Outfit to Tablescape

Part of me wishes I liked floral patterns more. I feel I can pull them off in tabletop decor, even a pillow here and there but not as an outfit. But every now and then a dress or a top catches my eye and has me wondering why I dont wear florals more.

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Like this woodstock-mexican hippie dress. I love the cut and the embroidery, and how sexy is that braid? Seeing this same dress as a romantic tablescape on SMP makes me love it even more. So Indian Summer.

xo

 

 

 

Happy Monday + Berry Tart Recipe

Happy new week! A reader sent me a sweet email asking if I ever made it back from Graceland, or if Elvis’s ghost was holding me hostage. She was genuinely concerned as to why I was MIA. It made me laugh and realize how I have been way too wrapped up in my styling projects and neglected my blog in the process. Sorry about that. I will try to get back in to a more regular blogging schedule, I promise!

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Last night I had my friends over for dinner and made this berry tart. It was so easy, I wondered what was holding me back from baking with blueberries and blackberries before.  I wanted to use most of what I already had in my fridge and didnt follow any particular recipe. It took me less than an hour to from start to finish. The fresh berries from farmers market make the tart a delectable party in your mouth.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh blueberries

1 cup fresh blackberries

1 (pre-made ) pie crust, room temperature

2 eggs

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 cup sugar

4 tablespoons confectioners sugar

1 tablespoon flour

3/4 cup cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon Grand Marinier

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400F. Line pie pan with flour and spread crust dough evenly. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar and bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a food processor combine butter and sugar using whisk attachment for about 2 minutes. Add in flour, and then eggs one at a time. Let process on medium for 3-4 minutes and then add cream cheese, lemon juice and grand marnier.

Use a rubber spatula to spread filling evenly on crust. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add berries.

Bake for 25 minutes until crust is golden and filling looks set.

Let cool completely.

Optional: Serve with lemon sorbet.

Enjoy!

 

 

Hello Monday + For the Makers + Brizo #Blogger19 Reunion in Memphis

Happy new week. Over the weekend, I stumbled upon For the Makers website and fell in love with everything in their store. They describe themselves as one part magazine and one part craft store, but I think they are so much more. Tons of cute craft supplies to shop, pretty DIY tutorials and my favorite part, the gift box, which is a monthly gift box package filled with supplies that are normally only available to designers.  And if you are not a crafter but want to explore/develop those skills, take a look at how easy it is to follow along their tutorials and make cool things. I’m hooked. And want to throw a craft party  for my friends asap.

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Tomorrow, I head out to Memphis for the Brizo #Blogger19 reunion. I have so much to do before I leave, and as always, I still havent packed. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as we visit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, I choke up a little just thinking about being there with all those brave kids, tour the Brizo factory and experience Memphis as Brizo’s guests. From the looks of it, its going to be epic!

Have a productive week.

xo