DIY: Milkmaid braid

It’s an exciting day on the fourth floor – the launch of our first-ever video! Starring the lovely Andie and Natalie, they’ll take you through each step of creating an easy milkmaid braid.

What should our next video be about? Tweet us @rockitpromo or comment below to let us know.

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Yum, yum: Our favourite ways to drink beer

Admittedly, most of us weren’t the biggest beer fans until we became well acquainted with various university beer promos: Toonie-Tuesdays at the campus bar, beer pong tournaments and $25-four-litre pitchers at an infamous Toronto pub. Beer used to be a means to an end, but years of enjoying this beverage have led to true love of that refreshing combination of hops, barley and bubbles.

Here are some of our favourite ways to consume brewskis, with a summer spin:

The Beergarita
A lovely combination of lime, tequila and Mexican beer that is delightful when enjoyed on a patio.

1 can frozen limeade
1 pint tequila
3 to 4 Corona (or other similar beers)

Combine one cup of tequila with three to four beer in a large pitcher. Stir in limeade and serve over ice with a slice of lime and dash of salt. Mmmmm. 

The Beer Float
Josh Rubin of The Toronto Star opened our eyes to the possibility of beer as a dessert beverage. It’s a tasty, sweet snack that’s perfect for a warm evening. 

Vanilla ice cream
Dash of maple syrup
1 bottle Rickard’s Dark (or other flavoured beer – we are keen to try the Nickel Brook Apple Pilsner with a scoop of vanilla and dash of cinnamon, and Mill St. Coffee Porter with a scoop of chocolate).

Toss a scoop (or two) of ice cream in a tall glass. Slowly pour in beer and add maple syrup to taste. Best enjoyed with a spoon. Whipped cream optional.

The Ice Cold Pint

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Head to your favourite pub, patio or bar, grab some pals and down a frothy glass of your favourite brew. Top picks: Alexander Keith‘s, Mill St. Lemon Tea, Steam Whistle and Stella Artois.

Photo courtesy of http://www.guardian.co.uk 

Bonus points for appropriately branded glassware and a smooth pour.

Bottoms up!

Fashion-able: Bike Style

Biking to work and play not only saves time and money (in most cases) but also the environment. Love it. Once you master travel on two wheels, the next step is to master cycling fashion. Pulling together a bike friendly look that still takes you to the office or drinks with the girls is possible. It just takes a little know-how. Here are some tips to help you nail down your biker chic.

Do: Wear bike shorts beneath a short dress. Ladies, summer dresses are an absolute must. Hot, steamy days while pushing those pedals mean that less is more when it comes to what you’re wearing. But don’t flash innocent bystanders while you are riding. Booty shorts, bike shorts, — hell, even boy-cut underwear are better than wearing just a tiny thong beneath your frock. They will save you from showing your bum. It’s a good idea. Plus: bike shorts are making a comeback. Lots of designers have great options, but we especially like the Chanel ones Alexa Chung is sporting in this photo:

Do: Wear a helmet. Helmets are sexy. Bashed-in brains are not. Arriving with helmet head is preferrable to arriving in a body bag. To make helmets a little more palatable, here is a cute option from Bern ($79, available at Mountain Equipment Co-op). Or, take a peek at this colourful one that Vitamin Daily recently featured.

 Don’t: Shy away from wearing heels while riding. While not ideal (or necessarily easy), sporting a pair of hot heels on a bike is a valuable skill shared by few women. It requires a bit more dexterity when stopping and going. But showing up in killer footware makes you look that much cooler. Voilà:

Hot!
Do: Find a cute and functional cross-shoulder bag. A backpack just brings back memories of Grade 6, which was enough the first time around. For grown-ups, a plethora of great cross-shoulder bags are out there. They’ll let you carry everything you need for a day at the office, and still maintain your look. A high-end, amazing bag from Gucci is classic and always in style. A homegrown Canadiana version is as cute as it is functional.
Don’t: Let your thong hang out. It is hard to manage at times (those low-rise jeggings are especially tricky), but not showing your gitch is important. Not even hot mama Gisele can get away with it.

Wear a longer undershirt, higher waisted pants (very of-the-moment) or hide your g-string with your cross-shoulder bag slung behind.

 
Happy cycling!
Photos Credits:
3. TheDigitel via flickr