Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hair Update: My Big Cut


Surprise--It's me

So, for some time now I've been contemplating just cutting my hair off and really starting over. Not like big chop cut, but a serious enough cut to get my hair back on track. Don't get me wrong, I loved my length, but I definitely felt as though it was time for some serious rejuvenation. 

After contemplating for a short while, I called up Hair Rules Salon and the rest is pretty much history! It's actually taken me about a month to fully get use to my new look but I love it! I appreciate a shorter look because you truly can't "hide" behind your hair and use it as a security blanket for your total look. Having my new bob reminds me of when I was transitioning and really went for it and cut off all my relaxed hair. 

I'm in love with my new cut because it's definitely summer appropriate and I think it gives me a more sophisticated yet edgier look. I'm having fun with it and can't wait to see how it evolves over time. I must admit that having to answer for the millionth and one time why I cut my hair has been at times frustrating, but each time I just say with great confidence that it was time for something new and I'm totally happy with the results. 

I hope you guys enjoy the pictorials below of my latest hair update! 






Ran into the amazing Taren Guy! 



As always, I welcome your thoughts below! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Citrus Herb Infused Salmon


In keeping with my summer theme for the week, I'm sharing with you this delicious, light and very summer appropriate meal. It's full of herbs, citrus and lightly seasoned. Summer time is for that bikini and this meal will most definitely help your waistline. Check it out below & let me know what you think.

Ingredients:
1 lb salmon
1/2 orange
1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme finely chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 tablespoon of butter
2 tablespoon of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic finely minced
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Directions:
Clean salmon and season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside. Next, sautee onions, garlic and herbs in butter. Once soft (after about 5 minutes) remove from pan and set aside. Add olive oil to pan and sear salmon on both sides until cooked through. Once cooked through, clean pan and add back onions, garlic and herbs. Add salmon back to the pan with the herb mixture and squeeze lemon and orange over salmon. Cover pan and let simmer on medium low for 10-15 minutes. 









What did you think of the recipe? Let me know below!

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Wine Review: Truvée Aranciata Spritzer



On the blog this week I'm trying something new--In honor of the beginning of the summer, all my posts this week will be dedicated to summer in some way (whether that be hair, makeup, food etc). 

The first up in the series is my first original cocktail recipe (I'm really excited about this one you guys)! This recipe features a very special wine from the McBride sisters. 

Every now and then you fall in love with a brand not just because of the product itself but also because of their story. The McBride sisters grew up continents apart and found each other and through their connection of wine created a brand that brought their two passions together for a lifelong connection. After about ten years of experience in the wine industry they have partnered with Diageo & Estate Wines to create “Truvee Wines”.

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I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to try the Truvée Chardonnay.
Commonly nicknamed the "winemakers wine," Chardonnay is a wonderful challenge: the oak and winemaking techniques greatly influence the final taste. With our Truvée Chardonnay, we have created a wine that showcases the beautiful fruit flavors that develop in the vineyards, supported by a touch of French oak and with minimal intervention from Monica, our winemaker.
This Central Coast Chardonnay is elegant and vivacious. The fruit was sustainably grown in Chalone, Edna Valley and Monterey County with flavors that span white peach, pear, citrus zest, green apple, pineapple, vanilla, oak and with delicate notes of white florals. A portion of the wine was put into new and neutral French oak barrels, while the balance was fermented in stainless steel tanks. 

To create this original spritzer, I combined the Truvée Chardonnay & a summer favorite of mine  San Pellegrino's sparkling beverage Aranciata. The blend was a match made in heaven and is the perfect cocktail during the hot summer months. It's refreshing, light and most of all super tasty!







Ingredients: 
2 parts Truvée Chardonnay
1 part  San Pellegrino's sparkling beverage Aranciata
1/2 of sprig of rosemary

Directions:
Combine ingredients giving everything a quick stir & pour over ice.













Have you tried Truvée wines before? What did you think? Let me know below!

Enjoy responsibly!

xo


Monday, June 1, 2015

8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic



I can already cross one thing off my summer to do list right now! This weekend I ventured to Liberty State Park with some pretty awesome people for the 8th Annual Verve Clicquot Polo Classic. 

If you're not familiar with what the Polo Classic is, click here to learn more. 

Pictures speak a thousand words, so instead of boring you with a verbose recap, enjoy my pictorial of the event below. 

Fashion. Champagne. Polo Match.
What more can you ask for on a stunning Saturday afternoon in NYC?





















Until next time--Cheers!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to Create Outdoor Space Indoor



Are you in a situation where you don't have a backyard garden, a covered patio or a front porch where you can go to relax and enjoy the beautiful spring weather? Like most New York dwellers, I too struggle with this unfortunate situation. Not to worry though, I have some beautiful alternatives to help you transform your indoor space into a wonderful outdoor oasis. It's really up to you to think outside the box and not let your surrounding limit your space.

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Bring the outdoors inside
Even if it's in the form of a simple, small plant on the window sill, it will bring life to your space and partially bring the outdoors inside. 

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Fake it till you make it
So, you're not really into taking care of a real plant but you do love the idea of living plants in your home...why not try a fake plant? It might sound a little less appealing than a real plant, but I know some people who've held on to their fake plants for years! The white flowers against the pink background in the main photo for this post are fake flowers that I got from Michaels to decorate my bedroom. I've had them for years (shhh!) They don't die and as long as you maintenance them a bit you're good to go. I personally love them if you get one that's really great quality, like that one above.


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Dress your window sill
I love dressing up a window sill with great pictures, flowers and candles! I love the image above because it captures how gorgeous just adding a vase of fresh flowers can make a window sill really chic! 

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Just use what you have
Sometimes, it is a bit of work to go out and buy a fake plant or pick up some fresh flowers. However, if you take a look around your home there are things you might already have that you can make good use of to bring a bit of the outdoor space inside. Just take a look around and see what you can do. Often times all you really have to do is open up that curtain that you typically like closed and crack that window a bit and voila--instant change!

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