April 28, 2012

Have a lovely weekend...



Have you seen Serena and Lily's new summer outdoor collection? Here are my picks!

I think these seaside trays would be a perfect gift for someone special on Mother's Day...

I'm looking forward to Reader Request Week over at Sequins and Stripes!

Learned that the color blue actually encourages creativity.

This is the ultimate accessory for any beach house! Don't you think?


XO,
Desiree



April 27, 2012

Gold Crush


Leave it to me to be attracted to a little gold...here's what I'm loving right now for summer.



TORY BURCH Sheldon Dangle EarringsFish NecklaceRobinson Transit pass Holder, Aviator Sunglasses (herehere & here), Crisscross Wedge Espadrille, Fabian Espadrille Wedge (similar here and here)





Tory Burch...Friends and Family Sale




Click on the link above to enjoy a 25% savings over at ToryBurch.com!




Happy Friday...

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I'm so happy it's Friday! This week has actually flown by for me and all I can think of  is setting aside a few precious moments to relax this weekend.  

{Can any place in the world be any better than the image above?}

Saturday movie night!

{Looking forward to a movie night with my husband.}




April 25, 2012

Coastal Firepits

Fire Pit

Just imagine lounging with your family and friends around these ultra gorgeous firepits...

The first beachy firepit is located at the Vieques Island Resort in Puerto Rico. You can click here to learn more about this beautiful coastal get-a-way from a fellow blogger and Puerto Rican, Viviana.


The firepit below belongs to Courteney Cox's Malibu beach house.  Clean lines and a breathtaking view make it one of my favorites...


I'll take both!

Which do you prefer?


Summer Must Haves...


One of my favorite Earthy pleasures is a beautiful summer sandal or wedge. Here are just a few of my Summer 2012 picks that will be sure to make you feel chic...




April 21, 2012

Have a lovely weekend...

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I'm beyond excited about Justin Timberlake's new interior design venture!


Loving my new bikini!


So you love beach houses...do you?


Taking notes about ambient lighting: Photography School #2


Meet Coastal Living's 2012 Ultimate Beach House designer, Erika Powell.



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April 19, 2012

What I'm Loving Now...




Justin Timberlake to Design Home Accessories

Justin Timberlake and his longtime interior designer friend, Estee Stanley, collaborated to create home accessories with a European vibe that will be available through HomeMint.  The collection will be available in early May and  you can sign up now to get special previews. I'm looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us!

Click here to read their interview at Elle Decor.







Click here to sign up for HomeMint.


April 17, 2012

Chic Dresses...



I just had to share these two gorgeous dresses with you...in two of the hottest colors of the season!
Both from Anthropologie...


Becca Halter Dress




Summery Coastal Updates


Detailed View


In the last few days, I've had people ask me where can they find summery accessories to update their living spaces.  Here are three things that I feel would work perfectly for someone who loves chic coastal living...

Seersucker Placemats


Coral Reef Shower Curtain



April 14, 2012

Have a Lovely Weekend...

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I hope this weekend is relaxing one for you.  Here are a few links that I wanted to share with you as you start your Saturday...


Love this simple make-up tutorial.

Beachhouse house swap with friends.

Can't believe my beach houses pinterest board has over 800 followers! :) Thank you!

I really would love to order these for my upcoming anniversary...

Almost done collecting all of these lovely fashion finds.

Found this sweet post about my blog....awwww thanks Diane!



image above...margarita popsicles

April 13, 2012

Happy Half a Million Pageviews...

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Happy Friday! I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read my blog! It's been an incredibly fun journey so far and I'm looking forward to incorporating new and exciting ways to share what inspires me with you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!



XO,
Desiree






April 12, 2012

Columbian Beach House



This bright family getaway is located in Columbia and has beautiful views of old-town Cartegena.














April 11, 2012

Strawberry Cake...& Instagram


Hello chic friends!  I'm excited to be able to share my all time fav dessert with my readers today!  This butter recipe strawberry cake is a family favorite, in which I started baking almost twenty years ago.  I wanted to surprise my husband's grandmother with her favorite cake and it fell apart and looked like someone blew it up! My husband of course made fun of it and nicknamed it, Desi's Strawberry Explosion Cake! We ended up scooping this delicious mess with spoons! Now, years later we're still enjoying this spring and summertime dessert favorite.


From my home to yours...




For this cake, I used Duncan Hines butter recipe cake mix (2 boxes), a large pack of fresh strawberries and two large tubs of whip cream.  


Mix one cake batter for each pan.


Cook until golden brown on top. I like to use a toothpick to see if the middle is fully cooked.  I love to making sure that the middle is still slightly moist, as to not overcook.


Flip upside down on the dish that you will be serving it on.


Cut the strawberries into thin slices (leave 4 of the prettiest strawberries out to use as decoration for the top of the cake) and sprinkle the sliced strawberries with tons of sugar! Mix well.




After you slice and sugar the strawberries, put them in the refrigerator while you start to layer on the whip cream.  Middle of the cake first.


Now it's time to place a thick layer of strawberries for the filling.


You will want to avoid placing strawberries on the very edge, because the strawberry juice will seep down the sides.


Next, layer more whip cream over the strawberry filling. Yummmmm!


Time to add the second layer of cake! Carefully...


Whip cream time again! Don't be shy, make sure you cover every square inch with a thick layer.


Cover all the sides and keep it nice and neat towards the bottom.


There she is! Almost ready!


Here comes the design part! Place the strawberries in any way you see fit on top of the cake.


Pretty and ready to share!


**Note: I've baked this cake with a homemade recipe, as well.  When I have more time that's usually the route I take.  I do have to say that the Duncan Hines Butter Recipe cake mix is moist and delicious, as well!

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