Spring

The Friday Five

Goodbye, winter. Hello, spring (even if it does feel like winter is still lingering in the shadows). After suffering with back pain for the last week, I sure am glad to have two days off and no plans. Here’s to spending the next 48 hours away from my computer, somewhat off social media, and most likely on the couch with a heating pad, binge-watching shows from the week. It sounds like an ideal weekend, if you ask me.

La Boulange

{Decisions…decisions}

Long Island Spring

{Hello, spring!}

Spring Starbucks Cups

{My latest obsession: the spring cups from Starbucks}

Fireplace

{A cozy dinner by the fire}

Chocolate Mousse Cake

{The most #instaworthy cake there ever was}

Nessie’s Picks for Spring

Nessie's Picks for Spring

At the first sign of spring, you can usually find me swapping out my heavy winter layers in favor of lighter looks. So when I saw a crocus pop up this week, I had to remind myself that we are just entering March (and that my transition would be premature).

In putting together a round-up of items for spring that I am currently coveting, I thought it would be fun to share some that I already own (and love), others that I have been dying to try, and ones that will be purchased (just as soon as payday rolls around).

So, let’s jump right in.

A must for spring: Few things get me as excited as a suede moto jacket. And this one from Banana Republic ticks all the boxes. It’s the perfect color and fabric for the upcoming season, so you won’t regret buying this fun transitional piece.

Will be buying ASAP: I have yet to find the perfect pair of lace-up flats. Despite numerous trips to DSW and Nordstrom Rack, I haven’t had much luck with this style. But that all changed when I spotted these Gap beauties. The blue jean color was just what I have been looking for—and obviously, I love that they come in suede. Let’s hope that they are as comfy as they are chic when I go to try them on.

Need to try: Now that I am making a hardcore effort to be healthy and eat better, using cleaner beauty products is a high priority. I have heard and read a lot of good reviews about the RMS products, and now that I am in the market for a new highlighter, it seems like the perfect time to give the brand a try.

Wish list: Fortunately, I don’t have to spend a hefty sum on this wish list item, thanks to Target. Mossimo has an almost identical version of these beauties for a fraction of the price.

Can’t resist: We all have items that we don’t need but would love to have, right? These tassel earrings from Baublebar is just that for me. How cute would they look with a nice sundress or chambray top?

Buy these: If this is the only piece of advice that you ever take from me, then buy these pants…now. The Sloan-fit pants from Banana Republic are a must-have for us petites. I have never found a pair of pants to be so comfortable and flattering that I go back and buy three more pairs…the same day. Oh, and did I mention that they don’t need to be hemmed? If you were to ask anyone in my office, they would probably describe these babies as my office uniform.

What are you swooning over for spring?

Relaxing and Recapping

We got lucky with a few rather warm days in May recently. Of course, I’ve taken full advantage of the nice weather, debuted my white jeans (as if I needed an excuse), and sipped on cool iced coffees. If the weather keeps up like this, it will feel like summer before we know it!

Here’s a round-up of my favorite recent snaps:

Flowers

{Hello, beauties!}

Starbucks Iced Coffee

{My summer go-to from Starbucks}

Sunset

{Not a bad sunset to see on your drive home}

Jimmy Choo Glasses

{How fab are these Jimmy Choo glasses?}

Chocolate Chip Pancakes at IHOP

{Started off the week with chocolate chip pancakes from IHOP}

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The Insta Index

This past weekend made me want to countdown the days until the official start of summer. But by Monday, it felt like fall had returned (and I had to pull out an additional layer to run errands). Here’s hoping that this wacky weather realizes that it is mid-May, and summer should be on its way soon.

In the meantime, here’s a quick Instagram round-up:

Kendra Scott Earrings

{Seeing blue with these Kendra Scott beauties}

May Sunset

{A Fiery Sunset}

Nutella Milkshake

{Nutella milkshake from Go Burger}

Countdown to summer

{Summer Countdown}

Barn Day

{Let me in…I know you have treats in there!}

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The May Agenda

The May Agenda

In an effort to make sure that I get out of the house at reasonable intervals (#bloggerlife) and enjoy the nice spring days ahead, I’ve set an ambitious agenda this month. As much as I love making my way to New York City (because there are always fun things to do there!), I’ve decided to stay close to home and enjoy all that Long Island has to offer.

Try: If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I think brunch is all day, e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y. Luckily, Long Island does not disappoint in the brunch category. Now that the weather is nicer, a good weekly Sunday brunch is in order. And I’m on the hunt to find some new places to share with you all.

Read: I’m still looking for some good book recommendations (#helpagirlout). I’ve never been into fiction — favoring more of the empowerment genre — but I think I’m ready to give it another chance. Have you read any good books lately?

Go: There is no shortage of things to do on Long Island. Trips to the East End and Fire Island are always on my itinerary come spring and summer. But recently, I realized that there are a whole bunch of museums and attractions that I haven’t been to since I was a kid. I would love to visit Sagamore Hill, the Vanderbilt Museum, and the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. While I’m sure I won’t be able to cross all of these things off my agenda this month, it’s good to have goals. Right?

Do: Emily over at Cupcakes and Cashmere has inspired me to visit a farmers’ market and try to make a brunch with fresh ingredients. She shared the recipes on her blog for lemon ricotta pancakes and blueberry buttermilk crumb cakes that looked beyond delicious. Fortunately, Long Island has plenty of farmers’ markets this time of year, so I plan on heading to one this coming weekend.

See: I’m not much of a movie-goer, nor do I care for the superhero genre, but the new Captain America: Civil War movie has piqued my interest. It looks like it has just the right amount of action to keep me entertained!

What’s on your agenda this month?

Wednesday Wanderings: Stop and Smell the Flowers

I’ll be honest. It hasn’t felt much like spring these last few weeks on Long Island. Between the rainy days and the chill lingering in the air, brighter and warmer temps this week are a welcome relief. I’m still adjusting to the slower pace I’ve set for myself, and in doing so I’ve taken some time out of each day to stop and admire the beauty that is around me.

Here’s hoping you will do the same this week. Happy Wednesday!

Backyard Blooms

{Backyard Blooms}

Cherry Blossoms

{These beauties always remind me of my time in D.C.}

View from my window

{View from my window}

Bold Blooms

{Bold Blooms}

Spring Sunset

{My first sunset of the season}

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Farewell, April!

I'd rather be sleeping mug

{New mug for my home office}

I’m having a hard time comprehending how we are already at the end of April! Wasn’t it just January five minutes ago? Looking back, I’ve crammed a lot into the last two months. With trips to Philadelphia, Rhode Island, and New York City, I feel like I’ve taken full advantage of the nice spring weather.

This weekend it’s back to my kickboxing routine, some time at the barn, and a little rest and relaxation.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Spring mani with OPI

{Spring mani with OPI}

NYU

{Meeting with fellow New York blogger, Kristin}

Barn Day

{Life on the farm}

New workout outfit

{Today’s workout is sponsored by coffee!}

Cupcake pancakes from IHOP

{Delicious cupcake pancakes from IHOP}

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Spring Snaps

Now that it is officially spring I have high expectations when it comes to weather. I’m more than ready to ditch the winter coat and live in a blazer until the really hot days arrive in June. But Mother Nature foiled my plans this week, as she delivered snow on the first day of spring. Fortunately, I’m in Philadelphia, where the high tomorrow might reach 70 degrees. So at least for the rest of the week, I will get my wish.

Weekend Workout

{Weekend Workout}

Horses

{A nice way to spend an afternoon}

Pizza

{When you just can’t decide if you want to be good or not…}

First Day of Spring

{Hello, Spring!}

Philadelphia

{Greetings from Philadelphia}

Spring Savings from Shopbop

Flowers

Happy Friday, friends! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the weekend. And what better way to kick it off than with some shopping? By now, you’re probably well aware that Shopbop is having a huge sale. You can score great deals using the code BIGEVENT16. But hurry, the sale ends on Saturday, March 5th at 11:59 pm PT. So what are you waiting for? Let’s fill up those online carts! I’m swooning over these slip on sneakers from Marc Jacobs, this adorable romper from Clover Canyon, and this bucket bag from Elizabeth and James.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

A (Brief) Taste of Spring

Outfit of the Day

Outfit of the Day

The recent spring-like temps this weekend were just the tease I needed to start the countdown to the new season (less than 20 days to go!), and break out some of my lighter looks. I was happy to swap my long winter coat and riding boots for my favorite leopard Adrienne Vittadini flats (similar here, here, and here) and a navy blazer from H&M (similar here)…even if it was only a temporary hiatus from the cold (did someone say snow showers on Friday?).

What does your spring #ootd look like?