Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Series One.

I am starting a summer series sharing recipes, wines, drinks, makeup, and anything that is perfect for enjoying in the summertime! We don't have too much summer left, so let's make the most of it while we can! Here is my favorite summer meal... it's light, fresh, and super easy to whip up! My uncle served this for us, along with an incredible summer salad (posting on that later!) and some crisp white wine. I thought it was the PERFECT summer meal. Enjoy!

Grilled Salmon With Mediterranean Salsa
Serves 4
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup chopped fresh tomatoes (I used the small cherry tomatoes)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted Kalamata olives
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 salmon filets
Preheat grill to medium heat. Mix parsley, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, olive oil and lemon juice until well blended. Let stand at room temperature until ready to serve. Season salmon with salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning. (The Old Bay is optional but makes the salmon so tasty!) Grill salmon 5 mins on each side or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. Serve each salmon filet topped with 1/4 cup of the salsa. If grilling isn't an option, I have roasted the salmon in the oven at 425 degrees for 15-20 mins until it flakes easily with a fork. It's just as good!
More summer faves...
This rose wine is FANTASTIC!
Always love Revlon's "Hot Coral" and "Orange Flip" for summertime lips.
My all-time favorite summer salad here.
Summer drink perfection.
This product is a must when baring your legs during the summer months!
Obsessed with having this dessert when the temps soar.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Introducing Sidney Clark Designs!

In my prolonged absence, I started a business! Along with my mom and aunt, we started Sidney Clark Designs. SCD started as a one-of-a-kind jewelry line (more on that in a future post!), using vintage jewelry and special pieces we each have found on our travels over the past few years. In May of this year, we adding clothing to the mix!

Our vision for the jewelry is simple: One of a kind pieces for people who want to make a special and distinctive statement. (See all of our jewelry here.)

Our vision for the clothing: Stylish and affordable clothing for women who want to add great, unique basics to their wardrobe, as well as stand-out pieces to express your own personality!

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the Sprint/Summer 2014 Collection… Click through to our Facebook page to order! You can see the whole collection by clicking here, or by going under "Photos" - then "Albums" - then "Spring/Summer 2014."


{Sidney Clark Designs is perfect for any age…from 31-91!}

{one of our cute royal blue rompers with an SCD horn necklace & bracelets}

{white backless maxi dress with lace top + a SCD horn necklace}

{classic white maxi with draped back + SCD bracelets & necklace}

{HOW CUTE IS MY MOM??!? Wearing SCD maxi dresses in Dallas!}

{in real life}

{looks like this one from Helmut Lang}

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'M BACK + a fantastic summer cocktail.

 I feel like I should re-introduce myself. Hi, I'm Lindsay, and I am TOTAL slacker when it comes to blogging. I mean..... look at the post before this one. Over a year ago. Ridiculous. I mean I'm busy, but not THAT busy. I've missed you guys, and I've missed blogging. I just didn't know where to start after being gone so long. Thanks for letting me back into your life :) Shout out to Whitney at Heart & Arrow Design for helping me spruce up this blog! She's an incredible talent and soooo patient. Contact her if you need any blog help or graphic design work! You won't be disappointed!

Onto my first post after taking a year+ long break...

I shared a cocktail on my Instagram a year ago that got a lot of attention. I never shared the recipe because my blog was in shambles...and I'm a slacker.  But we know this already. It's the PERFECT summer cocktail! The recipe is for 2 pitchers, but it can easily be halved or made into a single drink using similar ratios as the original recipe. I wrote the recipe down, but I cannot remember where I got it. I think I saw it on Refinery29, but I can't be sure. Enjoy this tasty drink this summer with friends!

*this recipe is for 2 large pitchers

1 pint blueberries
1 pint blackberries
1 1/2 cups of rosemary infused simple syrup
4 cups lemon juice
16 oz. club soda
12 oz. gin

To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and add two sprigs of rosemary. Bring to a boil, and take off heat to allow the mixture to steep for 15-20 mins. Meanwhile, juice your lemons (or you can use pure lemon juice from a bottle). Add the juice and syrup to the berries. (I do this step in the pitcher/container that I will be serving from). With a wooden spoon, smash a few of the berries. Allow to sit for an hour, for best results. This allows the fruit macerate. After an hour, mix everything together in one big pitcher or two smaller ones. Taste to see if more simply syrup is needed. I love the prominent taste of the rosemary, so I always add more of the simple syrup. Garnish each drink with a sprig of rosemary! Enjoy!

For a single drink, I usually add a small handful of blackberries and blueberries into a glass, toping it with the juice of one whole lemon. I mash some of the berries with the back of a spoon, and let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Then add 1-2 tbs of the rosemary simple syrup, 2 oz gin, and fill the rest of the glass with club soda. I taste and make any adjustments at this point.