Summer wedding season is upon us and today I am sharing some wedding attire tips and 45 (!) of my favorite wedding guest looks ALL under $100.

  • Dress for the venue.  A beach wedding and a wedding set in a ballroom most likely call for drastically different attire. Take note of what the invitation states about the dress code and follow it.
  • Do not wear white. Do not be that girl. That color is saved for the bride, let her stand out.
  • Wear stylish but also comfortable shoes, so you can dance the night away.
  • Dress stylishly but also err on the side of conservative. You are a guest; do not wear anything too tight, too sexy, or too revealing.

Happy wedding season!

Summer in Chicago is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more ready for it! Today I am sharing a go-to recipe that incorporates light summer flavors and is a great starter to nibble on while meats are sizzling on the grill. Serving this appetizer is the perfect choice for a warm night out on your patio. I like to pair it with a chilled glass of Sauvignon blanc.

 

Vine Roasted Burrata Bruschetta

adapted from Ina Garten’s Roasted Vine Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • Burrata cheese
  • Baguette of choice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tomatoes still on the vines (plus any that fall off the vines) on a sheet pan. Rub or brush gently with olive oil and sprinkle generously with kosher salt, pepper, and garlic.

Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are tender and a few start to split. Place burrata and tomatoes on a plate.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with basil. Serve with grilled toasts drizzled in olive oil.

Enjoy!

 

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We recently visited one of our favorite cities, Nashville! 48 hours of sunshine, catching up with out of town friends, and immersing ourselves in all things country. We stayed at the perfectly located Omni Hotel so we could take advantage of the rooftop pool.

The first night we were able to visit Husk, and it did NOT disappoint. The restaurant is set in a historic mansion and serves up southern-focused dishes. My personal favorite was the charcuterie board filled with house cured meats, cheeses, and homemade cheddar biscuits.

The weekend was filled with bar hopping on Broadway, brunching at farm-to-fork Adele’s and a laid back acoustic Dave Matthews set at the amphitheater on the river, such a perfect weekend.

This was my 5th time in Nashville, here are some more places in Nashville not to be missed:

 

Already missing Nashville and the Halls!

 

Here are some Nashville looks from the weekend:

 

 

With Cinco de Mayo and summertime right around the corner, today I am sharing my go-to guacamole recipe with you. When it comes to this refreshing summer yummy, less is more in my opinion. Keep it simple and let those fresh avocados shine!

This recipe is always a hit and a staple up at the lake house.  Because of the fresh avocado, it must be made right before serving, but sometimes I prepare the 4 ingredients ahead of time and just dump in fresh avocados at the last minute.

Serve it next to tortilla chips, shake yourself a margarita, and enjoy!

¡Salud!

 

The Only Guacamole Recipe You’ll Ever Need
Adapated from Eat, Live, Run

4 ripe avocados

1/2 diced red onion

3 limes

1/2 tsp sea salt to taste

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced

 

Combine ingredients and mash up with a fork. Serve with one of these, yum!

 

 

Packing light and smart is key when prepping for a European vacation. Lugging around a heavy amount of unnecessary items on planes, trains, and automobiles will wear on you quickly. Let’s start with some basic musts:


 

  • Passport, copies of your passport stashed away in your suitcase, all travel docs
  • Digital Camera
  • Wall Converter…not just an adapter, you’ll want to convert the electricity first. Lesson learned the hard way ending in a melted straightener in Paris once.
  • A good travel read…or two.
  • Phone Charger…and car charger if renting a car. You never want to run out of juice when in need of an app or map.
  • Headphones…I love my noise canceling ones on planes.
  • Inflatable neck pillow
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Deck of cards
  • Backpack for day trips
  • A few plastic bags for dirty clothes…think, wet swimsuits, dirty clothes

 

On to toiletries, I’ve always found great travel sized options on Amazon and Ulta.  Here are some items to not forget, aside from the obvious toothbrush, shampoo, etc.


  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandaids or blister relief for all of the walking
  • Travel meds like Advil and Tums…I once developed an ear infection in Greece, I never go on vacation without eardrops, now.
  • Roll on perfume…easily packed and a good excuse to try a new scent.

 

When it comes to clothing, choose a color scheme, prioritize items that won’t wrinkle, and think versatile and easily layerable. Leave flashy jewelry, heels and clutches at home (although, how cute is this?). Think simple and comfortable.

  • Tennis shoes…a must for all of the walking involved on a European vaycay.
  • Rainproof layer
  • Comfy leggings and a sportsbra that can work for a hike or even to throw on before a long train ride.

  • Swimsuits and coverups…if beach-going is going to be part of your European travels, be sure to pack a few of these!
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Sunhat

  • Several fun dresses…long and short
  • Simple accessories that will match any outfit
  • Jacket for layering
  • Neutral Scarf
  • Your favorite pair of jeans
  • Shorts and a few tops to mix and match
  • Sandals that can be dressed up or down, a short wedge if you plan on getting fancy at night.
  • Crossbody purse that zips

 

Always remember to lay everything out ahead of time, check the forecast before you leave, and roll up your items to save space if you are carrying on. Hope you enjoyed these tips on packing light and effectively. This post leaves me dreaming about my next European getaway.