Couple Things…

It’s Friday!  We don’t have much going on this weekend, which is nice. Other than my cousin’s baby shower, the most exciting thing we have planned is to sit around and watch our baby girl do the army crawl all around the house, so cute!  Have a great weekend…

I love Rashida Jones on Parks and Recreation, this article she wrote on her love of suits is pretty funny.

My first September fashion magazine issue has arrived…happy reading!

This is the coolest ice cube maker ever…

Picnic in the Park

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A fun thing to do while you’re in Newport, RI is to go to a Polo match – pack a picnic, some chairs to sit on, and some wine or beer to drink and it’s really a fun night and oh-so preppy, right? Anyway, this past Sunday night they were playing a special exhibition game according to their website so we made some food, bought some delicious cheese, and chilled a white wine.  We got there just in time for the match to start…but there was no one else there!  Long story short, after we called the Polo hotline (yes, such a phone number exists!) and found out the torrential rains throughout the weekend made it so the fields were too soaked to play on!  D’oh!

We drove around and decided to take our picnic elsewhere – to Brenton Point, aka, the Kite Park because the wind gets so strong there everyone flies kites.  We had such a nice time, it was the perfect night to have a picnic by the ocean.  Our sweet baby girl had a ball rolling around the grass and eating her own baby dinner on our picnic blanket.

And here was our view:

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I thought I’d share what we made in case you have any summer picnics coming up and need ideas!

We had shrimp cocktail, grilled veggies (eggplant, onions, summer squash, zucchini, and green peppers, I know, it sound like a lot but we had so many leftover veggies from our CSA the week before!) and 2 delicious cheeses – an herb-ed goat cheese and a brie.

We bought a super cold Riesling to wash it all down and ate one of these for dessert – a fun picnic in the park!

Chevron

Chevron prints are everywhere right now.  And what the heck is it?  According to Google definitions, a chevron pattern is a fractographic pattern of radial marks (shear ledges) that looks like nested letters “V”… and according to Charlie Brown:

You can wear it on your nails

On your phone

And even on your nursery walls:

Personally, I do enjoy a cute chevron top or skirt and for Fall, I think this is on my shopping list – a simple sequin chevron tee from J. Crew

Strawberry-Shortcake Cookies

strawberry shortcake cookies
We had quite a few leftover strawberries after they were buy 1 get 1 free at the grocery store last week so I was looking up recipes to use them before they went bad.  I thought of Strawberry Shortcake because who doesn’t love that summertime dessert?  But then my friend Martha pinned this recipe the other day and I knew this is how I would use up our strawberries.Well, these cookies are just phenomenal – the cookie part is like a little sweet biscuit and then the sweet strawberries are throughout, all I can say is…YUM and they really do taste like a mini strawberry shortcake.

 

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
from Martha Stewart Living June, 2009

12 oz strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/4-inch dice (2 cups)
1 Tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 C plus 1 Tbs granulated sugar
2 C all-purpose flour
2 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp coarse salt
3 oz (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 C heavy cream (we used half and half, that’s all we had)
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine strawberries, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 7 tablespoons granulated sugar in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, or rub in with your fingers, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cream until dough starts to come together, then stir in strawberry mixture.

Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment, spacing evenly apart. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, and bake until golden brown, 24 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool. Cookies are best served immediately, but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day.Enjoy!

Monday Outfit – on Vacation

We haven’t had much luck heading to the beach yet this weekend with all the rain and clouds, but we woke up this morning to bright beautiful skies, got on our bathing suits and headed to the beach. Here’s what I’m wearing, only my suit is the teal version of what is below. Have a great week!

Roxy boho bikini
buckle.com

 

Couple Things…

We’re off to the beach this weekend – trying to make the most of summer before it’s over!  Here are a couple things I found this week I thought I would share…

I love Marimekko prints and am excited that this weekend a Marimekko store is opening on Newbury Street in Boston.

This is a great summer cookie idea…

Have you been watching the Olympics?  We’re addicted in our house!  Have you seen all the athletes and their fun Olympic manicures?

Have you noticed the mini mini coopers at the Olympic track and field events?

Have you been playing the Olympic Google games?  I like the hurdle game best.

 

Half and Half Pizza

There are few things in life I like to be “half and half”…

1. My iced tea – half tea, half lemonade.

2. Black and white cookies – half chocolate frosting, half vanilla frosting.

3. Pizza Toppings!  Sometimes it’s just too hard to decide on one pizza topping – the other night we couldn’t decide if wanted to make a ricotta pizza or a chicken fajita pizza (sauteed peppers and onions with chicken), so…we decided on half and half.  It was perfect, I had a slice of each.

Fall 2012 Pantone Outfit

To continue our chat about clothes for fall I thought I would share the Fall 2012 Pantone color palette just announced last week.  Thoughts?

I LOVE them!  I think Titanium is a great choice to pair with almost any of the rest.  I am already wearing Tangerine Tango and Olympian Blue, so I totally agree with those choices.

And, I definitely want a pair of pants in Ultramarine Green – they would be would be great for the fall with a little French Roast sweater (I love the one below with sparkle!) and maybe Honey Gold shoes for a pop.

Marc by Marc Jacobs knit sweater
$130 – seasonsclothing.co.uk

Current/Elliott super skinny jeans
$260 – farfetch.com

Beaded moccasin
anthropologie.com

Monday Outfit

I have exciting news to share – this will be my last Monday Outfit post as a full-time working mom!  I am taking a small step back from the full-time working world to work less to be with our sweet baby more, a decision I am so happy about!  Wait for next week’s post to see how Monday Outfits will transform…

In the meantime, I am wearing some of my most fun, summery work outfits this week including what I am wearing today, similar to what I have below.

Have a great week!

Monday Outfit

Couple Things…

We have a family wedding to go to on Saturday and I can’t wait!  We all have lovely outfits planned – me in a 1-shoulder poppy colored dress, our baby girl in a beautiful red and blue flowered party dress, and my husband in Nantucket red pants and a navy blue blazer – are we going to look ultra preppy or what?  I’m definitely getting a family photo!

Have a great weekend, here are a few fun finds from this week…

Have you seen the size of the safety pin on this shawl?  I don’t think is a fall trend I will participate in…

My friend Martha always blogs about the most helpful things

Have you heard?  The H&M Home Line will be coming to the US this winter, how exciting!

Why have I never made these?

Today is National Watermelon Day!  Here are some great watermelon recipes to try.

Have a great weekend!