Iced tea is my cool-down drink of the summer. While there are many store bought options, I have come to love making my own. Brewing your own iced tea puts you in control of the strength, sweetness, and ingredients, plus it’s the perfect opportunity to utilize fruit and fresh herbs to create unique drinks week after week.
Finnish designer Elina Halttunen is a breast cancer survivor “with one breast and a passion for swimming.” She collaborated with Finnish art duo Tärähtäneet ämmät (“Nutty Tarts”) to make these incredible “monokinis,” designed especially for women who have lost a breast to the disease. “Having only one breast made finding fitting bikinis difficult. Therefore I fashioned my own Monokini,” Halttunen says on the Monokini 2.0 website. “I thought that maybe there would be others out there like me, women who wanted swimwear that would not make them feel that they were missing a breast.” Here are six of the swimsuits she designed, modeled by the very women they’re intended for. So cool! [Monokini 2.0 via The Gloss]
Arancini is a popular Italian dish in which balls of rice, often mixed with cheese, are breaded and deep fried. Thus the common nick name, rice balls. My Italian brother-in-law, who prepared them regularly at his deli, introduced me to them and I fell in love with how creamy and cheesy the inside of these nuggets are. The result is mouth-watering food in the palm of your hand. Wanna make them at home? Try one of these eight recipes or create your own!
“I’m outdoorsy in that I like getting drunk on patios,” pretty much sums me up to a T. I think we can all agree that one of the best things about the warm weather is the ability to throw back cocktails in the sunshine, am I right? So when the people move from indoors to out, the booze needs to move, too. Have no fear. Celebrity party planner Mindy Weiss says bar carts are the new “it” thing when it comes to entertaining, because they’re functional AND cute, whether you choose to roll them outside or keep them indoors. Check out 10 bar carts we love (all under $150!) that are perfect for your next boozy brunch.
Year after year we see the same triangle, bandeau and halter bikinis packing the beach and laying poolside. I appreciate a classic bathing suit, but really? Isn’t it time for a change? Try mixing it up this year with one of these new bikini shapes. Although, don’t say I didn’t warn you about the fab tan lines!
A colorful, lightweight scarf is indispensable at this time of year. Every spring, I purchase one cheery scarf as my signature accessory. Instantly, sweaters, T-shirts and dresses have a whole new vibe. Plus, given how much the temps can fluctuate, scarves add a much needed extra layer for chilly mornings and sunsets. Slide one around your neck, wrap one around your head, tie one to your purse strap, or simply store one in your purse and enjoy spring. (If you need more ideas, here are 15 ways to tie a scarf for inspiration!)
Restaurant owner Daniel McCawley’s clever response to a sexist comment requesting that his waitresses “show more skin” had me cheering in the wings … and craving potato skins. If I owned a car, I would road trip to West Virginia to dine at Daniel’s Atomic Grill. Instead, I promise to share his story and think of him as I snack on potato skins this weekend.
Listen, I’m not a graphic designer. But I am a porn enthusiast. So when I heard that PornHub had selected their top 15 finalists for their first ad campaign, I was like, Shit, how did I miss this opportunity to show PornHub how much I understand their brand? PornHub is, after all, my favorite online porn database thanks to their easy search and sort functionality, not to mention vast array of videos of, you know, people fucking. (But there could always be more Manuel Ferrara and James Deen.) And I gotta say, while I like many of the ads that were chosen as finalists (my six favorite are in this gallery), I think my (hastily put together using rudimentary Photoshop skills) ad is more clever. I mean, who doesn’t clear their browser history after they’ve watched porn? I guess there’s always next year… [PornHub (SFW)]
Hey guys, I need to work from home today because my peonies are about to blossom and I want to be here to witness it and spend time with them. See ya tomorrow! — Amelia
That is an actual email I recently sent to the staff, explaining why I would be working from home that day. (Yes, I am very lucky to be able to work from home at all, let alone because I want to spend time with cut flowers. I appreciate this fact every day.) For about six wonderful weeks in May and June, peonies GIVE ME LIFE. I spend an embarrassing amount of money on them, but considering I decline invitations to go out in favor of quality time with those blooms, I think they’re worth it.
There are soooooo many varieties of peonies, that I decided to choose five of my fave pink and red varieties as inspiration for this style gallery. Was this really just an excuse for me to stare at peony pictures for the last few hours? Sure. But can you blame me?
Some shoes are made for walking – these shoes were made for adoring. I don’t know about you, but some of my prettiest pumps never leave my closet. I never want to walk in theme for fear of blisters and scuffs. There is no room in my life for a pair of $1,000 shoes, but aren’t they beautiful? If I owned a pair, I would lounge around my own apartment basking in their glory, only sharing them with my most intimate friends. Hey, there’s no harm in a little foot fetish.