The Roman Mule

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The classic mule gets an Italian makeover for summer with the addition of a basil-infused simple syrup.

I’m a huge fan of the Moscow Mule and it’s super refreshing taste makes it the perfect summer cocktail. If you’ve been following along on the blog for a while, you know I am a fan of re-creating the classic with seasonal flavors (example one here and two here).I’m trying my hand at this again for summer by creating what I’m calling the Roman Mule.

The Roman Mule is the Italian cousin of your favorite classic mule. The addition of basil leaves and a basil infused simple syrup makes it an even more refreshing version of the original that’s perfect for summer. With the abundance of basil this time of year, it’s pretty much the ideal cocktail to drink on a summer weekend (or weeknight for that matter).

This past week MJD and I finally had some of our furniture delivered including our kitchen table (sneak peek above!). This definitely called for a celebration! I whipped up a few of my Roman Mules, paired them with some easy snacks (tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers) and a delish dinner for our first meal at our new table.That followed by the first episode of The Night Of made for an awesome date night in:)

Are you a fan of the mule like I am?

xoxo, Jenna

You’ll Need:

Makes one cocktail

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 5 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 ounce basil simple syrup:
    • 1/2 of a cup water
    • 1/2 of a cup sugar
    • 1/2 of a cup fresh basil leaves
  • Ice
  • Basil to garnish

To Make:

Add water, sugar and basil leaves to a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for a few minutes and then remove from heat. Let cool completely.

In a glass (or copper mug) filled with ice, combine vodka, ginger beer and simple syrup.

Add basil to garnish.

Serve and enjoy!

Navy, White and Wood Watch

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In the summer when I’m stumped on what to wear, you’ll always see me reaching for navy and white. A navy top with a pair of white jeans just screams summer to me- how about you?

I’m pairing my navy and white today with my newest accessory, my Wood Watch by JORD. I haven’t been a big watch wearer in the past, but always love the way a watch looks as a statement piece or stacked in an arm party. JORD’s Wood Watches are probably the most unique watch I’ve ever seen and add something totally different to your arm candy. Their selection of women’s watches is one I could spend hours looking through, with so many amazing color and size options. I went with a classic by ordering the Fieldcrest– the colors are the perfect neutral to go with about any weekend outfit!

Loving the look for yourself? Well, JORD and I are teaming up for a fun giveaway so you are in luck! One reader who enters here will win a $75 gift certificate to put towards their own wood watch. Don’t worry if you don’t win, anyone who enters will receive a $20 off code as well, just by entering. So head on over, enter to win and then get ready to pick out a wood watch that is all your own.

xoxo, Jenna

 

FYI- This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. All images and opinions are my own.

Wooden Watches by JORD

A Seafood Soirée With Stella Artois

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There are some meals that define summer, like barbeques and clam bakes. For me, nothing screams summer dinner party more than a whole bunch of fresh seafood paired with ice cold drinks. A few weeks ago I partnered with my friends at Drizly and Stella Artois to host the perfect summer dinner party, a Seafood Soirée. Lobsters and beer and ciders? Yes please!

Stella Artois’ signature lager is the perfect companion with a seafood dinner- it’s light and refreshing and not overly filling, leaving lots of room for all the food you’ll be eating. If you or your dinner party guests are more of a cider drinker than a beer drinker (like me), Stella’s got you covered there with Stella Artois Cidre. Their hard cider is super yummy with just the right amount of fruity sweetness and crisp finish. It’s a great thirst quencher for a warm summer day. I loved the way the sweet apple taste paired with what MJD likes to call sweet meat- aka lobster.A Seafood Soiree with Stella Artois and Stella Cidre- Summer Entertaining Essentials- Dinner Party- Boston Chic Party-4A Seafood Soiree with Stella Artois and Stella Cidre- Summer Entertaining Essentials- Dinner Party- Boston Chic Party-11A Seafood Soiree with Stella Artois and Stella Cidre- Summer Entertaining Essentials- Dinner Party- Boston Chic Party-5A Seafood Soiree with Stella Artois and Stella Cidre- Summer Entertaining Essentials- Dinner Party- Boston Chic Party-14

A Seafood Soirée with Stella Artois is the ultimate ending to a sunny beach day with family and friends. While the menu is impressive, it doesn’t have to be difficult to host this dinner party. I’d so much rather spend time at the beach than in the kitchen, even though I love to cook, so I enlisted the help of our seaside fish market to cook the lobsters for me. Most places that sell lobsters will do this for you and it’s such a good thing to take advantage of to make things a bit easier on the hostess. Drizly also is a huge helper when it comes to this- just order your Stella Artois lager and Stella Artois Cidre and  for delivery (free delivery on both items this month😉 )and you can save yourself another trip to the store!

For the soirée, we started with appetizers of shrimp cocktail and oysters with a post- beach beer and cider. The main course included some of my favorite summer foods: lobster, steamed littlenecks, corn, a simple salad and watermelon. Of course, we can’t forget dessert and I served my Skillet Blueberry Crisp made with local New Jersey blueberries to finish off the meal.

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You know I love me a good tablescape- no dinner party is complete with out a few fun additions to the table. I again tried to stick to a core color theme- blue and white- and added in some seaside accents, like fish platters, to complete the look. My favorite things about the Seafoode Soirée tablescape were the napkins and the flowers. I used Shreve, Crump and Low’s signature gurgling cod pitcher to display the quintessential summer arrangement of hydrangeas and sunflowers. This was my first time using the gurgling cod pitcher as a vase and I have a feeling I’ll be doing it a ton more:). The napkins I found on major sale at Target as part of their Marimekko collection. Tied up with a piece of rope, the pop of color and fun patterns added that little something extra the table needed. I also love that the Stella Artois and Stella Artois Cidre bottles are pretty on their own adding to the fun and relaxed table.

The party was so delicious and fun, I definitely want to host another Seafood Soirée complete with Stella Artois and Stella Artois Cidre. What do you say- would you join me?:)

Happy Party Planning!

xoxo, Jenna

FYI- This post was sponsored by Drizly and Stella Artois. All images and opinions are my own.

 

 

Cabi Scoop: What I’m Wearing

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Jacket: cabi (c/o) Top: cabi (c/o) Jeans: cabi (c/o) Shoes: Sam Edelman Purse: Elizabeth and James Sunglasses: Chanel Earrings: BaubleBar (similar at the #nsale!) Bracelets: Waterford Rebel (c/o),Margaret Elizabeth via Rocksbox (Use code bostonchicpartyxoxo for your first month free!) Lips: Studio 28 in Bitten

Reaching hump day this week has me so excited for the weekend! I’m especially excited because on Friday, I have a chance to attend cabi Scoop and check out what should be an amazing runway show of fall fashions.

Have you guys heard of cabi before? To be honest, I had heard of the brand several years ago when my mom had purchased somethings from the brand. While she is a super stylish lady, I don’t think I ever thought of the brand as one I’d try on my own. So when cabi reached out to me with an invite to their Fall fashion show (aka cabi Scoop) happening in Boston,  I was pretty intrigued.  One look at the spring lookbook and I fell in love with the pieces, like this colorful tank I am wearing here, the not-your-basic “white” jeans and classic navy topper. I’ll be wearing this look to the show Friday, but what I love about all these pieces is that they can be mixed and matched a number of ways with what’s in my closet already!

cabi is an L.A. based fashion brand that prides themselves on offering real fashion for real women. Based on my look at their spring line (and sneak peak at the fall!), the line has the perfect mix of weekend wear with work wear which is something I’m always looking for! cabi is sold by their stylists- there are over 3,500 of them in the U.S.!- and cabi Scoop  brings all these ladies together to get a look at the new season’s collection. cabi’s Fall collection will be walking the runway at the Boston Convention Center on Friday and I couldn’t be more excited to see the clothes in action. From what I’ve seen, the Fall collection looks AMAZING!

You can get a sneak peek for yourself with the video below or follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat (jenna.dimaggio) to see things real time on Friday!

Oh and by the way, wanted to send a thank you to Nick Cosky for helping me shoot this look. If you are looking for a Boston based portrait or event photographer, I would highly recommend him:)

xoxo, Jenna

Photos by Nick Cosky

FYI- This post was sponsored by cabi. All opinions are my own.

Boston Buzz: Night Shift Brewing

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Top: Loft Jeans: Loft Shoes: Jack Rogers (sold out, similar style) Earrings: BaubleBar (past season, this season’s version here) Bracelets: BaubleBar, Ann Taylor, Margaret Elizabeth via Rocksbox (Use code bostonchicpartyxoxo for your first month free!)

I’m always looking for new places to try in Boston for unique date nights. Sure, your traditional dinner date is always great, but isn’t it fun to mix it up every once in a while? When Spindrift and Night Shift invited me to visit Night Shift’s taproom one night last week, I knew it would make a perfect date night for me and MJD.

Night Shift Brewing is located in Everett, a mere 8 miles from downtown Boston and was started by 3 friends with a passion for brewing beer. After spending a few years brewing their beer at their apartment in Somerville, the guys officially founded Night Shift in 2012. Their name came from their early brewing days- doing home brewing at night after work which they dubbed the “night shift”. This also influenced their logo which features the owl who is obviously one who works at night.

During our visit, we had the chance to tour the brewery with one of the founders, Michael Oxton, as well as try the many beers available on tap. Tours happen every day of the week, so if you want to go just check their tour schedule. The night we were there they had 15 different beers on tap. No surprise then that Michael told us on the tour that they had a beer for everyone. Night Shift is the epitome of a local beer, as they are currently only distributing in Massachusetts and using local ingredients to flavor their beers, like Cape Cod cranberries. MJD and I tried a flight of four beers and this was a great way to test them out before committing to one. My favorite? Their hefewizen, Furth. MJD liked something a bit heavier and was a fan of the 87, an American Double IPA described as a hop bomb. If beer isn’t your thing, you can try some yummy seltzer from Spindrift there too.

We visited the tap room on a Wednesday night and the place was packed. The vibe was really cool and fun. While the indoor tap room was super cool, my favorite part was definitely the outdoor patio area. It was the perfect night to be outside drinking a good beer and enjoying some grub from the food trucks. MJD and I indulged in some awesome wood fired pizza that night from a pizza oven right outside. The slices were HUGE and let’s be honest, nothing goes better with beer than pizza. We didn’t get to take advantage of it during our visit, but inside the taproom, there was an area for games like cornhole (aka baggo or whatever you call it:)). All the more reason to come back- this would be a perfect place to come with a group of friends during the colder months too as there was tons to do inside.

Thanks to Night Shift Brewing and Spindrift for inviting us! Cheers to a different kind of date night:)

xoxo, Jenna

 

 

2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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It’s the most wonderful SALE of the year! In case you haven’t been on Instagram the past few days (slash have been living under a rock😉 ), the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started yesterday for early access. This is literally my favorite sale of the year- where else can you get fall items on sale before fall even starts? No where that’s where:) If you are a Nordstrom cardholder, sign in to your account to get to shopping. Don’t have a card? No worries, the sale opens up to everyone on July 21st. My one bit of advice? Get to shopping early either way- things sell out quickly!

Here are my fave items from the sale this year- starting with the top left and moving clockwise:)

Pleoine Split Neck Mixed Media Tunic

Pleoine High Low Mixed Media Top

Kendra Scott Adair Drop Earrings

Barbour Hooded Quilted Jacket (purchased a similar one during last year’s sale and it is the best!)

Leith Suede Clutch (under $50!)

Rebecca Minkoff Saddle Bag

Tory Burch Mini Leather Crossbody

Lucky Wedge Bootie

Steve Madden Block Heel Bootie (also comes in black!)

Steve Madden Over The Knee Boot

Halogen Pointy Toe Flat (comes in three other colors too!)

Happy Shopping!

xoxo, Jenna

 

 

 

Just Add Cooking June Meal Review

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Last month I introduced you to our new kitchen and Just Add Cooking, Boston’s only locally sourced meal delivery service to you. I’m back again to share some more deets behind this delish service and the meals I made from it in June.

Before I get into the specifics of our June Just Add Cooking meals, I have to say just how easy Just Add Cooking makes things for anyone looking to cook healthy meals with limited time. In your Just Add Cooking meal kit, all ingredients are organized by meal so you know exactly what goes with what. The recipe cards provided for each meal also show a cooking timeline so you know what to cook or do when to be the most efficient with your time. I don’t know about you, but when I get home from work, I’m wanting to get dinner done as quickly as possible. Thanks to the organized meal kit and timeline from Just Add Cooking this can actually happen:) Want to take the meal planning hassle and weeknight dinner scramble out of your own routine? You can try Just Add Cooking for yourself using code CHICPARTY and get your first Just Add Cooking box for just $39.

Here’s what our box looked like for June:

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Meal 1: Mini Meatloaves

Super yummy meatloaves in personal sizes made for an awesome Sunday night dinner. This meal was MJD’s favorite and I wasn’t too surprised as it is similar to a recipe I’ve made in the past that he loved. I roasted the potatoes based on personal preference and I think it turned out well.

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Meal 2: Stuffed Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

When I saw this as a choice on the Just Add Cooking site, I knew I wanted to try this meal. I love turkey burgers and who doesn’t love sweet potato fries? The burgers were really yummy and I thought stuffing them with cheese was a cool switch from a regular cheese burger. While I thought the burger was a fine size for me, I think MJD would have liked it a bit bigger. As you can see in the picture above, they didn’t really fill up the buns so I think a bit more ground turkey meat for this one could have been helpful.

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Meal 3: Fettucine with Feta and Olives

I saved this meal for a night both MJD and I were getting home late from work because of meetings and it was so perfect for that! I whipped it up in right around 20 minutes. It was a very flavorful meal and I though the fresh pasta was really good. We don’t make pasta a lot for dinner, so this was a nice change of pace for us too. Only personal complaint on this one is that I do not like olives, so I just picked them out of my serving:)

Another yummy week with Just Add Cooking done and I’m already looking forward to ordering and eating my meal kit for July! Boston friends, try Just Add Cooking for yourself for only $39 a week using code CHICPARTY. I have a feeling it will make your week delicious and stress-free!

xoxo, Jenna

FYI- this post was developed in partnership with Just Add Cooking who provided me with a complimentary meal kit box. All opinions and images are my own.