Monday, June 29, 2020

At Home Raw Bar

Ted and I love seafood, especially a raw bar, so were excited to make our own at home with a delivery from Val's Ocean Pacific. We've been trying a lot more on our own at home since dining out with friends and family isn't quite back to normal. I covered our turkey platter with crushed ice since it was the largest serving dish I have. Otherwise, any large dish that has some depth would work.

While picking up condiments Ted found this tool at Whole Foods - you can buy on Amazon. Makes it a little easier to shuck than using just a cloth (so I observed).

As for the other prep, the crab was already cooked and arrived frozen so we just allowed it to thaw in the refrigerator. We thawed and cooked the shrimp earlier that day and allowed time to cool in the refrigerator before serving.

Trader Joe's seafood cocktail sauce is really tasty and happens to be low in sugar compared to others.

No room for the shrimp on the platter, I was pretty impressed with Ted's separate display. He knows I take my tablescapes seriously.

Val's Ocean Pacific is offering 10% off through 7/1 with code JULY4 and delivers to NYC, Westchester, Long Island, Northern New Jersey and Connecticut. See their website for details. 


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Scenes from the Cape

We are very fortunate to have family to visit at the beach on Cape Cod. With lighter traffic due to COVID-19, we are taking advantage of the open road and heading up more frequently. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from the weekend... many already shared on IG stories but with some additional commentary :)

We had a water table shipped directly to the Cape house.... nothing seems to entertain them more than this and a hose. This table is smaller than the one we have at home (Step 2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table) but worked out fine and was cheaper. I ordered it immediately after a friend told me water tables were selling out online. 

One piece: Vilebrequin (old - similar). 
Hat: Ralph Lauren. Rash guard: Target. Swim Trunk: Vilebrequin (old - similar).  

Tote: LL Bean. Sunglasses: Quay. Coverup: Poupette St. Barth (old - similar)

This picture of me is deceiving... I barely sit still at the beach and pretty sure that beer was spilled. The kids are always running off in different directions. My LL Bean tote back is the largest size and I love it for the beach. I'm going to do a round up of everything that we pack in an upcoming post. 

Sandals: Freedom Moses.

My friend bought these pool slides and told me how much she loved them. I've worn them just about every day since they arrived. I realize glitter is not for everyone (Lexi's style is rubbing off on me, someone asked if they were mine or hers) - they come in so many shades and patterns.

Mask: She la la.

This was the first mask that I ordered for Ted... I thought it was perfect for the summer haha. 

My dress: LoveShackFancy for Target. Sunglasses: Quay. Lexi's Dress: CPC Classic Prep Childswear. Headband: Wee Ones. Bracelets: Etsy. Chase's Shortall: CPC Classic Prep Childswear.

I woke up at 3AM to order this LoveShackFancy x Target dress on the launch day. At first I said I wasn't going to order anything.... but FOMO kicked in. They are sold out online but returns will start coming into the stores.

Wishful thinking that I would get a picture of the kids in their coordinating outfits .... maybe next time!


Monday, June 15, 2020

Blue and White Monday: Bengal Travel Cases

I love the print on these toiletry bags! I discovered the brand through Monograms off Madison. Love how the custom pink and orange monograms pop! I always keep a large toiletry bag packed and ready to go for a trip or emergency, a second with my daily skincare products that I don't have in travel size, and third for makeup. 


Monday, May 4, 2020

Scenes from the Weekend

Finally... the sun came out in Connecticut after a rainy and cloudy week. On Sunday we worked on our planters and window boxes. Last fall we replanted the center boxwood shrubs into the backyard and dug them up to use again. (Obviously by "we" I mean Ted.) No excuse this spring not to water them daily in the morning, since we are both home. Hoping the ivy and petunias grow and cascade out of the boxes.

I think this was the only few minutes that Chase sat still all weekend. Glad I have a shot of him in these sunglasses before they inevitably go missing. 

Dress: Polo Ralph Lauren (old ~ check out Poshmark and eBay for similar styles). 
Headband: Bari Lynn (sold locally at Egg). 
Gardening Gloves & Tools: Little Pals

Moments before Chase was covered in dirt. Ted told me to get used to it.... ha. 


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Sephora Favorites

I have cut back significantly on shopping for myself during quarantine... sneakers, sweats and skincare have made the cut. Can't say I have used any makeup other than CC Cream lately, but I'm focusing on my skincare regime now and trying to combat the toll stress has taken on my skin. The Sephora Spring sale is on... one of the most popular beauty sales. It's been a hot topic on Zoom calls lately, so rounded up my favorites and you can always save for later.

Not all of the  products I use are available at Sephora ... so more beauty posts to come.

KATE SOMERVILLE ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment 1x a week exfoliator... I haven't used this in a couple years but the quarantine is clogging my pores!
DRUNK ELEPHANT Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Hands down my favorite cleanser... I was immediately hooked.
DRUNK ELEPHANT Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer I tried this last year to replace some Beautycounter products and loved it... light and great pump dispenser.
SEPHORA All Day Hydrator - Hydrate & Glow I got several samples of this and used it while I traveled last year... I thought it was Drunk Elephant by the packaging and was surprised to learn it was the Sephora brand. If I had never tried DE, I would order this.
ERNO LASZLO Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask Obsessed with these eye masks for a pick-me-up! They also would make great a great gift.
TATA HARPER Resurfacing BHA Glow Mask Year after year I go back to this mask. My skin always looks glowy after... was bummed that it was sold out but putting on my list in case you see it in a set! I love all Tata Harper products.

HUM Hair Sweet Hair Growth - Vegan Gummies I started taking these consistently while I was working from home.
DRYBAR Detox Dry Shampoo Always in rotation - I switch up my dry shampoo pretty frequently but always come back to this one.
DYSON Supersonic Hair Dryer I wish I had never borrowed my friends... once I tried it I had to have it. It cuts drying time down significantly and is less damaging on your hair.

TOO FACE Better Than Sex Mascara The best.
ANASTASIA DIPBROW Pomade & Brush #12 I have a pot that has lasted years. I use the medium brown shade.
OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Face Primer This is a new product that I have been using together with CC Cream, recommended by Lunchpails & Lipstick. It smells amazing and gives your foundation a dewy look.
IT COSMETICS CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ This is my official quarantine makeup... if I'm wearing anything it is this along with the primer.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation My shade is Sante Fe... it gives a flawless finish. I might wear during quarantine just to feel better about myself.
BEAUTYBLENDER beautyblender pro Saving when society opens for blending.
SEPHORA Contouring: Uncomplicated Brush Set I was searching high and low for a new brush set that wouldn't break the bank... this nailed it. When I'm regularly wearing makeup, I use 3/4 brushes daily.
NARS Bronzer Powder in Laguna No explanation needed.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop I have tried a few highlights and this one is amazing and the Champagne Pop is a universally flattering shade.
TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Peaceful & Paaarty Peacful is a soft nude peach shade and Paaarty is nude pink. Long time fan of both.
BUXOM Full-On Plumping Lip Cream Gloss in Mudslide My absolute favorite gloss... sadly sold out.
FRESH Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15 in Petal Always in my bag.

NEST New York Candles Great gift for Mother's Day. Sicilian Tangerine is amazing and Amalfi Lemon & Mint sounds devine.

Happy Shopping, beauties!

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