Mediterranean Blues Backyard Before & After with Pier 1 Imports


This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports.

The sad "Before"


Back to those "After" shots


Post winter patio life [pictured above], exhibit A: a drab, sad, blank canvas ripe for some color and decorating. Akin to the long, gray winter of our discontent suffered here in New England, our garden and outdoor space were in need of much sprucing up.

Pier 1 Imports came to the rescue again this season, my outdoor decor saviours, who pulled through this summer season with Mediterranean themed house ware and outdoor gear I could not resist. Think cool, crisp blues, geometric tile and Greek-key patterns that call to mind the islands Mykonos and Santorini. Why not build my own backyard Taverna, complete with high back settees, arm chairs, strung lights, and moody bouzouki tunes drifting on the summer air? My husband and I were so inspired by the gorgeous goods at Pier 1 Imports, that we are hosting a party next weekend, bringing some of the Mediterranean island life straight to our backyard.

Taverna & patio prep began with some major landscaping and garden planning- you need lots of herbs for all these Mediterranean dishes my friends. Flowers in the planters, lights twinkling overhead, and a gorgeous new lounge set, which I made feel like an extension of the living room by rolling out a bar cart, a vintage Moroccan tea table, and some chic side tables, piled with flowers, flowers, flowers. Another great idea for all your vases? Some of those fresh herbs from the garden, there is nothing quite like sitting next to a vase of rosemary to scent the eve, am I right?

Which leads me back to the menu....I'll be serving trays of ouzo when guests first arrive (a bitter Greek aperitif, served in petite glasses with cubes of ice), red and white sangria, and platters of herbed grilled shrimp, chicken, and veggies, called souvlaki. Is there anything more perfect than meat on a stick? I'm eager to try my hand at grilled halloumi too, a firm cheese that is mild and delicious. I'll be serving mine drizzled with honey and grapes. And don't forget the delicious Greek pastry baklava for dessert, honey and nuts wrapped in layers of buttery filo dough, bite sized bits-o-heaven. My mother-in law makes THE BEST baklava, so I hope to out source to her capable hands, or finally commit her secret recipe to writing (if I snag that, I'll definitely share!). Want some specific recipe ideas? Check out my pinboard devoted to all things Mediterranean cooking, a constant source of culinary inspiration for me and my weeknight meals. 

My go-to management tool for beautiful invites? Paperless Post. They have online based tracking, send reminders, and the prettiest invites I have seen- a perennial fave of mine is the floral Unikko Marimekko print, in a host of blue hues, naturally. 

Last but most certainly, not least, is music. I'm keeping things simple with a Greek inspired playlist, ripped from some of my husband's favorites and a host of the classics. No need to do any heavy lifting here, I've already rounded them all up with Spotify. Stream, enjoy, and stay tuned for some pics from the party next weekend! 



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Lani Loves: Charlotte Olympia Frida Clutch + Sale!


Charlotte Olympia Sale Goodness


What I am loving this week.

Or what I just bought.

More often than not, both.



I couldn't resist this, since I've been on a Friday kick and all. Sadly, if you don't strike fast in the land of sales someone else will walk away with your bounty. By the time I returned for a second look this beauty was long gone.

I hope she went to a good home.

If you want to check out some more Frida coolness, peep these pics of Frida's warbdrobe, kept under lock and key until recently (by her husband Diego Rivera, who stipulated the room the articles were kept in not be opened until 15 years after her death). Her shoes, braces, prosthesis, all beautiful insight into her painful life.

But back to the sales.....everyone launched their sales a bit early this week. Get while the pickings are good:

Barneys: up to 40% off designer

Saks: up to 40% off designer

Net a porter: up to 50% off designer


More Lani Loves:



Dressing the Baby Bump: Week 25 + Boston Weekly

Above: Clover Canyon halter maxi (old), Givenchy jelly sandals (check out this year's version), Zara clutch, Super sunglasses



Who: As in, who am I listening to. Amsterdam, Gregory Alan Insakov. Plaintive, plodding (in a good way), and beautiful. Kind of like the city.


What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

BBQ's on BBQ's. Tis the season. Kind of nice to let someone serve us for a change, kind of exhausting driving all over the state. But hubs has a DD, so all is well with the world.

We are back from our grand adventure to Amsterdam. Lots of waffles, crepes, and wurst. Not heavy on sleep, turns out the time change can really mess with a toddler's sleep patterns. Worth it all the same for some visiting with long lost family.

This dress was look #2, for BBQ 2&3. Looks #1 and #3 were much to covered in BBQ sauce by the time a picture even crossed my jet lagged mind.

If you want to peep some of the maternity friendly style I've been stalking, pop over to my pinterest board, maternity chic.


Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

FGI Boston X Skinner Auctioneers is hosting a private preview, cocktails and lecture with Victoria Bratberg, Department of Fine Jewelry Director. If you have ever wanted to check out Skinner, this is your time. Sip some wine and try a different ring on every finger. 





You’re invited to join

Fashion Group International of Boston 

Sunday, June 7, 2015
5:30-6pm Private preview & reception

6pm Talk followed by Q&A

Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers
Heritage On the Garden
63 Park Plaza, Boston MA 02116

FGI Boston Members $20
General Admission $35



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