Getting to Know You:

Getting to know you!

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I started this blog as a creative outlet but there have been more benefits than I ever would have imagined! I’ve met people, worked with brands I love, and I’ve even gotten a few job offers from blogging. I’d love to get to know more about the people who stop by and read my posts. I want to learn more about you and I hope that you’ll read through the comments and get to know more about one another! If you also have a blog please leave the link because I’d love to start reading it!

Copy and paste these into the comments section and let me know your answers! I can’t wait to read them and learn more about you!

Last book you read:
Favorite quote:
Not so guilty pleasure:
Favorite spring activity:
Where you live:
Two blogs I’m loving right now:

My answers:

Last book you read: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Favorite quote:Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” -Oscar Wilde
Not so guilty pleasure(s): Starbucks Grande Soy Lattes, chocolate (I keep some in my desk at work…), Pinterest
Favorite spring activity: Picnics and long walks in Central Park
Where you live: NYC!
Favorite flower(s): Hydrangeas and peonies
Two blogs I’m loving right now: Kelly in the City & Design Darling

P.S. I got this idea because I love Mackenzie at Design Darling’s So Tell Me About Yourself feature.

 

 

Under $100: Scallops!

It feels like springtime in the city and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve been taking long walks in Central Park and Riverside Park, buying fresh flowers, and stopping to smell the flowers (literally). I’m excited to start biking outside, laying out in the park, and having brunch outside. I’m also really excited for iced coffee.

The change in the weather has made me want to take out spring clothes and possibly pick up a few cute scallop clothes and accessories.

Here are 15 scallop pieces for $100 or less.

Clovelly Peplum Top from Anthropologie ($68): This top comes in two floral patterns, a black and white pattern, green, and black. I love the little cutout.

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Scalloped Brink Pencil Skirt from Anthropologie ($39.95 but was $78!): Wear this skirt to go from cubicle to cocktails or desk to drinks/dinner.

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Embroidered Organza Fit & Flare Dress Gabby Skye: You can’t go wrong with a LWD (Little White Dress). The flower detailing on this dress is beautiful! Wear it to a cocktail party or sorority initiation. Just don’t wear it to a wedding… unless it is your own!

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J. Crew Factory Cotton Lace Mini in Scalloped Floral ($36.99): Wear this skirt to class, dinner, drinks, or a work at a casual workplace. The flower detailing is so pretty!

J. Crew Factory Scalloped Skirt

Marino Baseball Sweater in Scallop Intarsia from J.Crew ($89.50): This sweater is perfect for a weekend outfit. Wear it with shorts or jeans!

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J.Crew Factory Scalloped Shift Dress ($89.50 was $98!): I have this dress and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this to work quite often now that the weather is warmer. Wear it to an interview at a casual workplace or work! Pair it with pearls or a statement necklace and you are good to go! It comes in navy and bright poppy.

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Scalloped Ballet Flats from J.Crew ($99.99 was $158!): These look like the very expensive shoes from Chloe (here) that I’ve had my eye on for forever. I love these scalloped ballet flats and wish they had them in my size!

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Buttercup Scallop Hem Short from Lilly Pulitzer ($68): These shorts make the outfit. Wear them with a plain t-shirt or Oxford. They come in lots of cute prints!

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January Scallop Hem Skort from Lilly Pulitzer: Looks like a skirt but feels like shorts! Seersucker + Scallops = preppy perfection!

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Chantel Scalloped Mesh Pump La Victoire ($87.50 was $250!): These shoes are so perfect. Wear them to work, a cocktail party, etc.

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J.Crew Factory Scallop-Trim Mini ($29.99 was $99!): WTW. Wear to work. I made that up but I think it works well. This skirt also comes in navy and bright cerise.

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LOFT Beach Scallop Trim Bandeau Bikini ($49.50 top and $44.50 bottom): Beach bound!

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Scalloped Cami from Anthropologie ($38.00): Wear it to work with a blazer or cardigan over it or wear it with jeans or shorts on the weekend! The top also comes in other colors.
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Scallop iPhone 5 Case from Kate Spade ($35): This case has space for your cards! I love the bright and cheery color combo.
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Garnet Hill Signature Embroidered Percale Bedding ($35.00 – $75.00): Monogram it!

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This was only going to be 10 items but I got a bit carried away. I hope you like them!

Interior Design on a Budget: Under $100: Target Threshold Collection Furniture

I love the Target Threshold collection. It is a great resource for decorating on a budget. Here are a few of my favorite pieces of furniture from the collection that cost $100 or less!

Threshold™ X-Base Ottoman – Mango Berry (here): This x-bench would brighten up a living room, study, or bedroom. The white paneling is so cute!

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Threshold™ Woven Wood Bench – Navy/Cream (here): This would be perfect for a foyer! I love the pattern!

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Threshold™ Patterned Storage Bench – Coral Mango Berry (here): I love the pattern plus it is a great small space solution! I hate clutter and love furniture that has a dual purpose.

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Threshold™ Tray Top Table (here): This table is my favorite color! It would be great inbetween two chairs in a living room. The tray is removable so you can use it to serve hor d’oeuvres. It comes in other colors as well. I’d put a lamp on top and either a stack of coffee table books or a few of my favorite books on the bottom. You could also use it as a small space alternative to a bar cart!

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Threshold™ Fretwork Accent Table (here): I love the design! This would be a great dresser and/or entertainment center. Put your TV on the top and DVDs inside the drawers.

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Threshold™ Metal Accent Table – Silver (here): This side table has such a great design. I’d put it inbetween two chairs or next to a couch in a living room.


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Threshold™ Round Metal Honeycomb Accent Table – Gold (here): This table is a bit quirky but I love it. It would be a great side table in a reading nook.

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Threshold™ 24″ Brookline Tufted Counter Stool (here): I love tufted furniture and this chair is a steal. It looks like a much more expensive version from Pottery Barn. The chair also comes in other colors and it would be perfect for a classic and sophisticated kitchen or dining room.


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Threshold™ Round Tufted Storage Ottoman – Blue/White Trellis (here): Another great storage solution! I could imagine filling this with shoes or desk supplies (I don’t have room for a desk so I currently have a box of desk supplies that I take down when I want to write a letter or something).

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Threshold™ Pillar Accent Table – White (here): A simple and sophisticated side table.


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Threshold™ Ottoman – Gray Chevron (here): I love chevron! This cute ottoman would be great for a kids’ room.

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Threshold™ Carson 3-shelf Bookcase (here): Store all of your favorite books! Great for a bedroom, den, or reading nook (according to my Pinterest dream homes, reading nooks are lovely…).

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I hope you like this new series! It was fun finding beautiful furniture that isn’t very expensive!

Seder Anything: Creative Matzo Recipes for Passover

Tonight is the first night of Passover. What is Passover? Here is the Spark Notes version, “Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is one of the three major pilgrimage festivals of ancient Israel. Originally a combination of a couple of different spring festivals, it is a commemoration of the Exodus from Egypt–especially the night when G-d “passed over” the houses of the Israelites during the tenth plague–and of the following day, when the Israelites had to leave Egypt hurriedly. Centered on the family or communal celebration of the seder (ritual meal), Passover is one of the most beloved of all Jewish holidays (My Jewish Learning).” If you are interested in learning more, The History Channel has an interesting article!  I have to admit, every year I forget something and learn it again, making the Seder much more interesting. It goes a little something like this, “Oy vey, there was lice? That’s gross.” One thing that I remember every single year is the fact that I’m not supposed to eat leavened bread causing me to have to mix up my grocery list a bit.

Here are a few gourmet matzo recipes for Passover:

Skillet Matzo Brei with Cinnamon, Apple, and Raisins: Recipe here.

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Dark Chocolate Banana Matzo Brei: Recipe here!

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Matzo Brei: Recipe here!

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Everything Matzoh with Lox and Schmear: I think that the Cohen’s from the OC would love this alternative. Recipe here!

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Skinny Passover Matzo Pizza: Recipe here.

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Matzo Nachos: Recipe here!

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Vegetable Matzo Pie: Recipe here!

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Vegan Matzo Ball Soup: Recipe here.

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Matzo Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream Cake: Recipe here!

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Salted Toffee Matzo: Recipe here!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Matzo: Recipe here!
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Chocolate Caramel Matzo Brittle: Recipe here!

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Matzo Bark with Dark Chocolate, Orange and Cranberry: Recipe here!

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P.S. I played Miriam in my preschool Passover play. I went to a Jewish preschool. If you see me on the street feel free to ask for my autograph.

 

House Crush: Pretty in Pink

I loved this home from the latest issue of Traditional Home. The owners had one request from the interior designer – they wanted hot pink in every room! The designer followed through flawlessly. Lots of pink, pops of color, and incredible wallpaper! How soon until I can move in?

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Wallpaper: “Balata” by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan & Tout

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Stark’s “Bimini Road” fabric:

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Drapery (“Maharani” #F6110-03): Osborne & Little:

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Wallpaper (“Best in Show” #W5872-01): Osborne & Little:

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Drapery and valance (“Pagoda River”/Lime, Taupe, #DVIPPA204, Vintage Collection, by Sanderson): Zoffany:


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Ceiling light (“Blossom Gold Leafed Pendant”): Worlds Away:

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Wallpaper(“Poppies”/Catkin, Blackberry #DCFL211665, by Sanderson): Zoffany:

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Isn’t it amazing!? Read the full post for more sources!

 

20 Unbelievable Grilled Cheese Recipes in Honor of National Grilled Cheese Day

1. Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

2. Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Recipe here.

Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese

3. Lasagna Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

Lasagna Grilled Cheese

4. Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese

5. French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

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6. Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions: Recipe here.

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7. Fried Avocado and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

Fried Avocado and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

8. Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese: Recipe here. I’ve never had bacon but I bet it is good. Every single time I smell bacon, I think that it smells so good. You’ll have to eat this one for me and let me know how it is!

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9. Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Recipe here.

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10. Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Recipe here.

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich (aka The Mushroom Melt)

11. Grilled Gruyère and Olive Tapenade Sandwiches: Recipe here!

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 12. Mexican Grilled Cheese: Recipe here!

Mexican Grilled Cheese

13. Dijon Brussels Sprout Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

Brussels Sprout Grilled Cheese

14. Portobello, Gouda and Kale Pesto Grilled Cheese: Recipe here! P.S. Kale, pesto, and portobello – this is a healthy sandwich :-)

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15. Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

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16. Vegan Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

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17. Gluten Free Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

Gluten Free Grilled Cheese

18. “Eggplant Parmesan” Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

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19. Chicken Parmesan Grilled Cheese: Recipe here.

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20. Hot Baked Nutella & Cream Cheese Sandwich: Recipe here.

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Bon appétit! Which is your favorite?!

 

 

 

Weekend Reading:

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1. Born From a Tweet, Etsy’s New Entrepreneurship Program Could Be Coming to a City Near You (Fast Company): I love Etsy. I have discovered so many amazing artists! They’ve made an entrepreneurial boot-camp that teaches people with low incomes how to sell their crafts on Etsy. The idea for the program came from someone’s tweet. Read the article to learn more! 

2. J.Crew And Kate Spade To Foster The Next Big Fashion Tech Startups (Fast Company): Three of my favorite brands have teamed together! The New York Technology Fashion Program is a new accelerator program that hopes to support young and growing companies innovating in fashion, retail, and technology. Startups will win the opportunity to be mentored by retailers including Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, and Kate Spade over the course of the program! 

3. Dove Launches Fake ‘Beauty Patch’ in Latest Play for Viral Glory (AdAge): Dove does it again with another beautiful confidence experiment! People were given “beauty patches,” which were placebos, but they actually felt more beautiful when they thought that they were given an actual treatment.

4. 7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People (Fast Company): This is a great article about common traits held by emotionally intelligent people!

5. 5 Ways to Hack Your Weekly Schedule to Get More Done (Fast Company): I really liked all of these tips. I don’t do a weekly check in but I think I should start. My favorite was to celebrate what you’ve accomplished!

6. 13 Proven Ways to Make Your Own Luck (Inc): A great article about how to make your own luck! It reminds me of the Oprah quote that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.

7. This Honey Maid commercial:

8. How a Lady of Leisure Hustles (Tony Leigh): I absolutely love this article! I especially like the part about finding out what you non-negotiables are – and making sure to do them.

9. See Jenna Lyons and Her 289 Pairs of Shoes (NY Mag): This is old, but I stumbled upon it again this week. Could you imagine having that many pairs of shoes?!

10. 17 Baby Elephants Learning How To Use Their Trunks (Buzzfeed): SO CUTE! If only I could fit an elephant in my apartment…

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Extra Credit: J. Crew Brings Back a Discontinued Swimsuit Just Because One Superfan Asked Nicely (Ad Week): This is a great example of a brand listening to the customer!

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How to Drink More Water: Delicious Detox Water Recipes

I have been focusing on health and wellness lately. I’ve been exercising more, eating better, drinking more water, and trying to get enough sleep. I am horrible at drinking enough water throughout the day. I prefer coffee but that is terribly unhealthy. Lately, I’ve been making “spa water” with different fruits. I call it my “What Do You Mean I’m Not at a Spa?!” water. I researched more combinations and found a great Brit.co roundup. Here are some of my favorites from the article and a few other combinations at the end.

Detox Water Recipes

1. Raspberry Lime Water:

Raspberry Lime Water

2. Lavender Lemonade:

Lavender Lemonade

3. Very Berry Lemon Water:

Very Berry Lemon Water

 

4. Lemon and Mint:

Lemon and Mint Water

5. Blueberry Lemon Water:

Blueberry Lemon Water

6. Strawberry Mango Water:

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6. Watermelon, Mint, Lime Water:

Watermelon Mint Lime Water

7. Pineapple Mint Water:

Pineapple Mint Water

8. Grapefruit Water:

Grapefruit Water

9. Ginger Lemon Thyme Water:

Ginger Lemon Thyme Water

10. Pomegranate Rosemary Water:

PomegranateRosemary Water

11. Lemon and Thyme Water: Lemon and Thyme Water

A few other great combinations:

-Lemon + Lime + Mint
-Cucumber + Mint
-Strawberry + Lemon
-Lemon + Lime
-Raspberries + Blackberries + Blueberries
-Cucumber + Oranges + Mint
-Lemon + Cayenne Pepper + Agave
-Cucumber + Raspberries + Blueberries
-Blackberries + Cherry + Lime
-Lemon + Cucumber + Mint

Carrying a water bottle around with me has definitely helped! I like BKR Bottles – they are cute and small plus the organization gives back to the community! Learn about the charitable causes.

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What are your favorite detox water combinations? 

 

The Anywhere Workout: 5 Ways to Get a Great Workout No Matter Where You Are

I went away this weekend but wanted to keep up my workout routine. I used Nike Training Club to complete an exercise class in the fitness center of the hotel. Did I look ridiculous? Probably, but I got a great workout! Here are 5 great ways to workout from anywhere. You may be traveling for work or for pleasure or maybe you don’t want to pay for a gym membership – regardless of your reasoning here are some helpful tips and tricks for working out on the go.

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1. Nike Training Club: I use Nike Training Club when I travel. You can select the type of workout you want to do, the amount of time, and the music you want to hear. It is like having a personal trainer on the go with you. I am sure that Gwenyth Paltrow would attest to this but she couldn’t be reached for comment. The app has more than 85 instructor-narrated fitness routines as well as video demonstrations for each move. The app tracks your progress and you can unlock custom workouts created by Nike’s professionals, pro athletes, and celebrities. There are exercises that you can do in a hotel room without weights and equipment or you can go to the gym of a hotel and use the equipment. I’ve used it on vacation and work trips multiple times!
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2. Run: Go for a run! If you want to motivate yourself to take up running, or run further, use Couch-to-5K. It worked for one of my best friends! I’m still on the couch part but it does sound like a wonderful app! They say that if you do it for 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, for 9 weeks you’ll be 5K ready!

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3. Fitness DVD: Pack a fitness DVD! You can find one for almost any type of workout. Pick something from Fitness magazine’s 10 Best Workout DVDs.

4. Pack Lightweight Equipment: Pack a jump rope, a resistance band, and use two water bottles as weights. Check out the Simple Water Bottle Workout from Better Homes and Gardens.

5. No-Equipment Workout: Do The No-Equipment Workout from Self.com or this routine from Lauren Conrad and Tone It Up.

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