Granitas 10 Ways

Every summer get together (and Monday) deserves a sweet ending. But who wants something rich and heavy when warm weather eating is about all things fresh and light? Enter the granita, a fancy slush if you will. This icy concoction couldn’t be easier to bring to life, and a splash of alcohol makes it very adult friendly. These ten version are on my radar for summer tasting.

 

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BLACKBERRY-ROSÉ-GRANITA-with-BASIL-WHIPPED-CREAM-Hummingbird-High-Design-Crush

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Summer Bed Linens

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French-Belgian Linen Shale Sheet Set // Duvet Cover & Pillow Case Set // Grey & White Stripe Sheet

Crisp, clean bed linens and summertime are ubiquitous in my mind. That gorgeous inevitably rumpled look and fabric that only gets softer with use pair so well with warm evenings and deep sleeps. The only things that might make the experience even more perfect is a soft breeze.

 

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Washed Linen Collection // Bluish Grey Linen Pillow Case Set // Linen Blend Duvet Set

 

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Hawkins Simple Linens Pillows // Linen Bedspread // Linen Sheets

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8 Portable Speakers

The most indispensable item when entertaining is a solid portable speaker. I love being able to grab it to take along wherever the action is – dining room, deck, park, you name it. Not so long ago consumers were limited to one or two quality sounds, but these days we have not only our choice of brands but color and design as well.

 

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ROW 1: Beloit 15 // Helsinki // Tube Audio
ROW 2: Zipp Airplay // Nixon Mini Blaster Speaker
ROW 3: Bose Soundlink // Boombot REX // Solar Powered Radio

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Three Cheers for Caftans

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Strook Printed by Humanoid

My friend Jaime and I have been planning our retirement for years. Key elements include huge sunglasses, turbans, red lipstick (preferably on our teeth), and caftans. So it’s rather serendipitous that the flowy frocks are back in style at the moment – black and white, colorful, patterned, long and short. What once was seen as your grandmother’s housedress is your summer wardrobe’s best friend.

 

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Indigo Shibori Caftan by Proud Mary // White Crackle Organic Linen Caftan by Emerson Fry // Warboel 01 by Humanoid

 

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The Caftan by Hatch // Onda Silk Caftan by Lotta Designs // Agave Nut Birch Green Caftan by Rodebjer

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Mother’s Day Cards

If your mom is even half as amazing as mine you’ve struck gold. The lady who birthed me is my #1 fan, my best friend, and my anchor in this sometimes crazy world. My grandmother has also been a huge influence on me, as well as my aunt. So don’t just celebrate your mother on Mother’s Day, let all of the incredible women in your life know just how appreciated they truly are.

 

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ROW 1: Egg Press // The Good Twin Co. // Rifle Paper Co.
ROW 2: Ashkahn // Sycamore Street Press // Sea + Lake Paper Co.
ROW 3: My Dear Fellow Co. // Moglea
ROW 4: Denote Stationery // Ink Meets Paper // Hairpin Letterpress
ROW 5: The Detroit Card Co. // One Canoe Two // our heiday

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Margaritas 12 Ways

Margarita’s heyday – Cinco de Mayo – is just over a week away, and it’s the perfect opportunity to try something new. Why resort to the cloyingly sweet premixed thing when you could have one of these instead? I promise you won’t regret your decision to have a second (or a third or a seventh).

 

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National Card + Letter Writing Month

You still have nine days left to be a part of National Card + Letter Writing Month, you know, if that’s your kind of scene. It’s definitely mine, because there’s only one better thing you can find in a mailbox than a card or letter. (Money.)

 

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ROW 1: Hi // Hey Good Lookin’ // You Had Me At Hello
ROW 2: Text Less, Write More // Hello
ROW 3: Abstract Thank You // So Long Dachshund // Poetry Time

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Countdown to Easter

What happens when it’s decided that Easter dinner will be at your place a week before the big day? You start brainstorming, of course. Thankfully most of the food will be covered by others, which leaves me to focus on the unexpected. The tablescape, the flowers, and the treats.

 

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ROW 1: Caramel Egg Stuffed Easter Croissants // Wax-Resistant Egg Dyeing // Brownie Easter Eggs
ROW 2: Giant Easter Peep Cake // Marbleized Easter Eggs    ROW 3: Floral Easter Eggs // Geometric Paper Easter Egg // Bunny Ear Ice Cream Cones    ROW 4: Printable Jelly Bean Pouches // Ombre Easter Eggs // Cotton Candy Easter Nests

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