Thursday, June 25, 2015

Palm Love

It is no secret I love a good palm print. Fashion wise and Interior wise.   It just makes me happy.  It is such a bright fun print.

I love this palm bathroom
and how gorgeous is this huge palm print in a dining room?

My girl Blake representing the palm leaf look.  Flawless.  and I love Micheal Strayhan in the background:)

My Vince Camuto Off Shoulder Blouse that first got me palm obsessed is now 40% off!

Another favorite is my Joe Fresh Palm Leaf Cover Up. It is under $30 and I wear it often.  I will be honest I sleep in it some times it is soft, makes a great night gown.

I rounded up a few other fabulous Palm Leaf Options!

My romper is this same print and I just love it.

Love this Furbish Tray.  Perfect for Summer Entertaining.

I actually ordered this and I will report back if it is cute such a great deal.

Only $30!

Perfect accent for any room

These are only $24!
and for the kids these Gap PJS are our favorite.  Currently on sale!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Loaded Queso Fundido Dip

It's Wednesday and that means Taco Night in the Mason house.  My favorite night of the week.  This dip would be the perfect starter for Taco Night.  It could not be easier to make.  But beware you will want to eat it with a spoon.  At least we all did last week.  We made this while I was home visiting my parents and it was a huge hit.  The two cheeses and chorizo combo is killer.  Add whatever toppings you like but the cheese and meat are the real stars.  I do recommend pickled or fresh jalapenos because they add great flavor and heat. The longer this sits out it does tend to thicken up like any cheese dip so just reheat or use a spoon.

Scenes from our dinner table.  
We served the queso fundido with with Beef Enchiladas and Chopped BLT salad last week.

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recipe via an old Food Network magazine

- 1lb Pepperjack cheese shredded
- 1lb American cheese shredded (I used the box of velvetta and chopped it up)
- 1 chipotle chili in adobe sauce + 1 tablespoon the adobo sauce
- chorizo cooked and crumbled
- diced tomatoes, jalapenos, green onions, and radish for toppings

In a bowl combine shredded pepper-jack, shredded American cheese, chipotle pepper, 1 tablespoon adobe sauce and half the cooked chorizo.  Mix all together.  Pour in a baking dish and sprinkle with rest of the chorizo.  Bake at 400 degrees 20-25 minutes until bubbly.  Add toppings and serve with chips!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Few Favorite Things

If you follow me on instagram you already know I love a twin suit.  It is so much easier than a romper plus you can mix and match the pieces for extra wear.
This is my new favorite twin suit.  

Speaking of shorts the Madewell ones above are so awesome I bought two pairs.  Then my sister saw mine and promptly bought two pairs.  They are that good.  They have an elastic waistband and are so comfy without looking like pjs.  They run TTS I have a size small.  The top above is also really cute with the blue shorts.

I featured this dress last year and just pulled it out again for this Summer.  It is a touch shorter in the front than back and not sheer at all. It is a great everyday tee shirt dress.

Several of you asked about this romper Frances was wearing. It is from Joe Fresh and only $16.
we also have this romper from Joe Fresh and it is equally adorable.  You can't beat their prices.

My friend Amy recommended this British line carried at Walgreens and Target and I love it.  It smells heavenly and keeps my hair super smooth even in this humidity.

The perfect light weight Summer Dress.  I have been living in this dress.  It would be perfect for anyone who is pregnant because it is super loose.  Runs on the large side, I am in a small and almost feel like I could have worn an xs.

This blouse was just reduced to 40% off.  I own the white version and love it.

There are some fabulous Joie Markdowns at Nordstrom right now.

Another fabulous book by Jane Green.  I read this on our vacation in like 2 days. I just love her books.

I tried this on at The Finicky Filly and just love the bright colors.  It didn't come home with me but I keep thinking about it.  It is such a stunning dress, would be beautiful for a summer wedding.

This hummus is simply amazing.  I could almost eat an entire container in one sitting. The spicy avocado is really good too.

I am smitten with this watch.  I love that it comes with two cool bracelets.  You could wear the watch alone or the bracelets alone- double bang for your buck.  Plus the set is now 40% off.  This would make a great gift.

For the next 3 days Shopbop is offering additional 25% off all sale items.  This makes for some pretty sweet deals.  These white jeans are my favorite and on sale!
Use code 25MORE
A few favorites:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Back to Reality | St Maarten Recap

Happy Monday sweet friends.  I hope you all had a great week and Father's Day weekend.  It was so nice to take some time off and relax.  I feel refreshed but man it is hard to get back in the swing of things after vacation. 
 We had the absolute best time ever in St Maarten.  What a gorgeous island.
  We are so lucky to have such great friends, the four of us just get along so well.  It was a perfect week.  We truly enjoyed our rest and relaxation.  Time with friends and away from the kids is a good thing!  Although by day 5, our last day, we were so ready to see our babies.

 I know several of you wanted recommendations.  Truth be told we were quite lazy and only ventured out to explore 2 days.  I will share where we went and then at the bottom of the post I will share other recs from the places we didn't make it to.

We stayed at Oyster Bay in a condo. We wanted a condo vs a hotel room because we wanted a shared living space and kitchen.  I was not familiar with the island before we arrived but we liked our location.  We were right on the Dutch/ French boarder.  We were technically on the Dutch side but could see the French side from our room.  Our room over looked the harbor and had an awesome infinity pool.  There were also 4 restaurants we could easily walk to plus a grocery, so that was nice as well.

The people of St Maarten are the nicest people you will ever meet.  Everyone was so friendly and eager to help. 

I wanted to share some pictures- so get ready for picture overload. This is more pictures than you probably care to see.  I am doing this more for me as a way to go back and view our week so if you get bored skip on over this post!

The night before we left Sterling mysteriously found this travel angel.  It was brand new and said "let this angel accompany you wherever your travels take you."  God has a funny way of sending signs and putting us at ease.  I carried this in my purse the whole vacation.

Saturday morning we arrived at the airport.  Like I said I am nervous flyer.  Nothing a screwdriver (or two) couldn't help.  I boarded the plane so calm and totally unfreaked out.  No panic attack either way:) It was nice flying out of Charlotte because we had a direct flight, it was a little over 3 hours and so smooth.
The Gigi New York Wallet/phone case below was so perfect for traveling.  It was helpful to have everything in one spot.  It is currently on sale now too:)

Erin traded seats with Matt so we could sit together and we had a blast on the flight.

Once we arrived we stopped at the grocery store and then headed to the resort.

On our balcony

Picture perfect view.

The guys of course had to test out the pool immediately.
The first night we at Daniels.  We actually ate there several times during our stay.  It was right on the beach and the food was pretty good.  During the day it changed to a more casual spot called Mr.  Busbys.

The plants and window box decorations were so pretty around the resort.

Our second day we spent at the large pool at the resort. It overlooked the beach.

 Lunch at Mr. Busbys.  They had the best club sandwich.

Did I mention how much we loved our infinity pool??  Spent so much time cooling off here.

We loved having happy hour by the water everyday on our deck.

This is one of my favorite dresses I own, the back is the best part. The palm print is no longer available but it is available in this Rainbow Print.

Dinner was at Beau Beaus.
Food was not bad but not great.  I had the fish tacos. Atmosphere was fun thought they had a band playing that we enjoyed.
Ended with some arm wrestling.

 The next day may have been my favorite day. We chartered a boat with Captain Alan- he is located in the marina right near Oyster Bay.  You choose a 4 or 6 hour excursion and they take you to a few different islands to snorkel and have lunch.  The crew was fabulous.
Picking out our snorkeling gear, trying to decide if we will really get in the water- shark terrfied.
Matt wore his "tux" for the boat ride:)  Dress is from Scout and Mollys in Charlotte.
The boat ride was super rough getting to the first island.  The harbor was smooth but the ocean was really rough.   My poor friend Erin got so sick 10 minutes into the ride.

It was totally worth it though.  This view.  The stuff dreams are made of.

The last island we stopped at,  Pinel was our favorite.  The first two islands were deserted but had great snorkeling.  We docked at Pinel and swam to shore and ate lunch.  They had a really fun bar with tables in the water and the best pina colada I have ever tasted.

These drinks were made with local guava and so good. 
We thought this tree was so cool.

 After that we were spent for the day and went to bed early.  
But we did enjoy some amazing fresh caught lobsters for dinner at Daniels.

The next day we headed to Orient Beach for the day.  We loved this beach!!  Right around the corner was a nude beach- pure entertainment but no cameras allowed.

We had the most insane mojtos at Bikini Beach, our lunch here was really good too.
This Gigi New York Uber clutch always comes with me when I travel.  I can toss it in my beach bag or carry on.  It is an easy size to pack and you can fit so much inside it.

For lunch Erin and I shared the antipasta platter and appetizer platter.  Both were great.  I have to say the food on the French side is way better.

The water was just picture perfect.  We had the best time strolling the beach after lunch.
 Bathing suit is old Mara Hoffman similar here

We grabbed some beers at this beach bar.  

Dinner + Drinks later that day.

This is kind of random but the grocery store near our hotel had fresh baked croissants every morning and they were so good!  I loved to walk down there and get a croissant and coffee to go.

Our last night we headed back over to the French side to a waterside dive bar called Dinghy Dock that we heard was fun.  Our driver for the week recommended it.  It did not disappoint.  It was right on the water and we had a blast.  These were pics before dinner.
Dress on sale | Ring I bought in St Maarten
 Erin did my hair before dinner and taught me how to use a curling wand.  I loved the results. 
Ignore my tan lines, I obviously did not partake in the nude beach.

All in all an amazing 5 days!  Picture overload right??  and I had actually had way more pictures than I posted this was the edited version. Such amazing memories.
Best part was coming back home to these precious faces.  I swear they grew so much in 5 days!  If you need to find gifts for your kids stop in the airport gift store, so random but they had the cutest instruments and woven purses for kids.

 St Maarten is only 37 miles but seemed so much bigger.  It is very hilly so it takes longer to get to everywhere.  We used a local driver to drive us, although renting a car was pretty inexpensive.  We were just worried we would get lost.   You really need 2 weeks there to see everything.  Just means we need to go back!

 A few recommendations we did not get to:
Lotterie Farms- zipline and treetop bar
Simpson Bay
Ferry to St Barths or Anguilla - after Erin got so sick on our chartered boat, boat rides were out.
Ti Bouchon for Dinner
Marcel Beach

My Beach Looks: