FRIDAY FAVORITES #6: 10/24/2014

Happy Friday! I am linking up with Heather at Housewife Glamour to share my recent favs.

 

ABC Cocina. When my best friend got engaged a few years ago, I took her to ABC Kitchen to celebrate. A few weeks ago, she took me to the restaurant's Latin sister around the corner to celebrate my engagement! It was the most delicious, extravagant lunch. Our sweet waitress surprised us with an extra dessert, too! If you're looking for a special dining experience in NYC, I cannot recommend either of these places enough. (Plan in way advance, however, as reservations at peak dining times are not easy to secure. We went at 1:30 on a Monday for corn's sake and the place was hoppin'.)


Mineral Fusion nail polish remover. I know I mentioned this brand last FF, but I have to give a shout out to their nail polish remover. Yes, it's a bit pricier than many other brands of polish removers but to me it's worth every penny. It's natural, smells pleasant (really), and took off my dark polish quickly and easily. I'm never buying the icky, acetone-y run-of-the-mill bottles ever again.

 

J.Crew scarves. The wool/cotton blend is light and easy to layer with (I'm a bit of a goober when it comes to wearing/styling scarves) but substantial enough to warm me up on a chilly day. Great for travel, too. I got the plaid mix scarf last month and picked up the leopard variety over their Columbus Day sale. (Take 25% off with code TGIFALL!)

 

J.Crew Factory jewelry.  (Sorry for the photo repeat.) I don't really buy jewelry at J.Crew stores anymore, and it's not because it isn't beautiful. I've just found that the styles at their factory stores are comparable and the quality is basically the same, usually for a third of the retail price. (I lived in this chain link pendant over the summer, and for fall I'm currently wearing this crystal necklace, link bracelet and these drop petal earrings (a gift from my best friend). Not all at the same time, though. Promise.)

 

Annual sorority dinner at Otto. Every year since we moved to NYC, my best friend and I have an annual dinner at Otto around our sorority's Founders Day to celebrate friendship and sisterhood. The group has changed quite a bit over the years due to people moving away, new people joining in, etc. The two of us have been the only constants. But it's a delicious and dear-to-our-hearts tradition we love and one I hope never ends. 

What's your favorite(s) this Friday?

Have a wonderful weekend!

WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY #10: SHORT & SWEET

Howdy all! I'm stopping in quickly for a short & sweet What I Ate Wednesday to share my meals from yesterday. Many thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for hosting the link up!

 

Breakfast was scrambled egg whites and an Ezekiel sprouted grain English muffin with almond butter and coffee. And water... I'm trying to up my H2O consumption. I defrosted the muffin in the microwave, which was a bad idea. It was heated unevenly and so chewy that I was only able to eat about half of each half. I need to start taking these out of the freezer the night before. Oh well!

 

Lunch was tomato soup and a big chopped salad (greens, beets, mushrooms, salami, mozzarella) with mustard parmesan vinaigrette. ( <--- Recipe link for those of you who asked for it!)

 

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Afternoon snack was frozen yogurt with a chopped banana on top. I hadn't had fro yo in weeks (crazy) and it really hit the spot!

 

Dinner was an Amy's frozen meal - veggies and rice noodles in an Asian sauce. I needed something on the go. It wasn't great; I wouldn't buy it again. And at 250 calories, it's not terribly filling...

 

So when I got home, I had a mug of cereal to round out the day.

 

That's another Tuesday of yummy eats on the books! What foods, snacks and meals are you enjoying this week?

OUT WEST & MANY THANKS

Happy Tuesday! How's your week going? 

My fiancé and I spent the weekend out west in San Francisco and Napa. Here are a few photos. It was a very quick trip but we managed to pack lots of fun stuff (and Peet's Coffee) in.

 

A fruit plate for breakfast at The Grove.

 

A quote by the Bay.


A gluten-free cupcake from Mariposa Baking Company.


Group wine tasting. We went through Platypus Tours and had a really great experience. I'm wearing an Old Navy sweater (on sale for $17 and so comfy), Rag & Bone Skinny Jean, Frye Pippa bootie, Tory Burch satchelJ.Crew Factory necklace, and J.Crew Factory bracelet.

 

Strawberry pancakes at Fume Bistro.

 

On another note, I want to thank you for your well wishes over the past few weeks. Our engagement (and the celebrations) have been a ray of sunshine in an otherwise incredibly dark year.

I'm not quite ready to write (or talk) in detail about losing my mom. I don't know when I will be. But in the weeks and months that followed her passing, I was blown away by all of the kindness and love that came my way, and I have many of you to thank for that.

I've spent the past nine or so months (starting with the quick unraveling of her health after months of believing she was really going to be okay) trying really hard to hold it together. It hasn't been easy. I have fallen apart and scotch taped myself back together countless times. I'm the first to admit that there are many parts of my life that are an absolute mess right now. I am human and all I can do is my best. But there are things to celebrate and moments to enjoy. So celebrate and enjoy I will. Life is too short not to.

A million thanks to those of you who have continued to send me encouragement and support. It means more to me than I can say - truly.

WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY #9: BIRTHDAY DINNER

Happy Wednesday! Time for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday, in which I link up with other bloggers via Peas & Crayons to chronicle a day of eats. I keep track of everything I eat on Tuesday, and then I talk about it on Wednesday. It's a little tradition I've come to love.

Yesterday kicked off with breakfast on the go. I enjoyed a soy latte from Starbucks and a tumbler of Gluten Free Rice Chex with almond milk.

Side note: do you have a favorite brand when it comes to non-dairy milks? I'm kind of an almond milk whore. I buy whatever's on sale.

That combo kept me full for an impressive amount of time, but late morning, I wanted a little something before my workout. Ease was the goal, so I went for cottage cheese and a new favorite, raincoast crisps. These are so incredibly delicious. Crispy yet soft. I found mine at Whole Foods.

After a KILLER spin class, I thought I'd be in the mood for a big chopped salad, and I kind of was, but I didn't have the time, the patience, the satiety or the ingredients to make that happened. So I settled for my regular smoothie (almond milk, almond butter, frozen coconut milk, kale, banana, cacao nibs) which I downed before I could even stop to take a photo, and more raincoast crisps with some salami. I don't eat beef, pork, ham, steak... the list goes on... but salami is the one red meat I cannot seem to quit. (Insert "that's what she said" joke here.)

A little while later, a Nature's Bakery apple cinnamon fig bar.

Dinner was at Quality Italian for my fiancé's birthday. Sorry about these next few photos... the restaurant was very dark. I started off with this gorgeous gin concoction. I've seen latte art, but this was my first encounter with cocktail art.

I had a little caesar salad and about half of this fusilli alla Norma (pasta with eggplant, tomatoes, and ricotta). I'm having the rest for lunch today. Delish. 

Dessert was this chocolate olive oil cake. I LOVE olive oil based desserts and was so excited to see this one on the menu. Unfortunately it was really lackluster and disappointing, so I just had a few bites.

That about wraps it up! What are you eating this week?

DELIRIUM

DELIRIUM [dih-leer-ee-uh m] noun. A state of violent excitement or emotion.

Yep. That's definitely the best way to describe my current state of being. I still can't believe we're getting married, and every time I re-realize it, I swear my heart skips a beat.

How was your weekend? Mine was really nice. I aced my first test for school, did some great outlet shopping {scored the most amazing LWD}, and had an amazing engagement celebration with my best friend yesterday.

I am all over the place today, so here are just a few of the things on my mind...

- Tory Burch just released this gorgeous hardcover book, Tory Burch In Color

- Kate Spade also released a new hardcover called Places We Go, People We See.

- Anthropologie is running their annual Cozy Drive! Take gently used clothes to your local store and get a $10 reward card to use on any full-priced apparel. Everybody wins. (I used mine to treat myself to this ultra-flattering wrap top.)

- I am loving this gorgeously romantic wedding on Style Me Pretty. What a stunning ring, and I adore all the paper.

- Men, Women & Children. I'm not sure I understand what this movie really is, but I do know I want to see it.

- I'm sure you're well aware that Shopbop is holding their infamous friends and family sale. Perhaps this is the moment to bite the bullet on these freshwater pearl jacket stud earrings I've been dreaming about.

I think that's all I've got for now. What's on your mind today? See ya tomorrow with WIAW.

FRIDAY FAVORITES #5: 10/10/2014

Can't believe it's been almost a month since I've done one of these! Where does the time go?!

What a crazy, crazy week. I'm looking forward to (somewhat) of a relaxing weekend... a Pilates Mat teacher training orientation (more on that later... maybe!), getting a haircut, having brunch with one of my mom's best friends who's in town from Miami, going shopping with my dad and my sister, and definitely fitting in a few workouts and some extra sleep in between all the other stuff.

Next week we're jetting off to celebrate my fiancé's birthday (and our new relationship status) and once we're back in town I have a feeling we'll dive headfirst into wedding planning. Posting might be a bit sparse around these parts the next week or so!

But today's Friday, and I wanna talk about favorites. So without further ado, here are mine. (Many thanks to the lovely Heather at Housewife Glamour for hosting today's link-up.)

 

Essie Bobbing For Baubles. When it comes to regular, non-gel polish, I usually do my own nails. But I treated my hands to a much needed manicure this week, and though I initially loved this polish for its name, the dark, smoky blue-gray shade is awesome on. (It's already chipped and I haven't been able to find it in stores thusfar, so I've ordered a bottle online.)

 

Ashley Brooke Designs Mr. & Mrs. Mugs. These were a sweet surprise in the mail. Such a thoughtful engagement gift from one of my very best friends.


Mineral Fusion. I discovered this all-natural beauty line at Whole Foods months ago and originally fell in love with their lip crayons. I've been in dire need of new mascara for these past few weeks, so when I was at WF on Wednesday I decided to try Mineral Fusion's Lengthening Mascara (in "Graphite") and Eye Pencil (in "Touch"). I tested them both out that evening for a night out with friends and was super impressed! I will definitely be picking up more from this line.

 

Frye Pippa Back Zip Short Boots. I used to be all about the riding boots, but this season I have a thing for shorties. My dad offered to treat me to a new pair of boots for the fall and after much consideration, I settled on these. They're so cute and comfortable. I paid full price for my pair (booooo) but I found them on sale for you here (yay!). (These are the boots I was wearing in my engagement photo.)


Kerastase K Spray a Porter Touseled Effect Spray. Wow, I did not intend for this FF to be so beauty-heavy! But I must share this spray with you. Until this week, I'd been using aerosol spray to set my hair after styling it with a rod. I've been opting for soft waves over polished curls recently, and this spray keeps my hair looking good (and smelling amazing) sans stiffness/stickiness. Even after sleeping on it, my waves are still in place the next morning with this spray.

 

Threads 4 Thought. Last but not least, I want to share a brand I've recently fallen in love with. Their mission is to create great fashion that evokes a lifestyle of shared responsibility for each other & our world. Threads 4 Thought uses sustainable materials to make their apparel, and they also work closely with the IRC and the NRDC. Their stuff is great looking and the prices are amazing. (You may have seen some of their things in Whole Foods.)

 

Well, I think that's all I've got for today. What are you loving this week? Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend.

WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY #8: WEDDING DIET

Just kidding. Maybe. I don't know. I'm so delirious. 

How is everyone? Happy Wednesday!

First and very foremost, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your kind words and well wishes on our engagement here and on my Instagram posting. We are so happy and grateful and I don't even know where to begin.

So for now, I'm going to proceed with my regularly scheduled WIAW posting. Thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for being such a gracious hostess!

(If you're new to these parts, a quick intro: on Wednesdays, I write about everything I ate the day before. I love it because it's fun, connects me to other like-minded souls/bloggers, and holds me accountable to eat mindfully and chronicle my meals.) 

I only got a few hours of shut eye on Sunday night. I was too excited to sleep! I woke up at 4 on Monday morning and my head didn't hit the pillow again until around 11 that evening. So my usual 5:55am alarm on Tuesday was unusually horrifying. I dragged all through 6:30am spin class. I'm starting to realize that I perform significantly better a bit later in the morning, giving me time to sleep a little longer and eat a good breakfast. #rocketscientist

After class I hit up Juice Generation for my usual smoothie - Joyful Almond: no agave, add kale. I haven't been drinking many smoothies since the weather's cooled down, but it was a pretty mild morning. The JG associate made me extra, and called out "Joyful Almond, extra agave!" jokingly when my order was ready. Loving the early morning humor and generosity! (I froze the leftovers.)

Sidenote: did anyone catch the SNL Vitamix skit? I have been dreaming of registering for a Vitamix for a looong time, so that skit was the big joke at dinner Sunday night, a few hours after we'd gotten engaged. I don't think my fiancé/father realized quite how much they cost until Sarah Silverman decided to mock them on one of our favorite shows. Thanks, SNL, for the great timing. #eyeroll #nutbutters

Back home to shower and nap. My midmorning snack was a mug full of Gluten Free Rice Chex, blueberries, and almond milk.

Lunch was a Veggie Patch Mediterranean Patty with some cornichons. (I didn't end up eating the cottage cheese.)

Since my lunch was so small, I was hungry for something sweet shortly thereafter. I was really in the mood for a glass of soy milk and a Nature's Bakery Fig Bar, so that's what I had!

For dinner, I made a big chopped salad of baby romaine, garbanzo beans, salami, turkey, and mozzarella with a homemade mustard parmesan vinaigrette. (If you're a fellow CPK fan, this is basically a complete rip off of their Italian chopped salad and I love, love, love it.)

Dessert was a small sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon.

And there you have it! I also drank tons of water. I'm trying really hard to be more cognizant of my H2O consumption.

What are you eating lately? And what kind of blender do you own or lust after?