Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vacation Maxi Dress & Chilled Bean Salad Recipe

Dress: TJMaxx, Hat: Kohls, Floral belt: necklace from Francesca's Collection 

To me the Maxi dress is one of the top must-haves for spring and summer. Comfortable, stylish, versatile and so important I'll mention it again.. comfortable.

I paired this one with my floral necklace (worn as a belt) to make it extra beachy and summery. The print has an animal print/leopard feel but I'm not sure that's what it's supposed to be when you look closely.

The other night it was our night to cook and we made this famous bean salad I learned about from my friend Karen. It is always a winner!

You will love this chilled bean salad - it's fantastic with tortilla chips as a dip or on top of chopped romaine as a salad topper. It's SO refreshing and so good. Try it and you will thank me. :)

Famous Chilled Bean Salad
-1 can of chickpeas
-1 can of black beans
-1 can of black eyed peas
-1 medium tomato, chopped
-1 can of corn, or 2 cups loose grilled corn is even better
-2-3 tablespoons of safflower oil
-1 bunch chopped cilantro
-Salt and pepper to taste
-A good sprinkling of cumin to taste
-A good amount of lime juice - at least 3 tablespoons and add more to taste!

When we made dinner the other night we used this bean salad as first an appetizer with chips and then as a salad topper with dinner.

So good.


  1. Gorgeous dress!!You look amazing!!

  2. that dress is adorable!

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  3. Your salad looks sooooo delicious. I want. Also, maxi dresses are my new favorite thing, even though they've been popular for forever. I'm just super duper tall and I've always thought they would be awkward looking on me. And I also thought they were ugly. I had my eye on one at Target, but then I moved and I didn't get to buy it, so that was a sad day. Your dress is ADORABLE. Love your blog. Okay bye.

  4. i love your lovely floppy hat and pretty dress! also, i want to eat that bean salad NOW. i love how versatile it looks! i'm so glad you're still having fun at vacation.

  5. This outfit IS the PERFECT vacation outfit, and somehow, matches the food perfectly! I can just imagine myself on a beach, in a maxi dress and hat, eating that salad with chips.........If only. Thanks for sharing! You are too cute!

    -Heather from

  6. lovely maxi! and that bean salsa looks amazing! i love the fresh ingredients! <3

  7. I love maxi dresses, your dress is gorgeous!! I really like your style :) Thanks for your sweet comment, following you now :)

    Have a great weekend!



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