Impossibly Pretty Cake

With the 4th of July around the corner I’ve been keeping an eye out for the perfect celebratory dessert. And I think this Banana, Nutella and Cream Cheese cake would cause guests to see stars. I also love the rustic elegance – it looks as gorgeous as it does delicious.

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And since I can’t run out and find my perfect rustically elegant kitchen in time for the Fourth, I’ll have to stick to the cake. I’m sure my guests won’t mind. And the lovely Julie Marie of the even more lovely Always with Butter laid out the recipe so nicely for us. Somehow I doubt my version will be as visually stunning as hers but I’m willing to give it a go!

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images via always with butter, kitchen via house and home

New Series: Three Ways to Wear It

The official arrival of summer is tempting me to run out to pick up new seasonal wardrobe, but I know we’d all be better off if we shopped our closets a bit more. So I’m starting a new series for Monday Work Wear inspirations: Three Ways to Wear It, styling one piece in three completely different looks. I do hope you’ll enjoy it!
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The inaugural installment of Three Ways to Wear It is inspired by the apply named  “I’ll Get You” jacket by Nanette Lepore. Because every girl should have a few pieces of designer clothes in her wardrobe.

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The jacket would pair perfectly with billowing wide-leg pants and crisp denim top. You can balance the eye-catching silhouette by carrying the muted color palette through to your bag and shoes (where I recommend the biggest investments, hence the Jimmy Choos) but you always want to add something that pops, like a colorful necklace and summery bright coral nails.

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I’ve become a total believer in the concept of mixed prints. You have to be both a little careful and a bit brave to pull the look of well, but it can be done. Like taking spotted print short in black and white. That keeps the combo from being overwhelming. But since it is the height of summer I’d throw a bright pink blouse for a bit of fun. I’d continue to keep accessories neutral, but this time in one of my favorite trends for summer: nude colored patent. Get some while you can because it will be wearable all year round.

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The maxi dress is here to stay for the whole summer and so you might as well bring it to the office {although you might want to wait until Friday}. I like nipping in the waist with a neutral toned belt and add height with some sweet wedges. Throw in sassy jewelry you’ll be able to ditch the blazer and head straight to happy hour!

I hope you’re able to dive into your closet and come up with your own way to rework your wardrobe luvies.

Have a great week!
*Mrs. E

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