HM USA – Now offers online shopping!

By now most of you must know that H&M launched their e-commerce site last week which also includs H&M Home. As a longtime fan of the brand, I couldn’t be happier to have their fab clothing and decor offerings, at the same super affordable prices, now delivered right to my door!! Not to mention their Ah-Meh-Zing launch offers, $4 cushion covers and $5 bath towels so stock up on essentials as well!

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Manhattan duvet set

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 Linen duvet set in grey

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Sequined “beautiful” pillow ($12.95!!)

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Basic bathtowels

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Assorted cushion covers ($4 each!!)

Not only do I want to add a few new items to update my decor, and wardrobe, but I am dying to use pieces from their home collection in my styling projects.

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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

 

Puppy Love: 5 Summer Must-haves

Summer heat in DC is a little much for Dexter, especially in the afternoons. His favorite spot in my apartment is the bath tub where he loves to quench his thirst ( he thinks the faucet is a water fountain) and then nap in the cool tub. He is super adorable when he does this. I fill his water bowl with ice and he still prefers to drink from the tub.

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Seeing how uncomfortable the Summer heat is making him had me searching for  ways to keep my hot dog cool.

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1. I found this three-ingredient ice cream on dog milk  and decided to give it a try. Just as with other dishes I make, he devoured in less than a minute and came back for more, which makes me believe he liked it. For those less inclined to spend time making ice cream, Arrfscarf offers five delish flavors for your pup.

2. I have been taking him to parks and outdoor parties with me and a collapsible travel bowl, like this one by BlissPaws  is very handy.

3. His metal colar gets too hot and I am eyeing the olive ombre rope collar by Petswag as an alternative.

4. He loves most products by Kong and Im positive this wet wubba is going to become his new best toy.

5. This cooling pad for pets looks interesting as well. Especially for when we travel.

 

Have a great week ahead.

Manvi

Hello Monday + Dinner with Birch Box

A night with Birch Box, a colorful porch party, boozy popsicle and pea-potato salad recipes, strawberry-shortcake bridal shower, DIY fourth of July picnic and more lovely things that came my way recently.

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25 boozy popsicle recipes at snippet+ink

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Pretty paper goods by Little Bit Heart for a strawberry shortcake-inspired bridal shower.

 

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Pea-potato salad by Coco+Kelley

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Cute DIY fourth of July picnic ideas over at Glitter Guide

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I want a bed swing like this for my apartment.

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Birch Box held a private dinner at Malmaison in DC last week. Isnt the decor pretty?

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It was lovely to meet Brich Box co-founder Katia, editor Meredith, the Skirt PR team and other DC-based lifestyle bloggers.

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This salted caramel tart is heavenly and thanks to Malmaison’s owner I got to bring one home as well.

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And who doesnt love a Birch Box as party favor? Right? Are you a Birch Box subscriber?

Have a great (short) week. xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

decorating: how to add dark elements to a room

Last year I painted one wall in my living room a dark grey. It took a while to find the exact shade I had in mind. I went with Clark and Kensington’s Admiral Blue which was very close to what I was looking for.

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The dark wall completely transformed the room. It highlights the tall ceilings, and add that drama factor that this large room with no architectural detail needed. I played it up by adding black and white striped throw pillows and a patchwork cowhide rug to the room.White lamps, doors, and decor pieces against the contrasting dark wall look brighter and reflect light.

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Painting walls dark can be tricky and may not be for everyone, especially if the room lacks natural light. Here are 5 ways to for those of you wanting to introduce dark elements to their decor.

1. Furniture.

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2. Artwork

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3. Throw pillows

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4. Window trims and door frames

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5. Rugs and lamps

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 images: Emily Henderson, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Pinterest