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During a recent conversation with my dad he said, “Who goes to Palm Springs in July?”

I do, dad!

I love Palm Springs even if it is crazy hot. If you’ve ever been then you seriously need to add it to your travel list. There is nothing I love more than sitting by a fun pool while working on my tan. A few of my photography friends and I decided we would do a little two day getaway to the desert for some girl time and fun photo opportunities. As always, I took all of the Oka-B shoes that I own because they are great for any occasion. They can be dressed up for a casual night out and are the perfect poolside companion. Palm Springs is a desert oasis full of style, so I wanted to make sure I had some great looks while on the trip. Here are a few photos from our time there. Outfit details can be found below.

 

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Tie-dye maxi: Lulu’s 

Emory Wedges: Oka-B

Red Dress: Revolve (Similar here)

Lucky Sandals: Oka-B

 

Last year I got to photograph an amazing Mad Men inspired 4th of July shoot. It was such an amazing shoot that it was featured on 100 Layer Cakelet, but I couldn’t help but share it again this year. I have had the privilege of photographing a few shoots designed by Lauren Bailey over at @youknowyouneedit, and her work never disappoints. Here is how she described her inspiration behind the design, “Inspired by the genius of Mad Men and it’s final season, I wanted to couple that with my love for all things Americana and create a retro Fourth of July dream party. I sourced almost all of the vintage tableware from the 1960’s playing with red, white, and blue patterns to create a fun and patriotic mid century feel. I am so intrigued by this decade and it was so neat to be able to relive some moments with these pieces during this project!”

 

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Vendors:

Design- Lauren Bailey @youknowyouneedit

Photography: Carissa Cady www.carissacadyphotography.com @carissa_cady_photo

Cakes and macarons (and cake topper not on the cake): Sweet and Saucy Shop @sweetnsaucyshop

Painting: www.ezcolovesyou.com @ezcolovesyou

Napkins: Kern Works https://www.etsy.com/shop/Kernworks

Cookies: Sweet C Bake Shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetCBakeShop @sweetcbakeshop

Spoons: ReInvent Home https://www.etsy.com/shop/ReInventHome

Lollipops/Hard Candy: Luxe Lollipops https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuxeLollipops and Smash Candies https://www.etsy.com/shop/SmashCandies

Balloon Tassel: Studio Mucci @studiomucci

Cake Topper: JoyLy Designs https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoyLYdesigns

Confetti Pop: www.Paperwhitedesigns.com

Confetti Balloon: https://www.etsy.com/shop/thepaperkit

When your brother-in-law is a watermelon farmer, you get inspired to try different watermelon recipes out. With the 4th of July just around the corner and watermelon season in full swing, it only makes sense to make  watermelon margaritas! This recipe is simple, sweet, and it will leave you feeling refreshed on these hot summer days!

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup water

2 cups cubed and seeded watermelon

2/4 cup white tequila

1/4 cup lime juice

Salt or sugar for rimming

Directions: 

  1. Bring the 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 a cup of water to a boil to create a simple syrup. Once the sugar has fully dissolved, set aside and let cool.
  2. Place the watermelon in a blender or food processor until pureed.
  3. Stir the watermelon, tequila, lime juice, and cooled simple syrup mix in a pitcher.
  4. Rub the edges of your margarita glasses with a lime and dip them in sugar or salt.
  5. Pour over ice and enjoy!

 

 

It is officially my favorite time of the year. I love summer, I love the 4th of July, and I love my cherry red Taylor Flats from Oka-B. The 4th of July is a big holiday in our family. It’s the one time of year where we all get together at our family beach house and spend the weekend together. Each year I look for the perfect patriotic outfit. I’m not huge on decking out my wardrobe with flag prints. I tend to prefer something that is subtle but still festive, so the cherry Taylor flats are the perfect compliment to my navy and white outfit. Plus, every time I wear these shoes I get a ton of compliments. There is nothing better than a pop of color to brighten up an outfit, so grab yourself a pair and celebrate like it’s 1776! Be sure to use the code “OKABSOUTH16” to save 20% on ANY Oka-B shoes!

 

 

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I’m not much of a cook, but I love to bake! Earlier this year my sister gave me a brand new KitchenAid mixer that sat unopened in her kitchen since she got married four years ago. I don’t think she realized what she was missing out on because I have been using that mixer for everything. Aside from baking I have been using it a lot when I need to shred chicken, which is a neat little secret I learned from my friend Bri over at Our Savory Life.

Last night I decided to whip up a little banana pudding for a get-together I was hosting. I originally found the recipe at allrecipes.com, but I made a few adjustments of my own based on some of the recommendations I read in the reviews. This pudding is seriously so good. It is the perfect comfort food and a great dessert to make for a summer BBQ. The recipe only serves four, so you may have to double it if you are making it for a larger group.

I made individual servings using my grandma’s dishes and topped it off with homemade whipped cream. It was a hit!

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Banana Pudding

Ingredients

2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs yolks, beaten
1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
1/2 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafer cookies

Directions

1. Combine sugar, flour, and salt in a saucepan. Mix in the 4 beaten egg yolks, milk, and heavy whipping cream. Cook on low for about 9 minutes and consistently stir the pudding until it begins to thicken.  Once the pudding begins to thicken, remove from the heat and add in the butter and vanilla. Continue to stir until the butter is melted.

2. Layer the vanilla wafers, bananas, and pudding in a serving dish. Let the pudding cool in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

 

Homemade Whipped Cream

Ingredients

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons of sugar

Directions

1. Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for 15 minutes.

2. Combine the sugar and the heaving cream in the chilled mixing bowl and whisk until the cream begins to thicken. Cool in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bri McKoy - Oh my goodness that looks delicious!! I need other reasons to use my kitchenAid too !! :) Thanks for the shout out, love! xoxoReplyCancel

  • TahJah - omgosh! Yes. I need this in my life. I am saving this for my next hostess event!ReplyCancel

  • Emily S. - These look divine! I must try them!!ReplyCancel

  • Alina Thomas - This looks delicious! I will totally have to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Mai - lools so delicious. I am saving this and share this with my friends.ReplyCancel