Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Less than a week until we’re in Florida so the days seem to go by very, very slowly. On the agenda for the weekend is a vegan doughnut baking class, golf and hopefully getting a pre-tan before the real tan next week. Here are some of my favorites from around the blogosphere this week.

Favorite Sip: Blueberry Mojito

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Favorite Mini Style: How cute are these kids? I hope my kids will let me dress them up like this one day!

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Favorite Living Room Decor: I would be scared to have a white couch…but I absolutely LOVE them with navy.

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Favorite Fantasy: Dream Closet

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Favorite Meal: Breakfast for Dinner — Bacon & Eggs PIZZA!

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Favorite Place: Can I be here right this second please?

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Favorite Men Style: I’ll probably never be able to talk Adam into wearing colored pants

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Favorite Lust: This lipstick reacts with the chemicals in your body, it turns your lips their own, personal shade of pink! Fabulous!

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Favorite Wrist Candy: Black on Black

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Favorite “Rest Day” Workout: Leisurely bike rides with my husband

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Clean Eating – Breakfast

I’ve always been a healthy eater. OK, not ALWAYS… I used to eat an entire big bag of UTZ Sour Cream and Onion Rippled Potato Chips and McDonald’s daily… But, then I grew up. I couldn’t stay in shape and continue to eat that way. Adam and I eat clean majority of the time unless we are eating out. I always hear people say that it’s “too hard to eat healthy” or they “don’t have time” but when we are both up at 5am and working out by 5:45am, these excuses seem like laziness to me.

I’m sure you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s also the meal where you aren’t “supposed” to have veggies so it almost everyone’s favorite. I normally include veggies in my breakfast because I know it will help me choose the healthy way for the rest of the day.

All of my breakfast foods take no longer than 5 minutes to make because let’s be honest, I’m always running late for work. Below are my favorite quick clean meals.

1. I probably eat this the majority of my summer days.

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2/3 cup of egg whites, spinach and asparagus mixture (i make a big batch on sunday), sliced strawberries, blueberries and half of an ezekiel bagel. Most days I leave the bagel out… Sometimes I just need the extra carbs.

2. I eat this meal mainly on the weekends. It feels like a treat, even though it’s healthy!

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Protein Pancake (1/4 cup egg whites, 1 scoop of protein powder (MRM is clean), 1 tbsp ground flax, cinnamon, splash of almond milk, 1/2 mashed banana) topped with plain greek yogurt and strawberries.

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Another protein pancake (made same way as above) except this is topped with Peanut Flour Sauce (PB2 + Water = 45 calories) and the other half of the sliced banana.

3. This is my go to meal during the winter.

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1/2 cup raw old fashioned oats, 3/4 almond milk, chia seeds, banana slices and a tbsp of peanut butter. A cup of green tea to wash it down 🙂

4. Another summer staple — These are perfect after a sweaty run!

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1 frozen banana, 1 1/2 cups of almond milk, 1 scoop of chocolate clean protein powder, PB2 or Peanut Butter ( I add spinach too — You can’t taste it!)

5. Last but not least. Most of you will think ewwww, what is that. Chia seeds help weight loss, make you feel fuller faster, used for hydration for athletes, reduces your blood pressure, is the richest plant source of omega-3, and has a ton of benefits for diabetics.

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1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp PB2, 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

Questions: What do you normally eat for breakfast? Is it clean?

Weekend Stuff

Friday day to Friday Night digs... Shouldn't it be the other way around?

Friday day to Friday Night digs… Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

Ben & Jerry's Candy Bar Ice Cream at the movie theater. We saw We're the Miller's and it was HILARIOUS

Ben & Jerry’s Candy Bar Ice Cream at the movie theater. We saw We’re the Miller’s and it was HILARIOUS

 

I'm officially a Kartzman! and...they don't let you smile for your license anymore.. NOT COOL

I’m officially a Kartzman! and…they don’t let you smile for your license anymore.. NOT COOL

 

Saturday Morning workout at the track

Saturday Morning workout at the track

This is what your face looks like after 5 shots of anesthesia. My tooth never fully numbed so I'll be seeing a specialist on Thursday for the root canal.

This is what your face looks like after 5 shots of anesthesia. My tooth never fully numbed so I’ll be seeing a specialist on Thursday for the root canal.

People actually EAT at IKEA?

People actually EAT at IKEA?

Date Night

Date Night

Son Cubano

Son Cubano

Changing Color Chandelier

Changing Color Chandelier

NYC View

NYC View

Hot Chocolate Delight

Hot Chocolate Delight

Sunday Morning Protein Pancake

Sunday Morning Protein Pancake

My favorite place to eat at the mall.

My favorite place to eat at the mall.

Shopping Outfit

Shopping Outfit

Sushi roll with Quinoa

Sushi roll with Quinoa

Shopping Success.

Shopping Success.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! This week went by soooo soooo slow. I am extremely happy the weekend is here, but unfortunately, the only things I have on my agenda is a root canal and going to the DMV on Saturday morning… Awesome!  In more exciting news, here are some of my favorite finds from around the blogosphere this week.

Favorite View: Favignana, Egadi islands, Sicily 

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Favorite Indulgence: Red Velvet Poke Cake

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Favorite DIY: Polka Dot Shoes

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Favorite Funny: Reasons My Son is Crying

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Favorite Hostess Gift: Beautifully Designed Cocktails with a Monogram

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Favorite Summer Polish: Essie – Mint Candy Apple

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Favorite Splurge: Jimmy Choo – Lance

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Favorite Fall Craving: Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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Favorite Quote: Work Hard & Stay Humble

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Favorite Memento: Loved Ones Handwriting on Jewelry

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Getting My Fix (Stitch Fix Review)

I’ve been reading reviews about Stitchfix for a while now and figured it was finally time for me to check it out. I have never been great with Fall fashion and I’ve been loving my monthly subscription to Birchbox so why not?

So, what is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. They get your style and size preferences, then send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. No two Fix™ shipments are alike. Each one is hand–picked just for you.

How does it work?

  1. Sign Up and Complete Your Style Profile After signing up you can start immediately on your Style Profile. They will need to know your size, shape, style, price preferences, and lifestyle to get your Fix right. It’ll take about 10 minutes.
  2. Schedule a Stitch Fix Pick a date, and they will send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items they have hand-picked just for you. Schedule monthly, or as often as you like—it’s your call. You pay a $20 styling fee up front, which serves as credit toward anything in your Stitch Fix shipment.
  3. Try it all on Try on everything they send you—you never know what you’ll like until you see it on. Pair it with items already in your closet. Each item includes style cards with ideas and inspiration on how to wear it.
  4. Decide Take 3 days to decide what you’ll keep. Pay for just what you want to keep, return the rest in our pre-paid mailing bag at any USPS mailbox. Keep all 5 items and you save 25% off the entire shipment. Don’t forget you get to use the initial $20 you paid towards the items.
  5. Check Out Give Stitch Fix feedback on your shipment—their secret (styling) sauce gets better over time if we know what did and didn’t work for you

I opened my box and immediately saw something I love in clothes.

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COLOR. I did write in my profile that I love that, so I’m glad they were paying attention. My personal stylist also sent me a note which made me feel like she was listening to my needs (wants).

The first item I tried on was the red ponte dress.

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Love. Love. Love. This was my favorite item by far in the entire fix. The fit was perfect, the material is thick and this is an easy piece to transform from Summer to Fall.

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Each item comes with 2 pictures on tips for styling. Which could be a bad thing? Now I want the clutch on the right and the sandals on the left… Yikes.

Item number 2 is a blue flower crystal necklace that I paired with the dress above.

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I did like this necklace a lot…However, I have almost an identical one from J. Crew so it doesn’t make sense to have two.

Item Number 3 was the black and white design tank. The back was very soft, almost mesh-like material. But way nicer than mesh. Does that make sense?

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I wanted to love this tank but I wasn’t digging the fit.. Too frumpy for me. Adam however, did like it a lot. So i tried it on with a blazer too.

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It was OK. But I didn’t want to talk myself into liking something.

Item Number 4 was a green drawstring skirt.

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Love the color and the fit but it was a little too long. Also, I didn’t feel like the material could transfer over to fall so I had to say no to this one.

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My last item was an orange top with lace crochet detail. I love lace and I love the color orange!

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I adored this top. The only problem is it was a bit baggy on the sides so my bra was hanging out. When I was 18 I wouldn’t have cared…But, now that I am nearing 30 (WHAT?), I decided against it.

I only ended up buying the red dress in this order but I felt like my personal stylist did an amazing job of finding “my style”. These looks are definitely something I could picture myself in day-to-day.

I’m definitely planning on doing StitchFix again (sorry, Adam) and recommend to anyone who wants to try out some new things. The process was extremely easy and I’m happy with the outcome.

Sign up here if you’re interested!

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

A post about summer wedding wear…in August! Whoops, a little late on that one.

I’m not sure about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with weddings. Every time we open our mailbox to a wedding invitation, I’m presented with a bit of a challenge. Is this a vineyard wedding? Black-tie affair? Does that mean short or long dress? Daytime or Night? Although, dressing for a summer wedding is a bit less challenging than a winter wedding, it still means the stress of finding the perfect dress.

Black Tie
Apart from a white-tie wedding (which I’ve yet to see someone have), black tie is the most formal dress code you’ll face. It’s customary to wear floor-length gowns and in the warm weather you should opt for chiffon, silk or cotton. At the bottom of this post, I have shown a green chiffon dress that would be perfect for the summertime.

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You may also choose a shorter style for a summer black-tie wedding if the color palette is in the darker hue family. If you do wear a shorter dress, add some sparkle – in your shoes, on your neck, in your ears or with a beautiful clutch. Keep your hair and make-up classic. A favorite “treat” of mine is to enjoy a blow-out before a wedding.

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Cocktail Attire
If a wedding calls for cocktail attire, there’s no need to reach for that gown—knee-length or slightly above works, but steer clear of anything too tight, flashy or pouffy. Think of it this way: Fun and festive is fine, but consider the type of dresses you’d want worn at your own wedding (a skin-tight sequin backless minidress? Probably not).

However, you should choose a short fun dress in a pretty print or vibrant color. You can experiment with necklines and lengths—this dress code is more flexible. Wear metallic strappy sandals and costume jewelry. Make it fun!

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Afternoon Wedding
When it comes to daytime weddings, my mind always goes to Lilly Pulitzer. Not the traditional hot pink and green alligators all over your dress Lilly, more subtle muted light pink seersucker Lilly.

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Seek out dresses that are feminine and polished in a delicate floral print or a pastel color. Keep accessories clean and simple. This isn’t the time for the bling!

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Destination/Beach Wedding
Color! Color! Color! Print! Print! Print! Wear dresses in airy fabrics and fun patterns that compliment your skin tone for a beach wedding. To help capture the vibe, look to hues like cobalt blue, yellow, coral, and pink. When choosing jewelry, turquoise accessories are the perfect finishing touch.

Also, be sure to find out if you’ll be walking on grass or sand, and if so, ditch the heels and choose a festive pair of wedges or embellished flat sandals. Don’t forget your sunglasses!

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Also, if buying a dress for every occasion isn’t your thing, try renting! I’ve had TONS of success with Rent the Runway and highly recommend them. You may even see my face pop up on their website when browsing through the dresses 😉

 

 See below for my favorite summer wedding wear — Some of these are only $40!Summer Wedding
Jenny Yoo sweetheart neckline wedding dress / TIBI sheer dress / Eliza J shining dress / J.Crew retro dress / Crochet dress / Peplum dress / Adrianna Papell travel dress / J.Crew j crew

Weekend Stuff

Easiest Dinner EVER.

Easiest Dinner EVER.

 

Crazy Friday night of shopping #jcrew

Crazy Friday night of shopping #jcrew 

 

Early Morning SoulCycle. My first Survivor class!

Early Morning SoulCycle. My first Survivor class! 

 

Champagne in a can

Champagne in a can 

 

Surprise tickets to see Kenny Chesney!

Surprise tickets to see Kenny Chesney! 

 

Turf Touchin

Turf Touchin 

 

There he is

There he is 

Sunset at Metlife

Sunset at Metlife 

 

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed 

 

Free Kayaking & Paddle Boarding in Hoboken! (we didn't last long)

Free Kayaking & Paddle Boarding in Hoboken! (we didn’t last long) 

 

9 mile bike ride

9 mile bike ride 

 

Reading

Reading 

 

Sunday night Baking

Sunday night baking 

 

Homemade Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salty & Sweet

Have you ever eaten an entire container of fro-yo and then craved a bag of chips? No? Well….Yeah, me either… 😉 But if you are one of those salty & sweet lovers I think you’re going to love this treat. I made these to keep in our fridge as a “healthy dessert” last night… I’ll let you guess how long they lasted. I feel bad even calling this a recipe… It’s so easy, even my mom could make it!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pretzel Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 Organic banana
  • 4 squares of 72% dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
  • Handful of Organic Mini Pretzels

Directions

  • Slice Banana
  • Place slices of banana on to one mini pretzel

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  • Spread a dollop of peanut butter onto another mini pretzel and place on top

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  •  Melt dark chocolate for 1 minute
  • Dip half of the “pretzel sandwich” into the dark chocolate
  • Refrigerate for 5 minutes

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Enjoy!