Happy Friday!

Friday, August 30, 2013

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Happy Friday everyone! I can't believe it's Labor Day weekend! It's the last three day weekend for awhile, so I hope you all relax and enjoy these last days of summer. I am hoping to take advantage of the warm weather and do a picnic in the park. It has been something I have wanted to do all summer, but never got around to it. Now that there a limited number of days left, I hope to make it happen. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and enjoy yourselves!

Dainty Necklace DIY

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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While I love my statement necklaces, my more simple dainty necklaces are my favorite pieces and what I wear more often on a day to day basis. After recently searching for a new gold necklace good for layering,  I came up unsuccessful and decided to make my own necklace instead. The necklace I made only took a few short steps and is the perfect timeless, classic gold necklace I was looking for.

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What you’ll need:
5 small gold beads
2 Jump rings
1 clasp
Gold chain
Jewelry pliers

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1. Begin by measuring and cutting the chain to your desired length. I chose to make mine 18 inches. Then, using the pliers separate one of the jump rings and thread it through the last chain on one end of the necklace.

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2. Using the pliers, close the jump ring, so it is securely attached to the chain.

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3. Beginning on the other end of the chain, thread the 5 gold beads onto the chain.

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4. Like before, take the last jump ring and separate using the pliers.

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5. Thread the jump ring through the chain on the opposite end of where the first jump ring is.

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6. Before closing the jump ring, thread your clasp onto the jump ring.

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7. Finish by using the pliers to close the gap in the jump ring.

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The Final Product!

Fall Trend: Houndstooth

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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In continuing with fall trends, houndstooth is one of my favorite pattern trends for fall. This pattern has been around in seasons past, but this season it is showing up bigger than ever, both in the classic black and white combo and other color variations. I am really looking forward to elevating this pattern beyond its classic nature and pairing with edgier pieces like a leather moto jacket or bottoms, another favorite trend of mine. Whether you choose to be bold with the houndstooth trend or just want to keep it subtle and classic, this trend is easy to incorporate no matter your style.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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When I was younger, I made this blueberry cream cheese tart so often, I knew the recipe by heart. It is such a simple dish with wonderful flavors that it became my go-to dessert to make. I recently made the tart for friends, and it received rave reviews. It reminded me of why I made this dish so often when I was younger; you can never go wrong when you mix simplicity and great flavors.

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Chambray Girl

Monday, August 26, 2013

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Dress: Jcrew, Shoes: Steve Madden (old), Phone Case: Jcrew, Watch: Michele, Ring: David Yurman, Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren
My chambray shirt is one of my go-to pieces as it pairs with practically anything and is super comfortable. So, when I came across this chambray dress on the sale rack, I knew I had to have it. I was so excited about the purchase, that I even wore it the next day. The dress has already become a favorite and, I see it becoming a staple in my wardrobe, just like my chambray shirt.

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Friday Find: Insulated Ice Cream Container

Friday, August 23, 2013



It's Friday! It's Friday! It's Friday! I don't know about you, but I could not be more excited for the weekend. This week has been a long one, and I cannot wait to relax this weekend. After coming across this adorable ice cream container, I am looking forward to making some homemade ice cream this weekend (this recipe looks delicious). Even better, not only will it store my homemade ice cream, but it also holds and insulates any pint of ice cream.  So now, you can bring your Ben & Jerry's, Haagen Dazs, or whatever your favorite ice cream wherever you go! I hope you have a great weekend!

Travel Style

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Through my travels over the years, I have perfected my travel uniform. I do not wear the same clothes each time I travel, but I always stick to my same rules when choosing an outfit:

1. Layers to keep me warm or cool, you can never predict the temperature on planes
2. Comfy pants you could practically sleep in
3. A scarf that can substitute as a blanket
4. A bag that fits just about anything
5. Comfy shoes that slip on and off easily for security

Black Sesame Mustard Popcorn

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Popcorn is one of those foods I rarely enjoy at home. I don’t purchase the microwave bags nor do I own a popcorn maker, so the only times I really enjoy it is at the movie theaters. After recently learning from my sister that you can pop it in a brown paper lunch bag in the microwave, I was intrigued to try it. Rather than just making regular air popped popcorn, I used this recipe for black sesame mustard popcorn to spice things up. It turned out wonderful and makes me think I will be enjoying popcorn at home more often than I did.

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Fall Trend: Embellishments

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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I have already mentioned leather and leopard as two big trends for fall (here and here). Embellishments are another big trend this fall. Whether its on sweatshirts, pants, blouses, or jackets, it is all over. If you feel embellished clothing pieces are a little too much for you, I recommend incorporating some of the embellished accessories or just rocking a killer statement necklace with some of your favorite pieces to add an embellished touch. Whether you embrace it a little or a lot, you can’t go wrong.

Army Stripes

Monday, August 19, 2013

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Dress: Old Navy (old, similar), Jacket: Jcrew (similar save), Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (old), Necklace: Jcrew (old), Shoes: K Jacques, Sunglasses: Gap
My weekend in Montreal was the perfect getaway from New York. The weather was gorgeous for a relaxed weekend exploring sites and eating amazing food (including an immitation cronut). I wore this outfit one of the days and loved the hints of neon yellow from my necklace and clutch against my grey striped dress. The army jacket was a great addition for keeping me warm in the morning and evening and will be ideal for the pending fall weather.

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Friday Find: Best Travel Sites

Friday, August 16, 2013

Happy Friday everyone! I am heading off to Montreal this weekend for a short getaway, and thought I would share with you some of my favorite sites when booking a trip. These sites cover everything from flights to what to see and do to what to eat. I hope you find them as useful as I do and have a great weekend!

Kayak: Kayak is the best place to book your flight and hotel. The site will compare prices on other sites to make sure you get the best price. What's not to like about that?

Seat Guru: Seat Guru is my go-to when picking a seat on the plane. You can either select the plane type you will be flying on or enter your flight number to see which seats to avoid and which seats to sit in.

Trip Advisor: Trip Advisor is one of my favorite sites to use when deciding which hotel to stay in. It provides user reviews and pictures and ranks hotels by city/area. They also have reviews on what things to do and see, as well as reviews of restaurants. It really is a trip advisor!

Concierge.com: Concierge.com is a site run by Conde Nast Travel, and it will tell what things to do and see. It is a great place to begin in narrowing down where you want to go on vacation and what you might want to do there.

CHOW: CHOW is a forum based site that provides great feedback straight from users on where to eat. Just enter where you are traveling to in the search bar and find an endless amount of forums discussing places to eat.

EATER: EATER is another blog that helps you find great places to eat, drink, and go out. It provides blog posts about restaurants and all things food related for major cities across the USA. Just select what city you will be visiting at the top of the page, and you will have tons of recommendations.

Pleats and Tweed

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Shorts: Seven For All Mankind, Shirt: Jcrew, Shoes: Jcrew (old),  Necklace: Jcrew (old, similar), Bracelet: Etsy, Sunglasses: Yves Saint Laurent (old)
On a recent trip to the store, I came across these coated cotton shorts and fell in love with their slight shine, pleats,and super comfy fit. However, being that summer is half way over, I was not sure if it was the best idea to invest in a pair of shorts. After contemplating for awhile, I followed my gut and purchased them. Now that sometime has passed, I cannot believe the doubts I ever had in buying these shorts. I have since worn them more times than I could imagine, and they will be perfect to wear with tights this fall. Sometimes you just have to follow your instincts, to realize how great an item is for your wardrobe.

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Scrambled Eggs with Herbs

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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The first thing I ever made in the kitchen without adult supervision was scrambled eggs. I was over at a friend’s house and after waking up before her parents, she suggested we make scrambled eggs. I remember feeling so mature to be cooking without an adult around. At the time we made with simple scrambled eggs with just milk and eggs whisked together. Since then, I have upgraded the ingredients a little by using heavy cream instead of milk and adding some fresh thyme to add some extra flavor. These are my favorite scrambled eggs and are perfect alone or with toast.

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