Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Targeted in Car Burglary

On the heels of news that Mariah Carey’s mansion was hit by thieves who made off with $50,000 worth of sunglasses and purses, there are now reports that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were targeted by burglars as well.

According to E! News, the Los Angeles Police Department has a witness who says two suspects trespassed onto the couple’s Bel Air property early Friday morning. Per the witness, one hid in the bushes while the other broke into a car and grabbed a number of personal items before taking off.

Due to the fact that this is an open and ongoing investigation, the police aren’t releasing any more details at this time.

TMZ reported, however, that security staff at the house spotted the thieves and chased them away — but not before one of the suspects was caught on tape by a surveillance camera. The thief (or thieves) also reportedly struck the home of the family’s next-door neighbor, Kathy Griffin. Per TMZ, a car owned by an employee was trashed and a purse was stolen.

Kardashian West, for one, has been going about her day as usual since the burglary. At 6:45am (not long after the theft), the reality star jumped onto Snapchat to share her daily workout with fans, and she made no mention of the crime. We’re just glad it was a lot less serious than the ordeal she endured over a year ago when she was brutally robbed in Paris.

Have you ever been the victim of theft? Let us know @BritandCo.

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So, you've been asked to bring an appetizer to your bestie's Super Bowl party. In preparation for the gathering, you're likely to be on the hunt for a recipe that comes together quickly, but still tastes amazing. Buffalo wings could be good, but prepping those require the kind of effort you just don't feel like putting in right now. And yeah, everyone would probably gobble up an ungodly number of veggie kebabs, but do you really want to spend an hour sticking toothpicks in every single one? This is where a good taco dip comes in to save you from your dilemma: it always delivers on everything you'd demand from an entertaining appetizer. It's so easy, takes approximately one second to make (ok, that's a little bit of an exaggeration), looks colorful and delicious, and tastes divine. Here's everything you need to know about making a taco dip recipe that's gonna make jaws drop, even with the big game on.

What is taco dip?

A classic taco dip is made from mixing together cream cheese or sour cream (your choice), and taco seasoning. You can use a store-bought taco seasoning, or make your own to spice things up.

What are the best ingredients for a taco dip?

Sour cream or cream cheese, taco seasoning, cheddar or jack cheese, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, sliced black olives, shredded lettuce and bell peppers all pair well with taco dip. Of course, you'll want some corn chips to dip with!

How can I personalize my taco dip recipe?

You can personalize your taco dip recipe by adding or subtracting spice with the amount of taco seasoning you mix in the base. A cream cheese base will produce a thicker taco dip, while sour cream will make a thinner one. You can also get creative with adding toppings you love, like avocado or a protein of your choice to make it even heartier, or omitting the ones you don't.

Does it take a long time to make taco dip?

Taco dip only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make. This easy, last-minute recipe is perfect to make for birthday gatherings, Super Bowl parties, or if you're just craving some spice.

Our Top Taco Dip Recipes

A Classic Taco Dip Recipe: 3-Ingredient Magic Taco Dip

This classic taco dip recipe earns the award for Insanely Easy To Make. Just mix three ingredients, and you're good to go! Serve alone, or with an array of crunchy snacks, like chips, carrots, bell peppers, or celery sticks. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Best Toppings: Easy Taco Dip

Get creative with topping your taco dip — after all, the toppings are what add all that addicting texture. Have fun arranging a cool design with the black olives, cheese and tomatoes and whatever other magic you choose. Or, you could throw everything on there with no regard — it'll be gone in a matter of minutes anyway. (via Culinary Hill)

Best Gluten-Free Taco Dip Recipe: 7 Layer Dip with Cream Cheese

This delicious taco dip lies atop a hearty bed of refried beans, which adds a creamy texture as well as some extra protein. For the gluten-free babes, this taco dip is a must-make. Plus, with a layer of chunky salsa, it packs a spicy punch that we know you've been craving. (via Cilantro Parsley)

For An Amazingly Different Take on Taco Dip: Hot Chicken Enchilada Bean Dip

Though not a traditional taco dip build, this recipe still delivers all of the flavorful goodness you'd expect. Fresh ingredients really elevate this dip and form a (mostly) healthy bite. If you want to go above and beyond for an appetizer, this Hot Chicken Enchilada Bean Dip is the way to go. (via Half Baked Harvest)

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I'd like to consider myself a romantic person in every aspect of life. I'm constantly coming up with stories, putting ribbons in my hair, and literally stopping to smell the roses (what can I say, when you see a flower in New York City, you might as well savor it). Needless to say, Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Aside from the fact that it provides a brief burst of color in the bleak midwinter, it is also a reminder that no matter how tough life gets, love is always worth celebrating. There's just one catch: I have been single my whole life, which makes the constant stream of date night ideas and partner gift inspo that flood the internet this time of year feel like they're a touch out of reach.

Valentine's Day can be less than thrilling if you feel like you don't have anyone to spend it with, but take it from me: there are more than enough ways to have a great time riding solo. If you've recently gone through a breakup or you're the only single friend left in your group, here's my best advice on tackling the upcoming love season if you're single on Valentine's Day (with a little help from Dr. Jenny Taitz, author of How To Be Single And Happy).

Whether or not we admit it, there's definitely still a stigma around singleness. "Despite the fact that these days we may not need a partner to fulfill our hopes, being single remains so stigmatized, with shows depicting the need to compete to win love and headlines depicting women who are single as in an unfortunate situation," Dr. Taitz says. "It’s key to be mindful of these unhelpful messages to [keep them] from impacting how we view ourselves."

I've been on a couple dates as an adult, but I often feel like I've missed out on a lot of the foundational experiences that come with being a young woman. Not to mention that it's easier than I'd like to admit to feel like there's something wrong with me if I'm the common thread through every dead-end romantic situation.

Even if comments from your friends like "They're just not good enough for you" or "You're so independent" have good intentions, not feeling desired is hard. Sometimes you just need to process those emotions in whatever way works best for your wellbeing because singleness is incredibly complex — one day I'm enjoying eating at a restaurant alone, the next a rom-com makes me cry — and as easy as it is to swing between the extremes of total happiness to bitterness, the reality is that I'm usually somewhere in between.

"Days like Valentine’s Day can be incredible opportunities to practice self-validation and self-compassion," Taitz says. "Being single on a day that can pull you to compare or feel less than is a good time to be especially kind to yourself [and act] in ways that remind you that you are enough and don’t need a plus one to feel whole."

Activities that engage your soul will help you feel good *and* romanticize self-care at the same time. I love creating a vision board in my bullet journal to see my dreams on paper, or reminding myself of where my true worth lies. If you're really struggling with feeling lonely, Taitz recommends listing out the areas of your life that matter to you, then writing down the value you want to add to each and mapping out how and why those values matter.

"There’s no way a relationship can be your full sense of worth — that’s not fair to you or the relationship and that’s not accurate in terms of what we know about happiness," she says. "Happiness hinges on being present and engaging in positive actions and having fulfilling relationships — and coupling isn’t the only source of connection (assuming it is almost like limiting your diet to strawberries — it’s not going to fill you and will deplete you)."

There is so much more to my worth than whether I have a romantic partner: I love movies and books, I love talking to my little sister on the phone, and I can spend hours happily in the kitchen listening to music and making a nourishing dinner. There's much more to your worth, too.

My mother constantly reminds me to wait for Mr. Right, not Mr. Right Now. There are pros and cons to every phase of life, and I'm very content with the pros right now. Eventually, however, I'm hoping my Valentine's Day charcuterie board for one will become a board for two.

Valentine's Day Ideas For Single People

Make A Romantic Dinner For One

Who says you have to save the steak dinner or Spicy Pesto Pasta Alla Vodka for a date night? Make yourself a giant bowl of delicious food, light some candles, and spend an entire evening enjoying the fruits of your labor. Finish the meal with one of our 50+ Best Chocolate Recipes for good measure.

Wear Your Favorite Outfit

Get all glammed up for your workday, whether you prefer Emily in Paris-level fashion or casual work outfits. Don't forget some Valentine's Day nails to add the perfect finishing touch.

"Set It Up" image via Netflix

Have A Rom-Com Night

You don't have to swear off romantic films in honor of being single — it can be just as fun to watch them with your galentines or on your own! Some of my go-to's are Set It Up, Crazy Rich Asians, and The Proposal.

Spend A Whole Day On Yourself

On your next day off, put on your aforementioned cute outfit to explore a local bookstore, go shopping, or make a killer martini. You can buy yourself flowers, call your mom or your best friend, and just have a wonderful day celebrating love in all its forms. Being single on Valentine's Day means you don't have to compromise on what your ideal day looks like, so layer in all of our favorite things to make it extra special.

Go Crazy With The Pink

Valentine's Day is a big day for people who love pink. Make a pink cocktail, whip up a batch of some celebrity crush cookies, or make your own conversation heart care packagefilled with pink treats. I will be dressed in head-to-toe pink, with a rosy makeup look to boot.

Check out our Valentine's Day and Relationships pages for more inspiration and let us know how you're spending a solo V-Day on Twitter.

Making fancy cocktail recipes always puts us in the mood to have a good time. Putting together edible garnishes and floral beverages just adds that special something to a night that might've been boring without them. But sometimes we don't feel like having to mix up an elaborate drink (even if it's supposedly healthier than our usual tipple) just to quench our cocktail craving. Believe it or not, mixology doesn't have to be complicated. These 60 deliciously simple cocktail recipes feature all kinds of flavors that work with every palate.

Some of these drinks look complicated, while some of them look simple, but they're all quick and easy options for any dinner parties, or to sip on during a Super Bowl watch party. These easy cocktail recipes will take the hard work out of bartending, so you can spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labor — not to mention impressing your guests.

Vegas Bomb Shot

This is a classic easy cocktail recipe that you can have on hand for any party this year. The combo of whiskey, peach schnapps, and Red Bull might not sound like your go-to drink mix, but just trust us on this. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Citrus Rosé Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Rosé all day please. What's a better cocktail to sip on than something light and fruity? We used oranges, lemons, and limes to create a drink we'll be sipping all summer long. (via Brit + Co)

Zyr Summer Punch Large Batch

We'd drink this punch all day, every day if we could. To bring some delicious flavorsl, mix 15 oz Zyr Vodka, 2.5 oz Elderflower Liqueur, 2.5 oz Grapefruit liqueur, 7.5 oz Lemon Juice, and 5 oz Strawberry Syrup with Rose Prosecco. Garnish with mint and strawberry and you're all set! (Recipe used with permission, via Zyr)

Sparkling Campari Orange Cocktail Recipe

Slightly bitter and slightly sweet, this drink is full of fizzies, which convinces us that it's just as good for winter as it is for summer. The best part is that this drink is refreshingly simple to make. (via Imagelicious)

The Elyx Spritz

Image via Absolut Elyx

Mix 1.5 oz Absolut Elyx Vodka and 1.5 oz Lillet Rose in a highball glass, then top with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic and add a lemon. Stir gently and add a lemon wheel garnish. (Recipe used with permission, via Absolut Elyx)

Jameson Old Fashioned

It's always time to sip on something familiar. Swap bourbon for Irish whiskey in this remake of the classic old fashioned. (via Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish)

Whiskey Sour Punch

Mix up this sweet and sour whiskey punch for your party crew. There's more than enough to go around, no matter how many guests ended up showing up. (via Tastefully Eclectic)

Patrón Tequila Watermelon Patio Punch

Slice off the end of a watermelon so that it stands flat. Slice off the opposite end to make a "lid" and hollow it out (saving the flesh and juices). Blend until liquified and strain. Mix 25 oz. Patrón Silver, 4 cups Watermelon juice, 1 cup Fresh lime juice, 1 cup Simple syrup, .5 teaspoons salt, and add to the hollowed out watermelon. You can also add a watermelon tap if you have one, or use the watermelon as a punch bowl. (Recipe used with permission, via Patrón)

Easy Pomegranate Margaritas

With five ingredients and 10 minutes, you can churn out this baby for any last-minute plans. Aside from the fact that it tastes good, we're also obsessed with pomegranates, so we give this one two thumbs' up. (via Baker by Nature)

Pumpkin Apple Shandy

You’ll want to drink this cocktail made from apple cider and pumpkin beer all year long. With both of these iconic flavors in one drink, you can have the best of both fall worlds. (via Jennifer Meyering)

Lemon Drop Martini

This drink packs the perfect amount of tartness, balanced out with some good old sugary sweetness. It always reminds us of summer, so we'll keep sipping it to manifest the warmer season. (via Barley & Sage)

Frosting Shots

These two-ingredient shots taste just like a celebration. Anyone with a serious sweet tooth will want to get their hands on these shots. (via Crazy for Crust)

​Canción Habañero Mango Margarita

There's nothing like a delicious mango flavor to put you in a sunny mood. Shake 1.5 oz infused Canción Tequila, .5 oz triple sec, 2 oz lime juice, and .25 oz Finest Call Mango Puree together, then serve the mix over ice with a Tajin rim and an Orange wheel garnish. (Recipe used with permission, via Canción)

Sloe Gin Fizz

Finally find out what exactly sloe gin tastes like by making this four-ingredient cocktail. Add a lemon garnish to the rim of the glass, or an ultra thin slice right into the drink. (via The Kitchen Magpie)

Kentucky Lemonade

Here’s a cocktail you’ll want to sip all year: sparkling lemonade spiked with bourbon. We're big fans of all things bubbly, so this drink is getting added to our list, STAT. (via The Chunky Chef)

Oaxacan Rusty Nail

For a drink that lives up to its name, try this take on the rusty nail, made with mezcal, Drambuie, and bitters. Don't wory, there's no rust involved. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Patrón Tequila Mockingbird

Combine, 1.5 oz. Patrón Silver, 2 oz. Fresh watermelon juice, .15 oz. Fresh lime juice, 4 Fresh basil leaves, fresh black pepper drops, and simple syrup to taste. Shake the mix with ice, then strain onto fresh ice in a a double old fashioned glass and garnish with a watermelon slice. (Recipe used with permission, via Patrón)

Moscato Sangria

Sangria is so simple to make since it's prepped in a large batch. If you're serving a party, this drink is a must-make. (via Culinary Hill)

Sparkling Fig Cocktail

Vodka, champagne, figs and sprinkle of sugar come together to make this fancy-lookin' cocktail that really isn't all that involved. If you have a few minutes to spare, try this delicious sip out for yourself! (via Barley & Sage)

Pink Champagne Sangria Cocktail Recipe

We love a fruity cocktail, and this Champagne, grapefruit, and pomegranate sparkler is no exception. Say hello to your new pink drink sip. (via The Cookie Rookie)

Easy Bourbon Slush

Okay, but have you ever tried bourbon slushified? This recipe is reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer, too, which gives it some amazing flavor, not to mention the pleasing texture. (via Live Eat Learn)

Creamsicle Delight Cocktail

A mixture of whipped-cream vodka, orange juice, and ginger ale, this cocktail tastes just like a popsicle. Don't forget to add a maraschino cherry before serving! (via The Blond Cook)

Irish Cream Pie Cocktail

With its sugar-cookie rim, this Irish cream pie cocktail is perfect for dessert. It's also a great excuse to make sugar cookiesto pair. (via Crazy for Crust)

Roasted Cranberry Gin Cocktail

The key to making this cranberry cocktail stand out from the rest is roasting the berries to give them a fuller, warmer flavor. Trust us, it makes a difference. (via Signature Concoctions)

Clean Blackberry Mint Prosecco Cocktail Recipe

This is a great cocktail for anyone who loves blackberries because it's definitely the star of the recipe. Mint adds a wonderful flavor contrast, while the Prosecco adds a bubbly experience that you can't miss! (via Olive You Whole)

The Negroni

Whether you're in need of a drink to go with your dinner or with your favorite holiday movie, this is a simple and classy choice that you can sip on all night long. Just don't forget the iconic orange zest. (via Most Hungry)

Empress Gin French 75 Easy Cocktail Recipe

There's a good chance that if a cocktail is in a fun color, we're more likely to drink it. So you'll understand why we immediately bookmarked this gorgeous drink. The fact that it has a combo of champagne and lemon juice doesn't hurt either. (via Barley & Sage)

Irish Coffee

Dissolve some brown sugar in whiskey, then add boiling coffee and a layer of frothy cream right on top for the best Irish Coffee around. Another trick you can do is pouring your cream over a cold spoon so that it floats on the rest of the drink. Coffee lovers, unite! (via Culinary Hill)

Lebanese Avocado And Strawberry Cocktail

This booze-less fancy drink makes for a great evening treat or breakfast addition. It's got avocado, strawberries, almonds, and honey that all mix together for something sweet and creamy. (via Forks and Foliage)

Strawberry Iced Tea Cocktail and Mocktail

Picture yourself sippin' something sweet outside on the porch, and this iced tea cocktail comes into view. It's the perfect summer drink, but we'll take any excuse to make it any season. (via Amanda Wilens)

Tamarind Margarita

If you're a regular margarita drinker, try this twist on the classic. It features Tamarind syrup, tequila, lime juice, and Tajin for an unexpected, complex, and flavorful addition to your happy hour. (via Cilantro Parsley)

Berry Lemonade Margaritas

Citrusy and sweet, these raspberry lemonade margaritas are just the thing to drink when you're dreaming about warmer days *and* when it starts getting hot again. (via Crazy for Crust)

Peach Vodka Martinis Simple Cocktail

Made with just three ingredients, these peachy martinis are too good to pass up. Have them at a bridal shower or at brunch, they go great with almost any occasion. (via Growing Up Gabel)

Frozen Orange Prozecco

Trade in your frozé for this citrusy frozecco. Even though it's frozen, the orange flavor gives it a wintertime twist. (via Foodness Gracious)

​Canción Lyrical Mint Margarita

Raspberry lemonade, tequila and club soda?! We'll take two please! For a batch of this drink, mix 1 bottle of Canción Blanco Tequila, 1 can of frozen lemonade, 32 oz water, 32 oz seltzer or club soda, 12 oz Raspberry Lemonade juice Fresh Mint. (Recipe used with permission, via Canción)

The Bee’s Knees

Honey lovers, take note — you'll want to memorize this simple cocktail. It features a honey syrup that you'll want to add to everything from here on out. (via Hungry by Nature)

Mason Jar Margaritas

Mix up a batch of these mason jar margaritas, then let guests help themselves at your next get-together. Everyone will be happy! If you're a salt rim kind of person, go for it! (via Stetted)

Espresso Martini

Four ingredients, and you've got yourself a delicious sip that you might've just paid a nonsense $15 for if you had gone out. Just keeping it real! (via Culinary Hill)

New York Sour Cocktail

Bourbon, red wine, lemon juice, and simple syrup are all you need to make this bold cocktail. You probably already have a lot of that at home! (via Dishes Delish)

Guava Margarita

A good margarita can never be passed up, especially this uniquely-flavored guava one. You'll need four ingredients and a hearty shake to make the easiest drink ever. (via Cozy Cravings)

Es Berry Berry Good Cocktail

Shake, 1.5oz Dos Hombres mezcal, 1/2oz Blackberry Purée, 1/2oz Lime Juice, 1/4oz Velvet Falernum and 3/4oz Pineapple Juice and serve on the rocks for a delicious and refreshing cocktail! (via Dos Hombres)

Raspberry Rosé Sangria

With just a few fresh raspberries and a splash of soda, a bottle of rosé gets transformed into a sangria reminiscent of summer. Wee'll be counting down the months until it warms up outside! (via Stress Baking)

Piña Colada Punch

This piña colada punch makes a long weekend at home feel like a mini vacation no matter what time of year it is. Add some mini umbrellas for the full experience. (via Yes to Yolks)

NOLET's Watermelon Slushy

Cut a watermelon into chunks that are the size of ice cubes, and freeze for two hours on a tray lined with parchment paper. Make a mint lime syrup with 1 cup Sugar, 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice, 1 bunch of Fresh Mint, 3/4 cup Water by heating them in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Blend frozen watermelon chunks and 1/2 cup of the syrup until it's a slushy consistency. Add NOLET's Silver Gin, pour, and garnish with watermelon, mint, and black sesame seeds. (Recipe used with permission, via NOLET's)


Like a cross between beer and a Bloody Mary, micheladas are the savory brunch cocktail you’ve been missing out on. And yes, that is shrimp in the cocktail. (via Imagelicious)

Blood Orange Margarita

Colorful blood orange juice makes these margaritas immediately seem more dramatic, though the recipe itself stays simple so that it's easy for you to make yourself. (via Simmer and Sauce)

NOLET’S Watermelon Cooler

Muddle four basil leaves with 0.5 cups of watermelon in the bottom of a shaker. Add ice, 1.5 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin, 0.5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur, and 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a balloon glass and garnish with a basil leaf. Recipe used with permission, via NOLET’s)

Spiked Ginger Lemonade

Robust ginger beer mixes with fresh lemon juice and vodka perfectly. The result? These bracingly bold drinks that you can serve in a mule mug. (via Whitney Bond)

Spiced Pear and Bourbon Sparkler

Combine 1 cup pear juice, a 2-inch nub of ginger peeled and sliced, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 5 cloves in a pot. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and add 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar. Stir until fully mixed, cool, and strain. This is your Spiced Pear Simple Syrup, and it can last in the fridge for up to one week. Pour 1.5 ounces of Bourbon, the syrup, 0.5 ounces of lemon juice, and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake for 30 seconds or until the surface of the cocktail shaker is cool to the touch. Strain over a chilled coupe glass and top with Prosecco. (Recipe used with permission, via Lisa and Erika of Boozy Kooties, Swerve, and FitVine)

Citrus White Wine Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Made with white wine, this sangria is a little lighter than its crimson counterpart, which is great for anyone who doesn't like heavy drinks but still wants to take part in the fun. (via Joyful Healthy Eats)

Watermelon Infused Vodka

On the rocks or sipped with soda, it’s hard to go wrong with the fresh taste of this homemade watermelon vodka. (via Dishes Delish)

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Margaritas

These tropical margaritas are made just a little spicy thanks to a sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper rim. It'll give you just enough of a kick! (via The Endless Meal)

Lavender Mojitos

If you're a fan of lavender recipes, then you have to make this easy cocktail recipe. Lavender sparkling soda is the secret to making these easy, floral mojitos. (via West of the Loops)

Skinny Salty Dog

Grapefruit vodka and seltzer water put a healthier twist on the salty dog, usually made with grapefruit juice and plain vodka. (via The Every Kitchen)

Tequila Mule

This easy cocktail recipe only requires three ingredients (tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer) for a flavor combo that is classic for a reason! Serve in a mule mug with extra limes. (via Cozy Cravings)

Easy Triple Citrus Margarita

This is a healthy take on the classic marg, with a fruity twist. It still has the mezcal and tequila that you usually add to your drinks, but features a healthy soda alternative. Plus, it only takes five minutes to put together. (via Rachel Mansfield)

Maple Old Fashioned

We love how maple makes anything taste more autumnal, and this five minute, easy cocktail recipe has fall written all over it. If you can't resist fall flavors, even in spring, this drink is the one for you. (via The Endless Meal)

PATRÓN Watermelon Basil Margarita

Shake 1.5 oz. Patrón Reposado, 1 oz. Fresh watermelon juice or puree, 1 oz. Fresh lime juice, 1 oz. Agave nectar, and 3 Basil leaves in a shaker with ice. Strain onto fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass and garnish with a basil leaf and watermelon wedge. (Recipe used with permission, via Patrón)

Mythology Gin Fizz Recipe

We love the foam on this drink — it's almost like the cappuccino of cocktails. Dry shake 2 oz Mythology Needle Pig Gin, 0.75 simple syrup, 8 drops lavender bitters, 1 egg white, then add ice and shake again once foamy. Double strain into a Collins glass with no ice and top with soda until the foam reaches the top. Sprinkle with lavender. (Recipe used with permission, via Mythology)

Blood Orange Mezcal Cocktail

Grab some mezcal, lime juice, and blood orange soda for this cocktail. You're going to need plenty of it, especially if you're making drinks for your friends. Feel free to snack on blood orange slices while you make the cocktail! (via Brit + Co)

Mythology Garden Gnome Cocktail Recipe

We can't wait to sip this Garden Gnome in the garden because, well, where else would we drink it? Shake 1.5 oz Mythology Needle Pig Gin, 0.25 oz dolin genepy, 0.5 simple syrup, 0.75 lime juice, and 1 oz cucumber basil puree, then strain into a Collins glass over ice. Top with soda, black pepper, and garnish with a cucumber wheel. (Recipe used with permission, via Mythology)

Champagne Cocktail

Let's be real — you never need a real excuse to pour out a little champagne. These easy cocktails elevate your go-to drink just a little more! (via Culinary Hill)

Sorel Spritzer

Combine 2oz sparkling wine and 1oz Sorel in a champagne flute and garnish with an edible hibiscus flower for an easy wintertime sip! (via Sorel Liqueur)

Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

The most commitment you'll need to make to prep this refreshing drink 10 minutes to make a homemade simple syrup. Trust us, the effort will be worth it for all that amazing lavender flavor. (via Amanda Wilens)

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Diversity in design brings unique perspectives that only drive the industry forward, making it more innovative, forward-thinking, creative and bold. Yet only 2.3 percent of interior designers are Black, according to data from the job search company Zippia. Orgs like the Black Interior Designers Network have put their energy toward amplifying marginalized design voices and have helped uplift Black designers in media, books, magazines, blogs, and TV – and we are grateful for it. Personally, as a passionate decor enthusiast and writer on the topic, I discovered several designers through the network and have been inspired by their unique points of view ever since. Here are 17 lessons we learned from some of our favorite Black interior designers, none of whom fit a mold but instead dare to break it with every design they create.

Lesson #1: Trust Your Instincts

Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "My client had an unbelievable art collection that I needed to put to work! When it comes to extremely unique pieces that are bold and almost whisper stories to you while viewing it, I want the space to be equally as interesting. This historic West Hollywood home was truly a match made from above with wooden ceilings, french doors, and stone floors that balanced the gallery that was about to fill it. Photo by @douglasfriedman"

We can sometimes love a bold idea but are afraid to make the investment on taking a chance. What I found and what I learned from many of these designers is that the boldest ideas are often the best ideas so Trust. Your. Instincts! In my own home, my favorite design choices are the ones where I didn't follow what I saw on social or what was trending but what truly gave me a creative spark.

Tiffany Brooks HGTV’d on Instagram: "I sat down and had an idea and I turned it into reality ✨ SWIPE ➡️ To see my original rendering 🖊 🎨 How do you think it came out? • • • • #ChicagoInteriorDesigner #TiffanyBrooksInteriors #InteriorDesigner #CelebrityInteriorDesigner #DesignIdeas #HGTVDesignStar #HGTVHost #chicagointeriordecorator #blackgirlmagic #hgtv #supportsmallbusinesses #HGTVHost #photoshoot #explorepage #renovation #photography #instagood #picoftheday #trending #worklife #workingmom #trending #fyp #design #beforeandafter #custom"

The Expert on Instagram: "“Brigette was so incredible!,” says @theexpert client Hannah D. “Decorating a new home felt like such stress and she made me feel confident and excited again. She is very intuitive, all her ideas were exactly what I was dreaming of before I even realized it. She instantly understood my taste, and we accomplished so much in just one hour!” Who wouldn’t want to pick the brain of one of LA’s most sought-after interior designers? @brigetteromanek’s client list includes @gwynethpaltrow, Beyoncé, and Joe Jonas to name a few. Her wildly imaginative style and mix-master skills translate into rooms that are fresh, functional, and will inspire for years to come—and you can ask her all your burning decor-related questions too! Book your own one-hour consultation with Brigette by tapping the link in bio. 📸 @yoshihiromakino"

FORBES MASTERS | INTERIOR DESIGN on Instagram: ":: GO BOLD :: Maybe on your walls or throw pillows but what about your sofa or chair? Adding a large pattern to an upholstered piece is the ultimate bold choice. Are you into it? We chose a large houndstooth fabric for this @mgbwhome media lounger and it proved to be everything we imagined and more. • • • #largeprint #largepattern #fabrics #upholstery #design #decor #interiordesign #atlantadesigner #interiordesigners #gobold"

Lesson #2: Flaws Are Beautiful And Worthy

Justinablakeneyhome🌞 on Instagram: "Our Love Me Some Me art print is a daily reminder about loving ones-self and that even flaws (flawed art, flawed people) are beautiful and worthy ✨"

Love this lesson from Jungalow creator Justina Blakeney – perfection is so overrated. Imperfections in art, which interior design really is, are what make it beautiful and unique.

Lesson # 3: Layering In What You Love Can Lead To Happy Accidents

danielle colding on Instagram: "This was such an accidental color palette. Sometimes palettes just build from the ground up. Bed, then nightstands, then pillows, and done. I remember being bowled over by the light fixtures and thrilled to feature my friend @jlagarrigue artwork above the bed to tie it all together. I wish I could say there's a formula to successful interiors...but so much of design consists of back to back happy accidents. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @brittanyambridge #dcdny #interiordesign #colorpalette #bedroomdecor #artlove #lightfixtures #blueandorange"

"Sometimes palettes just build from the ground up. Bed, then nightstands, then pillows, and done. I remember being bowled over by the light fixtures and thrilled to feature my friend @jlagarrigue artwork above the bed to tie it all together. I wish I could say there's a formula to successful interiors...but so much of design consists of back to back happy accidents," says designer-we-love Dani Colding.

Lesson #4: People Are The Key To Good Design

Tavia Forbes on Instagram: "Designing for real people with real budgets"

Design is about people, right? It's all about how you will use the space and how it will make you and the ones you love feel in it. What kind of experiences do you want to create through your design?

"Some of our clients have a younger family and need maximum storage and space for everyone. Other clients are in their forever home and want to focus on an aging in place type of design. My first step in design is to find out what clients' needs are and present a design that makes their home life better than before they hired me, " says April Gandy, Founder and Principal Designer, Alluring Designs Chicago.

Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "The dining room at the Isle project. I'm really proud of how my custom dining table design came out. I can't wait to see the family's first dinner party settings in this space. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀"

Love this idea from celeb designer Brigette Romanek to bring in lounge sofas around a dining table – we want to be invited to that dinner party, so cozy yet elegant!

Lesson #5: Corners Create Opportunities

Tiffany Brooks HGTV’d on Instagram: "Don’t forget your smallest corners .. It’s the best opportunity to add something special 🤩 • • • #HGTVSmartHome #ChicagoInteriorDesigner #TiffanyBrooksInteriors #InteriorDesigner #CelebrityInteriorDesigner #DesignIdeas #HGTVDesignStar #HGTVHost #blackgirlmagic #supportsmallbusinesses #smarthome #instagood #picoftheday #designinspiration #explorepage #explore #trending #ad100 #housebeautiful #phillipjeffries"

The smallest spaces can be the most fun to design because you can make an impact with a smaller budget and less time commitment. Make them shine with wallpaper, bold art, vintage furniture or anything personalized.

Sherrell Design Studio on Instagram: "“There is always LIGHT, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” -Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb ~ An artist’s studio for the artist in her | Fairfield Falls II Project. @sherrelldesignstudio 📸: @madelineharperphoto"

"A thoughtfully designed space can dramatically improve the lives of the people who live in it," says Texas-based designer Sherrell Neal. "I love layering color, texture, and light combinations that achieve timeless and livable interiors. For 2023, I'm using more bold paint colors and wallpaper on the 5th wall (ceiling)!"

Lesson #6: Make It Warm + Cozy But Unconventional Too

Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "This is your sign to not sacrifice comfort for design… Some may think that in order to have a beautiful space there will be compromises made in terms of functionality and comfortability. The drama! I know that having a warm and cozy space will make me feel happy in a room which is a primary focus of mine if I am going to be spending a lot of time in it. What do you prioritize in your spaces? Photo by @douglasfriedman"

The warm and cozy part serves the people living in the space while the unconventional part serves your creative soul.

Justina Blakeney on Instagram: "I love designing because it’s such a fun mix of intuitive and calculated. So much of what happens in the process unfolds in the moment, with experimentation and improvisation and just feeling into what makes the space sing. It’s really is like music to me—the high notes, the low notes, the rhythms, the chorus, the bridge, all the different elements coming together to create harmony. Our lanai- as seen in the June issue of @archdigest photographed by @jennapeffley #jungalowbythemountain #jungalow"

Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "I feel so blue... I loved putting together this dining room for my clients at my Los Feliz project, clients who trusted the process and allowed me to flesh out some of my more unconventional ideas. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photographed by.... @tylerjhogan"

Lesson #7: Use Color Strategically For Bigger Impact

Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "Don't be afraid of that bright pop of color! The pink piece is such a dimensional part of this room. I can't imagine the space without it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ photograph by @michaelcliffordphotography from @houseandgardensa cover shoot"

The neutral trend is lovely but a pop of color surprises and delights. Color is everything in these designs.

Me and General Design | Architectural Interior Design on Instagram: "When pop of color works in a fresh new way! Try something new today and see what happens! 💫💫💫 #badassdesign"

𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐲 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐉𝐞𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐬 on Instagram: "𝐏𝐔𝐑𝐏𝐋𝐄 𝐑𝐄𝐈𝐆𝐍: I was listening to some classic Prince online this morning, and his 1980s hit “Purple Rain” ☔️ reminded me of my own affinity for this rich, jewel tone color. Often used to denote royalty, purple has such a wide range of hues, from lavender and violet, to aubergine and merlot. And it makes for quite the bold statement, especially when it’s applied judiciously in interior design and architecture. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Back on July 30th, I posted here about commissioning all the interior doors of my clients’ American Colonial Revival manse to be lacquered a deep purple color. That post led to many inquiries and curious DMs. 😜 So for all of my IG friends here, yes, I 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 did do that, and here’s a close up shot from the foyer! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Collin’s Dictionary defines the term “whimsical” as ‘unusual, playful, and unpredictable, rather than serious and practical’. Traditional interior design is known for being formal. Likewise, this space is designed to be elegant, but we didn’t want the home to take itself too seriously. 😉 I love taking the classic Trad decorating genre and giving it an 𝘶𝘯𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 twist!—CDJ⁣⁣💜 ⁣⁣ #designremix ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣"

Lesson #8: Make It Wild But Serene

Justinablakeneyhome🌞 on Instagram: "Wild, but make it serene #justinablakeneyhome"

So much of design is about balance. Sure, you can bring in a tropical wallpaper with a bold tile and mix in some gold accents and colorful art but balancing the color and tone and texture of the space is key to not being too extra.

Lesson #9: Elegance + Drama = Intrigue

Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "The intrigue...a hallway view of the powder room at Isle project. #interiordesign #romanekdesignstudio 📷 @michaelcliffordphotography"

That lamp, the tile, the wall treatment, oh my swoon!

Lesson #10: Play!

MONET MASTERS on Instagram: "// CHILDREN OVER THIRTY // So thrilled to share our cabana space titled “Children over thirty”. Thrilled to be a part and amongst such brilliant designers. Thrilled that @archdigest / @archdigestpro would have the audacity to celebrate black designers in such a dope way! We’re just thrilled!lol Happy to say the least. Please help us celebrate this beautiful, iconic moment by sharing and tuning in to watch each designer share behind the scene details of their space. You can review the Itinerary by clicking the link in our bio. @forbesmasters will be going live with @archdigest and sharing our space in detail Monday the 23rd at 6pm ET. We hope to see you there. Thank you @the_boundaryuk for helping our space come to life! • • • #atlantainteriordesigner #interiors #interiordesign #designing #bolddesign #luxuxy #showhouse #allblackeverything"

If there is any lesson you can take away from this @forbesmasters design is that it's all about having fun with it. If you feel good about it you'll bring that energy to a space too.

Lesson #11: Enhance Architectural Details With Paint

Tiffany Brooks HGTV’d on Instagram: "I love using paint to enhance architectural details!! 🤩🎨 And everyone has been asking so I had to let you all know. HGTV Home® by Sherwin-Williams' Smokey Topaz (HGSW6117) , created a "WOW" factor on the ceiling and a portion of the walls in the HGTV® Smart Home 2022! @hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams ••• ••• ••• #HGTVSmartHome #ChicagoInteriorDesigner #ChicagoInteriors #TiffanyBrooksInteriors #InteriorDesigner #CelebrityInteriorDesigner #InteriorDecor #DesignIdeas #Hireus #HGTVDesignStar #HGTVHost #chicagointeriordesigner #chicagointeriordecorator #blackgirlmagic #supportsmallbusinesses #entertoday #entertowin #smarthome #hgtvsmarthome2022 #instagood #picoftheday #northcarolina #beach #workfromhome #inspo #chicagolife #wilmingtonnc #northcarolina #homeinspo #sherwinwilliams #painting"

Love how HGTV designer Tiffany Brooks uses paint to highlight the molding here.

Lesson #12: Metallics Make Neutrals Pop

danielle colding on Instagram: "Some metallic pops bring this neutral guest bedroom to life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @patrickclinephotography #dcdny #interiordesign #guestbedroom #bedroomdecor"

They really do in this gorgeous bedroom designed by Colding.

Lesson # 13: You Can Never Have Too Much Art

Justinablakeneyhome🌞 on Instagram: "You can never have too much art! 🎨👩🏾‍🎨💅🏾🖌#jungalow"

Art completes a space and adds a bit of soul -- share art you love and your space will feel like you.

Sheila Bridges on Instagram: "Hard to believe it was just a few weeks ago that I was in Iceland to receive delivery of a new painting by Icelandic artist @julohaf. She was working on a series of “green ladies” (celebrating the nude female body without it being objectified or sexualized) when I visited her art studio in Reykjavik. So happy I stumbled onto her work. 💗💚#art #travel #throwbackthursday #painting #pinkandgreen #fridayflashback #design #home #artlover #oilpainting #interiors #interiordesign #homeawayfromhome #sheilabridges #harlemtoilegirl #designer"

Samuel & Sons on Instagram: "Celebrated New York designer, Sheila Bridges (@harlemtoilegirl), recently sat down with us to speak about her design inspirations, her philosophy on creating the feeling of home, and her favorite holiday tradition. Read more on our blog, link in bio! Design by: @harlemtoilegirl Photo by: @frankfrancesstudio #HomefortheHolidays #Trimmings #SheilaBridges #SamuelandSons"

Lesson #14: Have A Clear Point Of View

Justina Blakeney on Instagram: "People often tell me that @TheJungalow is a strong brand with a clear point of view. I have a lot of fun thinking about branding and brand recognition and so I thought I’d share an exercise I do periodically to help get clear on how to make my brand stand out from the crowd. 💡 Think deeply about how your brand engages with the five senses: 👁️ 🤚🏽 What does your brand look and feel like? For example, if you were to have a home, shop, or hotel that exemplified your brand, imagine what it would look and feel like when you first walk in. What colors do you see? Warm? Cool? What type of furnishings? Curvy or angular? Velvety or linen-y? Vintage or new? Modern or rustic? Patterned or solid? What kind of weather matches your brand? Warm and sunny? Snow? Autumn breezes? 👅 What does your brand taste like? Tropical fruit? Mashed potatoes? A sunny side up egg? 👃 What does your smell like? Vanilla? Sage? Cedar wood? Jasmine? The beach? Spaghetti? 👂 What does your brand sound like? Brazilian Jazz? R&B? Ocean waves? Children playing? Honing in on how your brand engages with the senses is a great exercise you can do to get to know your brand more intimately—and once you are super clear on this, you can weave your vision into all aspects of your brand—from colors and font choices, to tone and the types of products or services to offer. Photo of my very jungalicious Lanai, a space that exemplifies @thejungalow brand, by @jennapeffley for @archdigest 💗🙌🏽🌞🌿"

Blakeney's branding tips can apply to any design – you want consistency and a clear direction to get a cohesive look.

Lesson #15: Every Moment Is A Chance To Show Up

Ceilings too can create a moment.

Lesson #16: Heritage Details Create A Sense of Place

danielle colding on Instagram: "Consignment store dressers meet childhood bedroom Degas, meet my mom's elephant planter and my fave lamp bought at a design showroom sample sale! This dresser vignette is like a road map through my life...So many special meaningful items paired with things I was able to purchase as an adult. My Bed Stuy apartment was such a place of healing after the death of my mother. Spaces can truly be a refuge during trying times. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #dcdny #interiordesign #consignmentfinds #vignettestyling #specialmemories ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀"

Colding perfectly articulates why having heirlooms and nostalgic items bring a sense of soul to a place. "This dresser vignette is like a road map through my life...So many special meaningful items paired with things I was able to purchase as an adult. My Bed Stuy apartment was such a place of healing after the death of my mother. Spaces can truly be a refuge during trying times," she says in her post.

Lesson #17: Support small, minority-owned businesses.

"I’ve learned I do a better job of staging a space once I can see it put together in person instead of having it all figured out before we get started," says Gandy. "I have also enjoyed meeting and partnering with new local small businesses, especially minority owned businesses. It gives me a sense of pride to know I’m contributing to their success," which brings us to our final lesson #17: Shop small. Finding unique pieces you won't find in mass quantities will inspire a space that feels personal, special, and one-of-a-kind.

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