July is easily my favorite month. Not only is it officially sun tan season (woot! woot!), Independence Day has an extra special meaning for me. Its the day every year that I celebrate victory over my formerly crappy life and freedom from all the things that once drove me to cry rivers. The transformation all started with a list – except unlike all the mundane ones I had jotted down in the past, it turns out this particular one called for me to throw in the towel with my jerky husband, mend my torn up heart and start having some easy breezy fun for a change.
Now years later I’m officially a dirty little fun have-er and SallyForth is where I indulge in all the good this life has to offer. And on the days when life feels hard, well, I write that down too. I hope to be inspired and inspiring but if all I manage is hilarity, I can certainly be happy with that. This opportunity to sponsor ohdeardrea during my favorite month is a thrilling one! Not only do I have a cherry red heart for this little lady (and her even littler lady!), I find the heartfelt honesty in her posts to be something special and I want to splish splash around in her world (and somehow also find myself an awesome yellow couch while I’m at it!). And so we begin a month of ohdeardrea inspired posts! Here’s a taste – I hope you like it!
Brunch on Toast
Got some great friends who’ve never met each other but really should? I say wake them up, sit them under a tree and let them order things on toast! I was clearly way too excited about my order to think about taking a photo until it was nearly all gone -sorry about that- but truthfully you’re lucky I had the will power to stop and snap one at all. It was incredible! This was Tartinery’s take on the classic Club Sandwich: turkey, brie, bacon, tomato, iceberg, herb mayo on a toasted french baguette.
Meet me and meet my Matt. He’s a bottle of beer kinda guy and I’m pretty much a walking mimosa. He’s my sweet love and one of the biggest reasons why my years lately have been so great. He works hard, plays hard and loves hard. I’m a very lucky lady.
Following brunch, we hit the streets for a self designed vintage shopping tour. The goal was to seek out treasures from my favorite decade – the 1950s – while seeing what adventure we can get into along the way.
Because it was a hot day, we took every precaution to avoid dehydration!
I am particularly proud of this find. Thanks to Matt’s stellar negotiating skills, we got this little baby for 60% off!
And then something glorious and unexpected happened – we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of the Pride Parade. And since we clearly could not beat the crowds, we decided to join them!
This twist to our day inspired us to hatch a plan. We would break down into groups, scavenge the city for ingredients and meet back at our Manhattan apartment in 27 minutes for an impromptu backyard bbq. Oh yeah, Matt and I have a secluded private backyard in the middle of NYC. Eat your hearts out!
The rest of the night was as effortless as it was delicious. The chefs cooked, the servers served and the bartenders… went to bed early. No, not really. The bartenders mixed up an array of whiskey cocktails inspired by a recent run in with Matt’s favorite whiskey educator. Total cost for the impromptu 8 person dinner party – $43!
And in the end, besides the piles and piles of dishes, we each walked away feeling that we were part of something special and that life can be pretty darn good when you surround yourself with positive people.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I hope our paths cross again sometime!