summer

Vegan & Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Vegan Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

After acquiring a bunch of fresh veggies from my dad’s garden. I thought zucchini bread would be the perfect Summer treat. I found this seriously yummy recipe, and added diary free chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. It turned out so good, my fiancé could not believe it was actually vegan, and gluten free.

Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Strawberry Mint Lemonade | TheSubtleStatement.com

Fresh flowers and warm sunny days should only be accompanied by light refreshing beverages. Water and tea are my usual vices, but since stumbling upon a light organic lemonade (stevia based, instead of sugar) it’s been a nice occasional change. I’m not a fan of syrups or anything artificial, so for our first cookout/bonfire last weekend, I poured a pitcher of the light lemonade and placed fresh strawberries and mint in the attached infuser. After infusing for a few hours, it had a perfect slightly sweet refreshing taste. Slice up strawberries and mint for garnish and it makes a great party refresher.

Peter Pilotto for Target

Peter Pilotto for Target | TheSubtleStatement.com

  1. Light Blue Floral Print Blouse
  2. Black/White Print Skirt
  3. Green Bikini Floral Print Top
  4. Green Floral Print Pant
  5. Black/White Print Bikini Top
  6. Black/White Bikini Bottom
  7. Green Netting Print Beach Towel
  8. Green Floral Print Belted Dress
  9. Purple Floral Print Dress

I don’t own a matching bathing suit. In my everyday wardrobe, I just don’t like matching in any sense. Instead, I choose to compliment. That’s why I’m loving the Peter Pilotto collection for Target. Everything can easily be mixed and matched, for a fun Spring/Summer vaca vibe. The cropped bikini tops are right on trend with the season’s playful length, and pair with almost everything in the collection. Have you snagged any pieces from the collection yet?

Grilled Corn Salad with Green Beans and Tomatoes

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This fresh Summer salad is filled with nutrients, flavor and was a fave on the 4th of July.  The vegan, gluten free dish is perfect for an outdoor party or dinner side. Get the recipe here.

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Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops

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Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops are a simple dessert to throw together and the accessible containers are great for any picnic or BBQ.

IMG_3879 What you need:

  • 1 – 16.25 ounce box white cake mix (as well as  ingredients to bake)
  • 1 – 8 ounce container COOL WHIP whipped topping
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries – sliced

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini whoopie pie pans with non-stick cooking spray.   Mix cake batter according to directions, and fill pie pans 1/2 full with batter. Bake 10 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.

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Place a mini shortcake in each push pop container.

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Using a pastry bag, pipe cool whip on top of each mini shortcake.

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Layer with sliced strawberries.

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Layer another mini shortcake on top of strawberry slices.

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Pipe another layer of cool whip, and top with strawberry slices. Seal with lid and refrigerate to stay fresh!

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Your Ultimate Summer To Do List

summer to do list

1. Try Something New – You only regret the chances you didn’t take.

2. Sport a New Do – Braids are Summer’s hottest accessory. Keep cool, while looking cute.

3. Cool Off with a Refreshing Cocktail – Watermelon & Champagne? Can you think of a better pairing?

4. Find Your Prints – Summer is the ultimate time to have fun with fashion. Prints are in full force. Find your perfect match.

5. Fairs, Carnivals, Festivals – Need I say more?

6. Indulge. – Salted Caramel? You’re just beating the heat.

7. Detox… Your Closet – And make some cash. Copious anyone? (Check out my closet organization tips here)

8. Go on a PicnicFinally, you have an excuse to buy that Kate Spade champagne tote.

9. Adventure Awaits – Buy a ticket & leave.

10. Throw a chic soirée – String lights make me swoon.

11. Try Out a Trend – Mirrored Sunnies are a safe bet if you’re not ready to get wild.

12. Plan a Staycation – Explore hidden gems in your own city.

13. Channel Your Inner Holly Golightly – Diamonds and floppy hats are always acceptable.

14. Document – Snapshot your memories.

15. Go to an Outdoor Movie – Or create one in your backyard.

16. Get Your DIY On – Glue guns optional.

17. Lighten Up – Who doesn’t love a fresh faced Summer glow?

18. Relax – Pool day, enough said.

19. Buy a bouquet – Guaranteed to brighten your day.

20. Get Grillin’ – Finally put those upteen recipes you pinned to good use.

21. Get Sweaty – Try a Summer sport and reap the benefits.

22. Have a Spa Day – Or invite over your besties for a spa night.

Patriotic Style

Patriotic Style

Shorts | Lipstick | Bag | Tank | Sunnies | Clutch | Midi Rings | Bracelet | Espadrilles | Polish | Necklace | Jeans DIY

These chic red, white and blue finds can be sported all Summer long. How insane are these amazefest DIYs from Free People? Love it!

This Week… Party planning, life, etc

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Party supplies.

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 Drink station, let the Summer begin!

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 This is such a simple DIY and it glams up everything from food labels to photos.

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Three sheets of tissue paper is all you need for festive party decor. 20130702-012732.jpg

 Happy Summer Solstice!

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I feel like I run through a consistent cycle of packing and unpacking.

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An afternoon pick me up, fresh green juice. {spinach, cucumber, beets, apple, lemon, carrots}

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I have an obsession with delicate midi rings of all colors and shapes. Btw how fab is this nail color?

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Fresh summer veggies. I think my favorite food is grilled vegetables, I love Summer dishes!

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Summer  arm candy is an essential.

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I made an Ulta Beauty haul, and scooped up some great Summer goodies that I can’t wait to review and share!

Tropical Sangria

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A citrusy sangria with an island twist was the perfect way to kick off a Summer party. My goal was to find a healthier version, so I was so happy to discover Oh She Glow’s Sunny White Sangria. It definitely fit the bill! Mason jars, paper straws, and DIY labels add a festive finishing touch.

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tropical sangria

Directions: Add everything except the sugar into a large pitcher and stir well. Add sugar to taste and adjust until your desired sweetness is achieved. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours prior to serving (I chilled mine overnight.) Before serving, you may add some club soda & ice if desired. Taste again and add more sweetener if necessary.

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Coral & Mint

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Top: American Eagle | Denim: J Brand | Shoes: Nine West | Clutch: Saint Laurent | Necklace: TJ Maxx | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Jami c/o | Ring: David Yurman | Nails: Zoya “FitFabFun” | Lips: Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy 9: Cool Guava