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A P R I L

After months of wearing lots of black and dark grey I’m ready for spring colors.  I love splashes of bright, abstract patterns right now.  I’m also ready to pull out my favorite classic pieces for spring.  It snowed yesterday, but Saturday was a beautiful day.  I  can’t wait to spend more time outside this month and enjoy the weather. 

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This Saint James striped t shirt is absolutely my favorite piece of clothing.  It’s the quintessential Breton stripe shirt.  I love how soft it is.  I’m also looking for a new jean jacket and I like this one from Madewell, because they make amazing denim.  I think these abstract Keds would bring an interesting pop of color to a classic outfit.  

Weleda Skin Food has intrigued me for years, but I just bought a tube a few days ago.  I’ve heard that a lot of celebrities swear by it (Victoria Beckham! Rihanna! Julia Roberts!) and sometimes that’s enough to get me to try something.  It was also on sale at Whole Foods.  Anyway, I love this moisturizer.  It smells citrusy and fresh. I actually bought a second tube to keep in my purse at all times.  I use it on my face at night and on my hands all day. 

I really don’t have a use for these little rope baskets but I think they are so cute.  Target sells them in multiple sizes.  They could be good for organizing in a bathroom or bedroom.  I love the nautical look of the ropes and the leather detail.  

The next cookbook I want to pick up is Where Cooking Begins by Carla Lalli Music.  Carla is an editor at Bon Appétit and I love her on the Bon Appétit Podcast.  The book focuses on ingredients - what to buy and how to substitute. 


 

Jean Jacket, Weleda Skin Food, Dusen and Dusen Keds, Rope Basket, Stripe Shirt, Where Cooking Begins, National Parks Playing Cards, Abstract Journal, Brightland Olive Oil

B O O K   C L U B 

Guest Editor: Kelly Mancuso.  



Kelly is an avid reader.  She posts the books she is reading and the coffee shops she visits  when she travels on her Instagram account,
@kellyreadsalatte.  I love seeing what Kelly is reading and asked her to share a few picks for this month.  




The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

One of my favorite reads of the last few years was this unique whodunnit. If Agatha Christie wrote an episode of Black Mirror, it would be 7 1/2 Deaths.  After waking up in a strangers body, Aiden quickly learns he has eight days and just as many guests’ bodies to inhibit to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. Waking up in a different body every morning lets him explore the Hardcastle family estate from different vantage points and investigate before the inevitable demise of the family’s prodigal daughter at a party that evening.  Turton puts a clever spin on the mystery genre with enough twists and turns that will keep you fully captivated until the killer is found.

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

In his inspiring memoir, Vance sheds light on the struggle of Americans in poor Appalachian communities during changing, modern times. Growing up in an area known for staggering drug, unemployment and crime rates, a Yale education and law career were seemingly impossible. Although his working class family experienced the cultural downfall of the region and the trauma it brought with it, they kept the hope for a better future alive for Vance. His journey to personal and professional success came with its own set of challenges, but his touching and deeply personal account of his and his family’s life is an enlightening reminder of the American Dream. 




                 

F I E L D   T R I P

Pittsburgh Incline

I’ve been living in Pittsburgh for a little over four years and finally rode The Incline. This was a great (and cheap, only $5 a ride) way to get an incredible view of the city. The Incline was designed as a simple way for people to commute from Mount Washington down to the city, but now is just a fun tourist attraction. 

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Arugula Salad 

 



This is kind of a basic recipe, but it’s my go to salad for literally everything.  It’s great on the side of almost any protein or with a bowl of cacio e pepe.  I especially like it for breakfast with a poached egg on top.  The salad is also a nice way to break up a rich cheese / charcuterie board.  It’s even great on top of cheese pizza. 

 

Ingredients
5 oz Arugula (1 bag) 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lemon 
1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano / Pecorino Romano, shaved Maldon Sea Salt
Fresh Cracked Pepper 
 

Method
Rinse the arugula and dry.  In a large bowl, toss the arugula with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, a third cup of shaved cheese.  Serve immediately.  That’s it.  It’s just a basic salad. 

 

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