Romper Roundup

Summer Style Solution: Rompers | Frock Files

Rompers have never been my thing, simply because I don’t like the bathroom logistics of wearing them. But over the past month I’ve been searching for shorts and I just can’t find any that are dressy and comfortable. All of a sudden, rompers seemed like the solution, rather than a problem. Dressy enough to wear to, say, a 4th of July party. Comfortable enough to hang out in all day. You know how I love problem-solving pretty things.

After a lot of searching, here are my top contenders, covering a range of price points. Do you wear rompers? Are they your fave?

Splendid Short Women’s Romper | Forever 21 Sweet Tie Front Romper | Lulu’s Roxy Tainted Love Romper | LOFT Linen Romper

Chic Cape Style for Summer

Chic Summer Style by Joules | Frock Files

Usually, when we take our clothes out of storage I find all of these things that I had forgotten about that I love. Not this year. In fact, as we pulled out our summer clothes I remembered how much I needed new clothes at the end of last summer. Shopping, anyone?

I’ve been on the hunt for everything summer, but for a long time I was having difficulty finding things that struck the right balance of casual, comfortable, and chic. When the UK company Joules introduced me to their new US line, I was thrilled to find that so many of their pieces are right up my alley. In fact, take a look and you’ll see splashes vintage floral–I do like to be the walking embodiment of my blog!

Joules asked me to put together a wish list for my ideal summer holiday outfit from their Vacation Shop, and I instantly thought of what I’d wear on a day on Cape Ann.

Chic Summer Style by Joules | Frock Files

When we’re on the North Shore, we might go from a hot dog lunch to a lobster dinner with friends, so it’s important that I wear something that can transition easily. This is just as good for popping into little beachy boutiques as it is for sitting down with a cool glass of white wine.

I love that all of these pieces work so well both together and separately, too. The grey skirt is one of those that I’ll live in all summer, paired with a cami and cardi for the office, with a belt and an embellished top for date night, and just as it is in this collage for basically every other circumstance I can think of.

Chic Summer Style by Joules | Frock Files

And for those summer storms, I’ve already got my eye on a pair of Wellies from Joules’ large selection! They are, after all, English. They know how to conquer rain in style.

Are you already acquainted with Joules? I’d love to hear about what would make your summer style wish list. Until then, enjoy this first official weekend of summer!

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Cool Summer Desserts

The official start of summer is this Saturday! With potlucks and picnic season right around the corner, I thought it might be the perfect time to round up some of my favorite cool summer desserts. These were all big crowd pleasers last year, and they’re all really easy to make.

Cool Summer Desserts | Frock Files

Pineapple Orange Cloud Cake | This recipe uses box cake mix as an ingredient to create a wonderfully moist base for the “cloud” of fluffy frosting and coconut. Mandarin oranges are baked into the cake, and pineapple is mixed into the frosting, both of which contribute a bright pop of freshness.

Cool Summer Desserts | Frock Files

10 Minute Ice Cream Cake | We all scream for…easy ice cream cakes! This is a fun one to whip up with kids. Layer ice cream sandwiches with a simple frosting and freeze for a couple of hours. Easily customizable in size for big or small parties. You could even make individual sized cakes!

Cool Summer Desserts | Frock Files

Vanilla on Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches | My husband, who is a vanilla ice cream fanatic, loves these. Soft, salted vanilla cookies are dipped in white chocolate and then used as a delivery system for ice cream. Heaven!

Cool Summer Desserts | Frock Files

Cookies & Cream Affogato | About as simple as dessert can get, but always very impressive for guests–and interactive, too! Let guests pull their own shots of espresso while you line a bowl with Oreo cookies and top it with a generous scoop of gelato. Pour and serve!

What are your favorite summertime desserts?

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Cool Summer Dessert Roundup

I always think that I’ll eat healthier in the summertime, when salads sound refreshing and fresh fruit is in abundance. And while we’ve been eating our fair share of produce, we’re also guilty of having incredible sugar cravings. We live about five minutes from a famous farm that produces some incredible ice cream — I blame it on them.

Since we’re currently in the middle of our third heatwave of the summer (yep, that’s three heatwaves in about as many weeks), I think it’s the perfect time to indulge in all the cool, sweet recipes I’ve been saving up from some of my favorite bloggers. Here are five chilly recipes that you just have to try:

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Ice Cream from Hip Foodie Mom

Blueberry Lemon & Thyme Ice Cream from Hip Foodie Mom. (You don’t need an ice cream maker, just a mixer!)

Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches from Squirrelly Minds

Macaron Ice Cream Sammies from Squirrelly Minds

Lulu the Baker: Strawberry Pretzel Jello

Strawberry Jell-o, whipped cream, and a pretzel base from Lulu the Baker. Sweet + salty + cool = heaven.

Sundae Cones from Freutcake

Ice Cream Sundae Cones from Freutcake. (If you, like me, love Drumsticks.)

Mix and Match Popsicles from Oh Happy day

Mix + Match Popsicles from Oh Happy Day!

And in case you missed them, here are a few cool dessert ideas from me:

Boston Cream Ice Box CupcakesHow to Make Mochi Ice CreamVanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

Boston Cream Ice Box Cupcakes // Mochi Ice Cream // Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

How about you? Do you have a sweet tooth in the summertime?

Summer: Unplugged

Frock Files | Unplug Your Summer

I’m relieved and excited that summer is finally here, but what I’m surprised to find is that with it’s arrival comes a whole shift in perspective — that it’s time to step away from the computer and start enjoying the few months we have for dining al fresco, wearing sandals, driving with the windows down, and eating ice cream without needing a jacket to do so.

Everywhere I look, it seems like people are taking the opportunity to unplug in an effort to enjoy their lives more; to restore a sense of authenticity and presence to their days. So when I saw the most recent issue of Fast Company with Baratunde Thurston’s smiling face beneath the words “My life was crazy. So I disconnected for 25 days. You should too.” I thought: of course.

If you haven’t read the feature yet, you should. In it, Thurston, an author, consultant, CEO, and self-proclaimed “cross-platform opiner on the digital life” talks about how he had become generally unpleasant to be around, which resulted in the 25 days away from technology.  As his mind settled down, he found the mental space and quiet he needed. He unplugged from the chatter and found a whole new way of recharging.

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You may be thinking this is the part of the post where I bid you adieu for the rest of the summer — but it’s not. I’ll still be here five days a week. (I have too many things to share with you not to.)What I really want to advocate is more enjoyment of these warm days. Asking, “What do I get to do today?” is just the beginning. The rest comes from actually putting things on your agenda that you’re excited about!

I realize that this is a somewhat strange thing to advocate as someone who creates a space online in hopes that you’ll visit regularly. I do hope you’ll come hang out here, say, between your Pilates class and the doughnut date you later make as a reward for said Pilates class (or is that just me?). Or the other real-life things you love.

Here are a few unplugged ideas from Baratunde Thompson’s article, which I think would be great to try out this summer:

baratundeAsk for advice from a human: “As I chatted with my massage therapist, I discovered she had lived for several decades in the Prospect Heights neighborhood where I was staying. Since I couldn’t query my online network for local dining and culture options, my massage therapist became my recommendation engine.” — Baratunde Thompson

dolfTruly leave the office: “We have a ‘no email’ rule every weekday after 7:30pm and at all times over the weekend. Employees can spend more quality time in their personal lives without worrying about the office.” — Dolf van den Brink, President and CEO of Heineken USA

domPower through: “Go until your laptop or phone runs out of juice, and then stop for the day. And leave your charger at home.” — Dom Sagolla, CCM of Chaotic Moon (Co-creator of Twitter)

tiffanyCreate a technology Shabbat: “Unplug one day a week, Friday night to Saturday night. It’s our tech Shabbat. This amazing thing happens: time slows down. Every Saturday morning we get to do, like, six things…It’s changed my life. My films are better, I’m more productive, I’m happier. I’m more balanced.” — Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker and Founder of the Webby Awards.

How are you unplugging this summer?

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