Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer at Harvest Seasonal Grill


Harvest Seasonal Grill is becoming one of my favorite places to grab a bite in the city.  I first went last year with J, where we tried some dishes on their fall menu.  I went back again a few weeks ago unexpectedly and ordered the Spring Scallops (with Fennel, Purple Peruvian Potatoes and Chipotle Orange Sauce).  While the American in me finds the portions to be modest for the price, the courses are always filling and both times I left extremely satisfied.  Coincidentally I went back last weekend on the first day of summer and was able to check out their summer menu.  The weather was great, and it was the perfect day to eat outdoors on their enclosed patio, a beautiful dining space nestled away on a busy street corner.




J ordered the Local Bison Burger.  While I don't eat cheeseburgers I managed to snag a bite before he devoured it, and the bison meat itself was delicious.



The nice thing about coming to Harvest on the weekend is that you can also choose from their brunch menu.  Despite the sound of several appetizing dishes, as a newly converted frenchtoastophile, I ordered the Brioche French Toast which I found to be pretty straightforward and a side of Apple Wood Smoked Bacon.  Anyone close to me knows that I don't like using syrup.  I prefer fresh fruit topping only, for my breakfast breads, something that has gone back to early childhood; however, more of this Lancaster Farms Maple Syrup may make me a believer.  I decided to give it a try since it was there, and it was thin, light, and not nearly as sweet as others I've tried in the past.  Have I converted to becoming a syrup user?  Nope.  However, as a non-syrup lover I found it to be notable, and I willingly dunked a few bits of french toast in the pot.  Big shout out to my waitress for bringing me extra strawberries to enjoy my french toast just the way I like it!


Harvest wouldn't be Harvest if the cunning waitstaff didn't swoop out of nowhere with wooden dessert trays filled with shot glasses full of decadent cakes and creams.  This is a crafty tactic that gets us every time.  You don't have to ask for them, they just know.  They will bring them out explaining a selection with portion sizes that are just right after a filling meal.  Then before you know it they'll whisk the dessert tray back to its den of deliciousness.  It all happens fast, but one of these days I'll make sure to snap a picture of the selection.  While I was full off the french toast, J made room for more, selecting the Key Lime Pie.  I'm not much of a cream pie/cheese cake kind of girl, so the graham cracker base was my favorite part, but J found it all to be refreshing and delicious. 



Bottom line:  Never had a bad experience here. good service, good attitudes, good food.  With a seasonal menu featuring farm fresh and locally grown and prepared food you can never get bored.

Check out their current menu and location information here as well as a review of my first trip to Harvest here.

Linking up with Biana and Meghan.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Takin' It To the Streets


I wore this outfit last weekend for a day of brunching, a movie and exploring the city.
  

Knit To Woven Popover Top, Merona (Target)
Jacket (Calvin Klein, $3 bucks thrifted)
Printed Pants (Ann Taylor Loft)
Long Blue Graduated Stone Necklace (Ann Taylor Loft)
Selma Gladiator Sandals, Circus by Sam Edelman (Zappos, on sale!)
Nylon Easy Tote (C.Wonder)




I can't get enough of these gladiator sandals, easily one of my best purchases this year.

Linking up with Sarah @ TuckerUpthe Pleated Poppy, and WIWW.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Playlist


The Freedom Song - Jason Mraz
Here comes the Sun - The Beatles
Sunshine (I Can Fly) - Raul Midon
Island in the Sun - Weezer
Sittin' In the Middle - Raul Midon
Jack Kerouac - Brooke Fraser
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - IZ 

Listen to the playlist here on Spotify :-)

What are some of your favorite summer songs?
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Style Staples: Belts


When shopping I try to look for items that have versatility and that will easily move from season to season.  Seventy-five percent of my wardrobe is kept out year round, and belts are definitely some of those perennial pieces.  Belts with beading, patterns, and multiple colors are always great to have and can make it easy to pull together an outfit on days when you're lacking outfit inspiration.  They have a way of making even the most plain pieces look polished.  They're also a great way to experiment with trends like neon colors or snakeskin, without spending too much on pieces that aren't necessarily basics.

Wardrobe Essentials:
Patent Black Belt
Red Belt 
Brown / Nude Belt
Multicolored Belt
Animal Print Belt (Leopard / Snakeskin)
 
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Check out these great tutorials on how to wear your belts:

Can you think of any more?  What's your "go-to" belt style and color?

 Linking up with Sarah @ TuckerUp.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Apartment Living







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Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekending: Watermelon, Knits, and Prints



1 // Friday night dinner at Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar.  Didn't take food pics because it was a bit of a "business" trip, but the spring scallops were amazing if you're dining in the area this summer!
2 // My new favorite maxi dress from Target; however, I didn't notice that any of them had belts, so I'll have to make a trip back to the store to find out.
3 // My unusual summer breakfast habits: mini watermelon. 
4 // Time to get some more yearn.  I'm not sure if my blanket will be ready for this winter, but it's coming together nicely.
5 // Last minute Father's Day wrapping.  I didn't get him ties, I got him bow ties.  Big difference.  Much more acceptable.

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Have anything good planned for the week?


Linking up with Biana and Meghan,

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Fridays and Flamingos

 

1 // Altas, flashcards, flat iron, and flexirods (which definitely went up like $10 after I purchased them) finally came in the mail!  Looking forward to a nice deep condition and some bouncy curls.
2 // A super simple yet awesome striped vase tutorial.  The best DIYs don't require a lot of materials.  All you need is tape, maybe a permanent marker, and something to put stripes on for this one.
3 // Found the right polka dot blouse for my wardrobe and already have a bajillion ways to style it ;-)
4 // Another quiet weekend at home for crocheting and getting back to working on my recipe book.
5 // And the funniest thing I've seen all week:


I hope you all Treat Yo Self this weekend!

By the way, ths is the last day to use this 10% off eShakti promo code...
so why don't you treat yo self?

Photo source: C.Wonder
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wedding Style: What We Wore

One of my cousins got married on Friday, giving us all an occasion to dress in our best.  My favorite part of my cousin's gown was this lovely beaded shoulder detail.  It added just the right amount of elegance to her dress and was the perfect way for her to wear sleeves in this warm weather.  After the bride of course, my nephew gets some major fashion points.  I'm obsessed with his gingham shirt and suede cognac loafers.  Seven years old and this kid is already a total prepster, wearing Ralph Lauren from head to toe.

Gingham Shirt and Cognac Suede Loafers (Ralph Lauren)
Pants (Gap Kids) // Tablet (definitely not his)

I also got some pointers just from observing how my grandmother put together her outfit.  She shows that black is totally doable for spring/summer weddings if you accessorize appropriately.  Granny lightened up her black sheath dress with a stylish white blazer and a vintage striped cross body bag.  She kept her accessories simple with a classic gold bangle and strappy black sandals.  And don't even get me started with my niece and her top knot, tangerine chiffon dress and pewter t-strap sandals.  She's in grade school and yet I would wear her entire outfit.


With my Mom's neutral colored embroidered dress, the details are truly in the fabric; however, she livened up this neutral piece with beautiful royal blue accessories, like these statement earrings with matching shoes.   And finally, what I wore:

Sweater (Merona from Target)
Watercolor Dress (H+M)
Belt (J. Crew, almost exact)
Gladiator Sandals (B.o.c.)
Polka Dot Pouch (Ann Taylor Loft)


Some of the best pieces are the ones with a story.  I found this really unique straw bag two years ago while on vacation in Mexico.  I won't pretend it's this super exclusive artisanal piece---I got it from a tourist shop, but I've never seen anything like it in the states; there's definitely some artistry to it.  It's a total coincidence that it matches this tan/yellow polka dot pouch that I've had for a few years.   

What's your go to wedding look?  Whose outfit inspires you most?

And only 2 days left to use the eShakti promo code on your next purchase! They have a great selection of dresses for any special event!

Linking up with What I Wore Wednesdaythe Pleated PoppyShanna, and I Feel Pretty!
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekending: Flea Market

This weekend was filled with much more than I expected, and while I didn't get home until late the last three days I spent lots of time with my family and had lots of fun.  Saturday morning I headed out to do some consigning, but before that I checked out a local flea market with my mom and niece.  While I wasn't looking for anything in particular, they did have lots of interesting pieces.  I also did something I rarely do anywhere which is buy the first thing I see with no discounts or negotiations.  As soon as we crossed the street I saw this great coffee table, and we promptly purchased it for a whopping $10 bucks! (Picture below).  Initially I was going to leave the original finish; however, I may add a little bit of paint or lacquer to spruce things up a bit...Headed to any flea markets this summer?  Check out these these flea market tips for buying and selling!

I love the look of these old pearls on this dress form.  I can picture it as a part of the decor in a vintage clothing boutique.  I'd never pay $125 for it though, no matter how old it was.  Remember flea market tip #2: Negotiate....

Isn't this basket purse adorable?  It was in excellent condition too, but again the $30 price tag warranted some haggling. 

These are super old, but the bright floral colors are so pretty.  They remind me of the Betsey Johnson Bestyville bags.  

For some reason there were a few vendors with baskets full of patches.  I don't know where they got them all from, but I feel like they would make a good DIY project of some sort.  It's just a matter of figuring out for what.


There were also tons of vintage signs and posters.  These would be cool in a retro burger place.

And here's my latest project.  I have a couple of options.  Use it as a coffee table, or leave it by the door as a bench/table for removing shoes, dropping my bag, etc. when I get home.  Either way, it will be a nice little apartment project and for $10 bucks, it was a total steal.

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and if you have any tips for what to do with this table I'd love to hear about them!  



Weekending

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