Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Recipes: Garden Pasta Recipe

Ina Garten's garden pasta recipe is light, refreshing and perfect for summer. With simple ingredients and lots of flavor, this pasta is perfect for a garden lunch, romantic dinner or weekend get together. If you grow basil or tomatoes in your garden or porch boxes, incorporate some fresh ingredients to this recipe and make it even more delicious.

This recipe is from The Food Network: Ina Garten and serves 6 people.

Summer Garden Pasta Recipe 

Summer Garden Pasta Recipe - Ina Garten


4 Pints Cherry Tomatoes Sliced in Half
18 Large Basil Leaves Chopped
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes Crushed
1 Pound Angel Hair Pasta
1 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese (or vegan cheese)


In a small bowl combine cherry tomatoes, olive oil, basil, red pepper, salt and black pepper and set aside to sit at room temperature for about 4 hours. When mealtime is close, cook the angel hair pasta in a large pot of water until al dente (about 2-3 minutes). Drain the water and then pour the pasta into the cherry tomato mixture. Add the cheese and extra basil and toss together. Serve and enjoy!

What is your favorite pasta recipe? Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

10 Travel Apps You Need For Summer Vacation

Summer travel season is here! Hopefully most of you have plans to take at least one vacation this summer to get away and de-stress. For the busy working woman, travel apps are a great way to keep summer vacations organized, stress-free and enjoyable. Here are my picks for the top 10 travel apps you need this summer.

1. Postagram 

Who doesn't love getting a postcard from a friend on vacation? Finding time to send post cards during a getaway, though, can be challenging. Postagram solves this problem by turning your iPhone or social media photos into postcards sent by mail, from your smart phone, for only 99 cents!

2. Free Wifi Finder by JiWire

Find free wifi internet hot spots no matter where you are in the world with this WiFi Finder app by JiWire. Use the "near me" search to find the best free wifi to use to upload your Facebook photos or send emails.

3. MetrO 

Find your way around any strange city this summer with MetrO travel app. This app helps you navigate public transportation in any city. Download the cities you need, and then use this app without internet connection anywhere in the world. Find the best route to all the places on your itinerary with this app.

4. Oanda Currency Converter

Another thing to think about when traveling abroad in the summer is the exchange rate. Add a currency converter app to your smart phone before your travels to stay updated on the currency in any country.

5. Gate Guru Travel App

Gate guru is ranked one of the top 5 travel apps by CNN, with all the flight and airport information you could ever need. Perfect for summer travels, enjoy real-time flight status updates and push notifications customized to your itinerary.

6. Weather + 

Knowing the weather of you vacation destination is essential for planning your outfits and your itinerary. The Weather + app give you current weather conditions, a five day forecast and screen video loops showing visuals of the weather in each location. Called "the most useful weather app" by the New York Times.

7. PackPoint Packing List Travel Companion

Packing for vacation can be one of the most stressful parts of getting ready to leave. PackPoint is an amazing app that will tell you what to pack based on the length of your trip, weather at your destination and activities planned. Add or remove things from the list to have the perfect reference guide for packing.

8. TripIt

Organize all your travel plans with the TripIt app. TripIt creates a unique itinerary for you based on airline, car rental, and restaurant confirmation emails that you forward to Sync it with your calendar, get maps and directions and add or edit plans from your smartphone.

9. Expensify

Hopefully most of your summer travels are vacations, but if you do have business travels planned this summer, the app Expensify is a must have. Ranked one of the "Best Business Apps" by Business Insider, Expensify allows you to take pictures of receipts and categorize them into specific expense reports. Capture receipts, mileage and other expensive information simply and effectively with this app.

10. Google Translate

If you are traveling somewhere outside of the country, Google translate will be your best friend. Download this app before you board your plane so you can have a quick reference guide when ordering a coffee at that little French sidewalk cafe.

Download some of these apps to keep your summer vacation plans simple, organized and stress-free even in the midst of hectic work schedules. What is YOUR favorite travel app?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fashion Round-Up: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is here - the perfect time to stock up on some fashionable professional finds. Below are my favorite pieces from this year's sale, discounted up to 40% off! If you have a Nordstrom in your area, definitely go browse these good deals - or if not then shopping online is always a great option.

1. Trouve Split Back Top - $34.80

This red trouve blouse is sophisticated, chic and comes in 5 different colors. Perfect to pair with simple trousers at the office, the blouse has endless style and a price that is impossible to beat.  

2. Adrianne Papell Lace Fit & Flare Dress - $92.46

The perfect white dress to have as an office staple, this fit and flare dress is conservative and simple. Pair this dress with a colorful blazer and nude heels for a chic summer look.

3. Vince Camuto Belted Pleat Front Crop Pant - $54.49

Can I just say...I am obsessed with these pants! With a tie sash, high waist and cropped leg, these pants are trendy and flattering. Pair with a simple top to highlight the unique style of the pants. 

4. Chelsea28 Textured Shell Jacket - $52.80

This sleek jacket is perfect for the office, or with jeans on the weekend. The cropped, collar-less style is a unique take on the traditional blazer, and perfect for the trendy, professional woman. 

5. Halogen Pleat Midi Skirt - $31.90

The 50's are back this year, and the midi skirt is the perfect way to embrace this trend. The A-line style flatters almost every body type, and the pleats look feminine and fashionable. 

6. Halogen Zip Pocket Jacket - $44.10

A tweed and white jacket is the perfect piece for spring and brings a structured, classic look to any outfit. The clean, collar-less style brings a professional look to simple basics. 

7. Ellen Tracy Stripe Ponte Fit & Flare Dress -  $70.80

This crisp fit and flare dress is a new take on black and white at the office. With a flattering silhouette and trendy striped pattern, this dress can go from the office to a night out on the town. 

8. Pleione Faux Wrap Blouse - $29.90 

I love how chic this black blouse is. The faux wrap style is fashionable and flattering, and the sleeves can be worn long or rolled up depending on what you prefer. 

9. Classiques Entier 'Sunmosa' Drape Neck Ponte Dress - $135.90

Every professional woman needs the perfect work dress - and this dress has a great silhouette and the perfect price! Available in a variety of colors, this dress sports a stylish belt and classic neckline. 

10. Stem Drape Collar Jacket - $40.80

This jacket has a fashionable, structured style but is made out of soft cotton. The perfect piece for looking professional, but staying comfortable for a long day at the office. 

Head to your local Nordstrom store or click on any of the pictures to shop online! Happy Half-Yearly sale! What piece are you dying to pick up this month? 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Easy Memorial Day Weekend Dessert Recipes

Memorial Day weekend is here and hopefully many of you are able to get away and relax for a few days. For those of you planning a memorial day BBQ, here are some easy, summer desserts to make your party a success. Weekends can sometimes be as busy as the work week, as we all try to catch up on errands, housework and sleep! Keep your Memorial Day worry free with these easy recipes that will make your BBQ a breeze...and very delicious.

1. Strawberry Shortcake 

Strawberry Shortcake - Chic & Easy
Summer is strawberry season, and this time of year the berries are incredibly sweet and delicious. Take advantage of these amazing berries with mini strawberry shortcakes on Memorial Day!

2. Memorial Day Berry Parfait

Berry Parfait - All Recipes
Make a delicious red, white and blue dessert with a parfait made with blueberries and strawberries. Easy to make and assemble, this dessert will be a showstopper at your Memorial Day BBQ.

3. Simple Peach Pie 

Peach Pie Recipe -

Nothing says summer quite like a delicious peach pie. Peaches are sweet, ripe and affordable in the summer - making it the perfect time to try this simple pie recipe.

4. Mini Red, White and Blue Fruit Cups 

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Cups Recipe - Rachel Ray

This dessert is healthy and light for after a big Memorial Day meal. I love the red, white and blue colors, and how simple it is to make...takes only 10 minutes!

5. Mixed Berry Cobbler Recipe 

Mixed Berry Cobbler Recipe - Ellie Krieger Food Network

Delicious with vanilla ice cream, this warm berry cobbler is a wonderful dessert for a large group. The recipe makes 6-8 servings and bakes in just 30 minutes.

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! This weekend we honor all of the active military who died serving our country and their incredible sacrifice. Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fashion Round-Up: Kate Middleton Inspired Summer Dresses

There is nothing better than colorful summer dress. Easy to throw on in the morning when you are pressed for time, and always chic at the office. Kate Middleton has championed the classic, conservative dress here in London, and she makes the perfect professional style icon. Here is a round-up of a few of my favorite Duchess of Cambridge approved summer dresses.

1. Lasana Printed Dress

Lasana Printed Dress - L.K. Bennett

This floral, printed knee length dress has a striking patten and simple clean lines. Perfectly colorful for summer party and understated enough to wear to the office, this dress can be worn on multiple occasions. Pair with simple accessories to highlight the pattern of the dress.

2. Akris Punto Mesh Panel Cotton Jersey Dress

Akris Punto Mesh-Panel Cotton Jersey Dress

Elegant and simple with soft fabric and neutral color, this jersey dress will keep you cool on a warm summer day at the office. Pair with a bright blazer or shoes for pop of color. This dress is a wonderful basic to have in your work wardrobe, and will last for years to come.

3. Lila Foldback Neckline Dress 

Lila Foldback Neckline Dress - L.K. Bennett

This simple dress will be your go-to this summer for the office. With cap sleeves and a cowl neckline, this dress is conservative and chic. Perfect to pair with fun accessories, this dress will take you from the office to a night out effortlessly.

4. Ponte Sheath Dress - Merona 

Ponte Sheath Dress - Merona

Target makes some amazing work clothes, and this sheath dress is just one example. At under $30 this dress is an absolute steal! It comes in three beautiful colors, and at this price you could scoop up all three. Perfect for spring and summer when you are dying to wear something bright.

5. Delta Notch Collar Fitted Dress 

Delta Notch Collar Fitted Dress

This classic silhouette is endlessly flattering, feminine and chic. The conservative neckline and neutral color make it an office staple, perfect to throw on with simple accessories. An update of L.K. Bennett's best selling Detroit dress, famously worn by Kate Middleton, this dress has many fashionable fans.

6. FELICITY & COCO Seamed Pencil Dress 

FELICITY & COCO Seamed Pencil Dress

A contemporary, stretch knit sheath dress, this elegant and understated look has a stunning gold zipper running down the back of the dress. Available in 7 colors, and currently on sale for the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, this dress is definitely one to add to your wish list.

7. Loveappella Seamed Wrap Dress 

Loveappella Seamed Wrap Dress 

Reminiscent of Kate Middleton's engagement photo dress, this classic blue wrap is a flattering work staple for any professional wardrobe. The soft jersey fabric makes it comfortable for a long day at the office, and the wrap style is versatile and chic.

8. Hannah Shift Dress 

Hannah Shift Dress - L.K. Bennett

Embrace florals this summer with a classic shift dress from L.K. Bennett. This dress is feminine but still professional, with a simple silhouette and conservative neckline. Pair with neutral accessories and a blazer or sweater in case your office is cold.

Cheers to a colorful and fashionable summer! Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below. Which dress is your favorite?!

Monday, May 18, 2015

White Essentials to Wear after Memorial Day

With labor day next weekend, summer officially starts in a week. Pools are opening and white skirts, blazers, dresses and accessories are coming back into your closet. I love wearing white in the summer, and here are some of my favorite ways to use this color in your professional summer wardrobe.

1. The Pencil Skirt 

A simple, white, pencil skirt will serve you well in the summer. Easy to pair with a variety of colorful tops, your white skirt will look chic and summery in the office. Choose a skirt that hits about an inch or two above the knee, and fits perfectly. Pair your skirt with neutral heels, or a pop of color to really mix things up.

2. The Classic Blazer 

Invest in a white blazer that will wear well for years to come. A great alternative to the black and grey that often fills professional wardrobes, your white blazer looks great with other neutrals or a colorful work dress. Liven up your professional basics with a white blazer and colorful accessories.

3. The Little White Dress 

The little white dress is a go to favorite for summer. We all have a little black dress, but the little white dress is equally versatile. Add a belt, bold jewelry, colorful shoes or a bright cardigan to make endless looks with the same basic piece. Perfect for the working girl on a budget. 

4. White Blouse or Oxford Shirt 

A white oxford shirt or blouse is a must-have for any professional wardrobe. Appropriate year round and perfect to layer, white staples are essential for every season. Few shirts age better than the oxford, and a white silk camisole brings a touch of elegance to any look. Add both of these to your summer work wardrobe. 

Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

8 Stylish Weekender Bags for Fashionable Travels

With memorial day just around the corner, and summer vacations already in the works, it is time to get ready for fashionable travels. When you want to pack light for a weekend get-away to the beach or the city, a mid-size tavel tote is the perfect choice. Below are 8 stylish weekender bags that are worth taking a trip for! On top of making sure your travel outfits are ready to go, arrive in style with luggage that is equally fashionable.

1. Bric's 'Life' Cargo Duffel Bag 

Bric's 'Life' Cargo Duffle Bag

This spacious red bag has leather trim, an expandable zipper and optional shoulder handle. Travel in style with this cognac colored duffle that will fashionably fit all your travel needs. 

2. Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Expandable Travel Tote 

Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Expandable Travel Bag

This travel bag expands and contracts to fit all your needs, and is water resistant. Available in a variety of stunning colors, this bag will be your go to favorite this summer.

3. TopShop Leather Luggage 

Topshop Leather Luggage Bag

Love this leather luggage bag from Topshop with sturdy handles and a detachable strap. The leather is soft and supple, and the camel hue is chic and classic. The perfect size for a spur of the moment vacation.

4. Striped Canvas Weekender Bag 

Striped Canvas Weekender Bag

This weekender bag is adorable and chic with navy stripes and beautiful lace handle. Available at Target for only $34.99, you can not beat the price!

5. Hayden-Harnett 'Voyager' Weekend Bag 

Hayden-Harnett 'Voyager' Weekend Bag

This bag combines style and function in a small yet spacious bag. With pockets galore and plenty of space to fit all your travel essentials, this bag is perfect for that weekend away.

6. Herschel Supply Co. Wheelie Outfitter 

Herschel Supply Co. Wheelie Duffle 

This duffle is fully lined and has optional wheels and a pull handle. With a spacious interior, shoe bag, and zip pocket this duffle is versatile enough for all your travels.

7. Vineyard Whale Weekender Bag 

Vineyard Whale Weekender Bag

This natural canvas bag has an adorable gingham lining and a strong sturdy handles and zipper. Get ready to travel in style to Martha's Vineyard with this preppy duffle.

8. Custom Tuscany Weekender Bag 

Custom Tuscany Weekender Bag

The perfect travel companion, this linen and distressed leather bag is understated and chic. The bag has a spacious interior, cross body strap, and room on the front for a stylish monogram.

Pack one of these fashionable bags for your next weekend getaway. Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below and happy travels!

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