I was raised in an Italian family with real Italian cooks, so I have a tendency give anything an Italian spin in the kitchen. Hence this week’s recipe – my favorite grilled cheese sandwich – is nothing short of delicioso. It’s crazy easy to make and tastes just as good as any fancy Panini.
2 Slices of bread (I like wholegrain, but if you want the traditional thing, go for ciabatta bread)
1 Canned artichoke – quartered
1 roasted red pepper – cut into 3 pieces
2 slices of fresh mozzarella (Mozzarella is traditional, but I didn’t have any when I made the sandwich, so I substituted a blend of jack cheeses. You can experiment with whatever cheeses you like. I highly recommend it.)
Spread pesto on both halves of your bread
Place roasted red pepper on one half
Place artichoke pieces on top of the roasted red pepper
Place cheese on top of the artichokes & then toast both sandwich halves in the toaster oven – or regular oven at 350F if you don’t have a toaster oven – until cheese melts (approx 5 minutes).
Place the top slice of bread on top, cut in half, and you’re done!
in case you haven’t noticed, we can’t get enough of surfer style right now- in our may catalog, on our website, in our guest blogger series, we LOVE it. so when i saw this art installation/exhibition by photographer keegan gibbs on another blog i had to share. i love that it mixes a traditional exhibit- art hanging on gallery walls – with installation. and its so realistic, i could definitely imagine some surf rats hanging out in this space!
That’s right, we’re adding something to your Saturday to do lists, but don’t worry – we’ll always make sure it’s worthwhile ;)
DO: laugh too hard at one of your own jokes
Never hold back an opportunity to laugh – even if it’s at yourself! Laughter is one of the most important and powerful human abilities. It can dispel anger or sadness, bring people together, and even boost our immune systems. Self entertainment keeps life fun. So lose all embarrassment, let loose, make a bad joke, and cackle your head off. Think of it as the simplest way to keep yourself healthy – emotionally & physically. =)
here at the home office we’re crazy about our seamless intimates. they’re very “ginger” pieces on their own but are essential layering pieces for all the fp girls. today some of our buyers all came in wearing their favorite seamless piece styled in some very different but equally awesome ways – check it out…
australia’s gold coast is located in south east queensland, on the country’s eastern shore. with 35 miles of coastline that includes some of the most popular surf breaks in australia and the world, the area has been a huge draw for both tourists and surfers all over the world. it was also inspiration for a special shop launching today on our website that is our nod to surfer girls everywhere – denim shorts in bright colors, easy knits, bathing suits, summery shoes and pops of neon, its a collection that screams summer fun and adventure.
for her second guest post for us, mandy of the amazing blog oracle fox went down to the gold coast and took some beautiful photos to capture the atmosphere there. i am thinking a trip to australia is definitely in order!
all images by oracle fox – thank you so much mandy!
and here’s a little collection i made inspired by the gold coast. click on the image to go see more details, and check out our gold coast shop here.
Our office went crazy this week with bold colours a new trend we’re all loving, it brought a smile to everyone’s face – worn with simple tops and finished off with a touch of ethnic in accessories.
This Colour Block fashion is one of the hottest new trends for the season. It combines the use of two or more blocks of colour in an ensemble. This could be for a top, bottom, tunic, a dress and even a handbag or shoes. Simply it means – creating an outfit by putting areas or blocks of solid color next to each other. It can include monotone, bright colours, muted colors, contrasting and complimentary colors creating an impact outfit for the summer.
We’re also pretty excited about one of our new hires, Dylana – I’m sure you all know her blog Colour Me Nana. She started Monday as our new assistant stylist!!!
I asked her to pull together a colour block outfit for us and she did it perfectly. The ocean green and peach work well together don’t you think?
Here’s her take on colour blocking;
“I love mixing and matching brightly hued pieces together into one look. It is a lot of fun, but if not done correctly, the result can be disastrous. Try to stick to just two really strong colors at one time (like electric blue and shocking pink), and only three at the most (in this case, the colors must complement each other and have similar undertones . . . think orange, pink, and yellow . . . these are my favorite colors to color block with, especially in peachy, almost pastel tones). Don’t try to get too experimental . . . it takes away from the overall effect that the color blocking trend sets out to make. You want to be statement-making, not an eyesore. Just pick your favorite color and pair it with something that meshes well, and just go for it. Keep your accessories simple, and leave behind strong patterns and prints when going for this trend. Simplicity is key when you want color to be the subject of attention in your outfit”