I am always a fan of bathing suits from Target (hello variety), but there is something to be said about a fabulously made, perfect fit swimsuit.My go-to, favorite, all time best bathing suits are from Malia Mills. They definitely come with a price (holy moly, $150 per piece), but they are 1000% worth it and last forever. I bought my first suit 4 years ago, have worn it on every single vacation and it is still in excellent condition.
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I love her fun prints, but also the variety of styles she has in solid colors. I have two black tops and one bottom, which makes it easy to add a new style each year. She makes bathing suits for every possible body type and organizes them by bra size, which makes them almost perfectly tailored to your body. One size really doesn’t fit all when it comes to bathing suits.
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I flew home last Thursday to be with my boys for a week. I’ve got to say that landing in the beautiful, very green and lush Tennessee made me smile. Coming from California where people can’t even water their grass because of the draught made me EXTRA appreciative of all the green!
Although with rain, lots of sunshine and a lack of care, my garden has turned into a haven for weeds. I mean the weeds are literally as tall as I am. Since Q and I are both gone so much, we hired an awesome guy to mow our lawn. He texted me yesterday saying these exact words, “Koko, I am a bit concerned with the overflowing weeds in the back garden beds. They have truly taken over.” So there is that, but at least I have blooming hydrangeas! And sadly all of my tomato plants also took a serious hit… this commuting for work thing has not been good for the garden.
This week has been about cleaning, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping and fixing up the house before I leave again back to LA. I have to say living at home with my parents sure has it perks seeing how I do none of those chores when I am in LA (Love you mom!).
Q and I saw two great movies over the weekend: Trainwreck and Southpaw (both totally different, but highly recommended).
If you haven’t read Big Little Lies yet, do it. Trust me.
And finally (most importantly), I am totally obsessed with my new white Birkenstocks. I know, I can hear you screaming from here “Just say no to the Birks!” but I love them. Like “wear them every single day” love them. And let me tell you, I get a LOT of odd looks in Small Town, Tennessee.
And let’s not forget the original Birkenstock wearer in this family:
That’s all for today… oh and Carl has been in this position staring at his ball for the past hour. Obsessed much?
I am completely, totally, 100% in love with this gingham dress. I stumbled upon it randomly when I was at the Nordstrom’s in Nashville (no surprise that the Nashville Nordie’s carries super Southern dresses that you don’t find in LA). I ended up wearing in three times in one week and haven’t stopped there.
Dress: Kaya & Sloane (via Nordstrom) $138
Shoes: Target $19
Sunnies: Jessica Simpson
This is one of my all-time favorite summer meals (right behind this Caprese Pasta). I love sitting on the deck, eating this while enjoying a crisp glass of white wine. I usually associate pasta with fall, but this lighter take on it is prefect for an easy deck dinner. All it takes is twenty minutes and voila, dinner is served!
Linguini with Shrimp Scampi
- Vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
- 3/4 pound linguine
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
- 1 pound large shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Zest from 1/2 lemon, grated
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
- 1/4 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds
- 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) hot red pepper flakes
- Bring a large pot of water to boiling, add enough salt so water tastes like the ocean (about 1 tablespoon) add the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.
- Meanwhile, in another large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Be careful, the garlic burns easily! Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.
- When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.
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