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Easy, Breezy…

8 Jun

Two weeks ago, I took a quick trip back to California. Despite the ridiculous flight delay that had me grounded at JFK for 6 hours (on the runway! 6 hours!), I am so glad I went. A little dose of sunshine and a whole lot of love welcomed me and I spent my 5-day vacation catching up with family + friends.

Being away from my loves for 5 months really took its toll on me. Once home, I started questioning my decision to live in New York.

California is so easy. No subway, no evil characters. All my loved ones here. People who I have known for decades live here. How can I be away from them?

It didn’t help that once I got back to the city, I had to deal with a possible bug problem that left me in a hotel, depleting my impending vacation savings for Australia. Suffice to say, I was NOT a happy camper.

But these past few days I made sure to catch up with my friends here who matter most. Just talking with them and hearing their own troubles makes me feel like what I am going through is normal.

Let me be frank: New York is hard. Crazy hard. It’s dirty, rude, gritty, and challenging. But it can also be magical, rewarding, astounding, and exciting.

You could say I am in a love/hate relationship with NYC. Like a typical girl, I keep coming back for me ;)

Anyways, while home, I made this simply Strawberry Cake. Can I tell you a secret? I cheated and used Trader Joes Vanilla Bean Cake Mix. I often hesitate to buy cake mix because the flavors are muted and it tastes like cardboard. However, this mix was steller. Moist and natural, I would gladly use it again. For the frosting, I used this one that I love so much. Since you are using real strawberry preserves, you can actually taste the real bits of strawberry in the frosting.  I can’t wait to buy this mix again and pair it with other frostings and flavors. Anybody up for a funfetti cake?!



A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

26 May

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Hello SLH readers! I wanted to pop in before the weekend and say a quick hi.

Memorial Day is the official start for summer and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Normally I’m a fan of fall/winter but I’ve changed my tune! I’m ready for sunny days, warm weather, beach vacations, and most of all, plenty of time with close friends and family.

Speaking of which, I’m actually jetting out of town tonight to spend this holiday with my lovelies in California.

On my agenda: parking it on the beach, late-night drinks with friends, time with my family, and lots of guacamole & chips. Oh, and I fully plan on putting my camera to good use so get ready!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend… See you next Tuesday :)

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 loves for today

14 Feb

My current loves:
Cinnamon-spiced coffee with a touch of cream
the new Kings of Leon cd
My leopard-print ballet flats
Pink donuts with white sprinkles from the local donut shop
Nearby friends
Faraway friends
Pretzel M&M’s
My new gorgeous necklaces from this magical shop
Never Let Me Go
Romantic dresses from the Elie Saab Spring 2011 Couture show
This, always and forever

I don’t care if you are married, pregnant, single, divorced, dating, desperately single, or none of the above. I hope you take a minute on this overly pink/red holiday and know that you are loved.

Happy Valentines Day! Go eat some cake :)

Winter Silence

28 Jan

A quiet week here. I will be back on Monday. Happy weekend.

Happy New Years!

1 Jan

Happy New Years!

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Christmas in the City

14 Dec

Last Thursday, I ventured out with a friend to see the giant tree at Rockefeller Center. Seeing the sparkling lights and pretty snowflakes made me feel like a little kid. I’m such a sucker, I know but on this chilly night, I could feel the Christmas spirit. Actually, it would be nearly impossible to not feel festive in the city. New York is practically aglow with the holidays. Sure holiday shopping can be a pain and the subways are more packed than ever.

But I decided at the start of December to remember what Christmas is all about. Family, love, friends, health, and peace.

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Some big things have happened n the past couple of weeks. I’ve (almost) completed my first semester of grad school, left my beloved job, found another one, and m gearing up for a trip home. Yes, I leave for California on Thursday and CAN. NOT.WAIT. I’m literally jumping for joy. I’ve got friends to catch up, cakes to bake, and christmas carols to sing. Ok, I’m kidding about that last one unless you count singing in the shower. I just need these next three days to pass FAST!

How are you all doing? Hanging in there? Scrambling to find your last minute gifts? Overdosing on eggnog?

The Transplanted Thanksgiving

28 Nov

Spending the holidays on your own in a new foreign city conjures up images of me, sitting in my apartment with a pie and leg of turkey. By myself. Depressing right? However, that is not how I spent Thanksgiving this year. The universe amazes me. Case in point: my friend from middle school, Gen, happens to live in Brooklyn with her awesome boyfriend. She is also a fellow grad student and a fantastic illustrator. What are the chances, huh?

Since Gen is a fellow food-lover, we discussed doing a Thanksgiving feast and inviting other orphaned students. In between cooking and eating, we chatted about the challenges of living in New York City, and the reasons why we kind of love it. It was comforting to be with other “transplants” in this big bad city during at time when the forgotten bout of homesickness can kick back in to full gear. When I got home, stuffed with amazing food, I felt like my heart could burst. Corny, yes, but true. I never expected to find a little group of nerdy, funny, and sweet people. I’m quite proud to be a part of this tiny community we’ve built. I only wish I lived closer to them so we could do a weekly sunday supper gathering!

As for the fest, we really outdid ourselves. First, can we just give a round of applause to Clay (her boyfriend) for his turkey skills? This man not only prepped, carved, and de-gibletted the turkey, he also had the GENIUS idea to toss some bacon on top of the turkey. HEAVENLY. No joke. Other that our fatty, bacon-turkey, we had cornbread stuffing, sweet potato salad, Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Bread, creamy mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, and green beans. For dessert, I made us a Cinnamon-Crumble Apple Pie and my favorite Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie. I think I found my dream apple pie, guys. The brown-sugar coated the granny smith apples, creating this dark sweet apple mixture and the the cinnamon crumble was sweet enough to bring out the apple’s tart flavor. I didn’t get a great shot of the pie since I was too busy downing it but trust me, it’s going to make a reappearance on this site.

Not to toot my own horn (what a weird expression), but the mashed potatoes were so f**cking good. Seriously, I could have eaten an entire batch. I added splashes of whole milk in between mashing them by hand. I also made sure to salt them appropriately AND added handfuls of Parmesan cheese. The salty Parmesan melts with the potatoes, make them cheesy and flavorful. I featured the sweet potato salad on this site last year and it was just as good as I remembered. I didn’t add the dried fruit which was sorely missed but in my eyes, sweet potatoes can do no wrong.

Well, there you have it! Dinner was tasty, company was swell, and I came home fat and happy. How was your Thanksgiving? Did you spend it with loved ones? Down some damn good pie? Spill, folks!

The Perfect Weekend

4 Oct

Happy Labor Day Weekend

2 Sep

A quick photo post before I sign off for the weekend. I’m heading out to Washington D.C. and am so excited. It’s strange that I’ve never been to our nation’s capitol so I’m glad I get the chance now.

I hope you all get a chance to soak up the sun, eat some of the leftover watermelon, and relax with friends.

See you Tuesday!

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