Wednesday, November 30, 2016

THE BOOK BARN

St. Mary's By The Sea
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that back in the beginning of the fall, I took a trip to Connecticut. My friend Diana (hi Diana) has some family there, but that's not QUITE why we went. There's a place called The Book Barn. Yes, you've heard it right, The Book Barn.

Thinking about the logistics of the trip was easy. Jump on the train and ride on up to Connecticut. We'd drop our bags off at Diana's, go to the diner for dinner, have some coffee, do a little shopping and then fall asleep. We had to travel to The Book Barn the next morning!

The Book Barn is in this beautiful little town called Niantic, CT. It honestly looks like a scene, to me, from a Nicholas Sparks novel or something. I always feel at peace when near the water, so I felt somewhat calm when I was there as we walked along St. Mary's By The Sea. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

SAUSAGE & WHITE BEAN ESCAROLE SOUP | EAT



I am most definitely not shy to say that I am probably the worst cook you will ever meet. Okay, I can make things, but it certainly doesn't mean they are going to turn out well. That I can say with confidence. 

I have amazing, fantastic cooks in my life. My grandmother was fantastic, I miss her cooking so much. My great aunt was wonderful. The two of them together was like a ball of Italian fire in the kitchen, so amazing. My dad definitely gained some of those skills and my uncle is a Chef. So there you have it, you get the idea. EVERYONE is great, and here I sit.... horrible at cooking.

There are a few things I make just because I know I can't screw them up, this soup being one of them. I remember my grandma making this when I was young and ever since then, I cannot get it out of my head. When I was old enough to start making it myself, I couldn't find a recipe that she used to follow, so I googled it and found one just to make sure I wouldn't make any mistakes. Now, I just do my own thing.

Honestly, everything this is pretty fool proof and being that I am so paranoid about heat when cooking, I take it really slow on every single step. This is a good thing, because that improves my chances of not screwing up (hopefully).

Saturday, September 17, 2016

DEEP CUT GARDENS | MIDDLETOWN, NJ


So whether you have been following me for a long time or you just found my Instagram account/blog today, one of the first things you will notice about me is that my love for flowers is infinite. There are very few things in this world that give me more peace and happiness than flowers. Second to that are succulents and cacti. 

I think it's because they are so beautiful and represent things that are natural and simple, but at the same time have so much complexity. Does that make any sense at all? I don't care.

For the longest time, I have been hearing about this beautiful place called Deep Cut Gardens that is close enough to where I live that I could go on a weekend day for an hour or two and explore. I had heard there was a gorgeous rose garden, a koi pond, a bonsai garden and a succulent greenhouse. Peace overload. 

Let me say no more other than the fact that today, I went. Come on the journey with me.

Monday, September 5, 2016

RIP GEORGE


My plans originally were to relaunch the blog on September 1. When I found out that it was a Thursday, that for some reason bothered me and I didn't like the idea of restarting something when it wasn't happening on a Monday. Although it marked the beginning of a brand new month, I just had a problem with it for some reason. Despite my reservations, it was all ready, content planned, and launch date selected for September 1... until August 28 happened.

Monday, May 23, 2016

TAKING FLIGHT IN FLORAL | STYLE


So if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you'll know that I am so beyond obsessed with flowers. Pretty much any variety of flower in any color, any shape, any size. I just find such a relaxing beauty and inspiration within them, that it always makes me feel happy and calm. I am always snapping pictures of impressive flowers that I am lucky enough to pass by daily while walking to my office. If you don't know, on 28th street in Manhattan there's something magical called the Flower District. This is where a bunch of wholesale (and retail) locations sell the absolute most beautiful flowers I have ever seen

I have always dreamed of an opportunity to walk down this block DAILY, ON MY WAY TO WORK. Even if you have the most stressful day in the world, you know you started it looking at color and life. Also, you know that you'll see it again the next day. It's always reassuring to know that you have something so beautiful and positive to look at.

I've been trying to figure out a way to show how the colors of these flowers influence my life through my outfits. Let me try and take you on a journey to through the Flower District of Manhattan.

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