Oreo Cake Pops… by Gloria

I first tried oreo cake pops last week at my boyfriend’s cousin’s house and they were so delicious I knew I had to find out how to make these little treats. This past weekend, I decided to give these non-bake cake pops a go- and although they are not quite as simple as they seem, the result was a sweet and chewy dessert that did not disappoint. You can have a little fun with them by adding your own twist such as a few colored sprinkles or a drizzle of white chocolate.

The Daily… by Gloria

~eucerin daily moisturizer/bobbi brown lip gloss/aquaphor/korres foundation/bare escentuals bronzer/prestige eyeliner/dior mascara~

Recently, I’ve had quite a few people ask what new make-up I’ve been using because they’ve noticed a difference in my overall appearance.To be perfectly honest, the only thing I’ve changed is adding a small amount of aquaphor (yes, aquaphor!) to my daily skin regimen.You’d be amazed at what a small amount of this stuff mixed into your daily moisturizer can do. Here’s what I do: Prior to applying my make-up, I squeeze a pea-sized amount of aquaphor onto the palm of my hand along with my daily moisturizer and swirl it together until the aquaphor and moisturizer are blended evenly…and walla! Your skin will have an all day glow!

Weekend Wanderlust… by Gloria

~the perfect complement to a lazy sunday brunch~

Although the weather in NY was chilly and rainy this past weekend, we managed to squeeze in some time away from our apartment. Here are just a few of our weekend highlights:

~amazing sky in mid afternoon~

~cozy fire pit~

~delicious mushroom and truffle oil croquettes at Macao Trading Company- in Tribeca~

A Raisin in the Sun… by Gloria

I love those nights when I come up with the bright idea of doing something that I think will take one hour, but in actuality, ends up taking three. Last night, I decided I was going to bake (whole wheat) cookies. I had had a super long day, and sometimes, cooking totally helps me unwind. Last night, however, it was not the case. I found this recipe that I had been meaning to try and at about 8:30 pm, the baking began. I managed to wrap up at about 10:30 and the clean up took me well into midnight. Needless to say, these little raisin-filled bits of sunshine were more difficult and time consuming than they appear, but definitely worth it.

Apartment Therapy… by Gloria

For me, having a home that I look forward to coming home to is a necessity. I’ve never been the type that longed for a newly constructed place, rather, I love the imperfections that come along with an apartment that’s a bit older. It gives the space a little “soul”, as I like to say. To minimize the appearance of the less than perfect walls, we opted to paint most of the rooms matte white (which is way more forgiving that semi- gloss). The railroad style allows for tons of sunlight, making the place bright and airy, and although we still have some work to do (like finding the perfect coffee table), it definitely feels like “home”.

~ I love a stark white wall- the one across from our couch doubles as an entertainment center- in lieu of a TV, a projector brings the movies right to our living room~

A Walk in the Park… by Gloria

~bright blooms in the park~

The weather in NY was wonderful this weekend. We spent Saturday at my friend’s engagement party and enjoyed a lazy Sunday that included sleeping in, a walk at the park, a delicious breakfast at our favorite local cafe’ and best of all, a fantastic dinner at home with my mom. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

The Little Things… by Gloria

~the perfect springtime gift wrap~

This week has gotten off to a busy (and exhausting) start for me. As much as I am in total need of some serious downtime, I’m definitely looking forward to dinner plans with an old friend later this week and my dear friend’s engagement party. In the mean time, these are just a few things that are keeping me motivated…

~my favorite chilly evening treat- hot cocoa with a shot of peppermint schnapps~

~ sparkly clutch that I currently can’t live without~

~old shoe last display at All Saints in Soho~

Easter Egg-stravaganza… by Gloria

~deviled egg chicks~

We  had a great weekend with family and friends and usual, we overindulged in amazing food, wine and fun! I hope that everyone had a very happy holiday. In keeping with true holiday spirit, these are a couple of the Easter themed foods I made.

~coconut cupcake chicks made from scratch with homemade buttercream frosting~

Colored Cues… by Gloria

~ marshmallow “cupcakes”~

I’ve been slacking. The truth is, this week has felt like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. No worries though, I promise I will be posting over the weekend to make up for it. I hope you all had a great week. In the mean time, here are a few things that made my week just a little brighter…

~ pistachio and honey/lavendar macarons~

~ yarns in every possible color at Purl Soho~

~ candy of all sorts at Sugar Rush candy shoppe~

Weekend Wrap Up… by Gloria

~ DIY dessert at my friends wedding- s’mores, frosted doughnut holes, and a sundae with rainbow sprinkles~

I’ve had a little too much fun this past week. Between weddings, party brunches (my new favorite thing!) and a pretty awesome Gotye concert, I’m hardly ready for the coming week. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Here’s a little glimpse into mine…

~ Party Brunch at Lavo~

~”Ramen Bowl” Wall at Ippudo in the East Village~