Made a New Dress!

New Look Mock Knit Dress Pattern

I made a new dress last weekend. I love wrap dresses but being a bit curvy, I can’t always find one that doesn’t gape in the chest, so I decided I needed to make my own. For this one I used a pattern by New Look: U06301A Misses’ Mock Wrap Knit Dress Sewing Template. The pattern was easy to use and easy to match different sizes body parts (allowing it to be customized to ones curvy parts pretty simply). For fabric I went with a few soft knits from Fabricworm. All in all, I enjoyed making this pattern (it took about 2.5 hours, start to finish) and will use it again. Before you get started on a sewing pattern for knits, give this post a read through: How to Sew With Knit Fabrics: Sewing with Jersey 101. So, what do you think?


A Few Days in Heartlake City (aka Carlsbad, CA)

Carlsbad Jaime and Scarlet Scarlet and I had the pleasure of spending two nights in Carlsbad, CA and visiting Legoland to check out the new Lego Friends Heartlake City! It was so fun. There’s nothing like a couple nights away one on one with your kid.

We stayed at the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, which is a convenient place right in Carlsbad Village just across a small street from the beach.
Carlsbad Beach Inn Beach

They provided us with a beach umbrella, two chairs, and a big pile of sand toys! That was a great touch. We spent hours rolling around in the surf and experimenting with our sand to water ratio as we constructed and destroyed castle after castle.
Carlsbad Beach

The hotel is right next door to Norte, a Mexican restaurant with a great happy hour. Is it weird I took my kid to happy hour? I am happy to say I was not the only one.
Carlsbad Village Norte

The next day, it was off to Legoland! We wisely arrived about 45 minutes before opening, so we got to sneak onto a few rides that normally have long lines just when the park opened.
Legoland Cruise

My girly had to get her face painted of course.
Legoland Heartlake City Mia's Riding Camp

We spent the morning at the water park inside of Legoland (which is AH-MAZ-ING) but I wisely stashed my camera for that portion of the day. In the afternoon we headed to the all new Lego Friends Heartlake City, where Scarlet had to take her turn on Mia’s Riding Camp, which is an adorable version of a merry go round.
Lego Friends Heartlake City

We finished off our day with a visit to the Legoland Sea Life Aquarium, which is awesome! Scarlet loved the octopus of course.
Legoland Sea Life Aquarium Octopus

Scarlet is a big fan of aquariums, so she was thrilled to take the Sea Life quiz, which involved finding hidden questions in the aquarium and answering them correctly. She was thrilled with her official Sea Life Explorer sticker.
Legoland Aquarium Sealife Expert

We had so much fun spending a couple days in Carlsbad! If you want a relaxing few days by the beach to counterbalance a busy, fun-filled day at a theme park, Carlsbad is the place to do it.


Toast Tuesday: Fig, Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto

Toast Tuesday | Fig, Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Ohemgee. I want to eat this for every meal of the day everyday forever. It’s so luscious and deep and savory and sweet and satisfying, GAH!

Ok, this week go ahead and start with your toast as usual. Spread a layer of fig jam (find my famous recipe I make from my fig tree in our book, Pretty Prudent Home). On top of that you’ll pile on caramelized onions. Every couple weeks or so I slice about five or six onions and caramelize them by cooking in a couple tablespoons of olive oil over super low heat for about an hour and a half. They freeze very well, and I always keep a container of them in the fridge to add to salads, or in this case, toast. Ok, so on top of your onions you’ll want to shave a few thin pieces of cheese (I did a gruyere). The final touch is one ruffle of prosciutto. Put it in your mouth, then try not to make eight more pieces. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Red, White and Ocean Blue

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A Caribbean cruise provides you with a gorgeous palette for Summer style. Take the traditional red, white, and blue, then add a beautiful range of ocean teals and aquas. It’s a classic with a twist. This Spring, Jaime and I took a few of our girlfriends on a Carnival cruise and couldn’t help but think about how we could take some nautical style home with us. If we can’t have our own butler, comedian and bartender, at least we can try to recreate the feeling of our vaca on the high seas with pretty home decor.


1. A life preserver throw pillow from Land of Nod comes to the rescue adding a pop of color to a kid’s room or patio.

2. I miss living where you can leave the door open to enjoy the Summer breeze. Someone who doesn’t live in Texas needs to grab this Mooring Rope Knot Door Stop from Dot & Bo so that I can live vicariously.

3. Let everyone who arrives at your doorstep know that they are welcome to drop an anchor and stay a while with an Anchor Floor Mat from West Elm.


Read on for our favorite picks for your home inspired by our week gazing out at the sea, with the ocean breeze in our hair, from aboard Carnival Glory’s route through the Western Caribbean.


Voutsa’s Under The Sea Melamine Dinner Plates, available at Anthropologie, are not only beautiful but practical enough for the pool or a picnic.

Turn to ETSY for a variety of nautical inspired string art, both ’70s vintage and new.

This chic ceramic whale is a steal at Target.

Since our cruise had two stops in Mexico, we couldn’t resist adding this charming Tulum Side Table from CB2. It’s designed to withstand the elements but beautiful enough to use indoors.

Garnet Hill’s Mini-Print Percale Bedding features charming hand-painted nautical designs printed on soft cotton sheets.
And how about one last DIY to bring it all together. Try out Jaime’s stunning Rope Rug tutorial from our book, Pretty Prudent Home. It’s the perfect nautical inspired project.


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