Biz Notes: Lose Those Negative Thoughts

October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s Biz Notes Wednesday! I’m feeling overly excited about that fact, likely because we’ve been cooped up for the past few days and I’m experiencing some cabin fever. Somehow, we were one of the lucky few in the NYC area that did not lose power- only internet for a brief period. So we’re feeling very thankful about that. But on to today’s topic!

Last week was a bit of an off period work wise. Out of nowhere I was flooded with worry and self doubt. I felt tired, unsure of…

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Setting the Table: Cozy Loft Dinner

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Maybe it’s partly Hurricane Sandy’s fault, but this is all I want right now. The coziest of dinner parties with close friends, red wine, and dishes like roasted butternut squash and caramelized onion lasagna. As inconvenient as small city apartments can be at times, I think they are the perfect setting for dinner parties such as these. I love the exposed brick, rustic wood, and layered elements of the table, incorporating sheepskin…

Howl-A-Ween

October 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Greetings from windy Brooklyn, guys! How are you all doing? Anyone lose power yet? Brandon and I are hunkered down in our apartment crossing our fingers we don’t lose power. I think we were a little late to get on the prep game, as by the time I got to the store last night there were no more flash lights. But I think we’ve got enough candles to light our 650 square foot home for the next few days if need be. I was, naturally, too busy thinking about the food, which we’ve got a ton of but will of course go bad should we lose power… hmm. Note to self: learn to better prepare for hurricanes.

Ok aside from the hurricane

Weekend Wishes

October 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

HOLD : Your favorite mug (I have been a longtime admirer of these)

DRINK : A cup of tea (Even if you don’t think you’re a tea fan, give it a try! It’s the coziest thing I can think of for a fall day. Psst- on a related note – chai tea cupcakes actually exist and sound amazing)

MAKE : Homemade candy (Between yesterday’s caramel recipe, and last year’s peanut butter cups, it doesn’t look like you really have a choice here)

Fleur de Sel Caramels

October 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

For Halloween last year, I made homemade peanut butter cups, which are as delicious as they sound- and an extremely dangerous item to have about 50 of in your freezer at one time. This year I contemplated making homemade Snickers or Almond Joy Bars- all good choices, but I was craving something more classic. Enter fleur de sel caramels. I am a caramel fiend, people. I really fear for…

My Routine: Skin & Hair

October 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Every once and a while I like to take you guys outside the kitchen and cooking realm, and share other parts of my life. Enter “My Routine,” a new series that will be popping up every other Wednesday, where I’ll be sharing my routine for different parts of my life- be it beauty, exercise, grocery shopping, healthy eating, relaxation, and more! I’m kicking things off today with my skin and hair routine since I feel like I’ve finally nailed the exact products that work for me.

1) Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub My skin is on the oily side, so I need something that can zap that without being too harsh. I’m hooked on this cleanser, and love using it with my Clarisonic.

2) Lancome Genefique True story? I received…

Setting the Table: Halloween

October 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Some years I just don’t know what to think about Halloween. It’s definitely not my favorite holiday (I’ll never understand why people like to be scared), but it can still be quite fun. When else can you pull out ALL your favorite Gothic accents without friends becoming concerned? With both dressing up and trick-or-treating out of the picture for now, it sometimes seems easiest to ignore the holiday altogether. I urge you not to do that, however. At the very least…

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