A Swoon-Worthy Hamptons Party, A New Lifestyle Collaboration (I Want Everything) & My Strawberry Puree Recipe

Today on Weekend Meanderings, a swoon-worthy dinner in the Hamptons, an exciting new lifestyle collaboration and a strawberry puree recipe to drizzle over summertime desserts.

Happy weekend, friends!

It’s Saturday and I’m joining Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.

Our weekly roundup of inspiration and goings on.

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Flower bouquet sitting on range top.

It’s the first week of August.

Can you believe it?

Kids are returning to school.

And my plan to enjoy a slower, lazier summer is on track.

How about you?


On Tuesday I joined Annie of the Most Lovely Things blog for her fun summer series Tartine Tuesday’s. Quite honestly when she asked me I wasn’t entirely sure what a tartine was … now I know it’s simply a French term for an open face sandwich. So I reimagined a family favorite sandwich as a tartine. You can find the recipe for my Prosciutto & Brie Tartine with Arugula and Strawberry Puree here. Annie’s tartine is made up of three of my favorite things … bread, salted butter and shaved chocolate. What could be simpler or more delicious?! You can find her Salted Butter & Chocolate Tartine recipe here.


Strawberries are abundant at the grocery store and farmer’s markets right now.  A couple of weeks ago I shared this yummy Strawberry Muffin recipe. When revamping my favorite sandwich as a tartine, I decided to replace the strawberry jam with strawberry puree so I could spread it on the toast and drizzle over the top.

Here’s the recipe ~

Ingredients for strawberry puree.

Strawberry Puree

Delicious puree to drizzle over all kinds of things from to desserts.
5 from 2 votes


  • 4 cups Strawberry's, hulled and halved
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed


  • Place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice into blender or food processor and blend for about a minute.
  • Using a funnel, pour into a squeeze bottle for easy drizzling.


It’s so simple to make and can be used for so many other things. Pouring it into a squeeze bottle makes it easy to drizzle over cheesecake or ice cream like we did this week. The possibilities are endless.



Yesterday blogger/influencer and now lifestyle entrepreneur Julia Berolzheimer launched her second collaboration with Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn x Julia Collab.

The inaugural collab last summer was fabulous and I use her wicker gathering basket from that collection everyday. Hello, Julia … please bring the basket back. The new collection is full of many beautiful things including outdoor entertaining tabletop pieces and an amazing porch planter collection … wood planters in sage and woven basket planters. There’s romantic bedding, bath accessories and even a Pottery Barn Kids collection.

A few more of my favorites from the collab are this rosette chain serving bowl and platter. The bowl is in my cart, I think it would make a nice a centerpiece bowl for my kitchen table. These scalloped lacquer trays are beautiful too.


Shop ~

You can view the entire collection here.



Our raised bed kitchen garden is just over 3 weeks old and it’s really coming into its own.

In exciting news, Stefani and Christopher from Homestead Garden Collective came by to place the arched trellis’ connecting our raised beds and providing a structure for climbing plants. Stefani said we should start training the tomato plants onto the trellis’ using gardeners twine. We’ll get that done this weekend.

Stefanie also gave me some pointers for harvesting our lettuces. First off she says to only pick only in the mornings. And pick from the outside leaves. She suggested filling the bottom of a salad spinner with very cold water and place the just-picked greens directly into the water. Then add more cold water, spin and place leaves between paper towel … roll up and place in a ziplock bag and pop into your crisper drawer.

I picked another small bouquet of flowers. The ornamental basil blooms are my favorite.

Small bouquet of cut flowers in mason jar in garden.

I also picked mint for a cocktail I’m going to make tonight.

Harvest mint sprigs in water glass.

In less happy garden news, Mr. Vole (and family) continues to wreck havoc in our front and backyards … eating the roots of many of our foundation plants. This week we lost two rose trees, and several pittosporum. The Vole’s are skirting around the raised beds, but haven’t found a way in. Each bed is protected by a layer of chickenwire. Pippa and Maggie are obsessed with the tell-tale holes in the ground. But, Abby-cat is more interested in monitoring birds and chasing an occasional mouse up on the back hill.



Last week I saw the cutest outfit on one of my favorite fashion influencers. It was right in my wheelhouse … Coastal Grandma-ish summer chic. My first thought was to click on the link of the pants she was showing. And then I thought to myself, hmmm … do I have something already in my closet that would create a similar look? Turns out I did. The pants she was showing were more trouser-like, and mine are basic flared denim, but the overall look is the same. And I didn’t have to spend a dime.

Summer black and white outfit collage.


Black Tee | White Denim | Belt | Flip Flops | Basket Bag | Layered Necklace

I was so proud of myself … and I’m going to be better about shopping my own closet before buying something new. Kim talks about this quite a bit and she’s absolutely right. It finally got through to me. I know I won’t always be successful, but I’m struck by how often I buy pieces that are very similar to things I already own. Anyway, it got me motivated to clean out my closet and I spent three entire days this week doing just that. More on that another time … it’s still a major ongoing project. Next steps of closet clean out here and here.

Woman taking mirror selfie.



This week my Instagram feed was flooded with dreamy photos of the fabulous dinner party hosted by Ralph Lauren and Net-A-Porter / Mr. Porter at the historic Milford Farm in East Hampton. I know I’m not alone in my love and adoration of Ralph Lauren … so let’s swoon over some party photos.

Photo Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com via Vogue

RL Hamptons Dinner

RL Hamptons Dinner

You can read more about this elegant evening in a historic barn in Vogue. And take in more beautiful photos and videos on the Ralph Lauren Home Instagram.

I’m loving the long tables featuring wicker baskets full of green and white hydrangeas and Ralph Lauren’s Classic Large Hurricanes running down the center. Can I tell you a secret? These hurricanes have been on my wish list for years and years. I can’t bring myself to make the splurge. We don’t have a formal dining room so I’m not sure how I’d use them … maybe the library. Anyway, the dinner and salad plates, set on dark woven chargers (similar) on top of striped place mats, are from the Ralph Lauren Burleigh collection. The Faded Peony and Garden Vine patterns. It looks like white napkins are rolled into Ralph’s Wyatt napkin ring. The flatware is from Ralph’s Wentworth pattern (this is similar). Looks like they used unadorned water goblets and wine glasses. It’s a fun idea to place mix and match blue and white pillows in each guests chair. The menu featured classic dishes from the Polo Bar … like their famous burger and fries and ice cream sundaes. Yum.


In other news ~

Ever wonder what happened to American born Queen Noir of Jordan?

We just finished this Apple TV series starring Idris Elba … which is incredibly INTENSE and VERY good!

Current favorites ~


And that’s what I have for you this week.

Let’s see what’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth …



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  • 5 stars
    Good morning Juliet,
    Your garden looks amazing! I love the tomato trellis and cannot wait to see the tomatoes climbing. I am not familiar with your weather, and planting season. How long will you be able to grow tomatoes? And will you then plant winter “crops”?
    Your collaboration with Annie looks delicious and the puree perfect for so many things.
    Julia is amazing! It was sad when she shuttered Gal Meets Glam but her rebranding and collaborations are even more beautiful now. There are so many beautiful pieces in the 2 collections. I am partial to the plates and the doll house bookcase.
    Juliet, you always look beautiful and your coastal grandmother outfit looks fabulous. I am sure that there are many outfit combinations in your closet. Kim is so right, use foundation pieces to create new looks.
    I’m sorry the voles are eating your plants, hopefully you will be able to banish them soon.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo Elizabeth

    • Good morning, Elizabeth! No tomatoes in the winter … ours are a little late this year and hope to harvest by next month and then they’ll be done until late spring. Excited for the fall and winter things we will plant. String beans are coming up soon. Happy Weekend! xo

  • 5 stars
    Juliet fun post! I just love everything Ralph Lauren does.. Can we somehow get invited to one of these parties? LOL. I just would be happy to have a burger at one of his restaurants! I bet we can find something like those hurricanes nearly like it for less. The issue is most RL stuff is crazy expensive. That said- how beautiful are the dishes? The Julia B collection is very pretty and the wicker and the scalloped sheets are lovely. Maybe I need the sheets?
    I love that you found your one chic look in the closet. Those white jeans are great with the black t!!
    I hope we get more cooler weather. I miss wearing jeans.
    I love how your pups hang in the garden. It sure looks gorgeous. one is not as pretty at all.. I can’t believe about the voles. I’m so sorry. Hoping they’ll stop.
    Have a beautiful weekend! Can’t wait to see what drink you make! I’d love to sit in the garden there and have one. xo

  • Regarding the voles, we have had them here in Virginia as well but don’t currently. Try putting bubble gum in the hole, they eat it and can’t digest it and it will kill them. Also, put mothballs in the holes, they will leave the area. We live in the country and have to take drastic measures sometimes or else they ruin the lawn

    • Deborah … thank you. We didn’t really know what to do and have watched in horror and our gardens disappears. Will try these tips!!! xo

  • Hi Juliet,
    Yay the two trellis are up. The veggie/flowers look good. Fresh flowers are such a treat. So very sorry to hear about the voles that are playing havoc in your garden. So disappointing and it’s upsetting too to see what destruction these pesty guys can cause. Also it amazes me how clever and smart they are and the work-around they keep doing. We have had our challenges with lizards, rats, or a mouse, plus the horrid heat. Thank goodness for sail shades that have protected our rose garden. Still it’s hard to keep them alive. Love to see your fur babies in the garden.
    The Ralph Lauren and Net-A-Porter/Mr Porter party looked beautiful and so very elegant.
    Wishing you a relaxing stay at home week.

    • Hi Katherine … those sail shades are the best. So smart to employ them in your garden. I guess no matter where we live there are critters around to contend with. The voles are actually the cutest … or so ugly they’re cute. I hate the thought of harming them, I’d just like them to move up our hill. Or next door. Ha! Hope your weekend has been lovely. xo

  • Oh my goodness, Juliet – how do you NOT have those Ralph Lauren hurricanes??? They were made for your library! I can just seen them on a cold night, flanking your fireplace mantle in the fall and winter. I hope you finally decide to make the splurge. Now that you will shop your closet for clothes to make outfits from inspiration posts, you will quickly have saved enough to buy the hurricanes. See how quickly I justified their purchase for you? 🙂
    Your garden is just beautiful. What a nice place to pick things for daily meals. I never knew that about lettuces, so thank you for sharing the proper way to pick them. The voles, they are terrible and can quickly cause a lot of damage in a garden (as you’re finding out). You need a few outdoor feral cats to come along and make a meal of them.
    Happy weekend to you – stay cool in the coming heat.

    • Janet! I LOVE the way you think! As for the voles … we have a Jack Russell Terrier and a cat …so far the voles are winning. Yikes, it’s hot today. Happy Sunday! xo

  • Oh my this was a good post! I adore anything Ralph…and your kitchen garden is coming along beautifully. I am so jealous! Did your landscape architect plant your roses in gopher baskets? That is terrible about the voles! I have got to check out the Apple TV series on Queen Noor sounds fabulous!!

    • Cindy! Our original planting were not in gofer baskets … a major error. That will be remedied soon. Happy weekend! xo


    • Contessa! Your tomatoes are sure to win the prize … we planted ours a little late this year and fear they will never ripen. Stay tune. By the way, did you see my recap of your fabulous party last week. Such an amazing night! xo

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