I have mixed feelings about Black Friday. The shopaholic in me gets giddy with excitement thinking about all the deals and bargains stores promise to lure you in. The logical side of me thinks, “why would I wait in lines full of crazy people just to get something I don’t really need and am only considering getting because it’s cheaper than normal“. So I usually skip the mayhem of the day and convince myself I should just go to work for the day (since my office doesn’t give us the day off, boo) and ignore the urge to splurge.
The problem with this year is, I’ve got the itch to buy things! It’s not good, I don’t exactly have money to spend but I mean, I deserve to indulge myself every now and then right? RIGHT?! I mean, don’t we all??? So, while I’m sitting at my desk trying to work, my gmail account is spewing out Black Friday sale emails for online deals like rapid fire. And behold, Madewell has 25% off everything today! AND free shipping! and the thing is… they have these boots I’ve wanted for the past 2 months… 25% off! So… yea, I splurged. They are still overpriced but gosh are they beautiful. And totally practical too… I mean, a pull on, low healed, black boot. Everyone should have a pair of those in their closet right? :)
The Chelsea Boot, Madewell.com
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and in celebration I made one of my favorite recipes,Winter Fruit Salad. Originally ripped out of an old Elle Magazine article on chef Tamasin Day Lewis (yes, Mr. Lincoln’s sister) from about 2 years ago this recipe is 1. gorgeous, and 2. delicious.
Be warned: the prep for this dish gets messy, as in your kitchen will look like a crime scene from the sticky orange juice on dripping onto your kitchen floor and pomegranate juice splattered across your cabinets. BUT, it’s worth it!
- 4 Oranges (3 peeled and sliced, 1 with the juice squeezed into a medium saucepan)
- 2 Pink Grapefruits (1 peeled and sliced, 1 with the juice squeezed into a medium saucepan)
- 1 Pomegranate (whole if you want a challenge, or pre-de-seeded to save about 15 minutes prep)
- 1/2 cup pistachios (lightly chopped)
- 12-15 Medjool Dates (de-seeded and chopped… be warned, this gets sticky)
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 6 Bay Leaves
1. As you are slicing up the oranges and grapefruits, save as much escaped juice as possible and add to the pan with the other juice from the squeezed orange and grapefruit.
2. Add sliced dates and half the pomegranate seeds to a serving bowl with the sliced oranges and grapefruits.
3. In the saucepan with the fruit juice, add the remaining half of the pomegranate seeds, the sugar, and bay leaves and heat until the mixture becomes a syrup (approx. 15-20 min)
4. Take a minute to breath deeply as your entire house smells like Christmas and a Yankee Candle Factory!
5. Turn off the heat on the stove and add pistachios to the syrup, then pour over the fruit salad.
6. toss the salad gently, and then chill in the fridge until serving!
Did you vote yet today? If not, it’s not too late so get out there and make your voice heard!
but seriously, get off the internet… now… go vote!!
Halloween on Beacon Hill was a ghoulishly wicked time. All the homeowners decorated their houses to the nines while parents, teenagers, children, babies, and dogs dressed up in costumes ranging from the beyond adorable to the sinister and scary. Jack Skeleton would have felt right at home.
Even Zola felt festive… briefly, until she started literally eating her costume in an attempt to remove it… whatta bitch
Wishing you all Happy Trick or Treating!
The rain just started here in Boston and it’s time for everyone to get inside and get cozy because it’s going to be a looooong night from what I hear. As for me, I spent the morning working remotely (yuck) but now that the rain is here it’s my cue to get into survival mode and get out the Hurricane Sandy storm survival supplies.
I hope you all take my advice and pour yourself a nice drink, put on some comfy socks and sweats, and snuggle up with someone, which in my case as a single lady in the City is Zola & Ice T
- My drink of choice:
- 2 parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
- 1/2 part Dry Vermouth
- Shaken over ice
- 3 sun dried tomato stuffed olives
What are your plans for waiting out the storm?
My Hurricane Sandy survival shelf
my Zola approved martini: 2 parts Bombay Sapphire, 1/2 part Dry Vermouth, shaken over ice with 3 sun dried tomato stuff olives.
warm socks, fuzzy pants, Ice-T cutout from my Halloween Costume, and zola= Snuggle time!!
This cloudy Sunday afternoon on the verge of Hurricane Sandy is the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book and a perfect cup of tea. Today it’s especially enjoyable since I am still recovering from a weekend of Halloween festivities. Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday and happy tea time!
My good friend is moving to NYC and was in need of a work wardrobe update (which I was more than happy to help her with)! We went to Second Time Around, one of the best mid-range consignment stores in the city and which I do not visit often enough since my wallet wouldn’t be able to handle it. I fell in love with this navy blue/gold chain wrap bracelet for $34.
Seriously, it’s meow meow meow, purr purr purr-fect. I went all Rachel Zoe when I saw it– gaping mouth, eyes bulging, DIE!
If you were a child of the late 80′s and 90′s like me, (and owned articles of clothing that resembled those below :/), your gonna go BANANAS when I tell you that Lisa Frank is making a comeback!
Yes, that’s right kids, it’s time to knock the dust off your rainbow trapper keepers and pencil cases and start filling them with a whole new line of Lisa Frank products you can bring to the work place (since unfortunately we aren’t in 3rd grade anymore).
So hop on over the the Hipster Mecca: Urban Outfitters and save up your paycheck because this Lisa Frank stuff is priced just like everything else in that store and you’re gonna need to save up your allowance if you want to get the Vintage Stars Sticker Set AND the Colorful Creations Poster Book to decorate your office cubicle with.
As for me, I’ll be bringing the Vintage Spiral Notebooks to meetings from now on <3
SIDE NOTE: In a weird “psychic” moment, Last week I was cleaning out an old drawer filled with things from a previous employer and I discovered 2 ORIGINAL Lisa Frank Stickers which have been living on my cell phone case since last week… I am so ahead of the trend
So this is the 3rd rainy Wednesday in a row! I know this because every week I am promised a ride on a motorcycle by my volleyball teammate and every week it hasn’t happened because of the weather. The Weather Gods just don’t want me to release my inner bad-ass biker chic this year. So anyways, this weather means rain coats, umbrellas, and rain boots, oh those rain boots…
I always wanted a pair of knee high Wellies for rainy days, so a few years ago I saved up my pennies and nickels and bought myself a pair of black Hunter brand boots. I was so excited, they were tall, and sleek, and weather proof…But… then I actually went walking in them… and realized my short legs and muscular calves meant I couldn’t physically bend my legs properly… and I just looked bow-legged and stumbly (not a good look). Soo the boots sat in my closet the past two years while all my flats got ruined and stretched out in the rain.
This year, I decided ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH! I think it’s safe to say I’m not getting any taller and lets face it, I’ve been the same size since high school so my legs aren’t getting any smaller any time soon. So in a moment of madness and boredom I took the plunge and started chopping apart the formerly useless things to make them wearable again for my daily commute. :) Now they are perfect! Spacious for my unusually large calves and ankle high so I can slide them off and on without making a weird suction/farting noise like before. DIY SUCCESS!