Happy Friday

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Sorry I was a little MIA this week! I thought I had scheduled a post, but it got scheduled to a section of the website that isn’t visible (#newappproblems) and then, honestly, the daily logistics of life took over. I had to call the dentist like 5 times one day to schedule 2 cleanings, same with the optometrist, etc.. It sounds like not a big deal, but it was stuff like that non-stop all week and it just takes so much longer than you think and truly saps all of my patience and attention span. But, on the bright side, while I was on hold so long I found some fun internet articles, lol. Did anyone else have a week where the smallest items on your to do list take up ALL of your time?

But, back to finding joy : ) Here are some articles that made me smile this week-

I really enjoyed this interview with the former Glamour UK beauty editor

Men’s polos are on sale and an extra 30% off at Ralph Lauren, a great last minute Father’s Day gift!

The recipe for the perfect mascara application

Some good restaurant recommendations if you are going to Savannah any time soon!

I’m in love with Lilly Pulitzer’s navy new arrivals, especially this dress!

How to help save the bees if you live in a city

A great high low list if you are on the market for a new purse

I love Kate Middleton’s casual look, especially the pleated collar

I can’t wait to make these salmon burgers this weekend

Essie nailpolishes on sale for $6.59 at Target!

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

The arrival of the summer heat has me day dreaming about all the fun summer activities I want tompartake in this year. Picnics, kayaking, trips to the beach, the list goes on and on! In order to make sure I actually do any of it, I’ve been working on my summer bucket list. Sometimes too many options can just be daunting, you know? A short(ish) list can make it a lot easier to make sure you actually accomplish what you want! So here’s my list:

  1. Take a trip to the beach and go in the ocean

  2. Eat all you can eat crabs somewhere fun

  3. Kayak down the Potomac

  4. Grill Friday night dinner outside

  5. Go on a romantic weekend getaway

  6. Finish knitting my cousin’s wedding afghan

  7. Watch fireworks over the Capital

  8. See a show (Aladdin is coming to town and I think that could be fun!)

  9. Go to a fair and ride the potato sacks

  10. Never get a bad sun burn

  11. Start wearing SOF in my hands daily

  12. Make homemade ice cream

Whats your summer bucket list?

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Happy Friday!

Georgetown Flowers

Hello Friends! Did you have a nice week? Does it feel like summer? It sure does here in the capital! While I wouldn’t mind it the humidity backed off a little, I am here for it! I can’t wait to sit by the pool, where my Jack Rogers everywhere and anywhere, sip pina coladas and enjoy summer meals by the grill. How about you?

There’s a script for Legally Blonde 3!!!

The Kate Spade Canvas Sam, the perfect bag for the summer, is 30% off! I picked one up in navy and paired it with this parrot scarf. I’m obsessed!

How to tell if you exfoliate too much

Ever wondered what sauce paired with that fun pasta shape? Here’s a guide!

I bought some kinetic sand to make a centerpiece for our kitchen table for summer, and the stuff is so darn fun to play with! I highly recommend it, especially if you have kids around to play with you

I really enjoyed this Fat Mascara podcast with a podiatrist - I learned so much about taking care of my feet!

Summer reading recommendations

I guess I’m staying away from this mask

June dinner recipe ideas

Adorable new Target finds

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Chocolate Dipped Orange Madeleine Recipe

Chocolate Dipped Orange Madeleine Recipe
Chocolate Dipped Orange Madeleine Recipe

I cleaned up my kitchen cabinets over the weekend and found my madeleine pan that I hadn’t used in a hot minute. I got really excited to test out a new recipe on it, and started dreaming up all the best madeleine taste combinations. JD requested chocolate dipped, so I finally landed on chocolate dipped orange madeleines and boy are they worth the effort! In fact, I’m including a warning with this recipe - it is impossible to eat just one!

Chocolate Dipped Orange Madeleine Recipe

Here re the ingredients -

For cookies:

1/2 cup orange juice

1/3 cup orange zest

3 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp course salt

1 stick butter, melted (plus the amount you need to butter your pan)

1/2 tsp vanilla

For chocolate:

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 tbsp olive oil

pinch of sea salt

First, simmer the orange juice on the stove in a fry pan until it is reduce by half.

Whip together the eggs and sugar (I used a stand mixer) until the batter is pale and thick enough to fall in ribbons; about ten minutes.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Fold these dry ingredients into the batter, being careful not to overtax. Fold in orange juice reduction, orange zest, melted butter and vanilla.

Refrigerate batter at least two hours (overnight is fine). Preheat oven to 350 while the batter stands at room temperature. Genergously butter your madeleine pan and spoon in batter until the cups are 3/4 full. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool.

Melt the chocolate chips by microwaving them for 30 seconds a time until melted. Stir in the olive oil and salt. Dip the madeleines in the chocolate and let cool on parchment paper.

Chocolate Dipped Orange Madeleine Recipe

Enjoy!

Have you had madeleines before? Do you love them too?

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Gal Meets Glam Regina Dress

Gal Meets Glam Regina Dress
Gal Meets Glam Regina Dress

I am obsessed with how the skirt on this Gal Meets Glam Regina dress twirls! Honestly, I’m obsessed with everything about this dress. The red orange color, the square neckline, the sleeve, the pockets, and the full skirt. It is so fun and so elegant and so wonderful! I could wear it every day, all day and feel like a movie star. I think this dress is very Mrs. Maisel approved, don’t you?!

Gal Meets Glam Regina Dress

The fabric on the dress is a light crepe, and it’s lined, so it’s perfect for summer. It holds its shape without having any extra weight, and it feels light on. I’d say it is true to size, though if you are in between sizes go down. The darting is quite generous if you have a larger top, and the cinched in waist is very flattering. In addition, the neckline and sleeve are very bra-friendly. The color of this dress is a bright orange-red, which I love! It is so bright and cheerful for summer, and would also be perfect around the holidays.

Gal Meets Glam Regina Dress

Dress / Pumps / Earrings / Bag

I paired it with my Chanel dupe pumps and my scallop statement earrings. These oversized shell earrings (called Mermaid earrings!) are so light they feel like you don’t have anything on, and I love how fun they are! ! I think they make the dress look day time appropriate and summer-y. I would wear it with some pearl studs or shiny statement earrings for night time, or in the winter.

Gal Meets Glam Regina Dress

Just look at how it twirls! I can’t wait to wear the Regina to go dancing!

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May Reading List

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I feel like May flew by but was also rather long. Anyone else? One positive side effect of that phenomena is that it was full of so many good books! I’ve been in a reading habit lately where I either tear through a book or it takes me a week or two. This month was no exception, though I really enjoyed most of the books (regardless of how long it took to read). I’m hoping June is as successful from a reading standpoint, fingers crossed! 

Ghosted - 4/5 -  This is a mystery romance centered around a woman who dates a man for a week, falls in love, and then stops hearing from him. She is convinced that something bad happened to him, but all of her friends try and convince her to move on because he’s just not that into her. The book is sweet, a little sad, and kept me on my toes. The twist near the end of the book completely took my by surprise, which is hard to do!

Next Year in Havana - 4.5/5 -  This is a love story that takes place in the present age and also right before Castro took over the island. I didn’t know much about that period in Cuban history, and I feel like I learned so much about the island then and now. I loved feeling like I was stepping into the past, and the love stories were very poignant. If you like romance and historical fiction this one is for you. 

The Light We Lost - 4/5 - I think I should start by warning you that this book was so sad. It’s about a couple that falls for each other in college and keep leaving and entering each other’s lives. It was very compelling, I couldn’t put it down, and I think it had some very insightful things to say about different types of love and relationships. I highly recommend, it, but have a box of tissues close by!

The Other Woman - 3/5 - This book centers on a young woman in London who met her dream man and can’t wait to get hitched - the only glitch is his mother, who hates her and will stop at nothing to break them apart. There are a few twists at the end, one of which I guessed and the other one took me completely by surprise. It was a fast paced read that I enjoyed, but I give it 3/5 instead of higher because the main character really bugged me sometimes. 

 The Immortalists - 3/5 - In this novel four siblings go to see a psychic when they are young kids in NYC. The psychic gives them each the day of their deaths, and the prediction shapes the rest of their lives. The book questions the idea of fate, and destiny, and how much predictions come true versus us making them come true. It was a bit of a slow read, but I thought that the author made the characters emotions come alive in a heartfelt and beautiful way. If you want a book that makes you ponder I recommend it. 

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Happy Friday

Washington DC Sculpture Garden

Happy Friday everyone! What a week - fitting five days of work/appointments/chores… into four always makes for a fast yet busy time. These past few weeks have been so full, and I’ve felt like I have so many plates spinning in the air, it’s let to a few less blog posts. I’m sorry about that! After this week I should be back on track to M-F though! I love writing this blog, and I love all of your sweet comments and messages and thank you for continuing to read! I think it’s going to be such a great summer, I can’t wait to share all of the fun recipes and crafts and outfits I find with all of you! In the mean time, here’s what is inspiring me this week-

Patriotic Movies to enjoy all summer

Beautiful berry desserts

The classic MZ Wallace tote comes in stripes now!

Cupcakes and Cashmere’s daily makeup routine has some products I want to try!

I love Carly’s summer uniform, so cute and preppy!

Michael Douglas’s estate in Malorca is drop dead gorgeous

I love this patriotic table runner for summer

These H sandals are back in stock! Don’t they look just like the Hermes ones?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Give Me All The Ruffles

Lilly Pulitzer Skort

The second I saw this ruffled skort I knew I needed to add it to my summer wardrobe. The wrap around ruffle and the pink seersucker make me feel like a ballerina. Plus, I love that the skort looks a little dressier than plain shorts but is just as easy and convenient to walk around town in. Just add in sneakers and a white top and you are good to go all day, from day to night!

I put it to the test on Memorial Day, and walked all around D.C. and scooted around to the Arlington Cemetery. The Lyft scooters are so fun! You use the Lyft app to rent scooters, and then zip all around. The National Mall is the perfect place to use them too; the roads are smooth and wide, and there is so much to see along the way!

Maison Kayser D.C.
Lilly Pulitzer Skort

Before the monuments and the scooters we started the day off at our favorite breakfast place, Maison Kayser. We first went to Maison Kayser when we were in Paris on our honeymoon, and it is just as delicious in the states! I highly, highly recommend the baguette with jam and butter. So simple and so delicious! If you are in NYC they have a few locations there, and they have two in Washington D.C., including one by the National Mall.

Washington D.C. sculpture garden
Lilly Pulitzer Skort

Tee / Tank / Skort / Sneakers / Sunglasses / Backpack

How cute is the fact that there is a ramp for the ducks to get into the fountain by the National Sculpture Garden?!! I paired the skort with both this lace ruffled tank and my go to tee. I loved the tank, but once we started scooting around I wanted my shoulders covered so I put on a t-shirt. I also wore my trusty Supergas - these have been my go to sneakers for years! They are so comfortable and cute! Even Kate Middleton agrees ; )

Are you excited about ruffles too? I didn’t used to like them, but this year I can’t get enough!

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Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta

shrimp and angel hair pasta
shrimp and angel hair pasta

On Sunday night J.D. whipped together the most delicious pasta dinner for us! It was so yummy and so easy to make, I knew after my first bite it would become a family recipe that I had to share with all of you! If you live a light and easy Italian dinner, you’ll love this! 

Ingredients: 

1 box angel hair pasta

1 lb shrimp (I love the frozen shrimp from Trader Joe’s) 

1 chopped portabella mushroom cap

2 cloves garlic, minced 

1 lemon  

Splash white cooking wine

1 bag cherry tomatoes, halved 

shredded Parmesan cheese  

1 bunch arugula  

Sauté the garlic in olive oil. Add in the tomatoes, mushroom and shrimp, along with the wine and lemon. Cook at a simmer until the shrimp are cooked through and season with salt and pepper. Right before the pasta is done add in the arugula. At the same time bring a pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to the box instructions. Plate the pasta and add the shrimp sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan. Voila! 

Whats your go to dinner?  

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Happy Friday

Book Hill park
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My Memorial Day Sale Picks

These are so many cute summer items on sale right now, which is such perfect timing for summer! I’m excited because the sales include fun items I’ve been talking about the past few weeks! Plus, some summer classics I’ve been wanting for a while (like the classic J.Crew pajamas). Here are all of my favorites -

Aren’t those sneakers adorable? And they are only $38!

What’s your favorite? Have a great Thursday!

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