SIS'S FAVORITE SUMMER PARTY PINS

Happy August! We're getting deep into summer here so if we're not going to be at the beach or in the pool, we may as well be gazing deeply into Pinterest, right? So on that note, here are some of my favorite summer party pins!

Pineapple cotton candy via Bon Puf.

Lemonade pinata via Oh Happy Day

Palm Fronds + Bon Bons dinner party via Studio DIY. Photo by Mary Costa.

Tassel balloon cake toppers via We Are Scout.

Fresh fruit smoothie bowls via Elsa's Wholesome Life.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WEDDING AT BACARA

Our close friends renewed their vows at Santa Barbara's Bacara Resort & Spa over the holiday weekend. We thought it was the perfect excuse to spend a few days relaxing at the oceanside retreat. I was reminded how the grounds at the resort are some of the best around. And the wedding, overlooking the ocean, was very special. Here's a peak.

I love this huge succulent and cactus planter as you pull up the the entrance.

Gorgeous green and white blooms greet you in the lobby.

Drool-worthy orchids and peonies.

Let's get cozy by the lobby fireplace,

My favorite part of the resort -- lush grounds surrounding the Spanish-style villas. 

Brixton was in Heaven being able to explore and run around the resort grounds.

B's Outfit -- Sweatshirt:  Mimobee via Eggy, Pants: Nununu, Shoes: Nike, Air Jordan's

The Bistro patio, complete with ocean breezes.

Power breakfast. Though it isn't on the menu, they will custom-make any omelette you'd like.

Post-brekky walk to the beach.

Pool time! 

The wedding ceremony, on the outside grass of the Beach House restaurant, overlooked The Pacific. The the flowing white hupppah, housed a crystal chandelier and was tied with gorgeous pink and white flowers. STUNNING.

Guest chairs ready for the ceremony at sunset.

Drinks awaiting thirsty guests during arrivals.

The gorgeous and intimate dinner in the wine cellar.

I loved the incorporation of artichokes and fruit into the florals. And the signature rosemary lemon drop cocktail was sublime.

Mom and Dad having a rare night of raging. 

Dessert and dancing under the stars. So lovely. xx

Design: Donna Isham & Brownstone Designs

Styling: Brownstone Designs

Florist: Snipping Violets

 

5-INGREDIENT, NO-SUGAR, NO-COOK DESSERT (OR BREAKFAST!)

Because I wasn't allowed to eat much sugar as a kid, a lot of our mid-week "desserts" were healthy cereals with fruit. I do like the idea of trying to stay away from sugar - at least during the week - so I carried on the tradition with this dessert that I make when my husband and I are trying to be "good" but still want a treat. He now says he prefers this to any real sugar dessert. I use raw cream (in addition to homemade coconut milk), which is pretty decadent (but I also believe has many healthy properties), but you can use any kind of milk/mylk of your choice. Whatever suits your diet will taste great - I've made it with only almond mylk and it's still really yummy. I keep the 5 ingredients in my house fairly regularly, so I can whip this up in a moment of dessert desperation. Hope this helps to kick off your week. Happy Monday Y'all!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Nature's Path Organic Qi'a Cereal (It only has 3 ingredients: Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Buckwheat Groats & Organic Hemp Seeds)

2 Organic Dates

1/2 Cup Organic Blueberries

2 Tablespoons Organic, Unsweetened Organic Coconut Shreds

1/2 or More Any Milk or Cream of Your Choice

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Here's how I like to put it together:

Place Qi'a Cereal at the bottom of the bowl. This cereal is very dense - a little goes a long way.

Slice two dates into pieces and add.

Add the blueberries.

Sprinkle on the Shredded Coconut.

Fill the bowl with about 1/2-3/4 cup milk/cream, until it completely covers the cereal. Wait a few seconds for the cereal to soak in some of the liquid and stir. If there are any dry parts to the cereal add more liquid until all of the cereal is covered. Dig in!