Month: October 2016

A Throwback Halloween

Happy Halloween! I’ve seen lots of great costumes on Instagram anticipating the spookiest day of the year. And while I won’t be donning anything quite as creative this year (I’ll be adulting at work instead), I thought it would be fun to look back at photos from when I was a kid – and ya know, used to dress up. My most memorable costume had to be going as Raggedy Ann!

Hope you all enjoy the throwback and have a fun (and sugar filled) Halloween!

Ballerina Halloween Costume

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Raggedy Ann Halloween Costume

Pumpkin

Love Every Day of Your Life…

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I would normally reserve a post like this for my Monday Mantra series, but I figured with the weekend coming up this could be a good topic to ponder.

If you’re like me, perhaps being a morning person doesn’t come easily to you. Maybe, you, too, live your life for the weekend — those two days when you can do whatever you want (including not setting the alarm for the next day).

Recently, as I struggled to get out of my nice, warm bed on a cold morning, I received a text from a close friend. The text read, “Love every day of your life. You don’t know your future.” Something about those words struck me, and I immediately got my day going.

I thought about those words throughout the day — as I drank my morning coffee and before I went to bed that night. It’s easy to dwell on the unsavory aspects of your busy day — from morning commuter traffic to the meetings that drag on all day. Putting a positive spin on these things is hard — trust me, I know. But if you start your day with a grateful heart you can take things in stride. I am grateful for each morning that I wake up healthy, for the friends that provide encouragement and strength I sometimes need, and for the knowledge that I am surrounded by so much love.

While I don’t love every minute of every day, I do love every day.

Keepin’ Cozy

Keepin' Cozy in Fall

While I like fall, the cooler temps are quickly turning downright cold. I missed the memo the other morning that the high was only going to be in the 50’s for the day — and when I left my house sans coat, it was only 41 degrees. Brrrr!

As much as I prefer to wait until November before I break out the winter coat, I am going to have to give in a week early this year. While I’m at it, I guess now would be a good time to get some fall staples ready.

Luckily for me, my fall staples don’t change much from year-to-year. As long as I am warm and cozy, I’m happy — and nine times out of ten that means I reach for an oversized sweater, poncho, or blanket scarf to keep me toasty. This year is no different. But what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t add a few new pieces to my collection this season?

What are some of your favorite fall pieces?

Monday Mantra: Inspiration from Instagram

I’ve heard a lot about the comparison game when it comes to blogging and social media. When you’re going through various platforms and you start scrolling through all of the gorgeous images of houses, places, and things, you may start to wonder, “Why doesn’t my life look like that?”

Lately, when I have been scrolling through my feed, I have found myself pausing more — but not to get a better look at a photo. I want to stop and read the text or quote. Often, the words are profound, resonating with me so much that I decided to take a screenshot so they could live on infinitely in my camera roll.

Today I am sharing the words I’ve found while scrolling. I hope these words inspire you on this Monday as much as they did me.

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{Image via @thecompanyinspire}

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{Image via @laurenlearnslife}

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{Image via @gemmacorell}

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{Image via @talkthyroid}

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{Image via @calm}

What are some of your favorite inspirational Instagram accounts to follow?

Friday Feelings

It’s the end of yet another week, which is good because I could use a little down down-time. This week Long Island saw record highs in temperature for mid-October. On Wednesday, it was so warm that when I got home from work I went for a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood. It felt strange heading out in a mere short-sleeved shirt, since just days earlier there was a brisk breeze that required a few layers.

Now that the weather has returned to more seasonable temps, I’m looking forward to enjoying the changing colors on the trees, decorating my pumpkins, and stocking up on some Halloween candy (but not too much or too soon, lest I will eat it all before we make it to Halloween!).

fall leaves

{Fall Colors}

horses

{Horses in the Hamptons}

sweet n savory

{Mid-week stop at Sweet ‘n’ Savory}

apples from the milk pail

{This should last me for a while…}

Chobani pumpkin yogurt

{Seasonal yogurt from Chobani}

Fall Beauty Buys – Part I

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I have been on quite the beauty kick lately. It’s amazing how a new lipstick (or highlighting palette) can get me excited for the upcoming work week. Lately, the object of my affection has been Stila (surprise, surprise!).

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I thought I had to wait months before the launch of Stila’s new Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette…but I was wrong. When I stopped at Ulta last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see the palette in stock — and now in my beauty bag. I know, you’re probably thinking, ‘Didn’t you just buy a bunch of highlighters from Laura Geller?’ Yup, I did. And while I have enjoyed them, something about this Stila palette proved irresistible. Perhaps it was that the palette contained three shades: Transcendence, Kitten, and Bronze. Or that all three of the highlighting shades could be worn separately. But what sold me is that I could blend them together in one simple stroke for the perfect effect (I’m all about quick and easy).

I’ve been using the palette for about a week now, and it not only brightens up my complexion but also my morning routine. I love how it accentuates my cheekbones and gives me a subtle glow — which helps when you can’t get up on time and are scrambling to get out your front door on those kinds of mornings!

While I wish I could say I stopped after this purchase, on a separate visit to Ulta I was powerless to resist scooping up Stila’s Naturally Nude Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set. Stay tuned for a future review and to see the gorgeous trio of shades in action!

Apple Picking at The Milk Pail

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Over the weekend, I took full advantage of the gorgeous weather and crossed another item off my fall agenda — apple picking at The Milk Pail in Water Mill, New York.

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The almost 70-degree October Sunday was too nice to pass up taking a trip out East. The foliage is just starting to turn on Long Island, and the usually congested drive to Water Mill was relaxing and surprisingly smooth.

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You may remember that my first trip out to this orchard was last year, and it quickly earned a spot on my annual to-do list. I love how large and juicy the apples are at The Milk Pail…despite the high price for a bushel ($47!). The trees are small, carefully groomed in rows, so you can pick while standing — you never have to climb or use a ladder at The Milk Pail.

This year, I left with quite the assortment of apples — everything from Granny Smith’s and Fuji’s to Braeburn’s and Ida Red’s. The only bad part about grabbing so many apples is having to lug a very heavy bag back to the car.

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After the apples were all picked and bagged, it was time to head over to the pumpkin patch, which contained the largest pumpkins I had ever seen (they were way too heavy for me to lift and take home with me). So, after admiring the size and assortment of pumpkins, I decided to search elsewhere for this year’s pumpkin décor.

On the way home from the East End of Long Island I stopped at Trader Joe’s to stock up on all things pumpkin…well, that are edible. I left with a whole lot of pumpkin waffles (three boxes, to be exact), and two large pumpkins that will live back at home on my landing.

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All in all, the day was a success. I have more apples than I know what to do with, and I satisfied my pumpkin sweet tooth and décor needs all in one day.

Fall Hair Inspiration

Well, it’s that time again. The time when my locks seem to be too long and the lack of an actual hairstyle starts to get to me.

Remember when I chopped almost 10 inches off my hair? I do. While I may not be brave enough to pull off the short bob that I’ve always wanted, I am excited to leave a bit of length — and adopt bangs this time around.

I haven’t had bangs since I was a child, but there is something about adding some long pieces to frame my face that I think will take my hair game from plain to polished.

Here are some styles that are giving me major hair envy:

Fall Hair Inspiration

Which hairstyles are you loving this season?

Pumpkin Pandemonium 2016

I feel like fall is slipping away from me. It’s almost the middle of October, and I have yet to go pumpkin and apple picking (thanks, Mother Nature), decorate a pumpkin, or even buy Halloween candy (it’s probably good that I haven’t done that last activity yet). But I did make it to the Long Island Fall Festival in Huntington over the weekend, where I got my fix of everything pumpkin –- at least when it came to sweets. I’m adding to my fall agenda a trip to Trader Joe’s (because their pumpkin game is always strong)…and maybe then I will finally get my hands on my very own pumpkin!

starbucks pumpkin scone

{Welcome back, pumpkin scone from Starbucks}

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{Pumpkin milk chocolate treat at the Long Island Fall Festival}

pumpkin spice coffee

{Pumpkin spice coffee is everything}

pumpkin cake

{The best pumpkin cake…ever}

sparking apple cider sangria

{Seasonally appropriate sangria}

Anyone else as obsessed with pumpkin as I am?

Breast Cancer Awareness with Bloomingdale’s

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On Saturday I attended a yoga class that Bloomingdale’s hosted for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A friend of mine had seen the event advertised and thought it would be a nice way to spend the morning. Being part of an event for a good cause and getting to meet other people who came to the Saturday morning practice made it a particularly enlightening experience.

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Bloomingdale’s deserves praise for their efforts in organizing the event. Every detail was perfect — from the pink Bloomingdale’s yoga mat (which participants got to keep) to the goodie bag, complete with snacks for after the class. The $10 reservation fee went to benefit the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation and The Carey Foundation. Our yoga teacher, Samantha, was a wonderful instructor and I was particularly inspired by her own health battle.

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I left the class with a renewed sense of community, peace, and gratitude. A big thank you to Bloomingdale’s and Samantha for providing a restorative practice and for being part of breast cancer awareness!