Friday Favorites

March 27, 2015

I'm always excited for the weekend, but this weekend is especially delicious because it's the kickoff to my daughter's first-ever spring break. I want to make it a full week of fun for my sweet girl, so I've been busy dreaming up ways to surprise her. I'm thinking it might be cool to unpack my ice cream maker and let her do some experimenting, Cold Stone Creamery style, or we might try the donut ice cream sandwiches below. How are you spending your spring break? I hope you have fun! God bless!

A girly spin on a classic Tic Tac Toe game

This genius little collaboration: donut ice cream sandwiches! (Surely a sugar overload, but still gonna try it.)

A beauty serving size guide. I've been using way too much of everything.


This bright and colorful work space


And a laundry room that makes me actually want to do laundry. Plus a cute puppy.

Best Beachy Fragrances

March 26, 2015

One of my high school besties is getting married in Hawaii this summer and I am beyond thrilled that I'll get to celebrate her nuptials with her. Obviously, I've already started  mentally packing (as one does when they've got roughly three months before a trip)--everything from breezy maxi dresses to glittery sandals and even the perfect perfume. I'd like something light and summery, something evocative of the warm island weather, lush tropical flowers, and white, sandy shores.  These fragrances perfectly capture the essence of a dreamy, beach vacation. 



Tom Ford Neroli Portofino 
"Perfectly captures the cool breezes, sparkling clear water, and lush foliage of the Italian Riviera..."



Tocca Beauty Simone
"a fragrance that evokes waves cresting along the white sand of Sydney’s Bondi Beach, as the sea fills with surfers and swimmers alike. With sunkissed hair and bronzed skin, the fearless young beauty dives into the spray..."



Memoire Liquide Vacances Liquide
"The memory of a vacation on an idyllic tropical beach with warm, white sand and azure waves lapping the shoreline..."



Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt
"Escape the every day along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs..."


Always a favorite: 
Bobbi Brown Beach
"A light, happy, and nostalgic scent that evokes warm sunshine and the sea breeze...."

And for my man:


John Varvatos Limited Edition Artisan Acqua
"Inspired by the Mediterranean and long walks along the coast, Artisan Acqua is a lighter fragrance than its antecedent, the summer version inspired by beaches and seaside charm..."

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3 Tips to Help You Drink More Water

March 25, 2015

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially now that the weather is heating up. But we also know that drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water every day isn't always so easy to do. If you find it hard to down so much water on a daily basis, these ideas might help.

Infuse it.
If the taste of plain water bores you, infusing it with fresh fruits and/or herbs is a great way to give it a little flavor and make you want to drink more of it. Think juicy berries or refreshing cucumbers with sweet basil, or a combination of citrus fruits with fresh mint--there is virtually no end to the possible combinations. BONUS: It'll be like drinking spa water all day.

Eat it.
You don't always have to drink water to get water into your body. If you eat fruits and veggies that have a high water content throughout the day you'll stay hydrated and refreshed, as if you drank an actual glass of water, plus you'll be getting nutrients that you just can't get with plain old H2o. Cucumbers have the highest water content of any other solid food, but you can also snack on iceberg lettuce, celery, tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, and strawberries.

Chug it.
The easiest way to do it might be to just do it. Buy a 1-liter portable water bottle and commit to refilling it at least 3 times a day. To keep myself on track, I've set a rule that I have to drink a full liter of water before every meal. So when I wake up ravenous in the morning, I have to drink a full liter before even touching a piece of fruit or slice of toast. This tends to help me drink it up more quickly so I can get to each meal faster.

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Pasta with Bacon and Wilted Greens

March 24, 2015

This pasta dish is perfect for weeknights--it comes together in under thirty minutes, uses simple ingredients that require little prep work, and it's super tasty. And since you likely already have everything you need on hand, it eliminates the stress of making the dreaded trip to a crowded grocery store. 

Pasta with Bacon and Wilted Greens
1 12-oz package whole wheat capellini or angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 or 6 slices of turkey bacon, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced 
1 small shallot, chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 large handfuls of fresh greens, such as baby spinach, kale, or chard, rinsed thoroughly and torn into bite-sized pieces
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
red pepper flakes (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, but reserve the pasta water. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon in it until browned and crisp. Add the garlic and shallots and cook for another minute, then add the tomatoes and cook until heated through. Add greens and pasta to the skillet, toss gently to combine, then add Parmesan cheese and about a quarter cup of the hot pasta water to help melt the cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, and serve.



10 Beautiful Spring Desserts

March 24, 2015

I doubt that anyone would argue the fact that one of the best things about this time of year is the desserts--cute bunny cakes, colorful egg shaped truffles, and an abundance of pastel-hued candies. While most desserts have an Easter theme, it's not too hard to find beautiful treats that aren't holiday-centric. Here are ten positively stunning desserts that could just as easily work for a wedding or baby shower, a springtime brunch, or an afternoon tea as they would for an Easter celebration.  









Springtime macarons filled with buttercream, marshmallow fluff, or Nutella 






Lavender shortbread with flowers, fruit, and herbs




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