Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kate Spade Spotted Heels

If there's one thing for certain, I know what I like and I hardly ever veer off that path. This outfit today is an exception. It was a bit unlike me to wear an all-black outfit that wasn't a simple LBD, but I have to say, I was really feeling it. If I worked for a cool fashion company and went into an office every day, pretty sure this is along the lines of what I'd wear...

In fact, I was definitely inspired by one of my friends who I consider to be pretty "NYC cool." Black slacks, black tank with the slightest personality, and killer shoes.


So the shoes inspired the outfit! These Kate Spade pumps have everything: great height, perfect shape, a chic print, and a subtle bow on the back. (And they're currently on sale!) 






I love that Kate Spade's shoes have classic designs mixed with an element of surprise. 




Thank you Kate Spade for sponsoring this post.
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Monday, August 3, 2015

4 Ingredients to Cook with Right Now

I love summer vegetables– especially grilled corn! Louisa from Living Lou is sharing four of her favorite summer ingredients, along with accompanying recipes to make the most of the in season veggies.

4 Ingredients to Cook with Right Now
Guest post by Living Lou

The summer is the best time to get in the kitchen because of all the fresh produce available. I live in Toronto, which means the winters are pretty dreary for produce (very jealous of anyone in California, you guys get all the good produce all year-round). So I like to make the most of it while I can. Peaches and blueberries are two things I can’t get enough of right now, but now that it’s August (the summer really is flying),  I want to focus on a few ingredients that will be available this month. Head to your local farmer’s market or the grocery store and pick up these four of-the-moment ingredients. 

Corn

There is nothing better than sweet corn on the cob (and did you know, corn is native to North America? It’s thought to have been first cultivated in Mexico thousands of years ago). I love to slather my corn with butter and salt. A quick tips is to always buy corn with husks. The husks should be bright green and the silks should be slightly moist and yellow or brown (this means they’re fresh). Try it in my new favorite recipe for charred corn and farro salad

Basil

Fresh herbs are one of the best parts of the summer and basil, the slightly sweet, minty and anise flavored herb is one of my favorites. I find fresh basil is great for finishing dishes or tossing raw into a salad – it doesn’t hold up very well in hot preparations. I’ve been on a big salad kick and this recipe for grilled zucchini salad is packed with fresh basil and capers

Zucchini 

Zucchini is one of the most bountiful crops of the summer, if you’ve ever grown zucchini in your garden you’ll know this! It’s hard to keep up with the amount of zucchini one plant can produce. But one of my favorite ways to use this sweet and slightly grassy vegetable is to grate it up and make zucchini fritters.  

Eggplant 

Eggplant thrives in the summer so this is a great time to make use of this vegetable. I’ve found that eggplant is a great meat-alternative for vegetarians because the texture is quite meat-like. With a somewhat earthy and bitter flavor, eggplant becomes something fantastic when it hits the grill. It brings out a smokiness you might not expect. Eggplant soaks up flavor, so marinating is a great option for this vegetable. Try grilled eggplant skewers this weekend or a Greek-inspired eggplant salad

What ingredients are you cooking with these days? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Ice Twins

Whooooooa. I just finished The Ice Twins and I have to say that it was one of the most entertaining books I've read in a while. It was literally a can't-put-it-down kind of book. (I think I read it in a total of three sittings.)


I had heard it was "creepy" and it really was. Sometimes with books like that I feel like I figure out the hook really early on and wind up disappointed by how cliche and predictable it was. But, even though I thought I knew where the book was going, I kept changing my theories every fifty pages or so. And was wrong every time.

The book is about a family recovering from tragically losing one of the identical twin daughters. They uproot their life and move to an abandoned, dangerous Scottish island to rebuild and establish a new normal... but nothing is normal about life on the island!

There was one night that I was reading it and was terrified to be in my apartment alone. Way too creepy... in a good way, of course! I'm hoping someone picks up the movie rights for this book because I think it'd be a great on the big screen. I loved the description of the island and, despite the eeriness, I was ready to hop on the next plane to Scotland to find myself an abandoned island to restore.

If you're looking for a super quick, super captivating read you must pick up a copy of The Ice Twins. You should also convince a friend to read it at the same time as you so you all can discuss in detail. 

Have you read this book? Any similar creepy recommendations?
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

BaubleBar Giveaway

I'm obsessed with BaubleBar's new build-a-charm necklace feature. It's the perfect way to create a unique piece of jewelry that totally fits you. And they make great gifts as you can customize the necklace exactly the way the recipient will love.





The winner of this giveaway can build her own necklace, her choice of chain plus five charms. The pineapple, signet ring, and block letter are my faves!

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Good luck!
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Friday, July 31, 2015

On My Radar

Can we talk about how today's the last day of July? July always goes by the fastest and this year wasn't an exception. Actually this week flew by, probably because I was melting the entire week with this heat wave. The best part of the week might just have been meeting up with some great friends. I love running into people I haven't seen in a while and it's the best getting together with girlfriends I haven't seen in a while. Definitely one of the perks of living in New York.


I had a 7am walking meeting through Central Park and brought Teddy along so he could run around and blow off some steam. I think it was a success and such a surprisingly beautiful morning despite the heat! Also, everyone should try a 7am walking meeting at some point– the two of us were feeling great and ready to conquer the day by 8am!!!

On my radar...

ONE // Mad Men Auction

Props and accessories from Mad Men are being auctioned off starting today (12pm PST) and I'm pretty much dying. So many awesome gems. Sally's suitcase and Sally's binder + history book are hands down my favorite pieces.

TWO // VSCO Presets Compared

I shared that I use VSCO cam to edit my Instagrams and I loved hearing that a lot of you guys love it too. I think it makes photos look extra great. Someone took the time to compare all the presets from VSCO and I'm kind of obsessed with the whole thing.

THREE // A Mailman Delivers a Library!

What a heartwarming story. Truly, it's a good one. I think books are something everyone should have access to– especially kids. Love what this mailman decided to do; he went above and beyond the call of duty here!

FOUR // Hailee Steinfeld's Single

I think Hailee Steinfeld is such a talented actor. I loved her in True Grit and have loved watching her blossom since! I thought her character in Pitch Perfect 2 was so fun and who knew she could sing?! I can't wait for her single to drop!

FIVE // One Kings Lane Takeaways from the "De-Cluttering Bible"

I'm thoroughly convinced this is going to be a new way of life. Sign. Me. Up. I read this post on One Kings Lane and I am beyond intrigued. The book is officially on order... take the journey with me!!!

Anything great on your radar?

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

30% off BaubleBar

BaubleBar is such a great spot to pick up jewelry. It's a go-to for gifts (my mom and sister have quite the collection now! ha!) and it's also a great spot to pick up something fun for yourself. Right now everything is 30% off, just use code "XMASINJULY" at checkout!


The personalized pieces they have are especially great. Definitely a one-stop shop for unique and class monogram pieces like the script necklace I wear all the time and monogrammed rings.




On the fun side, I've been really into all of their tassel pieces lately– the earringsnecklaces, and bracelets! The tassels are definitely out of my comfort zone, but they serve as the perfect pop of color when your outfit needs a little zip! (Also, I got the tassel earrings and unlike other pairs, they're much, much lighter and easier on the earlobes!)





I think the thing that I'm most excited about is the build-a-charm necklace feature they just launched. I had the chance to check it out (wearing mine in this Insta!) and I'm in love! It's fun to pick out the pieces that mean something to you and while it's a little on the adventurous side, it's not crazy over the top. You can easily incorporate the necklace into all of your everyday jewelry.



Happy shopping!!! Don't forget to use "XMasinJuly" for the 30% off!
ends at 11:59pm on 7/30
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