Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday everyone! Did you have a nice week? Survive the heat? We’ve had weather alerts for over 100 degrees and I am happily willing to admit that it is not my cup of tea. Oh well; I’ll just have to embrace the sunscreen life ; )

It’s been a busy week here but I’m trying to make time every night for the warm breeze summer nights by the pool. Sitting next to the water with a drink and a good book is pretty close to heaven for me. What about you? What’s your ideal summer night?

Anyway, here are some other things I’m enjoying -

There’s a Marvelous Mrs. Maisel lipstick collection!!

The darling parrot earrings from Tuckernuck are on sale!

Glossier is coming out with mercy and I’m pretty excited about it! The long sleeve tee looks so cool and cozy

Make Bouillabaisse like a French woman

I’m really watching Kelly’s home decor all come together! Love the chandelier!

I’m really excited about this microwave food cover - it’s BPA free and it collapses when you aren’t using it!

Some interesting info on plant protein

I love these pink leather boots for fall!

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Staples That Never Go Out Of Style

Summer Staples That Never Go Out of Style

Summer outfits are some of my favorite to style. That are so fun and easy, and the same key pieces can be relied on season after season. I love knowing I can purchase a few classic pieces and look fresh and stylish while walking around in the summer sun every season. Plus, it’s so easy to be bright when you don’t have to put a coat over your favorite top! I also feel like timeless summer staples are so much more attainable than winter clothes - the perfect summer sandal that’s been in style since the 60’s (Jack Rogers Palm Beach sandals!) are so much more affordable than the classic riding boot…anyone else agree?

I always reach for whites, navy, and pops of color. With a statement earring of course! I think of it as a vintage prep ascetic. Here are all of my summer favorites that you can wear season after season, because they never go out of style -

  1. Classic “dress-up dress” - Gal Meets Glam and on sale!!

  2. White jean jacket

  3. A striped 3/4 top for breezy nights or days by the ocean

  4. Comfortable shorts you can wear all day every day

  5. A flattering striped top

  6. A fun coverup that looks good with all of your swim suits

  7. Fun statement earrings that add a lot of personality to any outfit

  8. A swimsuit that you feel like a million bucks in

  9. The classic summer sandal

  10. An easy sundress that is super comfortable in the heat and appropriate for all occasions

What are you wardrobe staples?

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Nordstrom’s Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Nordstrom's Lemon Ricotta Cookies

My parents came to DC for the 4th which was so fun! We saw lots of sights and fireworks and ate great food; lots of wonderful memories were made! On their last day here it started pouring, and we wanted to get lunch somewhere where we could drive and park without getting soaking wet. Enter the Nordstrom cafe (side note: it’s hard to eat out in a city and find connected, covered parking!) Along with some good sandwiches we indulged on their Lemon Ricotta cookies and they were sooo good. After one bite I knew I had to make them myself, and on my next trip to the grocery store I got the ingredients to do just that.

Nordstrom's Lemon Ricotta Cookies

I used this recipe. I put the dough in the refrigerator for 4 hours before I froze it for 6 hours, and I baked them for 24 minutes (instead of 22). You can also freeze the dough overnight if that works better.

Nordstrom's Lemon Ricotta Cookies

It made about two batches of large cookies. My biggest piece of advice is to frost all of the cookies immediately after baking the icing. If you wait at all the lemon juice starts to separate. In addition, store them in the refrigerator.

have you made any delicious cookies recently? What kind?!

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Summer Beach Reads - My June Reading List

Summer Beach Reads

June was full of so many books that I think are perfect for days by the beach or lounging by the pool! Not trash, but very fast paced and enjoyable. I can’t wait to read a few more of these in July! To me, the hot days of summer are perfect for these types of books - not too light, addicting and just plain enjoyable! Here’s what I read -

More Than Words - 4.5/5 - I loved this book. It is by the author of The Light We Lost, which I also truly enjoyed (though it’s sad). More Than Words is the story of a New York debutante who lost her mother as a young girl and has recently lost her father. After his passing she learns some family secrets that change her perspective on her parents and also who she is, and what she values. The writing is beautiful and the characters were very likable.

Necessary People - 4/5 - This book is dark and twisted without going over the edge into creepy. It is the story of Stella and Violet, best friends from college who move to New York City together after graduation. Stella is a rich party girl, and Violet is a hard working girl with a poor background and a nonexistent relationship with her family. Violet aspires to become a news producer and when Stella starts competing with her in the workplace things get ugly, fast. It’s one of those books you can’t put down, and the ending is a complete surprise!

The Kiss Quotient - 3/5 - There were parts of this book I really liked and parts I didn’t care for. The book is about Stella, a lovely young woman with Autism who is struggling in her efforts to date. She decides to practice by hiring a male escort, Michael, who is a male version of Vivian in Pretty Woman. I loved the getting to know the characters, and thought the love story was sweet. What I didn’t like was how parts of it read like a harlequin romance. It was a lot, and I ended up skipping over multiple scenes, just FYI.

Park Avenue Summer - 4.5/5 - What a fun read! This book follows Alice, a young woman from Ohio who moves to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a professional photographer. Along the way she becomes the secretary for Helen Gurly Brown, a true person who transformed Cosmopolitan into the woman’s magazine it is today. Following Alice on her journey of self-discovery in 1960’s New York was so fun and cool, it makes you want to put on a mod banana shift for a night on the town!

I Am Madame X - 3/5 - This book is a fictional account of the figure behind John Singer Sargent’s famous painting Madame X. I enjoyed reading about Paris in the 1870s and 1880s, and enjoyed the characters (except her mother!). Plus, reading about the art world is always entertaining to me, and I loved reading about Paris’s reaction to the Impressionist movement.

Have you read any good books lately? Please Share!

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Happy Friday!

Washington DC hydrangea

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Mine was spent getting back on track after a weekend away, cookies, candies from FAO Schwartz, and lots of work. The business will be worth it though, when I get to relax on Saturday and spent time with my parents when they arrive next week. They started talking about visiting for the 4th of July almost a year ago, I can’t believe the trip is actually here! This past year has just flown by for me - the phrase the days are long but the years are short is so true.

Here are some fun things I enjoyed online this week -

My purse of the summer, the Kate Spade Canvas Sam Bag, is on sale for under $100!

You can remove pen ink stains with hand sanitizer, and it really works!

I always love Carly’s Spotify playlists and she has a new one

Kelly’s mood boards for her master bedroom are giving me house envy!

Tuckernuck has a new packable hat line, these are so great for traveling

If Disney characters donned designer bags made me laugh

How to bring Old Hollywood into your home

I’ve been using a good old Clarisonic recently to exfoliate and my skin loves it!

Warby Parker makes bags now!

This shaken pina colada looks pretty great!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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White Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies

white chocolate chip pistachio cookies
white chocolate chip pistachio cookies

I can’t believe it’s been a few weeks since I baked some dessert! My sweet tooth has been going crazy, lol. But seriously, our house sans any cookies…it’s definitely full of less joy! So, yesterday I decided that the cookie monster in me won over anything else I needed to do and I made some white chocolate pistachio cookies. Guys, they are so good! The salty pistachios mixed with the sweet chocolate chips is the perfect combination! I have no doubt these cookies are going to become a part of my regular rotation, especially since we already had all of the ingredients but the pistachios. Here’s the recipe -

  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tbsp vanila

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 2 1/2 cups flour

  • 1 cup chopped and shelled pistachios

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

white chocolate chip pistachio cookies

Brown the butter in a small saucepan on the stove and let cool for 20 minutes. Combine the browned butter and both sugars in a mixer at medium speed for one minute. Add in the salt, vanilla, honey, egg and baking soda and mix until combined, about one minute. Mix in the flour on low until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and pistachios. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!!

white chocolate chip pistachio cookies

What’s your favorite new recipe?

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The New Glossier Headquarters

The New Glossier Headquarters

While we were in NYC last weekend I had the opportunity to visit the new Glossier showroom. Guys, it’s gorgeous! It’s basically a living Instagram post (which I’m sure was a big part of the design) and I loved exploring and swatches the new products I haven’t seen in person. I was also really impressed with the staff/customer interactions. There was a line to get into the store, and they had several employees outside greeting everyone, talking about products, and handing out free sunscreen to use! It was a great way to get everyone interested in shopping the brand.

The New Glossier Headquarters
The New Glossier Headquarters

I swatched a ton of products while I was there and I’m really excited about some new lip makeup! I loved the way that the new formula of Generation G in Zip looked, it’s such a great summer red and goes on sheer (and builds to as intense a red as you want) and also the red Vinylic Lip color. Online it looks like it’s going to be extremely red, but in person it is a thin stain. Think, natural Disney Princess lips. It looks like a great, fun color for summer and sundresses!

The New Glossier Headquarters

Love the mood boards!

The New Glossier Headquarters

There were lots of Millenial pink flowers all over the showroom. It’s one of my favorite flower colors : )

The New Glossier Headquarters

Look at that line! Beauty customers mean business!

Have you been to any of Glossier’s showrooms in person? Or tried any of their new products? I can’t wait to report back with pictures of me wearing the lip products! And don’t forget you get 10% off your first Glossier order with my rep link : )

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Happy Friday!

Georgetown bunny rabbits

Did you all have a nice week? It was a beautiful one here in D.C. The birds were chirping, the sun was shining and I even saw a bunny on the park! I’m hoping the good weather holds up this weekend. We are heading up to NEw York to visit family and I’m crossing my fingers the sun is out to go to Coney Island. It looks like so much fun in movies, I really want to see it myself! And hopefully the Glossier headquarters, but we’ll see how much tolerance JD and his brother have…lol

Some fun internet finds:

The fact that the Parks and Rec cast has a text chain makes me so happy

I loved this Fat Mascara interview with Gucci Westman

My favorite pajamas are on major sale

Banana, berry and buttermilk popsicles sound delicious!

I’m really curious about red light therapy now!

Ways to make your bathroom feel more luxurious

Kate Middleton’s best style moments

I love these colorful summer slides!

Netflix is remaking the Chronicles of Narnia!

Great Bookstagram accounts

Have a great weekend!

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A Special Take on Chocolate Covered Strawberries

chocolate ganache strawberries
chocolate ganache strawberries

Over the weekend strawberries were buy one get one at my grocery store and I scooped them up before I was sure what I would do with them. They just looked so delicious! Before I was done picking up my groceries I knew I had to use them for chocolate covered strawberries, using the ganache I used to cover my madeleines with. Well, I’m happy to report they tasted delicious and took less than five minutes to make!

Here’s what you need: 1 pint strawberries, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 tbsp olive oil, sprinkle of sea salt.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until mostly melted. Stir in the olive oil and salt until everything is combined and melted together. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate and let dry on a plate for about 5 minutes. Enjoy!

chocolate ganache strawberries

The olive oil and sea salt really elevate the chocolate, making it taste extra decadent and delicious. I can’t wait to make more with my remaining strawberries!

Whats your favorite strawberry dessert?

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How To: Full and Natural Looking Brows

One of the biggest things I’ve learned about the effects makeup can have in a face is what a difference your eyebrows can make to the way you look. The same person with thin eyebrows versus bush brows versus fluffy brows looks completely different! It’s remarlabke, really. Eyes might be the windows to the soul, but the eyebrows are the drapes. : )

For my own face I’ve become a big fan of full, groomed brows. I like they way they frame my face, and look natural yet polished. The achieve the look I really on two products (plus a pair of Tweezerman tweezers!) - brow gel and brow filler. I’ve used a number of products over the years, and some of my favorite are the Glossier ones. I think Glossier has really nailed my favorite brow look from the beginning, and has been a big force in popularizing the groomed yet fluffy brow look. For a long time now their Boy Brow product has reined supreme (I love brown) and they just added a new product that I’m so excited to try - Brow Flick!

Brow Flick is a brow penwith a brush tip (like a pen liquid eyeliner) that allows you fo fill in your brows with light strokes so they look naturally fuller. It’s water-resistant to last all day, and comes in three sheer shades - blonde, brown and black. The sheer color means the shades can be layered till they match your brow color. It pairs great with Boy Brow, which grooms and sets your brows for the perfect finishing touch.

Brow Flick is $18, or you can save $4 when you buy it with Boy Brow. Plus you save 10% off your first Glossier order with my rep link!

What’s your favorite brow look?

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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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