Well Plated by Erin Blogger Erin Clarke in Long Pink Dress with Husband in Tux

^^This guy cleans up nice ?

Over the weekend, Ben and I attended a black tie gala, which gave me the ideal excuse to connect with my inner girly girl and sport a dress pink enough to make Barbie green with envy.

It was also my first (and hopefully only) time to put on a gown and curl my hair in an office bathroom. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the hilarity go down over my stories. Cliff notes: we didn’t have time to head home before the event, so I became very comfortable with the mirror in the ladies’ room at Ben’s office instead. Hey, it beats a gas station!

More firsts: this event was also my first experience using Rent the Runway, and I am a forever fan. I was able to easily find dresses in my size and price range, read honest reviews from women with similar body types, and I ended up with a dress I loved. Anyone want to invite me to their next gala? I’ll dress the part!

{If you like, you can use this referral link for $30 off your first rental. No, this is not sponsored. I was truly pleased with the service and wanted to share.}

The rest of life lately has been much more jean shorts and t-shirts, but I’ve been trying to get out and enjoy as much of summer as I can. My girlfriends (or in their absence, my faithful, furry date Teddy) and I have been visiting parks for live music, and my refrigerator runneth over with market zucchini. We’ll be eating these Healthy Zucchini Muffins for the next two months, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

I hope your life is filled of warm evenings, tomatoes for days, and second scoops of ice cream because it’s still summer and we can.

Here are a few of my latest favorites, including life-changing plastic wrap (FOR REAL) and a few cute impulse buys you need for fall!

Shopping: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I was a good girl and returned most of what I bought (as I assured myself I would when I placed my order at 11:45 pm), but a few things are harder to let go. My faves:

Speaking of Style: The Glamorous Grandmas of Instagram.

The Plastic Wrap that Changed My Life: My sister assured me that this plastic wrap and the corresponding refills would be worth the $$, and she was right. It seals easily and securely, doesn’t cling to itself annoyingly, and the dispenser/slide cutter is a life upgrade I didn’t know I needed. It’s the little things.

Latest Cookbook Recipe I Tried And Loved: I cooked four in one week from my friend Gaby’s cookbook, What’s Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food, and ALL were smash hits. Start with the Grilled Citrus Salmon Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette. Simple and superb!

Reading: I’m at a lull right now! Any recs? I have been loving the latest issues of Food and Wine though. Does that count?

Don’t Go Hangry: The best travel snacks according to a flight attendant.

Most Popular Post on my Site Right Now: 15 Easy Whole30 Recipes.

I Feel Old.