Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Getting Healthy

So I probably forgot to mention this in a previous post but back in February, for Valentine's Day, Michael got both of us tickets to Governor's Ball.  (He's kind of the best person in the whole wide WORLD). Now, after months of waiting, it's almost here! Just one. more. day.  And of course, OF COURSE, right before the festival, I get sick.  How could it not happen to me? Most people are telling me it could just be allergies and I hope they're right but I took a few precautions to make sure I am 100% come Friday morning.  Aside from basically chugging green tea, water, and Emergen-C, I used this as a perfect opportunity to test out the juicer that Michael's parents handed down to us when we moved out.  I also used this as the perfect opportunity to not be wasteful and throw out veggies that we were probably never going to use.  Behold:
The juice itself is a little thicker than the juice you would probably get from a professional juicing shop but it was good enough for me.  Actually it was more than good enough for me, I was pretty ecstatic.  The average sized mason jar above contained Kale, Carrots, Cucumber, Ginger, Lemon and a whole apple.  It could be a placebo effect but I did feel kinda better after drinking the concoction.  I also tried it with Orange, Carrot, Ginger, Cucumber and Parsley.  That combination had a bit more of a bite to it but I chugged it anyways, it was still delicious.  The only thing I find bothersome is how much of a waste it creates with all the "food scraps".  If anyone has an idea for them, I'd like to know.  Oh an composting isn't an option, I live in the tiniest apartment in hells kitchen and I barely have enough room and sun for a succulent. 

Anyways, I highly reccomend trying to make juice at home.  My juice habit was starting to get too expensive for me.  I am also super excited for all the different combinations I can try!  Even a modest juicer gets the job done.  The one I used is definitely no Breville but it was still pretty awesome.

Xo,
Karen A

Friday, May 30, 2014

It's Friday!

We made it through the week, everyone.  Though it was a short week, I'm glad Friday is finally here.  The following are a few things I found amusing this past week and also a couple of things I look forward to doing this rainy weekend.  

1. Mindy Kaling's Harvard Speech

Everyone needs to watch this hilarious commencement speech delivered by Mindy Kaling. If there's anything I admire more than strong and inspiring women, it's women that also have a killer sense of humor. She is perfection and I will stop myself before this turns into an all-out love fest. Just watch.


2. 'This Is Where I Leave You' Trailer

Speaking of strong, inspiring and hilarious women, the trailer for This Is Where I Leave You was just released, starring Tina Fey. Aside from Tina Fey, the movie also stars some of my other favorite actors like Jason Bateman as the main character and Adam Driver from GIRLS (if you don't know that show by now, I can't help you). Also, this movie happens to be based on the book of the same title. The book is hilarious and heartwarming. Read the book first, then watch the movie. Trust.



3. The Most Dangerous Animal Of All

Speaking of books, I just started reading this one. I read an article about it before it was even released. I was very intrigued by this mans story and the fact that his dad might be the REAL ZODIAC KILLER (dun, dun, dun!). I only have Saturday off this weekend and, seeing how it's going to rain, I plan of curling up on the couch and diving head first into the story.


4. North River Lobster Company

As the weather heats up, living on the east coast has taught me to crave one thing and one thing only during the summer: LOBSTER ROLLS. I don't know how I managed the first 24 years of my life without eating one. This little eatery happens to also be on a boat. Lobster Roll with a Manhattan skyline view, where do I sign up?

Xo,
Karen A

Walking Home

As the weather gets warmer, the less I mind walking home when I get off work as opposed to taking the subway or a cab. Living in New York is such a funny thing. I don't know if it will wear off eventually but I am constantly in awe of this enormous concrete jungle. Not just the amazing buildings but also how everything is constantly changing and moving. I also love when you discover little places that you had previously overlooked. It makes the city seem like new all over again.
Above, one of my favorite and well know buildings, the Plaza Hotel. Remember that episode of Friends when Monica and Chandler get engaged and they plan to go to the Plaza for champagne?Someday, I want to celebrate by going to the Plaza for Champagne. Not only is it a glorious building but it's a great place to people-watch. I could stand there forever and watch the well dressed women walk out and make mental notes of all the shoes and handbags they own. They're dressed so "New York".
Just a note: I am opposed to the horse carriages at Central Park, but I had to take a picture of this guy, he was looking right at me. What a sweetheart. He's probably freaked out to be here.
Look how peaceful this area of Central Park seems. The water is still and serene and there's a few casual strollers. Yet, on the other side of the concrete wall, where I happened to be standing, it's all cars and noise. It feels like best of both worlds.

I'm so in love with this city. She's tough but it's worth fighting for her affection.

Xo,
Karen A

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Visitors.

One of the things I enjoy most is having visitors from California come visit this great city. It doesn't happen often but when it does, I'm so excited to spend as much time with them as possible. Especially when it involves baseball games! Michael and I has never been to CitiField and we weren't Mets fans either (Yankees!) but they happened to be playing the Dodgers when Michael's friend Rob came to visit. The Dodgers are Rob's favorite team and he got us tickets so on a rainy Thursday, we ventured to Queens to go check them out. I want to say long story short, the Mets won but that wasn't all that happened.
Halfway through the game, Michaels coworker texted Michael a link to get cheap airfare. While I'm usually a person that plans and needs to think about a major purchase before I make it, I can safely say that isn't how Michael works. He booked two tickets to Europe for November because of how amazing this deal was! #Europe2014
Friday, we had dinner at Arriba, Arriba and then headed to Valhalla for beer (and sangria for me!). It was the perfect way to kick off Memorial Day weekend.
Xo,
Karen A

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend, we did some New York exploring.  Though we had been living here for a few months now, we haven't really gotten to the chance to break out of our neighborhood and get to know the greatest city in the world.  On Saturday, we had some birthday parties to attend but on Sunday, I woke up with the determination that we would do something we wouldn't normally do.  The Museum of Moder Art had been on my to-do list for a while, how could it not be?  It also ended up being a gorgeous day, weather-wise.  The paintings and sculptures were beautiful.  I can't remember the last time we went to a museum but I'm pretty sure I found my happy place in the city.
Today was Monday and Memorial Day.  We had no real plans and decided to take advantage of all the sales happening because we definitely needed some new items of clothing for our wardrobes.  We went to H&M at Times Square, which I always regret doing because, hello crowds and tourist.  And then decided to head to Macy's at Herald Square but stopped to get Korean food on the way there.  (I know, Korean food on an American holiday, I don't know.)  Since we had made it so far down, we HAD to stop carry on and go to Eataly, also one of my favorite places in the city.  I wanted to check out the Nutella bar there but was won over by the thought of a delicious affogato instead.  #CaffeineAddict.  It was definitely a good weekend and such a great way to start the summer.  I can't wait to explore and see more of what this city has to offer. 
Despite the fact that we didn't eat there, I had to stop in and take this picture!

Xo,
Karen A

Friday, March 14, 2014

It's hard to believe.

Everything has changed so quickly in less than a month. You guys, it was Valentines one month ago and we were planning dates and stressing over finding an apartment. Since Valentine's Day, we have found an apartment in the city (Hell's Kitchen!), I transferred within my job to the Upper East Side and with the good comes stress: we've been dealing with new separation anxiety from Mila, complaints from new neighbors because she cries and we have just been trying to get settled. We need more furniture, new kitchen appliances and more closet space. Overall though, it's hard to believe this is real and we're living in NYC.
Mila and I went exploring to Central Park on my day off. It also happened to be the nicest day that we've had this winter so the park was crowded with everyone trying to enjoy the sunshine. It was wonderful and I was really glad Mila got a good amount of exercise. A tired pup is definitely a happy pup, especially when we need her to just relax when we leave the house. Incidentally, if anyone has any advice regarding separation anxiety, do share!
We also had a date night last weekend to celebrate the new chapter in our life. Michael decided it would be super romantic to go to a bar in our neighborhood that specializes in selling bacon... In everything. It was a good night. Now that everything is getting settled and I'm starting to get more comfortable in our new house, I can't wait to share more of the adventures we'll experience soon.

Xo,
Karen A

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

J. Crew Factory

I have been doing so good, you guys.  I haven't spent money and I'm saving like a crazy person.  I even take lunch to work now!  So you can imagine my pain and anguish when I receive an e-mail from J. Crew Factory for all their new arrivals.  While I still haven't brought myself to purchase anything, I still took a peek and I love it.  J. Crew is always so timeless and classic, I love everything there.  Besides, one of my resolutions was to stop spending money at stores like Forever 21 and invest in pieces that are of good quality and will last and J. Crew is at the top of that list.

These are some of my favorites:
1.  Factory Suede Scalloped Ballet Flats.  I'm sure you guys have already seen the Loeffler Randall version and I fell in love with the gold and black polka dotted pair.  But the thing I love most about this shoe is the scallops.  Who doesn't love a good scallop?  And with its dusty rose color, it's so perfect for Valentine's Day.

2. Factory Harper Double Bow Flats.  I just can't with how cute these are they look so classic.  They remind me of Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Flats.  I'm in love.  Speaking of Ferragamo, did anyone see the sale on Rue La La?  It's still going on for the next two days!

3. Factory Scalloped Shift Dress.  Can we all pretend we weren't asleep this past year and remember this dress?  It is, oh, so adorable.  It wasn't in the factory store last year and I love a good discount so you can imagine how excited I am!  Plus, do I need to point out the scallops?

Happy shopping!

xo,
Karen