We are having a much-needed relaxing weekend at home! How about you? I’m excited to share my Summery Five Faves including a refreshing Aperol Spritz cocktail, a cool new shop, my favorite comfortable walking loafers, and more! And Annie and Cindy are sharing theirs too.
Blu Canoe Shop On Balboa Island
It’s so exciting that one of my favorite bloggers/designers Kelley from Kelley and Company has opened a little shop on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. I stopped by last week. I wanted one of everything! Stop by if you can and tell them I sent you 🙂
This is Kelley’s Instagram.
The Contessa’s Birthday At Juliet’s House
I had such a nice time at Juliet’s house (Make Mine A Spritzer) celebrating the Contessa’s birthday! Kim from Northern California Style organized us and we also had one of my favorite artists, Heidi from Heidi Michele Art Studio (she made the flowers we are wearing).
Everyone brought food except me as I had the jetlag excuse. We got back two days before–9-hour time difference :/
You can read more about our luncheon here over at the Contessa’s. It was really relaxing and the food was great too!
Pavlova with Berries
Speaking of which, I asked the Contessa for the link to her Pavlova recipe.
She was at the airport on her way to a wedding and texted this to me instead. She makes it sound easy…
- four egg whites, beat until stiff
- add 1 1/4 cups sugar bit by bit
- add one teaspoon vanilla and one teaspoon lemon juice
- two teaspoons corn starch
- on parchment paper make a round circle (use a plate and pencil for a template)
- pour and spread the mixture
- bake at 300 degrees for one hour
- whip cream and add on top
- add berries
I’m going to give it a shot!!!
You may also like this Blueberry Lemon Tart Recipe.
Trader Joe’s Honest and Humorous Reviews
The girls on our trip were talking about how much they love Alex Beggs Reviews in Bon Appetit. Check it out! I’m thinking I need the Spicy Mango lemonade to mix with iced tea.
Aperol Spritz Cocktail
Yes, this cocktail has been around for a while but I just fell in love with it again in Italy. And they are a cinch to make.
Here we are with the McGowans in Rome before going to dinner.
Aperol is a bitter/sweet orange liqueur with notes of herbs and rhubarb. It was invented in Padua, Italy, back in 1919 by a pair of Italian brothers, and it’s been a cultural institution ever since. Light and palate-cleansing, it makes a refreshing aperitivo.
To make one, all you need to do is pour
- 3 oz. prosecco and
- 1.5 oz. Aperol liqueur
- over ice, stir once,
- then top off with a splash of club soda
- and an orange slice to garnish.
- I basically just “eyeball” the measurements
Easy Layered Outfit With Great Walking Shoes
The main thing I want to share is how comfortable these Birdie loafers are! My feet happily walk the several blocks to my hair salon. I noticed that the Contessa has the same pair. I usually wear a 7.5 in Birdies but since this material stretches, I got a 7.0. There are other colors.
Let’s check out what Cindy and Annie have for us!