Highlights from the Weekend – October 17th, 2016


Happy Monday!

I woke up bright and early this morning to enjoy 3.5 easy, shakeout miles with Katie. Katie is training for the New York City Marathon so it was wonderful to enjoy a few miles with her on one of her easier days. Unfortunately, New York City forgot that Fall has arrived and we were stuck running in hazy, sticky, warm weather. My new reflective Brooks Chaser shorts were perfect for the first few miles which were through the dark sidewalks of Red Hook.

I was able to wake up this morning because Bo and I had a very relaxing weekend – exactly what my body was craving. I haven’t felt myself these past few days so getting plenty of sleep helped me start Monday on the right foot. Even though we had a quieter weekend than normal, there are still a few fun highlights to share with you guys.

Painting our dining room

We are working our way through a long list of projects which include touch-up painting and putting the finishing touches on our dining room, living room and master bedroom. This weekend Bo painted three walls of our dining room to better match the accent wall his mom painted earlier this Summer. It amazes me how quickly Bo can paint a room as this one was done in just two hours, including the taping and edging process! We love the warm yellow as well as the warmth in brings into the adjoining living room.


Open House NYC

I can’t remember how I heard about Open House NYC but I am so glad that Bo and I took time to participate in the 14th OHNY weekend. Each year Open House NYC provides the public with access to amazing architecture in the city along with the opportunity to speak with the developers, designers and architects behind the projects.  We stayed local, exploring two Brooklyn sites – Brooklyn Navy Yard and 620 Fulton. Our favorite site was definitely 620 Fulton, an active construction site which will soon be the New York HOtel Trades Council’s newest health care center. Designed by Francis Cauffman this unique space will bring state of the art health care technology and design to the art district of Brooklyn. We were able to tour the entire project with the architects and designers, understanding the work they have put into the project and hearing about the challenges of building in New York. Check out the incredible views!



NYJL Moves

Even though I wasn’t feeling great yesterday, I headed uptown to meet Theodora for a Sunday workout as part of the NYJL Moves intiaitive with the New York Junior League. Each year the NYJL organizes a few fitness classes each year which benefit the charitable organizations of the league. Yesterday we had the opportunity to enjoy a 30 minute spin class and 30 minute yoga class at Equinox.  We had a great time catching up and working out together!



Recently, I’ve challenged myself to get more independent in the kitchen in hopes that frequent cooking will help me build confidence. Last night I prepared rainbow chard for the first time using one of Kenji’s recipes from our favorite cookbook, The Food Lab.  We also roasted baby sweet potatoes which we discovered at the farmer’s market – so small and flavorful! Their smaller size meant they were also able to roast in the oven in half the time – perfect for a quick Sunday meal!



Your turn – What was your weekend highlight? 


A Book That Challenges You To Be Better

As you guys know, I am an avid reader. One of my favorite ways to relax after a long day is to light a candle, fill the tub with Epsom salts and read a good book. As I lose myself in the novel’s characters and their stories, the stress of the day and my own worries melt away. Many nights, especially on Thursday evenings, I’ll go from the tub to bed and spend the next hour reading before falling asleep. As Bo and I have reduced the amount of television and screen time, we have before bed, this time has been filled with reading.

Over the Summer, since making this change, I read 16 books ranging from historical fiction to light “beach reads.” After reading a few heavier books, that sometimes left me emotionally drained and thinking about the characters decisions, I was craving a lighter read that would leave me laughing and smiling. Luckily, when my friends at CLEVER reached out about partnering on a book review, the book was a welcome change from what I’ve recently read.


Rich with humor and sass, I’m Judging You, is the debut book from Luvvie Ajayi. An award-winning writer, speaker and the author and voice of Awesomely Luvvie, a popular humor blog, Luvvie leaves is clearly not afraid of what people think. In fact, this book of humorous essays reflects on behavior seen throughout our society. She reminds me of that friend who says everything exactly as it is, throwing any filters or “politically correct” tendencies out the window.


Photo credit: Damon Scheleur

As I worked my way through the books multiple topics, some of them left me laughing and nodding my friend as we all know a friend who sucks at friendship or a person who is always the dinner scrooge. But other chapters left me deep in reflection and thought as I thought about the role social media plays in not only my life but society.

I thoroughly enjoy minding other people’s business, but it’s not my fault. It’s theirs. People have made it too easy to know everything about their personal business because of social media, especially Facebook. That is the digital Lipton factory, where all gossip tea goes to boil, and I am here for it all the way.

What she says is true. Facebook has become my generation’s soap opera. Whether it’s the constant dating updates, job changes, political rants or even hourly pictorial updates including everything from a morning run to fights with the toddlers, Facebook has become the place to get your fix. While there are benefits, such as the ability to stay connected to long-distance friends and family, it can also become a deep hole of envy, comparison, and perfection.


A perfect book to read in between heavier, longer books, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual is a great reminder that we can all improve regardless our age or life stage.



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Friday Favorites – October 14th, 2016


As you can tell, our house is fully decorated for Fall! There is no denying that this is my favorite season in New York.  It’s been a busy work week and I’m thankful for a perfect Fall weekend in New York City. The weather is cool, the leaves are changing and we have some fun things planned for the weekend. Tomorrow Bo and I are hitting a few Brooklyn spots that are participating in  Open House New York before a double date with friends. Sunday I am joining Theodora for a NYJL Moves fitness event including a spin class and yoga before heading to our first ever Food and Wine Festival event, Lucky Chopsticks.

Now, let’s dive into this week’s edition of Friday Favorites, including recipes, articles, posts and other things that caught my eye this week.

  • The cake you see in the above picture may be the MOST delicious cake my mom or I have ever baked.  It is so delicious and moist that it doesn’t even need frosting. But, instead of making a glaze we used her cream cheese frosting that accompanies her carrot cake recipe.
  • A friend sent me a few samples of Beauty Counter this week and I have to say, I’m impressed with everything I tried. What’s your favorite Beauty Counter product? I think I’m going to switch to their Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer, eye cream and lip gloss.
  • If you’re looking for healthier pumpkin recipe, Anne put together a great round-up today on her blog. Her pumpkin oatmeal has been a favorite of mine for years, but now I want to make each of these recipes!
  • A few of my favorite Fall fashion items are 30% off at JCrew right now, when you use the code GETSHOPPING. The below are items that I purchased this year or in previous years and still wear and love.
    • This vest goes with anything.
    • This shirt can be dressed up with a blazer or dressed down with a Barbour jacket.
    • I own this in three different solids and one stripe as I wear them non-stop in the Fall and Winter.
    • I can’t to wear this coat again this year once the temperatures drop. I recommend ordering 1-2 sizes down but it is a classic that you’ll love!
    • My favorite sweater now comes in a turtleneck version! I just bought this in grey and black as those are the colors I wear the Tippi in most frequently.
  • Have you always wanted six-pack abs? This week the team at Women’s Health interviewed women about what it takes to get those six pack abs. Love seeing some of my favorite running and blogging friends included in this article!
  • Speaking of sales, my favorite over-the-knee boots are in-stock at Saks and due to a promotion they have going on right now, you can save $100 using the code OCT16.
  • As someone who works from home, I can always use perspective on how to be the most productive and efficient in a home office. Even though I am sometimes guilty of working in sweats, I agree that working in business clothes definitely helps.  In fact, researchers found that “participants reported feeling more authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing formal business attire.”
  • Ever wonder why butter is yellow? Nope, me neither but I still love this interesting article in the NYTimes this week.
  • My friends at Fresh Direct introduced me to FoodKick this week and after using it twice, I am in love. FoodKick is Fresh Direct’s new one-hour delivery service delivering fresh food, meal hacks, cold booze, ice cream and more to Brooklyn, Long Island City and parts of Manhattan. Even though I work from home, some days I barely have time to make lunch much less head to the grocery store. On Tuesday and Wednesday FoodKick delivered all the ingredients for dinner within an hour of ordering! If you want to try it for yourself, use the code FKHH10 to get $10 off any order of $30 or more. Even better, all new customers get their first 60 days of delivery free, too!


Have a great weekend guys! Don’t forget to enter the Brooks Sports Bra giveaway if you haven’t already! 

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!