Personal Catch Up + Pink Crochet Off the Shoulder

Hi Mamacitas and Happy Monday! I'm ready to dive into the week with some new projects and collaborations, and excited to share a bunch of new outfit inspiration with you that I photographed last week with Courtney Ann Photography in Darien at the newly expanded Kirby & Company (a must visit!). 

On a personal note, I'm holding onto these last fews weeks of summer having Brian and Grace home with me before he starts preschool in September!! I can't believe he's starting school so soon, it's crazy to think I'll be dropping him off with his little backpack and lunch box and saying goodbye to my baby boy :((((( He's so ready though, and I couldn't feel more comfortable with where he is going, it's where I went! He'll be going Monday-Friday from 9-12 and doing all sorts of fun activities with kids his own age. He's so social and I can't wait for him to make new friends, learn and most importantly HAVE FUN!

We're also closing on our new house on August 31st so I need to get busy and pack up our house! I attempted to start packing last week with the kids and I got about 1/3 of one box packed before they were getting inside the boxes and unpacking whatever they could. And here's a tip, someone on Facebook suggested I call Old Navy and see when they get their new shipments and ask for their boxes so I called one morning and they had me come and take home about 200 empty boxes ready for packing, how great is that?

Okay so onto the fashion, I'm still head over heels with the off the shoulder trend and I'm certainly NOT going to give it up easily this fall. I found this perfect crochet swing top the other day at Lord and Taylor and I knew the color was right immediately and was so happy with it's easy fit when I tried it on. It's perfect to take you into September and comes in other colors if you want to wear it into winter paired with a scarf. 

 
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Okay so onto the fashion, I'm still head over heels with the off the shoulder trend and I'm certainly NOT going to give it up easily this fall. I found this perfect crochet swing top the other day at Lord and Taylor and I immediately knew the color was right and was so happy with it's easy fit when I tried it on. It's perfect to take you into September and October (paired with a cute plaid scarf and booties) and comes in a bunch of other colors. 

 
 

shirt (on sale $41!!) / jeans / bag ($48) / shoes / bracelet

Okay so shirt is on sale, get it. And this bag is awesome! It's quickly become a favorite and EVERYONE asks where I got it. It's a steal and it's faux leather which tends to wear really well. 

See you tomorrow!

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FRIDAY FAVORITES

What's up ladies?! I'm SO happy this week is over! I've had the absolute WORST cold (like never a worse cold in my life) and am excited for fun times with family and friends. Tonight we're headed to our pool club's Food Truck Friday and on Saturday, Brian and I are going to see Kenny Chesney at Met Life Stadium and it's one of my favorite concerts ever, we saw him last year and had an absolute blast. 

Although I haven't been much on the inspiration train this week, here are some new favorites:

Discovering LA photographer Tessa Neustadt on Instagram

Following along on the always inspiring Abby Capalbo's trip to Nantucket

Shooting with Courtney Ann Photography for the first time at the newly expanded Kirby & Company, more on that to come! 

Seeing pics from the most amazing #bloomingenblanc party in the Hamptons  hosted by my gals Lauren NelsonCrowns by Christy and Fashionable Hostess. See the full article in Hamptons Magazine

My new stripe swing dress for only $38!

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Jalapeno Watermelon Margaritas

I bought a HUGE watermelon the other day at the grocery and after serving it to my kids for 4 days straight with only half gone, I looked at the other giant half and decided to mix something up for the weekend. A couple of years ago when I was pregnant I went to Laguna Beach to visit my bestie, Cher, and everyone was drinking watermelon jalapeño margs (this is when it is NOT fun to be pregnant). I was salivating looking at them so I ordered a virgin and was pleasantly surprised because the jalapeño gave it a kick I was missing from the tequila. 

We were having friends over this weekend, so it was the perfect excuse to get concocting in the kitchen and experimenting with this refreshing summer cocktail. Don't worry, my kids were napping, there were piles of laundry, I had no idea what we were going to eat for dinner, and my house was a disaster but somehow this was more important. 

I'm SO glad I did because I AM OBSESSED with these margaritas and I think you will be, too. 

 
 

So here is what you do:

Cut up a bunch of watermelon and blend it in a nutri-bullet or juicer, whatever you have, until you get a water-like consistency, about 1 1/2 or 2 cups worth. Take a sip, HOW GOOD??

Next squeeze the juice out of about 2-3 limes until you get 3/4 cup. Put aside. 

Take about a 1 inch slice of jalapeño and drop it into your lime juice. Put that together in the bullet or juicer. Taste it, not spicy enough? Add more. 

Then add your tequila. I added 3/4 cup and put everything into my cocktail shaker with ice and shook it up so it was nice and cold. I salted the rims with pink salt and served it over ice with the limes, jalapeños and a piece of watermelon for garnish. SO GOOD PEOPLE. Let me know what you think!

 

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