Did you know President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1984 that July is National Ice Cream Month? Regardless of your political inclinations, I think we can all herald this important moment in America’s rich dessert history. Sunday (sundae?) was actually National Ice Cream Day and I hope you celebrated accordingly! I’m continuing my challenge to elevate the traditional ice cream sandwich this month (remember the strawberry shortcake?) and was scrolling through Pinterest when I saw someone use waffles as the “sandwich.” I liked the waffle idea but I thought hmmm waffle…waffle…BELGIAN WAFFLE!! (I sincerely apologize to those of you World Cup fans who may still be abstaining from Belgian waffles). Once I had the sandwich idea down, I had to figure out the filling. I love vanilla ice cream and that’s what I had my freezer so that settled that. But I wanted something to give it pizzazz. The jazz hands of ice cream sandwich filling, if you will. It was back to the refrigerator and pantry! For a split second, I considered using my Trader Joe’s fleur de sel caramel sauce until I remembered: I had a jar of Trader Joe’s lemon curd sitting patiently in my pantry, just waiting to be taken down from the shelf and given the chance to shine. Well, Little Lemon Curd, you certainly shined. I spread several spoonfuls on my Belgian waffle, which reminds me: I used the frozen Trader Joe’s Belgian waffles for this dessert. Because my kitchen is teeny and certainly cannot house a Belgian waffle maker or any large appliance for that matter. Though I do still fantasize about the day I bring home a KitchenAid stand mixer. Be still my culinary heart…what were we talking about? Oh right, ice cream sandwiches! Evenly spread the lemon curd over the waffle and add a scoop or two of creamy vanilla ice cream. If you are feeling particularly zesty, go on and add another spoonful of lemon curd. Top with the second waffle and you have a delicious dessert you can put together in 5 minutes. By the way, this won’t be the last you see of Trader Joe’s lemon curd. That jar is positively filled with zesty lemony heaven. I hope I’m not the only one who has strong feelings about lemon curd!
I know, Monday morning is an especially vulnerable time to mess around with inconsistency on the blog but it’s for a holy cause: the notorious B-I-G Nordstrom sale. For that, I think we can all just take another gulp of our Starbucks venti beverage (chai tea, skim milk please + thank you) and handle life without #MonogramMonday when it means you get to scroll through Nordstrom’s a-mazing sale pieces all under $100! That’s right, I’ve done the dirty work of scouring through the Nordstrom sale for the best pieces all clocking in at under 10,000 pennies. You’re welcome, folks.
You will find beauty products, including Clarisonic (!!!) accessories, fierce heels and silhouette-flattering sheath dresses that will have you commanding the conference room in no time flat. There are cute accessories for you techie gals and spa essentials for those of you who love love love bubble baths and turning your teeny tiny bathroom into a luxurious escape. So what are you waiting for?! Hop to it!
And for those who absolutely cannot even with inconsistency, you’ll find some monogram pieces below. Never fear : )
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Summer humidity + heat can take a serious toll on a girl’s complexion. With the shine + the zits, it feels like high school all over again. You know how some people need to brush their teeth first thing in the morning or else they fall to pieces? That’s me but with washing my face. It seems the moment I wake up I have to sprint to the bathroom and wash my face until I feel clean and oil-free.
With the temperatures soaring, I had to up my morning skincare regimen, too. Thayers witch hazel to the rescue!
Each morning and before bedtime, I thoroughly wash my face with Philosophy Purity facial cleanser (I always stock up at Sephora’s Black Friday sale) and gently pat dry with a washcloth. Next, pour Thayers witch hazel onto a cottonball and cleanse. It’s remarkable what the witch hazel will pick up, especially after the first cleaning. I love Thayers Rose Petal scent, it’s so soothing on your skin and leaves you smelling well..like a rose! Perfectly relaxing, especially to wind down in the evening. A little luxury on a budget.
If Philosophy is a bit pricey for you, my next favorite cleanser is from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a TJ’s near you, I’ve found it on Amazon.
What’s your favorite facial cleanser? Do you use Thayers in your skincare routine, too?
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It’s a crime if you don’t drink sangria in the summertime. In DC, my favorite places for sangria have to be Chef Geoff’s and Cava Mezze, there is just something so peaceful and refreshing about sipping sangria and gabbing with friends in those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer.
Last weekend, I spent a wonderful early Sunday afternoon catching up with Pure Barre besties (I love alliteration) at Cava. I am going to go waaaaayyy off topic right now but we seriously need to discuss their Crazy Feta. It’s crazy how much I cannot get enough of it. I think it’s the jalapeños. Crazy Feta + warm pita slices + sangria + awesome friends = Sunday Funday at its finest.
I opted for the peach mimosa but I’ll be honest: I was seriously eyeing up my friends’ peach sangrias. Which led me to later making a big pitcher of sangria as one does when one should really be doing laundry. Ladies, am I right? Show of hands.
This recipe for rosé sangria is so simple and can be made in a big batch for a party. Or you know, for a dinner for one like I did last night when it was too humid to even think about cooking. The frozen peach slices totally count as a serving of fruit. It’s healthy, trust me.
- 1 bottle, Rosé
- 1 bottle, Prosecco
- 1 container, strawberries (sliced + halved)
- 1 container, raspberries
- Optional: frozen peach slices to substitute ice
- Combine all ingredients into a pitcher and stir.
- For a festive touch, add frozen sliced peaches or frozen strawberries to give it a pop of color and cool you down.
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Continuing my diatribe from last week, finding clothes that are budget friendly and professional and young (read: not matronly) can be a huge headache for my friends and I. Factory in DC’s conservative fashion inclinations and the whole thing can become a nightmare. Thankfully, I’ve discovered several pieces from the J.Crew Factory store that are great pieces to mix and match to create multiple looks for the work week. A dress and a blazer, or a button down under a sleeveless dress are effortless steps to get the most mileage out of your wardrobe.
J.Crew Factory is offering 30% off everything and free shipping with code SHOPSHOP through July 15th. Your 9-5 wardrobe will thank you : )
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Monday through Friday, I’m usually seen carting around a big ol’ tote filled with my laptop, heels + lunch. So on weekends, I like my give my shoulders + back a vacation and opt for a clutch to go out to dinner, drinks or brunch. Downsizing can actually be therapeutic, it reminds me what I actually need throughout an evening and not just having a billion things in my tote for the sake of having.
GiGi New York is having their Summer Sale for 30-50% off and I’ve been eyeing up this gorgeous clutch for my weekends. I’m also partial to GiGi’s All In One Bag, the tassel is too just cute for words!
Do you have tips for downsizing my tote during the work week? I feel like I’m carrying around my life!
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I’ve always loved having fresh flowers around. For me, they’re a weekly item on my grocery list and I’d happily trade stopping into Starbucks for a skim chai latte to have a bunch of hydrangeas, peonies or hyacinth on my dining table and entryway table. Sadly, I don’t always have time to make it to the grocery store on the weekend and my dining table and entryway look a little glum.
Thankfully, Bouqs offers a variety of blooms in different sizes and they come delivered right to your door! For a busy girl on the go, it’s a certain way to brighten up a Tuesday or a one-click way to send a smile to someone special. I got these beautiful mini Calla Lillies, called “An Elegant Twist” on Bouqs, on the 1st and they are still going strong!
P.S. I scored the small vase + bowl for $5 total last weekend thrifting : )
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that when you’re a twenty-something on a budget, your shopping choices need to be as versatile as possible. If I can’t wear it to the office and on the weekend, I really can’t justify the purchase. Unless it’s ridiculously on sale. Like $10 on sale.
The other tricky part of clothes + jewelry shopping is that DC is a pretty conservative city in terms of office attire. It’s a tightrope walk to strike the perfect balance of a work outfit that is young, fresh and within-budget. I’ve decided to start doing more outfit posts that are cubicle-centered because frankly, while a lot of style bloggers put together awesome outfits, it’s rare to find an outfit I could replicate in my 9-6 life. What do you think about this idea? Yea or nay? Do you have an idea for a post?
I decided to start out with the statement necklace. I’ll be honest, I didn’t buy into the bubble necklace trend because I knew I would get a twitch the moment one of the bubbles fell off. And I normally just throw on a pearl necklace in the morning as I head out the door. Guilty as charged.
To switch up my statement necklace slump, I turned to BaubleBar. I have a necklace from here that I love (though it’s a strictly weekend wear), especially on a rainy Saturday to jazz up an outfit. But we can’t let Saturday + Sunday have all the fun, can we?! Look out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. These necklaces will add a pop to your pantsuit, banish blazer blues + jazz up your favorite work black (or navy) dress.
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To celebrate National Ice Cream Month, I decided to challenge myself to take a creative twist on a summer staple: the ice cream sandwich. We all have fond memories of peeling the paper wrapper off the sandwich and enjoying the sweet, creamy treat complete with bits of the chocolate sandwich wafers sticking to our fingers. Summer wasn’t summer without ‘em, am I right??
I’ve grown up but my love of ice cream hasn’t quite got the memo yet (phew!) and I wanted to elevate the traditional recipe. But, of course, still make it simple enough to make quickly. Then it hit me: strawberry shortcake.
I picked up vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries and packaged buttery biscuits from Trader Joe’s this weekend. You can make this dessert in about 20 minutes and happily feed a group of 8 (or you know, just not share which is totally justified given how yummy this dish is). Bam you’re a great hostess and you won’t even have to sacrifice your chat-athon with your guests. Bonus: if you prep the strawberries at least a couple of hours before serving, the strawberries will taste even sweeter by absorbing the sugar. Let’s just dive into denial together and pretend this is totally kosher for bikini season.
A treat that looks rustically elegant and takes the length of one Big Bang Theory episode to make? Sign me up! Not going to lie, I felt very Pinterest-y throughout the entire process.
Do you have a creative ice cream sandwich recipe or idea? I’m thinking about black + white cookies next. Or do you have a favorite summer memory starring an ice cream sandwich? I’d love to hear it!
- 1 can, Trader Joe's Homemade Biscuits
- 1 large container, strawberries
- 1 carton, vanilla ice cream
- 2-3 tbsp, granulated sugar
- Prepare the biscuits following the instructions on the package.
- Slice and hull the strawberries, halve them.
- Toss the strawberries into a bowl, add 2-3 tbsp of granulated sugar until reach your desired level of sweetness.
- Place the strawberries in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
- Let biscuits cool.
- Serve the ice cream inside the biscuits topped with strawberry mixture.
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I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend with your family, friends and, of course, those awesome sales!
Lately, home decor has been on my brain. My parents + Tommy were in town so I took advantage of my dad’s handiness to hang artwork on the wall and help paint to breathe new life into a side table. It’s fair to say I’ve now gone into nesting mode and started a new list of things I’d like to add in the coming months to my home. Top of the list? Highball glasses for my bar cart.
I have plenty of wine glasses, champagne flutes + rocks glasses (learned that while packing up my old apartment, it seemed to never end) but I’m seriously lacking in the highball glasses department. In the past when I’ve made a cocktail that calls for a highball glass, I’ve used my trusty IKEA Pokal glasses but it’s time to get the real deal. I love the simple initial etching on these highball glasses from Design Darling, instantly going on my “Apartment Decor” Google doc.
Btw, am I the only one who keeps a list of decorating ideas for their space? Please please please tell me I’m not alone!
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