Our Fourth Annual Friendsgiving

Happy Friday! Things are moving a little slower than normal due to a lingering hangover from last night’s festivities.


Our fourth annual Friendsgiving was a huge success! Our group of eight friends and family blended wonderfully, creating an evening of laughter and conversations which lasted into the wee hours.  Brad and Margaret, who love cooking just as much as we do, came over at 11 AM to spend the day in the kitchen with us. Having four people help with the prep work and cooking made things far more fun and manageable.


Our menu, which evolved multiple times, ended up looking a bit like this. I can’t share links for all the recipes as some of them were made by combining a few different recipes.

The biscuits were a last minute addition when our friend Brad realized he had all the necessary ingredients at his finger tips and they’d pair perfectly with the truffle honey he’d seen in our pantry.


Our table was a combination of things we owned and things that Margaret and Brad let us borrow including these gorgeous chargers, which I just ordered from Crate and Barrel.  We added a fun touch to the table with the name cards, which were from Paper Source. They took about 30 minutes to make but were so fun and it was a nice break from cooking.


Here’s a few more pictures from our Friendsgiving in Brooklyn.




I hope you enjoyed time with friends or family yesterday and took time to reflect on all you have in your life. This year, more than ever, we are thankful for the friends and family who supported us in Geneva and have now supported us back in New York.



My Five Favorite Sites for Black Friday Deals

Thanksgiving prep

I’m currently in the kitchen prepping the ingredients for tomorrow’s Fourth Annual Friendsgiving feast. While I’m donning the apron and chopping vegetables, this post will provide you with some links to my favorite sales this week.

There are two days until Black Friday which means that many of you are finalizing your shopping list and your game plan. I personally do all of my Black Friday shopping online, while sipping my morning coffee, saving time and stress.

Each year, I find myself returning to these five websites. I am able to check off every person on my list, even office Secret Santa gifts, thanks to the discounts and wide array of products covered by these sites.  Most of these sites actually have their deals already live though most years there is an extra 10-15% discount offered on Black Friday.

Here are a few of the items that have caught my eye on each of these sites this week.


J. Crew Factory




If you’re shopping, what’s on your list for Black Friday?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week. As normal, it includes lots of beauty and fashion items which means there are a few affiliate links via ShopStyle. It takes time and money to maintain a blog so I thank you for the support and few cents that come from clicking through the links!


The New Lululemon Flagship in NYC

Saturday afternoon I had the opportunity to experience both levels of the new Lululemon flagship in New York City during one of their grand opening events. The event itself, known as THE FRAME, brought together fitness and film enthusiasts to view and meet the directors of five short films. While the event itself was interesting and unlike anything i’d attended before on behalf of my blog, what I know interests you guys the most is the new Lululemon location. Is it over-hyped? Should you stop everything and head to the new store to experience both levels?


Both levels you ask? Oh yes, this new Lululemon Flagship store which opened at 17th and Fifth Avenue, is enormous. I highly recommend you stop in after your next Flatiron workout class as the space offers far more than Luon.
The main level, which is filled with gorgeous racks and displays of male and female Luon gear, has a footprint more than two times larger than the average NYC Lululemon store. The larger footprint allows them to squeeze more dressing rooms, navigation space so you can shop until you drop without being crowded, a coffee and snack bar as well as health concierge space. The concierge corner includes an actual concierge who can help you book restaurant or workout reservations as well as a virtual screen for when she is already helping someone. The huge touch screen allows you to navigate local restaurants and fitness classes as well as complimentary community events hosted by Lululemon. There are also convenient cards which locals and tourists alike can use to find 3 nearby places to sweat, eat and explore.



The lower level, known as Hub Seventeen, is a 4,200 square foot space dedicated to the community. The space has the feeling of a spa-like yoga studio meets Restoration Hardware due to the white walls, light wood and gorgeous décor. When special events, such as Saturday’s FRAME movie event, aren’t taking place in the space, people can take advantage of the full kitchen, refreshment bar, outlets and wireless to work, blog or connect with others. In addition to special events, the space will also host Lululemon’s complimentary fitness events including weekly cardio and yoga sessions. The calendar of events, which kick off this week, can be found here.