June 2011 archive

Ahoy Matey!

I am totally loving all of the nautical looks being shown this Summer in fashion, decor and even entertaining!

Here are a few of my favs:

Patterson J. Kincaid dress



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Adorable whale, fish and coral pillows from West Elm.



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If you’re going all out, why not follow it through to your nail polish?



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Find all of the looks below here

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Having a nautical themed party? These cupcake toppers are sure to be the hit of the soiree.



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These Sperry Top-Sider wedges will carry you through both day and night and are tres, tres chic!



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I adore this bathing suit from Anthropology.



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These nautical beach bags on Etsy are so awesome and the perfect {inexpensive} beach accessory!



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Happy Sailing!

xoxo,

Ali

It was all a dream…

{no cole I am not brazen enough to start rapping Notorious B.I.G. to start off my blog…}.

Sorry for my recent disappearance. I wish I could blame it on the twins. Nope. I was mourning the loss of my white hot Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Very sad for me. So sad I needed to take a blog-cation to recover from it. Now I’m moving onto greener pastures and focusing on next season… oh and the new house that I am moving into in a few short weeks. Never a dull moment right?

While perusing Cococozy last week {which rocks by the way, you totally need to go and read it}, I found this home. I have decided it is my absolute fantasy dream home. It recently sold in LA. The shocking thing is that this awesome decor was all staged for the sale. Is it sad I think I could just move into a staged home? Needless to say, it was staged by a pretty brilliant staging expert, Meridith Baer. Ok enough of my babble, you need to see the house.



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The kitchen and bathroom and to die for. I could live in the pool. Ahhh-mazing. It’s truly white hot {tear}.

xoxo,

Niki

Cakery Friday: Toasted Almond Granola

I love granola. It’s the perfect breakfast food {coupled with some greek yogurt, berries and just a drizzle of honey…YUM}, well, it’s really good at any time. The BEST part of granola is just how simple it is to make. I found this recipe from a friend via Joy The Baker {if you don’t read her blog, you should}. The granola was actually given to my family as a holiday gift in this adorable tin, and ever since I have been totally granola obsessed. In the time it will take you to read this blog you could have whipped up a batch of this granola {okay, that’s an exaggeration, but really, it’s super simple!}. I also have to admit that I was too busy consuming saod granola to take any fabulous pictures. So instead, I have shown you how beautifuly Joy’s granola is AND I added pictures of my niece and nephew in hopes that their cuteness will make you forget about my mistakes.



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{photo unabashedly borrowed from Joy The Baker}

Gather all the ingredients.



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In a medium saucepan melt together 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 1/4 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Carefully whisk together and add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.



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Meanwhile, whisk together 4 cups of old fashioned oats, 1 cup of silvered almonds, 1 cup of raw almonds, 1/2 cup of sweetened shredded coconut, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line 1 large or 2 small baking sheets with parchment paper.



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Pour the sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together with a wooden smooth, making sure that all of the dry ingredients are coated with the sugar mixture.



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Spread the mixture evenly over the sheet pants and bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes, removing the pan from the oven to stir and toss twice during the baking. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.



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Okay, I lied, there is one picture containing the granola but it really doesn’t do it any justice.. In the meantime, how delicious does the Lemon, Lemon Loaf look?



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Hi Raya!



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Hi Mason!



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For a printer-friendly version of this recipe click here: Toasted Almond Granola

Happy Baking!

xoxo,

Ali



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