Pinch Provisions Blog

7.10.2014

Packing in a Pinch: Mexico Edition

The more you travel, the easier it becomes to edit down your packing list. Whether you’re jetting off for work, to visit family, or relax on vacation, it helps to pack your bag with must-have wardrobe staples and beauty products that are both versatile and easy to carry.

Our senior designer, Jen Serafini, recently traveled to Mexico with her husband and compiled a list of her top picks for beating the heat and still looking fresh in the beautiful Riviera Maya. 

 

1. A summer hat. Whether you have nice olive skin that tans beautifully, or are on the fairer side and burn quickly, a floppy hat is a MUST in the hot Mexican heat. It’s a great sun protector and keeps you cool during the hundred-degree days. I recommend something that’s neutral in color, with a flexible construction that makes it easy to pack—I wore mine from the plane to the beach and everywhere in between. 

2. Comfortable shoes. Ever since I snagged a pair of striped espadrille flats, I literally wear them everywhere. The best part about them is their versatility: They’re perfect for the plane ride (my feet always get cold!), walking around town, and hitting the beach (a little sand won’t hurt these guys!). Since they have canvas uppers, they collapse pretty easily, taking up barely any room in your suitcase. 

3. Denim shorts. A friend once told me how to get the most out of a travel wardrobe: Choose a single color scheme and build your clothing choices around that. Whenever I pack for a trip, I always try to pick neutral items that I can mix and match and wear multiple times. If I choose too many vibrant statement pieces, I get only limited use out of them and it bulks up my suitcase. For me, neutral means a lot of denim and navy, stripes, clean whites, and little pops of color here and there. You can’t go wrong with a great pair of denim shorts

4. Minimergency Kit. A necessary travel essential for sure. In just six days away, I used the stain remover after spilling on my white jeans, gave the bandage to my husband when his new shoes caused a blister, and we both popped the Advil after a long day of traveling. My lime Candy Striper was with us every day at the beach just in case something popped up! 

 5. Day-to-night bag. Every time I travel I struggle to find the perfect purse that can accommodate all of my needs throughout a trip. This perforated black bucket bag is the perfect size—it’s large enough to fit our camera during the day and small enough that taking it out at night isn’t cumbersome. From Banana Republic; similar style here

 

 

7.01.2014

Patriotic Fruit Tart…In a Pinch!

Crust Ingredients

1 1/2 sticks of butter

1/2 c powdered sugar

1 1/2 c of flour (regular or Cup4Cup)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter. Add the powdered sugar, followed by the flour or flour substitute (both are great!). Press into a round tart or pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove earlier if it begins to brown. Let cool.

Filling Ingredients 

8 oz. cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese, softened

1 2/3 c of white chocolate chips

1 tbs. cream or milk

In 30 second increments, melt white chocolate chips and 1 tbs. cream or milk in microwave. Blend with a fork. Then blend white chocolate chips with cream cheese until smooth. Pour mixture over cooled crust and smooth evenly with spatula.

Top and decorate with any fruit you wish, but strawberries, blueberries, and kiwis often work well. For the decorating challenged, start around the outer rim with, and work inward, using concentric circles of alternating fruit. Top with fruit glaze (Dr. Oetker’s works best.)

6.25.2014

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With so many summer events to attend, finding the right hostess gift can cut into your beach time! Pair one of our Minimergency Kits with these chic finds, and you’ll be party-ready in no time.

For the hostess who is always bartending, pair Kelley Lilien’s new Dessert Cocktail Swatchbook with our sassy pink Hot Mess Mini. We adore Mrs. Lilien, and this handy dandy cocktail guide (a sweet sequel to her first volume) is the irresistible combination of chic and helpful.

For the beach-loving hostess, we love pairing our blue Snake Charmer Mini with Chandon’s limited edition summer bubbly. (Just remember to chill it in advance so you can start sipping tout de suite!)

If your hostess is the super practical type, we recommend something from Lauren Conrad's line with Blue Avocado. Her ingenious totes with insulated compartments help your drinks and dishes cool or warm during transport. Paired with our summer white Candy Striper Mini, they’re both a must-have for any serious hostess!

Finally, for the cute and quirky hostess, we’re pairing our (almost sold out!) Confection Mini with this adorable serving tray from Oh Joy! for Target. Joy Cho’s collections, which debut quarterly, have quickly become a staple for in-the-know entertainers everywhere. Be sure to follow Joy so that you know when her new goodies hit Target shelves — they can sell out quickly!

6.11.2014

{MacGyver Move} In a pinch, use clear nail polish on fraying threads to prevent your buttons from popping. You can also apply it to a snag in hosiery to prevent the run from spreading.

For those in a pinch moments, we’ve included clear nail polish in our Shemergency and Minimergency Kits for Her.
For more MacGyver moves, follow us on Pinterest.

{MacGyver Move} In a pinch, use clear nail polish on fraying threads to prevent your buttons from popping. You can also apply it to a snag in hosiery to prevent the run from spreading.

For those in a pinch moments, we’ve included clear nail polish in our Shemergency and Minimergency Kits for Her.

For more MacGyver moves, follow us on Pinterest.

6.10.2014

MINI ON THE MOVE: LAS VEGAS

Whether you’re planning an epic bachelorette party or a relaxing poolside vacay with your girlfriends, Vegas is the ultimate getaway destination. Today we’re sharing what to wear and where to go in Sin City:

What to wear:

  • In Vegas, go bold - even for a relaxing day at the pool. Bold colors, prints and metallics are the name of the game. Top it with a cute sundress and sandals so you can head straight to the casino or go shopping at one of Vegas’ designer boutiques.

  • This desert city is known for its big night life, and the dress code is “anything goes.” Sequinsmetallics, sky-high heels and minis (the skirt and the survival kit) are all staples on the Strip.

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Clockwise from top: Hat / Sundress / Sandals / Hot Mess Minimergency Kit / Beach Tote / Bikini / Sunnies

Where to stay:

  • The Cosmopolitan is a fun, sophisticated, yet not-too-Vegas hotel in the heart of it all.

  • The Venetian’s ambiance replicates Venice with winding canals, gondolas, arched bridges and 25-foot-high Botticino marble columns. “Great rooms” include sunken living rooms and marble baths with Roman tubs. 

What to do:

  • See a Cirque du Soleil show: Choose from eight action packed, gravity defying Cirque shows featuring veteran Olympic gymnasts and swimmers - including gold, silver and bronze medal winners!
  • Visit the Bellagio fountains: Every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. until midnight, the 8.5 acre lake in front of the Bellagio comes alive with more than 1,000 fountains that shoot water in a choreographed dance timed to classic music.
  • Get shopping: Vegas is packed with shopping centers and boutiques. From the high end shopping at The Shops at Crystals to the more accessible (and largest shopping destination) Fashion Show Mall, this city offers something for everyone.
  • Hit the casinos: Day or night, you can visit the many iconic Vegas casinos rich with history and grandeur. Place a bet at the iconic Cesars Palace, play the slots at the MGM Grand, and go celeb-sighting at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Don’t forget the golden rule of Vegas: quit while you’re ahead.

Image Credit: Bryce W. Garner

6.07.2014

FATHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY WINNERS

The winners of our Father’s Day Giveaway have been (randomly) selected! Each winner told us why their dad rocks, and will receive a Minimergency Kit for Him, just in time for Father’s Day!

  1. Jennifer Bilby - "My grandpa (the man who raised me) rocks because he loves me unconditionally, always made us have a blast at anything we did, taught me how to use a hammer and fix things, showed me how to play pool and has always been loved by all children. A man who can make children laugh that all children love and occasionally gets you in trouble by mom and grandma because you’re having too much fun, is a great man in my book."
  2. Michael Terrasa - "My dad rocks because he has supported me through thick and thin."
  3. Jacqueline Tran - "Because he’s a father to anyone in need!"

Didn’t win? There’s still time to purchase the Minimergency for Him for delivery in time for Father’s Day!