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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



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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My commitment to mastering the art of styling separates (with minimal effort!) continues.

In this case, it is all about  Rebecca Taylor floral shorts.

{Shopping Note: I typically buy shorts one size too big so they can sit low on my hips so as to offer a little more thigh coverage- and peace of mind when I look down and see beautiful silk fabric instead of, um, not so beautiful upper/inner thigh skin! The extra breathing room also makes them feel more like a wardrobe-malfunction-free skirt option than a camp-counselor-chic fashion faux pas.}

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For as long as I can remember, there is one habit that has driven me absolutely insane.

What is that habit, you ask, in hopes of not ending up on my bad side? (Or simply out of curiosity)

Saying sorry for things that are in no way, shape or form your fault and/or deserving of an apology.

Mostly it irks me because it simply makes no sense- why are you apologizing for the fact that the coffee I made and poured for myself burned my tongue because I was too impatient to wait for it to cool?  Do you really need to say “I’m sorry” when I vent about being annoyed that my kid got up at 5am today? Did you bang pots and pans outside her door at the crack of dawn? Didn’t think so. Ah, I could go on and on.

In some cases, the aforementioned s-word irks me because it comes off as patronizing. Like when sorry is used as a response to “I’m so exhausted” or “F*ck my jeans won’t button” or “My daughter just hurled her sippy cup at me and now I have a giant bruise on my forehead.”

Figuring out a delicate way to articulate this pet peeve has eluded me for years- and as such, I am forever grateful to Pantene for this video that sums up the epidemic perfectly. Funny, I never thought of over-apologizing as a primarily female phenomenon, but now realize that it TOTALLY is. And it has got to stop. Part of the brand’s #SHINESTRONG campaign, the goal is to inspire women overcome bias and stereotypes by empowering them with the education and resources to step it up a notch.

Don’t get me wrong, if you slam my finger in a door, spill red wine all over my new white dress, or bang pots and pans outside Alexa’s door at 5am, a simple “I’m sorry” is warranted. But otherwise, keep it to yourself, okay?




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