WEEKLY WRAP UP/WEEKEND COUNTDOWN

What got me through the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend!

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Vinyls will be playing for summer cook outs this weekend

The next few weeks are busy for me.  I spent a weekend away and am about to be on a whirlwind tour of traveling, starting next week.  But before I do, I plan on making the most of this weekend, trying out some summertime activities and relaxing a bit before the next busy week.  

  1. It’s It Ice Cream Sandwich: Sometimes you need a midday pick me up.  And as an Ice Cream buyer, there are a lot of temptations in my office when it comes to choices.  This ice cream sandwich is from a CA based company and it’s delicious, especially in the recent sweltering heat.  If you like ice cream, I strongly encourage you to try it.
  2. Beach Cover Ups: This week has been a hot one and the weekend doesn’t look much different.  I’m hoping to get in some time at the beach, and I love J Crew cover ups for all my beach days.  They’re versatile (they easily transition to after beach drinks), cute and breezy.  Perfect for a hot summer day!
  3. Summer Fitness Class: As I wrote about before, one thing I love about summer are the outdoor activities.  This weekend I’m looking forward to giving one of the free fitness classes in the park a try for my Saturday sweat session.  
  4. Cappuccino Stout: On a Saturday night out awhile back, I was starting to feel sleepy but wanted to stay out for a little while longer.  I had a pint of this Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout and it did just the trick.  It wasn’t too heavy and had just the right balance of tastes between coffee and beer, and it gave me the late night jolt I needed.  I’m planning on having this for another night cap soon.  

(Fish) Taco Tuesday

Delicious recipes for the curious cook!

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Let’s face it, tacos are one of life’s greatest pleasures.  Well, at least to me.  I love tacos in many variations, but one of my all time favorites is a fish taco.  With grilled fish and veggies, this is actually a healthier way to enjoy this treat.  

One of the gifts I received for my birthday was Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings” cookbook, which I absolutely love.  As a fun summer project, I’ve tasked myself with cooking my way through her cookbook, so be prepared to see a lot of those recipes on this site.  One of my favorites so far is her version of fish tacos, which were extremely satisfying on a Friday night paired with some rose.  

TGITT…Thank God it’s Taco Tuesday.  Go ahead, try it!

 

FREE SUMMER WORKOUTS

Motivation to get you through hump day!

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One of the best things about summer are all the outdoor activities.  From movies to concerts to picnics, the options are numerous and fortunately, they usually include plenty of fitness options.  These outdoor programs are the best way to exercise and enjoy the beauty of summer.  Outdoor fitness classes not only get your endorphins pumping, they allow you to experiment with forms of exercise you might otherwise be hesitant to try in a normal classroom environment.  Plus, they allow you to explore your city and meet new people and most are free, so you can’t beat that!

Checkout some of these city specific outdoor fitness classes:

  1. New York: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/outdoor-fitness
  2. Philadelphia: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/sportsmedicine/7_outdoor_fitness_classes_in_Philly.html
  3. Washington D.C.: http://www.activelifedc.com/washington-dc-free-workouts
  4. Chicago:http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park4.html
  5. Austin: http://austin.eventful.com/events/categories/outdoors_recreation
  6. LA: https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/best-workouts-top-10-only-in-la-fitness-workouts

And if you can’t find any group classes in your city, here’s a guide to outdoor workouts you can do on your own.

 

Brush Your Shoulders Off

Inspiration for the new week!

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I’ll admit I was hesitant to embrace the off-the-shoulder trend for no reason other than it felt almost too decade specific; however, after finding a subtle version that works with many outfits, I was converted.  First of all the neckline is universally flattering.  This style draws the eye to the collarbone (a flattering feature on almost everyone) and face, making for a complimentary look on any frame.  There’s a reason why Brigitte Bardot, the original bombshell, modeled this style so often.

I found this simple, black knit version which is easy, relaxed and works with so many outfits.  One recent Saturday I paired it with some grey jeans and a messy half top knot for some afternoon cocktails before seeing a band play at a local venue.  It also works just as well with some easy knit shorts or style it with a black pencil skirt and a red lip for a sexy date night.

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Fashion note: I’m wearing an  Urban Outfitters top (similar here), Gap jeans (similar here), Tommy Hilfiger sandals (similar here).

WEEKLY WRAP UP/WEEKEND COUNTDOWN

What got me through the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend!

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Cocktails from Siena Tavern

This past week was short, yet busy.  I was off from work in the beginning of the week, but somehow a short week can seem like a long one when you’re catching up.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to a weekend spent relaxing, brunching and cooking! Have a great weekend!

  1. I just scooped up a few pairs of Under Armour workout leggings when I was back east and I love them.  They’re perfect for barre and yoga and look cute if you have to run errands after class.  I’ve been wearing my new pairs all week!
  2. In a Dark, Dark Wood” is in the same realm as “Gone Girl” and “The Girl on the Train” but still keeps you intrigued.  A crime fiction writer finds herself in the middle of a suspicious situation involving past relationships.  It’s a fast and interesting read.
  3. Brunch inspiration- lobster deviled eggs.  This is my favorite spin on a classic dish.  Try it at home.
  4. This spring pasta recipe is on my to-do list for the weekend!

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Summer Work Shoes

Look like a boss and impress your coworkers!

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Finding work appropriate shoes for the summer can be challenging.  You want something that breathes well in the heat, but is still acceptable for the office.  Some workplaces have certain dress codes which can make it even more challenging.  But there are a lot of options that work for various office environments and can also double for off duty outfits as well.

Here are some of my favorites.

Flat sandals:

  1. Gladiator sandal: This has a closed back, which makes it more universally office appropriate.
  2. Flat sandal: Tortoise shell elevates an otherwise simple sandal.
  3. Open toe flat: A cross between a ballet flat and a sandal, which makes for a multi-purpose shoe.  

Heels:

  1. Leather eyelet heel: Eyelet gives these heels an unexpected summer twist.  
  2. Lace up stacked heel: This is basically the high heel version of the gladiator sandal.  It still has a closed back, making it work friendly.  
  3. Stacked open toe heel: Yes, this is in suede but that adds an unusual element for summer and also helps transition to fall.  

Wedges:

  1. Canvas espadrille: These wedges have a nautical feel, but the closed toe and neutral color keep it classy enough for work.
  2. T-strap wedge: The unusual strap elevates this look, along with a print/solid combination.  

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