August 20, 2014

turquoise statement

[Anhropologie dress, Shoemint heels c/o, Nordstrom necklace (lovely option), Mark Ciel clutch]

My mom spent years as a personal color consultant. She'd drape someone in various shades of the rainbow and decipher what suited their skin tone best. Whatever she told me, I wanted to be the opposite. So for years I tried wearing lost of tans, browns, and generally muted hues. But those minor rebellions have worn off and I've gone back to the guidelines of cooler and brighter colors that complement a rosy undertone. These rich blues and turquoise accents enhance my paler complexion.



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August 19, 2014

citrus pear sangria


End of summer gatherings are bittersweet. They're another excuse to barbecue with friends but everyone knows what's just around the corner.  So I sugared up our pre-Labor Day party this weekend with a Prosecco-based sangria. The citrus tang, dry sparkling wine, and sweet rim are a combination from cocktail heaven. Serve over ice and add a playful straw for the perfect presentation. See full recipe below.


Ingredients

1- 750 ml bottle of Prosecco
1/2 cup lemon vodka
1/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup simple syrup
1 pear diced
tangelo diced
1 cup strawberries diced
Sugar for the rim

Instructions
  1. Dice tangelo, pear, and strawberries and add to a large pitcher.
  2. Add lemon vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and stir. Keep chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
  3. Just before serving stir in 1 bottle of Prosecco.
  4. Rim glasses with granulated sugar and pour.

August 18, 2014

silk on top

[Gap hat (similar here), vintage blouse (like this), ark & co. shorts, Nine West heels (love these), Ann Taylor clutch]

Despite fall fashion trends popping up in stores and on magazine covers, I'm still grasping at every last moment of heat. This lightweight silk top and textured lace shorts are a simple, feminine combination perfect for end-of-summer outings. Adding a felt hat to these late summer outfits makes a great seasonal transition without being too eager for cold weather. And on muggy days, when humidity is oppressively high, I limit jewelry to dainty rings and bangles. 



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August 15, 2014

army green chino

[J. Crew top (like this), Gap pants, BCBG heels (similar here) & tote, arajera earrings c/o]

Most of my plans for last weekend wound up cancelled since I sat at home with a nasty stomach bug. I can't stand feeling cooped up or unproductive, so sitting still was a challenge. But being forced to rest was a surprisingly lovely change of events. We watched half a season of Friends and organized the house. So this weekend I am in full health and catching up on tasks in my favorite new army green chinos with that perfect broken-in slouch.


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