Duffield Lane Stripes

Duffield Lane Striped Dress

You know those items that you can’t figure out how you got dressed without before owning them? Yep…this is one of those for me! I can’t even tell you how hard I searched for a striped dress that checked the following boxes: perfect fit, machine washable, majority cotton, and easily dressed up or down.

24 Hours in Annapolis, MD


weAs you may have heard by now, Katie and I spent last Friday night + the day Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland. Just over 30 miles from DC on the Chesapeake Bay, it’s the perfect destination for a quick weekend getaway for those in the northeast corridor. It’s the cutest little town that’s both Maryland’s state capital and is home to the Naval Academy. Being there definitely makes you feel like you’re hours outside the city…it’s quaint and picturesque in the best way. If you’re in the DC area or anywhere within driving distance, definitely add Annapolis to your wishlist of weekend getaway destinations!

Rosé Watermelon Basil Smash

Rosé Watermelon Basil Cocktail

There are some drinks that just exude summer, and who doesn’t want to sip on some one or two refreshing cocktails poolside on a hot day? Two of my favorite summer fruits are mangos and watermelon, so I couldn’t resist combining two seasonal favorites: watermelon + rosé. Unsurprisingly, the combo is a complete dream–crisp, fruity, bubbly, and just the right amount of sweet!

Rosé Watermelon Basil Cocktail

Like many drink recipes, you really can’t mess this cocktail up and the proportions can be tweaked based on personal preference. I also love the idea of making a huge batch for a BBQ or large party, especially since it contains just four relatively inexpensive ingredients that are available at most grocery stores. The only thing that’s going to stop me from making this every weekend is that I don’t currently have a knife hefty enough to cut through a giant watermelon and buying too much of it pre-cut is a little pricey :)

Rosé Watermelon Basil Smash
Makes approximately 5 servings

– A bottle of your rosé of choice (I used Le Ferme Julien from Trader Joe’s…inexpensive and so good)
– Fresh watermelon, cut into cubes (I bought it pre-sliced at TJs and cubed it from there)
– Seltzer or club soda
– Basil
– Ice, if desired

In a glass, combine approximately 4oz rosé with 2oz seltzer. Adjust proportions accordingly depending on the size of your glass, to taste, or for strength.

Add watermelon and a couple leaves of basil to each glass. For stronger watermelon flavor, use a spoon or muddler to slightly break the fruit chunks down. Chill or add a few ice cubes before serving.

That’s it!

PS: Frozen watermelon chunks make great ice cubes, too!

Rosé Watermelon Basil Cocktail

Rosé Watermelon Basil Cocktail