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Monthly Archives: September 2016
You know how fashionistas always talk about having classics (like a LBD, striped shirt, navy blazer, nude pumps, etc.) to create a well rounded wardrobe? Well as a hostess I believe the same should be done when entertaining. You should have a few recipes in your arsenal that can be thrown together with the contents found in your fridge or one that may require a trip to the grocery store but can be cooking on its own in the crockpot for hours.
Another thing a good hostess should always have on hand? A set of serve ware that not only is decoratively pleasing but can be tossed in the dishwasher for easy clean up and the microwave for heating up leftovers. Function and beauty, you see!
I rely on my Coton Colors leopard serve ware. These trio of bowls are seriously huge, you can fit so much food into them and I love how they coordinate but aren’t identical. They certainly make a fun statement on the table. Inside you’ll find my favorite homemade pasta sauce and my refreshing cucumber salad. Both are super easy and delicious, here’s how to make them:
- 1 carrot
- 1 rib celery
- 1 cup mushrooms
- 1 can (29 oz) tomato sauce
- 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
- 2 onions
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 pound ground meat (I use ground turkey or chicken for a healthier spin but you can use beef too)
- 1 tsp Italian herbs
- Brown meat.
- Chop mushrooms, celery, carrot, onions and garlic in food processor or blender. Sauté on low with olive oil.
- Put meat, vegetables, Italian herds, tomato sauce and paste into crock pot.
- Cook on high for 4 hours.
- Add salt, pepper and red pepper to taste.
- 1 can chickpeas
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 tbs shredded mozzarella cheese
- Chop cucumber slices up into small pieces (4 quarters) and place in bowl.
- Add in chicken peas and cheese.
- Squeeze half a lemon over contents and add olive oil.
- Toss to mix ingredients.
- Season with salt to taste.
I’ve kept my hair the same just about my whole life. Occasionally I’ll cut it shoulder length or get some highlights but it has never drastically changed. I figure if it works, why mess with it? Each season though I like a little refresh. You know, lighter for summer and darker for fall. To get my fall color on I stopped into Andre Richard Salon. It was my first time to the salon and it didn’t disappoint.
I’ll be honest, I avoid center city like the plague. The traffic getting into the city stresses me out and then parking? I literally can’t even (no, I really can’t parallel park). However. there’s a parking garage right down the street from the salon and Andre Richard Salon will validate your parking for a discounted rate. Amazing.
The salon itself is hip and cool with an exposed brick wall and lots of black and metal accents. It’s bustling with energy! I was scheduled with Ryan, a senior stylist who is also a Redken Educator. I told Ryan about my concerns of not wanting anything too drastic, instead something closer to my root color as my ends had lightened up with the summer sun. He suggested we go with a rich brown that has an ever so subtle hint of red. The perfect color for fall. Now if only the fall weather would come! Hear that fall? I’m ready for ya!
Can you believe summer 2016 is coming to an end? Is it just me or did it fly by! I always love Labor Day as it’s the last hurrah before the temperatures start to shift. After Labor Day I start transitioning my wardrobe over to fall. I use the holiday as my last chance to get in my summer looks, those white jeans, nautical shifts and light tees with shorts.
This Duffield Lane dress has been a staple for the summer months. It’s super flattering with an A-line cut to show off the waist. The gold buttons and navy accents are classic details that make this dress chic and effortless. A little dress like this is perfect for a weekend at the beach, a summer BBQ or even a dinner date at your favorite restaurant!
What’s your Labor Day outfit?