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12 of the Best Seascapes on Etsy

Combine vintage style and seaside charm with a collection of antique seascapes sourced from Etsy. #interiordesign #roundup #etsy #nautical
Image via Emily Henderson

Let me start by saying this: I blame Emily Henderson. I blame her for my sudden and unwavering obsession with all shades of the color blue. I blame her for my burgeoning menagerie of brass animal figurines. I blame her for my weirdly encyclopedic knowledge of artisan tile makers, but most of all I blame her for the private investigator-level of research I’ve achieved in my hunt for vintage seascape paintings.

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Food

French Potato Salad Recipe

Skip the mayo and make this elegant take on potato salad dress with tangy capers, cornichons and dijon. #dinner #potatoes #recipe #potatosalad #eggeMayonnaise is my enemy. It has been since I was old enough to eat solid foods. Something about the tangy smell and wiggle-prone texture of the white substance that lived in the ever-present jar in our fridge just grosses me out. And for that reason, I’ve spent the last 30ish years skipping politely over each and every potato salad that appeared on buffet tables and picnic spreads. And then, on a trip to Munich, I discovered the vinegar-laced joys of the German potato salad and it was off to the races.

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My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Shop my picks from the best sale of the year: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.After months of hard work at my 9-to-5, I’m so happy to say that we’re a week into what has shaped up to be an exceptionally good #NSale. Since I write copy for the Nordstrom website, I’ve been scoping out things to add to my Wish List for awhile now, and it was so fun to pop over to a dressing room and finally try some of them on. This time of year, I always get a lot of requests from friends and family to share my picks, so I’ve gathered my own personal highlights below, along with a few tips on sizing.

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Shopping, Style

Trendspotting: Square Necklines

Tap into spring trends with a pretty square neck top or dress. See my full shopping round-up at HomemadeBanana.com
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We all know the tried-and-true crewneck, the elegant bateau neck and the wear-with-everything V-neck, but now it’s time to get acquainted with the square neckline. This of-the-moment silhouette conjures images of pure romance for me: Jane Austen’s girls in rich pastoral settings, crisp aprons layered over flour-sack prairie frocks and a pigtail-braided Brigitte Bardot strolling, carefree, in Italy.

And that’s why it feels just right as we slowly inch toward summer. I’ve been loading up my online shopping cart with sundry styles cut with the wide-slung neckline, so I figured I’d share my e-treasures with you all. Scroll down to shop some of my favorite square-neck styles.  Continue Reading

Food

Crab Grilled Cheese Croutons + Tomato Bisque

Dress up a delicious bowl of tomato bisque with crab-filled grilled cheese cut into bite-size croutons. Get the full recipe at HomemadeBanana.comWhen I was a kid, I was a really picky eater, and there was virtually nothing I hated more than a bowl of tomato soup. The sound of a hand-cranked can opener inching around the rim of a Campbell’s can was my version of nails on a chalkboard. And although I shed most of my weird food proclivities as I aged, I never got fully on board with tomato soup—until about a year ago.

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