Cricket's Crush

Cricket's Crush

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nordstrom Sale

Here are my picks from the Nordstrom Sale. You can scroll around below to see all my choices and click on the item for more information.  I know you are probably sick of hearing about the sale.  I sure am!!!  But I thought you might be interested in some of the items I really liked.  I was so surprised that most of the pieces are under $100.  Happy Shopping and I really hope this works as I am using a new site arrangement!!!!!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shop Mucho

I love Mexican and South West clothing, and home decor. The website Shop Mucho has the cutest embroidered dresses and tops.  I love the way Pretty in Pink Megan styles a few looks below.  Those lanterns are so perfect for your patio and I also love all of their decorative pillows and accessories.  Shop Mucho is such an amazing find.  You have to check it out.  Also if you sign up with your email, you will get 10% off your order.  Happy Shopping!!!!  PS Stay tuned.......I will be styling my own Shop Mucho tunic on Instagram this week!!!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Club Monday

We are switching gears with books today for this week's Book Club Monday.  If you LOVED, All The Light We Cannot See and Orphan Train you are going to absolutely LOVE today's pick,  The Diplomat's Daughter by Karin Tanabe.   It has been called "timeless" and "captivating" by the Washington Post....Here is the story:

During the turbulent months following the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, twenty-one-year-old Emi Kato, the daughter of a Japanese diplomat, is locked behind barbed wire in a Texas internment camp. She feels hopeless until she meets handsome young Christian Lange, whose German-born parents were wrongfully arrested for un-American activities. Together, they live as prisoners with thousands of other German and Japanese families but discover that love can bloom in even the bleakest circumstances.

When Emi and her mother are abruptly sent back to Japan, Christian enlists in the United States Army, with his sights set on the Pacific front—and, he hopes, a reunion with Emi—unaware that her first love, Leo Hartmann, the son of wealthy of Austrian parents and now a Jewish refugee in Shanghai, may still have her heart.

Fearful of bombings in Tokyo, Emi’s parents send her to a remote resort town in the mountains, where many in the foreign community have fled. Cut off from her family, struggling with growing depression and hunger, Emi repeatedly risks her life to help keep her community safe—all while wondering if the two men she loves are still alive.

As Christian Lange struggles to adapt to life as a soldier, his unit pushes its way from the South Pacific to Okinawa, where one of the bloodiest battles of World War II awaits them. Meanwhile, in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, as Leo fights to survive the squalor of the Jewish ghetto, a surprise confrontation with a Nazi officer threatens his life. For each man, Emi Kato is never far from their minds.

Flung together by war, passion, and extraordinary acts of selflessness, the paths of these three remarkable young people will collide as the fighting on the Pacific front crescendos. With her “elegant and extremely gratifying” (USA TODAY) storytelling, Karin Tanabe paints a stunning portrait of a turning point in history. -

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weekend Real Estate Stalking

This Weekend's Real Estate Stalking home is a gorgeous, stately home in White Plains!!!  The modern layout is so perfect for see it for your self, contact Nicole Toal.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Vacation Looks

I have received so many questions about what to 
pack for summer vacations.  I recently went to a 
family wedding and here are some of the things I 
brought.  These looks are also great for a couple of 
upcoming trips that we will be taking later in the 
summer.  The dresses are so comfortable and can be 
dressed up for nighttime by adding some cute sandals 
and jewelry.  One of the best investments I made is a 
summer weight black dress.  It is so easy to style 
with white, metallic or bright accessories.  It is also my 
go to when I have to be in the city for summer events.  
White jeans are always perfect.  And there are so 
many cute tops available in all price ranges.  I 
found those amazing wedge sandals and they are so comfortable & stylish.  The blue and white dress 
below is probably one of the best looks all summer.  I 
love the way it looks with tassel earrings and an 
embellished flat.  And I caved and bought the "ark" 
bag in the natural color.  I've seen it all over but it 
really does look great with any summer outfit and it 
is so easy to pack that I am thinking of getting it in 
another color!!!!  Happy Trails!!!!

Vacation Looks

TIBI shift dress

Eliza J floral dress

Etro bohemian top

Frame flare jeans

Tory Burch slide sandals

Sofia M. beaded sandals

Flat shoes

Sol Sana Wedges
Shop Bop

Misa royal blue earrings

Kate Spade beaded earrings

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BLT Skewers

With the weather so hot, I am looking for recipes that are easy and will keep us cool (by not having to turn on the oven!!!!).  I love this BLT Skewers recipe.  It is super simple and a total crowd favorite.  I have made these for Shakespeare in the Park picnics and for my own weeknight dinner.  They never disappoint!!

image Holley Grainger

recipe adapted from Holley Granger

  • 1 piece of bacon
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lettuce leaf
  1. Cook the bacon.
  2. Toast the bread and cut each slice into quarters (8 squares). You can add Mayo to the bread if you like.
  3. Cut cherry tomatoes in half.
  4. Assemble your BLT skewers. Start with the toasted bread, tomato, bacon, and lettuce.
  5. Enjoy!
  6. Yields: 2 Skewers

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

August Morgan

I found one of the cutest companies online..August Morgan.  They have the most adorable clothing, embroidered cocktail napkins and glassware.  I love the way the napkins look on my bar cart with my vintage glasses but they honestly would look amazing anywhere!!!!!  I have the beautiful pink long caftan but the gingham dress with the ruffle sleeves and the long blue and white striped dress are calling my name!!!!

image awed by monica