An Outdoor Summer Table

An Outdoor Summer TableSince we’re all spending so much time at home, I wanted to share a simple summer tablescape and menu that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner!  Mealtime can certainly become monotonous if you don’t switch things up, and I’m a huge fan of putting out a pretty tablecloth, using a colorful napkin, and opening up a crisp bottle of rosé to keep things fun and fresh. My Favorite RoséMy absolute favorite rosé is from Chateau Minuty.  It’s no surprise that it’s the top selling rosé in all of France, Europe and the Caribbean.  Minuty is a family owned vineyard in the heart of Saint Tropez, that focuses on sustainability and organic farming efforts.  They’re the only winery in Cotes de Provence that still harvests 100% of their grapes by hand! Minuty Prestige RoséMinuty has four different rosés at varying price points.  I’ve tried them all and can attest that every single one is delicious; crisp, light, and smooth.  Their most popular bottle in France, Minuty Prestige, is finally available here and you’d never guess it’s only $30.  It’s the perfect wine to pair with a yummy summer salad, fish, grilled vegetables, or cheese.  It has the slightest citrus undertone and finishes with a refreshing minerality taste.  It is dangerously easy to drink haha! A Very Special RoséAnother Minuty wine I love is the 281 2019 which is $90.  It’s extremely light and would make for a wonderful gift or special occasion wine!  Thomas and I love to drink this with a yummy pasta dish at dinner, or even just by the pool when we want to pretend we are in St. Tropez! Summer Entertaining IdeasTo go along with the rosé, I made a simple butter lettuce salad with big chunks of fresh feta, green Castelvetrano olives, and a light homemade vinaigrette.  This vinaigrette is one of my go-to’s and is simply; olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, salt + pepper.  I like to buy a block of feta and cut it up myself because it tastes 10x better.  I also made a cheeseboard with simple French crackers, a baguette, and 3 different kinds of cheeses; brie, jarlsberg, and gouda.  I dressed it up with vibrant figs and grapes. I love making a simple meal, special with a few thoughtful touches!
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Paisley Pants

Paisley Pants I’ve been gravitating towards light, chic pants like this for summer days and nights.  These pants are even more GORGEOUS in person and feel like silk.  They’re the perfect shade of navy blue, and have such a pretty paisley print on the bottom.  They run true to size (wearing a small here.)  The waistband is elastic making them easy to throw on and move around in.  I didn’t have to hem the bottom (I’m a little over 5’6”) and usually pair them with a gold or tan strappy sandal.  They would also look great with a heel or wedge especially if you’re under 5’6”! Paisley Jumpsuit Can we talk about how cute the jumpsuit version is?!  It just got marked on sale for under $18!  Both paisley printed pieces are from the Scoop collection at Walmart Fashion.  I own several pieces from the Scoop collection at Walmart Fashion and love that they’re all flattering and don’t get super wrinkled (yay for low maintenance clothing!) Easy Button Down This short sleeve button down is from the Time and Tru collection at Walmart Fashion.  You may remember the white dress I wore a few weeks ago was from there.  I honestly really love this collection – it’s full of great basics to round out your wardrobe.  This boyfriend T-shirt with a pocket is so cute and under $10 and this short sleeve henley is still a favorite of mine.
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Summer Skincare Routine

With the severe change of weather in the summer – hello heat and humidity! – you really want to be mindful of what skincare products you’re using each season. For example, in the winter, I’ll use a thicker, heavier face cream, while in the summer I’ll use a lighter one because I don’t need it – and also, I break out from the combo of heat + a heavy cream. Today, I’m sharing which products I use during the summer! Summer Skincare Routine Exfoliator If you’ve been following me for a while, you know the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is one of my holy grail products. I’m obsessed and have been using it for almost 10 years now! It’s soooo gentle, but so effective. It’s a rice based powder that you pour into your hand (about 1/2 a teaspoon), then wet and rub together, to create a paste. You gently massage it all over your face (really get that nose area!) and wash off. I do this two times a week in the shower and it keeps my skin bright, smooth and even. It’s gentle enough to use everyday if needed! Moisturizer After you exfoliate and/or cleanse, apply this dreamy, sheer moisturizer. It’s called Active Moist and contains Silk Amino Acids which gives it the amazing texture. I like to apply it right after I get out of the shower, or splash my face with cold water in the morning, because it absorbs best when my skin is slightly damp. I bring it all the way down to my neck area as well. What’s great about this moisturizer is it’s ideal for summer – it’s so light and sheer. SPF I am VERY picky about my SPF. Most SPF makes me break out. The Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense passes the test. It’s invisible just like the name says, weightless, and blends beautifully into your skin. I LOVE that it also protects against blue light that comes from our phones and computer screens! It’s packed with Green Tea Antioxidant so it feels really nourishing and is also great for sensitive skin. I apply this right over my moisturizer in the morning, and reapply as needed throughout the day. Don’t forget to get your neck too! Free Exfoliator! I’m so excited because for the next 24 hours only – Dermalogica is offering a FULL size of my favorite exfoliator, the Daily Microfoliant (a $59 value), for FREE when you spend $100 on Dermalogica.com. Simply use code: KATSUMMER at checkout. If you haven’t tried the Daily Microfoliant already, now is the perfect time. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
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Hydrangeas in July

The hydrangeas in Thomas’ yard are in full bloom!  We cut a bunch to put in the kitchen and they always make me smile when I walk by them.  Hydrangeas always remind me of summer. Perfect White Dress For Summer I’ve been enjoying spending so much time at home and in the yard.  On a typical day, you’ll find me in an easy dress like this one, which is under $20!  I love the subtle shoulder tie detail, and the breathable, soft material it’s made of.  It’s fully lined so it’s not see through which is ideal!  It hits just below my shin and runs true to size, but if you’re in between sizes, you could absolutely size down.  It’s one of the many dresses I’ve ordered from Walmart Fashion’s dress section.  This style comes in this white color, a beautiful ivory shade, a nice blue color, and olive green. Summer Dresses Under $20 Since we’re in the yard so much – finding dresses that are cute, casual, and affordable is key!  I don’t have to worry about Charlie getting his paws all over me, or spilling food from a BBQ.  I also ordered this sweet black eyelet dress (I tucked in the straps and made it strapless!), and this floral wrap dress from Walmart Fashion.  The black eyelet dress looks great with gold jewelry, brown sandals and a straw tote.  The floral wrap dress is the perfect day to night option and can easily be dressed up with a wedge or heels.  It also comes in 3 other prints! Shop more summery pieces from Walmart Fashion below! Time and Tru dress (under $20!)
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