I love the casual vibe of summer entertaining. Everything feels relaxed when people are sitting around a table outside eating a simple, seasonal meal. I created a video with Estée Lauder about my tips for entertaining at home and my beauty regimen (like mixing blush with an illuminating primer for a nice glow and smudging kohl liner along my upper lash line for extra drama) for looking the best in candlelight.
My interior design philosophy is that you can never have too many trays in your home. I probably own close to a dozen and use them to corral flowers, hold candles, create pretty spaces for jewelry, for breakfast in bed, as a mail organizer, and for serving cocktails. This tray, in particular, is one of my favorites since it’s sleek and modern, but plain enough so that you can customize it with just a couple of simple steps (plus it’s only $22). For an afternoon cocktail gathering this past weekend, I decided to make mine feel a bit more festive with some glitter tape (the width matches the tray perfectly) that I ran along the edge and twine that I wrapped around the handles to offset the sparkles. I love how it came out, but am perhaps even just as excited about the fact that if I want a holiday-inspired tray in a couple of months that I can easily re-do the entire thing.
Cheesecake? Not a healthy dessert. Until you’ve felt the weight of 2 pounds of cream cheese (plus a pound of butter) in your hands, you can’t really comprehend how something that tastes so light can be so deceptively naughty. But let me assure you – this is worth it. I’ve never even been one of those die hard cheesecake fans, usually choosing something with chocolate or caramel instead. This recipe, topped with a generous helping of fresh blueberries, is such a great way to use up an abundance of summer produce while also thoroughly indulging.
I no longer work in a typical office setting, but I still need a few key pieces in my closet that are suitable for meetings and events. This dress is currently in high rotation, since it’s neutral, but not boring (ideal for accessorizing) and slim fitted, but not showy. Black and tan has always been one of my favorite color combinations and the paneling on this one remarkably flattering.