WEEKLY WRAP UP/WEEKEND COUNTDOWN

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

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Valentine’s Day treat spread 

This week was one of unseasonably warm weather, which was a welcomed change.  The temps are dropping this weekend, but I’m perfectly okay with that since I’ll be spending most of my weekend prepping for my favorite day of the year- Oscar day! I hope you have a great weekend and tune in on Sunday.

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NYFW recap: Fashion week officially ended last week and it was a unique one, thanks to digital integration (AKA Instagram Live and Stories), some designers switching to LA, buy now/wear now and the countless political statements.  I was truly thankful for the Instagram presence, as it allowed me to follow much more closely without having to be physically present.  My personal favorite show was Ralph Lauren, which featured a ton of amazing dresses, some of which reminded me of the dress my mom just bought for my wedding.

Man in the High Castle– I finally succumbed to a Prime Membership and along with comes Amazon Video, which includes this show.  The storyline is fascinating, set in a post-WWII world where the U.S. has lost the war and is split between Japanese and German rules.  There’s a suspenseful, spy element to the show that keeps you hooked from episode to episode.  The second season was released in December, so it’s the perfect time to binge.

Glossy– Every day, as part of my job, I receive a lot of daily newsletters from different outlets in the retail and apparel world.  One of those newsletters is from Glossy, a publication focused on what’s happening in both the creative & business senses in the fashion/retail industry.  I find their articles to cover the trendiest, most relevant topics and they cover a vast range of content.  One of my favorite pieces they run is their “Day in the Life” column, which is exactly what it sounds, a documented day of some high profile people in the industry.   Check it out for business or just for fun!

Oscars– this weekend, it’s finally here- my favorite day of the whole year, the Oscars.  I’ll be prepping myself with a Best Picture Showcase all day on Saturday (literally 12+ hours) and am so excited to see the fashions and who takes home the top prizes.  Tune into Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men podcast for a synopsis of all things Oscar prior to the show.

 

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Smoked Salmon Pizza

Delicious recipes for the curious cook!

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Basically a bagel and lox combo in pizza form

Pizza is tasty pretty much anyway you have it, but every now and then you stumble upon the perfect combo of toppings that take it to a whole new level. Leave it to the Barefoot Contessa to establish one of these perfect pizza pairings.  I know I reference her recipes often, but there’s a reason! As I was flipping through her newest cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey, I found a dish that combines two of my favorite things- pizza and the New York staple, bagel and lox.  This recipe for smoked salmon pizza takes the flavors that make the lox bagel sandwich so tasty- smoked salmon and cream cheese- and switch it to a pizza appropriate combo of smoked salmon and mascarpone cheese.  Replace the bagel with pizza crust, and you have one tasty dinner!  

Ina cites this recipe as a cocktail appetizer, which would be great for parties, but if you’re having a more casual evening, this is perfect for a Friday night and pairs well with a simple arugula salad and a bottle of red.   If you’re looking to save time, buy some ready made crust and you’ll have dinner ready in minutes, it’s that easy!

Bon Appetit!

Ladies I Love- Fitness Inspirations Part 1

Motivation to get you through hump day!

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This week’s inspiration.

As much as I’d like to think I have the motivation all on my own to cook, workout and look my best, I’ll admit that’s far from the truth and it often takes some inspiration.  Luckily, I have many idols in each of the fields I’m passionate about who I routinely look to when I’m feeling unmotivated or creatively stifled.  Sometimes just seeing the actions and work of others is enough to get your body and mind flowing.

I’ve decided to write a series showcasing some of my inspirations for each of the things I’m most passionate about- fashion, fitness and food.  In some cases, some of my inspirations cross over more than one category, but I’ll be documenting every theme separately.  I’ve decided to start with my fitness role models, since it’s still winter and I’m sure most people can still benefit from having a healthy motivator to keep up with their fitness goals.    

First up is someone who inspires me in many ways, and you’ll see her again when I highlight some fashion idols, but first, let’s talk fitness.  Katie Lee, who is probably best known for her culinary skills, is a personal favorite of mine for her fitness regimen.  Like many people, I was first introduced to her because of her cooking, which focuses on comforting classics, often with a healthful or modern spin.  But ironically, one of the reasons I admire her so much is because of the figure she maintains.  Thankfully, she’s not someone who swears she doesn’t exercise, in fact, quite the opposite.  If you follow her on social media, you’ll see firsthand some of the hard work and dedication she puts into maintaining a healthy body.  She frequently turns to the Tracey Anderson Method workouts and they clearly pay off, since Katie is able to maintain a fit figure while still downing chocolate bombe cake on The Kitchen.  

Another reason Katie inspires me is because she loves food and does so openly.  She’s someone who clearly doesn’t deprive herself and allows herself to indulge in the food she loves most, but does so in moderation, often balancing out a heavy meal with a light and healthy one, and again, emphasizing the importance of a good sweat session.  It’s easy to feel guilty for indulging in a burger or having too much ice cream, but Katie reminds us that it’s all about balance.  We don’t need to deprive ourselves in order to look good; we should feed ourselves with things that comfort us, but know when to enjoy food that’s equally nourishing and satisfying.  

Equally as important is her reminder that exercise is key.  We don’t need to run ourselves into the ground, but we do need to get our hearts pumping in order to feel our best and look our best in a bikini.  Katie often gives credit to those she trains with and admits that exercising allows her to enjoy the food she loves.  When I’m feeling lazy and I just want to go home and eat an entire brick of cheese, I often look to Katie’s Instagram account, which often features a video of her working out hard, and find the push I need to get my sweat on before going home and enjoying my meal.  After all, as Katie often says, summer bodies are made in the winter.
Feeling curious? Check out her Instagram account here and her website here.

Photo via the Cooking Channel.

Culture Club

Inspiration for the new week!

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It can be tough to be motivated to venture outside in the winter, especially for anything other than the normal errands and events.  On a recent Saturday, my fiance and I were determined to cross one of our winter “to-do” list events off our list, which was to spend the afternoon at the art museum.  We’re blessed to have so many museums that are easy accessible, but it’s not often we visit one we haven’t been to yet.  Luckily, thanks to some gorgeous unseasonable weather, we were prompted to finally visit and have a Ferris Bueller moment of our own.   

As much as I sometimes forget to take advantage of the cultural staples in my own backyard, I sometimes overlook the importance of an outfit comprised entirely of basics.  Classic pieces, enhanced with a few updates like a hat, can withstand time and appear refreshing and anything but basic.  I opted for a black crew neck, my favorite blue wash jeans, a black and blue hat, my favorite Chelsea boots and a classic satchel.  It’s a timeless combo that’s perfect for an afternoon spent ogling timeless pieces of art.  

Fashion Note: I’m wearing a JCrew sweater, Gap jeans (similar here), Madewell boots (similar here), Kate Spade satchel (similar here) and a hat from Atnthropologie (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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I’ve been looking forward to this week for awhile because it ends with a visit from my mom! She’s flying in for my first wedding dress fitting and I can’t wait to spend some much needed quality time with her.  Along with the fitting, we’ll be engaging in some retail therapy, watching a new documentary and prepping for the Super Bowl.  Enjoy the weekend!

Bright Lights: Since my mom and I have such a close relationship, I always admired the bond that Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher had throughout their lives.  Their untimely passing coincided with the release of a documentary showcasing their special relationship and I can’t wait to watch it with my mom this weekend.  

Oscar Nominations: It’s my favorite time of year- awards season! Now that the Golden Globes and SAG awards are complete, it’s that much closer to the finale event- the Oscars! The nominations came out last week and I can’t wait to get caught up on my movies.  

Buffalo Chicken Dip: It’s almost the Super Bowl and all that really means to me is commercials and appetizers.  Nothing says Super Bowl like a buffalo chicken dip and this has been my favorite recipe for years.  It doesn’t disappoint.  

Healthy Snacks: Everything in moderation, right? Not all snacks have to be indulgent.  You can have some healthy, yet still tasty, apps for Sunday night.  I can’t wait to make these sweet potato fries and avocado dip!

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