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.

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!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!  It's been an interesting year and I can't wait to share 2014 with everyone. I hope everyone's Christmas is merry and bright.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

With Christmas literally less than a week away and one last shopping weekend between then and now, I thought I would share some little things on my wish list for last minute ideas.  I've never been good at making lists and I especially hate asking for things for myself but I figure, why not?

Up first, the Nike Free 3 Women's running shoe.  Back in August, I started running again and I did it consistently so I was pretty proud of myself but I started to realize that using my old running shoes was probably not the best idea.  I haven't been running since because I've put off buying new shoes for a while so it's definitely time for an upgrade.  Plus, they're pink!

Up next, drink ware.  I love it so but haven't had it on my wish list at all this year because Michael and I haven't found a place of our own yet so any "house" needs had been put on hold.  But I just love these acrylic glasses! They're so perfect for wine during the summer days, something I'm constantly dream about during this cold winter in New York.

Though I've already kind of received the handbag I most wanted for Christmas as an early present, I had to give a shout out to this beautiful Cuyana Bag.  I could never wear it during the winter in New York because of the rain and snow and anything else that could ruin the beautiful leather but it's definitely the ultimate summer bag and has been on my wish list forever.

First wine glasses and now coffee mugs, I think I have my vices covered!  But seriously, I've always loved Anthropologie's Monogrammed Mugs for two reasons: a) I love anything with my initials on it and b) it holds coffee.  But now I have to add c) it's gold.  And those are the only reasons I could ever need.

Karen A.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Spirit

This is the beginning of the first winter I will spend in New York and I already love.  While everyone has been huffing and puffing about the fact that we've gotten, like, 3 days of snowfall, I'm over here in wonder of how pretty everything looks covered in fluffy white flakes.  Although the roads do get icy afterwards and we even had pouring rain following a snowfall (it turned the snow to slushy)  I'm still loving every minute of this.  White Christmases are all I ever dreamed about when I was younger.  It's the stuff songs are written about.  

With snow falling and winter just beginning, you can bet I'm already in celebration mode.  I've spent my days off doing Christmas movie marathons and watched almost all of my favorites: The Santa Clause, Christmas Vacation (The best), Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (How could I not? It's the reason I love Winter in New York).  I also am pretty much done with Christmas shopping which is a giant chip off of my shoulders because isn't that what we all hate?  I don't mean I hate gift giving, I hate the super crowded malls but I guess it's just part of the Christmas package.

I also went over to my friend Desiree's house to help her decorate her mini tree.  She doesn't have a big living room but I was really up for getting into the Christmas spirit and we went all out.  We bought Caramel Eggnog with yummy rum to sip (they ran out of regular).  It tasted like Bailey's, almost but it was so so good.  We even bought everything to make Peanut Butter cookies.  We listened to Nat King Cole and then put on Spotify's playlist "Folksy Christmas Music".  Her tree decorations were so adorable, almost everything was covered in glitter, which I loved because I'm addicted to glitter.  And then when Michael came home on the train, he walked to her house and she made us a quiche.  I swear, she's one of the best cooks in the world and she makes cooking look like it's the easiest thing ever.  I really want to do more cooking. I'm inspired!  Here are some pictures of the night.  I need to take more!  Michael and I also just got the new iPhone so I've been taking pictures of everything.
Have you done anything to get into the holiday spirit? I need more ideas!

Karen A

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Juicing and smoothies

Since early summer, I've made smoothies.  Such a great way to drink your vitamins every morning.  I start with a base of greens (Spinach, Kale), add some fruit (a banana and maybe some berries),  then I add the mix-ins (A spoonful of coconut oil, chia seeds, coconut water, flax, etc).  It has made me feel healthier and more alert to have a yummy smoothie every morning for breakfast, especially since I get nauseous if I eat anything too early in the morning.

But then the blender broke and for a few months I went without delicious smoothies.  Instead of being a responsible adult and just buying a new blender, I Yelp'd to see if there were any juice or smoothie places nearby and then I discovered a local nutrition shop that just opened a juice bar.  And I went and fell in love!  I've had a smoothie or juice every day for the last three weeks but its all starting to add up.  ::sigh:: It's time to get back to being responsible and buying a new blender and buying fruits and veggies and doing this all at home.  Plus I found a juicer in Michael's parents garage so I have to put that baby to good use.

Lucky for all of us, we have Pinterest and I have some ideas I want to try:
6 Juicing Ideas from one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess
4 Smoothie Ideas from the fashion site, Refinery29
Creating a custom green smoothie looks so easy

What are some of your favorite smoothie or juicing recipes?  I'd love to try them!


Monday, October 21, 2013

More changes

When I saw this picture and quote on pinterest, I knew I had to use it (with credit given where credit is due, of course!).  Not only is it beautiful but it describes exactly how I feel right now.  There have been so many changes coming my way, some that affect me directly and others, not so much.  With so much on my mind and so many changes happening, I will definitely be updating more often, mostly to keep my sanity while everything moves so quickly.

Some key updates: Michael got accepted in the New York State Bar Association and I couldn't be more proud.  He is a full-fledged lawyer!  And a week later, he found a great job.  Things are good on the job front.  Michael's parents are also moving, which means we are also moving too.  We will be temporarily living in the finished basement of the new house until we finally move into the city.  

I am so excited but also really nervous.  I shouldn't be, though.  Michael and I have been living together for more than 3 years now but there is something about the fast-paced city that gives me butterflies in my stomach.  I know everything will turn out ok but, I guess, sometimes I just need to stop where I am and remind myself that life just moves forward, no matter what.  I can stay where I am, in the same routine, in the same place or everything can change and I can take chances and it can be exciting.  So hopefully by the end of the year we will be residents of NYC.