Livada Fragrance Vase

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One of my summer goals is to have fresh flowers around constantly. It’s one of my favorite ways to keep my home feeling fresh, and I usually pick up a bunch at the grocery store when I make my weekly run through. Designed by Studio Macura, the Livada Fragrance Vase is a glass vase meant to hold a small bouquet of flowers or herbs. Made to enhance and enjoy the fragrance of flowers, it consists of two glass pieces – a small glass container and a cover that’s pierced with a small hole to allow fragrance to make its way out.

 

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Rebekka Connelly

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Rebekka Connelly makes her own rules when it comes to painting by using stencils in some of her pieces. Each stencil print painting is individually unique, created using acrylic paint on cotton paper with super sharp edge lines. The result ends up feeling very organic to me despite the more streamlined process used.

 

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Underneath It All

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2 p.m. // 5 p.m. // 10 p.m.

Dessù is a new lifestyle lingerie brand inspired by attitudes and time. Modern, free-minded women who believe they can live any number of lives in 24 hours are their target.

 

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The Deep V No-Wire // The Mesh-Trim Bodysuit // The Geo Lace Thong

LIVELY is inspired by what makes today’s woman sexy – being smart, healthy, active, and outgoing. The result blurs the lines between lingerie, activewear, and swimwear by taking the best style and comfort from each.

 

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Sade Brief // Saii Silk Brief // G-Tang Silk Top

Marieyat is an underwear and loungewear label with uncompromised style. The line’s seamless cotton and silk knitwear is geared towards modern women strong in both mind and body.

 

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Cut Out Bra // High Waisted Brief // Basic Bodysuit

The Nude Label is a basic underwear brand born from a need for appealing yet simplistic underwear with a good fit and support for everyday life. A combination of classic lines and fresh aesthetic, along with a focus on comfort, emphasize functionality over embellishment.

 

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Como Long Line Bralette // Ariel Bralette // Lillie Side Cut-Out Bralette

PRAE (prefix: earlier than; prior to; variant of pre-) is a brand built around a core collection of design forward bralettes. The importance, beauty, and style of a bra are all taken into account as well as the pre-dressing stage of a woman’s clothing.

 

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Jess Riva Cooper / Viral Series

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Toronto-based Jess Riva Cooper is a mega talented sculptor who loves to incorporate color and illustration into her pieces. Flora entangle themselves around busts in her Viral Series, II, and III, taking over the human body in an almost parasitic way.

I study the foundation myths of the Dybbuk in Yiddish folklore and reinterpret these traditional stories through a female lens. I also investigate fallen economic and environmental climates in cities where houses have become feral, disappearing behind ivy, trees and Kudzu vines that were planted generations ago. I see a direct parallel between my interest in insidious plant life and a malevolent Dybbuk spirit, which takes over the human body.

 

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Get Outside Already

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Free-Standing Hammock

Have you been spending lots of time outside or are you holed up inside avoiding the heat? I’ve been doing a little bit of both, as well as avoiding some rainstorms by hanging out on my porch. (One of my favorite times to be out!) The key to enjoying the outdoors for me is making my yard just as livable as my house, which means furniture that carries over the same style and sensibilities. Peek at my backyard setup that I shared last year, then take a look at these stellar outdoor furniture pieces.

 

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The Loungr Inflatable Chair

 

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Palissade Lounge Chair

 

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Meridien Collection

 

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Catskill Wood + Wicker Chair

 

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Ixtapa Collection

 

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Sonora Wood Folding Lounger

 

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Regatta Collection

 

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Wood Chaise Lounge

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5 Favorite Food Blogs of the Moment

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Always with Butter is food, photos, recipes, and life written by Julie Marie Craig. She doesn’t post terribly often, but when she does trust me that it’s oh so worth your time.

Recent Favorites: Butter Mochi, Lemon Posset, Strawberry Icebox Cake

 

 

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Joy the Baker has been one of my favorite food blogs for years, not just the moment. If you’re not already familiar, she’s a self-taught baker who’s all too relatable in her writing and all too drool-inducing in the recipes she creates.

Recent Favorites: Shrimp Tempura Sushi Burritos, Summer Water, Roasted Strawberry Shortcakes with Basil Cream

 

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Kitchen Konfidence is another site that’s been a quiet and steady source of cooking inspiration. Brandon creates some the most epic cocktails, desserts, and so much more.

Recent Favorites: Orange Crush Cocktail, Broiled Zucchini with Bacon Breadcrumbs, Meyer Lemon Polenta Cake

 

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Love & Lemons is run by couple Jeanine and Jack, and it’s a great site full of mainly vegetarian recipes.  Everything is bright and seasonal – perfect if you’re trying to eat healthy or just enjoy the harvest.

Recent Favorites: Sara’s Strawberry Tabbouleh, Avocado, Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

 

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Tartelette was very likely one of the first food blogs I started following years and years ago. Former pastry chef Helene Dujardin perfectly captures her beautifully seasonal recipes – many gluten-free – in words and photos.

Recent Favorites: Coconut Yogurt & Passion Fruit Tartlets, Brussels Sprout Salad with Hot Smoked Salmon & Cherries, Rhubarb Tart with Cashew Frangipane

 

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Amy Judd

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Whimsical, surreal, mythological. These three themes lie just beneath the surface of Amy Judd‘s body of work, each painting delving into the relationship between woman and nature. The lighting pulling you right into tales of folklore, the birds used as armor and familiars.

 

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Pasta Salad 12 Ways

A picnic menu staple for decades, yup it’s pasta salad. But not the unappetizing kind covered in gobs of mayonnaise that makes you nervous whether it’s been out in the sun for too long. No sir, these twelve are the creative kind that will have everyone asking for the recipe.

 

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Click on each image to go to the recipe.
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Andrea Shaw

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Multi-talented creative Andrea Shaw successfully ran a small business before dropping it all to follow a newfound passion – painting. Most of her pieces are pattern-based, influenced by maps and the Australian landscape and brought to life through gouache, acrylic, cut paper, pencil, spray paint, watercolor, wood, and glue.

 

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