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Getting Gorgeous!

3 Apr

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On Saturday, I was lucky enough to attend the Getting Gorgeous event in Chelsea, which was aptly held on a stunningly fab day here in New York. Hundreds of bloggers and countless businesses were in the house, along with my dear friend Chris. Vera from I’m Not Obsessed kindly invited us and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

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Event attendees included Simply Orange (who happily gave us mimosas to enjoy while wandering the floor), Degree Women, Hanes (who talked me into trying their socks when enduring sweaty workouts), Sarah Potempa (who chatted with me about the importance of finding the PERFECT hair straighteners), Georgetown Cupcakes (drool!) and many more.

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Go figure, I was more enthused about the cupcake than anything else. My friend Chris has the red velvet while I had some lemon-raspberry concoction. When I say they were droolworthy, I mean it. Moist and sweet, with a crazy delicious cream cheese frosting.

Overall, I had a fun time talking with vendors and snapping pictures like crazy. Once I got home, I dove in to the gift bag and found some cool stuff. I never knew Wheat Thins had Cinnamon Sticks, but hey, guess what? They do. Also, I found a product close to my heart… I don’t normally write about my work life but I was really happy to get these little gals in this bag.

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What I loved the most about the event was seeing all the ladies come out in full force. White, yellow, purple, black, women from everywhere were here to celebrate their overall gorgeousness. Who doesn’t love that? Channeling my Spice Girls days, I’m all about girl power.

Thanks to Vera and the entire Getting Gorgeous staff for a lovely event!


Many Thanks

3 Feb

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting a SLH reader and she was so sweet. I don’t normally do the whole “meeting online people in real life” but since my move to NYC, I say why not. As long as I don’t get the weird stalker vibes from you, I think it’s a great way to meet people.

Anyways, back to the reader, she said some things that made me get all flustered and shy. She said that she could relate to my adjustment period since she just completed her own cross-country move. Over coffee and many laughs, I realized that here was a person who actually read my words and didn’t think I was crazy/strange/nuts. Which, if you knew me at all, is pretty true but that’s not the point. The fact that she CONNECTED to what I wrote and actually found comfort through them knocked me off my rocker.

I forget that there are readers out there, that YOU are out there. Sometimes I wonder if this thing is even still on, to be honest. But, after almost four years, you guys are still here. I don’t know how to say thank you with you being there and me being here.

If I could, I’d invite you all for some breakfast and coffee/tea. Then, once the awkward silence has left the room, we’d move on to mimosas and fruit parfaits, macarons, and petit fours.

Anyways, to sum it up, I want to give you an online handshake. For staying here. For being here. For not letting me hit the delete button.


Chocolate Chip Cookies, yet again

11 Jan

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If there is one thing that I could bake over and over again, it would be the chocolate chip cookie. You’d think after four posted recipes, I’d be over these little morsels. However, you are mistaken.

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chocolate chip cookies

chocolate chip cookies

It’s a simple mix- chocolate, butter, sugar, and flour. Yet the results are so satisfying, so perfect in their simple nature that I can’t help but keep trying recipes from different authors. First, there was the classic from Martha Stewart, which I swore by when I was younger. Then, I added some liqueur to the mix a la Giada de Laurentiis. Finally, I settled on the most amazing recipe from my mother of another brother… Wait that didn’t make sense. Anyways, it was from Dorie Greenspan and it sill hails as the best cookie recipe around. But I had to try just one more.

I know, bear with me.

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A New Direction

5 Aug

Summer favorites, 6

1. giant cake, 2. Untitled

When I signed the papers stating my acceptance in to my grad program in New York, I knew big changes were in store for me. Photos, clothes, books, shoes, all packed up tightly. Accounts to be closed. And a blog to be pondered about.

In June, I talked with some friends of mine and we discussed the life cycle of a blog. Do you keep at it even when it seems like a chore? When is it time to close the curtain? How do you end it? Simply stop posting or delete it? Or do you change its focus to better fit your current life?

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1. i love summer, 2. summer starts now

Three years, millions of recipes, and countless of emails have made this blog what it is. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do when I started it; I simply thought it would be an interesting project. Which it thankfully has. However, my teeny tiny apartment in NYC doesn’t accommodate my baking lifestyle. Frankly, it doesn’t allow for much besides a bed to sleep on and a place to hang my hat. Will this blog exist without weekly recipes and your insightful comments? Who knows?

I don’t know exactly what lies ahead for this blog. I love this little space of mine, a place where I can come and show things that make me happy. Not only do I find writing in this space fun, I have met some exceptionally wonderful people. Lovely ladies who make me laugh and smile. I wouldn’t trade those late night emails for the world.

Summer favorites, 81. 6, 2. Cherry Lime Ricky?

So. Here we are. I am not sure whats in store for this space. I have moments of spontaneity and want to shut it down. But I don’t want to end it when this new exciting chapter of my life is just starting. I think come September, this blog will be focused more on my life in New York City. Getting adjusted, taking millions of pictures, and exploring every nook and cranny? Does that sound like something you are interested in? I hope so. I would hate to see you all disappear but I understand.

If this is your first/last time here, thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve entertained you in some way. For those who plan to stick around, thanks for your support. I’ve had a ton of fun and can’t wait to share my experiences here.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Talk to you soon…

Thanks + links

9 Apr

You all continually amaze me. Your support and advice has truly made this decision more feasible. The network of blog readers and fellow bloggers is extremely positive and stronger than my little heart expected. Some folks don’t understand the value of blogging and I reply with one word: community.

I wish there was some way to thank you all. If I could have all over for a big Sunday brunch, I’d be sending out the invites ASAP! Sadly, technology hasn’t quite worked out the kinks with teleport. Till then, I leave you with some lovely links. It’s not enough, but right now, it’s all I can do.

I can’t stop listening to the smooth and eclectic sounds of The Xx.

Feeling inspired after watching No Impact Man: The Documentary.

Lusting for these vintage cat-eye glasses via coco + kelley

Feeling nostalgic over ice cream sandwiches via cupcakes and cashmere

How cute is this little girl?! taken by the amazing Sandra Juto

I need to start sending out more print correspondence so I can use the ultra snazzy designs from Lucky Luxe Couture via Once Wed

After a particularly indulgent Easter weekend, all I want for dinner is Rebecca’s Sesame Noodles with baby Greens and Peanut-Ginger dressing via Ezra Pound Cake

Going Bananas

21 Feb

You’ve probably been wondering what’s been going on behind the scenes. I was burnt out after the holidays and officially set a hiatus for all baking projects. Blame it on the mentioned winter blues or the fact that I’ve been trying to watch my wallet (and baking ingredients aren’t cheap) but it’s true. What’s strange to me is that I don’t really care. Before, I’d feel empty or lost because baking was a creative outlet. It may sound weird, but my fellow bakers out there know what I am talking about. Creating something delicious and decadent out of a few basic ingredients is a lot of fun. I’m not even talking about the photography part of it either, although that happens to be one of my favorite parts of the baking project.

To wake up my motivation, I bought Karen DeMasco’s “Craft of Baking” hoping I’d get inspiration. But that didn’t work either. In desperation,I sat down with a journal and  went back to basics. What flavors sound delicious right now when winter is passing and spring is just around the corner? What is a daily staple in my diet? What can I not live without. Suddenly, it became clear. Bananas were on the horizon. Specifically, a Classic Banana Bundt Cake from the reliable Dorie Greenspan.

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Lucky Winner + A Wish

8 Feb

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Valentine’s Day giveaway!

Sarah is the big winner, so if you are reading this, please email me your mailing information at Amanda@slowlikehoney.net.

If I could, I’d send you all care packages but sadly my meager budget is restricting me. I love hearing all your thoughts on Valentines Day. Who knew it was such a hot topic?! From the majority of your comments, it seems that the overall day seems a bit kitschy and overhyped, but you all still want to show your loved ones how special they are. I couldn’t agree more! This year, I find myself single and without any prospects on the horizon. Traditionally, I’d mourn my single status with endless glasses of champagne and more chocolate truffles than I could imagine. Feeling sorry for yourself when everyone else seems to be coupled up is so easy, right?

But this year, I’m taking a stand. I’m saying no to the pity party. Instead, I’m celebrating my single status. (For those of you who don’t know me, this is a big big deal. I can be pretty miserable when I’m single.) I’m not going to focus on what I don’t have; I’m going to focus on the many blessings I have. This Sunday, I’m having a huge party for all my fellow single gals and we are going to have a blast. More importantly, we are to celebrate the choices we’ve made and the lives we live. Instead of pining over a lost love, I’m going to show myself some love. I know that sounds weird and most of you are thinking I’ve taking too many crazy pills. But think about it. When was the last time you congratulated yourself for something you’ve done?

If you ask me, we don’t give ourselves enough credit for all we do. Shuttling the kids to school//ballet/soccer practice, making countless lunches, doing the laundry, doing asinine projects at work, holding back the tears when you see your ex with someone new, finishing college, walking the dog. We do all these things without any praise and while we aren’t saving the world, I think we deserve some credit. So, this Valentine’s Day, why not take a moment to show some compassion to yourself for all the things you do. As my guru would say, “It’s a hard knock life.” (Yes, I just quoted Jay Z.)

Alright, I’m off my soapbox. No matter what you all do, I hope you know that you are loved by me.

A Valentine’s Day Giveaway

3 Feb

Because you all are so lovely.
Because you all make my life so much better.
Because I love the colors red and pink.
Because it gives me an excuse to buy Valentine’s Day stuff for a “sweetie”.
Because it’s fun.

This Valentine’s Day, I’m hosting a special giveaway to one lucky reader. He/She will receive a special baking kit, with all the goods needed to make a delicious Valentine’s Day treat for your loved ones. To enter the giveaway:

1. State whether or not you like V-Day (if not, explain why) and leave a functioning email address.
2. This giveaway is only for US residents! Sorry my international folks.
3. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Saturday, February 6, 2010.

I will randomly pick a winner using a random number generator. I hope you all participate! I’ve got some cute little baking tools for the lucky winner.

Christmas giveaway

15 Dec

One reason why I love Christmas is the gift-giving. I love finding unique presents for my loved ones; in fact, I’d rather spend money on others than on myself. Strange, I know. But as I finished up my Christmas shopping this past weekend, I thought of all you, my faithful and crazy readers. You show such dedication with your comments and email, and I’ve got nothing for you! Shame!

“A giveaway is needed,” I thought to myself. I spent all weekend thinking of prizes for you all. I wish I could send you bottles of Baileys, whipped cream, and packets of hot cocoa, but that might be a little weird. Instead, I picked up some little treats and compiled them in to one big present for a lucky reader.

To enter the giveaway, tell me what your favorite Christmas dessert is in the comment section. Don’t forget to leave your current email address so I can get ahold of you. The giveaway deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, December 16 at 3 p.m (Pacific Standard Time). This giveaway is good for only my United States readers; sorry, my international folks. I will get to you in due time, I promise.

Happy holidays to all of you! If I had enough time/money, I’d schedule a big fat meetup where we can all laugh over hot drinks and good food. For now, this small giveaway will have to do. You have 24 hours to tell me what your Christmas dessert is. Get cracking and good luck :)

Friday flickr favorites

4 Dec

1. pb&a, 2. white brick, 3. Exploring Lancaster, 4. I love this, 5. Not where you belong, 6. Untitled, 7. +, 8. Untitled, 9. Untitled, 10. Lazy Sundays (Gratitude day 22), 11. 赤青黄, 12. Untitled, 13. Chocolate chip cheesecake, 14. Untitled, 15. .7906, 16. .9313, 17. Before the parade passes by, 18. ., 19. Untitled, 20. Untitled, 21. A black and white Christmas, 22. Robert Pattinson – Set of Remember Me, 23. The pre-dinner photo-keh, 24. Directions, 25. Toits de Paris, 26. Untitled, 27. coffee in the square, 28. ohhh those macaroons…, 29. not quite bench monday…, 30. Untitled, 31. Split Pea Soup, 32. Bokeh Overload Part 2, 33. Sweet dreams, 34. Untitled, 35. i wish this chair was mine, 36. pasado imperfecto 7

It’s the first weekend in December and I am planning some holiday fun. What are you all doing? One of the estheticians I work with  is giving me a facial at the salon and I’m meeting a friend for lunch. I hope to get some holiday shopping in, as long as I can figure out what to get my loved ones. Last, but certainly not least, I will squeeze in some baking time. Sugar cookies, gingersnaps, snickerdoodles. I love the holidays.

I enjoy the first weekend of December because it’s too early for holiday parties or other obligations. These two days might be the only time you get for yourself, right? I plan on soaking up every minute.

Enjoy those Flickr favorites above and have a great weekend!

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