Monday, December 10, 2018

Happy Monday ~ My Very 1st One!

Happy Monday! I'm so excited for my very 1st Link-up! I'm linking up this morning with Biana, the lovely lady behind Bloved Boston. I've been reading her blog for years and it's truly a favorite. Blogging always looked like so much fun and such a beautiful community of women, I finally gained the moxie to start my own and join in!

This weekend I was such a busy bee packing for our upcoming trip (we're headed to Norway and Sweden this week to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary a little early-travel posts to come!), I didn't even leave the house! So I thought I'd share happenings from the previous weekend:

On Sunday my parents and I visited my grandma at her senior community for their annual Holiday Family Gathering (I couldn't help but giggle at the fact that I was at a real-life Shady Pines fête). It was a lovely, festive luncheon with a live band playing Christmas music. My brother and his girlfriend met us there too. (Sadly my husband David couldn’t make it, he was in Maine visiting his family.)

Afterwards we went back to my grandma’s apartment and helped her put up her Christmas tree. She has the most exquisite hand-sewn felt ornaments that she’s had for over 60 years. They always bring me instantly back to Christmases as a child and it was such a fun afternoon spent with family. 
It was very causal but I still wanted to look festive. I thought I’d share my outfit to show how I love mixing high-low. My personal philosophy is to to save on clothes and invest in accessories that will last me a lifetime. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to look fabulous! 
OOTD-Jeans-Kmart/Sweater-Old Navy/Vest-Walmart/Boots-Payless/Bag-Louis Vuitton/Bear Bag Charm-Burberry/Earrings-Lisi Lerch/Ring-Coach


Do you have a favorite Christmas ornament that holds a special memory? What’s your go-to clothing brand when you’re looking for a bargain? Comment down below, I’d love to hear from you! 

Thanks for reading, hope you have a fabulous week!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

TGIF ~ My Very 1st One!

Hi there! Here's my first attempt at a recurring weekly post. I'm going to call it TGIF since we made it to Friday.

Here’s a few things I’ve been loving this week:

one~ I had some overripe bananas laying around and I can’t stand wasting food. I turned them into a yummy banana bread, perfect for a quick breakfast. This is the recipe I used, but I subbed 1/2 c raw sugar and also added a teaspoon of cinnamon. So good!

two~ A dear friend from Kansas City sent me a Christmas care package yesterday. It’s so fun to open unexpected surprises. He sends me a Santa ornament every year and this one is absolutely stunning! I'm getting close to having an entire Santa tree. So grateful to have him in my life. 

three~ I love making mini arrangements when flowers are on their last leg. It gives me a few more days to enjoy them. My Dad brought me purple tulips (my favorite color) home last week and I trimmed them down into a shot glass to put on my nightstand.                                 

four~ Looking at the dry, sad state of my hands, winter is definitely here. My mom treated me to this Chanel hand cream last week and it has helped immensely. I love pulling it out of my purse with its chic futuristic egg shape and it’s delightful smell. 

five~ I found this documentary fascinating. It’s all about the incredible discretion and attention to detail that you will find at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC. It is told by celebrities as well as the staff and I found all the stories so interesting. Like when Prince William and Kate came to town the staff couldn’t even tell their spouses! And did you know they monogram the initials of every guest on their pillowcase? An amazing peek into how the other half lives!              

Thanks for reading, hope you have a fabulous weekend and TGIF!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Girls Day in NYC

A holiday tradition I look forward to every year is having a girls day in the city with my Mom. We usually see a play or the Rockettes, but this year we decided to change it up.

I called ahead and made a lunch reservation at BG restaurant inside Bergdorf Goodman, and I also made manicure appointments at the Plaza Hotel.

I used the Spot Hero app to prepay for a parking garage close to Bergdorf’s and what a savings! By booking the day before I paid $21 on the app when it would’ve been $53 normally. I love finding little savings like that! I’ll leave a link below and if you sign up through this link you’ll get $7 off your first booking!

We drove in listening to Christmas carols on a bright sunny day and surprisingly didn’t encounter much traffic. It was the day before the Rockefeller tree lighting but traffic was still pretty light.

We parked and walked the half a block to Bergdorf’s and made our way up to the 7th floor for lunch. The store was transformed into a winter wonderland with twinkly lights, sparkly baubles, and some really luxe gifts at every turn. If there was ever a store to make a luxe Christmas Wishlist, Bergdorf’s would be the top! (Santa if you’re reading this I’ve been VERY nice this year, hehe)

We were seated with a view of 5th Avenue and our waiter was so sweet and extra attentive. They let us have everything split in the kitchen which was very accommodating and the hot tea was some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s called Dammann Frères and we enjoyed the Early Grey variety. We also split the croque monsieur, lobster Mac and cheese, and the pièce de résistance-the Gotham Salad. If you’ve never heard of or had this salad, stop what you’re doing and make a reservation immediately. It’s my very favorite salad and I can’t wait to try and recreate it at home. The savory-sweet-salty combo of Gruyere cheese, chicken, bacon and beets are such a good mix! Here is the link to the recipe, so tasty!

I also purchased a book, titled “The Rise of Fashion and Lessons Learned at Bergdorf Goodman”. It looks fascinating and has some neat pictures, I can’t wait to dive into it! (It’s also only $10 on Amazon right now and would make the perfect stocking stuffer for the fashion lover in your life!)

After lunch we had to stop and marvel at the famous Bergdorf Goodman windows. They were stunning and playful and colorful. This is from the Bergdorf Goodman blog about their theme this year: “Entitled “Bergdorf Goodies,” our latest windows continue their tradition of fantastical storytelling with a celebration of all things sweet. Each of the 5th Avenue windows captures an array of holiday treats from giant candy canes and gingerbread houses to cotton candy statues and neon confections.
Visit the 2018 holiday windows now through January 3rd at 5th Avenue and 58th Street in New York City.”

At the Plaza we stopped in the lobby and took some pictures of the stunning tree. Grandiose and sparkly and everything you’d expect from the home of Eloise. We then had manicures at the salon, Warren Tricomi. It was lovely!

On our way back downstairs to the lobby we happened upon the Guerlain Rouge G lipstick pop-up shop. The concept is really neat. First you pick your color lipstick and then you pick your case. The cases are really luxe, heavy in the hand with a pop-up mirror. They come in an array of colors and finishes. I chose a metallic gold lipstick perfect for the holidays with a rose gold case. The cases are reusable if you buy different shades of lipstick. Such a fun memento from the day, and such a posh lipstick to keep in your purse!

After such a rigorous afternoon we were absolutely parched! (Kidding, kidding). We headed downstairs to the Champagne Bar. There is nothing to quench your thirst like a fresh popped glass of Vueve Clicquot. We sipped our bubbles and enjoyed some light snacks and then it was time to head back to Jersey.

We drove down 5th Ave and enjoyed all the over-the-top luxurious holiday displays. We loved Tiffany’s and Cartier’s Townhouse the very most. We headed to Soho and picked up David at his office on our way home and out the Holland Tunnel we went!

New York City is such a magical place and at Christmastime, it’s on overload! The city that never sleeps never disappoints! It was a day I’ll cherish forever and I’m already looking forward to our next girls day!

What’s your favorite thing to do on a girls day? Let me know down below, I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for reading, have a fabulous day!

Happy Monday ~ My Very 1st One!

Happy Monday! I'm so excited for my very 1st Link-up! I'm linking up this morning with Biana, the  lovely lady behind Bloved Boston ...