Summer is coming – it hasn’t felt that way in LA this week (we’ve had unseasonably cool and rainy weather)- but it is. And that means summer eats are coming- I have memories of childhood summers that involve long days at the pool followed by snow cones. There were nights when my mom would serve watermelon as the star of the meal and we would eat outside. To this day both of those smells, watermelon and sugary sweet cones, put me in a summer frame of mind.
My tastes have changed ever so slightly as I’ve grown up. Now when it gets hot I want fresh berries, chips and guacamole, cerviche and Rose’ – and I don’t turn down watermelon. These things make me want to sit by the pool or beach, wear sandals and a sundress and relax. Over the years I’ve added another craving to summer- gazpacho. I love it and honestly end up making it once a week – I end up eating it by the carful, craving the tang, and it goes great with chips and Rose’ .
Above is the recipe I go off of- although I make a few changes. I don’t process the veggies- I just use a rough chop, aiming to get things about the same size. I’m not picky on tomato type – I just pick whatever looks good that day. I also sometimes add avocado and shrimp- separately or together. And if you’re entertaining a drop of tequila in each bowl spices things up! Mainly just make sure you’re seasoning to your liking- and that you let it sit for a few hours before eating.
I’d love to know- what foods are your summer go to?
Wishing us all a week of good eats and amazing shoes! Xo RA
May days in LA don’t start out sunny and warm. They tend to start gray–clouds, a little cool, and if you didn’t know better you might think it was going to rain. This breaks up–the sun comes out, and it feels like you think LA should. However–there’s just something I love about these gray mornings, especially if it gives me an excuse to wear my fave color.
There is a lie we tell ourselves while shopping–or maybe this is where you tell me you’re a better person than I am and you don’t lie to yourself. I do. I tell myself that I will wear whatever the item is in so many ways, in all seasons, with everything. Sometimes that is a lie–but sometimes I’m telling the truth. I fell in love with this Sass&Bide skirt–and have managed to wear it in more than one way, in more than one season–look at me telling the truth! In the winter I pinned the front panels together, making it more of true skirt; now that it’s warmer I’ve been letting the shorts show and wearing with sandals. And I love it each way!
There’s a shot of LA that’s in a ton of commercials lately– the LACMA light installation. I could not think of a better place to show you some of the most amazing shoes I own (and that’s saying a lot). The early morning light filters in slowly here–but it can still capture the shoes–even the security guards loved them.
It’s Monday–hope you have spectacular shoes to get you through the day!
It’s Mother’s Day (and my birthday!!)!! And really-I wouldn’t be where I am without my mother. When I was a baby we lived in Spain for a while–and my mother would dress me in various outfits all day and take pictures. Clearly something clicked and I like to think that we’re all better off for it! Above is an outfit of hers that I still love to play dress up in, and below is my mommy and me! I hope today you take a moment to tell your mother, or mother-figure, how much you love her! And have some champagne–it’s my birthday and I say so!
Wishing us all an amazing week and even better shoes! xo RA
There is something magical about the early morning–and really the early evening–but in LA the city is still sleepy till about 9a, the light is somehow purer and everything seems to be possible. So for me it was the perfect time to wear one of the most amazing skirts I’ve owned. It added a touch of gold to the whole day.
I love shoes. The only thing I think you need more of then heels? Flats. I’ll be honest–it has taken me a while to warm up to flats, nine times out of ten I will still pick a heel. However, as the years have passed there are times that nothing beats a good flat. My criteria? The flats must be stylish, comfortable, and able to be worn with a variety of outfits. I’d love to know–what are your fave flats?
First up these amazing HM sneakers. They’re comfy and have been my go-to from everything from leggings to t-shirt dresses to jeans and t-shirts. I also may or may not have bought an extra pair for football season.
Next: these Cole Haan Drivers. All the cool kids in my Jr High had Cole Haan loafers–but let me tell you that they weren’t this cool-these are the cool big sister of those loafers, done in suede and able to add a polish to just about anything. I’ve been wearing mine with jeans, shorts, and t-shirt dresses.
Lastly these expensive looking Halogen T-Straps. I saw a girlfriend wearing them at the gym and went home and ordered them. From black pants, black dresses, jeans, sweats–there hasn’t been an outfit I haven’t loved them with yet!
Is there anything more classic than a white button down and jeans? No. It can go anywhere–be dressed up or down. And here’s the great thing? You can have fun with it! I found this amazing little pink satin turban at one of my favorite stores in LA, Recess, and knew it would be amazing with anything–even jeans.
Hope you have an amazing Monday–with a little bit of fun! xo RA
True Story–when I was little I refused to wear jeans. I would only wear my “princess dress” and all things that looked that ball gowns. While I still stand behind that attitude–and still love a good gown– it’s possible that I wasn’t aware that jeans could look like this; and that denim in general is one of the most amazing things ever. This is one of those effortless outfits–with effortless pieces that look amazing with anything. And can we talk about how easy they go together?!