The month of June has been treating me very well– I feel so happy! With the long Juneteenth weekend (and my birthday!) ahead, I will spend the next few days playing hostess for some close friends. We’re expecting gorgeous warm weather here in New York City, so I’m putting together a relaxed afternoon by the pool. To prepare, I’m creating a spread with my favorite summer wines, my simple greek salad and a very special summer charcuterie board.
Creating a charcuterie means I get to go on a New York City adventure to one of my favorite shops in Brooklyn, & Sons Buttery. & Sons Buttery is a family-run neighborhood cheese and provisions shop. I love an excuse to stop in here. The staff is very knowledgeable and they sell New York Dairy from all over the state, including upstate New York and the nearby neighborhood of crown heights!
This midi-length dress somehow manages to incorporate the BEST features of all of my favorite summer dresses without overdoing it. Like the delicately ruffled straps, tiers, and soft floral print as well as a cutout on the back — and best of all, it has pockets. I am 5’10, a size 18 on the bottom and a size 14 on top– I am wearing this dress in a size XXL.
Buy It! Universal Thread Flutter Sleeveless Dress, $32.60 (orig. $38); target.com
This lofted wedge sandal will quickly become your soft, supportive and summery go-to. I typically wear a size 11W shoe, but I bought these in a size 11 and I have worn them comfortably for outdoor concerts and a few casual strolls through Brooklyn. I recently bought a second pair in blue.
Buy It! Caslon Massif Sandal, $31.97 (orig. $59.95); NordstromRack.com
My Picnic Basket Handbag
I started using an old picnic basket instead of a tote last year and it has slowly become my favorite summer handbag. Generously sized and incredibly versatile, using a picnic basket as a handbag will give you features like long handles, a roomy interior and bucket-style silhouette. Whether you wear a basket bag to the beach with a bikini or use it as a daily tote with a breezy sundress, it’s sure to stand out.
Buy It! Picnic Basket, $30-$100; Amazon.com
My Charcuterie Board
I love to be playful with my charcuterie boards. I created this one with Salmon Caviar, BBQ Chips (yes, caviar on chips is a thing in my home– don’t knock it until you try it lol), Rotisserie Chicken, Dried Mulberries, Fresh apples sprinkled with Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.
But the star of this board is the cheese. My charcuterie board begins with the St. Johnsville Jr. Goat Cheese from Cochran Farm. This is a decadent goat cheese from upstate New York described as a unique blend of silky fresh mohawk valley goat milk and time honored cheese making traditions of central France. I love to buy dairy from stores that source from New York. 98% of New York Dairy farms are family owned. Buying New York Dairy means supporting New York Families and that feels good! I love to buy dairy from stores that source from New York. 98% of New York Dairy farms are family owned. Buying New York Dairy means supporting New York Families and that feels good!
Buy It! (similar) Marble and Brass Cheese tray, $79; WilliamSonoma.com
I hope you enjoyed this post…
Have a lovely Juneteenth weekend, dolls!