Simona Halep

Simona Halep, the Romanian tennis star made history for herself and her country at Wimbledon today! She played in the zone. An absolute powerhouse. A performance that dominated the game with her grit, stamina, strength, speed, aggressiveness, and determination. The true definition of athleticism. A body that all young athletes can look up to and be inspired by. She trained hard and respected her body and mind. Simona’s journey is inspirational. Her speech was so sweet. Never stop moving is my favorite saying!

(images from CNN)

Pesto On Everything!

A summer classic and one you should make yourself. Pesto is just fresh basil plus five other on hand ingredients, a food processor, and minimal effort. Spread it on a fresh tomato mozzarella sandwich, drizzle it over grilled veggies and meats, or simply add it to pasta. Pesto on everything!

Pesto recipes are all pretty much the same with slight variations but I am particularly fond of Ina Garten’s recipe. She mixes pine nuts and walnuts which is provides a nice balanced nutty flavor. A bit of fresh squeezed lemon is also nice. Play with the garlic; this recipe is not shy with it. Ina just hits recipe home runs. Her cookbooks are ones to own and you’ll always find yourself flipping through for inspiration.

1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 tablespoons chopped garlic (9 cloves)
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups good olive oil
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Place the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Serve, or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top

Pasta, Pesto and Peas is delicious. Picnic food! Barefoot Contessa

Holiday Weekend Is Here

A long summer weekend so make the most it! Keep it simple, keep easy, and pack light. Hit your local farmers market early for fresh summer produce and spend all your time outside. Nothing says summer like celebrating with a BBQ, a slice of Flag Cake, and a scoop of homemade Italian Ice perhaps with a side of beach. Enjoy!

Happy Fourth Of July!

Links to all the above: Smitten Kitchen, Food 52, Net-A-Porter (for the apparel), L.L.Bean (for the tote)

lululemon Gets It With The Align Collection

The Align Collection from lululemon is so perfect you can ditch all your other leggings. I now own three pairs. They are the only legging I wear to the gym. They pass the test for TRX, stretch class, and old school workouts. No fuss and all glory. I have no interest in sportswear that feels restricting.

This high rise style is minimal in design with no distractions except for the hidden inside pocket tucked into the waistband. The fabric makes this legging a winner. The ultra soft, light weight fabric is sweat wicking, unbelievably comfortable, and moves with your body. There is no pinching or digging into your skin. It truly feels like you are wearing a second skin. Let’s hope they expand upon the line with tops and sports bras.

If you hang dry your sportswear, they will last longer! Check out the Align Collection (image from lululemon)

Summer Whites

Ahhh that feeling of summer. Time to welcome the season with a brighter and lighter wardrobe. Personally I love swapping out my black denim for my white denim. White tees so easy. I am also not afraid of getting them dirty! Don’t think precious and perfect. A sandy bottom, rolled wet cuffs or a little chain grease means you are not holding back on your summer fun. Take care of your clothes so they last. Stains just add character. Happy Summer!

image: Peter Lindbergh for Harper’s Bazaar off Pinterest

Just Add Fresh Cut Flowers

A stunning simple piece of art for your fresh cut flowers. Hand-made perfect but imperfect ceramic vases function as a vessel and a piece of art for your home. Artist, Cym Warkov is creating beautiful timeless pieces that are sculptural, simple, raw, and just perfect from her studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. What a wonderful gift to give or receive! Cym Warkov Ceramics

VIS A VIS Is Worth A Peek!

Meet Yon Hui Choi. The designer behind the very cool Seoul, Korean based clothing label, VIS A VIS. If I could empty my closet, I would start with a few pieces from VIS A VIS. Everything I see is truly 100% wearable with the undertone of menswear. Perfect for city dwellers. Clean lines, subtle detailing, uncomplicated comfortable pieces made from high quality fabrics. VIS A VIS could be your pathway to uniform dressing. Choi does not focus on seasons but rather on building upon her designs. She has a clear vision.

Choi started her career at Barneys with the men’s merchant team. It now makes total sense why she exclusively launched her first line with Barneys in 2015. This line is expensive but stay alert for sales. Think investment pieces. Appreciate the subtlety that makes these pieces go the distance with a fresh take on classic. La Garçonne is also an option.