It doesn’t seem possible that it’s already time to consider school books and backpacks again. But alas, for some of us it is. So why not start this fall session off right and pick up a snazzy new Fleurville Lunch Buddie or Lunch Pak? One less thing on your list to do! Fleurville products are as durable as always and still winning over hearts of celebs and their tots with their youthful urban chic patterns and functionality. As we have come to expect from this dependable line, this year’s fall designs are fresh and inviting with a bit of a fun twist. Grade school boys can enjoy a camo or skeleton pattern, whereas the girls get a cheery stripe. Little ones just starting their school careers will find the Lunch Pak’s backpack capabilities to be user friendly and just their size. Boys this age can show some international flair with a soccer inspired flag motif or camo pattern, and the girls can enjoy stripes or a groovy floral. Our futures have never looked so bright!
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As an inspired artisan, Rachel of Adeline a Mare shares a few words with us regarding the visions and influences of her work.
“I have always from a very young age had an eye for all things beautiful and feminine. My grandmother taught me how to sew and crochet as a child, in school I was always drawn to art and photography. I guess jewelry was just a natural progression, and came somewhat easy for me.
Inspiring Rachel’s creative process:
I love to sit at my worktable with all of my gemstones spread out in front of me, and I just play with different color combinations and textures….faceted stones with smooth, and golden wire wrapped coils, with pops of silver. Living in Hawaii I am always surrounded with vibrant colors, as well as a very unique hippie/chic/European vibe here on the north shore of Maui. My favorite color to work with, of course, is that beautiful aqua blue of the ocean, ahh…”
Enjoy Rachel’s quality collection and be the gem of your summer gathering all year round.
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There is no denying the draw of Pine Cone Hill. Subtle yet alluring patterns mixed with basic yet popular colors and the dependable quality that we all desire in a bedding line. But somehow this line manages to improve upon itself time and time again with fresh new products. The shining star of the latest additions being the Ruched Sheeting, Shams, and Duvets. Both a solid foundation for a bedding set, or added to a busier pattern in order to tone it down – the Ruched Bedding will work with almost everything. The Platinum, Chocolate, Mist, and Pink color options coordinate beautifully with the tremendously popular Genevieve line that has now added Platinum to its repertoire as well.
Heading in a new yet familiar direction is the Lulu. A bright inviting pattern of aquas, yellows and corals that incorporates florals with the Kiawah pattern. Already a big seller, this line decidedly feminine in a not-so-serious way – full of life and cheer. And not so surprisingly, would pair smashingly well with the Mist Ruched Shams and Sheets. The possibilities are endless.
Perfectly located steps off the sand in Santa Monica lies Shutters on the Beach, a posh boutique seaside resort known for its luxurious guest rooms and 1920’s Cape Cod inspired decor. Beach Cottage style furnishings and a gracious staff make this quaint hotel feel more like a warm, inviting upscale home rather than a stuffy hotel. If you are in the area, stop in for a farmers’ market-fresh casual fare in one of the two restaurants on the property. Superb ocean views and breezes create a delightful dining experience. We have selected a simple Mediterranean salad that takes advantage of the fresh ingredients available during the warm summer months from Shutters The Summertime Anytime Cookbook. The addition of a little protein (Shutters uses lamb loin, but grilled steak or fish would also marry well) makes this colorful salad hearty enough for a meal. Add a little crusty bread and enjoy an evening dining outside.
Sliced Mediterranean Lamb Loin Salad
Submitted by Tiffany Harris
- 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
- 1 pound boneless lamb loin
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 cups mixed baby greens
- 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced
- 3 medium heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup pitted kalamata or nicoise olives, halved
- Red Wine Vinaigrette (below)
- 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1. Heat a medium skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the grapeseed oil and swirl to coat bottom. Season the lamb loin generously with salt and pepper and add it to the pan. Sear the lamb until well browned on all sides and medium rare inside, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing thinly.
2. In a large bowl, toss the greens, cucumber, tomato wedges, onion, and olives with about 1/3 cup of the vinaigrette (or more to taste). Arrange a mound of salad on each serving plate and top with slices of lamb. Sprinkle with feta cheese.
Red Wine Vinaigrette
- 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup grapeseed oil
In a medium bowl, whisk together the shallot, red wine and sherry vinegars, mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the oil in a slow stream to emulsify. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.