Hello and Happy Hump Day! Hope you’re off to a good week. Today’s blog post is going to be fun because it’s all about shopping, fashion and eating!! Moving near down town Bel Air has truly been the best thing for our family. We walk everywhere and I’m especially happy when I can walk to some of my favorite boutiques and shops!
Speaking of boutiques, Bel Air residents (and Harford County Peeps) did you know there is a new boutique in town? Say what?! Yes, there is a cute little boutique that just opened up called, Velvet Trunk. It’s right off the corner of Office St and Main St. I stumbled upon it one day on my walk to the bank. I finally had a chance to pop in the other day on my way home after getting iced coffee from my new favorite coffee shop the Jaded Bean (See fun fact about the owner here).
While I was there I had the pleasure of meeting Marissa who is the owner of the Velvet Trunk. She is super chill, friendly and extremely fashionable! This cute store is going to do big things for the small town of Bel Air. Marissa grew up in New York City and has lived in California and many places in between. She brings fun, stylish, and bohemian pieces of fashion to Bel Air . If you’re looking for fun flirty she has it! Edgy rocker? Yep, she offers stylish t-shirts and distressed jeans. Looking for something more on the bohemian style, you will find at Velvet Trunk for sure!
I’m eyeballing this dress Marissa is holding up. I didn’t have time to try it on the day I was there, but I plan on going back this week and picking up some cute things for my upcoming trips. So stay tuned!
If you live near town, grab your girl friends and swing by this Friday, July 15th from 5-8 pm to enjoy a cocktail and save 10% off a single item!!!!
August 1st is the official store opening date. Store hours will be Tuesday-Saturday 10:30-5pm, and Sunday 11-3.
No time to stop in? Or perhaps you live in another state, no worries, you can check out her online site Velvet Trunk. Let me know what you bought! There are so many cute things to choose from!
On my way home the other evening I was able to pop into another favorite store of mine on Main Street. Full Heart Solutions. There are so many great things happening in this shop! Whether you are looking for a gift for a special someone or a treat yo-self occasion they have everything from handmade gifts to essential oils, and cute pieces of jewelry and clothing. In addition to all of this, Heartfelt Solutions also offers message therapy and reiki, chakra healing. As well as waxing!!! Located in this cute shop is The Honey Pot Waxing Studio. New clients can save 50% off of in studio services!!!
If nothing else, just stop in to say hi to this little guy – Olly. How cute is he?! He fits in perfectly with this adorable, affordable, lovely shop on Main St. in Bel Air. Also, say hello to Kyanne and Lisa, who are the very friendly owners of Full Heart Solutions. They are not just owners, Kyanne and Lisa are passionate spiritual women who believe in offering organic, earth friendly practices to nurture the body, mind and spirit! We need more shops like this in our world. You can swing by or check them out on line here.
Now on to food!!! I made this summer salad recipe for our fourth of July pool cookout with our friends Julie and Rico. It is super easy to make, I just used what I had in my fridge. It turned out so good that I will definitely be making this again this summer.
1 quart Sun sugar tomatoes halved
1/3 of a red onion thinly sliced
2 bell peppers (one red, one yellow) thinly sliced
1 large English Cucumber ( lazy peeled and sliced)
2 yellow summer squash sliced and steamed
3 tbsp of olive oil (use more or less to your liking)
2 tbsp Brags Apple cider vinegar (use more or less to you liking)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions: slice a up all the veggies the way you like them. I was lazy so I just thinly sliced my bell pepper and red onion. I peeled the cucumber in a stripped fashion, because I’m lazy and it makes it look so fancy. After you slice your yellow squash, steam it for about 5 minutes or until slightly tender but not soggy. Steaming it will help you digest the vegetable better. While yellow squash is set aside to cool, place all of you cut up veggies in a large bowl. Once yellow squash is cool add it to the bowl and mix in oil, apple cider vinegar and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Keep in fridge until ready to eat. It’s good, refreshing, and the perfect easy salad to make on a summer day. Enjoy!