Summer

Recently Pinning: Summery + Fruity

Recently Pinning: Summery + Fruity

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Fresh, fun and fruity colors are clearly my summer obsession at the moment. If it’s bright and punchy, I want to soak up every little bit. I’m working on a project currently where I’m working as many saturated fruit-inspired hues in as I can and I have to say, there’s nothing quite like bright summer colors to make you smile! From decor to food to cocktails, I’m all about the happy. For more summer ideas and loads more I’m seeing …

Summer Essentials: A Lobster Boil

Summer Essentials: A Lobster Boil

Following yesterday’s ode to the classic summer lobster boil, it only seemed fitting that we talk about hosting our own seafood boil or clam bake before the season is over! While it may seem a daunting exercise in hosting, it’s really not all that tricky. You just need to load up on seafood, set some big pots to steaming, boil up a huge pot of salt potatoes, melt lots of butter and asks friends to show up with a salad …

Loving A Lobster Boil

Loving A Lobster Boil

Lobster boils, clam bakes, seafood boils – I’m obsessed! (I’ve mentioned this before, I know I know.) Lately though, I’m really hurting for a classic Maine lobster boil. I want the bib, the salt potatoes dripping in butter, the blueberry cobbler to finish it all off. I will tell you that lobster is my favorite food in the entire world other than ice cream. Give me the two of them together in one meal? Holy cannoli. That’s my kind of …

Pretty Little Things That I Love vol. 40

Pretty Little Things That I Love vol. 40

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Knock on wood, it seems we’re finally going to get a reprieve from the unusually persistant rainy weather we’ve had lately. I can’t wait to soak up all the sunshine! Which, of course, has me loving any number of bright and summery things. From neon keychains to the perfect shade of nail polish (Essie’s The More the Merrier), I’m wanting to deck out everything in sight with a blast of cheerful color. Heck, I even want this ridiculously fun soccer …

Summer Essentials: A Camping Trip

Summer Essentials: A Camping Trip

I make no secret of the fact that by the time summer comes along I have about zero interest in being kept inside. Once the sun is shining and the days grow long, I’m all about getting outside and enjoying every minute. Give me sunscreen and bug spray and send me out into the woods or to linger along the lake, and I’m about as happy a camper as any you’ll ever find. With at least one, hopefully two, summer …

Recipe Favorites: Frozen Pops + Treats

Recipe Favorites: Frozen Pops + Treats

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Summer is about to make it’s official arrival in just a couple of days and I reckon that makes it as good a time as any to talk about frozen treats aplenty! I’ve been wanting to experiment with homemade popsicle recipes for a while now so my eye has been on picking up a few popsicle molds and getting busy in the kitchen. Homemade frozen pops are amazing because they’re fresh and delicious and often can be quite a bit …

Summer Essentials: A Backyard Dinner Party

Summer Essentials: A Backyard Dinner Party

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Last week we talked about summer essentials for a day at the beach, and today we’re talking about backyard summer parties! I find summer entertaining so joyful and, frankly, so easy. It doesn’t take much more than food on the grill, frosty drinks and a few well-placed candles to make a crowd happy. But if you felt so inclined to throw in a few pretty little extras? I assure you nobody would complain about that, either. By now you already …

Joyful

Joyful

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It’s Monday morning and the start of a fresh new week, one for which I am so very excited! This Friday marks the 3rd annual Ryan Converse Memorial Golf Tournament (you can see highlights from the first tournament in 2011 here) and with the tournament comes a whole lot of joy. In 2010 our family said a very painful and unexpected goodbye to my 21 year old cousin Ryan, the result of head injuries following a tragic accident. To say …

Summer Essentials: A Day At The Beach

Summer Essentials: A Day At The Beach

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It’s rainy here today. Unpleasantly so. But you know what? I’m not letting it get me down. Or at least, I’m trying not to. By rainy day dreaming about long lazy summer days at the beach, of course. Which naturally led me down a bunny trail of hunting down a few new summer essentials that I’d love to add to my closet this summer. A great bathing suit, the perfect canvas tote and a perfectly adorable cover up, for starters!

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Shop Sweet: Summer Party Supplies

Shop Sweet: Summer Party Supplies

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Over the last few days we’ve been talking a lot about our summer plans around here. A lot of it revolves around spending as many long lazy days together as possible, but we’re not without our fair share of summer festivities. From camping trips to birthday parties and impromptu backyard barbecues, we’ll definitely have a flurry of shindigs coming up over the next few months. With that in mind, this is just about the time of year when I like …

Summer Entertaining: Pretty Pitchers

Summer Entertaining: Pretty Pitchers

Perfect for summer entertaining, pretty pitchers are perfect as vases or for serving up cocktails! See six of my favorites perfect for parties all summer long.

Glamorous Wedding Style Under the Trees

Glamorous Wedding Style Under the Trees

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So here’s the thing about the Inspired Creations Contest. I just love seeing how different teams can take the same rules (spend no more than $500; incorporate a little glitter and glam; make something beautiful) and come up with such wildly different ideas. All beautiful. All unique. Today’s entry comes from Bella Rains Garden Studio and Lavender & Twine and was inspired by a gorgeous pair of emerald satin Badgley Mischka pumps. From there they created a stunning tablescape under …