April 23, 2014

LOOKS I LOVE...


Good morning! My summer fashion dreams are coming true! J.Crew just launched over 300 new summer looks online and of course I want one of almost everything! I did buy these track pants and this tasseled top for my trip this weekend! So excited, because I've been looking forward to these track pants ever since I saw them on Pinterest during the fall NYFW. Enjoy!

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Have a beautiful day and happy spring!
XO,
Desiree

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April 22, 2014

10 Best: MICHELE WATCHES FOR SPRING



I'm in love with Michele watches! I don't own one of these sleek watches (yet), but I have to say they're GORGEOUS and for someone who has always loved wearing a watch, I think they're some of the prettiest and most refined watches I've ever seen. So, today I dedicated a post sharing the 10 Best Michele watches for spring and summer. I think these sophisticated watches would make the perfect gift for Mother's Day and graduation. Enjoy!

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XO,
Desiree

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April 21, 2014

My Easter + THE BEST Strawberry Cake Recipe


Good morning! I hope you had a beautiful Easter Sunday with your family. I wanted to share my strawberry cake recipe with you that everyone in my family thinks is the BEST strawberry cake ever! It's easy and after making this delicious strawberry cake for so many years, I think I've perfected the recipe. Enjoy the best strawberry cake recipe below! I'm also wearing a super casual look that will be on repeat the whole summer.


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THE BEST STRAWBERRY CAKE RECIPE
by Desiree of Chic Coastal Living blog

1 box of butter recipe cake mix 
2 tubs of cool whip
2 containers of fresh strawberries (if strawberries are not in season use 1 bag of frozen strawberries)
sugar

Directions
1. Follow recipe for the butter cake mix and bake.
2. While the cake is baking, prepare strawberries by washing them and cutting them into thin slices and     placing them in a bowl. 
3. Add lots (and I mean lots) of sugar to the strawberries, stir and place them into the refrigerator to cool.
4. Let the cake cool and remove from pan. With a long knife cut the cake in half through the middle so that you have two layers of cake. 
5. Pour strawberries carefully onto one layer of the cake without letting the strawberries go over the sides and pour all remaining juice onto the the strawberry layer. 
6. Spread a layer of cool whip over the strawberries.
7. Place second layer of cake on top of the cool whip layer. 
8. Spread cool whip all over the top of the cake and sides.
9. Place clean strawberries on top of the cake for decoration.

Note: It's best to make the cake the night before and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. You can also make the cake with 4 layers. You just need to buy another box of cake. 
Serves 8

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XO,
Desiree

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April 18, 2014

Three Things: SHADES OF BLUE


As a lover of blue, I have three inspirations to share with you today to celebrate the perfect color for spring and summer. The denim on denim super casual outfit worn by Olivia Palermo is great choice for a stroll through the city. The lovely blue and white room designed by Susan Palma has the perfect mix of floral and solids that create a stylish place to rest and the Mediterranean Byzantine melamine plates from my favorite home store, Williams Sonoma are eye catching and great for summer entertaining. Scroll below to shop the looks and similar blues for you and your home. P.S. here is the source for OP's bright camo loafers. You're welcome!

Denim on Denim:


For the Home:


Table Top:


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  • NORDSTROM: New styles just added to the sale & Michael Kor's watches on sale!
  • J.CREW: Save 30% off select styles & up to 50% off final sale with code BIGSALE.
  • TORY BURCH:  Shop the new Resort Sale and save up to 40% off wear now styles.
  • GAP: Save 40% off regular priced styles!  
  • ANN TAYLOR: Save up to 40% off with code SPRING4IT!

Have a beautiful day and happy spring!
XO,
Desiree

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April 17, 2014

WEEKEND PICKS...


Here are a few things to help you feel relaxed this weekend. Enjoy!

P.S. Today is the last day to save 25% off at SHOPBOP's Friends & Family Event!


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Here are some sales you need to know about:
  • NORDSTROM: New styles just added to the sale & Michael Kor's watches on sale!
  • J.CREW: Save 30% off with code SPRINGSTYLE.
  • TORY BURCH:  Shop the new Resort Sale and save up to 40% off wear now styles.
  • GAP: Save 35% off!  
  • ANN TAYLOR: Save up to 40% off with code SPREE!
  • SHOPBOP: TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! Shop the Friends & Family Event and save 25% off your purchase with code INTHEFAMILY14.

Have a beautiful day and happy spring!
XO,
Desiree

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