Monday, March 31, 2014

3.30.14


It's fitting that this week marks the start of April. For many, rather most, April always means spring, the season of rebirth, renewal and reawakening. They say life begins again during this season. 

And with that change of season also means changes and exciting new opportunities on the horizon for me.

Last week marked the end of a period of my life as I said goodbye to my first job. And, while I looked forward to exploring new opportunities for quite some time, the final days were very bittersweet. In the past three years, I've learned so much about myself both personally and professionally and I'm so thankful for everything that is has afforded me. Most importantly, I'm thankful that it introduced me to so many people that I not only consider friends and colleagues but family. In addition, without the experience I had there, I would not be faced with multiple options of where to go and what to do next. 

Thus with that, I'm taking a break for a week or so. I know what you're thinking, that's exactly what every 25 year old deserves. However, it's been a rough couple of months and I'm looking forward to the next week or so to allow myself to regroup before jumping back into the grind.

Thus this week is a little different than the last...

+ I will be getting ahead on the blog, get ready for weeks of content coming soon as I'm going to use the free time to write

+ I will be working on collateral for the 3rd Annual Mike Mile. If you're in the NY/CT area you should register now!

+ I will be doing two-a-days at the gym, because it seems silly not to go during the day and I cannot abandon my favorite post work classes

+ I will be heading home for some time with family

+ I will be snuggling as much as possible with Dunkin

+ I will be doing some HEAVY spring cleaning. We may not be moving after all so I'm looking for ways to spruce up the place. 

+ I will be looking into rugs and plants, a new kitchen table and more

+ I will be cheering on the Badgers as they compete in the FINAL FOUR :)

...I think my mom's worried i'm going to like this life a bit too much

xo xo xo xo

Currently - 
The Frozen Soundtrack, I'm addicted:listening
cheese, once a day:eating
fresca, I had to order 4 for the delivery minimum for crisp on Saturday:drinking
warmer weather:wanting
to finish Harry Potter Book 6 and Start 7:needing
that I haven't said lovely thoughts in awhile but it's true:thinking
Life:enjoying
how much of the food from home I've been craving I can eat this week:wondering

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

73 questions for SJP

Did you catch Vogue's 73 question interview with Sarah Jessica Parker? I loved every second of it. 


I'm going to quote Refinery29's recap because it's so spot on it.

"If you've ever imagined the inside of Sarah Jessica Parker's home, you might have pictured a wall of UGG boots and Manolos, another consisting solely of tutus, and one with a whiteboard outlining her plans to take over Vogue. In actuality, her home looks as cozy and lived-in as yours or mine — except a whole lot better, of course. During a quickie tour of her New York City brownstone for Vogue.com, Sarah Jessica Parker whipped her way through 73 questions that range from informative (her favorite food: Barbuto's roast chicken) to poetic — she describes NYC as "symphonic," "tiny," and "real" — to bizarre. (We'd love to know what psychologists make of her "hand-dipped" Rorschach reading.) 

But, while the interview is fascinating, we can't get enough of the tour that lets us see all of her stuff. A Ping-Pong table in the middle of a dining room? Check. Light-up globes? Check, check, check. The most amazing green-velvet couch we've ever seen? For us, right now, please!?"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Apartment LOVE: Stephanie Bradshaw

When I first saw Stephanie Bradshaw's home, I thought I died and went to closet heaven. If I ever find myself in a place with an empty room in the future, I may just have to paint it a pretty navy blue and turn it into my closet office.

I also totally dig how this lady can make a fancy dress seem so casual. You can bet your butt that I don't work from home in clothes like this.























 

Photos and original article via Glitter Guide

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Paleo Shrimp Scampi


After I reconfirmed myself to Paleo this past weekend, I was ready to make some paleo versions of my favorite foods. So naturally some shrimp was in order. Shrimp Scampi it was.

I kind of winged this one with what I had on hand and decided making a Spaghetti Squash could be a tip in surviving Paleo. 

Paleo Shrimp Scampi 

Ingredients:
Spaghetti Squash
Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined
Spinach
Olive Oil
Garlic
White Wine
Chicken Broth
Lemon Juice
Flour [I know, not paleo]

Directions:
Prepare the spaghetti squash by cutting in half and pulling out all of the seeds. If it's difficult to cut into the spaghetti squash, you can heat it in the microwave. I actually cook this in the microwave by adding water to the bottom of a clear pyrex and microwaving for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat up olive oil and garlic in a pan. Then add chicken broth, lemon juice, white wine. parsley and flour Add the shrimp and cook until pink and cooked through on both sides. Add and cook spinach.

Remove shrimp and spinach and add flour to thicken and make a sauce. Then add spaghetti squash, spinach and shrimp back in to coat.

Season with salt and pepper.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My Month Without Shopping

As of March 13, I successfully went a month without shopping.*

*when I say shopping I mean for non-essentials: food and meals, necessities, etc. were purchased.


And I have to admit, after the first few days of desperate withdrawal, it wasn't that bad, nor that hard.

And it made me think: about what I wear/use most often, what I'm actually missing and what I really want.

And I'm happy to report that it's been a whole 6 days and I haven't taken the plunge yet, even resisted a J.Crew Sale.

But when I do feel the urge again, I have a feeling it will be a bit different.
 + There's really nothing that I need
 + As always, I'm a sucker for shoes.
 + I'm a sucker for online deal sites: Joss & Main, Gilt, One Kings Lane.
 + These days I'm really being drawn more to home good than clothing and accessories: The entire Peakaboo Collection from CB2, The Array Bookcase, The White Parsons Tower, Aerin's White Charleton Table Lamp, This 152 Insights Into My Soul Print, One of these awesome campaign dressers, Clarks All Purpose Lighting, C.Wonder's Navy Ikat Dinnerware, The Jonathan Adler/SOUL Cycle Grapefruit Candle, All the light fixtures Sherry & John are using in their showhouse: Especially this guy and this guy, This Souk Rug via West Elm and Jayson's Gold Wishbone and Athena Tray, to name a few :)



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Apartment LOVE: Kendal Rogers

Don't get me wrong: Apartment Living is great BUT there are some bad bad things that I would do for a set of stairs.

I think they really do make a house a home. And I love the depth they add to this house.

I also love the way Kendal uses colors on such a neutral palette.



















Photos and original story via The EveryGirl

Monday, March 17, 2014

3.17.15


Is it really Monday again? I swear the weekend's are just not long enough. However, I did read somewhere that a good Sunday can make for a good week, so let's hope yesterday will carry through to Friday.

This week is shaping up to be a busy one.

However, first and foremost, I want to congratulate my big brother and my soon to be sister-in-law on their engagement! I could not be more excited for the two of them, and cannot wait to celebrate them for many years to come. 

I'm making Paleo Fried Rice. I've been hardcore craving it for the last few weeks so I'm going to experiment with cauliflower rice. It won't be 100% paleo though as I plan to put corn and peas in it, because cutting that out is just silly. You can expect the recipe in the coming weeks.

I'm celebrating St. Patrick's Day for the first time with Mr. Bennett's family.

We're also celebrating errr steak at Chicago Cut Steakhouse

I actually, believe it or not, as of March 13th, made it a month without shopping. If you of the not believing group, you are not alone. Don't worry, I'm currently working on a wish list of all the items I want now.

I finished Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (Book 5). So I'll be starting on Book 6 immediately. They really are fascinating, and so different than the movies. Yes, I am a nerd.

I'm helping launch a new rewards program and if you're a reader here in Chicago, you should check it out. Selfless is a rewards program where members, in return for donating $9/month, 80% of which goes to a charity of their choice, get access to pretty awesome perks. I've already taken advantage of Equinox's massage upgrade to 80 minutes.

Their launch party is on Thursday night at the Godfrey Hotel. Visit here to RSVP.

Lastly, bring on March Madness.

xo xo xo xo
Currently -
Listening: Happy...it's addicting
Eating: Tuna Fish Salad with Avocado instead of Mayo
Drinking: Homemade Arnold Palmer
Wanting: To Shop Again :)
Needing: a vacation
Thinking: I could use a few mroe lipsticks, which colors?
Enjoying: the slightly warmer weather
Wondering: who died on Scandal last week

Friday, March 14, 2014

Link Love


Happy Friday! Happy almost St. Patrick's Day! Happy Purim! Happy Pi Day! Happy National Potato Chip Day!

...yes, I had to look that last one up.


Remember when I was thinking about the past? Well, there isn't much Emily doesn't do well and her tips to her high school self were spot on. Sometimes there are so many things I could tell myself. Mostly that it doesn't matter.

Did you watch The Bachelor this week? Holy Moly. Taylor's coffee talk always cracks me up, and this week's covered the show and after the final rose perfect.

I used to not realize that having stress in your life everyday wasn't normal. Incase you're one of those people who never experiences stress, check out these 9 photos to show what it's like.

Where did Alright, alright, alright. come from? Matthew McConaughey's filling us in.

Want to see the story of my life? 30 reasons I know I work in PR, and experience everyday. Especially number 18.

I think I mentioned last week my feelings on the Cookie Dough Oreos. This NYT article on the imitation BLEW MY MIND.


Apparently, according to BuzzFeed, my 19 favorite movies are also horrible. I'm not shocked, I tend to have very discerning taste :)

Holy moly, these closets are swoon-worthy, and come with tips for us normal folks at home.

Paleo Friends, I found a new and awesome blog/recipe site: Against All Grain. Her story is also pretty amazing.

Because I don't praise SJP enough, this interview she did while in Chicago last week, makes me sort of wish I braved the Nordstrom line. But only sort of.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Not Paleo Stuffed Chicken


Last Friday night, I had enough of Paleo. You see, all I wanted was Egg Drop Soup, but I couldn't have it because it had corn in it. And sat there thinking, really? But corn's healthy! So, I ordered it. Along with some Shrimp Moo Shu, sans the wraps, and Wonton Soup, oops, and Hot and Sour Soup, oops. 

Yes, I fell off the wagon.

So on Saturday night, Mr. Bennett and I decided to cook dinner and I was in charge of choosing, and this time around, I had a few different cravings: The Best Tuna with Blue Cheese that I've ever had, Proscuitto and my grandpa's breaded chicken. So I hit the grocery store for inspiration and came out with all the ingredients I needed to combine them all: Chicken stuffed with Mushrooms, Blue Cheese and Proscuitto.

It was pretttty yummy.

Stuffed Chicken with Mushrooms, Blue Cheese and Proscuitto
Adapted from my grandpa's stuffed chicken recipe

Ingredients:
4 Chicken Breasts
Flour
Eggs, beaten
Breadcrumbs
Proscuitto
Mushrooms, I used canned
Blue Cheese
1/2 cup Vermouth
1 stick Butter
Paprika

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Bread chicken by coating it in flour, followed by egg wash, followed by breadcrumbs. Then layer proscuitto, mushrooms and blue cheese on the inside of the chicken bread, Roll the chicken up and seal with a toothpick. Pack the chicken tightly together in a pan.

In a sauce pan, heat butter and vermouth. Then pour over the chicken mix, leaving some for basting. Season with paprika.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

J.Crew Fall/Winter 2015


I'm a few weeks late on posting this but I've been in seasonal depression so the last thing I've wanted to think about and share is about NEXT winter. Although, I do love me some fall. But, with yet another winter storm heading its way towards me right now, I felt I should at least give myself something to look forward to.

Thus: J.Crew's Fall/Winter 2015 Line











Let's hope these are included in Mickey Drexler's promised lower prices!