Monday Outfit

It has been unbearably hot lately!  Today at work I am wearing a bright, cute skirt with a simple white tee, bold necklace, and exciting espadrilles – similar to the ones below.  I’ll also carry a cardigan in my handbag because my office will be frigid, you know how it is…  Have a great week!

Monday Outfit

Fat Face fitted shirt
$59 – fatface.com

Banana Republic crew neck tee
bananarepublic.gap.com

J Crew mini skirt
net-a-porter.com

Couple Things

We don’t have much planned this weekend, getting together with some family one day and friends the other.  I am also off today to have some QT with our sweet baby girl, can’t wait!

Barbie for President!

I’m on the hunt for a chambray shirt similar to this, but a 1/4 the price…

Throw away those fat free dressings in your fridge!

Topshop opening within 14 US Nordstrom stores…including locally at the Burlington Mall location!

By the way…happy Friday the 13th!

Too Much Thyme on Our Hands

Every year we (well really my husband) plants a small garden of a few veggies and a variety of herbs.  I mean, what’s better than from-your-own-backyard food?

We have some grass yard and then we have what we call “levels” in our backyard – 3 tiers of railroad ties filled with soil.  I think the original owners of our home created these tiers so there would be some plant-able yard over what I imagine is a giant boulder as we live atop a huge hill.  Anyways, the tiers are perfect for planting little gardens.

All of that said, for some reason, every year one of the herbs decides to grow like mad, like you have never seen before.  I have told you about our basil situation from a couple summers ago which was really great for pesto-making and tomato mozzarella salads…but THIS year we have a tremendous amount of thyme.  It’s amazingly fragrant but there just isn’t too much to do with that much thyme.

Does anyone have any thyme suggestions for us?

Sauteed Shrimp with Arugula and Tomatoes

We still found ourselves with boat loads of arugula a couple weeks ago from our CSA so we decided to make this recipe. Clearly my friend Martha is a huge fan of arugula because we seem to find most of our arugula recipes from her collection.  Anyway – you wouldn’t believe how easy this was to make and quick for a mid-week meal!  To bulk it up you could always serve over pasta, but we ate it as is.

Click here to find out more!

Sauteed Shrimp with Arugula and Tomatoes
from Everyday Food, June 2010

1 Tbs plus 1 Tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 C cherry or grape tomatoes
1 garlic clove, minced
1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 oz wild or baby arugula (4 cups)
s&p
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring often, until they blister, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook, stirring often, until almost opaque throughout, about 4 minutes. Add arugula, season with salt and pepper, and toss until wilted, 1 minute. Add lemon juice and toss to combine.
Enjoy!

Monday Outfit

Back to work today after a wonderful, relaxing vacation!  I have to get in the mood to work again so I am wearing a fun, bright summer dress with one of my favorite old Kate Spade handbags (similar to the one below), great shoes, and bright bangles.  Have a great week!

Monday Outfit

Jaeger short sleeve dress
$155 – johnlewis.com

By Malene Birger plastic bangle
shoplesnouvelles.com

Fourth of July Strawberries

Happy Fourth of July!  If you’re looking for a Patriotic idea for today, here you go – red, white, and blue strawberries!  If you are on Pinterest you’ve seen these all over the Boards for months, but now it’s time to make them…

You will need:
Strawberries
Melted white chocolate
Blue sugar crystals

Simply dip your strawberries in the white chocolate 3/4 of the way up, leaving the top of the strawberry uncovered so red shows.  Then, dip the tip of the chocolate covered strawberry into blue sugar crystals and voila…

Enjoy!

Hot Pink Flower Pot

I saw a great idea on Pinterest recently to incorporate the trend of neon into home decor – spray painted flower pots in hot pink!  They were so easy to make, here’s the how-to:

Supplies:
Terracotta flower pot(s)
Painters tape
Spray paint in desired color, I chose hot pink

Simply tape up the section of the terracotta pot that you DON’T want to paint.

 

Put pot up on a surface you don’t mind getting paint-y and spray.  We ended up doing 3 coats of paint to ensure the color was really saturated.  Let dry overnight.

 

Once dry, plant away!  We planted white petunias, they look great on our front steps.