A Silky Red Dress

I saw this red dress online and couldn’t believe the price – it’s under $100! The material is a really thick, high quality viscose that looks and feels JUST like silk! It’s available here and here in a few more sizes. It’s the perfect little red dress for date night isn’t it?! The brand ASTR makes so many cute dresses (I own several!) that are all super affordable, flattering and feminine. Amazon Fashion carries a great selection and has an entire ASTR “shop” page devoted to the brand. A few that caught my eye while I was perusing the site were….this stunning coral midi dress, this strappy criss cross back LBD, this linen flutter sleeve dress (which I own in both colors!), and this easy white sundress. Nordstrom also has an amazing selection of their pieces – I particularly love this dress, this cream blouse, and these linen trousers. For accessories, I wore my favorite Alexandre Birman heels that also happen to be insanely comfortable. I can legit walk/stand in them for hours, and they’re just such a classy pair of shoes. They are a splurge, but have been one of my go-to heels for years! I’ve worn them so much I’ve had them re-soled! Shop this look + a few more of my fave affordable ASTR pieces below!
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How To Make A Cheese Board in 10 Minutes

I hosted T and his family at my place the other night and wanted to share the spread I put together for all of us. I wanted all of the food to be casual and easy – nothing over the top. Everyone loves cheese and crackers. It’s a European staple. So I ran to Whole Foods and picked up a medley of goodies to create the perfect cheeseboard. I’ve been whipping up cheese boards for friends and family for years, and thought I’d share my tips on how to make a cheese board in 10 minutes! Wood Cheese BoardsFirst and foremost, get a beautiful wood cutting board to place all of the yummy ingredients on. This one is from Hudson Grace, which is one of my favorite home decor stores in LA (it’s at the Brentwood Country Mart.) This one from Studio McGee’s shop is super similar. They have TONS of other boards that would be stunning in any kitchen. If you’re looking for a huge, oversized board for a large party, I have this one from World Market and LOVE it. It’s perfect for creating a massive spread. Bistro table + chairsMy table is a great find from Wayfair’s outdoor section. Sadly it’s sold out, but I found this gorgeous one for half the price! Not only is this a cute outdoor table, but it’s a darling entry table, bedroom side table, or living room console. My chairs are from One Kings Lane and can be used indoor or outdoor. I also love these ones from Serena + Lily, and these ones from Amazon are super affordable. Napkins, Plates, CutleryLay out napkins, plates, and cutlery. My napkins are oldies from Pottery Barn (love this vintage stripe version). My silverware is a total STEAL and under $30 for the set! The plates are Hudson Grace’s organic style. The cheese knives are Williams Sonoma and have beautiful thick marble handles that have held up for years. If you’re looking for a more modern set, these ones from Nordstrom Home are chic. How To Make A Cheese BoardWhen it comes to building a cheese board, I like to always get; at least 3 different types of cheeses, green grapes, a fig jam (or figs), 2-3 different types of crackers, marcona almonds, and honey to drizzle on top! If it’s a meat loving group, I’ll pick up a prosciutto or salami to place underneath the cheese. It’s nice to have a mixture of different colors and textures to place around the board and for people to choose from. Types of CheeseLet’s talk about the most important part of the board – the cheese! Whole Foods has a nice cheese selection. It’s so convenient, so I head there and typically pick out 1 hard cheese, 1 softer cheese, and 1 brie. For the softer cheese, I like to get one with truffle in it. A truffle fontina is to die for!!!! For the hard cheese I like to get a parmesan and/or sharp cheddar. Other cheeses that are yummy are Manchego and Mt Tam by Cowgirl Creamery. Mt Tam is my favorite cheese of all time (legit drooling thinking about it right now LOL) and you can get it at FarmShop in LA! Arranging TechniqueIn terms of arranging everything, first place the 3 cheeses equal distance a part on your board. Then place 2 handfuls of grapes on opposite sides, and 2 handfuls of marcona almonds sprinkled on the other sides. Tuck a fanned out line of salami or prosciutto in one corner, and then place a jar of fig jam or handful of figs in the other corner. Lastly, dip a honey spoon in fresh honey, and drizzle over the brie. Place crackers to the side, or even sliced baguette for guests to help themselves! Open a bottle of wine – I love Whispering Angel rose – and enjoy!
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The Floral Dress

This is my FAVORITE floral dress of the summer. I ordered it online unsure if I would actually like it when it came in the mail, and OMG let me tell you – it is stunning on! The pattern is even prettier in person, and it hits at all the right places. The little tie shoulder detail is so cute, and the material is a linen-like, soft fabric. It’s the perfect midi length, and could easily be worn with a leather jacket (a tan one would look buttery and gorg), or even a white button-down tied around the waist. I, of course, love it worn plain, as is too! I paired it here with my Staud mesh net bag that I wear everywhere and classic Janessa Leone Panama hat. In terms of sizing, it is very fitted around the waist, so I do recommend sizing up. I am wearing a Medium here but usually wear a size small in dresses. It’s running low in stock at Nordstrom, but I just found it available in all sizes here! This floral pattern also comes in several other styles that I’m loving like this simple straight neckline dress, this off the shoulder dress, and this smocked bodice dress. I also really like this little floral sundress with a similar pattern as well. Shop more of my favorite floral dresses below!
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A Flowy Summer Skirt

Happy Monday! How is it already August? Summer is flying by and I am so excited for all of the travels I have planned this month. I’m heading to LA this week to be on one of my favorite podcasts; Philadelphia the following week to speak at a conference, and then finally Rome + Capri for a week of fun in the sun with my love. I’ve been trying SO hard to only bring carry-on bags with me because I hate waiting for my luggage after I land and trekking with a bunch of stuff. Surprisingly, I’ve gotten way better at narrowing down what I pack so I think I’m going to write a whole post on what tips/trick/essentials I’ve adapted along the way. This summer skirt is IDEAL to travel with. It’s soooo lightweight and the material doesn’t wrinkle! It’s also really versatile so you can pair it with a body suit, crop top, button down, leather jacket, silk blouse, camisole. Tons of options! I plan on packing it with me to both LA and Italy because it can be worn during the day and at night styled with different accessories. Other flowy midi skirts I’m loving right now are:This floral printed one from Reformation, vibrant pink skirt, and this classy navy polka dot skirt. I’d pair any of them with this darling white lace camisole, or this romantic crop blouse. Also check out this skirt comination from Miami.
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