||Today on Weekend Meanderings, cute green bags for spring, the vanishing little black dress, and a quick grilled chicken recipe.
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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Happy Anniversary to Kyle and Melody!
Can you believe it’s been a year since their wedding in the Santa Cruz Mountains?
Speaking of time, tonight we spring forward.
So, let’s get to it.
MINIMAL EFFORT SPRING REFRESH
Earlier in the week I joined Cindy, Mary Ann and Annie to share ideas to help you get your home ready for spring. If you missed it you’ll find it here. My enthusiasm for spring is somewhat dampened (pun intended) by the massive downpour happening outside. Rain, rain and more rain … that’s our foreseeable forecast. Last year at this time we had our back patio cushions out and were enjoying time around the fire pit. Not complaining, just saying …
Here are a few other ideas I think are fun for spring ~
Refresh your coffee (in my case … cocoa) bar with these colorful mugs. I found them at Target and the green are perfect for my kitchen.
While I was at Target I saw these fun bags too. So many pretty options … it’s hard to choose. We have an upcoming trip to Mexico … could they be more perfect?
And while I’m waiting for my spring garden to bloom, I’m getting in the right mindset with spring scented candles like these pretties I found at Nordstrom.
Last but not least, rose colored glasses is what I need to ride out this never ending winter. How about these rose colored, stemless wine glasses from Jansen Home?
EASY & HEALTHY GRILLED HERBED CHICKEN BREASTS
Last weekend I made one of my favorite recipes … grilled herbed chicken breasts. They’re so good, super easy and healthy too. I grill them on my George Foreman grill. Are those still a thing? I’d better check since I mentioned it. But you can put them on a grill grill too … or grill pan. Or panini press. This is a great weeknight recipe, and I usually make extra and put in the fridge for the week ahead.
(Ok, I checked and yes the George Foreman is still a thing. In the unlikely event you don’t have one, here’s the current version of the classic at Target. There are several other fancier versions as well. Who knew?)
Easy Grilled Herb Chicken Breasts
- 4 Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
- 1/4 cup Italian Parsley, chopped
- 2 tbsp Sage, chopped
- 2 tbsp Rosemary, chopped
- 2 tbsp Thyme, chopped
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Lemon, cut into wedges for serving
- Heat grill or panini press
- Place chicken breasts in plastic bag (or between sheets of wax paper or parchment), one at a time, and pound to 1/4 - 1/2" thickness. I use a rolling pin.
- Rub olive oil over both sides of chicken, then salt and pepper generously.
- Mix together chopped herbs, and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Combine
- Rub herb mixture evenly over both sides of chicken breasts.
- Place chicken breasts on hot grill or press until done. This will differ depending on grill, but 5-7 minutes depending on thickness.
- Remove from grill. Serve whole, or sliced, with a lemon wedge.
I serve it with brown rice … which if you’re in a hurry, or lazy like me you, can buy already cooked to heat in the microwave.
THE GOLDEN GIRLS KITCHEN
Picture this … The Golden Girls Kitchen, a pop up restaurant, is coming to San Francisco in April through July! The theme pop-up concept originated in Los Angeles last summer and is now in New York. And it will be headed to Chicago and, of course, Miami.
If you’re my age range, chances are you’re a Golden Girls fan. It’s the ultimate in comfort TV and, thanks to streaming, all seven seasons are readily available. Now we have a chance to immerse ourselves in all things Golden Girls … dining in their Miami Kitchen, or at the Rusty Anchor Bar, with a menu featuring Sophia’s lasagna and, of course, cheesecake. I’m in! My good friend, Mary-Jo, and I already have tickets for the 90-minute dining experience in June. You can be sure I’ll provide detailed reporting here on Weekend Meanderings.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE LITTLE BLACK DRESSES GONE?
Last week the Wall Street Journal published a story, Has the Little Black Dress Disappeared? by Christine Lennon. I linked it, but it may be subscriber-only access. Annoying. Anyway, the article laments the disappearance of classic, elegant, basic black wardrobe pieces, including the unadorned little black dress or LBD.
These three timeless looks from the late 90’s are right up my ally. The last two give me Carolyn Bessette Kennedy vibes.
So where did all the LBDs go?
“Blame Instagram. Fashion brands must turn heads on social media now, and black sheaths don’t snag eyes like pink ruffles. Elegant ebony basics have almost vanished and most of the available black clothes come riddled with dubious cutouts or functionless zippers, their fussy shapes more suited to Gen-Z TikTok stars I can’t name. Also contributing to the dearth of options? The rarity of events that call for chic, dark outfits—civilized dinners out, formal business meetings—whether you live in California and work from home like I do or not.”
I did a swing through Nordstrom this week and sure enough it was a sea of color with lots of adornments … ruffles, cut outs, puffy sleeves. Color is definitely back in a big way, which I wrote about here in January. Of course, some of the missing black is due to the season … but the article suggests that finding timeless pieces, black or otherwise, takes a little more effort these days.
‘Fashion is so strange right now,’ said one basic-black fan. ‘It’s over-stylized and hyper-feminine. It’s hyper in so many ways.’
There are two LBDs in my closet. A Theory sheath dress I purchased eight years ago. And more recently, 2021, a Staud sweater dress. I feel like both are classic, timeless dresses that I’ve worn again and again … and will probably stay in my closet forever.
We all need a classic little black dress in our closet, and after my Nordstrom visit I did some digging online to see what I could find.
And, don’t get me wrong, I love color. Especially pops of color in accessories … which brings me to the next topic.
GREEN BAGS FOR SPRING
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, and 2023 spring and summer color trends, a green bag is my new fun, new style essential.
Last year Kim spotted this Annabel Ingel bag while we were shopping at consignment shop in Los Gatos. She encouraged me to buy it and I’m glad I did. The bright Kelly green is cheerful and it’s a bag I’ll be using a lot this spring (if spring ever gets here) and summer.
This woven bag arrived on my doorstep earlier in the week. From Amazon. Yes, Amazon. It’s called bean green and I love the subtle, slightly muted color. A woven bag had been on my spring shopping list … and I was thrilled to find it. It’s not too big, not too small … it’s just-right and the perfect tote for everyday. It includes a removable zippered pouch inside which is a nice bonus. It’s so reasonably priced, but feels very high end and comes in lots of gorgeous colors.
My sister is a St. Patrick’s Day baby and I bought this JW Pei bag in bright green for her. Don’t worry, she doesn’t read my blog. The only trouble is, I love it so much it’s tempting to keep it. I don’t know what to do. Joking. It’s a vegan bag and has been a celebrity favorite. I shared it a while back here and I have one in ivory. It comes in a ton of colors and is currently 10% off with code NEW10.
More green bag options for spring ~
So there you have it.
My weekly favorites.
Let’s see what’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth.
Odds & Socks ~
Update: A few weeks ago I mentioned ordering elevated dog bowls for Pippa and Maggie in this post. This week they arrived and to my horror they are too tall for my dogs. I ordered the small, but should have read the fine print. The frame is too tall and the bowls too deep. They would be suitable for medium sized dogs, but not for littles like mine. My apologies … I’m going to update the post to include this information. And the hunt for a cute elevated bowl set – for small dogs – is back on.
Current Favorites ~
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Cheers from Snowberry!