Light Bites and Sips For Summer Nights

Le-Grand-Aioli-Classic French Dish

Summer Cocktail

The Fixings For A Cocktail

Always searching for entertaining dishes that can be made ahead for those hot summer nights.  Pick up your fresh produce from your local farm stand to serve up the rainbow.  Being able to have friends over with little effort is the goal but in all honesty nothing goes without effort and some prep.  Here is a fab classic French platter that I will be giving a go to share with friends.  Bring this lovely platter to any summer gathering for something to noche on. Try Goop’s Green Goddess dressing for a healthy alternative to the aioli.    I also stumbled across a bright and light cocktail that can be sipped all summer long. Hydrating with watermelon sounds pretty perfect to me.  I am also sharing a lovely list of 30 Rose`s to enjoy from Food & Wine.  Time to trade in the red for all those lovely shades of pink.  Cheers to summer!

images @ Food 52 and Epicurious

ARoss Girl x Soler

ARoss Girl x Soler Belted Silk Dress
Brooke belted silk crepe de chine midi
ARoss Girl X Soler Dress
Brooke washed – silk maxi dress
ARoss Girl x Soler Dress
Amanda printed silk-georgette midi
ARoss x Soler Midi Dress
Brooke belted silk crepe de chine midi

A dress for all you lovely ladies!  I am so in love with color these days.  Just take a peek at the ARoss Girl x Soler collaboration.  It is one to dream about.  Spotted on Net-A-Porter of course on this rainy day.  These stunning dresses come with a price tag but I am certain you could come with a handful of reasons to warrant your purchase (think cost per wear).  Then you will find yourself twirling in one over excitement.  A midi length is not always the easiest to pull off but with the help of a block heel or neutral strappy sandal you are well on your way.  The maxi just needs a sweet flat.  These dresses are playful, colorful, pretty, feminine, and timeless.  It is that one dress that would never need dusting off.  So pretty! Bravo!!

images @ Net-A-Porter

One Piece or Two?

Swimwear that you can order multiple sizes, multiple styles, no hassle returns, and have delivered to your front step?!  Uhh… yes please!  The new swimwear line from Andie is listening to women and they know that buying a swimsuit is the most dreaded task for endless reasons.  Andie is disrupting the industry with stylish, clean, and simple swimsuits that won’t break your bank account.  All suits are under $100.  They offer a great online service with a 5 step quiz to help you figure out your perfect fit.  You can feel confident with a swimsuit that covers you.  For the exposed areas take a look at Supergoop for sun protection.

Don’t you love new finds that give you more options?!  images @ Andie

Something Short For Summer

Vince Easy breezy shorts for summer.  I love the idea of shorts but they must hit the sweet spot length.  The hunt is over with Vince’s pleat front cotton shorts. They look crisp yet read casual and hit mid thigh.  You can choose from three neutral tones.  Keep your look relaxed during the day by pairing these with your favorite tee.  For an evening look, add a loose-fitting blazer along with some fun earrings.  A woven pair of sandals or sneakers to complete the look.  (I am anxiously awaiting for these shorts to hit sale!)

image from Vince

Color Blocking Totes

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Make room for another tote bag!  The Aiko Tote is a beautifully crafted bag made from German merino wool felt.  The Aiko Tote comes in four stunning color blocks that will compliment all personal styles.  A bag that is up for any adventure or errand.  The Aiko sets itself apart with its soft vegetable dyed leather trim and handle, an interior zip pocket, as well as an open interior pocket.  So need to worry where you will stash your keys, loose credit cards, and other essentials.  It is all in the details!  Just take a look at their attention to the interior label.  This Los Angeles based company is led by Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz.  They have combined their Japanese and German influences with a Southern Cali lifestyle to create distinct pieces driven by high quality materials.  All pieces are designed, produced, and shipped from their home base of Los Angeles.

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The beauty of using German merino wool felt: biodegradable, water-resistant, renewable, and sustainable

pics from graf lantz

A Textile Love Affair With ace & jig

It is all about collaboration!  This is absolutely true with Carey Vaughan and Jenna Wilson, the two ladies behind ace & jig.  They met years ago as fashion design interns then fast forward to being reunited over their absolute love around antique textiles.  ace & jig is where pattern playing is at its best!  The more you experience the pieces the more you fall in love.  Every piece has its own personality and is waiting to be worn and enjoyed.  The colors and patterns can make even the most conservative lady branch out of their comfort zone.  ace & jig are timeless pieces that you build upon.  They don’t read in the moment trend and they don’t read boring!  They are effortless.  You can layer, wear alone, and mix and match any piece.  ace & jig has no rules except that you must love what you own if not then swap it with another ace & jig fan.

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Want more reasons to love ace & jig besides that they strive daily to be better, to build a loving community, and they recognize that they can make a difference?!  Here you go:

1. ace & jig are committed to giving back to communities, charities, and organizations

2. focused on no waste with their textile scraps so they find creative ways to repurpose them via scrap donations, artisan collabs, making kids clothing, quilts, and other creative ways

3. slow fashion focus with designing timeless garments

4. encourage their community to resell, repair, upcycle or swap pieces

5. they work closely with their textile producers in India to be environmentally focused

6. Want more then check out their site  ace & jig

All pics are credited to ace & jig

Take It Outside

this summer with alfresco dining at home. Let’s just say June is officially summer!  There is nothing better than firing up the BBQ and having friends over to enjoy the long summer nights.  It is the best time to entertain.  Summer gatherings can be simple and festive with little prep or you can go full-out gangbusters. Spending energy on creating a lovely and inviting atmosphere will delight you all summer long.  You will just need to clean up the space and make of list of the items you will need to make entertaining fuss free and easy.  After this it will be a breeze!  Here is a helpful tip:  clear out a designated space to hold all your summer dining essentials to make it easy on yourself and for those that are willing to lend a helping hand.

Make your next reservation at home! Get creative with whatever space you may have.  All spaces can be turned into a summer oasis.
Pick flowers and fresh herbs from your garden or go to an outdoor market for fresh local flowers.
Gathered utensils in a container to pass around is simple, functional, and casual.
A folding table (great for pop up dinners when you have more guests than your typical dining set can accommodate) covered by a simple white table-cloth.  Get clever with seating if you don’t have enough matching chairs by mixing in pieces from your indoors space.  Benches work really well too.
Melamine plates and glasses are worth the investment.  This would also look just as lovely with colorful paper plates and napkins. Outdoor dining can be what you want it to be.  No rules!
Light it up with string lights and candles!
Her smile tells it all!  A dear friend who just happens to be my neighbor (thank my lucky stars!) kicked off summer with an outdoor set up that has me planting flowers , dusting off summer plates , and hanging lights!  Thank you for the inspiration!

Here are a few places to check out online for your summer alfresco evenings.  Happy Summer folks!

Crate&Barrel could be your one stop shopping for all your alfresco needs.

Ikea for some Scandinavian inspiration.

Target for string lighting options and folding tables (so handy to own and can be tucked away).

Check out this great piece from RealSimple.  Lots of tips to get you excited for all your summer entertaining.