounces gin

3 ounces club soda

Directions:

Combine rosemary lemon juice and honey.  Mix the ingredients together.  Add gin, stir.  Add ice, stir. Add club soda.

Calories/serving: 130

Serves: 1

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Enjoy all the wonderful sweet and savory flavors of the holidays with this cup of joy.  This drink is for those who enjoy a pallet of rich, sweet tastes.  Could there be a more perfect drink? Probably not.  Red wine, hot chocolate AND it is low calorie.  Sign us up!  Cozy up in the Kelly Green Turtle Neck Sweater and sip this cuddly concoction.

Ingredients:

1 cup dark chocolate chips

3 cups red wine (about 1 bottle)

4 ½ cups skim milk

Directions:

Combine chocolate chips and milk in pot over medium heat.  Stir together until chocolate chips are melted.  Add red wine to pot and whisk all ingredients together.  Add marshmallows if desired. Serve warm.

*marshmallows not included in calorie count

Calories/serving: 144

Serves: 6

Skinny Egg Nog

Skinny Eggnog

Enjoy this classic holiday drink without the guilt!  This low-calorie version will be sure to put you into the holiday spirit!  Be the hostest with the mostest this season.  Serve this festive drink to your friends and wear the Blush Beaded Trim Tunic.

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 egg white

1 teaspoon cornstach

1/3 cup sugar

6 ounces rum

Optional (cinnamon & nutmeg to taste)

Directions:

Turn on stove to medium heat.  Combine almond milk and vanilla.  Bring to simmer.  Add cornstarch, sugar, egg whites and eggs into a bowl.  Mix together.  Add small amounts of egg to the almond milk mixture until two mixtures combined.  Stir together for about 6 minutes.  Let cool.  Add gin.  Stir together. Add whipped topping if desired.  Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon.

*whipped topping not included in calorie count

Calories/serving: 158

Serves: 6

2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Gift Guide

It’s that time of year!  The holidays are here.  It’s time to start shopping for that special Dottie Girl in your life.  This year, we’ve compiled a list of gifts that are sure to please (and they’re budget friendly, too)!

A.  Red/Black Checkered Knit Joggers ($32) 

Calling all cozy girls! These joggers are perfect for snuggling up by the fire and watching holiday movies. These are best for the girl who loves to look fashionable and stay in.

B. Charcoal Multi-Stone Circle Earrings ($16)

Add some sparkle to her holiday attire with these dazzlers.  Easily dress up a neutral outfit with these glittery holiday earrings.

C. Suede Baseball Cap – Blush ($14)

Where my sporty girls?  Gain a casual, chic look by adding this hat to her wardrobe.

D. Cross-Body Handbag – Pewter ($38)

The best bag for a night out. Wear it as a clutch or across your body, this versatile bag is perfect any Dottie Girl.

E. Cable Knit Pom Beanie – Blush ($16) 

Top off her winter style with the perfect beanie anyone on your list is sure to love.

F. Woven Trim Handbag – Black ($59)

This is a great bag for the girl who lives out of her purse.  Now, she’ll have room for everything!

G. Beige/Red/Green Plaid Blanket Scarf ($18)

For the girl who is always cold, make sure she stays warm this season with this festive scarf.

H. Gift Card ($20 – $1000)

For the girl who is difficult to shop for, you can’t go wrong with a DCB gift card!  She is sure to find something she loves with the variety of new items that are launched on the site every day.

I. Large Gold Hoop Earring ($16)

A great buy for the trendy girl!  Add some pizzazz to any outfit with these hoops.

J. Green “Nice List” Tee ($28) 

For the girl who is on the “nice list”.  Spread holiday cheer all season long with a fun and festive graphic tee.

K. Black Striped Blanket Scarf ($16) 

For the girl who always wears black, add this cozy essential to her winter wardrobe.

L. Ivory Teardrop Stone Necklace ($18)

For the girl who loves to accessorize,  add this ultra-versatile necklace to her jewelry collection this holiday season.

M. Graphic Socks ($16)

For the caffeine loving friends, these socks speak for themselves!  This gift is sure to rock her socks!

DECEMBER CELEBRITY OUTFIT DUPES

What do Reese Witherspoon, Brooklyn Decker, Jessica Alba, Olivia Palermo and Kate Middleton have in common?  They each have incredible style.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have a free pass to their closets for a day?  Sigh. That’s not possible.  However, great news!  You can snag their looks for a fraction of the price.  Hooray!  Check out these perfect dupes.

Plaid Top Header

Plaid Top

Reese Witherspoon has outstanding style, especially when it comes to keeping it casual!  Pair this plaid top with your favorite pair of jeans for a put-together, casual look.  Snag her look for less right there at DCB.

Top: Cream/Blue/Red Plaid Button Down Tunic

PHOTO CREDIT – http://www.instyle.com/fashion/celebrities-wearing-plaid#994961

Little Black Dress Header

Black Dress

Brooklyn Decker sure knows how to rock a LBD!  Want her look but don’t have $885 to spare?  Check out this dupe!  Jordan Underwood looks as classy as can be in one of our favorite little black dresses yet (and it’s more than 13x less expensive)!

Dress: Black/Nude Sleeveless Lace Dress

PHOTO CREDIT – http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/2609027/stacy-keibler-brooklyn-decker-video-game-awards-14/

Olive Jacket Header

Olive Jacket

When it comes to casual, chic looks Jessica Alba has got it going on.  She sure can make leggings and tennis shoes look glamorous!  Her look can be accomplished for a substantially lower price with one of our favorite jackets.  Check out the look on Jordan Underwood!

Jacket: Olive Draped Front Jacket 

PHOTO CREDIT – http://outfitidentifier.com/jessica-alba/who-made-jessica-albas-green-jacket-and-black-sneakers/

Over the Knee Boot Header

OTK Boots

When its cold outside, the best way to stay warm and look fashionable is a great pair of over-the-knee boots.  Take any outfit from normal to stunning!  We have a serious bargain over here at DCB!  Snag these OTK beauties for just $49.

Boot: Pointed Over the Knee Boots – Taupe

PHOTO CREDIT – http://www.whowhatwear.com/accessory-report-over-the-knee-boots/slide7

Ivory Dress Header

White Dress

Kate Middleton is pretty much everything goals.  Her style is impeccable and we love trying to copy it.  Mimic her royal look with this dress, an absolute holiday-stunner.  This one is sure to steal the spotlight!

Dress: Cream Crochet Midi Dress

PHOTO CREDIT – http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/g2187/kate-middleton-inspired-dresses/

6 TONING MOVES WITH DAKOTA DAVIS

I am so excited to share with you all something I love so much – health, fitness, and fashion!  For me, working out and eating healthy is a lifestyle.  That being said, I am not perfect!  I think of it as the 80 x 20 rule.  80% of the time I make healthy choices and 20% I fuel my craving.  For example, if I order a burger I ask for no bun and instead get fries.  It is all about the choices we make.

Another key part of a healthy lifestyle is consistency.  I get the question all the time, “how do you stay motivated?”  And I just saw an awesome quote and it totally stuck with me because this is my answer.  “Screw motivation, what you need is discipline.”  I am super disciplined – no matter if I am feeling it or not I go to the gym.  Trust me, I have never regretted a workout.  I am also fortunate enough that my husband enjoys the same passion as me so this is something we love to do together.  If you need help becoming discipline, find a workout buddy!  You can hold each other accountable.

As far as my workout schedule goes I work out Monday – Saturday and incorporate cardio (running, elliptical, HIIT) and targeting lifting into my daily routine.  Why?  Honestly, it makes me feel good.  Working out starts my day in such a positive way – mind body and soul (I love that).  I hope if anything, this post gives you fire to get moving and begin your journey to a healthier YOU.

Here are 6 moves that you can do ANYWHERE!  This HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout will get you toned just in time for the holidays!

Alternating Lunges

45 Seconds (Rest 15 Seconds)

IMG_3457IMG_3459

Mountain Climbers

45 Seconds (Rest 15 Seconds)

IMG_3465

IMG_3466

Burpees 45 Seconds (Rest 15 Seconds)

IMG_3475

IMG_3472

IMG_3473

Fast Squats

45 Seconds (Rest 15 Seconds)

IMG_3477

IMG_3478

Plank

45 Seconds (Rest 15 Seconds)

IMG_3482

Jump Squats

45 Seconds (Rest 1 Minute)

IMG_3489

IMG_3486

 

Do the circuit 4 times. In all, it should take about 27 minutes.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Grey “Be You” Tank – Size small

Black Drawstring Joggers – Size small

Want more fitness information? Follow Dakota on Instagram for more workout inspiration!

@mrs_dakota_davis

 

MEET DCB’S OWNER, BROOKE

Hi, I’m Macey, Dottie Couture’s in-house blogger!  Thanks for stopping by!  The blog is back after a hiatus and we’re so excited about its new look and content.  We’ve made some changes we hope you’ll love.  We want this to be a fun place to talk about fashion (duh), health, beauty, kids, college…whatever!  You get it.  Just girl talk.

I recently sat down with Brooke, the owner, and asked about all things Dottie.  Here’s an inside look into how DCB began, what happens behind the scenes, and where she sees Dottie heading in the future.

Q:  How did Dottie Couture begin?

A:  Dottie began from a love of fashion and making people feel good. I worked in a boutique and loved that it was so many women’s “happy place”. Most boutiques in my town were very high end at the time, and I wanted to create a boutique that was fashion forward but also affordable. I was twenty-four when I opened the store and very much a girl on a budget, I decided that was my market.

 

Q:  Why did you decide to open a business?

A:  It was a very last-minute decision, ha! I thought I was entering a partnership with an existing boutique, and when that didn’t work out, I thought “wait, I can do this myself!” Ignorance was bliss, ha! I learned very quickly the HARD way how hard the retail industry is. Sink or swim. I was treading water for years, and then broke out and started SWIMMING. I figured out my market, made mistakes and learned from them. I sold my first boutique, and started over. The second chance was everything!  I continue to adjust my business model every day to adapt to the ever-changing industry.

 

Q:  Did you predict that it would grow to what it is now?

A:  No. My goal was to have one stable boutique. I feel so lucky to have three and a website shipping worldwide. Incredible. I still look at orders every night and love seeing where we are shipping to. We have the BEST customers, and they are truly the ones that have grown my company by spreading the word. So thankful.

 

Q:  Has that vision evolved?

A:  My vision now is to perfect my systems, ship fast & correctly, find the best items, give back in a big way, and make my boutiques someone’s “happy place”.

 

Q:  What is your favorite Dottie “hat” to wear?  Do you like buying, styling, leading?

A:  I LOVE buying and styling. I love picking the brains of the young talented women that I work with. I have a whole girl gang of about 75+ (plus my husband) that make this all work.

 

Q:  What’s it like to be a working mom?

A:  BUSY. Ha! I have 4 (3 bio & one foster) kids (wowza, I know).  Coffee helps too. And wine, LOL.

 

Q:  What’s it like to work with family?

A:  It has been something I have felt so lucky to be able to do. Support my loved ones and also utilize their gifts and talents. I tease my husband that I am his boss at home and at work, hehe. My older (and much wiser) sister works for me too, so it’s fun to do this together. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders. I think my mom may be my best customer though. You can find her at my pick-up window several times a week. So incredibly lucky.

 

Q:  What’s it like working with mostly women?

A:  FUN. the best are the days when several girls are TWINNING in their Dottie. Our staff is young, and I love that. It keeps me young, and they are all so talented. I love the friendships that have formed between my staff. Girls start as co-workers, become roommates, stand in each other’s weddings…. so cool.

 

Q:  What does Dottie mean to you?

A:  Cue ugly cry, and cliché answer, but it’s my blood sweat and tears. It was my first baby. I have put my absolute whole heart in this company. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t feel such a deep gratefulness. I’m always in hustle mode, thinking of my next big plan to keep evolving and serve our shoppers better than the day before.

 

Q:  Who inspires you?

A:  Honestly, my competition. It makes me hustle to stay ahead and work the hardest. Buying trips to see our designers and attending markets is also really inspiring. I love working with newer/smaller companies. And my staff. I bop around to my shops and the warehouse and see everyone hustling around and it gives me the push I need to put in those extra hours….work harder. And of course, my babes. I want them to see me working hard for “us” and for the people we give back to.

 

Q:  Where do you see DCB heading?

A:  I’m not sure…. I want to make sure the things I do are done well. Possibly more stores, but not so many that they lose my touch. The website is going to get bigger and better for sure! We are adding so many cool features, and perfecting our systems. It’s so exciting. The sky is the limit when you own your own business, that can add pressure, but it is also so awesome.

 

Q:  How does it feel to be able to give back to causes you love?

A:  It’s true success to me. It makes me feel like I “made it”. It’s everything….

 

Brooke’s Outfit Details

Black Leather Moto Jacket – Size medium

Grey Striped Dolman Button Down – Size small

Black Mineral Wash Moto Leggings – Size small

Want a peak behind the scenes of Dottie?  Follow Brooke on Instagram!

@brookemagdzinski

 

 

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑