Friday, July 3, 2015

The Best 4th of July Sales!


This is a big sale weekend! Below are all my favorite finds this week.


Anthropologie: 20% off sale styles (they just added fresh cuts!)
CODE: SALEAWAY

Adore this top:

Banana Republic: 30% off regular- priced items and an additional 50% off sale items

CODE: BRTHIRTY (30% off regular- priced items)
CODE: BRGOBIG (additional 50% off sale items)

BaubleBar: take 30% off sitewide
CODE: RSJULY

Lulu & Georgia: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000

CODE: SOSWEET15 (15% off $250)
CODE: SOSWEET20 (20% off $500)
CODE: SOSWEET25 (25% off $1000)

I can't wait for my new Isaiah Rug to be delivered next week!

Target: buy one, get one 50% off on all apparel, shoes, and accessories. get an additional 10% off when you use code at checkout.
CODE: JULY

J.Crew: 40% off sale styles
CODE: LONGWEEKEND

The only shorts I wear are these Chino shorts. On sale for a steal!

J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything. Prices as marked. Extra 20% off at checkout with code.
CODE: HOTSALE

I got this pineapple tee a few weeks ago-- what's not to love?! Gold. Pineapples. So soft. Sold! ;)




Nordstrom: New deals under $100! (The anniversary sale is on its way next week-- stay tuned!!)

Serena & Lily: Free Shipping on everything!
CODE: STOCKUP

Wisteria: 20% off everything.
CODE: STARSANDSTRIPES

One of my all-time favorite mirrors! Obsessed with the quatrefoil. SHOP here.

LOFT: 50% off everything
CODE: GOFOURTH

I love this tank I got a few weeks ago. And now it's on sale!!

Here are some of my favorites from all the sales:




Enjoy your weekend celebrating with friends and family!!
xoxo

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

In the Kitchen: 4th of July Fruit Tart


Last 4th of July, like all of the other 4th of July's I can remember, we spent it up in Tahoe with my grandparents. My grandma is an avid cook, baker, and Food Network-watcher, so we tried out a fruit tart for the festive holiday. It was DELICIOUS! I thought today was the perfect day to share the recipe with you. We used this recipe here.


  

Prep: 35 minutes, Inactive: 1 hour, Baking: 25 minutes

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
2 tablespoons cold shortening (recommended: Crisco)
1/4 cup ice water
2 cups Pastry Cream, recipe follows
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a small bowl and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Put the flour mixture in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the butter and shortening and pulse about 10 times, or until the butter is in the size of peas. Add the ice water and process until the dough comes together. Dump on a well-floured board and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Roll out the dough and fit into 4 (4 1/2-inch) tart pans with removable sides. (We actually did it all in one big pan instead of 4 small ones.) Don't stretch the dough when placing it in the pans or it will shrink during baking. Cut off the excess by rolling the pin across the top of each pan. Line the tart shells with a piece of buttered aluminum foil, butter side down. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil, prick the bottom of the shells all over with a fork, and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

Before serving, fill the tart shells with the pastry cream. Arrange the berries decoratively on top of the cream. We did a ring of blackberries, strawberries and blueberries to stick with the patriotic theme.

Pastry Cream:
5 extra-large egg yolks, room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 1/2 cups scalded milk

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon Cognac

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoon heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks and sugar on medium-high speed for 4 minutes, or until very thick. Reduce to low speed, and add the cornstarch.

With the mixer still on low, slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens, 5 to 7 minutes. Don't be alarmed when the custard comes to a boil and appears to curdle; switch to a whisk and beat vigorously. Cook, whisking constantly, for another 2 minutes; the custard will come together and become very thick, like pudding. Stir in the vanilla, Cognac, butter, and heavy cream. Pour the custard through a sieve into a bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the custard and refrigerate until cold.

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Let me know if you give this recipe a whirl! I may or may not be salivating just from glancing at the pictures. YUM!

Have a wonderful Thursday,

xoxo

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Things to try for 4th of July Weekend

It's JULY. How is this possible?! One of my favorite holiday's is coming quickly! I love the patriotic colors, fireworks and all the fun associated with the 4th. We usually spend it at my grandparent's house in Tahoe, but this year I won't be able to make it out there. This will be my first year not going there, so I'm a little sad! To distract myself, I rounded up some of my favorite little recipes and projects. Take a look and give some of them a whirl! 

1. My Cherry Lime Cocktail recipe:





INGREDIENTS:

Cherry lime powder mix
Vodka
Lime
Cherry garnish



DIRECTIONS:
1. Start by mixing up your cherry drink lime mix, following the directions on the packet.
2. Combine 1.5 cups of drink mix with 1 shot of vodka and ice in a shaker. Shake well until cold.
3. Pour the drink into your glass on the rocks and top it off with a slice of lime on the outer rim of the glass. A cherry in your drink is the perfect finishing touch. Sip & enjoy!



2. American Flag Mason Jars 


4. Fruit Kabobs 

5. I think I'll be baking this cake recipe on Saturday, but make it one big cake instead of mini cakes! I'm on the hunt for these star sparklers. Anyone know where to get them?!



Do you have any projects or recipes you love for the 4th? Do share! 

Happy JULY!
xoxo

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Designer Files: Hanging with the Hewitts

I'm excited to have one of my favorite style bloggers, Caycee from Hanging with the Hewitts here today! As a wife, mom, and all around stylish gal, she's dishing on her home, how she got into design and what she can't live without in her own house.

Enjoy!


1. You have small children, but you love design and keeping a beautiful home. How do you let your kids be kids, but also keep your home tidy, allowing it to be a place you truly love?

They have their spaces and mommy has hers :)  My kids know they can freely go into any room in our home whenever they choose, but they also know which rooms are not meant for running, coloring, and kickball.  I tried really hard to give them a space just for them, a place their imaginations could run wild, and honestly, in their playroom is where you will find them 90% of the time.  Carson is my neat and tidy child and always cleans up his mess, and Taylor....well, she has a long way to go before I can say that about her ;) 




2. How did you get into design?

It has always been something I love, and the older I get the more I love it.  To be honest, I am not 100% when it really became an obsession of mine, but I am guessing when my husband and I bought our first home. 

3. Stripes or plaid?

Stripes all the way!! 

4. Geometric or floral?

Hmmm....can I please choose both?!? Because this one is a tie! 

5. Symmetry or asymmetry?

Symmetry. I am way too OCD and type A. 



6. One decorating "rule of thumb" is:

Always hang your drapes/curtains as high as you can.  It gives the illusion of a taller window and makes your space appear larger. 



7. I couldn't live without _____ in my home.

Sunburst mirrors. I have them in four different rooms and I never get tired of seeing them. 

8. A design don't:

Don't forget the details that make your space special and unique.  I love walking into someone's home and seeing personal little snippets. 



9. What is your favorite spot in your home?

My daughters room. We are currently in the middle of re-designing it from nursery to big girl room, and I am already in LOVE!! 



10. What has been one of your biggest design challenges?

Our master bedroom.  It is the most oddly shaped room I have ever seen!  It's extremely long but narrow. Furniture placement has been such a challenge in this space. 

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Thanks for sharing, Caycee! LOVE Taylor's room and I also adore sunburst mirrors. Don't you love her philosophy on design with kids in your home? I will remember that for one day down the road :) Go say hi to Caycee and get fashion and home inspiration from her here!

You can find all of the other posts in this series HERE.

Happy Tuesday!
xoxo


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