BLPTs (Bacon/Lettuce/Pineapple/Tomato Sandwiches)

Delicious recipes for the curious cook!

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Truth be told, I don’t like pineapple.  I always try to steer clear from it- I don’t even like it in a cocktail!- but every now and then I’m willing to let go of my food aversions and push myself to try something new.  While thumbing through my new favorite cookbook “Cravings,” I saw this recipe for pineapple BLTs and figured if I was going to try anything with pineapple, this would be it.  

Grilling the pineapple makes all the difference, adding a charred texture that helps offset its natural sweetness, which plays well with the bacon and crisp lettuce.  Plus, using King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls was the perfect choice to hold all the ingredients into a yummy little sandwich.  I made three versions of sliders the night I made these and the BLPTs were by far my favorite.  Get curious and try them as a perfect meal to finish the summer!

Making History

Inspiration for the new week!

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Recently I got engaged and while I’m beyond thrilled to have the rest of my life to look forward to with my fiancé, inevitably there are a lot of decisions associated with wedding planning that must be made.  I’m not exactly a decisive person by nature and I can get easily overwhelmed when having to narrow down choices, so I was a little nervous about making some of the bigger decisions (i.e. date, location, etc).  Luckily my fiancé and I have similar tastes so we both had a decent idea of when and where we wanted to get married.  

Long distance wedding planning is not easy but modern technology and having involved parents makes it better.  We were able to commit to our venue without visiting it first, which sounds crazy but we’d both been to the site previously.  When we finally did make a recent trip to the hotel to meet the wedding planner and get the official tour, we were so overjoyed to see it all fall into place exactly as we wanted.  And even better, we were able to spend the rest of the weekend making the rounds at all my favorite spots including, but not limited to, the local pool and dairy store.  Because #priorities.

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Fashion note: for wedding planning and a night on the town (all pictured above) I wore a JCrew dress, Target sandals, Kate Spade bag (similar here), Nars “heatwave” lipstick and Essie “peak show” nail polish.

For an afternoon of swimming and ice cream I wore: Madewell swimsuit (similar style here), JCrew dress (similar here) and Urban Outfitters sunglasses.

 

WEEKLY WRAP UP/WEEKEND COUNTDOWN

What got me through the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend!

I spent the first half of this week on a quick work trip and am spending the weekend with my parents, who are visiting for a week.  Needless to say it’ll be busy, but that didn’t prevent me from squeezing in some Netflix bingeing.    

  1. Stranger Things: This creepy, sci-fi Netflix original series is the quickest thing I’ve ever binge watched.  I completed it in 5 days, which felt like an eternity since each episode kept me wanting more, not to mention scratching my head.  Equal parts creepy and intriguing, there’s nothing I’d recommend more than this right now.    Eleven is my favorite (you’ll understand when you watch).
  2. QE Squared: When I’m traveling, I don’t always get to exercise as long as I’d like, but it doesn’t mean I have to forfeit it entirely.  I read a recent article on Kate Hudson and her fitness tips and she recommended this app by celeb trainer Nicole Stuart.  It stands for “quick easy exercises” and it’s perfect for on-the-go fitness.
  3. Cauliflower, Feta, Orzo Salad: Whenever my parents are in town, we try to maintain a balance of eating out and cooking at home.  This variation of a salad will definitely be on the meal list for this week, since it’s equal parts satisfying and healthy.  I’ve already proclaimed my summer task of cooking through Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings, and this was one of the first recipes I tackled and, of course, loved.  
  4. Chateau Montaud – Rosé Cotes de Provence 2015: My appreciation for rose is pretty well known, but this brand was a recent discovery (thanks local liquor store lady!).  I tend to stick to what I like but I decided to give this a try because the bottle looked nice, which is usually why I buy certain wines, and because the price was right.  This will now be a staple in my fridge.  

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Work Trip Essentials

Look like a boss and impress your coworkers!

Packing for work trips can be daunting. It’s not like packing for vacations where you can essentially wear whatever you want.  There’s a certain level of appropriateness you need to maintain in all your looks, while still remaining comfortable.  Often times outfits have to take you right from the plane to a meeting or from a convention to dinner and drinks.  You want outfits that can show your professionalism but keep you comfortable and of course, stylish.  

Fortunately I’ve traveled enough for work that I think I have the formula nailed down.  It only takes a few key pieces to build a number of different looks that can take you from day to night effortlessly.  Paired with smart accessories, you’ll be the best dressed colleague in the bunch.  

Here are my picks, which I followed for my recent wave of trips (including Miami, San Diego and Seattle):

  1. Colorful knit dress
  2. Simple stretch pencil skirt in a neutral color
  3. Patterned shell or sleeveless top
  4. Blazer
  5. Professional jumpsuit in a neutral color
  6. Navy pants
  7. White blouse or structured t-shirt
  8. Flats
  9. Open toe pumps
  10. Tote

Outfit ideas:

Plane: blazer/top/pants/sandals/tote.  I like to wear layers on planes because you never know how chilly it can be. Pairing a patterned top with a neutral blazer allows you to adjust your outfit depending on the temperature and still be appropriate.  Flat sandals are best for traveling, especially if you have a long day ahead.

Trade show followed by drinks: Jumpsuit with flats and tote.  A jumpsuit is effortlessly cool, but this one with capped sleeves and a higher neckline keeps it professional.  Since you’ll be on your feet all day, wear flats and carry a tote to store any work info.  If you have time for a quick change before drinks, change into pumps and trade the tote for a clutch.

Meetings followed by a late dinner: Colorful dress, sandals, clutch (blazer optional).  A day of meetings keeps you sitting down most of the day, so throw on a simple, wrinkle resistant dress for comfort and style.  The pumps add some glamour, which you can spare since you’ll be seated most of the day.  Bring your blazer in case you’re chilly, but lose it for dinner.  

Morning meeting followed by plane ride home: Pencil skirt and structured tree with flat sandals and tote.  For a transitional but polished look, opt for a comfortable and simple skirt with some stretch and pair it with a structured tee.  It allows comfort without sacrificing style and is easy to throw together so you can focus on things like packing and finishing your last bits of work.

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My Favorite Playlist

Motivation to get you through hump day!

One thing is constant whenever I work out- there must be good music playing.  Music is essential to help me disconnect from the outside world and focus on my workout and it often adds an extra boost of motivation- haven’t we all pushed through an extra few minutes on the treadmill because our favorite song from high school was playing?

Even though my need for music is consistent, the songs I choose to listen to are not.  They range from everything to Motown and rap to alternative and pop.  In fact, I almost never listen to just one genre when I work out in an effort to keep the playlist interesting.  Here’s a compilation of some of my all time faves to break a sweat to, and combined they make a pretty random but enjoyable playlist.

  1. “All These Things That I’ve Done” The Killers
  2. “Steal My Kisses” Ben Harper
  3. “Locked Out of Heaven” Bruno Mars
  4. “All Falls Down” Kanye West
  5. “To Be With You” Mr. Big
  6. “Home” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes
  7. “City On Down (Live)” O.A.R.
  8. “Always Be My Baby” Mariah Carey
  9. “Back That Azz Up” Juvenile
  10. “Love on Top” Beyonce
  11. “My Girl” The Temptations
  12. “I Want it That Way” Backstreet Boys
  13. “Shake It Off” Taylor Swift
  14. “A Million Years” Alexander Ebert
  15. “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” Paul Simon

Rose All Day

Inspiration for the new week!

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I’m not the biggest fan of pink, but every now and then I find myself gravitating to something in that hue.  I saw this dress while out doing some birthday shopping and although it looked extremely bright on the hanger, I was prompted to try it on and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.  The shade is bright but complementary, making skin look tan and adding a bright summer punch to any outfit.  

It was the perfect outfit for a Hamptons-style brunch on a hot summer day.  To contrast the brightness of the dress, I paired it with neutral accessories like a denim satchel and simple flat sandals, and of course, a top knot is a must have on a sweltering day!

Fashion note: I’m wearing a Gap dress, Kate Spade purse (similar here ) and Tommy Hilfiger sandals (similar here).