I’ve been in love with moody hues of indigo for the longest time. Years, in fact. (Evidence here from 2+ years ago.) So I am loving that the indigo color is making a major comeback at the moment. Although, is indigo ever really out of style? I vote no. I think I love indigo because it’s somehow modern, classic, romantic and sultry all at the same time. Indigo is having such a moment right now and I am wild about the trend. I kind of want everything I set eyes on to be washed in shades of indigo these days. Who’s with me?
[1: Heinui | 2: Elaine Palladino Photography from Style Me Pretty | 3: Gucio Photography from 100 Layer Cake | 4: Haus Interior | 5: American Eagle | 6: Clarabella | 7: Gucio Photography from 100 Layer Cake | 8: Elephant Ceramics | 9: Bookhou At Home.]
I’ve been looking for a gift this week to send to a friend who is going through a tough time. Because I’m a huge fan of edible gifts, especially those of the comfort food variety, and because it also needs to be something that can be shipped, I turned to one of my old standbys, Whimsy & Spice. I’ve been gifting their homemade marshmallows, brownies and cookies for years now and they seriously never fail to delight. These brownies? Crazy good. Flitting around their site today though what caught my eye was their new s’mores kits. Packaged up with your pick of their signature cardamom or maple marshmallows, the kit includes homemade graham cracker shortbread cookies, chocolate, skewers and everything you need to make over the top delicious s’mores.
And we don’t really need to talk about the packaging do we? It’s completely charming and just perfect for gift giving. And what do you know? Now I’m craving s’mores.
[Photos by Whimsy & Spice.]
This time of year I become a bit of a zucchini freak. Luckily, B is on board with my obsession and is right there with me toting it home by the bagful from the market or little roadside veggie stands. We’re huge fans of grilling it on the charcoal grill with a bit of olive oil and garlic and eating it just like that, but I also love working it into dishes of all varieties. Pastas, pizzas, soups – zucchini makes everything taste summery and delicious! I used to be obsessed with my grandmother’s zucchini bread as a kid and can’t wait to make some soon.
Have a garden bursting with zucchini you don’t know what to do with? Or, like us, and can’t stop buying it every time you see it? Click through for 10 of the best zucchini recipes you absolutely want to try this summer!
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Remember last week when we talked about hosting a party for your best ladies? Well, recently I put that inspiration to work! This summer Skinny Cow is challenging me to take on three missions, all with the intention of helping inspire you to unplug, tap into your inner lady and define for yourself the ways you can introduce a little more you time into every day life. So as part of my first mission, I invited my best girls to join me for an evening of bubbly, ice cream and some of our favorite music for no other reason than just to hang out and have fun. It was such a great time to unwind and enjoy the evening. I have to say, you definitely need to get together with the girls for a ladies night! For me it was long overdue and such a blast. I can’t wait to do it again!
To keep things from being too much like work to put together, I simply set out all the fixings for cocktails along with bubbly, wine and a few sweet treats including cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches. The ladies were free to grab drinks and nibbles at will while we mingled. I used our dining table pushed up against the back wall of our dining room to create more room for moving around, and set the table with a paper table runner that’s actually a graphic gift wrap from Target. Add in a few handfuls of confetti, some rainbow-colored honeycomb tissue balls, and cupcakes topped with paper parasols and the whole look was crazy colorful and summery while literally only taking me about twenty minutes to pull together. This is the perfect example of how you can pull off an amazing ladies night without having to devote excessive time to planning or prepping. You know what that means? You officially have no excuse! Get your girls, fire up a playlist with your favorite summery music and get to partying.
Need a bit more inspiration? Here is our party playlist to help you get in the mood! Before everyone came over, I asked the ladies to chime in with their picks for the ultimate summer songs. The resulting playlist is so peppy and fun and wide ranging. We’re talking everything from The Beach Boys to Christina Aguilera to Queen. Yup, it’s good, in the most delightfully random way. Enjoy!
Gift wrap used as table runner from Target
Art print c/o of Minted
Bubbly c/o of Delicia
Ice cream sandwiches c/o of Skinny Cow
Honeycomb balls + confetti from Party City
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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[Photo by Anika London Photography from A Subtle Revelry. Styling by Carter & Cook Event Co.]
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