Sandy toes + salty kisses

I feel so lucky to have spent 4th of July (my favorite holiday!) on St. John at the “carnival celebration”, which includes a floating bar, the best Caribbean drinks, and dancing all night in the beach and in the water!  The fireworks were incredible and it was one of the best 4th of July’s I have experienced.  Our trip was amazing, especially because I was able to go with my UCONN college roommate and her husband along with my husband.

Are you traveling anywhere this summer?

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Just a few favorites from the trip:

Painkillers. The liquid form. The most famous local cocktail. Bought some fresh nutmeg, bay leaves, and cinnamon to endeavor to make a homemade version. Recipe here.

Visiting the Baths at Virgin Gorda. Breathtaking views and incredible beaches.

The Soggy Dollar Bar at Jost Van Dyke. Sunny place for Shady people is their motto! Coolest bar ever, especially because there is no way to enter this island unless you swim to it.

Oh and I can’t forget the adorable animals. Donkeys (apparently they like Doritos), the goats that travel in large packs, and of course, all of the fish and sea creatures I saw while snorkeling!

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On Cloud 9 + $25 Squarehearts Giveaway!

My summer style is all about color. My husband surprised me with these awesome blue mirror Ray Bans and I am lucky enough to partner with SquareHearts on Candy Stilettos to host a $25 giveaway to their online boutique. They have an amazing selection of clothing, specifically summer dresses that are gorgeous, colorful, and affordable. The SquareHearts dress I am wearing in this post reminds me so much of a beautiful summer sky. The night I was wearing it, my husband took a photo of the clouds in our yard and said the clouds matched my dress. Now is your chance to win a $25 Gift Card to SquareHearts! Enter below.nnWinner will be announced Thursday by noon!  Good luck!

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{Dress c/o SquareHearts| Metallic heels: Steve Madden| Aviator Sunglasses: Ray Ban| Bracelets: Alex & Ani + Stella&Dot}

Coral & Lace

This week has been a crazy work-week so I needed comfortable, quick outfits that still look put-together amidst the madness. I love colored dress pants so I went for high-waisted coral pants with a lace crop-top for a booked day of client meetings. Tomorrow is the TPC Traveler’s Golf Tournament I am attending with News 8.. now what to where there?

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{Lace crop-top: Topshop| Coral cropped pants: Limited| Wedges: Local boutique in Newport, RI| Bracelets: Alex&Ani| Watch c/o Guess| Sunglasses: Burberry}

Classic Mojito Recipe

I’ve never been a mojito lover because most of the places that I have tried them, they were pre-mixed and not fresh. This past weekend, for Father’s Day, we had a wonderful barbecue by the pool and I decided to make some fresh mojitos, Jamie style. I used flavored Bacardi to add a little raspberry flavor and used Truvia instead of sugar. I was delightfully surprised by how refreshing these were. Not too sweet but definitely the perfect pool-side drink.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned
  • 1/3 cup Truvia
  • 4 lemons
  • 4 limes
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 (750 ml bottle) light rum (I used Bacardi raspberry for extra flavor)
  • 1 liter club soda

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Directions:

In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with Truvia until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Add lots of lemon and lime wedges.  Pour into glasses, and add a lime for garnish. Enjoy!

 

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