summer

Zucchini Carpaccio

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Beef carpaccio is one of our Dad's favorite dishes. Whenever we go out to eat, if any kind of carpaccio is on the menu, he must try it. A few summer's ago, we came across a recipe in some magazine for Zucchini Carpaccio and tested it out. We have since forgotten where the recipe came from and just use the recipe we made up. This dish is a great summer starter for any meal. We like to serve it on a giant platter where everyone can grab what they want and go back for more. You could also make it on individual plates for a more formal dinner. You can swap out the mint for any fresh herb (we sometimes make it with tarragon). This dish is super versatile! 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Serves 4 as an appetizer or side dish

Ingredients:

2 large zucchini

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 lemon

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated (grate your own cheese, it is always better that way)

5-7 mint leaves

salt and pepper

mandoline slicer (We got ours from OXO)

Directions:

  1. Slice the zucchinis very thinly with the mandoline. 
  2. Arrange on a platter, overlapping the slices slightly in one layer.
  3. Stack the mint leaves on top of each other and cut into fine slivers.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lemon on the top.
  8. Sprinkle the mint on top.
  9. Enjoy!
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Scottsdale, Arizona: A Desert Getaway

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Last year, if you had told us that our new favorite weekend getaway location would be in the middle of the desert, we would have probably laughed out loud. Arizona has never really been on the top of our travel list and yet, when we found ourselves in desperate need to get away and just relax, Scottsdale kept popping up in our search results. On a whim, we decided to test it out and boy, are we happy we did! We were so pleasantly surprised at how awesome this little desert town is that we find ourselves daydreaming of the place A LOT.

We booked last minute trip after seeing a killer deal at The Saguaro Hotel on Guilt Travel, which ended up being the perfect base for our Scottsdale adventures. One of the greatest parts was how easy it was for us to get there. Usually, flights out of our local airport are super expensive but this direct flight was amazingly affordable! We left at 6:00 am, took a quick 1.5-hour plane ride, grabbed a taxi from Phoenix, checked into our hotel, and were at brunch sipping mimosas by 9:30 am!!! Both of these deals made it perfect for our spontaneous trip to Arizona. We have put together our favorite places to eat, drink, stay and play. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

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Stay

The Saguaro Scottsdale- $$-$$$ This hotel screams fun! With bright colors everywhere you look, it's impossible not to be in a good mood. We chose to stay here because of its central location, super fun vibe, and great price! This hotel was the perfect place for our weekend getaway. We definitely recommend this place for a girls weekend or bachelorette party (Eve actually planned one of her friends bachelorette weekends there last fall!). We found this hotel on one of our favorite travel sites Guilt Travel. We wouldn't recommend this hotel for someone looking for a very quiet relaxing weekend since there were quite a lot of screaming girls (in bachelorette parties) but if you are visiting Scottsdale with friends it's ideal. The hotel offers bikes you can take for a spin, two pools, and a spa facility where you can choose from a number of treatments. 

TIP: It obviously get REALLY hot in Scottsdale in the summer and come July monsoon season hits and lasts until the end of August where you'll get torrential rainstorms out of the blue. these storms don't last long though so it isn't too bad if you don't mind getting a little wet. We recommend going End of September-June for the best weather. June gets HOT (100+) though so be warned! 

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Eat

Diego Pops- $$ This trendy Mexican restaurant is located in downtown Scottsdale. Their menu includes the typical tacos, and burritos you'd expect but it also includes a few poke bowl options. And if your not hungry just their drinks are worth a visit. The menu features a variety of tropical cocktails, a tequila flight or even a fun snow cone margarita! 

Saguaro Restaurant- $$ Located at The Saguaro Hotel this was the perfect place to grab breakfast or lunch before or after our pool time. they also have a smaller poolside menu with similar options for lunch. We loved their guacamole, nachos, and street tacos alongside a pitcher of frosé! 

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Arcadia Farms- $$$ Located in old town Scottsdale this classic brunch place is perfect for any girls weekend. This was our first stop on the trip and helped get us into vacation mode. (All the mimosas we consumed may have helped.)  We also recommend heading next door to the Arcadia Farms Marketplace. This is an awesome place to grab food to go or purchase some fun gifts!

The Montauk- $$$ This place was amazing! With lots of fresh food options, it was the perfect lunch spot to sit under the misters and enjoy the hot Arizona weather. We loved their frozé and a refreshing rose cocktail. Eve went back for brunch and can tell you it is equally good then!

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The Original ChopShop- $ We grabbed a quick breakfast here early one morning before wandering around old town Scottsdale. With the slogan "just feel good food" this place was the perfect place to fuel up before a day of pursuing shops and laying by the pool. For the morning menu, they specialize in superfruit bowls and parfaits that look good and taste great, along with fresh juices and some tasty breakfast sandwiches. 

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Prado- $$$-$$$$ This restaurant is located in the Omni Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley which is a little ways outside of Old Town (10-minute taxi). We enjoyed a leisurely dinner of Spanish wines and many tapas-style dishes on the patio and enjoyed the sunset views of Camelback Mountain. 

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We brought Mom along for this fun weekend!

We brought Mom along for this fun weekend!

The Henry- Also located in Paradise Valley, The Henry is a perfect place for a larger group because this place is HUGE! There's a large patio, lounge, and expansive dining room. They have a good wine list and tasty dishes. Our favorites were the short rib potstickers and the grilled branzino fish. 

Berdena's- This cute coffee shop is perfect for an afternoon pick me up. They have a tasty selection of freshly baked bars, cookies, and pastries as well as delicious coffees. Eve tried their cherry cold brew and tonic drink and she still dreams about it to this day!

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Play

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art- $$ Enjoy a bit of culture and escape the heat! This museum has great contemporary art exhibitions and a beautiful sculpture garden.

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Shopping in Old Town- (Free) Right outside the Saguaro Hotel, Old Town is a great place to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the morning or afternoon when it's not too hot out. With dozens of cute boutiques and some fantastic southwestern shops within a few blocks, you can have a blast without working up a sweat.  

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Scottsdale Fashion Square- (Free) Just around the corner from Old Town this indoor mall is a great place to cool down and indulge in some serious retail therapy.

The Saguaro Hotel Spa- $$$ The perfect addition to any vacation. We all had a massage treatment in the morning to start our days off on the right foot. Be sure to look on their website for spa deals. 

Hike- (Free) Scottsdale is known for a number of great outdoor activities, hiking is one of the most popular. However, depending on the time of year you go, you may have to wake up really early to avoid the 100+ temperatures that are regular some parts of the year. We recommend hiking Pinnacles Peak Park for its views of the Valley. 

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We recommend checking out Experience Scottsdale's website for more ideas! 

Summer Whites

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Outfit Details:

Dress Olivia Culpo x Le Tote | Heels JustFab (similar) | Ring Vintage | Purse Danielle Nicole | Lipstick  Maybelline New York in Voyager

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While summer is coming to a close, our love for white's and summer brights are not fading anytime soon. Last weekend Ivy put on this pretty lace number for a day of hanging out with family and friends at our house. This dress is prefect for formal occasions like baby showers and graduation parties but just throw on a black leather jacket and this classic dress turns edgy! We're not a fan of rules, so wearing white after Labor Day is just our type of rebellion!

Join JustFab now and enjoy $15 off your first purchase!

xxx Ivy & Eve

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Rosé Punch

Rosé season has arrived! WOOHOO!!! We are so happy to be enjoying the sunshine and warmth of summer after such a wet winter here in California. With rosé season upon us, we wanted to create a tasty cocktail worthy of sipping poolside. This rosé punch is just that: light, refreshing, and low in alcohol compared to other cocktails. It's the perfect drink for your #roséallday festivities!!! 

Ingredients:

  • 3 bottles Rosé- We used Gruet Rosé
  • 3 cups lemonade (freshly squeezed or just not from concentrate)
  • 3 cups citrus flavored sparkling water- We used La Croix Grapefruit
  • 3 grapefruits
  • 3 lemons
  • Ice
  • Edible flowers for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Squeeze 2 grapefruits and 2 lemons. Slice the last grapefruit and lemon into thin slices for garnishing glasses and adding to the punchbowl. 
  2. In a large punch bowl or drink dispenser add the rosé, lemonade, grapefruit juice and lemon juice. Stir.
  3. Add grapefruit and lemon slices.
  4. Fill the punch bowl or drink dispenser most of the rest of the way with ice and stir. 
  5. Add the sparkling water and gently stir. 
  6. Top the punchbowl with edible flowers and serve. 
  7. Enjoy!
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Summer Spiced Iced Coffee with Jittery John's

Like many people, we love coffee...maybe too much...

While we enjoy a steaming hot cup of coffee most of the year, when the summer sun starts to shine, we love to celebrate with tall glasses of iced coffee! Adding orange slices to coffee may seem odd, but it adds a delicious and slightly sweet and summery taste. To us, this recipe is pretty much summer in a glass. You can customize it with sweetener and/or creamer -  Eve likes it black with just 1/2 tsp of agave to ever so slightly sweeten, while Ivy like hers with cream or coconut milk and 1 tbsp. of agave for a real treat.

We recently found Jittery John's in our local Target and LOVE their deliciously smooth cold brew coffee range. And we also love their cute packaging! You can find JJ's at many Target locations in Northern California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and in other retailers nationwide. Click here to find your closest retailer!

xxx Ivy & Eve

PS: Be sure to enter our Instagram Jittery John's Giveaway ending May 20th to receive $25 to Target and two free bottles of Jittery John's -ENTER HERE! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 flask Jittery John's Cold Brew Espresso Blend

  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon

  • 2-3 orange slices

  • 1/2tsp. -1 tbsp. agave syrup (or simple syrup)

  • Ice

  • Cream, milk, or other milk substitutes (optional)

  • Cocktail shaker (or something with a lid to shake the ingredients in like a mason jar)

Directions

  1. Add Jittery John's cold brew, cinnamon, orange slices, sweetener (optional), and ice into a cocktail shaker or the like. 
  2. Shake away!
  3. Pour into a tall glass with ice
  4. Add a bit of creamer (optional)
  5. Garnish with an orange slice, add a straw, sit back, sip, and relax!!!

 

Farewell Summer

Outfit Details:

Dress Octavia Le Tote | Shoes Sam and Libby Target | Necklace Gorjana Le Tote | Purse Sondra Roberts Le Tote

It's starting to cool down here in Carmel Valley. Although "Fall" weather here is still about a month away, we are finally starting to get in the mood. Over the weekend we decided to grab a quick snack at one of our favorite spots in the Village, Corkscrew Cafe. We sipped on bubbly rosé and nibbled on roasted garlic and toasted bread. Ivy wore this lovely plum colored dress as she transitions her wardrobe from bright colors of summer to autumnal gem hues. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Blueberry-Lavender Tart

Between the two of us, Eve has always been the baker. Ivy would always help Eve bake cupcakes and tarts but would never try to make something entirely on her own. However, once Eve was away at college Ivy had no one to bake sweets for her, so she had to take matters into her own hands. Ivy saw a recipe in Martha Stewart Living for mini blueberry-lavender cornmeal tarts. Not only did the photos look delicious, but it combined basically everything she loves...blueberries, lavender, and cream! Ivy decided to try and make the tart in a big tart pan instead of little mini pans to limit her chances of burning them (remember Ivy was not a skilled baker compared to Eve). The tart was pretty simple and it turned out perfect the first time! We recently tried it with gluten free crust to accommodate some of our friends diet restrictions and it tasted great! We have listed both the cornmeal and gluten free crust recipes below. Ever since, this recipe has been one of our go-to tarts to make for summer parties because it is light but still hits the sweet spot. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients

Cream:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 to 2 tablespoon culinary lavender (depends on how strong you want the flavor)

1-2 tablespoons of sugar (optional)

Cornmeal Crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/4 cup finely ground cornmeal

1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

1 stick plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 large egg yolk

2 tablespoons ice water

Gluten Free Crust:

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (we suggest Trader Joe's or Bob's Red Mill)

2 tablespoons sugar

1 pinch salt

7 tablespoons cold butter (sliced into pieces)

1-3 tablespoons cold water to bind

Filling:

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

1 to 2 cups fresh wild or regular blueberries or huckleberries

Directions

  1. Cream: Place the cream and lavender in a sauce pan on the stove. Bring just to a boil (as if you were making tea) and remove from heat and cover. Let the cream and lavender "steep" till cool. Once cooled refrigerate.
  2. Two options Cornmeal or Gluten Free Crust
    1. Cornmeal: Combine sugar, cornmeal, flour, and salt in a food processor. Once mixed evenly add butter and pulse till the texture looks like coarse crumbs. Then add the yolk and ice water, pulse again till mixture is dough like. Knead dough until it is smooth. Then shape into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes or more take dough out and let it warm to room temperature. Roll it out with a little flour to around 1/8 inch thick. Then transfer to tart pan. Pressing dough to the sides and stab the dough with a fork along the bottom. Put back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.
    2. Gluten Free: Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and butter in a food processor. Pulse till the texture looks like coarse crumbs. Add a little bit of water while pulsing until the dough combines and looks like pebbles. Then shape into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Roll it out with a little flour to around 1/8 inch thick. Then transfer to tart pan. Pressing dough to the sides and stab the dough with a fork along the bottom. Put back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.
  3. Two options Cornmeal or Gluten Free Crust
    1. Cornmeal: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Once you have waited 30 minutes, take the tart pan out of the fridge and place tart pan on baking sheet. Bake till golden brown, make sure to watch the bottom of the tart, sometimes it puffs up (press it down if it puffs up). It should bake around 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
    2. Gluten Free: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Once you have waited 30 minutes, take the tart pan out of the fridge and place tart pan on baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the edges are starting to golden. Remove from oven and let cool. 
  4. Filling: Wait to do this until right before serving. Remove the cream/lavender from the fridge and use a mesh strainer to separate the lavender from the cream into a mixing bowl. Once sifted you should have lavender infused cream. Add sugar, and vanilla bean seeds to cream. Mix on medium till peaks start to appear. Pour onto cool tart crust, spread evenly. Top with berries and sprinkle a pinch or two dried lavender on top and serve.

Variations: If you choose to use small tart tins, decrease the time for baking the tart shells significantly! They should only take about 10-15 minutes max to bake. Keep an eye on them and never leave the kitchen while baking tart shells. 

Enjoy!

Red Jumpsuit for Summer

Outfit Details:

Jumpsuit 1 State Le Tote | Booties Steve Madden | Backpack Kenneth Cole Le Tote | Lipstick Maybelline in Always Blazing

Red has been a color Ivy loves to wear for a while, and yes part of it may have been because of Taylor Swifts album Red, but it also complements her fair skin. This jumpsuit is fun since it is a little different than any other jumpsuit we own, it is loose on the bottom and cropped above the ankle. The bodice is reminiscent of a tube top. Ivy paired it with this cute minimalist backpack and booties to not distract from the jumpsuit. Red is a perfect color for all seasons, but we think this look would be the perfect pop of color for a summer bbq in the park.

xxx Ivy & Eve

Bohemian Summer

Outfit Details:

Dress Revolve | Necklace Clement | Bracelet Lucky Brand Le Tote 

Its been two weeks since the Soberanes Big Sur fire broke out in our hometown, and the smoke has been intense. Although it creates a pretty orange glow to the light and sky, the air quality isn't healthy. We were planning for a weekend laying by the pool but with the air being so smokey we decided to do a little wine tasting (surprise surprise). Ivy wore this luxe bohemian dress that went well with the smokey hews in the valley. She paired her dress with some silver and turquoise jewelry to add to the casual boho look. The brand of this dress is "The Jetset Diaries" because the clothing line is suppose to be quintessential to any jet-setter's wardrobe...and we agree! The material is light, breathable and perfect for long summer days, yet chic enough to wear from day into night. What's even better is its on SALE right now! If you have Le Tote you can get it on sale here or head over to Revolve here to get your own! 

xxx Ivy & Eve

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The Drink of Summer 2016: Frosé

You may have noticed a certain pink drink popping up on social media...no we don't mean the Pink Drink from Starbucks (although that one is delicious!) we mean Frosé!

Frosé is a slushy like drink made of...you guessed it, ROSÉ! As soon as we saw a photo of this magical beverage, we knew we had to try it. We haven't seen it on any drink menu near us so we looked at some recipes online and the recipes vary a lot. We picked up a bunch of strawberries from the farmers market so we thought why not add that to the mix? This recipe would also be great to make cheeky alcoholic popsicles as well. Enjoy!

xxx Ivy & Eve

Ingredients

1 bottle rosé

3 oz. sweet vermouth

1 cup strawberries

Agave syrup to taste (optional)

Mint to garnish

Directions

  1. Cut the tops off the strawberries.
  2. Place the strawberries in a blender (or food processor) and puree.
  3. Strain the strawberries using a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Use the back of a spoon to push the puree through without pushing the seeds through. 
  4. Pour the bottle of rosé through the strainer to help get the last bit of puree through the strainer and discard the leftover seeds and pulp.
  5. If there are some seeds and pulp in the bowl you can strain once more.
  6. Add the sweet vermouth and stir.
  7. Taste test to see if you would like to add any agave syrup and add if you would like. 
  8. Pour the liquid into a large glass dish or several ice cube trays and place in freezer until frozen (depends on the dish you use but this should take around 4-6 hours)
  9. Once frozen, break up the frozen mixture with a spoon  and place in a blender. 
  10. Blend until smooth, pour into glasses, garnish with a strawberry and some mint and a straw.
  11. Serve immediately!

Watermelon Lime Basil Popsicles

Midsummer in the Valley brings high temps and if you're lucky, long days spent by the pool. This past weekend was no exception, and we decided to concoct a popsicle recipe for something tasty and refreshing. Watermelon was our choice for the base, light, refreshing, and crisp. We then picked a lime to add some zing, ending with a little basil. Summer fruits are naturally sweet so we didn't use any added sugar making them surprisingly healthy. We used our Zoku Quick Pop Maker which freezes popsicles in as little as 15 minutes! We ended up eating the whole batch before we even thought about cleaning up! We think these little pops turned out perfectly. They are refreshing and ready for a poolside staycation!

xxx Ivy & Eve

 

Makes 6 Zoku quick pops or 6 regular popsicles.

Ingredients:

  • Diced fresh seedless watermelon
  • 1 Lime (juice)
  • 2-3 Basil leaves

Directions:

  1. Dice watermelon into cubes, place in blender. Blend till you make around 2 cups liquid. 
  2. Squeeze 1 lime into watermelon slurry. blend for 30 seconds.
  3. Place 2-3 leaves of basil in blender. (amount depends on preference). Blend till pieces are small but not tiny. (size is also up to preference).
  4. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. We use the Zoku Quick Pop Maker.
  5. If you use the Zoku Quick Pop Maker let freeze according to directions, making 2 batches for a total of 6 pops. 
  6. If you use a regular popsicle mold, place in freezer for a few hours until frozen. 
  7. Serve or Store!

Chambray for Summer!

Ivy's Outfit Details:

Dress Sanctuary | Duster Cardigan Three Dots | Purse Octavia & Co. | Booties (similar) | Necklace Octavia & Co.

 

Eve's Outfit Details:

Jumpsuit (similar here and here) | Bra Victoria's Secret | Sandals Sam Edelman | Clutch (similar) | Sunglasses Ray-Ban | Bracelet Tribe Alive

 Chambray fabric was made for summer. Its the perfect fabric to wear when you (like us) love denim but it's too hot outside to wear.  Whether you are looking for something to keep you cool, or need a light extra layer (we love layering chambray button ups with summery dresses), chambray will do the trick. Eve and I decided to go out for a casual Sunday glass of wine at Cowgirl Winery in Carmel Valley last weekend. The weather was nice but there was a bit of a breeze so I picked a long yet thin cardigan to go over my chambray dress. We love layering a long cardigan with a short and sassy dress. ;) This dress is perfect for a casual day look, and perfect as a beach coverup. Eve wore a chambray romper that opens in the back. She paired it with a fun strappy bra. This romper is perfect for a day to night look in the summer when the evenings get a little chilly. Dress it up with strappy heels for summer going out look.

xxx Ivy & Eve

  

Nectarine and Burrata Salad

Our hometown has amazing farmers markets year round. We try to shop them as often as possible, buying the seasons freshest produce and supporting the small local farmers. This time of year, we see the juicy nectarines and other stone fruits we love in the summertime. Nectarine and burrata salad is one of our favorite summer dishes. You can use white or yellow nectarines, or some of each which is what we like to do! It is great to serve as an appetizer or along side something light like grilled chicken. To make this dish more substantial, you can serve it on a bed of arugula and serve it with fresh baguette. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main.

Ingredients: 

3 large nectarines halved (4 if small), pitted, and sliced into 1/2 inch slices

One burrata cheese ball (we got ours at Whole Foods)

Olive oil for drizzling

1 table spoon of tarragon leaves, stems removed, and roughly chopped

Flaky sea salt

Pepper

Arugula (optional)

Fresh sliced baguette (optional)

Directions:

  1. If using arugula, arrange it on a large platter.
  2. Add the nectarine slices neatly - slightly overlapping the slices in the middle of the platter (or on the arugula)
  3. Slice the burrata in half and then tear the cheese into smaller pieces (it will be messy and gooey) onto the slices of nectarines. YUM!
  4. Sprinkle the tarragon leaves on the top.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil. 
  7. Serve with sliced baguette. (optional)
  8. Enjoy!

Denim and Blush

Outfit Details:

Jacket Cupcakes and Cashmere Le Tote | Skirt KUT from the Kloth Le Tote | T-Shirt Target | Shoes Target | Bag Sondra Roberts Le Tote | Bracelet Clement Le Tote | Rings Forever 21 (similar)| Watch Timex

Ivy has been using Le Tote for almost 4 full months and is OBSESSED with it. There are so many trending items on the site we love and are excited to try. The best thing about Le Tote is you can try an item and send it back after wearing it once or as many times as you'd like in a month before deciding if you want to buy it (for a discounted Le Tote price) or send it back. This is perfect for women trying to find new pieces to add to their wardrobe and for those who just love having a change of clothes without the full cost. It's like having an awesome roommate who lets you borrow her clothes (plus you don't have to stress about getting it back quick and clean)! It only cost $59 a month for unlimited boxes. Each box comes with 3 garments and 2 accessories. Ivy usually goes through around 4 boxes a month so that equals 12 pieces of clothing and 8 accessories to test out a month. How cool is that?!?

From this week's box, Ivy picked a light weight jacket, and this trendy denim skirt (note: the skirt runs big so go a whole size smaller then normal). Ivy has a zip front suede skirt similar to this denim skirt seen here, but she really wanted to get her hands on a denim skirt without having to commit to it before trying it out. She paired these bold pieces with a simple loose boyfriend t-shirt to make it a more casual look. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

 

 

Plum Picking Perfect!

Outfit Details:

Dress Anne Klein | Watch Timex | Ring Macy's (similar) | Lipstick Maybelline | Hair created with Bed Head Wand

Almost every June, Ivy housesits for one of her oldest friends. It's always a treat to stay at their home  because they have a beautiful estate with rose gardens, lemon trees (literally about to break with the weight of the huge lemons) and one big plum tree also about to break from the bountiful crop. This year was perfect timing. Ivy picked several bags of plums and enjoyed plumb crumble with some and made the rest into plum jam. It was a hot day, so Ivy picked out this vintage style dress with polkadots to wear as she walked around in the grass picking sweet plums. What a perfect summer day! 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Tribal Prints for Spring & Summer

Outfit Details:

Jeans Uniqlo | Top BB Dakota Le Tote | Sandals Zara (similar here and here) | Purse Under One Sky Le Tote | Necklace Lat & Lo

With the warm breeze blowing through Carmel Valley this past weekend, we could feel summer's closeness. We just can't wait for the summer heat! Although it's getting warmer out, in the evenings you still want to wear jeans. Ivy picked this cute tribal top out on Le Tote to pair with these super comfy heels. They are just high enough to feel dressy, yet they won't kill your feet. Despite the top being long sleeve it is made with a light and airy material so it doesn't heat you up. We think this top is great if you want to wear tribal prints but not be too overwhelming. We paired it with this cute fringe bag because we adore everything with fridge right now. Ivy's necklace is from Lat & Lo, a latitude and longitude jewelry line. This one has the latitude and longitude for Carmel Valley, our home town! Our parents got us each one of these necklaces to remind us, wherever we are in the world, home is where the heart is. These are great for gifts for anyone, and perfect for high school grads moving away for college in the fall! 

xxx Ivy & Eve

The Mighty Cherry Margarita

In spirit of Cinco de Mayo yesterday, we wanted to share one of our favorite margarita recipes! This recipe is great for warm summer days by the pool or at a backyard bbq. They are great to make when its cherries season and we can buy cherries at our local farmers market. The cherries are just SO sweet and fresh! 

xxx Ivy & Eve

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

Serving size: one

  • 12 fresh sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. blue agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp. Triple Sec
  • Sparkling water (optional)
  • 1 lime slice, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

First place cherries in cocktail shaker (or whatever you have on hand). Muddle them with muddler or a wooden spoon until they are mashed. Next add tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, agave syrup, and ice. Cover cocktail shaker tightly and shake well. Once well mixed pour and filter into a glass of ice. If you would like to add a bit of bubbles to your marg (or you like a more mellow cocktail) add a splash of two of sparkling water.

¡Salud!

Living Like a Wildflower

Outfit Details:

Dress Forever 21 (not online similar here and here) | Booties Steve Madden | Bracelets assortment from Macys (similar here and here

This time each year, the lupin flowers are in full bloom. The wildflower blooms depend on how much rainfall we get every winter. This winter was supposedly El Niño. We did receive more rain then recent years but not as much as we had expected. With the extra rainfall we knew the wildflowers were going to be bursting this year! We decided to take a drive in Ivy's GMC truck and visit them over the weekend. The photos don't do them justice! The soft smell wafts fragrantly through the hills and valleys. We wish we could bottle it up in a perfume! Ivy was waiting to wear this dress for a trip to the beach but couldn't wait any longer. The fabric is light enough to be a beach coverup though it can easily be dressed up for more formal occasion. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

This Is Not a Drill: Marimekko For Target

We always love Target's collaborations and with Marimekko For Target going on sale tomorrow, we wanted to share our favorites with you! We love Marimekko's flower-power patterns and can't wait to use these products patio-side.

xxx Ivy & Eve

1. Women's Bikini Top & Bottom - Lokki Print - Primary $19.99 each 2. Salad Plates 4 Count - Primary $19.99 3. Round Oversized Inflatable 70" - Albatrossi Print - Primary $39.99 4Women's Top & Bottom - Appelsiini Print - Blue $19.99 each 5. Oversized Beach Towel - Lokki Print – Primary $39.99 6. Indoor/Outdoor Lumbar Pillow - Mansikkavuoret & Lokki - Primary $24.99 7. Dinner Plates 4 Count - Blue $24.99 8. Medium Hurricane Lantern - Traktori Print - Black $14.99 &  Large Hurricane Lantern -Traktori Print - Blue $24.99 9. Bean Bag - Paprika Print - Blue $59.99 10Women's Sleeveless Dress - Okariino Print - Black $26.99

1. Play Tent 3 Piece - Auringonkukka Print - Warm $119.99 2. Carafe Drinkware Set 5 Piece - Lokki Print - Warm $24.99 3. Dinner Plates 4 Count - Okariino Print - Warm $24.99 4. Rectangular Serving Tray - Meteori Print - Warm $19.99  5. Women's Bikini Top & Bottom - Appelsiini Print - Warm $19.99 each 6. Small Hurricane Lantern - Traktori Print $9.99 7. Reversible Placemats 4 Count - Kukkatori & Appelsiini Print - Warm $19.99 8. Adult Bicycle - Kukkatori Print - Primary $299.99 9. Indoor/Outdoor Square Pillow - Kukkatori & Lokki Print - Warm $24.99 10. Women's Canvas Hat - Appelsiini Print - Warm $16.99  Unnumbered Lounge Mat - Lokki & Kukkatori Print - Warm $64.99

Warm Weather Wish List!

Lately, we have been wishing for warmer days. We know living in California doesn't give us many excuses to complain about the weather, but it's been pretty overcast and dreary here recently so it only makes us miss the sun even more! We cannot wait until our first 85 degree day when we can pop a bottle of bubbly and laze around by the pool. In the mean time...

Here are some of our warm weather picks:

Tote Kate Spade | Sunnies ASOS | Bubbles Chandon | Powder blue high-waisted bikini Forever 21 top and bottom | Cover-up Victorias Secret | Sandals Steve Madden | Beach throw Massi | Paris Street Style Coloring Book Anthropologie 

xxx Ivy & Eve