Archive for November, 2011

November 27, 2011


Macarons are definitely experiencing their “15 minutes” right now.  Everywhere you look, there’s a macaron.  Not really, but kind of.

I was able to pay a visit to Ladurée, the Godfather of all pastry and macaron specialty shops, founded in 1862.  Due to the fact that these guys came up with the idea for the first macaron, I figured they had to be good. Fortunately for me, the only shop in the U.S. is located only a few blocks away from my apartment, on Madison and 71st Street.

I’m really not a big fan of macarons, but these are definitely the best I’ve ever tasted.  I have to say that the store and website alone are what really won me over.  I felt like I was walking into my bedroom fantasy, with walls adorned with violet and light green… and that packaging can’t be anymore “me“.

If you live in New York and you love macarons, I recommend paying Ladurée a visit.  Also, a box of six for $20 is a really cute and clever Christmas gift idea.

November 26, 2011

Black Friday Sunset

Beautiful sunset for the most beautiful Thanksgiving weekend.

It’s quite an amazing feeling being able to help put the Christmas lights on the house with a t-shirt on, as well as eat Thanksgiving left-overs outside, while basking in the sun.  I’ll take this unseasonably warm weather for as long as possible. 

November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

I have to be honest, and don’t think I’m crazy, butI’ve never been a fan of turkey on Thanksgiving.  I find it dry and completely unappetizing.  Ugh, it disgusts me, really.  I’m not a fan of gravy.  It’s actually only quite recently that I even started eating stuffing on Thanksgiving (I believe my first taste of stuffing was Thanksgiving 2009).  I hate 95% of casseroles, and I’m not a fan of baked potatoes. There, I said it. 

But as much as may not like turkey, I love Thanksgiving.  I love being home with my family (and Riley, of course), and I love how our usually cold house is filled with warmth, and laughter and different aromas of fall.  I know some of the most common phrases out of my mouth include, “kill me“, or “I hate my LIFE!“, or “it’s not fair“, but there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.

It also doesn’t hurt that I have 4 1/2 straight days of relaxation with my family at home.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey cupcakes courtesy of Jenn, Thanksgiving 2010

November 23, 2011

I’ve fallen in love…

with yet another bag by Celine, completely out of my price range.

November 22, 2011

I have a confession…

Yes, I paid $13 to go see “Twilight” on Friday nightopening night.

I have never read the books, let alone opened one, and when I made the attempt to see the first movie, I had to turn it off less than half-way through because it made me uncomfortable.

I will never be a “Twi-hard” because I will never take talking wolves or half-bred vampires (or full-bred vampires) seriously, but I didn’t regret my impulse purchase.

November 22, 2011

Pre-Thanksgiving Wishlist

November 21, 2011

Ali Ro Sample Sale

If you know me at all then you know that I love a good sample sale.  Well, it’s officially sample sale season here in New York, but I haven’t been to nearly as many as I would have liked.

Fortunately for me, Ali Ro was only a few blocks away from my office so I was able to make it over there on Friday before it closed.  Due to the fact that it was the last day of the sale, prices were seriously slashed and I was able to score the below two dresses (in my size!) for $40 a pop.

Not too shabby considering I can’t even find a decent dress for that price at H&M or Zara these days!

November 18, 2011

The Meatball Shop

You know you don’t realize how important your work friendships are until– well… until you don’t have them


That’s why it’s so important that I meet up with my old ELLE co-workers for our traditional dinners… last night, we dined at The Meatball Shop.

All I can say is, yum.

We each ordered our own bowl of meatballs and split them (fortunately, a serving comes with 4 meatballs), and then ordered side dishes including the market salad, risotto, and classic spaghetti.  All of which were delicious. Even more delicious were the homemade ice cream sandwichesme being me of course went for the classic chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream, but there are much more daring combinations to try.

The Shop doesn’t take reservations, but we were able to wait at a local bar that was having 2-for-1 drink specials until we received the much-anticipated text that our table was ready and we had five minutes to make it back to the restaurant.  Very stressful!  But the hour and a half wait was worth it.

November 17, 2011

Inspiration Board: the bathroom

I love fashion, but I really love home décor and design.  I used to move the furniture in my room around every 3-6 months when I was a kid (by myself!), and I swear I’ve owned more bedspreads than my parents have in their entire lifetime (combined).

I could have a field day in any Home Goods, Pottery Barn, West Elm or Crate & Barrel, and some of my favorite guilty pleasure shows are on HGTV… so it’s no surprise that is my new favorite website to browse when I need to take a break at work, and/or get some interior decorating inspiration (which is quite often).

Jenn/Tim, what do you think?  Shall we add a decorator to your Interior Designer/Architect duo?

Let the home inspiration boards begin… with the bathroom!  Of course these are more like living rooms than bathrooms, but a girl can dream!

In the meantime, I’ll pretend like I’m perfectly happy with my 2’x4′ bathroom.

November 15, 2011

Joe Fresh

So I guess it’s true… all good things really do come from Canada (hello, Ryan Gosling!). Take Joe Fresh for example: the recent and much talked-about/blogged-about Canadian import to hit the affordable fashion scene.

There is a massive store that is set to open just down the street from my office, but after hearing so much about it, I couldn’t wait until Spring 2012 to check it out.

I was able to pay a visit to Joe Fresh at my local mall in Long Island this past weekend, and I was beyond impressed.  Cashmere sweaters for $68, workout pants/tops for $19, a beautiful lace skirt that’s far better quality than any J. Crew lace skirt I own (I swear) for $39, and classic skinny corduroys for $19.  NINETEEN DOLLARS!  The unbeatable price aside, I was really excited to find these because I’ve been searching for a great pair of cords for the past several weeks, and no luck.  Until now.

Even better, sizes run big, so not only do you not feel buyer’s remorse at the end of the shopping trip, you’ll also feel really skinny.