Monday, August 31, 2015

DIY Caftan Dress

When I was younger, I was all about form fitting clothing because I was crazy confident in my body. I'm still quite confident and I'm still in love with a good body conscious dress but lately, I've also really been loving billowy tops. I recently picked up a super flowy linen-y tunic from Zara and have been wearing it to death. It's just so comfortable and I love that I can eat whatever I want and not have to worry about my food baby poking through.

The downside to my love of bohemian tops is that it's hard to find one that suits me. I have a rather small frame and often times, I find that flowy tops are just a little too voluminous and make me look chunkier. So, my constant solution in situations like these is to DIY. On a recent trip to Target, I found a pretty white scarf with some colorful embroidery for under $10. And decided I had to turn it into a long caftan-style dress. My sister commented that it looked like something I should wear to Mexico and I was sold because a dress meant for going on holiday? Yes, please. Especially because I'll be heading to Grand Cayman in November.
You'll need:
scarf (or fabric) - wide enough to cover your torso and create sleeves, long enough to be folded in half and be the length you want it
sharp scissors
iron
needle & thread or sewing machine

Friday, August 28, 2015

Brunch at The Dead Rabbit

Summer always seems to just fly by so quickly. I read something the other day that said that the reason it seems like time goes by much quicker when you're older is because the ratio of let's say, one minute, to the time you've been alive gets smaller and smaller. It makes sense. I mean, the limit of 1/x as x is 0. Sorry, is that too much math? Anyway, every summer, I feel that little pang of nostalgia when I think about kids going back to (or starting) university. I miss the hectic runs to Target to pick up a new loofah and shower flip flops. I miss trying to cram everything into the car and freaking out when the garbage bag holding my comforter tears. I miss being cool and fresh and young. But, what I miss most of all is living in a community of my peers and hanging out with my friends basically every day. These days, every hangout with a friend is extra precious because it has to be scheduled and planned and takes more effort to execute.

We had barely seen each other at all this summer (despite making lofty plans to go to the beach and visit museums) so last weekend I met up with D in the city for a little girlie bonding time. I left my car at a parking garage in Harrison and hopped on the Path going to WTC and then walked down to meet her by the Charging Bull. Then, we walked around Battery Park and then headed to a supremely delicious brunch at The Dead Rabbit in FiDi.
The weather was super gorgeous. A few days before, it was humid and nasty but then a big rain came through in time to give us a supreme weekend.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

48 Hours in Ithaca (Part 2)

Yesterday I shared just half of what we did during our long weekend in Ithaca and today I'm sharing the rest.

We were seriously blessed with delicious weather. Thursday evening, it stormed really hard, thunder, lightning, the works. The rest of the weekend was gorgeous with picturesque blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and most importantly, low humidity.
I already shared about our hotel, Buttermilk Falls, and the Cascadilla Gorge trail. Today, I'll be talking about Cornell (sunset over Libe Slope and the Plantations) and the Ithaca Farmers Market.

Monday, August 24, 2015

48 Hours in Ithaca (Part 1)

Ithaca, NY is one of my favorite places in the world. I spent four and a half grueling years there, learning, growing, and making friends and it will forever be a special place to me.

For a while, I was brainstorming where we should go for a fun family mini break. I thought maybe The Hamptons and then I thought maybe the Jersey Shore and looked for airbnb rentals that were dog friendly. After having some not-so-great luck finding suitable places (re: pretty but affordable), it hit me that we should visit Ithaca! None of us had been back since my sister had graduated in 2013. That's two years, which is the longest I've gone without visiting Ithaca since I first went up as a pre-frosh in 2004.

It was actually the perfect setting for George Michael; Ithaca is a great place for pooches. I'm sharing all of the fun things we did, which also happen to be dog friendly activities.

I'll be splitting this into two posts because I just have too much to share to squeeze it into one entry. And, as usual, I'm sharing all about the food over on my food blog (how appropriate).
We packed up on Thursday evening, had a restful sleep, and then got on the road around 8.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My 10 Summer Sleep Essentials

Parachute, who produce some lovely bedding, reached out and asked me if I wanted to share my summer sleep essentials. Considering sleep is one of my favorite activities, I was all for it.

Even though I'm someone who falls asleep easily and anywhere (I once fell asleep standing up at a Broadway show), I find that it can be really tough to fall asleep if it's too hot. There's something about feeling sticky and sweaty that makes me so uncomfortable that it prevents me from snoozing, even if I'm crazy tired.
Since we're in the thick of summer, I wanted to share what I do to make my bedroom a cozy haven for sleep, even in this disgusting heat.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pink Hair

I'm turning 29 this November, which makes me really nervous. I hate celebrating birthdays because I hate getting old and with the big 3-0 looming up ahead, I feel like I've only got a little over a year of youth left in my bones. In somewhat of a third-life-crisis, I've colored the ends of my hair bright pink as a final hurrah, you know, while I'm still "allowed" to do this.
This isn't my first time pink-ifying my hair. A few years ago, I added a few streaks to my hair using the Special Effects Atomic Pink which is basically the best product ever because it's incredibly vivid, doesn't have a smell, doesn't do any damage to my hair, and it lasts forever.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Balloon Festival 2015

A couple of weekends ago, I went to the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Readington, NJ. This one was sponsored by QuickChek and it was at the Solberg Airport. There was a plethora of food stalls, booths with toys and knickknacks for sale, and games and rides. The stalls and booths were set up along the tarmac which was cool, except the black asphalt was radiating heat.
It was a spectacularly sunny day, which was lovely for watching balloons floating off into the sky.

Monday, August 03, 2015

36 Hours in Philly: Summer Edition

H and I have been biking all over the place and Philadelphia is our most recent conquest. Since her company has an office in Philly and she was invited down for a few days, we decided to take advantage of that and meet up.

My cousin and her husband were gracious enough to host us in their awesome house and the location was a prime spot for our weekend shenanigans. I shared the nitty gritty details of what we ate over on my food blog so take a look if you're into eating.
I left work early on Friday afternoon with a bag packed with summer-appropriate clothes.
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