Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Vibes

You girls have probably noticed i'm a sucker for a lightweight maxi with a dipped back! These are perfect worn as cover up to the beach but I wear them daily with gladiator flats in the Summer. They're comfy, casual and cute! 

A lot of you asked about these sandals on Instagram and I LIVE in them lately! 

I've always been a fan of layered jewelry but especially so in the Summer! Layered pieces instantly kick an outfit up a notch! I've been wearing this long shark tooth pendant a ton and I found it on SALE (linked below)!

Photos by SteadyJenny

Maxi c/o Flynn Skye (this print on SALE)
House of Harlow Shark tooth Necklace (On SALE now!!)
Dolce Vita Sandals

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pretty Cheese Plate Using Trader Joe Items!

Alright my lovelies today we're talking about one of my favorite things to make...a cheese plate! I mean who doesn't love a cheese plate?! I don't typically make it just for the hubby and I (although I may start now because Ava dominated the cheese, crackers and salami ;) but whenever we have friends over I love to throw one together! They're super easy and guests are always impressed! I posted a picture of this one on my instagram last week and wanted to do a breakdown for you of all the items I used. I kept this one pretty simple because I wanted to show you how you could make a great plate with only using items from good old Trader Joes. So lets get started!

I purchased this slate cheese board years ago and have used it SO much! 

We only had a few friends over so I kept it to three cheeses for this plate.  This garlic and fine herbs cheese is always a hit and I love that it comes in a round shape so makes for a prettier presentation. For the other two cheese I picked a Brie and parmesan (both in a wedge form). 

This cracker assortment is a great one if you're on a budget. It has four different kind of crackers and is usually more than enough! I picked up these breadsticks and wrapped the ends with prosciutto and the guys loved them! I think next time I will look for a thinner/smaller breadstick as these were a little larger than I would have preferred. I usually get our olives from the fresh olive bar at Whole Foods until I came across these Lucques Olives from Traders. They taste just as great and are budget friendly. As for meats I pretty much always go with salami and prosciutto because they're always a hit. The last part is my favorite.. the garnishes! I'm addicted to the candied walnuts from Traders so I sprinkles them around the plate. I add a nice amount of honey on top of the Brie cheese and then crush up a few of the candied walnuts on top. Lastly I always add some sort of dried fruit. I've done figs and dried cherries in the past but this time I went with dried apricots! For the olives I put them in a little ramekin and clipped a couple olive branches from our olive tree outside to add a little something more to the plate. You can also use a rosemary sprig! So there you have it, a pretty cheese plate using items from Traders! 

I hope this was helpful and thank you for your Trader Joe's cheese recommendations on Instagram...i'll be looking into the those next!!

* I also pinned a couple Wine and Cheese pairing charts on my Pinterest  Entertaining board for those of you who are interested in that! 

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