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Striped Midi Skirt

Midi Skirt 1

c/o Chicwish skirt, old shirt (similar here and cheaper here), J.Crew necklace (similar)Mark & Graham clutch, c/o Palter DeLiso pumps, Bourbon & Bowties bracelet

I’m a pretty casual gal but once in a while I like to get all dressed up for a night on the town. I wore this fun and retro striped midi skirt (On sale for $42) for date night with Anel at Mediterraneo. We’ve been married for almost 3 years (in September!) and it’s easy to fall into habits like ordering in and watching too many movies in our “comfy cozies” as we call them. Aka sweatsuits. Aka my favorite kind of night. Aka if you do that every night, your marriage needs some spicing up.

Therefore, once a week, we make it a point to look nice for each other and hit the proverbial town. It’s understandably a little less exciting than our date nights in the city but still something to look forward to each week. Something about eating a nice meal across from my husband with a cold glass of wine and no phones makes my heart flutter every time. I definitely don’t get that with a yellowtail scallion roll and an HBO Documentary… Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Striped Skirt

Elegant Summer Skirt

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Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita Recipe

Growing up, my family spent many a summer in Forte dei Marmi, an adorable beach town in Tuscany (we’re Italian). My favorite part of each afternoon was when I was allowed to go to the restaurant of our beach club and order myself a granita which is essentially a fancy snow cone. I’d change it up day to day between fragola (strawberry), limone (lemon), and mentha (mint).

I still dream of those granitas and was so excited when my dad’s wife made a version of them a few weeks ago at a BBQ. I hosted a summer dinner party last weekend and made these watermelon granitas which were the perfect palate cleanser after a heavy meal of burgers and hot dogs.

It wasn’t quite the same as being on the beach in Italy but hey, it was pretty close!

Side note: I had a brain wave after we ate them that these would also be amazing spiked with a little vodka or gin. If you try that, let me know how it goes! Recipe below.

Watermelon Shaved Ice

Servings: 6

(Note, you need 2 hours for this to be made correctly so plan ahead!)

Ingredients:
– 4 cups of cubed watermelon
– 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
– 2 tblspns fresh lime juice

Directions:
– Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth
– Pour into a large baking pan (mine was 9x9x2)
– Place pan with purée in freezer for one hour (set an alarm)
– Stir/mash up with a fork to get rid of frozen layer on top
– Cover and freeze again for 30 minutes (set an alarm)
– Stir/mash one last time
– Cover and freeze for 30 more minutes (set an alarm)
– Spoon out into bowls and garnish with lime or mint
– Enjoy!

Watermelon Granita

This month’s wellness tip:

Have 5 free minutes? Complete 10 sun salutations. This always makes me fell 100% better physically and emotionally in very little time!

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Easy Brunch Look

Orange Tote

c/o AYR wedge shirt and jeans, Madewell scarf and Panama hat, c/o Mark & Graham bag, c/o Asha “Capri” ring, necklace and bangles

This weekend we had friends from the city in town, and wanted to show them a good ole’ Connecticut time by taking them somewhere different than the plethora of trendy brunch spots in their Brooklyn neighborhood. We ended up at Terrain yet again, where we had brunch outside among the beautiful gardens.  (See my last post shot at this gorgeous location here).

After a night of one too many glasses of rosé while we barbecued, I was ready to fill my body with wholesome yet hearty food. I wore this flowy top knowing that my favorite baked bread in the whole state would be on our plates. My top and jeans are both from AYR, the sister company to Bonobos. They make incredible basics but the absolute best part is that you can choose your waste AND length size in their jeans. I have crazy short legs and always have to hem pants so when I discovered this, I was pretty stoked.

I’m wearing their classic ‘The Skinny’ Skinny jeans and loved them so much that I picked up this distressed pair as well. I’m wearing their ‘The Wedge” shirt in biscuit but have their light chambray ‘The Clean Shirt‘ on my list up next. My sister bought it and I’m convinced that it’s the best summer chambray- lightweight and flattering.

It was a little breezy so I topped it off with this cute blue and white scarf that I love paired with my orange bag. Orange is definitely the new black though!

Brunch Attire

Blue and Orange

Weekend Look

Panama Hat

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How to Stop a Panic Attack

Stripes

Stripes / Blue & White Living Room / Strawberry Caprese / Beach / Striped Dress / Flamingos

Yesterday at work, I had a flooding feeling of anxiety coming on but made a choice to nip it in the bud before it became a full-fledged anxiety attack. I literally stopped the panic attack in its tracks as it was coming on for the first time ever and I wanted to share with you how I did it!

It was a crazy busy day at work, and I was bouncing back and forth between 3 big projects that required very different skill-sets. At the same time, I was trying to coordinate a last-minute trip to Bermuda (next weekend, yay!), planning a few things for Italy in 2 weeks, and finalizing plans for my birthday party in July. All super exciting and fun things that should make me feel happy, right? Right… But instead of feeling excited, I felt overwhelmed and got that weird buzzing sensation that I get all over my body when I have extreme anxiety.

Today, only one day later, after I took the steps below, I’m OVER THE MOON excited for all of the awesome things coming my way and am so glad I took the time to get to this place.

Here is exactly what I did to squelch that mofo:

Blue and White Wallpaper

1. Stopped working, emailing, planning. Stood up and went for a 10 minute walk around the block. Not a novel idea but also not something that I ever do during the workday. I didn’t bring my phone, didn’t look at Instagram, just walked and breathed.

Strawberry Basil Caprese

2. Per my 6 tips for overcoming anxiety, I came back and cleaned my desk aggressively. After those two things I already felt infinitely better.

Dreamy Beach

3. I re-wrote my to do list for work, Lemon Stripes, and home and delegated a few things to my husband that I need help with (because he’s an angel and the best man on earth, he happily obliged).

Striped Dress

4. I was finally calming down but still felt on-edge so I set a timer and allowed myself exactly 7 minutes on Pinterest (where I found all of these lovely images for you!)

Flamingos

All in all, this took 32 minutes. I don’t take lunch breaks very often during the day (we eat at our desks normally), but in this short time my mind felt reset, refreshed, and I went about the day like a normal happy person. My productivity went through the roof and I was able to not only complete all of my projects, but kick their ass!

Quotable:

“Cambiare tutto perché niente cambi. (If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.)”

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Sicily Wish List

Sicily Wish List

Embroidered Dress / Necklace / Kimono / Hat / Striped Bathing Suit (30% off!)/ Perfume / Cut-out Bathing Suit / Sandals / Tote

We’re heading on my 30th birthday trip to Sicily in less than 3 weeks and I’m already outfit planning for our time on the Mediterranean island. So far on our schedule (my entire family is as Type A as I am) we have a winery tour, chartered boat trip to the Egadi Islands, a few days at the beach club, a morning at the thermal baths for the girls while the men play golf, and lots and lots of eating and drinking.

I’m picturing myself in this white and blue embroidered dress in cork sandals eating olives like candy and drinking wine like water. At the beach, I want to look equally as chic in this fabulous Mara Hoffman cut-out swimsuit with a Panama hat. I’d throw on this lace kimono for panini overlooking the ocean. To smell the part, I plan to spritz Acqua di Parma Mandorlo di Sicilia (Translates to Sicilian almond) on my wrists as a final touch.

I clearly have high hopes for my looks on this trip. I know my husband won’t let me buy it all but I certainly have a few pieces that I need to pick up don’t you think?

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