Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Life's Little Things

IMG_2160 I always try to squeeze in one or two nights a week to go out with friends, but sometimes it just doesn't happen. I'm so grateful to have a job, and working hard truly fulfills me, but life can't be all work, no play...right? So during those really busy weeks when I don't have time to meet friends for dinner or drinks, I try to appreciate the little things I'm blessed with. Here's what I'm loving lately:

These Boots
IMG_2125 My personal style has definitely evolved since moving to NewYork. While I still love ├╝ber girly, glittery shoes and furry vests, I've incorporated some androgyny and a whollllllllle lot of black into my wardrobe. I've been having so much fun juxtaposing my favorite dresses and skirts with tougher pieces I never would have worn a year ago. Like these boots. I got these guys about a month ago, and they're super easy for cruising around the city, and they breathe new life into old outfit combinations.The other day I paired them with this outfit (nostalgia! An oldie but a goodie), and the they transformed the entire look.


Raw Cacao
IMG_2140 Raw cacao is proof that 1.There's a God and 2. He loves us. Back in September I experimented with plant-based, gluten-free eating, and it felt so good that I decided to adopt it as my primary diet. Nourishing my body with honest, whole foods keeps me feeling energized and optimistic, and the best part is I never feel deprived! With a little bit of planning, dedication, and a huge thanks to raw cacao, I still get to enjoy all my favorite treats, which is the only reason I can commit to this lifestyle. Most recently I made a yummy nutella spread, packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, sweetened naturally with unrefined sugars from dates. The spread is so good on it's own, but I also love to eat it for breakfast on top of homemade, gluten-free bread with sliced bananas.


Lorde
IMG_2131 Can't. Stop. Listening. Lorde's voice + the lyrics to her songs...So cryptic. So intriguing. And so apropos for the cold night walks home from the Subway.


Ology Shampoo & Conditioner
IMG_1785 After eliminating nearly all toxins from my diet, I've decided to start examining the beauty products I use. This one's hard for me, because some of my very favorite toiletries and makeup items are chemical ridden, and I can't seem to find honest alternatives that work just as well. Finding Ology's shampoo and conditioner was great because both are sulfate-free, effective (which I can't say about many sulfate-free hair products), and they smell really good!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I spent the holiday with my mom's side of the family on Long Island and it was so nice seeing everyone. The day was filled with lots of laughter, lots of food, and lots of wine.

To list what I'm grateful for almost seems to cheapen the value of my thanks, because sometimes words just aren't enough. So let's leave it at this: My family and friends have provided me with the best support network I could have ever asked for. Because of their encouragement, I followed my heart and moved to New York. A place that jolts me with a sense of adventure and curiosity; where creativity and personal expression are not only accepted - but encouraged. And I get to be a part of that every single day.

While it's nice that there's one day of the year dedicated to gratitude, I am blessed beyond measure with so many intangibles. I'm not perfect at it, but I really try to give thanks every day for all of the opportunities that have manifested into a pretty fab life.

Cheers to the rest of the holiday weekend, and double cheers to kicking off the most sparkly time of the year in style. I'm so excited for all the fun that comes with December!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Getting An Early Start

IMG_2076 There were so many things I loved about my cozy apartment in Boston. It wasn't too fancy, or too big, but it didn't matter. I moved in at a pivotal point in my life, and for the first few months, living alone in that cozy studio made me feel liberated like never before.

But as the summer months passed, and it got too cold to go out in the middle of the week, I started missing the company of a roommate. It's been months since I've felt that loneliness, but I was ironically reminded of it the other night when me and my roommate Lisa were both bored and jonesing for a fun project.

Turns out, being bored in good company proves to be significantly more fruitful, as we decided to get an early start decorating for the holidays. Without any hesitation, once the idea of decorating was thrown on the table, we bundled up to endure the cold November temperatures we'd been avoiding all day, to buy some sparkly goodies for our little home.

What would have been a lonely Sunday night had I still lived by myself, ended up being such a fun time full of Christmas music, wine, climbing on furniture.... and our next door neighbor even came over to hang out for a while! IMG_2109 IMG_2028 IMG_1931 IMG_1994 IMG_2010

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fall In New York

IMG_1664 Fall is more than halfway over and I'm not quite sure how that happened. When I was a kid I remember the two and a half months between the first day of school and Thanksgiving felt like an eternity. But with Thanksgiving a week and a half away, and September feeling like it happened just yesterday, I realize I need to savor each day a little more.

This fall has been jam packed. I started working 6 days a week. I adopted a 98% gluten-free, plant based diet which requires a lot of planning and cooking. I've renewed my emphasis on running and overall fitness. And I've been trying to squeeze in time to see friends and family. Free time is a delicacy these days, but I wouldn't want it any other way.

What I do want...and what I really need, is to appreciate each day a little more. When you work six days a week, it can be tough to fit in things you really enjoy. Which makes the days all kind of pass by in a blur. But I find that when I make the time to do something new- even if it's something teensey like watching an interesting documentary, or whipping up a tasty new recipe - I end the day feeling so much more fulfilled.

Sundays have become like a little slice of heaven for me. Even though it's my only day off, I try to wake up early so I can jam pack as much as possible into the day. Grocery shopping. Time with friends. Exploring the city. Trips to Long Island. It never feels like there's enough time!

With that said, here's a peek at how I've been spending my free time:

Grub Street Food Festival down on Hester Street. I think one of the things I love most about New York, is that there is always something new going on. Andddd I was able to get a Gluten-Free, Vegetarian stir-fry. #forthewin
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I've gone to lots of New York sports games over the past two months! For better or worse, there's nothing like New York sports fans.
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My friends from Boston visited for Halloween. You remember those troll dolls with the spiky neon hair? Well, we decided to dress up as them. Hilarity ensued.
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The rest of their time in New York was spent in normal clothes, without the neon hair. But we still had a blast! And really packed in a lot. Bottomless brunch (think: mimosas... lots and lots of mimosas). Long city walks. Touring The Plaza. Ice skating in Central Park. Dinner at Pulino's. And a late night spent dancing at The Westway.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The First Snow

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View from my bedroom window this morning. It looks much prettier now that I'm not anticipating venturing out in it.

I woke up this morning and it was snowing. In those first few moments of conscious grogginess, I would have all but sold my soul to make it Sunday, so I could stay wrapped up in my cozy down comforter. But after hitting the snooze button twice (oops..), I finally got out of bed, put on my gym clothes, and went for a run on the treadmill. It's always amazing the way a good work out can inspire a positive outlook. In the forty-five minutes I spent running, the circumstances of my situation hadn't changed. It was still snowing, it was still Tuesday, and I still had to venture outside to get to work. But as I stepped off the treadmill and took the elevator back to my apartment, I felt a renewed sense of gratefulness. Gratefulness for the nice place I have to call home. Gratefulness that I have a job at all (bonus points: I'm surrounded by sparkly shoes all day). Gratefulness for this nutritious, tasty banana bread I whipped up last night (hello, breakfast!). And gratefulness for my (somewhat) excessive winter wardrobe of faux-fur, leather leggings and warm shoes.
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The tastiest banana bread, courtesy of one of my new favorite blogs. Pairs amazingly with a freshly brewed cup of Pumpkin coffee.

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I wasn't leaving my apartment this morning in anything but a cozy sweatshirt. I didn't want to feel like a total bum though, so I topped it off with a fur vest.

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