Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Three Ways to Style Your Little White Dress

Although the little black dress is always in fashion, the long summer days we’re currently enjoying call for something just a little bit lighter. Enter the little white dress! A flirty white frock makes a great blank canvas for styling fresh looks, and we here at Heirloom Finds have pulled together three fantastic variations on this vital wardrobe essential.

Breezy Bohemian

The boho chic look is enormously popular this year, so don’t pass up the opportunity to let your hippie chick run free. All you need to do is break out that white dress and pile on a long tribal-inspired necklace, fringe earrings to match and a few of your favorite coordinating bracelets. This updated take on festival couture is the perfect ensemble for road trips, picnics and any occasion your creative spirit needs to shine.

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From music festivals to just relaxing al fresco, a boho chic take on the LWD is the way to go.

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We’re simply in love with this necklace’s Southwestern take on the modern tassel.

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For your hippie chic bracelets, opt for beautiful beads, bold cuffs and geometric patterns.

Casual Chic

Whether you’re celebrating Casual Friday at the office or running errands on the weekend, this laidback look is the way to keep your LWD cute without overdoing it. You’ll need one white dress, one denim jacket, three or more dainty necklaces to layer (we love this combination of inspirational, iconic and magnifier pieces), multiple bracelets stacked in an arm party and a few of your favorite rings. Not only will you be rocking the trendy layered look, you’ll be showing off the baubles you feel that matter most. How fabulous!

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This casual take on the LWD lets you curate a collection of favorite baubles to layer.

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Ring stacks? Check. Arm party? Check. Super cute magnifier? Of course!

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The adventurous vibe of this bracelet stack brings unexpected excitement to this white dress and denim combo.

Date Night Dashing

Planning a special evening out? We’ve been crushing on antiqued gold-tone baubles set with sparkling rhinestones as the optimum choice for fancy nighttime glamour. Simply pair that little white dress with a flattering blazer, add some coordinating high heels and then pile on the jewels! The edgy look of an antiqued gold-tone finish plus the classic shimmer of clear crystals will make this evening ensemble truly memorable. A few bracelets, two layered statement necklaces and one pair of dangle earrings later, and you’ve got yourself one gorgeous go-to date night outfit.

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These baubles glam up the LWD without becoming overwhelming.

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Could you ask for more amazing accessories for date night couture?

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High heels, edgy bracelets, a beautiful blazer and that LWD: perfection!

The effortless versatility of the little white dress makes it a serious style contender this season, so make sure your wardrobe is ready. As long as you have the right accessories in your wheelhouse, customizing the LWD to suit any occasion is sublimely simple. Whether it’s boho, casual or delightfully fancy, enjoy curating your own unique look!

by Sarah Clark

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Old-Fashioned Shortcakes Make the Most of Summer Fruits

Berries, the colorful glories of summer, are out in full force. Depending on where you live, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries are abundant at farm stands, U-pick orchards and grocery stores. It’s a little challenging not to go overboard when working these sweet fruits into salads, smoothies and cobblers, or just popping them into your mouth, straight-up, as snacks.

Sandwiching berries in a tender and buttery shortcake is a classic option in which you should indulge this season. As a kid, you may have coveted those packages of golden sponge cakes that produce managers displayed next to the eye-catching display of ripe strawberries. Now that you’re older, you can pull together far superior shortcakes in your own kitchen with minimal baking time.

We prefer old-fashioned, biscuit-style shortcakes for their homespun charm and the berries’ sweetness that shines without an excessive amount of added sugar. And, best of all, they’re even faster to make than a boxed cake mix.

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Take advantage of strawberry season by preparing this sweet summertime treat!

Light and Fluffy Old-Fashioned Shortcakes

Makes 9 shortcakes

This comes from Marion Cunningham’s The Fannie Farmer Baking Book. The mixing technique is similar to our Mother’s Day scones, but there’s a beaten egg added here for a more cake-like crumb. We recommend using cake flour to make your shortcake light and fluffy, but regular all-purpose flour also works fine with this recipe. You may prepare the shortcakes a day in advance.

For the Shortcakes:

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick or ½ cup) unsalted butter, cold
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • 1 egg

For the Berries:

  • 2 pints fresh berries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar, or to taste (some berries are sweeter than others)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon or lime zest, optional

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1. To make the shortcakes, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, cream of tartar and sugar. Grate the butter on the large holes of a box grater and toss it with the flour mixture. Using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour until it looks like fine crumbs. Measure the cream in a glass measuring cup, crack the egg into it, and beat with a fork until well combined.

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Combine your butter and flour until the mixture has a fine crumb-like appearance.

3. Pour the cream mixture over the flour-butter mixture and, with your hands, gently work until it comes together to form a rough, shaggy dough that’s slightly sticky. (Add a sprinkle of flour if the dough it too loose; add a drizzle of cream if it feels too dry or crumbly.) Knead for four or five turns on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7-inch by 7-inch square. Cut into nine squares and transfer to the baking sheets (giving the shortcakes plenty of room allows them to brown more evenly).

4. Bake until golden in spots, for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

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You can choose to prepare your shortcakes a day in advance.

5. Rinse and drain the berries when you’re ready to prepare them. If using strawberries, stem them before halving or slicing. Toss together with the sugar and (if using) lemon or lime zest. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

6. Prepare the whipped cream shortly before serving. Combine the heavy cream and sugar in a large bowl and beat by hand or with an electric mixer until it makes soft, rounded peaks.

7. Gently split the shortcakes with a serrated knife or fork. Spoon the berries and their accumulated juice over the bottom halves of the shortcakes, top with a generous dollop of whipped cream, then top with the top half of the shortcake. Serve immediately with any remaining berries or whipped cream on the side.

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This seasonal treat makes one fabulous dessert!

We hope you enjoy making this delightful summer dessert! Bon appétit!

by Sara Bir

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Plain and Simple

DIY Ombre Manicure

If you’re ready to enliven your look for summer, we here at Heirloom Finds recommend fresh rings, beautiful bracelets and a fabulous ombre manicure. We tried our hand at this nail art trend and found it to be both fun and surprisingly simple. If you’re looking for an excuse to stay in the shade on a hot summer’s day, this mani is one good way to spend some down time.

Supplies

Gather your supplies and get ready to create one memorable mani!

What You’ll Need

  • Clear base coat
  • Clear top coat
  • Two nail polish colors: one for the base and one for the ombre effect
  • Nail art sponge
  • Pure acetone
  • Cotton swabs
  • Small cleanup brush
  • Small cutout piece of plastic or other surface for mixing nail polish
White Base Coat

We chose a white for our base color, but feel free to experiment with the colors of your choice.

Step One: Apply your base coat and let dry. Then apply one coat of your base color. We chose “Paper Mâche” by Finger Paints.

Preparing the Polish

We decided “Do You Lilac It?” by OPI would be the perfect pastel for a summer ombre.

Step Two: Prepare your nail polish by applying your two nail polishes onto a cutout piece of plastic or other mixing surface. Try to create a rectangular shape slightly larger than your nail surface. Your base color should be at the bottom, while the main ombre color should be at the top.

Mixing the Polish

Use a gentle swirling motion to combine the two colors where they meet on your mixing surface.

Step Three: Use the bottom tip of your cleanup brush (or a toothpick, if you prefer) to gently combine the two nail polishes where they meet at the center of the rectangle. Make sure you don’t mix the two colors entirely, as this would destroy the ombre effect.

Sponge the Polish

Use the nail art sponge to carefully apply your polish onto your fingernail.

Step Four: Take your nail art sponge and lay it on top of your mixed nail polishes, making sure that you do not move it around as you press it into your mixing surface. Gently remove it, then slowly press it onto your first fingernail, with the top color section lining up with the top portion of your nail and the base color section matching the bottom of your nail. Carefully pull the sponge away.

Touch Ups

Step Five: Use a cotton swab dipped in pure acetone to remove excess polish. Carefully tidy up around your cuticles using the small cleanup brush dipped in pure acetone.

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Don’t forget to give your nails some time to dry!

Step Six: Repeat steps two through five for your remaining fingernails. Then apply a clear top coat to each nail to complete the manicure.

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And there you have it! Your fingernails now have a fantastic dipped effect that’s perfect for glamming up warm weather couture. Don’t be afraid to try out different color combinations using this ombre technique. Summertime is, after all, definitely about being adventurous.

by Sarah Clark

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Summer Wedding Accessorizing

Summer wedding season is in full swing! Is your wardrobe prepared? We’ve got a fabulous collection of beautiful baubles that are perfect for letting your summertime style shine as you celebrate an extra special day.

Colorful Necklace

Don’t be afraid of making a shining statement this wedding season!

All you need to do is pick a pretty floral print dress, and the accessories will effortlessly follow. Although you may not want to outshine the special couple on their wedding day, there’s no reason why you can’t let your own style sparkle with fantastic accessories and fresh couture.

Pink Bracelets

This colorful combo is perfect for fancy summer styling.

Find some bejeweled bracelets that match your flowery frock’s colorway, then stack them together to add vibrant pop to your wedding guest couture. Seek out a statement necklace and earrings that complement your arm party and match your palette for even greater appeal.

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Tassel bracelets and necklaces are gloriously on-trend and just oh-so fabulous.

If you prefer classic metallic sheen over colorful crystals, we have trendy tassel bracelets and necklaces as well as dainty hand ornaments that will add luxuriant luster to your ensemble. Their fascinating flash will enliven your wardrobe long after the reception is over.

Hair Accessory

Don’t overlook your hairdo when accessorizing for a summertime wedding.

And don’t forget the hair! Add a gorgeous hair ornament to your up-do to maximize your coif’s potential while catching eyes and lending incredible shimmer to your look.

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Delicately darling, simulated pearl and crystal combos make a classic choice for wedding guest glam.

Whether you have one or several weddings to attend this summer, we’ve got the accessories you need to curate unforgettably unique ensembles all season long. You’ll definitely want to wear the necklaces, bracelets and earrings you choose more often than once, so enjoy using a special occasion to gloriously expand your jewelry collection!

by Sarah Clark

 

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