Wine & Couture: Sparkle and Pasta
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Sparkle and Pasta

 Photography by Em Grey

Sparkle tank old loving, White Skinnies, Pink Bag, Bangle, Silver Heels old loving and here, Lips MAC Up The Amp

I love to take what would be a simple look and make it pop!  Between the pink bag and bangle, this sparkle top is so chic.  I feel the white jeans really set the tone for this outfit to be on the casual side and very chic for just about any event!

We had the best July 4th!  A couple friend of ours came over for dinner and games.  It's been a while since we had people over that was planned and enjoyable.  Not that I don't love last minute guests but it can be stressful when I don't have enough snacks or food to feed those drinking.  We grilled chicken legs, and served a very good pasta salad.  I have to say the best part was playing Cards Against Humanity!  That game will get everyone laughing and relaxed.  Which is good when you are trying to find conversation topics.  The couple that came over - the man is a friend of my husbands and his girl is fairly new.  As with any get-together a new member isn't always sure how to fit in.  So it was nice to relax and laugh, totally helped break the ice.  Here is the Pasta Receipt.......Always a hit!

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

8 ounces farfalle (bow-tie) pasta  (I subbed for shells since it's what I had)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound fresh broccoli
1/3 cup diced red onion
8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled
1 cup chopped pecans (I left these out this time)
2 cups seedless grapes, halved (I left these out as well)

1. Prehead oven to 350 degrees.  Bake the pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.  Stirring halfway through.  Pour onto a plate to cool.
2. Prepare pasta according to package directions
3. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces using tip of a paring knife. Peel away tough outer layer of stems, and finely chop stems.
4. Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, onion, and vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add hot cooked pasta and stir to coat (This is where the pasta will absorb the flavor) Stir in broccoli and let cool to room temperature.  Stir in grapes.  Check the seasoning.
5. Cover and chill for 3 hours
6. Stir in bacon and pecans just before serving.

Seriously I always get an "Mmmm" with this pasta salad!!  recipe came from Sheri Castle

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  1. I'm glad you had a great 4th! Cards Against Humanity is definitely the best game ever. Loving the sparkle!


  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Thanks for the recipe. It sounds so yummy. Will have to give it a try. Found you via Manic Monday =)

    1. So glad you found me and left a comment! We did have a wonderful weekend. The weather was perfect 70+ degrees. Not too hot. Hope you like the pasta salad!
      xo, Lee

  3. Cute combo! I love the sequined tank top very much, and the best part is that you can wear it for either day or night! Such a grerat outfit with the pop of pink!

    1. Thank you Tatiana! Yes with the white pants this outfit is very versatile.
      xo, Lee

  4. Seriously love the color of the bag!!

  5. Sounds like a great 4th! I really like your top! A little sparkle is always good.

    Nicole to the Nines

    1. Thank you Nicole!! It was a great weekend. Sparkle is a must in any wardrobe!
      xo, Lee

  6. Gorgeous! I love anything sparkly :) And the touch of pink is perfect!

  7. Love the beautiful sparkly silver top, and I love how you paired it with white and then the pewter sandals, you look great.
    from the link up, jess
    please stop by

    1. Thank you Jessica!!! White jeans make everything look put together!
      xo, Lee

  8. Your hair and makeup look gorgeous here, Lee. Great outfit too, of course. :)
    Gina -- On the Daily Express

  9. I think games are the best way to break the ice when you've got a new person who needs to settle in. I like how you've used cool colours from the same palette together. Since silver and white are neutrals, the fuchsia stands out more. Lovely!

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