A Breath of Fresh Air

From hosting garden parties to golfing on the green, Rhonda Wilkins invites us to step outside & enjoy the charms of spring.

By Rhonda Wilkins

Ooh la la!

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
—William Morris, English architect, furniture and textile designer, artist & writer.

These are words to live by, n’est-ce pas? I truly believe that the treasures in your home—from your wardrobe to your linen closet—should possess a timeless beauty. I look for pieces that are both unusual and classically designed—pieces that can be enjoyed now and also lovingly passed down from generation to generation. Let me share with you some stylish yet functional must-haves this spring.

Rhonda Wilkins is wearing Versace sunglasses, Italian 18-karat gold hoop earrings, Chanel Resort 2019 Bracelet, Wolford Body Suit, Spring 2019 Valentino Scarf, Rain Jacket & matching pants.

[1] Louis Vuitton Paperweight.
[2] Louis Vuitton Circle Belt Monogram.
[3] Louis Vuitton Box Scott.
[4] Valentino Chevron Twill Skirt.
[5] Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri Eau de Toilette.

On the Green

Golf is a great way to socialize and spend time outdoors—(although my late husband would tease me that I only took up the sport for the outfits). I’ve been lucky enough to train with pro golfer Donna White, a close friend of Inspiring Woman Betsy King. The hard work and dedication is paying off—I recently had my best round ever!

Whether you’re an experienced player or a well-styled enthusiast, these golf fashions and must-haves will add a stroke of class to your afternoon on the course.

[6] Tory Burch Pocket-Tee Golf Loafers.
[7] Louis Vuitton Golf Bag. [no longer available]
[8] Louis Vuitton Golf Set.
[9] Tory Burch Performance Cashmere Fairway Cardigan.

à la table

Everyone knows I love to cook, and al fresco dining might just be my favorite way to entertain. From picnics on the lawn to themed-dinners under the stars, there’s no end to the imaginative fun to be had. These are a few of my favorite recipes for outdoor occasions…

Lemon Love Bars

1 cup butter, softened

2¼ cups flour

½ cup confectioners’ sugar 4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Grated peel of 1 lemon

Confectioner’s sugar

* Blend butter, 2 cups flour and confectioners’ sugar thoroughly. Press dough into a well greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Bake in the middle of a preheated 350° oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar, remaining ¼ cup flour, baking powder, lemon juice, and lemon peel; beat until smooth Pour filling into hot crust.

Reduce oven to 325° and bake for 20 minutes, or until filling is set. Loosen edge by running a knife around the inside of the pan. Place on rack to cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before cutting.

Using a serrated knife, cut into 20 squares; then cut each square diagonally in half. Dust triangles with confectioners’ sugar. Serve at room temperature. Yield: 3½ dozen

Spring Onion & Sherry Vinegar Jam

½ cup (1 stick/115 g) unsalted butter

1 pound (455 g) spring onions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar 3 tablespoons sugar

1½ teaspoons flake kosher sea salt

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and 1 tablespoon of the oil and reduce the heat to low. Cook, uncovered, until the onions soften, about 10 minutes. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt and remaining 2 tablespoons oil and stir to incorporate.

Cook until the onions turn deeply golden and fragrant, about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature before transferring the jam to a mason jar.

Seal and refrigerate. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Executive Editor of Graceful Living, Rhonda Wilkins, is a former Senior Executive at Balmar Printing & Graphics in the Washington D.C Metro area and the wife of the late former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, C. Howard Wilkins Jr. Rhonda brings a wealth of knowledge in the fields of style, design, entertaining, travel and healthy living. Rhonda currently splits her time between Palm Beach, Florida and Europe.


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