Good morning, time for my faves with Cindy and Annie. Today includes a coastal living room refresh for my friend in Atlantic Beach, Florida, a 40 euro Zara dress that four of us bought in Spain, another of Howard’s delicious recipes, and more!
Well, my friend, I’m back and a little bleary-eyed from that glorious trip where our daughter got married in Madrid. Then we spent a lovely time in Barcelona, Sitges and Cortona, Italy. I am starting a regular feature called Classic Casual Travel Design Files where I will feature my best tips and want to hear yours. So stay tuned!
My Friend’s Coastal Living Room Refresh
Having an empty nest is the best time to give your living room a refresh (or family room). This is what happened to my friends Mercedes and Mark (who were also on the Spain trip with us). They live steps from the beach!
Scene of a lot of great parties…
Howard’s Sheet Pan Chicken With Scallions, Capers, And Potatoes
This delicious recipe should go on permanent rotation. And since I clean up when Howard cooks, I like that it uses just one pan. Adapted from Poulos from the NY Times. Howard added steamed broccolini to the side of the dish for more vegetables.
- 12 scallions, trimmed
- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 lb. or less small red potatoes
- 8 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 2 tbsp drained capers
- 1 tbsp lemon juice plus four lemon wedges for serving
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place scallions in a single layer on a rimmed sheet pan and drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, season potatoes with salt, pepper, and oil. Spread on top of the scallions. Season chicken with oil, salt and, pepper and place on top and around potatoes.
Roast chicken until cooked through and potatoes are trendy, 30 to 35 minutes.
Transfer the chicken, potatoes, and scallions to serving plates. Scrape remaining pan juices and drippings into a small bowl, stir in capers and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Spoon over chicken and serve with lemon wedges.
The Sisterhood of The Traveling Dress!
At least we called this Zara dress that. I bought it and so did three of my friends! The Zara store in Barcelona feels like an upscale department store! I purchased this dress in black and white (so did Mercedes).
And Cathi (pictured below) and Dorothy bought it in green and white.
Since it was hot…I rolled the sleeves up. My packable wide-brimmed straw hat is from J. Crew and my sandals are by Tory Burch. I bought the crossbody bag in Barcelona (after mine was stolen in Madrid…long story to save for another day).
8 Pretty Ideas For A Small Garden
I just republished this popular post with new photos.
Lingerie Staples On Sale
I try to only buy my favorite bras when they are on sale like with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going on now.
Also, I wore comfortable this soft bralette on the plane home from Europe for 18 hours!
Let’s check out what Cindy and Annie have for us!