Mango Chutney

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Mangoes are in their peak season here in Hawaii so a few weeks ago when both a neighbor and a friend dropped by with overflowing baskets of freshly picked mangoes I immediately knew I wanted to make a big batch of mango chutney. The sweet, juicy mango paired with onion and a generous dash of red chili flakes makes for a delicious condiment and a great way to preserve some of the season’s best fruit.

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Not quite sure how you’d enjoy mango chutney? Here are a few ideas…
– spoon it over warm bree as an appetizer
– atop grilled chicken sausages at your next backyard BBQ
– serve it with slow roasted pork

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Mango Chutney:

Ingredients
– 4 cups mango (about 5 mangoes)
– 1 inch piece of ginger, skin removed and grated
– 1/2 white onion, roughly chopped
– 1/2 cup yellow raisins
– 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
– 1/3 cup raw sugar
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
– 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less depending on heat preference)
– 1 teaspoon curry powder

Directions
– In a large pot, combine all ingredients and simmer over a medium heat.
– Cook about 30 minutes until the mangoes thicken. Store in air-tight canning jars.

Enjoy!

 

White Denim

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Long Tall Sally Lace Top c/o // Parker Smith Jeans c/o // Topshop Flats // Stella McCartney Clutch (similar)

My search for the perfect white denim is over!! I’ve been searching for YEARS for a pair of white jeans that meets all my requirements and this pair from Parker Smith totally exceeded my expectations. They’re flattering, stretchy and really, really comfortable.
I paired my new white jeans with a classic black lace top and lace-up Topshop flats then added a bright pop of pink to complete the outfit.
Have a great Wednesday!

Little Black Skirt

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Lamixx Skirt c/o // Bardot Tank (on sale for $15!) // Calvin Klein Mules  // Tropical Gangster Clutch

While I have no shortage of LBD’s hanging in my closet, the little black skirt was a piece that I was lacking and desperately needed to add to my wardrobe. It’s a piece that can be dressed up or dressed down, can take you from work to happy hour and can be worn all year long. A total closet necessity, right?! Who wouldn’t want that?!
Lamixx, a new-to-me company makes some amazing basics in the softest of fabrics that are universally flattering and easy to wear. I love the cut on this wrap skirt, it hugs in all the right places, has a sexy little wrap front detailing and is as comfortable as pajamas. A uber flattering skirt that feels like pj’s…you can bet I’ll be wearing this LBS on my next date night!
How was your weekend? We had an absolute blast in San Diego and loved getting to see all our friends and spending some quality time with our families. We arrived in Mexico yesterday afternoon and will be spending the next week at the Culinary Cottages on Flora Farms! Make sure you follow along on Instagram and Snapchat: Lauramueseler to catch a glimpse of our little Mexico getaway!

Aloha Friday

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– sweet little lace up last –IMG_8030 – packing lots of color for a week in Mexico-IMG_8036– opening up this months House Beautiful to find my little Insta pic!-

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Happy Weekend!
We touched down in San Diego late last night and can’t wait to spend the weekend with friends and family. We will be packing A LOT into the next couple of days; a wedding, a birthday party and hopefully a hike or two, before we head down to Mexico for a week of pure relaxation. Be sure to follow along on Insta & Snapchat: lauramueseler to see pics from our vacation!
I hope you have a beautiful weekend!!

Fig and Goat Cheese Spears

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This is my idea of the perfect late summer appetizer. Ideal on a warm afternoon paired with a crisp glass of rose these Fig and Goat Cheese Spears are fresh and oh-so flavorful. They’re topped with fresh thyme and rich balsamic vinaigrette and come together within minutes which makes them the ultimate appetizer to serve at your next party!

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Fig and Goat Cheese Spears:

Ingredients:

– 3 tablespoons soft goat cheese
– 1 tablespoon honey + extra to drizzle
– 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
– fresh figs, thinly sliced
– endive spears
– thyme
– balsamic vinegar

Directions:
– In a small bowl mix goat cheese and honey together.
– Spoon a teaspoon amount onto each endive spear. Top with sliced Fig and walnuts.
– Drizzle honey and balsamic vinegar over the top and sprinkle fresh thyme.

Use these measurements as a guide and adjust according to how many you are making!

Enjoy!

Navy Floral Dress

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Long Tall Sally Dress c/o // Hobo Clutch c/o // Dolce Vita Wedges (similar)

A couple weeks ago I talked about how necessary it is to have a versatile sundress in your wardrobe and today I’m introducing you to another wardrobe staple, the transitional sundress.
What is a transitional sundress you ask?
It’s a fall colored frock that works perfectly for those late summer/ early fall days when it’s still warm enough to wear a dress! This one is from Long Tall Sally and while I love the kimono style what I really love is the floral motif and rich navy color which make it the perfect sundress to ease my way into fall!
Have a great day!!

 

Vacation Packing List

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Happy Tuesday!
Sharing a little vacation packing list inspiration today. Marc and I will be heading out of town in a couple days for a week of fun and relaxation in the Mexico sunshine. We will be making a pit stop in San Diego to celebrate the wedding of one of my close friends before we jet off to Mexico and I couldn’t be more excited!
If you’re hoping to soak up that last little bit of summer sun and heading somewhere warm this Labor Day Weekend – pick up this splurge worth crochet bikini and these gold tassel earrings. This straw bag can do a little double duty and work just as well as a farmers market bag as it would a beach bag. Pair all your summer dresses with these lace up gladiators for a fresh look. No vacation is complete without a new pair of sunnies and I’m loving these round mirrored ones. Happy Shopping!

Denim Jacket

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Mott 50 Dress c/o // Forever 21 Jacket // Bernardo Sandals

When thinking about ways to transition into fall, jackets are the first thing to pop into my mind. I love a good patterned or embroidered jacket (i.e. here and here) and this little denim number is the perfect layering piece for those early fall days. Wear it now to take your late summer look from day to night and again this fall with leather skinnies and a fab pair of boots!
How was your weekend? We’ve been getting a TON of rain thanks to a string of tropical storms but it was nice to lay low and work on a couple upcoming projects over the weekend. Have a great Monday!