30 June 2011

boy approved presents


i am constantly nagging my cousins for gift ideas because i find that guys are impossible to shop for. there are a billion reasons but the main ones include:

1. i do not keep tabs on the latest "it" gadget
2. i don't think like a guy at all therefore am unable to relate
3. generally the only things we have in common are a love and food and that fact we are human

needless to say, men in my life usually end up getting socks and underwear but please don't fret! while the idea might be unoriginal, i like to spice up wardrobes with glam cashmere socks and colorful (in more ways then one) underwear.

anyways, back to the topic on hand, DOM shared with me an idea for gifts (he is either hinting the i need to pick up something for him or he is finally giving me ideas!) so check out this clothing brand as it is guy approved.

(knives and anything having to do with the outdoors made the cut as well, but i know nothing about these so i avoid purchasing them like the plague)

29 June 2011

Amusing Online articles



Ok so while I have been taking a break I have been scouring magazines and websites and picking my friend's brains for inspiration. Here are a few articles I have found to be amusing and entertaining. I hope you to as well!

CMJR told me about this article because we all know I love him and this article made me love him even more! We share a love of cookies before bed time...

I found this while reading the NYT style section on the website...I laughed pretty hard because I can see my cousins doing the same thing - taking over the conversation and making it about what they want to discuss!

I think this could go either way...what do you think?

Just an FYI!

I don't know why anyone would want to even consider trying it or be surprised that it was deemed too salty to drink!

28 June 2011

hello sunshine!

between my birthday celebrations, work, being in town, and scrambling for time in the country i think i finally found the perfect balance to my crazy schedule! so get ready for some more regular posts.

see you soon!

22 June 2011

happy birthday to me!



happy birthday to me!

(hopefully i won't be too tired to celebrate for the rest of the week!)

21 June 2011

Summer Spinning


I don't know about you, but when I go to the gym by myself I usually do a half-hearted cardio routine and maybe a couple of weights. (My former trainer would have a heart attack reading this) I would watch (in horror) everyone sweat in a cramped room with as many stationary bicycles that would fit. Well, all of this changed one day at 6am!

I spontaneously attended my first spinning class... I found myself doing extreme cardio while incorporating push ups in between hills (and listening to crazy techno). What helped was my instructor inspiring (and yelling) at us to keep moving. Let me tell you, I am converted and totally get the addiction now!

20 June 2011

Planning the Perfect Picnic


Now that it's Summer I am forever planning things to do with friends, and something I can't wait to plan are Summer Picnics! Things you must have for a successful picnic include but are not limited to the following:

1. Fabulous friends
2. Yummy food
3. THE perfect picnic basket (complete with a red and white checkered blanket)
4. A playlist that inspires dance
5.  Chilled bottles of bubbly

19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day



Happy Father's Day Daddy! I love you so much!!

Must Have Kitchen Gadget


Ok I will admit it...I am that person who stares at the tv watching the infomercials (and falls for the gimmicks) but I have found one that I am obsessed with and I use it almost every day! It is the magic bullet, which is uh-mazing!!! It makes amazing raw soups and delish smoothies in like a minute, not even!

Just in case you were interested, I got a great deal on it at Price Club! Be sure to check it out!! (My Aunt ran to the store immediately after talking to me about it!)

18 June 2011

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini


In case you don't know the famous song (and can't see the picture of the bikini) I want to let you know this post is about the bikini...it's summer and I mean how can I avoid talking about one of my favorite summer staples?? Anyway, I read up on the bikini (I will admit, I was totally reading Matchbook and was inspired to do more research) and thought I would share with you some interesting facts and a fun quote as a bonus!

1. The bikini is named after the island Bikini Atoll, which was the sight of a nuclear test. (The name was chosen because of the explosive effect it had on anyone who viewed it!)

2. The 1963 movie Beach Party was one of the many beach inspired films from the 60's to popularize the bikini.

3. Sports Illustrated featured a bikini clad model for the first time ever in 1964.

4. Louis Read's original bikini consisted of only 30 square inches of fabric. (He also was originally a mechanical engineer who happened to try out bathing suit design)

5. "Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital."
- Aaron Levenstein

15 June 2011

strapless bras


now that it is summer i find myself always reaching for my strapless bra and, of course, journelle is spot on with things that are important in a strapless bra (and they give some good suggestions as well!)

13 June 2011

happy birthday grant!


happy birthday to one of my most wonderful friends!
(even though i know you don't read my blog and never will)

08 June 2011

Happy Birthday Henry!


Happy birthday to the most amazing brother a girl could ask for!

Clean Plates NYC


Since I have been practically been living in the city these past couple of weeks I have found myself eating steadily less healthy so I decided i had to do some research for the best places for a healthy meal in town.

It seems like the book clean places nyc has some great recommendations
(Bonus for me: I've already eaten at a couple!)

07 June 2011

yummy recipe


i came across this recipe via the katespade website...it's delicious!

ingredients:
3 avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed
3 tomatillos, husked and chopped (to make about 1 cup)
1 red onion, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
1 jalapeƱo, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste


directions:
1. mix all ingredients in a medium bowl
2. cover, and refrigerate for fifteen minutes before serving

04 June 2011

Anna Kosturova


I'm obsessed with this company's crochet clothes...so perfect for summer! I practically live in the skirt I have and plan on acquiring one of the fun dresses at some point for the beach!




03 June 2011

tone it up


just in case you are looking for some quick work outs, the website tone it up has some awesome ideas and workouts! luckily i discovered this just in time for the summer! (rest assured i will be doing a few of these so you are not going to be the only silly one doing workouts off of the computer...i think i need appletv!)

birthday month


ok, i have resisted for 3 whole days now BUT i just want to remind everyone it is my birthday month! for anyone who knows me or has somewhat regularly read my blog knows how much i adore birthdays, not just mine, but all birthdays!

anyway, i will post part of my list up soon, but you can be sure that it will have things from kate spade, pearl paint, books galore, and not surprisingly... some things from lilly!

b-29


so jealous my family got to fly on FIFI, the world's only fuctioning B-29! at least i got to see the footage, although i wish i could have gotten a glimpse of what it was like flying in what GooGoo, my grandfather, flew during the war!

02 June 2011

Hermes


For some reason I feel like the best time to wear my scarves are during the Summer, which is why I'm excited to wear my new bright one! While on the topic of scarves, can we discuss how fabulous hermes ads are?! Just a few ideas on how to use your scarf this Summer...







In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a total Hermes girl! (but then again, who isn't?!)

01 June 2011

summer playlist


currently composing my summer party playlist, some songs that made the cut include:

1. yelle - que veux tu (madeon extended remix)
2. kylie minogue - love at first sight
3. duck sauce - barbra streisand
4. mann - buzzin'
5. lacuna - celebrate the summer (tune up! radio version)
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