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Something White, something Red, something Blue

4th of July is here. In between running around with the girls from one activity to another, the holiday just arrived.  I can’t believe how fast summer is going. It’s the time of year of going from one BBQ to another, from the beach to the pool.

I know the web is full of 4th of July idea boards, but still I had to create my own chic version for the long weekend. I just love Prada’s take on the stud trend. The shoes are subtle and cool, and the sunglasses are just pure fun! J Brand always offer the most beautiful minimalist garments that just look and feel fabulous. The jeans with the camisole, shoes, sunglasses and clutch just make the perfect outfit.  Effortless chic for the Holiday weekend! I found the recipes at MarthaStewart.com and I can hardly wait and try them out.

Eat, drink, be happy and safe!
XOXO,
Shani

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  1. Vintage americana kid’s room decor
  2. Ostrich leather clutch by Coach
  3. Kate Spade statement necklace
  4. J Brand white camisole
  5. J Brand skinny jean in color Heartbreaker
  6. Firecracker Ice Pops
  7. Joie silk romper
  8. Prada studded leather ankle strap sandals
  9. Prada Voice sunglasses
  10. Red, white and blueberry Trifle

 

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11 Things for Summer

I’m good at making lists. I write them constantly to help me keep organized. I also love to make fun lists of things I’d like to do, clothes that I’d love to wear, food that I want to make and places I wish to go.

Summer in Michigan is the best! We have daylight from 6AM to 10PM, we have beautiful beaches, great local farmer’s markets and lots of outdoor time. We usually spent most of our time either at the pool or on the beach.  I love to have friends over for  BBQ on our deck, and I’m always on the lookout for fun summer recipes. The list below is a little bit of everything – beach and pool items, and food and entertainment ideas.

I hope they will inspire you the way they’ve inspired me. I already made the Sangría for a dinner party I hosted last week, and I just bought the Beets for the salad.

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  1. Beach chairs by Serena and Lilly
  2. Beautiful summer table setting by Crate and Barrel
  3. Lace Caftan by Miguelina
  4. Striped bikini by MIKOH
  5. Gold plate flat sandal by SEE BY CHLOE
  6. Illesteva Leonard Mirrored Lense Sunglasses
  7. Fresh flowers including my favorite pink peonies
  8. White Sangría with Mint, Peaches and Plums
  9. New Balance MINIMUS ZEO V2 in white, blue and coral.
  10. Vans for J Crew slip-on shoes
  11. Crushed Beets with Lemon Vinaigrette salad by bon appetit
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An afternoon delight

Sometimes, I wish I could live in “Downton Abby” days – having afternoon tea, eating on fine china while dressed in ball gowns. Then, I remember how much I love my espresso machine and amazon prime.

So, I decided to take out the fine china and macaroons and have an afternoon tea.

I made cucumber sandwiches with ricotta cheese and dill, mini puff pastry rounds with goat cheese and balsamic reduction and of course macaroons (that I did not make. I am not that ambitious).  To decorate the table I used  mini Gerber daisies that I found at a local flower shop and mini fabric flags I ordered from Etsy.

The china, silverware and crystal glasses are all family heirloom. They belonged to my husband’s grandmother. I never met her, but always heard the stories of how much she loved to entertain and have family and friends over. I’m honored to have some of her treasured dishes and I love the idea that we are keeping her tradition alive (with some modern twists).

Afternoon tea was simple, elegant and full of fun. Perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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Photos by Kate Bolt

 

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Salad and Company

There is nothing better in this world than good friends and good food. The combination of the two is what I consider my “happy place”. So, naturally, I had to write a post that brings the two together. I love a big salad that has a little bit of everything. The way I prepare a salad is by looking at the fridge, taking whatever looks good to me at the moment, toss in a bowl and hope that it will taste good in the end.

I told Kate (my partner in crime) that I have the perfect salad for a fun morning. While my kitchen is undergoing some cosmetic changes, I showed up at her doorstep with a basket full of goodies.

We had a lovely time, and  for the first time since forever, it was warm outside enough for me to wear shorts!

Kale, Beets, Green Beans and Tuna Salad (for two):
2 Small heads of lettuce, chopped (I like to use one red and one green, doesn’t matter what kind)
5 Kale leafs, chopped
1 Can of Tuna in olive oil
1 medium size Beet, peeled and 1/2-inch diced
4 “Almost” hard boiled eggs, halved lengthwise
A nice size bunch of Green Beans
Olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 400F. Wrap the beet in tin foil without peeling and place in a baking pan, bake for about an hour until tender. Allow to cool and peel.

Boil eggs for 5-6 minutes. Place  green beans in rapid boiling water with a pinch of salt for 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

Place the lettuce and kale in a large salad bowl and add the beets, green beans and tuna. Drizzle olive oil, balsamic vinegar and toss well. Arrange the eggs gently on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Photos by Kate Bolt

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