Happy Friday, beautiful friends!! I am so excited for this weekend and for the fact that I finally have this bag!! I have been dreaming of buying a woven Bottega Veneta bag since last summer, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend more than $3,000!! on one. Luckily, I found a similar style on Amazon for 1 percent of the price of the real thing!! That’s right, this stunner is only $34! It comes in a bunch of colors, but I like this off-white color for summer.
This bag pairs perfectly with my new Banjanan dress that I’m wearing out for dinner tonight with my hubs! I am obsessed with this emerging brand. Caroline Weller, the founder and designer, worked on the design teams of Calvin Klein and J. Crew before moving to India and creating the bright, bold and beautiful, Banjanan. I’m wearing the Iris dress tonight and it is dreamy to say the least!
I think we all know by now that it is important to vote (major election year!!) so why not remind others in a cute way with this adorable Tory Burch T-shirt? I love it and plan to wear it even beyond the presidential election in November. I’m sure you’ve all seen this amazing lavender dress, by now, but if you haven’t, make sure you get one! It is the ultimate summer dress and SO feminine, I just love it!
I am also living for sets this year and I am so in love with the leopard print set by Ganni!! It is precious together or separately. I would definitely wear a white t-shirt with the shorts or black skinny jeans with the top. I would also love to pair it with these Chanel slides! Speaking of sets…who else loves a classic pajama set?! I sure do! I love this floral set by Ann Taylor and I love the price even more…it’s under $30!! Would be great for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.
Y’all…..this dress is giving me ALL of the Juliet vibes and I plan to live in it for the rest of this summer!! Did anyone else dream of being Claire Danes opposite *LEO* in the 90s version of Romeo + Juliet?! Because I did and this dress is getting me closer to that dream. I have a feeling this will sell out quickly so make sure you scoop it up while you can!
I don’t know if you’re in the market for a new hand or body soap, but let me tell you about the Raw Sugar Living soaps. I discovered them a couple of weeks ago at Target and am now completely obsessed. At first I just tried the Watermelon + Mint hand soap because the bottle looked really cool and it was priced well ($4.99 compared to the $12.95 hand soap I buy at Williams-Sonoma) and I am so glad I gave it a shot! The Raw Sugar soaps are not tested on animals and they are sulfate and paraben free. The Watermelon + Mint flavor literally smells like a jolly rancher when I was my hands, it’s amazing! Since I liked the hand soap so much, I decided to buy the body wash too and I love it! As I’ve gotten older, I have developed an allergy to sulfates and it has been challenging to find a sulfate-free body wash that actually cleans your body well and is not $30 or $40. At $6.99, the Raw Sugar body wash is fresh, chemical-free and cleans well with a beautiful summery scent.
I hope everyone has an incredible weekend and that you love my picks this week!
Happy Friday, loves! This week I am at the beach and am sharing a few of my favorite items that I have been loving on our trip! We are in Watercolor, Florida and there are so many beautiful shades of green and blue here and that color palette has inspired most of my looks this week.
I have been wearing this Eugenia Kim Mirabel Hat every day on our trip and I am SO in love with it. I have wanted one of these hats for years, but just couldn’t bring myself to pay the full-price. Luckily, I was online the other day and got an alert that this beautiful hat with a mint ribbon was on sale so I jumped on it! I do love a good deal so while I was checking out, I googled “Eugenia Kim coupons” and a 20 percent off coupon popped up that actually worked so I got an additional 20 percent off of the already discounted price. I recommend doing this when you are shopping online because so many stores have extra coupons available and you can save yourself a lot of money.
I paired the hat with the Uber-popular Lyocell Caftan from H&M. I got this caftan on sale a couple of weeks ago for $17.99 and I am just blown away with how elegant and high-quality it is. I have also been wearing the Pamela Munson straw bucket bag non-stop and have gotten so many compliments. It is the perfect summer bag and it actually holds quite a few items.
If you are looking for a fun and affordable pool float for the summer, look no further than this incredible peacock! We brought it to the beach and have had so much fun with it. It did take a while to blow up and I would highly recommend using a pump, but it is do-able to blow it up by yourself.
What are you loving for the beach this summer? Leave me a comment and let me know!
I think quarantine-time has finally gotten to me! I actually thought yesterday was Friday, but I’m back on track today and sharing my favorite items with you.
My favorite Zara dress this season is still available and I have been wearing it non-stop. I love this dress because it is light-weight which is essential for a Texas summer, it’s feminine and machine-washable so it is super low-maintenance. On the Zara website, it is not shown with a belt, but I’ve worn it with a couple of my own belts and I really think it makes the dress more flattering. I’ve styled it here with the Loeffler Randall Penny Knot Mules in rose gold. These shoes are worth the hype and they are currently on sale at Shopbop.
I’m also loving this one-pice swimsuit from Haight–it is incredible. I have it in black and will be getting the white too. Because I’m 5’8″ I ordered the medium and it fits perfectly. This Roberta Roller Rabbit robe is perfect for summer and I’m loving the color.
During the summer, most of the clothes I wear are in light colors because of how hot it gets here. I’m loving this monochromatic look with the bow-sleeved Cinq a Sept top, which is currently on a major sale at Saks, paired with the L’Agence Marguerite High-Rise Skinny jeans. I bought a pair of these jeans a few years ago and they are one of my all-time favorite jeans. They are pricey, but totally worth the investment. Speaking of Saks, this adorable LoveShackFancy swimsuit is also on sale right now and is too cute for hitting the pool or beach this summer.
If you are looking for a new white wine, look no further than this Honig Sauvignon Blanc. At $15 a bottle, this wine is crisp, light, refreshing and honestly a great value for money. I have been drinking it for the past month and really enjoying it.
What are your favorites this week? I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend!
Is there anything better than being on the lake during a long weekend?! I just got this amazing purple Ro’s Garden coverup from Anthropologie on a major sale! This Memorial Day Weekend Anthropologie is offering an extra 50 percent off of sale items leading to some great deals on beach coverups, swimsuits, clothing, furniture and more.
These styles won’t last long so make sure you check them out ASAP! Let me know which ones are your favorites!
Happy Friday!! Who else is ready for this three-day weekend? I am so excited to relax a little bit this weekend, hang out with my husband and see my friends. But there are also some amazing deals happening online right now that you do not want to miss!
In addition to the major sales at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, I’m sharing some of my favorite things this week including a dress and swimsuit that are 60 percent off at J.crew right now!!
I hope you enjoy my picks this week and have a safe and fun long weekend!
Depending on where you live, you might be able to go out to brunch this weekend! Here in Texas, restaurants started opening last week and this weekend, I am ready for brunch! I’ve already made reservations at Clark’s in Austin and I’m a little too excited about getting a frozen cosmo and oysters.
Since it has been more than two months since I last had brunch, I have already started planning my outfits for this weekend. From flowy dresses to pastel-colored shorts, I’m sharing my favorite outfit options for this weekend!
Are you brunching this weekend?! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the looks and how it is to get back into the swing of things!
Even though we are in quarantine and I am home all of the time, I still feel like my weekdays are crazy busy! Because of that, I love cooking healthy, one-pot meals throughout the week. Tonight I’m making my favorite red coconut curry recipe from Averie Cooks.
Thai food has always been one of my favorite cuisines and after living in Houston, Texas, for the better part of a decade, I got pretty spoiled when it came to getting the best Thai food or really any kind of food just down the street. My husband and I recently moved to Austin in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic so we know a little bit about the food scene here, but definitely not as well as we knew our favorites in Houston. Today I was craving curry, so I decided to make this delicious recipe instead of ordering-in.
I’ve made this recipe about 10 times and I’ve decided the only red curry paste I like to use for it is the Exotic Thai Red Curry Paste. I’ve tried a few other brands and it really makes or breaks this dish if you don’t get a good paste.
The creator of this recipe, Averie Cooks, claims this fresh, nutrient-rich recipe is only 141 calories per serving. I serve my curry over rice so of course that number will go up. One cup of rice is generally 160 calories so you will be at 300 calories for one serving of this dish, which is amazing!
Not only is this dish healthy, but it is SO easy to make, you can make it all in one pan and it only takes about 20 minutes, which means you’ll have an easy clean up too!
Let me know what you think and if you try this recipe out!
It’s peony season, y’all! These gorgeous rounded blooms are in season from April to June each year and I cannot get enough of them! In addition to my favorite flowers, Im sharing my obsessions from this week.
This Rosé All Day straw tote bag will be perfect for going to the beach or maybe just to your backyard this summer. I love the size of it and can’t wait to use it.
I just got this Tory Burch dress in the mail after buying it on the Nordstrom sale last week. I am in love with it. It reminds me of a tea party or a garden party…two of my favorite things of all time, so it is the perfect dress for me. I have baby showers on the brain right now because many of my friends are having babies right now and I think this will be the perfect dress to wear.
Bergdorf Blondes is one of my favorite books of all time and I just re-read it this week. The book was written by former contributing editor for Vogue, Plum Sykes and it is such a light and fun read. If you love fashion, aristocracy and all things fabulous, then you will love this book.
One of my absolute favorite things to do in Houston is to spend the day at The Menil Collection. I start with lunch–a glass of sparkling rosé with the bistro Caesar salad with salmon at Bistro Menil for lunch and then hop over to the Menil to see the works of Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko and so many more, and finish off the day by sitting on a blanket in the many green spaces between the iconic museum and the Rothko Chapel.
Pat salmon dry and coat with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, when oil is hot, but not smoking, add salmon–skin side up. Season skin with salt and pepper and cook for about six minutes. Flip over and add chicken stock and lemon juice. Serve with with The Defined Dish’s Caesar Pasta Salad and enjoy!
Let me know what you think of this recipe and what you are cooking tonight!