the beautiful things

{things i wore} racerback maxi dress

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If you were following my Instagram this past weekend, you probably noticed that I left the city for a bit to enjoy some wide, open spaces. Our day outdoors was spent with family friends in Pennsylvania along the Delaware River to be exact, and I can honestly say I haven't felt so relaxed or inspired by natural scenery in a while (more photos tomorrow!). I kept things simple for or little excursion–flat sandals for climbing, my favorite carry-all for my travel essentials, and the perfect black maxi dress for comfort and style (seriously, this dress is a dream to wear).

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Racerback Challis Maxi Dress, LC Lauren Conrad [sim​ilar] // Basic Thong Sandal in Nude, Zara // Neverfull MM in Monogram Canvas, Louis Vuitton [shop// Plain Thin Expandable Wire Bangle in 14k Gold Fill, Alex and Ani​ // Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44] // Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175] // Gold & Pavé Diamond Tiny Disc Ring, Sydney Evan [$375]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44] // X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [$1400] // 'Russian Roulette' Nail Polish, Essie [here

 

{things i covet} summer sunnies

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Here are a few pairs of sunglasses I have my eye on–which ones are your favorite?

 

{mirrored lens}

'Classic Fox – Deluxe' 50mm Sunglasses in Crystal, Wildfox [$179]

49mm Round Sunglasses in Gray, Steve Madden [$38]

'Original Aviator' 58mm Sunglasses in Green Flash, Ray-Ban [$170]

{cat-eye shape}

'la femme' 55mm sunglasses, wildfox [$169 $113]

54mm cat eye sunglasses, prada [$245]

'mohotani' 58mm cat eye sunglasses, dior [$315]

{tortoise frames}

leonard round-frame acetate sunglasses, illesteva [$180]

round-frame acetate sunglasses, saint laurent [$350]

joyridy acetate sunglasses, thierry lasry [$485]

 

{things i wore} ruffle tank

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As you probably could tell from yesterdays post, I had a lot of fun at Zespri's NYC tasting event (that broad a smile can't be faked). As promised, here's a closer look at what I wore. It was a rainy and overcast day, so I ruled out a sundress or maxi and opted instead for my favorite pair of flared jeans.  This blouse is a new favorite–I love anything black and white, but the tiny herringbone pattern and super long neck-lace make the look feel updated and modern.

P.S. Be sure to scroll down after my outfit details to have a look at some of my favorite kiwi recipes–the finished products were pictured in yesterday's post when they were served at the event! And thanks again to Zespri! 

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Printed Ruffle Top​, J. Crew​ [$65 $35] // 'Iris' Flare Jeans, Buffalo David Bitton [similar] // Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag in Black, Prada [shop here] // Balnit Peep-Toe Slingbacks, Aldo [$110] // Gold & Pavé Diamond Tiny Disc Ring, Sydney Evan [$375]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44] // Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [$1400] // 'Russian Roulette' Nail Polish, Essie [here

 

MY FAVORITE ZESPRI RECIPES

 

Bacon Lettuce and Kiwifruit Sandwiches (BLKs)

1/4 cup herbed soft cheese spread
8 medium slices bread
2 Zespri Organic Green Kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
2 Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
8 slices crisply-cooked lower-sodium bacon
4 lettuce leaves

1. Spread 1 tablespoon cheese on each of 4 slices bread. 
2. Divide kiwifruit, bacon and lettuce over cheese. Top with remaining slices of bread.

 

Kiwifruit and Prosciutto Crostini

16 slices toasted crostini
1 4-ounce package garlic and herb goat cheese
2 Zespri Organic Green Kiwifruit
3-oz thinly sliced prosciutto (8 slices), cut in half

1. To make crostini, heat broiler. Slice 8-ounce baguette into 1/4-inch slices. Using about 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, lightly brush each slice. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes per side. Cool on wire rack.
2. Spread crostini slices with goat cheese.
3. 
Peel and slice each kiwifruit lengthwise into 8 slices. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each kiwifruit. Top crostini with prosciutto-wrapped kiwifruit. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 30 minutes.

 

Kiwifruit Mojito

1 Zespri Organic Green Kiwifruit, peeled
3 mint sprigs
1 tablespoons sugar
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces light rum
Ice and Club soda, for serving
Mint leaf, for garnish

1. Cut a 1/4-inch slice from center of kiwifruit to use for garnish; chop remaining fruit. 
2. Muddle diced kiwifruit, mint, sugar and lime juice in cocktail shaker. Add rum and fill shaker with ice. Cover and shake 15 seconds or until very cold.
3. Strain into ice-filled highball glass. Top with club soda and garnish with sliced kiwifruit and mint leaf.

 

{things i did} zespri kiwifruit tasting event nyc

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I've attended my fair share of fashion-related events, but none that have been explicitly dedicated to food. I genuinely love cooking–especially with good, wholesom​e ingredients–so an invitation to a kiwifruit tasting, sponsored by Zespri, the brand responsible for all of the fruit grown in New Zealand, made me super excited. Besides getting to taste the m​ost clever dishes ever (BLTs with kiwi? Yum! Serious kudos to The Little Owl NYC for their kitchen!) we had the chance to learn about the history of the company. Glen Arrowsmith, a "Kiwi" New Zealander himself, spoke very proudly about the company, which is owned by 2,700 local growers that by all appearances seem to truly care about their product. I have always tried to snack healthy, especially while at work or school, but Rebecca Scritchfield, who spoke at length about the different ways kiwi can be incorporated into a daily diet, made me want to do even more. Of course all of this meant nothing until we actually got to dig into some samples–if you look closely at the photos above, you can see two different types of kiwis, both the typical green and a brand-new variety Zespri is importing called SunGold. While I've always loved kiwis–seriously, they're the one fruit I used to pick out of salads to eat when I was younger–the SunGold blew me away: it was sweeter, smoother, and with less seeds.

So what is the take-away? Kiwifruit are nutritional powerhouses and are a great source of micronutrients like Vitamin C (they contain more than an orange!), Vitamin E, potassium (more than a banana!) and antioxidants. They’re high in fiber, cholesterol-free, have a low glycemic index, and two fruit have fewer than 100 calories. Plus, they taste amazing! I seriously cannot wait to incorporate them into some savory dishes (I left feeling very inspired).Check back tomorrow for a more detailed look at what I wore to the event and for a few of my favorite recipes that I took home with me!

 

This post was generously sponsored sponsored by Zespri® Kiwifruit but was written by me. The opinions, photos and text are all my own. Special thanks to Luisa Tejada for coordinating the day and to everyone who worked on the truly wonderful event!

{things i did} bruno mars’ moonshine jungle tour at madison square garden

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Without much planning, I've ended up carefully choosing the concerts that I've I've attended over the years. The end result is that the list of my favorite performers who I've seen live appears carefully curated. I guess it is–highlights include the Spice Girls reunion tour and Paul McCartney's first performance at a the new Citi Field.  This concert falls right into place among those that I'm thrilled to have seen. Of course you can tell Bruno Mars is talented just by watching him perform live on TV and online but in person he certainly didn't disappoint, dancing and embellishing already amazingly-written songs effortlessly. And a concert in Madison Square Garden brought a special opening act–Pharrell, who sang so many of his hits (you'd be surprised at how many he had a hand in over the years) that it felt like two concerts in one. All-in-all, I can't think of a better reason to have for waking up exhausted, with ringing ears and sore feet but still smiling.

 

on me:  Tank Top in Black, Soprano via Nordstrom; One and Only Maxi Skirt in 'Leopard Burnout,' Lovers + Friends c/o Insane Jungle [was $170, available here];  Rocco Duffel in Black with Pale Gold Hardware, Alexander Wang [$895]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; Threadbare Ring in Yellow Gold, Catbird Jewelry [$44]; Diamond Anniversary Band in Yellow Gold, X3 [$1400 $1007]; "Russian Roulette" Nail Polish, Essie 

on him: LacosteV-Neck T-Shirt in Citronelle [$50 $32.90]

{things i wore} spotted dress

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The Marimekko Collection at Banana Republic was difficult to shop–online things sold out during a poorly advertised pre-sale and restocking never really happened–but I was lucky enough to find a store that had a few of the pieces I wanted most still in stock in my size. A few phone calls and one trip later, I walked away with almost all of them, my favorite probably being this dress. I adore anything in black and white (these spots were based on hand-cut pattern modeled on rough-edged stones by Marimekko designer Maija Isola) but the appeal of this piece goes beyond its color. The fabric and tailoring are incredible–its a fun dress to wear because of its perfect fit.

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Kivet Pleated Dress, Marimekko x Banana Republic [$140]; Leather Sandal, Zara [$80]; Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag in Black, Prada [shop here]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [$1400]Diamond Ring with Yellow, White and Rose Gold Diamond Overlap, Trio by Effy Collection [was $2850, available here]; Russian Roulette' Nail Polish, Essie [here

 

{things i shopped} summer beauty finds

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[clockwise]

shimmer waves bronzer, the body shop [$22] // softening mint foot rub, h2o plus [$15] // all about shadow single in daybreak, clinique [$15] // ​essie nail color in clambake [$8.49] // chubby stick m​oisturizing lip colour balm in mega melon, clinique [$17] // cover stick corrector/concealer in green [$5] // estée lauder bronze goddess body splash [$78]  

 

{things i made} lemon drop cookies

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Authentic Italian cookie recipes can be a bit strange on paper: if you've found one with lots of eggs and baking powder for leavening and extracts or alcohol for flavoring, you've probably come to the right place. These small, soft cookies fit that description perfectly. They have a unique, spongy texture that's complemented well by the sugary, lemony glaze. They're perfect for dunking in coffee or tea and, of course, the occasional snack.

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3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
​4​ teaspoons lemon ju​ice 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder

1. ​Preheat oven to 350 degrees. ​Beat eggs, milk, lemon ju​ice, sugar and oil until well blended.
​2. ​​Add flour and baking powder.  Mix until just blended​ (​dough ​will​ be sticky​)​.
​3. Drop the dough from a teaspoon onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart.
​4. ​Bake immediately for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove cookie sheet from oven.  Using a metal spatula, move cookies onto wire racks. Cool.
​5. For icing, mix 3 cups confectioner's sugar wtih 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1/2 cup lemon juice until smooth. Frost the tops of the cookies (it will drip to coat the cookies). Dry the frosted cookies on wire cooling racks.
 

{things i wore} maxi skirt

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If the weather forecast holds, New York is in for a sultry week. While my hair still has not gotten used to the steamy temperatures, my fashion has adapted. Even shorts feel too sticky lately, so I am all about loose and billowy maxis and dresses these days. Speaking of billowy, I took these photos on a little trip out of the city yesterday, and the wind that was whipping around my skirt also swept in a spectacular thunderstorm last night. Summer is here all right–and I am enjoying every minute of it.

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Maxi Skirt, Target [old]; Tank Top in Black, Soprano via NordstromLarge Metal Aviators Gold Frame, Ray Ban [$145, available here]; Holly Bag in Black, c/o Oushka London [$240]; 'Desire' Sandals in Black, c/o Restricted Shoes [$39]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; X3 Diamond Ring, 18k Gold Diamond Anniversary Band [$1400]; Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175]; 'Russian Roulette' Nail Polish, Essie [here 

{things i learned} hot and hazy

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[olive oils on display at a local restaurant]

 

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[technicolor graffiti]

 

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[imported chocolates are the best chocolates]

 

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[a bar geared up for the world cup finals this sunday]

 

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[my father is serious about his burgers--and loved this one]

 

Hot and hazy–those are the only two words that come to mind when thinking about the weather this week. This is summer in New York, when it is humid, you get really grateful for your time indoors and the invention of air conditioning. Still, I can remember this year's winter well enough to stop co​mplaining (check ou​t this throwback photo I posted to Instagram if you cant'!). I have a busy weekend lined up–I hope yours is j​ust as exciting! 

 




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