cropped creme sweater | h&m
asymmetrical leather trim wool skirt | zara (similar)
pointed bow flats | me too via nords (similar, ultra splurge)
watch | michael kors (similar)
statement necklace | banana republic (similar on sale, digging this)
pumpkin | $2 at walmart
Carving Pumpkins requires delicate timing. Too early – and your pumpkin will rot before Hallow’s Eve. Too late – and the good pumpkins are gone (among other things). As you saw from last week, I chose to forgo buying a pumpkin at the Irvine Tanaka Pumpkin Farm because I was too hot to fully embrace the process. Choosing the latter (i.e. carving pumpkins too late) all 7 stores (e.g. CVS, Walgreens, Ralph’s, Target, Walmart, Trader Joe’s) were SOLD OUT of those cute pumpkin carving kits that include all the tools + stencils. Gah.
We did score a jumbo $2 pumpkin at Walmart, but since there are no kits ANYWHERE in suburbia, we decided to picked up a pack of spoons ($1.50) and a knife ($.96) and wing it. This proved difficult as many carving ideas I had would be difficult to carve with a cheapy knife. However, I have to admit, 2 hours later, I think we handled it pretty well. Who needs stencils!?
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It’s hot; it’s sunny; it’s summer. Essentially it’s perfect weather for BBQ and Fireworks for the Fourth of July (on Thursday)! Now, if only your office was awesome enough to give you Friday off too. Regardless of your holiday plans, here’s our newest style guide to get you through yet another THEMED weekend. Why? Because we’re in Amurrica.
nautical striped shorts | bp, but similar here and sequined shorts here
blue sweater| h&m, but similar here or here
studded heels| f21, similar here and here
arm swag | vince camuto, dkny watch similar, stella & dot
cropped top | astr via nordstrom savvy (on sale here), similar here
maroon bralette | sparkle & fade via uo
blue origami skort | zara
espadrille wedges | j crew
red statement necklace | h&m (in black here)
texas outline necklace | similar here
navy sleeveless shell | old navy, similar here
striped midi skirt | china, similar in shortened version here
sandals | DV by dolce vita archer sandal
red statement necklace | f21
sunnies | ray bans
For Mother’s Day this year, the family got together for a potluck at my parents house. In honour of my mom’s ‘health-nut’ ways, I made this super colourful dish consisting of vegetables and farro. Seriously, what would I do without Trader Joe’s. 10-Minute Farro was a life saver. Recipe Below!
back cutout hi-lo dress | shop sosie (similar here)
studded heel sandals | zara (similar here)
floral statement necklace | dillard’s c/o momma
momma wears | leopard cropped pants + banana republic cardigan + jeweled sandals
incessant occasional nagging, my mom is one of the most fabulous people I know. She was slightly upset I didn’t give her prior warning about the blog feature (she says she would have dressed up), but how cute is she already with the leopard print pants and blinged out heels? In order to one day inherit the majority (read: all) of her closet, I try to ignore the micro-managing as much as possible. She even sizes up if she knows it’ll be a classic piece I might even want eventually. That act alone is worth tolerance of the nagging. Even better, we share the same shoe size (so HELLO – shoes, bags, jewelry!). Here’s the recipe I prepared for our Mother’s Day potluck this year.
Farro & Vegetable Recipe:
1 c. 10-minute farro
2 c. chicken stock, 1 can + add water to make it 2 cups exactly
3 bell peppers, one in each colour, diced
2 handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved
3 persian cucumbers diced
1/4 red onion diced
1/2 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1oz parmesan reggiano, grated (feta is a also a great substitute)
salt & pepper to taste
1. Add farro to pan with chicken stock. Bring to boil. Simmer according to package. (Should be anywhere from 15-20 minutes for all the water to cook out).
2. Chop all veggies while farro is cooking.
3. Add salt and pepper to vegetables.
4. When farro has cooked completely – mix in with vegetables. Toss with parsley.
5. Squeeze lemon juice and add salt/pepper (if wanted).
6. Toss a little more.
7. Sprinkle parmesan cheese (or feta)
8. Serve chilled.
Note: Vegetables can be substituted. Proteins welcome.