Build a Better Bar Cart: Drink it! Strawberry Peach & Basil Whiskey Smash


”strawberry Summer cocktail series: Strawberry peach & basil whiskey smash


This sweet and sassy cocktail gets a kick in the pants, and earthy under tones, from its starring component- basil! It's the secret ingredient that will keep people guessing. Mixed with summer time staples like strawberries and peaches you have one cool combo for hot summer days.

Easy to shake, stir + pour and essential for all your back yard get togethers.

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Date Night = Belted Maxi

Above: J Crew silk maxi, J Crew belt (way old), Zara sandals (also way old, similar here) and In God We Trust necklace via Covet and Lou- which I may need to stack with their 'wicked sweet' version...


Husband and I had a rare date night this week. On Tuesday. Cause that was the only day I could get a sitter and man oh man, did I need a date night. 

So we moseyed up to Steel and Rye on a Tuesday. Ate some amazing food. Try the carne asada and lobster buccatini. Oh and snickers in a bowl. You will not be disappointed. I have had a joyous rediscovery of all that is snickers. Yes, you heard me. Snickers ice cream, desserts, deconstructed and in original form. All snickers all the time.

I dub this, the summer of snickers. PS, if you are at Row 34 try their snickers desssert too. Life changing.



CSA Cooking Totally Unplanned, Totally Delicious: Red Snapper with Avocado Pico


So to skin, or not to skin? That is the question. Never having cooked snapper before, I wasn't really sure what to do.

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Lani Loves: Xirena

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What I am loving this week.

Or what I just bought.

More often than not, both.


Check both boxes again. This discovery comes courtesy of South End shop, Viola Lovely.

Xirena intimates are fun, comfy, sleek, and sexy. Designed by Dierdre Roffoni. In patterns aplenty for every taste.

Stock up at Viola Lovely while the sale pickings are good.



Recent Lani Loves:

In God We Trust Fuck Off



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The Perfect Summer Maxi Dress

Above: DVF Maxi, J Crew gold sandals, vintage Gucci clutch via Brimfield, Forever 21 cuff


I was inspired by Pinterest to pull this dress from the archives for my sister in law's engagement party last weekend. I always see it scrolling in my feed, some leggy beauty exposing her gams and strappy heels, while the silk panels artfully blow in the breeze.  

So, I didn't have any gusty wind. Or heels. But I think the dress was pretty none-the-less.

We tried to have a family beach day this weekend. Fail. Instead, I blew up Daphne's inflatable pool and kicked it in the back yard with a cocktail. I didn't miss the sand one bit!


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