During the summers, when I was growing up, we would visit Nantucket off of the coast of Massachusetts. Everything there was so picturesque from the historic brick buildings to the white picket fences and bright blue hydrangeas. We would rent bikes, pack a lunch and our swimsuit and venture to the other side of the island for a picnic. I have so many wonderful memories of those summer trips.
To me, Serena & Lily encapsulates that easy-going elegance that I found in the little island of Nantucket. I have partnered with Serena & Lily to put together a few perfect things for the beach. I especially love their new pareos which can be used for all sorts of things like a after beach cover-up or a spontaneous picnic blanket or towel. Add in some shades, rosé and a good book, and you'll be the chicest one on the beach.
Also, for those of you that live in SF, they are having a trunkshow of these fun summer accessories (that aren't usually available in stores), in their beautiful San Francisco design shop on July 30th. All of the details are below. I would love to meet you in person at the event, and we can stock up for the perfect beach day!
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I love trying out new recipes. I admit that I often get sucked into the Pinterest vortex and sometime my recipes dont turn out quite like the pretty pictures. I wanted to share some of my favorite foodie bloggers because they are constantly inspiring me to mix it up (both literally and figuratively) I demand a lot of the food bloggers I follow, they not only have to develop delicious recipes but they have to have a great eye for styling and photography. These five foodies check all the boxes. Hopefully they will inspire you to try a new dish.
1. Joy the Baker - Really the queen of cooking, in my mind, her posts are hilarious, honest and she has a soft spot for sweets and fresh veggies.
2. How Sweet Eats - I think that her recipes are very approachable and often involve ingredients that you have on hand.
3. Bakers Royale - The recipes on this site are inventive but strike a good balance between complicated and easy to make. There is something here for everyone.
4. Cookie and Kate - Another one of my weekly go-tos because she has great ideas for easy, healthy meals.
5. Call Me Cupcake - As a lover of food and photography, this is the jackpot. Her photos are styled incredibly (the recipes are pretty great too :-)
Miles Redd is a favorite designer of mine. He decorates fearlessly with color and patterns. Althrough his interiors are nearly the opposite of my mainly neutral home, I still love his style. This home for the illustrious "OscarPRgirl" as she is known on social media or Erika Bearman in the real world, caught my eye. I love the undeniably girly touches like the pink bedroom or the stripe foyer. His use of colorful walls is truly inspiring.
Images from Elle Decor.
If you are born in Seattle, you grow up with three cliches rain, coffee (preferably Starbucks) and Nordstrom. I am certainly no exception to that. My Nordstrom loyalty goes deep. There is nothing quite like the flagship downtown for covering all of your shopping needs. No this isn't a sponsored post, I just love it that much.
Each year, right around my birthday, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale takes place. While it signals the coming of fall, it has always been the perfect opportunity to stock up on essentials. Trying on cashmere in summer isn't easy, but someone has to do it, right?
Below is a list of my top ten picks from the sale. Believe me, I could have gone on all day. Its always hard to buy basics but those are what to really look for during the sale. You will be wearing them for months to come and glad that you went with black instead of turquoise. Here are a few of my favorites. I can't wait to wear the booties I got (#1) soon (maybe sooner than I thought with the fog here)
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I know lots of people that have summer birthdays (including me!) so I thought that it would be helpful to assemble a little list of perfect presents for summer babies. This list keeps it classic from wine glasses featured on my favorite show, Scandal, to fun (and affordable) jewelry pieces. This compilation has a distinctly European feel--perfect for someone that left their heart in Paris.
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While reading this month's Elle Decor, I came upon a picture of an incredible restaurant in downtown LA. The design of Faith & Flower brings in all of the best parts of art deco in a cozy setting. I love how they chose to forgo typical glasses and use a pop of green on the table. They also just won a Diner's Choice award from Open Table so the food isn't too shabby either. Enjoy these gorgeous pictures and next time you are in LA, make sure to stop and visit in person.
Images from Faith & Flower.
I've got a super easy, tasty summer recipe for you today. It only takes three simple ingredients to make a delicious appetizer. My Dad cooked up this recipe based on a restaurant in Santa Barbara, Brophy's, and serves it regularly at home. This week I'm up in Seattle and got to try them. I thought it would be a perfect recipe to share because its great to have as an appetizer with friends.
Makes enough for about 2-4 people. Double the recipe for a larger group.
1/4 cup pickling spices
1 Beer (a lager works best but we only had Corona on hand)
1 lb of shrimp in their shell (heads removed)
Step No. 1
Step No. 2
Put pickling spices and beer in a saucepan over high heat.
Step No. 3
Once bubbles start to form, and mixture begins to boil, add shrimp.
Step No. 4
Cook for about 5 minutes until the shrimp turn pink and are cooked through. Pour contents of saucepan into a colander.
Step No. 5
Serve immediately with cocktail sauce (extra horseradish if you like it spicy) and lemons. The rose is optional ;-) Enjoy with friends outside.