April 27, 2016

Spring Picnicking

j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT

It is easy for me to spend my weekend at the computer. I know I am not alone when I say the first thing I do every morning is check my email, even on Sunday morning. So when my husband tells me I need to get outside, I know it is coming from a good place. I slipped on this denim skirt for a picnic on the outskirts of the Blue Ridge Mountains this past weekend. It was great to get outside and enjoy a little sun on my legs. Even this city girl can enjoy a good meal by a creek on a warm spring day. 


j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT
j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT
j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT
j.crew DENIM FRONT-SLIT SKIRT

J.Crew Denim Front-Slit Skirt // J.Crew Check Blouse (similar & similar) // J.Crew Straw Hat (similar) // Straw Market Bag // J.Crew Sandals // Karen Walker Sunglasses


April 26, 2016

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

I love a good everyday cake. A cake that does not require a mixer, and can take on almost any flavor profile. They are not intimidating, and they can be enjoyed on a weeknight that needs a little something special. This lemon yogurt cake with strawberry sauce fits those requirements. It is made with ingredients you most likely have on hand, and can be ready in under an hour. When I need a sweet fix this pound cake can make a hectic week feel a little calmer. 


Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

 Lemon Yogurt Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Lemon Yogurt Cake
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside. 

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Slowly add flour mixture into wet ingredients and whisk until combined (the mixture will be lumpy). Then, stir the oil into the batter until smooth. Pour batter into loaf pan. 

Bake for 40 minutes until top is golden brown and interior is set. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove from pan onto a cooling rack. Allow cake to cool completely. 

Strawberry Sauce 
1/2 cup strawberries 
3 tablespoons sugar 
1 tablespoon water 

Combine strawberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until strawberries have broken down and a sticky sauce has formed. Run sauce through a strainer to remove any seeds. Pour warm sauce of cake, reserving some for individual pieces. 

April 22, 2016

Style: Sweatshirt & Jeans

everlane sweatshirt

You can get a lot of mileage out of a great basic. They can take you from work, to dinner, to a casual Saturday running errands. I've been revamping some of the basics in my closet over the last few months, think sandals, jeans, and white button-downs. One piece I was missing was a  neutral sweatshirt. Thanks to it's slim fit and light color I can pair it with just about everything (see it with a pleated skirt here). But on the weekends, there is nothing better than wearing it with my favorite jeans for a casual yet collective outfit. 

everlane sweatshirt
everlane sweatshirt
everlane sweatshirt
everlane sweatshirt

 Everlane Crew Sweatshirt // J.Crew Sleeveless Button-down (similar) // Mih Marty Jeans // Kate Spade Bag (similar) // Tibi Denni Loafers (similar) // Karen Walker Sunglasses 

April 21, 2016

Style: Metal Bridge Sunglasses

Searching for the right pair of sunglasses can be hard. I exclusively wore my Karen Walker sunglasses for nearly three years. They framed my face nicely and were neutral enough to go with any outfit, so I did not rush to find another pair. When I stumbled across Krewe Du Optic at work I knew I had found my new pair. They have all have a unique style and are made in New Orleans. I stepped out of my comfort zone and purchased the St. Louisas seen here. I love the exaggerated metal bridge and round lenses. I defiantly am not the first person to wear metal bridge sunglasses, but I love how they accentuate your face. Shop 20 of my favorite metal bridge sunglasses below. 



April 19, 2016

In the Kitchen: Pea & Ricotta Crostini

pea and ricotta crostini

There are few dishes I love more in the spring or summer than crostini. Pile whichever fresh vegetables you have around with a smear of cheese and you have a meal. Does it get any better or simpler than that? We're lucky to have fresh english peas at the store this time of year. I love having them a simple side dish with a squeeze of lemon, but dressing them up with a few spring onions and ricotta makes them almost irresistible. We had this for a light dinner with a salad, but this would also make a great appetizer or light lunch. Either way, you cannot go wrong with this dish. 

pea and ricotta crostini
pea and ricotta crostini
pea and ricotta crostini


Pea & Ricotta Crostini

1/2 cup english peas
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon spring onion, thinly sliced 
1 teaspoon fresh parsley 
1/3 cup ricotta 
1/2 baguette 
1 tablespoon olive oil 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut baguette on a diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Brush each piece with a little olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 5 minutes until golden, flipping halfway. Set aside. 

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Make a ice bath and set aside. Once boiling, add peas to the water and cook for about 30 seconds until peas float to the top and are bright green. Immediately submerge peas in the ice bath. Leave peas in the ice bath until chilled. 

Place lemon zest, lemon juice, spring onion, and parsley in a boil. Add chilled peas, and using a fork mash mixture until about half of the peas are broken. Season with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil. 

Top crostini with a smear of ricotta and then a dollop of pea mixture. Garnish with additional spring onions or parsley. 

April 18, 2016

Style: Chambray Midi Dress

chambray dress

One of the best parts about spring is the ability to throw on a dress and run out the door. Not that this is impossible during the winter, but I really despise wearing tights when it is below freezing. Finding a dress you can wear in almost any occasion is great, and lately  this dress has served the purpose. I purchased it over the winter and wore it as an light coat, as seen here, but lately I've enjoyed it with sandals and my favorite sun hat for warm afternoons. When the weather is this gorgeous it is hard to spend the entire day indoors. Just getting out for a couple of hours to take a stroll downtown makes all the difference in a good verses great day. 

chambray dress
chambray dress
chambray dress
chambray dress
chambray dress

 Who What Wear Shirt Dress (similar) // Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Heels // Target Straw Hat (similar) // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag // Karen Walker Sunglasses (similar)

April 14, 2016

Style: Frayed White Vest

Anthropologie Frayed Luna Vest

What is it about Charleston in the spring that seems so magical? I've been a few times over the years, and each visit I find something new blooming. This year, I discovered loquats shooting out of multiple yards on the peninsula. These fruit bearing trees were a beautiful and unexpected site during our apartment hunt. This frayed vest was the perfect piece to wear during our trip: comfortable and stylish. Adding an additional layer can make any look seem more pulled together, and a lightweight vest in spring or summer does the trick. I'm sure you'll see this piece appear on the site again. 

Anthropologie Frayed Luna Vest
Anthropologie Frayed Luna Vest
Anthropologie Frayed Luna Vest
Anthropologie Frayed Luna Vest

 Anthropologie Frayed Luna Vest // Banana Republic Striped Tank (similar) // Mih Marty Jeans // Stuart Weitzman Heels (similar) // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag //  Karen Walker Sunglasses (similar)

April 12, 2016

In the Kitchen: Leek Frittata

leek frittata

The spring leek obsession marches on. My husband made this frittata a few weeks ago for breakfast, and it was so good I knew I had to recreate it here. The leeks become soft and almost blend in with the eggs giving it a slight onion flavor without an overwhelming bite. Plus, a little bacon and ricotta can make almost anything taste good. Give this frittata a try this weekend for a lazy Sunday brunch or quick weeknight meal.  

leek frittata
leek frittata


2 strips bacon
1 large leek, diced
1 shallot, diced  
1 tablespoon butter
6 eggs 
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon milk 
1/4 cup ricotta 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon until crispy and set aside. Drain off any necessary bacon grease (you want a little in the pan) and add leek and shallot. Cook until slightly brown and tender, then remove from pan. 

Chop bacon into small pieces and then combine with leek and shallot mixture. Whisk together eggs, sour cream, milk, and salt and pepper. Add butter to pan and stir to coat. Once butter is bubbly add eggs to pan. Then quickly add bacon, leek, and shallot. Lightly whisk until combined and mixture starts to set. Top with dollops of ricotta and stir until combined. Bake for 10-15 minutes until mixture is set. Broil to brown top in necessary. 

April 11, 2016

Style: Pleated Midi Skirt in Charleston

pleated midi skirt

I am always a little hesitant when it comes to purchasing trendy items. I want to make sure they not only work with my body type, but also match my personal style. There are many that you will never see me in: culottes, fringe, and crochet tops all come to mind. But every once in a while I find one that I love, and lately that has been pleats. I purchased this skirt from Banana Republic last fall, worn here

I love how flattering the skirt is, and that you can easily dress it up or down. I wore this outfit on our last day in Charleston. This sweatshirt kept me warm since we occasionally caught of guest of wind from the river, and it was the perfect neutral for the skirt. It ended up being a beautiful day, and it was hard to go home after such a nice long weekend. 

pleated midi skirt
pleated midi skirt
pleated midi skirt
pleated midi skirt

Banana Republic Pleated Midi Skirt (similar & similar) // Everlane Sweatshirt // Krewe Du Optic Sunglasses // Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude Sandals // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag (similar)

April 8, 2016

Early Spring Playlist


What was a early and warm spring, has quickly turned into a cold and dreary one. It is ok because I know it will not stay this way for long. Until then, I'll be listening to this playlist and dreaming of warmer days ahead. I hope everyone has a great weekend. 

 Click Here to listen to the Early Spring Playlist 

Blue Skies Again // Jessica Lea Mayfiled 
Levitation // Beach House 
Thirteen // Big Star 
The Only Thing // Sufjan Stevens 
10,000 Emerald Pools // BORNS
Put a Flower in Your Pocket // The Arcs 
Heaven // The Walkmen 
Holocene // Bon Iver 
This Must Be The Place // Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell 
Name on a Matchbook // Springtime Carnivore 
Magic Hour // Aofie D'onovan 

April 5, 2016

In the Kitchen: Spring Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta

Spring Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta

Finding the first bunch of asparagus at the grocery store is a monumental moment. It proves that spring is here, and I will gladly take any sign natures gives. This pasta lets one of my favorite spring vegetables shine. The lemon and white wine perk up what could be a heavy dish while the prosciutto adds a salty bite. We are only a few weeks into spring I have already made this dish multiple times. Once you try it I am sure you will understand. 

Spring Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta
Spring Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta
Spring Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta

 Spring Asparagus & Prosciutto Pasta

1/2 pound fettuccine
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 slices prosciutto
1/2 bunch asparagus
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter 
1/2 lemon 
parmesan cheese 

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add fettuccine and cook according to package until al dente. Reserve some pasta water for later. 

While pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a large saute pan over medium heat. Slice prosciutto into one inch slices and add to pan. Cook prosciutto for around 3-4 minutes until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside. 

Cut asparagus into 1 inch pieces and add to saute pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Add garlic and peas to pan and cook for an additional minute until fragrant. Pour in wine and cook until only a small amount remains in the pan. Stir in butter and juice from half of a lemon. Toss in pasta, along with a ladle full of reserved pasta warm. Stir mixture until pasta is coated with lemon butter sauce. Add additional pasta warm if mixture is dry. Top with crispy prosciutto and parmesan cheese. 

Style: Knit Shirtdress

anthropologie knit shirtdress

It was a picture perfect weekend in Charleston. The city was abloom, the sun was shining, and we enjoyed a lot of great meals. We spent time cruising South of Broad in between apartment showings, and even though we did not sign a lease we were able to enjoy spring in my favorite city. This shirtdress was the perfect piece for daytime wondering through alleyways. My only wish was that the weekend lasted a little longer.  



anthropologie knit shirtdress
anthropologie knit shirtdress
anthropologie knit shirtdress
anthropologie knit shirtdress
anthropologie knit shirtdress


 

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