Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Meal with Scallops


Being on vacation for a week has convinced me of one thing: relaxation time is essential. It wasn't until I had to force myself to do nothing that I realized how much I was craving that time for myself. Now that I'm back to my regular life, I'm hoping to accomplish that a little bit each day by doing a little bit less. Dinner time is one of those areas where I feel like I can cut back. Sometimes I take on overly ambitious meals during the week that I don't have time for when something simple is all I need. Take this meal for example. It took less than a half hour to prepare. Another thing I realized while on vacation is how much I love southern cuisine. While on vacation, I had the best scallops over cheesy grits at a new restaurant we tried called Peninsula Grill in downtown Charleston. This meal is like a subtle tribute to that. I hope you enjoy!

Scallops Recipe
I used this easy to follow recipe to get the timing right. 

Corn on the Cob Recipe 
Another recipe that is all about the timing. 

Tomato Salad with Burrata 
  • 2 to 3 garden tomatoes sliced 
  • Burrata cheese 
  • Basil 
  • A drizzle of balsamic vinegar  
  • A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Garlic salt

Thursday, July 19, 2018

My Favorite Purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Gibson Blouse, $45.90
 
Now that early access has ended and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public, I thought I'd share my favorite purchases. Ever since I got rid of half of my fall/winter wardrobe last year, I've been wanting to slowly build it back up with timeless pieces. What I love about all three of these items is how versatile they are. They're great for work or play, so I know I'll get a lot of wear out of them. And I feel good about getting these high-quality brands on sale. What were your favorite purchases from the sale? What are hoping to buy during early access?



Calson Back Zip Pullover, $39.90

Calson High/Low Tunic, $29.90

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Summery Jumpsuit

Details: One Clothing Los Angeles Jumpsuit via Nordstrom (Similar jumpsuit) / Nines West Sandals

How cool is this flower print jumpsuit? It's one of those statement pieces that makes me feel like a totally different person in a good way. It's like an instant boost of confidence with its elongating features and bold print. My boyfriend bought it for my birthday this year, and I have to say he did a great job. I love the keyhole and bow in the front. Everything about it just works. And it's the easiest outfit to put together. Just throw on some heels and subtle jewelry and the jumpsuit carries the look. What has been your go to look this summer?




Monday, July 16, 2018

Kale and Apple Salad for Lunch


Kale is one of those veggies you either love or hate. I've never had any issues with it, but I don't really use it in a lot of my recipes. It wasn't until I bought a community-supported agriculture (CSA) share from a local organic farm that I really started to embrace it.

To use the kale that comes in my share every week, I've been packing kale salads for lunch. This is a very simple recipe that's easy enough to make after a long day at work and it's healthy. It's also the perfect fit for anyone who is still on the fence about kale as the tangy dijon dressing really takes away any of its bitterness. 

Here are the details. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! You can throw in any combination of fruit, nuts, and cheese. Use whatever you have on hand.

For the salad:

1 to 2 cups of kale
A handful of slivered almonds and dried cranberries
Half an apple chopped up
A sprinkling of goat cheese

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of smooth dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons of honey
A pinch of salt and pepper


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Good Pair of Denim Shorts

Details: Similar Anthropologie Body Suit / J.Crew Denim Shorts and Scarf / Jack Rogers Sandals 

The last time I owned a pair of denim shorts was in high school. I still remember wearing them with my Tommy Hilfiger polo and matching Tommy Girl perfume probably on my way to go cosmic bowling. As an adult, I didn't think they were very flattering until recently. Now I like the way they look with flowy, bohemian tops or a simple striped shirt. They go with anything. I bought this pair during the J.Crew memorial sale for 50% off, and I think they're a great investment. The fit and wash are super flattering. My only regret is that I didn't buy them in a bigger size. I think I would have liked a slightly more relaxed fit. I do like how they make my legs look longer, though!




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Avocado Grapefruit Salad

I've made it a priority to make fresh meals almost every night for dinner. No packaged or frozen meals unless that's all I have time for. With these sweltering 90-degree days we've had, it's hard to want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So I've been gravitating toward simple, no-oven-required recipes. This avocado grapefruit salad is perfect for hot summer days and it's bursting with color and flavor. All you need are a few ripe avocados, grapefruit, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, and kosher salt. I made this with fish tacos one night and it was bon appetit!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

One of the biggest sales of the year is almost is here: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you're not familiar, I'll give you a quick rundown. Every year around this time, Nordstrom debuts its fall merchandise. Instead of waiting until the end of the season to mark it down, they launch it at sale prices. This includes designers like Tory Burch and Michael Kors, which rarely go on sale, and major brands like Nike and North Face. So if you've been eyeing those Tory Burch Reva Flats or a North Face Jacket, now is the time to pounce. You likely won't find better prices all year. 

The sale opens to the public on July 20 and runs through August 5. You can get early access starting July 12 if you sign up for a Nordstrom Credit Card or Rewards Card. You certainly don't need early access to shop the sale, but it does ensure you get access to it before the more popular items sell out. A Southern Drawl wrote a great blog post about all of the details if you're still not convinced. 

The first time I shopped the sale, I felt very overwhelmed. Nordstrom has a huge selection to sort through, which can be especially stressful when you're hunting for a great deal and hoping nothing you want sells out. Here are some tips for getting the most out of it. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Fourth of July Flag Luminary

The American flag as home decor has always appealed to me. There's something so traditional about the stripes and stars, yet timeless. The colors pair just as well with deep wood tones as they do with bright whites. And the Fourth of July holiday has always held a special place in my heart since I was a young girl walking to see the fireworks display with my family and staying up late to play with sparklers in the backyard. Although I've moved away from home, the rituals remain the same. To quickly add some festive flair to the apartment this year, I made these American Flag luminaries, which double nicely as flower vases.

Cool Metal Jewelry

  Ten Thousand Villages Necklace / Studebaker Metals Amelia Cuff  I'm not a big jewelry person. I wear the same necklace and ear...