Started the morning off with a little hot yoga and I’m feeling rather refreshed. Then a fabulous lunch with a few favorite friends at Skillet, including the best poutine I’ve had outside of Canada. Yum! Hope your weekend is wonderful!
Here are a few of my favorite links from the week.
Taco Pickles? Yes please!
I’m thinking about a one piece swimsuit for the summer
How to color block your oxfords
These home state stamps would be a great gift
For the next party I want a giant confetti wall
My favorite ballet flats in a ton of new colors
A sweet and chocolatey twist on a krispy treat
Absolutely gorgeous Parisian lingerie
image via hawaiian coconut
We put off home buying to have a little fun this year and to pay down our debt a bit more. While I’m desperate for more space, a co-worker suggested renting in the neighborhood we’re thinking about buying in first. I think it’s brilliant! Our lease isn’t up for a while, but we’ve started looking. The one thing I’d love this time around is a true dining room. Two years back when we moved into our current apartment, we didn’t see ourselves entertaining much. Particularly during the holiday season, I’d love the chance and the space to host a dinner party! And I have the new year’s on my mind…
good times / DIY glitter mason jars / dot garland / champagne lollipops
I just wanted to say thanks again to dolce vita for throwing another fabulous holiday party!
images via usnaps
Being sick has kept me cooped up in the house a few too many days and I’ve been obsessing over the silliest things, like what color to paint my nails! I’m quite the fan of the fall trend of navy nails.
Last week I went neutral, but now I’m ready for something a littler bolder.
Some other lovely things from around the web this week:
Beautiful braided rings
Everlane‘s new fall pieces
This awesome post on a new online series
A sweet surprise sixtieth birthday party
4 words: White Pizza Grilled Cheese
Cute and colorful city prints
An incredibly adorable owl sweater
Fall’s arrival. My favorite season!
image via a cup of jo
How was your weekend? My birthday is coming up this week, so we had a little celebration on Saturday. Just a casual get together, floating on a lake then a bit of BBQ… my favorite way to spend a warm day. Today we lounged about the house, doing a whole lot of nothing – my second favorite
way to spend a weekend day. Husband and I are starting to prepare for our adventure next month,
a long weekend in Vegas. I’m not much for gambling, but I’m really looking forward to the sun, great
food and a whole lot of down time. Now to just pick out a few new travel outfits… and maybe a few other lovely things…
sweet little floral dress
this amazing thread of tuna salad recipes
how to make your own lampshade
a panty party!
the wise words of julia child
the softest tees and tanks
a perfect tote
birthday cake pancakes
image via the pursuit aesthetic
There’s nothing like a Wednesday off! I love two tiny 2-day work weeks. And sunny days! It’s not often that we get a sunny Fourth of July here in Seattle – the joke seems to be that summer starts July 5th every year. But not this year! We had a fabulous rooftop garden party at our friend/neighbor’s place, which was even lovelier since we didn’t have to get in the car and fight any holiday traffic. Yay!
Burgers, brews, lawn games and a fantastic turnout made for quite the day.
I’m officially on the prowl. My sister isn’t getting married until August 2013, but she is rather fabulous and I want my dress to do her proud as I stand beside her! And so, I’m officially moving on from casually browsing to seriously searching for the right dress. There’s not a definite theme or style yet, but something with a vintage feel in the perfect pale shade is where I’m starting. My first picks:
there is only you and me via bhldn
alfred sung via dessy
louiseomahony via etsy
The first of many!
Currently I am detoxing a bit, from an amazing holiday weekend spent in Vancouver (Canada) eating the most delicious things to excess. Have you tried poutine? We tried it… 5 times! (fortunately there were 6 of us to share it all!) There are so many amazing restaurants in Vancouver, but our favorites were the Salt Tasting Room and Cafe Medina. Two absolutely fabulous experiences.
phone pic of the magic at salt tasting room
adoring a style icon
seriously considering this iphone-charger toaster-style alarm clock
admiring illustration art
coveting sweet oxfords
ogling this home office
smiling at a beautiful local engagement party
embracing bedroom rules
imagining party ideas for our new neighborhood friends
Have a lovely week!
Phew! Well, my sister’s engagement party went off yesterday without a hitch. We went for a swanky americana theme – a summer barbecue with a bit of class. I think the bloody mary bar was the biggest hit! You can’t see them all in the picture below, but we had about 10 different kinds of pickled vegetables to add, and they were all so delicious.
It was so much fun, and everyone pitched in. Husband and I made kabobs with steak, chicken and a variety of veggies – and my now famous potato salad. It’s a pretty simple salad, but with a great balance of flavors and what I call the ‘secret ingredient,’ white wine vinegar! It adds just the right amount of tang and gives the creaminess just a bit of a bite. And I add a little more celery, because I love the extra crunch.
Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon
via real simple food
3 pounds small red new potatoes (about 24)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 slices bacon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
6 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon
Place the potatoes in a large pot. Add enough cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool. Cut into quarters.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool, then break into pieces.
In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, the 2nd teaspoon of salt, and pepper. Add the potatoes and celery and toss to coat. Fold in the parsley, tarragon, and bacon before serving.
We finally don’t have a million things going on this weekend and I’m thrilled. We are dog sitting and have some brunch plans, but compared to the last few weekends, it feels like endless free time.
And although that mostly means we’ll get a little house cleaning done (yay for spring cleaning!),
I’m really hoping we’ll start our little garden – since it stopped snowing here. Finally.
Hope your weekend is just lovely!
Here are some of my recent favorites from around the web:
Panna Cotta is my new favorite dessert and this one looks fantastic.
Funny bit about living alone.
How to dip dye baskets.
The power of a photograph.
Maps for your walls.
The dream scarf.
A guide to champagne cocktails. Yum.
I adore brick walls.
The cutest little wine bottle stoppers.
Quickly pickled veggies.
image via the pursuit aesthetic