Spring is heeeere! I am so excited for warm weather and longer days. Unfortunately, it does mean for darker, earlier mornings, but I’m more than okay with making that sacrifice. Last week, to brighten up the morning just a bit, I decided to have my friends who live in my apartment over for breakfast before work.
Side note: living in the same building as three of my best friends in Nashville truly feels like I’m in college again – in the best way possible.
I recently updated some of my kitchen and serveware to this fun blue and white combo. There’s something about those colors that feel so perfectly spring, and I was long overdue for an update. I was looking for affordable pieces that would feel fresh but not break the bank. I was actually really surprised to find these pieces in the home section of JCPenney! Their home line, JCPenney Home, had a lot of great serveware at an unbeatable price (the fruit bowl was on sale for under $20!). Because, let’s be honest, as much as I’d love to splurge, I’m working with a 25-year-old salary, ya know? ?
Also, my favorite spring/summer flowers have to be hydrangeas. I had been looking everywhere for a big, white vase for them, and I found this jar at JCPenney. It can be used for chilling wine or holding utensils, too (likely its intended purpose). Plus, it was on sale for fifteen dollars. #SoWorthIt.
For breakfast, I wanted to have something relatively easy, but with a little variety. Since avocado toast is my favorite food, I decided to do a little build-your-own avocado toast breakfast! The night before, I set the table, boiled the eggs, sliced the fruits and veggies, put them into the bowls, and covered them in the refrigerator. Then, all I had to do that morning was throw bread in the toaster (tip: avocado toast with butter on the bread is a reaaaaal game changer), slice up some avocado, and pour the coffee. This was important because, as much as I’d like to be, I’m just not a morning person.
My favorite avocado toast toppings: sliced heirloom tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, and crushed red pepper; sliced radishes (love the crunch!); strawberries, feta, and a little balsamic; lemon juice, olive oil, crushed red pepper, and cayenne. I almost always add a little lemon juice and/or olive oil. (This is my favorite recipe.)
If you find yourself walking by a JCPenney anytime soon, I definitely recommend you take a browse through. I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of pieces in my price range that are actually chic and good quality. Happy Spring!
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