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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What I'm Loving

I have been all over the internet lately. Part revamping my fall wardrobe, part planning out my fall schedule with trips and fun events and part searching for Summer Wind inspiration. Sometimes I come home from work and sit at my desk and work on Summer Wind until I go to bed-- it's exhausting but I've got some fun things up my sleeve! Anyways, while I'm all over the place on the world wide web, I thought I would share some of the things that have caught my eye lately and are worth sharing!

I. Need. These. I am obsessed. Part neutral classic, part funky twist--so perfect. 

I love the original version of 'I won't give up' by Jason Mraz, but this version by Peter Hollens is amazing! It's a few years old, but I just stumbled upon it. A cappella groups were huge at JMU and I remember one year, a few sorority sisters and I bid on 'a night with one of the a cappella groups' and won it during our Breast Cancer Awareness month. We got to go to their house and they gave me and a few other girls a private concert... and they cooked us dinner! When I first heard this song, it reminded me of JMU, so I looked it up-- it turns out, this isn't a group, it's one guy! Really cool!

Gilmore Girls on Netflix starting tomorrow!!!! I can really relate to this BuzzFeed article on the subject.... You'll know where to find me come October 1st. 

I styled The Dannie Pant last week (check it out here and here) and already shared my obsession with you, but have to reiterate how much I love this pant! They're currently 25% off using code SHOPFORFALL. 

Brooks Brother's blackwatch plaid dress is gorgeous and at $98, you really can't beat it. I love how they paired it with tall boots, but I think it would look great with tights, a blazer and heels in the colder months. You could even make it super casual with sneakers and a denim jacket for weekend wear. 

Barbie's Instagram 
As a child I had so many barbies, I didn't know what to do with them all. My aunts loved spoiling me with the latest dolls and I loved their clothes and all of the teeny tiny accessories. Well, Barbie is back, social media savvy. She totally took fashion month by storm. Let me tell you, the Mattel/Barbie PR/Marketing team is genius... Barbie has over 200,000 followers and is attending all of the fabulous shows and events. 

Sunglasses// Dress// Sandals 
This weather has been absolutely glorious. I'm really trying to soak it all in and get as much wear out of my summer pieces before they are put away for good. Both this silk dress and the gladiator sandals are on major sale. I just got the gladiator sandals in the mail-- I hesitantly ordered them because I went all summer only wearing Jack Rogers.. I felt like I wanted something a little different and these fit the bill. They somewhat remind me of Valentino's, but they definitely have a more casual, bohemian vibe. They're neutral, though, so they're easy to wear. 


Guest Post:Panko Crusted Ahi Tuna Steak with Miso Vinaigrette

It's time for a guest blog post... I don't do guest blog posts too often, but Lauren's recipes are always killer and so worth sharing! Not to mention, most are pretty easy and she's really good at simplifying things for those that are kitchen challenged (aka me). 

Two things about being 2 years out of college: I've noticed that I'm starting to take a lot more interest in learning kitchen related things as well as buying things like furniture/home decor... I would never ever in a million years thought that either of these things would interest me... but alas, here we are in 2014, and I am shopping at Williams-Sonoma and keeping grocery lists on my phone. Yikes.
Hi, guys! I’m Lauren and I am so excited to guest post on Summer Wind to share my recipe for panko crusted ahi tuna steak with miso vinaigrette. It’s remarkably simple and tastes like a million bucks! You can prepare this dish for date night at home, friends or just for you. Ahi tuna steak is so delicious you might not want to share it all. I won’t blame you one bit.

I am all about foolproof meals on my blog, DC Girl in Pearls, because I live in a teeny DC apartment with a postage stamp sized kitchen. A handful of ingredients + minimal appliances are my M.O.

Ingredients for Panko Crust
Panko Crumbs
Red Pepper Flakes
Garlic Powder
Ahi Tuna Steaks


1.     Using paper towels, thoroughly dry the tuna steaks. 
2.     On a small plate, mix the panko crumbs and seasonings. The measurements for this aren’t exact, you just need to make sure the steaks are covered in the panko mixture.

3.     Place the tuna steak in the panko mixture and gently press down to ensure full coating. Turn over and do the same on the other side.

4.     Heat a small amount of olive oil (3 tbsp top) on a skillet over medium heat.
5.     Gently place the tuna steaks in the skillet and let each side cook for 3 minutes or until panko crust is golden brown.

Ingredients for Miso Vinaigrette

1 tbsp, Trader Joe’s Yellow Miso
½ cup, Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar
1 shallot, finely minced
¼ cup, Extra Virgin Olive Oil


1.     In a bowl, whisk all ingredients together until blended.

2.     Drizzle over greens like Trader Joe’s Power to the Greens blend of kale, chard and spinach.

Bon appetit! I hope to see you over at DC Girl in Pearls for more foolproof recipes. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wedding Perfection

Nikki is one of my very best friends and also my 'big' in my sorority. She is one of the first of my close friends to get married and I could not be happier for her. Her and her husband had been dating since high school and they are so perfect for each other. When Nikki had asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, I was filled with tears of joy. I was so honored to be by her side for such a momentous life occasion. It is a day I will remember forever, spent with wonderful friends, celebrating a beautiful day and marriage. 

She is from Maryland so her rehearsal was very Maryland themed. I ate so. many. crabs. I also learned how to play blackjack, craps and roulette. Let me tell you, I will not be going to Vegas any time soon. 

We started the morning off with hair and makeup. Here is Nikki getting beautified! 

The wedding venue was beautiful and I can only hope that one day, when I get married, the weather will be this perfect. Not a cloud in the sky and the most perfect cool breeze. I loved the hot pink monogrammed robes all of the bridesmaids wore while getting ready... and of course there was plenty of my favorite thing: bubbly. 

 I was in the wedding with 2 girlfriends from college. Alyssa is also a sorority sister of mine and Jen was roommates with Nikki and Alyssa. We have so many fun memories from college and it was so great being with them again. They are both engaged and will be getting married next year! It is really starting to hit me that we are becoming 'adults'... so many marriages and engagements, it is such an exciting time in our lives and it makes me so happy to see such good friends find their soul mates! 

The estate was stunning. Every inch was decorated to perfection. I even loved this sitting area in the sun room. 

Truly no detail was overlooked. Everything was stunning, including the bride and groom! It was so much fun dancing the night away with the glow of candlelight under the tent. It was definitely a night I will remember forever. Cheers to Nikki and Matt! Love you both! Have a fabulous day! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Shopping: Green Onyx Ring

This has 100% made it to the top of my wish list. I've been a big David Yurman fan ever since high school and have several of his pieces. I like that they are simple and easy to wear. I didn't know he made this ring with green onyx and now that I've found out, it's been on mind. Gorgeous. Mom, Dad, Christmas is only three months away (I can sense them rolling their eyes at this now #IWish). Have a fabulous day!