Spring Skies

sky4~aerial skies over Miami~

This past week, I took a mini trip to Miami for business. To say that it it gave me Spring fever is an understatement. Thankfully, the first official day of Spring was the day I arrived back home so I’m clinging on to that ounce of hope that warmer weather is just around the corner! Last weekend, we managed to make some strides in our wedding planning and as you can see from the photo below, we’ve secured our venue. It’s finally starting to feel like everything else is cake from here. I hope you all have a great weekend.

venue~our wedding venue!~beach~our beachy shadows + lamppost~bwalk~moon + boardwalk lights~





Slowing It Down

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I’ve been under the weather for the past couple of days. I’ve been getting bursts of energy here and there and once I start doing an errand, I’m slowly reminded that I’m not feeling great. So, today, instead of fighting it, I’ve decided to embrace just “slowing it down”…Sometimes, we get so caught up with the things we “have” to do instead of actually reminding ourselves that filling your own cup first in order to be exceptional for the ones around us is most important. So, here’s to a day of curling up in bed, with the sun peeking into the window…drinking chamomile and reading a couple of magazines…until tomorrow, world.





Oscar Night Spaghettata

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There are so many words in other languages that do not exist in the English language. Take, for example, the spaghettata; which is by far, my favorite word. ever. Spaghettata, in Italian, refers to a large, informal bowl of pasta meant to be shared amongst friends (preferably enjoyed after a long night of partying at a beachside club on an Italian island such as Sicily). Some of my favorite memories are the ones I’ve spent with friends in Italy, coming home late, and whipping up a pasta feast 3:00 am for all to enjoy. For the Oscars, I’ve decided to recreate my fondest Italian memories by hosting a spaghettata and wine themed Oscar night. I won’t have much time to prepare, so I figured this would be the perfect plan for an informal gathering. I’d love to know…what are your plans for Oscar night?

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Stuffed Artichokes

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Artichokes are my favorite vegetable hands down. I love the taste and the texture and how versatile they are. I enjoy them sliced up in an omelette or simply pan fried to a slight crisp. As a kid, my grandma would make the best stuffed artichokes- prepared in the simplest way. I’ve re-created her recipe almost to a tee- using homemade breadcrumbs (made from 2 day old bread loaves), olive oil, garlic, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Once the artichokes are cleaned and tops trimmed off, I simply stuff them with the breadcrumb mixture, put them tightly packed together in a pot filled with with 2-3 inches of water (just enough to cover the artichoke heart) and I simmer them until the artichoke leaves are tender and can be pulled out easily. So simple and so tasty!

P.S. Don’t forget to eat the heart- it’s the best part!

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The Little Things

shoes~Obsessing over this new show purchase~

By yesterday, I was so ready for the weekend to finally be here. I’ve been feeling so drab with this cold weather and today’s warmer temperature has me feeling ready for Spring. Tonight, I’m off to a much needed night out for a friend’s birthday starting with dinner at Hearth and I’m looking forward to a relaxed Sunday at home. I hope you all have a great weekend.

mannequins~Springtime mannequin inspiration~dresses~sneak peek: wedding dress shopping~bite~loving this cashmere lip cream in color bordeaux~





Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

cake5Before starting this blog, I was never much of a baker. More recently, I’ve been venturing outside of my comfort zone and it’s been fun experimenting with new recipes. I’d been meaning to have a go at olive oil cake for quite some time. When I came across this recipe, incorporating lemon zest and rosemary, I decided to give it a try. I tweaked the recipe slightly by reducing the amount of olive oil and sugar that it called for (I prefer my cakes not too sweet). I left out the anise seed and added small dollops of orange marmalade to the batter once it was poured into the baking pan. The end result was a super delicious cake, with subtle notes of rosemary, lemon, and orange.

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The Little Things

window~daylight peeking through the blinds on a lazy saturday morning~

This past week has been super productive for me and although I got so much done that I literally could not even stand up last Saturday, I feel super accomplished. This weekend, we are hosting a couple of friends for dinner at our place and I am super excited to eat some delicious food, drink some wine and to just hang in the comfort of our home. With this uncharacteristically cold winter, I’ve been enjoying the simplicity and comfort of being cozied up indoors

sky4~fiery sky while hanging at the wythe~fig~homemade fig preserves with ginger from my future mom-in-law~snow~Reminiscing about our ski getaway exactly 1 month ago~dish~the cutest crocodile jaw (with gold tooth) jewelry dish for my engagement ring~





Piece of Cake

cakeOver the holidays, I made a yellow cake from scratch for the first time. I followed a basic recipe for the cake and filled it with my own concoction of Bonne Maman raspberry preserves and roasted, sliced almonds (the roasting was key as it brought out the amazing flavor of the almonds). I topped it all off with some homemade buttercream frosting and the results were beyond delicious. b-bfilling filled

 





Weekend Wind Down

band~live performance at baby’s all right~

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was pretty fun. We finally managed to see 2 movies that I have been talking about for months: Her and The Wolf of Wall Street. I’ve been waiting for the movie Her to come out ever since I first started hearing about it last year and it exceeded my expectations- it actually blew my mind at some points and I’ve always been a huge fan of Joaquin Pheonix, so it was great all around. The Wolf of Wall Street was intense and superb- I think this one will go down in history. Oh, Leo. You are So. Good. We also managed to check out this cool new venue on Sunday night. It’s a pretty neat Restaurant/Concert Venue where we grabbed a bite to eat, a couple cocktails, and checked out this band.





New Year’s Getaway

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We just returned from an amazing New Years ski getaway. We stayed at this lovely bed and breakfast which we visited for the first time last year. I’ve enjoyed plenty of time off for the holidays and this was the perfect ending to a relaxing couple of weeks filled with family, friends, and my new fiancé!

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