Design

Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend.

Zadie Smith

What are you up to this weekend? Are you taking any trips? We’re heading to Atlanta to visit Alex’s sister and her husband. I’m excited to swim at their community pool and eat some shrimp and grits. Also, the comments on this wedding post were truly amazing. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

A great trait that every leader has: poise.

The types of people you’ll find at airports.

How cool is this art exhibit?

Do or don’t: Seating charts at parties.

A collection of kisses.

Breaking news: Breakfast isn’t that big of a deal.

A marriage without fighting. (Loved this.)

13 things to remember when you love a person who has depression.

This is a cute idea for a house.

Perfume inspired by historical ladies, including Jane Austen and Anne Boleyn.

How novelist Emma Straub spends her Sundays.

And good news, if you’re doing any summer shopping:
Nordstrom is having a HUGE sale. (Really liking these.)
J.Crew is 30% off with the code WEEKEND.
Mille is 20% off with the code MEMORIAL2016.
Loft is 40% to 60% off. (I just ordered this top.)

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo of Zadie Smith. Leader trait via Jocelyn Glei.)

Style

Comfy Summer Sandals

12 Comfy Summer Sandals

For the last decade, I’ve pretty much worn Converse in the winter and knock-offs of these Joie sandals in the summer. They’ve served me well! But this year, there are so many awesome shoes coming out of the woodwork. Here are a few sandals we’re loving…

I actually have those huarache sandals and they’re ridiculously comfortable. I’ve been walking miles and miles in them around the city.

Thoughts? Which sandals are you wearing these days? Nordstrom is having a huge sale this week — their sandals are marked way down, if you’re looking!

(Photo of Kendra Smoot by Seth Smoot. Sunglasses by RAEN, top by Enza Costa, jeans by Rachel Comey and similar sandals here.)

Food

10 Rules of Easy Entertaining

Kennedy dinner party

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to entertain. This statement should not be misread as: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been good at entertaining. When I first started out, I’d choose recipes by how they looked in the photo instead of by degree of difficulty. (Which is how I’d end up serving coq au vin to my dinner guests at midnight.) But I’ve picked up a few golden rules along the way, and in honor of summer, arguably the easiest time to entertain, I thought I’d present a few…

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Food

Brie and Grape Crostini

Brie and Grape Tartines

Crostini are a great appetizer to serve when guests stop by. It’s hard to go wrong with cheesy toasts — you can whip them up quickly and they always taste great. So, this week, we’re finishing our month of party snacks with a brie and grape crostini recipe from Sam Linsell of Drizzle Dip. With only a handful of ingredients, these toasts are easy as they are delicious. Here’s how to make them…

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Design

11 Great Wallpapers

Too Much Stuff Wallpaper

Do you have any wallpaper in your home? We’ve always rented our apartments, so we never have, but I really love the idea. Here are a bunch of pretty ones…

wallpaper-best-floral-pattern

From top: 1. Dark Floral, 2. Ladies (I’m in love with this one! How cool would it be for an office?), 3. Tidal, 4. Cupcake, 5. Indian Holly, 6. Walk Thing, 7. Aurora, 8. Bathyal, 9. Marble Ocean, 10. Hearts (all of Elizabeth Graeber‘s are really great).

Thoughts? What pretty wallpapers have you seen lately?

P.S. 10 other lovely wallpapers.

(Top wallpaper is Too Much Stuff — look closely at it!)

Food

Evening Treat: Sea Salt Chocolate

Lindt Dark Chocolate with a Touch of Sea Salt

Holy smokes, have you ever tried Lindt Dark Chocolate with a Touch of Sea Salt? You can buy it for around $3 at the grocery store (or even the drugstore), and it’s delicious. My friend Gemma introduced it to me one night when we were hanging out at her apartment. She has a few squares every night, and now it’s also my go-to treat after the boys are in bed. Chocolate can sometimes be too intense or cocoa-y, but this is perfectly balanced and so good. Just a PSA!

P.S. Funnily enough, as I was writing this, I suddenly remembered this old Momfilter post! So, take it from all three of us. :)

Lindt Dark Chocolate with a Touch of Sea Salt

(Photo by Stella Blackmon for Cup of Jo.)