Summer Dinner Party

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We hosted dear family friends for dinner at my mom’s last weekend (here is a sneak peak of our table setting!), and had the most special evening. My mom and I had a ball preparing the different dishes (cooking in a white marble kissed kitchen as fabulous as hers is truly glorious), and the party itself was filled with great food, great people, and lots of laughter. Can you guess who inspired the menu? Barefoot Contessa of course! We replicated one of the menus from her Parties book – an amazing cookbook – and I am still dreaming about the pesto pasta and peach and raspberry crisp. Here is the complete menu in case you are hosting loved ones anytime soon. Enjoy!

 

Menu

Tomato Fennel Salad 

Grilled Herb Shrimp

Spaghettoni Al Pesto

Peach and Raspberry Crisp 

Looking Gorgeous: Beauty Etiquette Tips

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While on vacation, my husband and I enjoyed a romantic date night at a popular new Mediterranean restaurant. Surrounded by olive trees and feeling like we had escaped to the French Riviera, we savored every minute and bite, including the evening’s sweet finish – decadent lavender creme brûlée. As my husband signed the check, I instantly reached for the lip gloss in my clutch, and just as the brush swept my lip, something occurred to me – is it proper etiquette to touch up at the table? I began thinking about beauty etiquette, be it the girl on the 8am train styling her hair as she commutes to work , or the woman next to you in line with an overly generous amount of perfume. What is appropriate beauty etiquette and what is not? And so, inspired as ever, here are my tips so you can be your most gorgeous and polished self. Enjoy!

Quick Tips

Beauty Etiquette

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Touching up lipstick at the table is acceptable if with family or friends, or at a casual restaurant. If at a business dinner or formal meal, excuse yourself to the powder room.

When in doubt, simply say, “Excuse me,” and head to the ladies to refresh your pout!

If you need to brush your hair or restyle it, leave that for the ladies room instead of a public place

When spritzing on perfume, strive for one healthy spray of your favorite scent as opposed to a fragrance fog

Would you want to know if you had smudged mascara under your eyes or lipstick on your teeth? Of course! So follow the golden rule and let a friend know if this happens to her

If you opt to do your own nails, do so in the comfort of your own home and not on the train, at work, etc. And aim to remove (again, at home) chipped polish ASAP.

Summer Soirée Ideas

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ss4Have I mentioned I adore summer? While at the beach with my family the other day, I listened to the peaceful ocean lapping on the sandy shore, felt the warm sun on my skin, and could almost taste the salt in the cool sea breeze. Summer truly is a time to savor ever moment, especially those spent with family and friends. We are hosting a dinner party at my mom’s house tomorrow evening (we are making this and this – yum!) and it got me thinking about all of the fabulous seasonal soirées that are perfect for the warmer months. And often times, the most fun get togethers are those that are casual, and focus more on great food and great company. Here are just a few ideas to keep in mind as summer hums along. Cheers to the weekend ahead!