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Weekend Tidbits - Family Visits & Easy Entertaining

This weekend I had a bunch of family in town and Sunday I was really sad to see them go.  But we had great fun while they were here and we spent Saturday night cooking in at my place and having a few friends over.

 Beautiful white tulips and hydrangeas always brighten up my day and my apartment.

A pair of Brian Atwood Maniac's in neon pink to punch up an all black outfit.

 The ever faithful cheese plate which is always a no brainer for entertaining.

The weekend's puzzle was what to make for a group where some don't eat meat at all, some don't eat fish, some eat meat but no pork or beef and some don't eat dark green vegetables.  The answer to the puzzle is to have a lot of variety.  Our answer was in addition to a healthy dose of cheese to serve tomato, cucumber and red onion salad drizzled with a vinagrette made of olive oil, dijon mustard and sherry vinegar.

We also made this very easy chicken rollatini.  Take thin sliced chicken breasts, roll them with a slice of cheese (we used provolone), a slice of proscuitto (which we excluded in a few for those who will eat chicken but not ham) and a basil leaf. Roll in bread crumbs, lay seam side down in a baking dish drizzled with olive oil.  Drizzle the tops with olive oil and bake at about 350 for 20 minutes.  Add white wine and capers and bake for another 10 minutes or so.  They were delish Saturday night and great served cold over salad the next day.  This is a perfect recipe for entertaining since the chicken can be prepared in advance.

And to make sure the non-meat eaters had something of substance, we made fettucine with a lemon sauce and fresh peas (recipe here).  We modified the recipe a bit by adding lemon juice and grated pecorino romano cheese.

What a fun weekend filled with an over abundance of good eats and more importantly, great friends and family.  I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!


(not so) Mellow Yellow

Outfit details: J Crew blouse, jacket and trousers, Valentino shoes, Miu Miu bag (similar here), Hermes scarf, J Crew and Chanel necklaces

So I'm not one to shy away from color and today I doubled down on the bright yellow.  And why not?  It was in the mid 60s today and what better way to celebrate than in bright, bright color?! I also pulled out my nude Valentino rockstud ankle wrap shoes that I wore to death last spring and summer. 

Happy Friday and enjoy another gorgeous spring day!



Outfit details: J Crew top, Milly jacket (old), Zara trousers (old), Valentino shoes, Miu Miu bag (in grey here), J Crew and Bauble Bar necklaces, Chanel and Kenneth Jay Lane pins, Hermes scarf, Tom Ford violet fatale lipstick

This was what I wore for a gorgeous day where I needed no coat, yay!  This striped J Crew blouse is going to be in regular rotation but this go around, I topped it with a Milly jacket from a few years ago.



Outfit details: Talbot's sweater, Stylemint T, J Brand jeans (similar here), Dolce Vita booties, Stella McCartney bag, Hermes bracelet, HRH Collection necklace

Sunday was an easy day; a jaunt to Whole Foods and Target and then brunch at Coppa with my blogger buddy Lani.  We brunched at Coppa where I've been for dinner but never brunch.  I had a delcious fontina, prosciutto and egg panini, Lani had a breakfast pizza, we shared the nutella and banana panini for dessert and we were both bad bloggers and remiss in photographing it for you.  If you find yourself in the South End I definitely recommend you check it out.


More Pink and Camel

Outfit details: J Crew sweater and cafe capri trousers, Rachel Zoe cape (similar here), Valentino flats (similar here), Moschino belt, Stella McCartney bag, J Crew and HRH Collection necklaces, Hermes bangle, Elisha Daniels ring

I really love the combo of pink and camel and again, I'm a poster child for J Crew.  These are my spring weight cafe capris which I bought since i loved the winter/fall version so.  I bought these in the tall size and I like how they hit lower at the ankle then the regular length.