Just some pretty things that have been catching my eye recently… I’ve been thinking about pastels a lot for fall – pairing them at home and in outfits with dark structured pieces, metallics, and leather. Can it just be 60 degrees and boot weather again? It should be getting up to about 105 today, so sit by a fan, enjoy these soft, cool hues, and go get yourself some matching gelato.
Man, it’s HOT. At least these things remind me how fun and colorful summer can be!
snake bar clutch | bangles | love the coral color of this peplum tunic | Loren Hope kelly necklace | put avocado on everything! | Design Darling crystal studs for dressing up or down | felix flats | silk dotty top | ikat pillow | spectra wine glasses | constantly craving ice cream | banded fedora | succulent candles | this sequin straw tote is perfect for the market and the beach
Don’t both of these things just scream summer? A semifreddo is a wonderful party dessert that appears way more fancy schmancy than it is. I love the sweet, preppy colors of this one. Throw in a little metallic and I’m more than happy to match my footwear to my ice cream for a backyard cocktail party!
Last week the lovely owners of DC-based Dolci Gelati kindly gave me some samples of one of their new creations, raspberry red velvet gelato. Immediately, I knew what would go perfectly with these flavors so I made a cheese pound cake to use as a base. I ended up with classic red velvet flavors (there’s real pieces of cake in the gelato!) plus a little raspberry tartness too. Oh, and of course I had to add a little homemade whipped cream to the mix.
I found this cream cheese pound cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen and it blew me away. It was so moist and rich. Who knew pound cake could be that good? My only regret is that I didn’t save myself more! (It got devoured within an hour at work.) I will definitely be making this again this summer – adding some fresh farmer’s market berries and maybe adding some of Dolci Gelati’s mascarpone gelato on the side! A perfect dessert to share with friends al fresco.
You can find Dolci Gelati and all of their amazing flavors around DC at Nat’s Park, the National Zoo, and Taylor Gourmet (my personal preference because it also comes with an awesome sandwich).