21 Dates of Summer: Dates 17, 18, and 19

I realized that each one of these dates revolved around food. That says something about us…
We love to stuff our faces at every opportunity we get. Truth.
(Scarf via Deloom Boutique)

After New York, Gabe got a severe case of poison Ivy (as you can see on his knee) and we couldn’t so much as hold hands for days. Brutal I tell you.
It was a crazy week for both of us so when we got the chance to get away all we wanted to do was sit outside and have some time to catch up with each other – the kind of time when the little ones aren’t tugging on your legs or trying to talk over you to be apart of the conversation;) 
Atlanta Bread Co. had this beautiful outdoor patio area – I was very impressed.
We had a movie night which was the perfect excuse to make up our own popcorn recipe.
We made caramel popcorn following Paula Dean’s recipe, except we didn’t bake it, just mixed it in a brown paper bag, and topped with fudge and marshmallow cream. Don’t even get me started…..divine.
I am a morning person by nature (this could be argued since babies entered the picture), so it was cool to change up the time of day for a date and scope out a bagel joint we had heard about. It was in a random place, but true NY style. Loud and to the point, and the bagels being the size of my face.
A dozen cream cheeses and two dozen bagel flavors, Gabe and I stared for a good ten minutes before deciding which to commit to. We will become regulars no doubt…they were fantastic.
*Next week is the last two dates of this series with the 21st date being on the last official day of  summer on the 21st. The post will be open for you to link up your summer dates to as well! 

Blog Takeover: Healthy, Beautiful Food with Marshall’s Abroad

I finally get to introduce you to one of my favorite food blogs! I mean, I don’t have to even say anything because after you read this post, Amanda’s blog will fast become your new daily visit!

Like Anna, I believe design & inspiration are everywhere around us, 
and that we all have the capability to be creative artists. 
Among other things, Anna inspires us with her creative DIYs and gorgeous fashion; for you, maybe it’s the same, or maybe it’s through music, painting, calligraphy, photography, writing, styling, interior design, or cooking that you bless others. There is potential for creativity & design in every facet of our everyday lives.  One of my passions is creativity in delicious, healthy, beautiful cooking. It is an art form and one that we all benefit from every single day! 
(our home on the East China Sea!)
My philosophy is to cook simple meals with the freshest, most natural ingredients, straight from the source whenever possible — whether that be the garden, the fish market or butcher, or your own fruit trees.  With the vast variety of fresh foods, meals don’t ever have to be boring; instead, it can be a beautiful gift to those you are cooking for. 
I still have so much to learn (which is why it’s fun!) but here are some of our favorite recipes thought up and created in our tiny Okinawan kitchen… (:

Thank you so much for having me, Anna!

True Beauty Files : Lace and Leather

{Utility vest: ON (out of stock but similar here), Lace tunic: c/o PB&J Boutique, Leather leggings: Nordstrom, Shoes: Zara (similar), Tote: H&M, Bracelet stack: c/o Angel Wings Accessory, Necklace: BMB}
I am almost whispering to you that I am indeed wearing leather leggings. 
Going out of my comfort zone yet again and sharing with the general public. I may regret this later…. However, surprisingly comfortable and versatile, these leggings will most likely make a reappearance.
Style Word: May I just get this off my chest….leggings are not pants, hence they must be styled with caution! Raise your hand if you have seen leggings styled with a short shirt. Unfortunate, right? It just reveals TMI if you know what I mean. I feel so much better now that I have been able to share my distress over this matter;) Long tunics like this lace one, or an oversized sweater are great balance of length to pair them with, as well as a good pair of boots:)
Seen any fashion faux pas lately?? Do tell.
Hope you all had a great weekend! 
Love, Anna

The True Beauty Files
A lookbook for the modern modeste.
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” 
~ Audrey Hepburn
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