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Happy Hour: Watermelon Sangria


I love three things about this cocktail: 1) How refreshing it looks, 2) Sangria is my favorite and 3) I get to use a melon-baller to make the garnish.  (When I was 10, my Nana ran a commercial kitchen and she used to let me make the watermelon baskets for the fruit salad. Early-90s haute cuisine at its finest.)

The recipe for Watermelon Sangria (and the photo) comes from the fine people at Food & Wine.  I think it would be perfect for a baby or bridal shower, or an al fresco brunch.  Now, where did I put that melon-baller?


Round of Applause Dress ($108)

I love the vintage simplicity of this bright pink frock.  I would probably take a seam-ripper to the tiny bows on the neckline, but that’s a small matter.

If you prefer a dress that’s more flirty and fun, I actually like the lacy cutouts on this Max & Cleo frock.  But if cutouts aren’t your thing, I like this dress with a pleated skirt and embroidery on the bodice.

Shopping in the under-$100 category?  You can buy this breezy dress or rent this gorgeous lace Milly dress.

Petite? This pretty Ralph Lauren sheath is great for work or dinner on the town.  Plus-size?  I love the texture on this Calvin Klein dress.