Blog Better Boston Style Summit

I attended my first ever blog conference over the weekend and I just had to tell you about it…I went to the Style Summit put on by Blog Better Boston. It was so great to meet other bloggers from Boston and put a face to the blog name for so many I’ve been reading for a while. And can I tell you just how well dressed everyone was? I guess it was a Style Summit, so well dressed is to be expected. The event was co-hosted by by Amy and Alana and was held at the Boston Globe offices on Saturday. We went to sessions all day and mingled in between and over lunch. I’d have to say my favorite part of the day was meeting all sorts of new blogger friends and exchanging business cards so I remember to start reading all of their blogs!

Here’s a little photo recap of the day…

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Starting at the top, left to right…

A tiny pin with my new mantra

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Tried on a fab David Yurman ring from sponsor Lux Bond & Green

Ok, I tried on 2…

Mini cupcake (1 of 2 I ate)

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Swag!

Adorable dress I won from sponsor Lulu’s

And I got home just in time to eat dinner with my sweet Z!

 

Note: of course I forgot to take a photo of myself but I was dolled up in some pistachio pants with my fav matching necklace. You can see more photos here from Boston Globe Events. This Style Summit was such a blast, I can’t wait for the next event!

Update: Now you can see what I wore to the event, here I am posing in front of the boston.com photo backdrop when I first arrived to the event.

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Photo courtesy of David H Brooks Photography

Cinco de Mayo Recipe Ideas

Cinco de Mayo is this Sunday, May 5th – we’re having a little fiesta at our house Friday night in celebration (plus a friend is in town for the weekend!).  While I’m putting my Cinco de Mayo menu together, I thought I’d share some recipes with you, here is a round-up of a few of my favorite Mexican recipes I’ve shared with you in the past:

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Guacamole (this was my first ever blog post, btw!)

 

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Burritos

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Sangria, not really Cinco de Mayo, but a margarita alternative if you don’t like tequila

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Fish Tacos

PS. I have a fun Cinco de Mayo craft DIY to share later this week!

Couple Things

SO glad it’s Friday.  We had a pretty good week around here…

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I got to wear my favorite raincoat with a few rainy days this week.

 

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Z got to try out her tricycle with all the warm/sunny weather we had too and I got to wear my favorite espadrilles to the playground – we are so ready for this nice weather…

 

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Poor Maxine got stuck in her own scratching post cave. She’s just too big for it…

 

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We got Z some jumbo Crayola Crayons and she immediately hopped on the phone and took notes with her purple crayon.

 

Have a great weekend, here are a couple links for you:

We got Chopsticks this week, not as good as Spoon, but cute!

I do love Gwynnie, but this dress might be a bit much!

I love the quirky Mother’s Day gift ideas at Paper Source

but I think my mom would just like this orange trench coat!

Have you seen the new DVF line at GAPKids?!  It’s so cute – I want to get these espadrilles for my Z.

What to Wear – Spring Weather

Spring weather cannot make up its mind, around here anyway. One day it’s warm enough for sandals and no jacket, the next day it’s freezing and mittens are necessary, and the third day it’s pouring buckets. How do you dress for such a varied climate? I have put together an outfit of pieces that will take you to from warm to cold to rain. Just don’t forget your rain jacket if it’s raining!

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1. Pocket cardigan from Madewell; 2. Patterned tank from H&M; 3. Neon stone necklace from J. Crew ; 4. Colorful saddle flap crossbody bag from Urban Outfitters; 5. J. Crew toothpick jean in neon violet (everything is 25% off at J. Crew right now!); 6. HUE shoe liner (you don’t want to wear socks with ankle length pants and oxfords!); and 7. Isaac Mizrahi Oletta Oxford Shoes (I own these and they’re amazing and good in the rain! I get compliments every time I wear them.).

Homemade Butter

Do you know just how easy it is to make your own butter?  EASY!  You don’t even need one of those old fashioned butter churners or live on a farm. I got my husband this butter kit for Christmas, thinking it would be involved and it is actually really simple. We have been making our own butter for a few months now.

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All you need is heavy cream, a jar with a lid, and salt if you want salted butter.

 

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Poor the cream into the jar and screw the lid on verrrrry tightly. *Important – make sure your cream is room temperature! It’s very hard to make cold cream into butter.

 

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Then shake. And shake. And shake some more! You want to shake until the milk fat has come together, you will hear the cream sound less liquid-y and come together as a solid. This process of shaking will take between 10 and 20 minutes.

 

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Once you hear the solid, open your jar and pour off the liquid. The liquid is buttermilk so save it and make biscuits or pancakes with it.

 

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Put the milk solid into a bowl and pour very cold water over it and massage the butter to help get the rest of the buttermilk out.

 

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Once you feel as much of the buttermilk is squeezed out as you can get, put it into a tupperware container (or something similar) and add 1/2 tsp of salt and fold it in. *Note, at this point you could also fold in other herbs or seasonings to make a flavored butter. Cinnamon sugar, herbs de Provence…

 

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Chill the butter overnight and serve on toast, corn on the cob, whatever you like to put butter on.  Enjoy your fresh butter!

Banana Republic Milly Collection

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There have been so many designer collaborations over the past few years and it’s become such a regular occurrence that it’s hard to get excited for them all. Well here’s one that I have been waiting for since the announcement back in January  –  the new Banana Republic Milly collection in stores and online May 30th. The limited-edition capsule collection features designs which embody sophistication of the Hamptons for both men and women.

The lines will offer more than 60 pieces of men’s and women apparel and accessories. Milly’s women’s design will include maxi dresses, mini skirts, and shorts with a variety of fabulous colors and styles.

The menswear serves up  striped and patterned separates including bright polos, woven tees and shorts.

“I’ve always been a fan of Banana Republic, and when I met Simon we had an immediate and lasting connection,” says Michelle Smith, Founder and Designer, Milly by Michelle Smith. “This was my first experience designing menswear, which was a cinch with Simon’s expertise. It’s a very positive, happy collection and I think the colors and patterns really capture the modern spirit of summer.” The collection will also have jewelry and accessories. Can’t wait!!

Asian Salad with Salmon

With all the heavy French food we had since our croissant date and coq au vin dinner we HAD to switch to lighter fare last week. One of the meals we made was this deliciously light and fresh Asian Salad with Salmon, we adapted the meal from a Martha Stewart recipe. This meal was great and we can’t wait to make it again this summer when the cabbage is fresh and plentiful in our CSA.

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Cut your cabbage into thin strips, you can even shred it if you wish. We used purple cabbage and regular green cabbage.

 

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Whisk your dressing ingredients – rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, and s&p.

 

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Drizzle over your cabbage, shredded carrot, and diced onion.

 

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In the meantime, grill your salmon – the unseasoned little piece was Z’s.

 

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Serve the salmon over the salad, the heat of the salmon will wilt the salad a bit and make it extra yummy.  Enjoy!

Couple Things…

What a week.  I don’t have much else to say about what happened here in Boston earlier this week other than we are traumatized, praying for those affected and all the while trying to look on the bright side.  We tried to maintain normalcy in our house all week for our Little Z even though we were riveted by the news and updates as they came in.  This article helped a lot, I suggest you read!

Here are some fun moments that happened around here this week:

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We continued our French Food Week and made coq au vin for dinner Sunday night. It was delicious – we used this recipe.

 

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Our Z LOVES the swim lessons she started recently, here’s a cute shot as she was getting out of the pool. This is a Daddy/daughter activity but I went this week to take some photos and video.

 

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I also took Z to get her 18 month portraits taken even though she’s not quite 18 months yet (2 weeks!).  We managed to get some really great shots, it’s so hard to choose which ones to buy!!

 

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We went out to dinner and had these awesome calamari fries – so good! I also met some friends for dinner on Wednesday when over 50 restaurants in the Boston area contributed 10-50% of their sales to the victims of the Marathon Monday attack.  We had a great night and I didn’t get any good photos to share with you…perhaps because we seemed to polish off 2 pitchers of sangria?  Anyways…

Have a great weekend, here are some links for you!

This little printer is so stinkin cute.

Underwater spinning, this is so cool.

A day in the life of J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons.

John Hamm and Elmo.

A new DVF for GAPKids line launches April 25th, can’t wait! Here’s a cute video to preview the pieces.

The One Fund

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So many have been asking how they can help those affected most by the Boston Marathon tragedy.  On Tuesday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to raise money to support the victims of the attack.

What to Wear – Earth Day

Since Earth Day is next Monday, April 22nd, I thought I’d put an outfit together that is environmentally green – whether the items are made from recycled material and/or made in a green certified factory.  It’s not an easy feat, even in these times, to know you’re buying something that hasn’t hurt the environment – but the options are out there if you just dig a little deeper. And you can clearly still look great while saving the Earth.

Earth-Day-Outfit

1. Adorable striped cashmere sweater from Chinti and Parker, a clothing company created by 2 cousins with the mission to create beautiful, ethically made garments that value style on par with substance.

2. Ultra Tee – Made of 100% Tencel Lyocell Fine Jersey, it is produced exclusively from the wood pulp of Eucalyptus making it one of the most environmentally friendly man-made cellulosic fibers.

3. Large wood bangle bracelet from Green Diva Jewelry. Only a few of these bangles can be produced each year as they are handcrafted using palm wood from South America only after it has naturally and sustainably fallen to the ground, rather than being harvested.

4.  Jessica Alba’s new book The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You where she writes about her personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life.

5. Hot pink skinny jeans from R.E.U.S.E. where jeans are made from 80% recycled cotton.

6. FB for VPL Clutch in pistachio (my favorite spring color) by Fleabags, a company that strives to create products that are as green as possible while maintaining high quality and covetable design.

7. TOMS sustainable wedges in Oahu – not only are these shoes made with sustainable material ( they are made with materials that contain recycled natural fiber and/or organically grown components, and are grown or manufactured using processes that minimize negative impact on the environment) but you’re also supporting TOMS’ one to one program where a child will receive a pair of shoes when you purchase yours.

HAVE A HAPPY (AND STYLISH) EARTH DAY!