Simple & Bright Bok Choy Salad

Simple & Bright Bok Choy Salad
If you planted a winter garden, I hope so included some bok choy! It’s ready now, so pick it (or pick it up at your local farmer’s market). I love bok choy in an easy weeknight stir fry, and I especially love it braised so it’s a bit creamy. But bok choy is also delicious eaten raw! Just chop it up and toss it with a dressing that has some sweetness to cut any bitterness in the leaves. Add some nuts or seeds for crunch, and you’ve got a light, delicious lunch. Get the dressing recipe for our Simple & Bright Bok Choy salad after the jump… (more…)

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Wild for Flowers: Must-Have Florals for Spring

florals for spring

Mother Nature is still mixing some April Showers in with my May Flowers but I’m ready for blooms. Here are ten of my favorite florals this month. From a pretty new coloring book of clever quotes and pretty flowers by Zoë Ingrams, to Quinn’s favorite kicks this season, to retro SunPrint Paper to bring me back to childhood, May is bursting with pretty petals.

1.  The Flower Trip – Florabunda – Bando

2. Roshe One Cherry Blossom Sneakers – Nike

3. Dear Stella Fabric by the Yard, Wildwood, Midnight Floral Ebony – Fabricworm

4. Wise Words to Color: Inspiration to Live and Color By by Zoë Ingram

5. Roxy Kids Sneakers – See Kai Run

6. SunPrint Kit – Amazon

7. Adidas Originals Floral Print Legging – Urban Outfitters

8. Faux Peony Stems – Target

9. Girls’ Terry Cloth Kaftan Cover Up – Marimekko for Target

10. Patterned Case for iPhone – J. Crew

 

 

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Simple Summer Dress Tutorials

How to Turn Any T Shirt Into a SundressIt’s time to start sewing up some spring and summer dresses for your littles. Here are some of the most popular summer dress tutorials that we’ve shared over the years.

My favorite is the How to Turn Any T Shirt Into a Sundress tutorial pictured above, as it is super fast and upcycles any cool tee you own. I’m also still a huge fan of the ever-popular Snappy Toddler dress (with pattern)>. Snappy Toddler Dress

Our Easy Summer Muu Muu will be your daughter’s favorite comfy and cute dress. Easy Muu Muu Pattern

I adore our One Shoulder Dressy Dress, it’s extra cute in a bold pattern. One Shoulder Dressy Dress DIY

This pretty DIY Pinafore is great for spring in a bright color. DIY-Pinafore

This Peekaboo Toddler Tank has the cutest back! Check it out. Peekaboo Toddler Tank

This loose fitting summer frock is extra cute with the gathered neckline: Summer Frock with Gathered Neckline. Summer Frock with Gathered Neckline

We’ve made so many version of our Pillowcase Dress, I like this one with bias tape trim. Pillowcase Dress

And this dress is just so fun to make in gauze, the Snap Wrap Dress. Snap Wrap Dress

Find more of our kid clothing sewing tutorials here. Happy sewing!

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A Treatise On Beach Cover Ups

A Treatise on Beach Cover UpsHere is what makes a good beach/pool cover-up IMHO:
1. It covers my belly so I can eat fried conch fritters without actually visually observing my stomach expanding.
2. It packs up small, so it’s easy to lug around. This is why I am not interested in terry cloth cover ups. I don’t want to carry ten pounds of wet towel with me ever. I’m supposed to be relaxing, not feeling like I’m doing laundry.
3. It dries quickly. That sexy wet boob and booty-zone where your cover up sticks to your bathing suit and it looks like you peed in your pants? Pass.
4. It is relatively cute. I don’t need to look like I’m at coachella or anything, but I don’t want to stray too far into Mrs. Roper territory either.

Also, I worked in a bathing suit store, many moons ago (many pounds ago?) so I have some experience with these things. Check out my picks for the best beach cover ups after the jump…

My absolute most fave is this kaftan from Rose & Rose. I wore it all over Tulum a few months ago, and am wearing it currently as I write this on the beach in Mahe, Seychelles. It’s super lightweight, packs up tiny, feels amazing in the humid weather, and is just the right length. I love this thing. It’s by Rose and Rose.

I love gauze. It feels great in humid climates and it’s so pretty. This one will show the back of your swimsuit, and I feel like showing my back is something I’m okay with. This is the Daydreamer Playdress from Vitamin A, it also comes in black which can be more forgiving.

I also love rompers, all the time. I’m all about one-piece dressing. This Solana Romper from Vitamin A is crazy comfortable, but its quite short in the booty area, like shorter then it looks here. But so comfy.

My husband suprised me with a gift of this dress and I love it! It’s not a beach cover up, however, when I wore it my daughter said it looked like I was wearing a robe. She actually said: “Mom, are we going to a pool?” I said, “No, why?” and she replied that I looked like I was dressed in a pool robe. So, I packed this dress along with me to the island, and it really is great for throwing on over your suit and sitting down for a nice meal. I still wear it out though, cause I love it. Wrap midi dress in Linn stripe from Madewell. Madewell Linn Stripe Midi Dress

Melissa Obadash makes some luxurious stuff for the beach, it’s all quite gorgeous but some of it feels like a lot to have on, lots of details and lace, a bit fussy for me. But some of it is just right, like this Amber Bandeau dress. Great for if you are staying somewhere luxurious and want to look super put together while drinking cocktails by the infinity pool.

I totally love tie die, and where better to wear it then by the pool? Like seriously, you can’t wear tie dye to work. This romper is lightweight and comfy and perfect if you are curvy in the chestal-region, for showing off your assets. Surf Gypsy tie dye romper from ASOS.

This one may seem a little boring, but I wear it constantly. IT HAS POCKETS. Also, it’s made of some strange material that feels almost like swimsuit material – it dries so fast. I love it. Jordan TaylorBlack Quintessential Surplice Tunic from Canyon Beachwear.

Would wear this 24 hours a day. Akasa Ombre low back beach dress from ASOS.

I like to have a beach maxi. It’s great for when your legs are feeling like they are getting burned and something about a long dress makes you look more “done” when it’s time to mosey on over to the restaurant. This one is fab. Monki Lace Beach Dress from ASOS.

Well now that I have shared my deep thoughts on beach cover ups, I think I will walk from my current seat out to this here beach. XO Avani Resort Seychelles

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