These have been out awhile, but I just now really noticed them (they are featured in the latest People Style Watch - which I learned from this post over at J Crew Aficionada).
For my basic thong sandals -- gold, silver, white and hot pink :) -- that I plan to wear all summer, I have TB Millers and Jack Rogers, but these will be fun with certain outfits, and you can't beat the price.
I've been a fan of Yes to Carrots for a while and use their shower gel and lip butter tubes often. Recently, I came across (at Target, of course) a couple of their products which offer chemical-free spf. Now, Seattle is not known for its bright skies or need for sun-shielding but we can get too much exposure even here.
Last Spring my husband was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma. It was luckily a teeny tiny not-very-deep spot and they removed it all and he is fine - but it resulted in a huge scar and he now has to go for checks by a dermatologist every three months.
I'm definitely guilty of tanning. Yes, as a teenager I may have been out there with only baby oil (yikes) and quite possibly in high school even used tanning beds (double yikes). But I am seriously reformed and most certainly am concerned about protecting myself and my family. But I've also heard safety concerns about certain chemicals used in sunscreens so am always on the lookout for effective non-chemical versions.
Recently I purchased Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with spf 15. Now, that is not the spf number you want for your beach vacation in Hawaii, but I am happy with it for daily use. Unlike many zinc oxide formulas, it glides on smoothly and doesn't leave any whitish film on your face. It doesn't have any petrolatum or paraben and is cruelty free. I am definitely looking forward to trying more of the YTC spf products. Available at stores like Target and Walgreens.
Anyone have any good chem free spf product recs? I'd love to hear!
I'd been waiting, waiting, waiting and this morning a happy email arrived from Shop It To Me: code FRIENDS2010 takes 30% off at Tory Burch(there are some exclusions - I found the list on examiner.com: Revas, Eddies, flip-flops, eyewear, TB foundation products, and gift cards). That leaves quite a lot of gorgeous shoes, bags, accessories and clothing. Free shipping, too! Ends tomorrow. (And don't forget 3.5% cash back through ebates.)
So this little bag I've been eyeing for a couple months is finally on its way:
I ordered Teresa Giudice's (of RHONJ fame) cookbook Skinny Italian from amazon recently, and let me tell you, there are some great ideas in there. The premise of the book is more "Healthful, Enjoyable, Fun Italian" than "Skinny Italian" but as "skinny" is such a popular buzzword right now... (jeans, margaritas, in the kitch)... it probably is a good title to help sell the book.
If you're a fan of the show, you'll enjoy all the family photos and chatty narrative. If you're not a fan, but you don't mind, this book is loaded with fun tips and history about Italian cooking: How should you store garlic? How do you pronounce all those fancy specialty pasta names? What exactly is canola oil? ...and some really great recipes.
The first thing I made, about a week ago, was Milania's Marinara Sauce and it really did feel GREAT to make my own sauce rather than just open a jar from the grocery store shelf. It was so easy and the house smelled amazing. I felt like a real cook!
Last night I made the Panzanella Salad from page 214 - again, it turned out great and the kids loved it (they picked out the olives, but I knew that was going to happen). I did a search on this Italian bread salad and discovered it is quite popular and there are lots of versions out there. This is definitely one to try.
So, here's what you need (adapted from the recipe in the book):
1-3 day old loaf of French or Italian bread for croutons - you'll cube this and coat in a whisked mixture of 1/3 c olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves and 1/8 tsp salt (I drizzled a little more olive oil in)
and for the salad:
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 c olive oil
4 or 5 tomatoes (book calls for 4 large, I used 5 medium - next time I'll probably do one more), diced
4 oz fresh mozzarella (I think I used more)
1/2 cup kalamata olives (I just cut in half, book calls for chopped)
1/2 red onion, diced
fresh basil leaves torn into pieces
1 Tbsp capers, drained
After you coat the bread cubes, spread them out on a pan and pop in the oven at 400 F for about 10 minutes:
Meanwhile, get everything chopped and diced:
When the croutons are done, Teresa has you combine it all, but we had to head out for piano lessons soon and I knew I'd be rolling in a couple hours later at 6pm with three hungry kids, so I combined everything but the croutons in a bowl and put it in the fridge.
When we got home, I added in the croutons and let it set for about 10 minutes while I cooked up a little pasta with butter (just in case the salad didn't go over with the little ones - but it most certainly did - they loved it).
I'm looking forward to whipping up more of the sauces, pasta dishes, maybe a pizza or two, and the delish looking Bellinis. Salute!
I'm really happy with this top... nice colors (the stripes make me think "sun washed Juicy Fruit"), comfortable fabric, pretty but not overwhelmingly foofy (not that there's anything wrong with that) rosette detail. The armholes are slightly small... usually in a top like this they drop a little lower... but I don't notice because the fabric is stretchy and it is not at all uncomfortable. The brown stripe closely matches J Crew's Desert Brown (my Jackie color of choice today), and the lavender J Crew's Misty Lavender.
Rosette Top against J Crew's Misty Lavender Jackie (last year's)
...and my earrings are a recent Anthropologie purchase... I couldn't find online but they come in different colors and are priced at $28.
I have a super busy Friday and weekend coming up so probably won't be posting for a few days. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
Yesterday morning for church, running late (again). I love a simple jersey dress for this reason - very little thinking involved:
ATL cardi, ATL Ruched Knit Dress, Style #237896 $69.50 but I purchased at the 50% off sale promo for about $30, TB Millers, Anthropologie Bauble Bath bracelet
Monday, volunteering at school (no mealworms involved today... just grading math papers), and then back home to straighten things up after the weekend (and possibly blog & tweet), and afternoon running around:
J Crew's cotton-gauze petal cardi is very sheer... I've been trying to think of a way to describe the fabric (very heavy on the nylon - 32% - and 68% cotton) and the closest thing I can think of is that it is similar to those Capezio ballet tights, but more loosely woven. Gigi did a review of this and I know some have found it scratchy. It does not bother my skin or make me itchy at all. I like it - but it is very different from the usual cotton or wool cardi. My favorite feature is that the ruffles are so nicely sewn - I like the workmanship - no unfinished or raw edges and they hold their shape nicely.
J Crew cotton-gauze petal cardigan in Dusty Shale, J Crew cami (last year's or older), Target Merona midrise denim capris, TB Revas in silver
Next post will recap Mother's Day. I hope everyone had a nice weekend and is starting out a good week!
I love that the ruffle on this tank is a nicely finished woven fabric - no raw, fraying edges.
J Crew tissue garland tank in lavender, Target boyfriend cardigan (last year's) in heather gray, jeans, Tory Burch Revas in black
Nothing like a good empire-cut tank when you possibly ate too much lasagne and garlic bread the night before.
J Crew tank in heather gray (last year's), J Crew Jackie in Misty Lavender (or Lilac... last year's), jeans, Tory Burch Millers in silver, J Crew outlet necklace
...and I haven't posted a puppy pic for a while... here is Winston yesterday, 4 months old already and closing in on 5 lbs! (And definitely ready for his first trip to the groomer!) I'll be sure to post a pic when he's all spiffed up.
My latest J Crew order arrived yesterday (except the bracelet - shipping today), so I am wearing my new Pastiche cardi. I am also really happy with the lavender tank and the dusty shale cardi so those will be featured in OOTDs soon. Since it is such a splashy floral I am keeping everything else very neutral - gray, khaki and brown.
Perfect for a morning spent volunteering (I got to replace rotten apple pieces with fresh ones for 20+ mealworm/beetle habitats in second grade today. I did have a tweezers.) and afternoon running around - school pick-ups, library, dance classes. I hope everyone is having a good week!
I found these great crackled, aged turquoise-y glazed pots at Anthropologie last week and brought a couple home for my bell shelves (I switch out candles, etc. on them all the time). I've used really warm, cozy colors in our main living areas - Audubon Russet, Chestertown Buff, pecan velvet, toffee - so I like a few little pops of blue here and there to keep things fresh, especially in the Spring and Summer.
I couldn't find these online. There were a couple of styles and sizes varied slightly. Mine are about 7 1/2 inches high. There was also a cream color. The number on the sticker is 17559519. Made in China. $8.00 each. Yes, eight dollars, as in less than two grande-nonfat-caramel-macchiatos, each.
I'm a displaced Southerner, mom to three beautiful babies, married to a very kind, easily distractable, brilliant businessman of a husband. I like: sunshine, coffee, cute shoes, expensive handbags, inexpensive jewelry, European cities, travel in Asia, doing laundry, eating out, fashion magazines, interior design, LK Bennett and J Crew, kate, Lilly, and Tory, Hermes scarves, and trying to figure out what is going on in the world of politics. I don't like: people who are mean or get in my way when I am shopping.