Thursday, January 31, 2013

Brussels Sprouts

Oh my word. I'm addicted to Brussels sprouts. True story, I eat them every night for dinner.


When Georgetown's dining hall ("Leo's") had them for dinner, it was essentially like hitting the jackpot. My entire plate would be filled with them. Now that I'm living on my own, they're my go-to dinner. Not a side dish. Not an appetizer. Not a snack. DINNER. Every night.

A little butter and a dash of Jane's Krazy salt and I'm a happy girl.

Yes, these little Brussels sprouts are very much in vogue. In fact, I believe that they may be the peplum of diets right now. Y-U-M. It seems like they're popping up all over restaurants in New York City.

Okay so I've been steaming them myself every night, mostly because I'm still downright petrified of my oven. I'd love to be able to roast them and what not... but for now, I'll get my roasted Brussels sprouts at restaurants. Does anyone have tips for overcoming Clibanisophobia– apparently that's an actual thing. (Am I crazy? Probably, but at least I'm not the only one!)

In the meantime, I'll also be lusting over Pinterest recipes of beautiful and delicious Brussels sprouts.

Swing by these food blogs for the recipes! (If anyone wants to invite me to their place and cook for me... let me know!!!)

Anyone else as obsessed with Brussels sprouts as I? What's your favorite recipe?


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kelly Cutrone + Levo League


I am so excited!!!

She will be hosting Office Hours–which is a 30 minute live-streamed interview with career mentors. We host two per week (career experts on Tuesday and career mentors on Thursday) and I always look forward to them. Technically I have to watch because of my job, but I would absolutely watch them if I didn't work here.

They're inspiring. They're motivational. And they're informational.

Office Hours with Kelly Cutrone has been in the works for a while now. I cried on the phone with Leslie when it was officially confirmed. I really love her books, I always loved her directness on MTV reality shows, and I may or may not have almost been on a show with her.



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XOXO Gossip Girl

In high school, we had the regular senior superlatives. Most likely to succeed, best dressed, cutest couple... etc. We also had "funny" ones that were announced at our senior banquet. Truthfully, I don't remember many of the other ones and I don't remember how they were even voted for. I assume people voted somehow, but I don't know how!

Anyway, I ended up with Biggest Gossip. Go figure, I would end up as a blogger, right? I don't think I'm a "gossip," but I am absolutely one of those people who EVERYONE tells their deepest secrets to. I can't even begin to describe it. Strangers on planes open up to me and tell me about their ailing family members, how they just got fired, or even just their entire life story. Friends tell me whatever issue they're having... big and small. I feel like I have a Post-It stuck to my forehead telling people to open up to me. Does anyone else feel like they're "that person"? (I should note here, that I never share any of these deep secrets with anyone... which is the real irony behind being deemed "Biggest Gossip." No one knows what I know... aka the whole point.)

The show Gossip Girl started the first month of my senior year of high school. I kind of kept up with the show, but I definitely fell of the bandwagon. I remember getting super bored with it and when I missed a week, I realized that I really didn't care what had happened. I did watch with Little V though every week for a while....

Well, it's on Netflix. And I got sucked in. It's the perfect mindless distraction while I get dressed in the morning, answer Tumblr questions, or simply take a few minutes to breathe and sit

Now that I live in New York City, I have a much better appreciation for the show. If only to track the locations. (I'm so tempted to visit every single place. Am I crazy? Slash.... does the list already exist?)

The clothes.... oh the clothes. They totally make all the crazy love triangles, back stabbing, and dumb mistakes more manageable.

So the real question is... are you a Blair or a Serena?


PS I'm reconsidering my traditional sign off.

PPS The show is actually ridiculous... and I hate that I love it. 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Coach Legacy

Want to know my history with Coach?

I showed up to the first day of sixth grade wearing the most basic outfit from Gap Kids (denim skirt that came down to my knees and a simple white tee shirt) and a backpack. All of the seventh and eighth graders had cool American Eagle graphic tees (oh lord) and skinny ribbons around pony tails.... and purses.

Seriously, the thought of carrying a purse had never crossed my mind. I went home after the first day begging my mom for a purse. The details over what went down that night are blurry (PTSD?), but I do know this much: I went to school the next day carrying a black purse with multi-colored beaded flowers. Tacky. Yet, I loved having a handbag to carry all the necessities a 12 year old needs (school I.D., little Lip Rageous tubes, and five dollars... this was 2001 after all).

The more days that passed, the more I wanted another purse. I coveted a Coach handbag. They were oh-so-cool. I saved my babysitting money and then bought what I thought was the absolute perfect purse for $200, which was essentially a fortune as an eighth grader.

Then Prada bags were all the rage. Naturally. Like a month after I had a Coach. Go. Figure. I received a few as gifts after that and I have to admit that they got a lot of use.

Ready for some photo flashbacks?

I can't find a picture of the bag I bought myself, but this is the handle of it at least!

I think this was the bag that everyone had freshman year. The bucket bag or something like that? Everyone had a different color combination and there was like a daisy keychain that I loved. Yep, so there was that one.

And then I borrowed this one from my mom pretty much permanently. (Also, so tan from my Florida coxing days.)

And then... Coach kind of fell out of style. Truthfully, they may very well have never been in style in the first place. And now they're all into marketing efforts for bloggers and I really tried to resist the campaigns. But somewhere along the way I succumbed to it.

My mom carried a big Coach bag as a diaper bag when my sister and I were babies and it held up all those years of serious wear and tear. I think they've definitely pivoted back to the classics. I really do love a lot of the bags in the "Legacy" collection.

Did you have / Do you have a Coach bag? What do you think of the Legacy collection?


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Jawbone UP Review

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I purchased the Jawbone UP wristband and promised a review. Well... here it is!!!

I tried to include as much information in the video as possible but I realized really quickly that it would take probably an hour to really get into everything. There are so many features.

Review of Jawbone UP

Here are some close up screen shots of what the app looks like. I know it was kind of hard to see what was going on during the video. While it seems like the actual bracelet is the most important, it's the app that really makes the product worthwhile! The bracelet does a great job tracking everything, but being able to visualize the metrics is the most important part.


This would be an example of a bad night. Not even four hours of sleep!! Eep! But see, this is why I need the app... it totally makes me hold myself accountable for my (lack of) sleep.

This is the Levo League Jawbone brigade!!! 

Maxie and I decided to check in at her surprise bowling birthday party. Too funny!!

Look! See- there's Leslie giving me some encouragement! Yay for teammates!!! 

Okay, leave any questions you have for me and I'll try to answer them as best that I can :)

Do you have/want one?


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