4 Ways to Get Ready for Summer Vacation

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It might sound crazy, but summer is just around the corner! I’m definitely ready for the sunshine, relaxation, and of course summer vacation. The beach isn’t too far away from Raleigh, so we usually head down to the coast for a a few days every summer. Today I wanted to share with you four ways that I like to get ready for summer vacation:

1. Fresh manicure and pedicure:

There are certain nail polish colors that I have on rotation throughout the summer like classic white, coral, and pink. I love getting a fresh manicure and pedicure from my favorite salon before you’ll see me wearing a pair of sandals. It’s the perfect way to relax and get your vacation started on the right foot!
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2. Sunless tan:

I have a very fair complexion, so giving myself a sunless tan is very necessary at the beginning of the summer season. This season I’ve been trying out JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer and JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse. I picked up both of these products at my local Walmart in the moisturizer aisle (just note that some Walmart locations have these two products in different areas in the store). The JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer allows you to gradually build your tan, while the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse gives you an instant tan. They are both available in two different shades, which are perfect for different skin tones.

Before using either of these sunless tanning products I make sure to exfoliate my skin, and apply moisturizer on dry areas such as my knees, knuckles, ankles, and between my fingers and toes. To use the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer, you apply in on wet skin after showering and then towel dry as normal in order to be streak-free and have a natural looking color. You can use this in place of your regular moisturizer during the summer months, and once you have achieved the color that you like you can start applying it every other day to maintain color. To use the JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun® Sunless Tanning Mousse, you apply it evenly over your body using long, smooth, downward strokes. One my friends gave me a piece of advice to apply sunless tanner using a mitt so that the palms of my hands don’t stain. It’s also best not to shower for 4-8 hours after application of this product so that the color can develop.
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3. New summer wardrobe:

Whenever I’m going on vacation, I can’t help but add a few new pieces to my summer wardrobe. Summer calls for comfortable maxi dresses, and also off the shoulder tops like this one below. The tassels on this off the shoulder top definitely scream summer vacation at the beach, and it’s a favorite top of mine.
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4. New and colorful luggage:

I also love bringing along fun luggage with me on summer vacation! Ever since our two trips to Europe, I’ve become a light packer (thank goodness!). I plan on sharing some of my packing tips soon, but I usually just bring along this bag with me. It has plenty of room to pack everything that I need, and it’s such a gorgeous bag!
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How do you get ready for summer vacation?

Blueberry Chutney Over Brie

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When I was growing up, my Grandparents would come and visit us from New Jersey a couple of times a year. My Grandma was always the best cook (don’t get me started on her mashed potatoes), and she was in love with The Fresh Market. They didn’t have one near her in New Jersey, so she would always be so excited to go and check out everything that they had (especially their spices). I’ve been shopping at The Fresh Market for years now, and just like my Grandma it’s one of my favorite stores. During the spring and summer months, I really love using fresh produce and I especially love cooking and baking with fresh berries. The Fresh Market has an amazing selection of berries right now, and I picked up a pint of blueberries over the weekend along with several other ingredients to make blueberry chutney over brie. During this time, The Fresh Market had a guest appreciation event going on where they had different tables setup with food and drinks to sample. If you have The Fresh Market near you, they have another guest appreciation event this weekend (you can find out more information here) and they are having a 35th anniversary celebration as well (you can find more information here).

I made this recipe on Sunday when my sister and a friend came over to relax outside and enjoy the amazing weather.  When it comes to entertaining, I always like to make recipes that are easy to make and this one only took 15 minutes! It was definitely a hit with everyone, and it paired perfectly with a bottle of chilled rosé that we enjoyed while sitting on our patio. Here’s how to make blueberry chutney over brie:

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. almonds, sliced
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. shallot, minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
¼ c. honey
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
½ tsp. fresh rosemary, minced, plus more for garnish
½ tsp. dry mustard
⅛ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 container (6 oz.) fresh blueberries
1 small wheel (12 to 14 oz.) ripe Brie, top rind trimmed off, at room temperature
1 pkg. crackers, for serving

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 Directions:

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add almonds and cook, stirring constantly, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate.

Add oil to skillet and heat over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2 minutes. Add honey, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, mustard, and pepper flakes and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve mustard. Add blueberries and cook just until warmed through without bursting, about 1 minute.

Place cheese on a serving platter. Pour blueberry chutney on top and garnish with toasted almonds and additional rosemary. Service at once, with crackers.

 

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Thanks to The Fresh Market for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Perfect Tote

Here is an outfit that I’ve been wearing to work on repeat! When it comes to the work week, I love using a tote bag that can fit all the things. I first mentioned this tote bag from MAHI Leather here, and it’s the one that I’ve been using the most lately. I really love the size, the different straps, and that I was able to be my initials embroidered on it. It’s perfect paired with my favorite top from Ann Taylor that has such fun sleeves.What’s your favorite bag for the work week?

Also, you might notice that this blog got a little makeover! I finally made the switch over to WordPress and I’m really excited about it. Now I just have to figure out how it all works. Let me know if you have any tips or tricks!

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c/o MAHI Leather tote | Ann Taylor top | Black pants | Nude heels | Shelia Fajl earrings 

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Linking up with The Pleated Poppy | Photos by Em Grey Photography

Tuesday’s Cravings: Travel Edition

Here are some items that I’ve had my eye on when it comes to traveling! When I’m going to be on a long plane ride I always opt for comfort, and I’ve been looking to add some new pieces to my closet for this purpose. I spotted this cape from Goodnight Macaroon, and I think that there’s nothing better than a cape that also doubles as a blanket on the plane. It would be really comfortable paired with these Zella leggings and Adidas superstar sneakers.  What are you travel essentials?

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One: Goodnight Macaroon cape | Two: Zella leggings | Three: Adidas sneakers |  

Four: Rebecca Minkoff passport cover | Five: Delsey suitcase | Six: B iconic headphones