Vanities are a key element in one’s bedroom or bathroom. It’s my favorite piece of furniture and I think doing one’s makeup is not complete unless you’re doing it at a vanity. From traditional styles to modern to vintage and many options in between, there is definitely one that will suit your interior design personality and needs. Some of my personal favorites below.
I have found my new favorite dresses. Somehow I just more recently found out about the incredible clothing line, Ali Ro, even though it has been around since 2007. If you’re looking for dresses that fall into the categories of stylish, contemporary, on-trend yet sophisticated, this would be the perfect line for you, as well. I already picked out some styles that I’d like to add to my wardrobe immediately.Leave a Comment
Women LOVE makeup. It’s something that many can’t get enough of. I know people that could spend an entire day at the various makeup counters in a store, learning about new products and testing them. Yes, an entire day. A favorite pastime of many is getting their makeup done – whether it be for an event, a wedding, or even just for fun on a Saturday afternoon. Michelle Coursey, NYC based celebrity and editorial makeup artist, has given me a deeper look into the world of makeup.
makeup counter at Barneys New York
Now, I was never a big sneaker fan. I always went by the notion that sneakers should only be worn if working out or doing some sort of physical activity (and I still believe that’s true). However, there are a few types that I think are perfectly fine to wear out and about (and by ‘out and about’ I mean a casual Saturday walking around the city, not to a nice dinner). And, of course, with an appropriate outfit (skinny jeans, casual tee, maybe some layering, cute scarf, accessories…). The below styles give a different meaning to ‘sneakers.’
Friday. Finally. I’ve compiled some items that are going to be extremely crucial for my weekend.
I know it’s been a bit chilly lately (for most of us), but one accessory that can and will always be worn year round is sunglasses, of course. No matter how cold it may get, the sun still comes out, and sunglasses are essential for oh so many reasons. One’s sunglasses collection should consist of all colors and sizes. Don’t stick to the same pair everyday; switch things up. My current favorites below.
The most beautiful (and delicious) pastry out there right now has got to be the Parisien Macaron. For those that know what I’m talking about, I know you agree. For those that don’t, you have really got to jump on this bandwagon immediately. The yummiest macarons I’ve ever had have come from Vendôme. Taryn Garcia, the Executive Pastry Chef + Owner, was sweet enough to answer some questions for me on her incredible business and her delicious pastries.
Blazers are one of those staple items you must have in your closet. It can be thrown on with almost any outfit and add something extra to what you’re already wearing. Throw it over dark skinny jeans, a white tank and some fun jewelry, and it instantly dresses it up. Throw it over a cute summer dress and now it’s a cute spring or fall dress. There are so many ways to wear a blazer and if I had a bigger closet I would probably dedicate one entire section to this necessary article of clothing.
Something I absolutely adore these days is from the website Valsey and Me. They sell sets of mini personalized soaps, which come in a variety of scents (my personal favorite being Milk, Almond, & Honey), colors, and boxes. They don’t need to just be a gift (although they are an affordable and incredible one); I’m going to be buying a set for myself.Leave a Comment
Some of my friends took me out for a pre-birthday dinner last night. I wanted to bring them some homemade treats, so I decided on something I like to call ‘biscotti bites.’ They are mini versions of biscotti with bittersweet and white chocolate chips inside, dipped in chocolate. It was fun and fairly simple to make, and I must say, they were delicious.
- 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips – for the mixture
- 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips – for the mixture
- 1 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips – to dip
- 1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips – to dip
- 4 tablespoons of cold butter
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 eggs – lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a food processor, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt
- Process for a few seconds
- Add butter and vanilla, and process until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal
- Add chocolate chips (bittersweet and white – for the mixture) and eggs, and pulse until dough is evenly moistened
- Divide dough into 4 equal pieces, and press onto pans (with parchment paper) as ‘flattened logs’
- Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from oven and cut into diagonal pieces (however thin/thick you want your biscotti – I recommend fairly thin)
- Turn all slices on sides and return to oven for 4-5 minutes
- Take out, and turn slices on the opposite sides, and return to oven for another 4-5 minutes
- Let cool
- While cooling, put white and milk chocolate chips into a big bowl, cover, and heat in microwave between 4 and 5 minutes
- While chocolate is heating, cut each piece of biscotti in half
- Stir chocolate so it all combines together
- Dip the ends of each ‘bite’ of biscotti into the chocolate
- Place on a plate or pan lined with parchment paper
- Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes