2 Sept 2022

Mimi Takes Five - #213

ONE // Sweater Vest
Worn for the first time in my back-to-school look yesterday, I present to you the cable-knit sweater vest. This is one of the purchases I made during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and I think it's the perfect addition to my fall/winter wardrobe. It's the ideal layering piece to add warmth and texture without adding bulk. The V-neck makes it ideal to pair with a button-down shirt for that preppy vibe, but I also plan on wearing it with my Nap Dresses as the ruffles sleeves will still get to shine. Another great way to wear it is paired with a blazer (like I did here) to get the layered sweater/blazer look without the extra bulk in the sleeves. I've seen a lot of knitted sweater vests for sale lately so now's the time to try one out! I'd suggest a thinner knit if you plan on layering it a lot.

TWO // Gloves in a Bottle
If you have very dry hands from over-sanitizing or any other seasonal change, this is the hand lotion for you. It's very moisturizing without being greasy, absorbs well and maintains a protective layer on your hands. I discovered it via Go Clean Co and it really is as good as it sounds. When I do a lot of cleaning or dishes, I put some of this on and my hands are good to go. With fall around the corner, it's about to get a lot more dry, so I'll be glad to have my gloves in a bottle within reach. 

THREE // Garden Tomatoes
We've been harvesting our homegrown tomatoes for a few days now and it's the best! Is there truly anything better than collecting the fruits of your labour right from your own garden? The plants are loaded with tomatoes just waiting to ripen. I'm a big tomato eater, so this works out in my favour. We'll be eating them for the foreseeable. So far we've made a tomato risotto and I've been gorging myself on tomato toasts with a sprinkle of feta and some salt and pepper. We plan on making some red pasta sauce and perhaps some roasted tomato soup. We might have to get creative to make use of our entire harvest, but we're up to the challenge!

FOUR // First Focaccia
Staying on the theme of cooking with tomatoes, I attempted my very first focaccia this weekend. I followed this recipe that I found online and it turned out amazing! I'm happy I read the recipe before starting it because it turns out you need to refrigerate the dough up to 24 hours, so I needed to start it the day before. I suppose it would be doable to make and eat in the same day, but you'd have to start your dough first thing in the morning to allow enough resting and rising time. We topped ours with tomatoes, oregano and basil to give it a bit more flavour. We enjoyed our focaccia with some fettuccine and rosé sauce that my husband also whipped up using our garden tomatoes. I think it's safe to say, we are very into making the most of our harvest.

FIVE // White Bodysuit
Wardrobe basics are just that, basics. I recently noticed that my basic white tank tops were looking a bit dingy, so I decided to replace them. I didn't find any tanks I liked, but did come across this white bodysuit. It has the square neckline I love so much and the straps are thick enough to hide bra straps. I figured a bodysuit would be a good replacement and would even be better in cases where I would have wanted to tuck in my tank. This would honestly be the best piece to reach for when wanting a simple look of jeans and a knitted cardigan. Nothing could be simpler and less fussy than a plain white tank top (or bodysuit!)

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