Hi there, prepared this ahead of time so really hope its posts when it is supposed to. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, hard to believe July 4th is just about here isn’t it! Once July 4th arrives, to me summer is on the high speed highway to fall. Though fall is my favorite season, I am enjoying summer very much so far and want it to stick around a while….I am just getting into my summer mode:) Here we go with this weeks Seven on Sunday- ________________________________ 1 ONE FABULOUS PARTY PLANNER Follow them on Instagram and incidentally a friends cousin used Easton Events for her Southampton wedding, I just love what they do and their aesthetic whether they are doing a wedding in Savannah, Aspen or the Hamptons, one thing is for sure- it is gorgeous! I would absolutely consider using them for one of my sons weddings:) Let’s take a look at some of their work below and click here to learn more about them. 2 MY TALENTED READERS/CUSTOMERS Few things in life make me as happy as when I get pictures from my super talented taste mater customers/readers. Tlak about a talented bunch! 3 NEW RECIPE ALERT I shared this a few years back and it is GOOD. Also not terribly bad or fattening so eaten in moderation, it is a good choice. Very tasty and flavorful, also very pretty:) I will be making this for our July 4th BBQ, a great side dish, found at Cooking Classy. It is easy, and can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. Click here to see the complete how to. 4 A SUMMER ARRANGEMENT I AM VERY PROUD OF AND AN EASY FLORAL HOW TO ! So we had friends over for drinks and I picked up some pretty summer flowers at Whole Foods and created small arrangments in bud vases. A few days later they were still going strong so I decided to experiment with a look I had been wanting to try. In fact it gave me a few ideas for a summer dinner which I might plan for August with a small group. Few things are as pretty as flowers in a big ginger jar, it is showstopping. There is an easy way to do it, which is the florist trick of using a plate (salad normally) and tape along with your oasis. It is so much easier than it looks. I found out about it when the florist made incredible arrangements for mother in laws funeral in my huge ginger jars, though it was genius. Wendy, a reader/customer sent in her “how to” pics which are below and shows in four easy steps, how it is done (thanks Wendy)! Love seeing your gorgeous arrangement in our beautiful vase! Just love how this came out in one of my favorite ginger jars. If you can believe it which will be hard, the few white hydrangeas in this arrangement are from my white party on JUNE 9TH!!! I cannot get over that some are still going, proof they just might be the hardiest “best bang for your buck” flower- 5 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Such a beautiful round up this week that captures the best of summer, a little bit of everything…..such inspiration! 6 ONE TALENTED ARTIST. Found Camimonet via Instagram and was immediately in love with her work. Her invitations are swoonworthy and she is as skilled at painting beautiful florals as she is holiday and pets, her envelopes are works of art in themselves and I just may have a hard time opening it! click here to see more of her work. 7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY. I am very aware of how obsessed/reliant we all are upon our various tech devices and social media, and yes I include myself there but will say I have gotten really good about turning off everything (especially my ipad) at night knowing I need to get into a relaxed state to get a good nights rest and science has proven if you are on your iPad up until you go to sleep your brain is far too wired to fully rest. But what I think is really sad is seeing young kids whose iPads or phones almost seem to be taking the place of real life face to face interactions. I read about some schools that are allowing kids to take part of their class at home on their iPad and jobs that now are allowing for work to be done in the home which they call remote workplace (click here to see how many of the big Fortune 500 companies are now doing this). While it might be convenient to work in your PJ’s, the social component is taken out and to me, that is significant. I was in line at a Starbucks the other day and there were several younger adults (all part of some group) in front of me and every single one was on their phone and not a word was said among them.There are now countless articles on the perils of encouraging this dependency and the isolation that ensues cannot be a positive thing. So I know I think it is out of control and it actually scares me to see an entire generation so totally dependent on a tech device that has now included a large degree of how they socialize Would love to know if you agree or feel differently. Choose all that apply- What are your thoughts on the current generation’s total dependency on tech (i.e. phones, iPads, etc……) PS THE SUMMER LOVE CONTEST. We have room for about 4 more pictures for the Summer Love contest and have gotten in some incredible pictures so far. Send your two best to [email protected] and make sure you put SUMMER LOVE on subject line. Click here to read all the details and please look over some of the great examples I have included of what your pictures should look like. PPS If you have had your eye on one of our gorgeous Provence planters, now is a great time to snap one up while we still have some stock- all Provence planters are 20% off, there is no prettier way in my opinion to grace a front door or back yard/patio then with these most elegant planters. Click here to see them.