Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chile-Lime Melon Salad

Along with warmer temperatures and longer days, one of the things I look forward to most every Summer is the abundance of fresh produce that the season brings. From sweet corn to fresh watermelon, ripe tomatoes, strawberries and more, I am convinced that Summer is the most flavorful time of the year. While I have my favorite go-to recipes that I make year after year, I was intrigued when I came across this Chile-Lime Melon Salad and decided to give it a try. Despite being skeptical that you could improve upon the flavor of fresh melon, I was pleasantly surprised how the addition of lime juice and a hint of chili pepper enhanced the fruit's flavor, without being overpowering or too spicy. Refreshingly sweet, with a subtle kick, this fruit salad is a fun twist on a summer classic.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Ruffle Trimmed Tops

While I definitely went through a phase in my early twenties, trying out every "of the moment" trend, my style has since evolved and I tend to be more selective on the trends I choose to embrace. Instead of forcing something that doesn't work with my body type or fit my personal style, I now stick to updated classics and silhouettes that I feel confident in. While there are several trends I passed on over the Summer, the ruffle trimmed top was one I fully embraced and plan on wearing into the Fall. More interesting than a basic tee and less formal than a peplum blouse, the ruffle trimmed top is quickly becoming a new obsession of mine.

Shop These Items: 1. Kate Spade Flounce Tee 2. The Great Ruffle Tee 3. Ella Moss Desiree Blouse 4. Diane Von Furstenberg Galia Blouse 5. Madewell Pleated Crepe Blouse 6. Anthropologie Cascade Peplum Top 7. Cupcakes and Cashmere Horizon Stripe Top 8. Maven West Bailey Lace Up Peplum 9. Club Monaco Phaedra Top

Monday, May 23, 2016

Gray Malin Inspired Sprinkle-tini

I first came across the work of photographer Gray Malin a few years ago and instantly fell in love with his aerial beach photography. Not only are his photos beautiful, but they capture coastlines from a vantage point few ever see, transforming beaches into colorful works of art. Each image whisks you away on a mini vacation, so when I heard he was releasing a coffee table book I immediately pre-ordered a copy and I have been paging through it ever since it arrived last week.

While I have no immediate plans for a beach vacation, I decided the next best thing was a sprinkle-rimmed cocktail inspired by this Gray Malin cocktail kit. My favorite poolside drink is a vodka lemonade, so I updated a classic and used pink lemonade, sprinkles and a pink flamingo to dress things up a bit. I don't know about you, but I am fairly certain that every cocktail tastes infinitely better when served with a sprinkled rim and a pink flamingo!

Tip: To help keep your sprinkles in place, rim each glass with a touch of honey before dipping them into a shallow dish of sprinkles.


Friday, May 20, 2016

High/Low: Crossbody Saddle Bag

I usually don't pay much attention to the Pantone colors of the year, but I have definitely noticed that this years colors have had a strong influence on fashion. Over the last year or so pastels have gradually grown in popularity, but it seems that now they have officially taken center stage, so when I came across these crossbody bags I couldn't keep them to myself. Although at different price points, both bags are the perfect shade of blush pink and are just the right size for carrying your essentials all summer long.

Shop high / Shop low


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Seven Summer Dresses

Without a question, dresses are my go-to wardrobe staple all summer long. Not only are they functional by keeping you cool as the temperatures rise, but they offer the ease of being able to throw on one article of clothing and go. Today I am sharing just a few of the many dresses I've had my eye on lately that are perfect for the summer months.

Shop These Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7


Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring Shoe Picks

After a long winter in salt-stained boots, I have eagerly awaited warmer temperatures so I can finally step outside in the morning wearing sandals or heels, without immediately regretting my decision and freezing in my office for the rest of the day. Thankfully those days have started to occur less frequently and I have started to look for a few new additions to my spring shoe line-up. Here are few pairs I have had my eye on lately that would be perfect for any occasion this season.

Shop These Shoes: 1. Madewell Slingbacks 2. Jeffrey Campbell Ibex Sandals 3. Franco Sarto Maisy Sandal 4. Franco Sarto Flat Sandal 5. Madewell Simple Slide Sandal 6. Cocobelle Naples Sandals 7. Dolce Vita Wedge Sandals 8. Espadrille Sandal 9. Nine West Wedge Sandal 10. J. Crew Flower High Heel 11. Francis Valentine Tassel Heel 12. Banana Republic Holland Heel


Friday, April 1, 2016

Decor Inspiration

I have been on a major interior decorating kick lately and while I get inspiration from a variety of sources, this has to be one of my favorite home tours to date. I absolutely love the mix of rustic, feminine and modern decor that give this home an eclectic feel, without being too mismatched. From the worn coffee table, to the statement-making black fireplace and stunning pink bathroom, I can't get enough!

View the whole home tour here.
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