Rehydrated raisins. 

Tossing raisins into my salads adds the perfect touch of sweetness that will make even the most healthy, bland dressing taste delicious. And there is something great about the contrast between the chewy raisin and the crunchy veggies. But if you want to take it to the next level- you know, impress your friends and dazzle your taste buds- trust me when I tell you that taking a few minutes to rehydrate raisins is time well spent. They become insanely juicy and super flavorful- and make all the difference.  

How do you make them? Well, read on…

How to rehydrate raisins

1- Fill a saucepan with 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of water and bring it to a boil.
2- Pour in a handful of raisins.
3- Put a lid on the saucepan, turn off the heat, and let it sit for about 5 minutes. (It is during this time that I typically make the salad- so no time is wasted, efficiency is the name of the game.)
4- Pour raisins into a colander and let the water drain.
5- Sprinkle them atop the salad of your choice and enjoy!

How to rehydrate raisins.

One of my go-to summer salads is a combination of kale and romaine (from my garden, natch), pine nuts, shaved parmesan cheese and a generous fist full of, you guessed it, rehydrated raisins. Top with juice from 1/2 a lemon, toss in some balsamic and olive oil if you so please, and voilà. Bon Appetit!

Oh- and outfit note, since the dress in the above photo deserves a major shout out, it is from one of my all-time favorites, Lilla P. The front and back pleat make it super chic to throw on for literally any occasion- and when I feel like changing it up, I just slip on a belt to give it more shape (although most of the time I take full advantage of the breathable, flattering factor afforded by the clean lines of the natural silhouette.)

How to rehydrate raisins

 

Sun Bum SPF 30

The former can lay claim to the song of Summer 2014. The latter has ownership rights to the sunblock of Summer 2014.

And since I will not claim to have expertise or even valid tastemaking street cred in the world of music, I will use this opportunity to wax poetic on Sun Bum.

The handsomely packaged SPF sprays and lotions have infiltrated the beach bags of every single person I know- from the girls I paddleboard with to moms at my friend’s country club to half-naked model-types I spotted around the pool in Miami a few weeks ago. And while yes, I do think the very cool packaging as something to do with the appeal, there is no way that people would continue to buy the product (especially moms who live in panic of being “that mom” dropping off their kid at camp with any signs of a sunburn) if it didn’t deliver. 

Here is a short list of 5 things I love about Sun Bum (besides the obvious fact that it protects my skin, duh)- read on, then stock up (free shipping!) here.

1- The formula is substantial, like you know you are getting coverage, but does not feel heavy or greasy.

2- The scent! The scent! We all can agree that scent plays a major role in the pleasure factor of sunscreen- and on this metric, Sun Bum hits it out of the park with a fresh take on the iconic coconut-sand-surf fragrance that instantly cues our brains into beach mode. 

3- Two weeks ago my daughter came home from a beach day with a nasty sun burn on her back (bad mommy, I know…). Besides feeling terribly guilty, I was big time embarrassed- I mean, what mom doesn’t make sure her kid is properly protected from the scorching sun? (Rhetorical question, no need to answer.) After three days of desperately (and religiously) dousing her with Sun Bum Cool Down Spray there was no evidence of my crime. 

4- My skin gets really dry and scaly in the summer, and slathering on “moisturizing” sun lotions has never made a difference- until this one

5- The brand’s honest, conversational tone (check out their website to see what I mean) is very refreshing- and regardless of whether or not that actually is pertinent to the product in the bottle, it counts for something. 

SHOP SUN BUM:

Madewell Linen Timeoff Tee

I am the Goldilocks of t-shirts. This one is too sheer, that one is too boxy, this one has a weird neckline, that one is a centimeter too short, and so on and so forth. Every summer starts with an optimistic scouting spree, and ends with a drawer full of B- options.  Until I discovered what just may be the most perfect tee-shirt to date- the Linen Timeoff Tee from Madewell. 

What makes it worthy of bulk buying? The draping  is reason numero uno- I love the connection between the way the scoop neck falls and the shape of the shirt follows- hanging off the body in a long, lean and flattering way. It is cut a tad shorter in the front so as to be perfectly suited to casual but chic half-tuck styling. The linen is textured- giving the effect of a burnout tee without the “hey guys look at my bra!” factor.

Check out all the color options here. I own a combo of extra smalls and smalls, they run true to size, however if you really love the supermodel-off-duty-hanging-off-your-body look, you may want to go up a size. I have been wearing these with every single thing in my closet- truly one of the only tee-shirts I have found that really can be dressed up or down in a million ways. 

PerfectTeeWhite

PerfectTeeBlack

 Top Photo: Jean Shorts- 7 for All MankindWedges- K. Jacques.
Middle Photo: Skirt- BGBG (majorly on sale, fyi), Necklace- Dannijo, Shoes- Jimmy Choo, similar here.
Bottom Photo: Shorts- Kohl’s, Shoes- Valentino, similar here.

Jun
27
2014

Peep These Links.

A peek at the blog posts and summer must-haves that I fell in love with this week, and I think you will too:

1- A comprehensive compilation of definitive guides for how to do anything from blogger extradonaire A Cup of Jo.

2- Alyssa Hertzig was one of my first real “beauty editor buds” back in my PR days, and given her always impeccable taste, I was quite happy to peep this short list of her 52 favorite beauty products.

3- You should all be reading Stripes & Sequins because Grace Atwood is one of the most delightful people I know. Her limited edition collab with Baublebar is equally lovely, especially this nautical-meets-vintage bracelet.

4- Pairing sneakers with a dress can be tricky- I usually stick to a traditional “fashion” sneaker like this or this, but very much appreciate how Saucy Glossie styled sporty Nikes with a floral frock here

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