Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby

Alice Olivia flapper style dress
$675 – oxygenboutique.com

River Island flapper style dress
$93 – riverisland.com

River island
$78 – riverisland.com

Mulberry t-strap pumps
net-a-porter.com

Alexis bittar necklace
alexisbittar.com

1920s jewelry
$615 – farfetch.com

Multi chain necklace
simplysoles.com

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Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby

Alice Olivia flapper style dress
$675 – oxygenboutique.com

River Island flapper style dress
$93 – riverisland.com

River island
$78 – riverisland.com

Mulberry t-strap pumps
net-a-porter.com

Alexis bittar necklace
alexisbittar.com

1920s jewelry
$615 – farfetch.com

Multi chain necklace
simplysoles.com

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Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby

Alice Olivia flapper inspired dress
$675 – oxygenboutique.com

River island dress
$93 – riverisland.com

River island
$78 – riverisland.com

Mulberry leather pumps
net-a-porter.com

Vintage art deco jewelry
$615 – farfetch.com

Yellow gold jewelry
simplysoles.com

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New York Fashion Week

While I love seeing what comes down the runway during NYFW, I actually look forward to viewing who is in attendance and what they are wearing more!  Here are a few snapshots from this week’s Alice + Olivia’s show.  As always, Olivia Palermo looks fantastic and Katherine McPhee is stealing the show this year with her fab fashion choices (I can’t decide what I love more: her outfits or the fact that Smash is back on TV)!

I am also noticing that NYFW is the place for hidden B-listers to come back into the public-eye….i.e. Ashley Simpson, Nicky Hilton, etc.   I love Fashion Week!

Fashion WeekKatharine McPhee / Rachel Zoe / Olivia Palermo

Fashion Week2Nicky Hilton / Ashlee Simpson / Katharine McPhee

Fashion Week3

Leigh Lezark / Maggie Grace / Olivia Palmero

Are you keeping up with Fashion Week?  Who is your favorite designer?

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Trader Joe’s Wild Salmon Jerky

Hmmm…..would you eat this?

Salmon jerky

I did.

And it wasn’t half bad!  Since I am a pescatarian, I have pretty much ruled out jerky for the rest of my life…until I ran into this at Trader Joe’s the other day.  Naturally, I immediately bought it and brought it home for Mike to try first.  His initial reaction was a long hesitation in deep thought, and then finally saying “I don’t like it, I’d rather have beef.”

Ok, ok, so he wasn’t the best taste-tester for me, but I gave it a go anyway!

Since I run a lot, I am always looking for high protein snacks to ensure I am getting enough protein.  This MAY be a new routine snack once I start training again (Cherry Blossom 10-miler is quickly approaching!).  Now granted this is high in salt and several people steer away from it, I tend to seek it out when I am running a lot.  Have you ever noticed that runners have a white-film coating on their face and bodies after long runs?  That is salt loss from sweating.

Since I have been eating completely organic lately (and loving it!) I don’t want to fool myself into thinking something is healthy when I truly don’t know much about it.  Thus, the research begins!  Let’s first discuss dehydrated foods; according to livestrong.com:

Dehydrated food is made by heating fresh food up over low heat for a long period of time, until the moisture level of the food has been reduced to between 3 and 5 percent. As a food preservation method, dehydration is one of the healthiest methods. When compared to canned foods dehydrated food has much more to offer.

Drying food is one of the oldest methods for preserving food. Originally the heat from the sun or a fire was used to dehydrate food. Now it can be completed with an oven as well as a food dehydrator. Native American’s still preserve food by drying it over a fire today and many Third World countries such as Africa have civilizations that still dry their food using the sun.

One of the biggest benefits of dehydrating food is the preservation of vitamins and minerals. Cooking food removes a large portion of its vitamins and minerals, but most fruits and vegetables are dehydrated without being cooked. As the food is dried out the vitamins and minerals remain intact, and you have a very healthy source of food that will last for years if stored properly.

I guess I should have remembered all that….from my days in elementary school🙂

Salmon Nutrition

Moving on.

Since TJ’s advertises 360 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids EPA/DHA per serving, I did some research on that since I know many healthcare professionals recommend 500 mg of EPA and DHA per day for a healthy heart to function.  But let’s be honest, I am not too certain what exactly that (EPA and DHA) means.

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic ), two primary omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, are an important part of cell membranes and are necessary for maintaining the structure and function of cells. When it comes to health, EPA and DHA are most highly recommended for their role in heart health and reducing inflammation throughout the body, in addition to other health benefits, such as depression, anxiety and cancer.

Apparently, fish do not actually produce omega-3 fatty acids, but instead accumulate them by consuming microalgae; more than 50 percent of the world’s fish oil used in aquaculture feed is fed to farmed salmon.  Fatty Prey fish like sharks, swordfish, tilefish, and albacore tuna may be high in omega-3 fatty acids, but due to their position at the top of the food chain, these species can accumulate high levels of toxic contaminants such as mercury, dioxin, PCBs and chlordane. For this reason, the FDA recommends limiting consumption of these fish.

The last item I wanted to reviewed, was the ingredients: salmon, brown sugar, molasses, sea salt, maple syrup, natural flavors, caramelized sugar….no chemicals or preservatives!  In my book, that’s pretty great!

Thus, in conclusion, wild salmon jerky is healthy, natural and filled with protein and omega-3.  I recommend at least giving it a try!  I can’t give the taste 5-stars (more along the lines of 3 stars), but you can decide for yourself🙂

Would you or have you tried salmon jerky?  Did I mistake or miss any of the nutrition and health?

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Weekend Wine Tour

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I had a lovely weekend with friends while celebrating my friend’s 30th birthday on a wine tour.  We had such a wonderful and FUN time together….I could do it all over again!  I am sad the weekend is winding down, but fortunately the Grammy’s are on to end the weekend on a high-note (no pun intended!!).

I love that my friends and I are all getting older (this is the year of 30th birthdays), getting married, having babies, etc.  There always seems to be so many great events planned to celebrate these occasions; I love that we are all able to get together frequently for such special events.  Friendship is so important and should never be taken for granted!

Here are a few fun pictures from the weekend:
Group

{The whole gang}

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{The boys looking at the view at Bluemont Vineyard}

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{One of the vineyards}
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{Toasting on the bus!}
Girls{The ladies}

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AD visits Elton John and John Legend

As I was skimming Architectural Digest earlier, I became completely captivated by two musicians’ homes: Elton John and John Legend.  And since the Grammy’s are on Sunday night, there couldn’t be a better time to share my findings with you all!  Not only are both icons extremely musically talented, but they both have a gift for interior design as well.  Check out their homes!

John Legend and fiancée, Christine Teigen, live in a Thai-inspired Los Angeles abode.  He met his designer thru Kanye West and was fully involved in the home décor.  The man loves shopping!

JL5
{Could you image having that view?!}
JL4
{A fire-pit (which I am sure they have) and a bottle of wine would be the perfect night!}
JL3
{I can’t get over that view!}
JL2
{Pefect for hosting a party!}
JL1
{Such great style!}

Elton John’s home in Beverly Hills is very retro, trendy and chic…all rolled into one!  Elton John and David Furnish’s objective was to create a comfortable West Coast base for their expanding family :) I would love to live here!  Home exchange?

Elton1{aw!} Elton2{This is exactly how I vision Elton John living} Elton3{I wonder what the TV-entertainment area looks like!}  Elton4{Kind of reminds me of a chic Austin Powers??}  Elton5{Heaven on earth!}

What is your home decor style?  Mine is modern with a touch of french country and shabby chic (you’ll have to just envision that since I just made it up).

 

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Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Sailor and Nurse NYC{Love! When is someone going to make a movie revolved around this photo?}

Fridays are always rejuvenating and motivating for me! I know most people are exhausted and tired because it’s the end of the week, but I tend to be most upbeat and here’s why:

1. Work tends to be a light load since it is Friday
2. I am always smiling and reeling with happiness, as Thursday nights is Girls Night and I am always reminded how lucky I am to have such wonderful girlfriends….
3. I always look forward to Friday nights; Mike and I tend to stay in, make a delicious dinner, drink a good bottle of wine and watch a movie together; tonight we’ll be catching up on more Homeland!
4. Saturday and Sunday are free days to go out with family and friends, relax, workout…and blog! Tomorrow we are celebrating my friend Laura’s 30th Birthday and going wine-tasting!
5. Monday puts me back on a schedule, which I love. I am also well rested come Monday morning that I jump out of bed super early to run🙂
6. I enjoy being on a schedule the rest of the “work week”….all while looking forward to Friday morning to start the cycle over again J
7. “My week” ends with Girl’s Night!

Here are some fun Friday reads to enjoy:

Northeast braces for massive winter storm!  I hope mother nature brings it to DC!

NY Times: Should you go Gluten-free?

Stay up-to-date on everything related to NYC Fashion Week

Man hunt continues in California for ex-cop….

Alzheimer’s casses expected to increase drastically by 2050

Doctor Oz video: what is the future of healthcare?

7 Celebrity husbands who took their wive’s last name

10 happiest cities in the world…..San Francisco is on it!

Interview with a former Westboro Baptist Church member who escaped!!

Oprah’s 16 must read books this month

First Vegan fashion show

10 things men judge women most on: #1 Teeth

What is your favorite day of the week?!

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Valentines Day Gift Guide

I am a Valentine’s Day lover! There’s nothing more special and important in life than love, thus why not dedicate an entire day to it.  Yes, I know it’s completely commercialized and a made-up holiday, but it’s still a day-long reminder that love should not be taken for granted ….it should be appreciated.  And at the very least, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to cook a special dinner, go to a romantic restaurant, give thoughtful cards to friends and family and simply think about the importance of love all day.  In my book, that’s pretty special!

Below are a few Manly gift ideas for someone special in case you want to express your love through a gift this Valentines Day!

Valentines Day Gift Giving Guide

1.  iPhone Camera Lens
2.  Warby Parker Sunglasses
3.  Mustache Coffee Mug
4.  Thomas Pink Skinny Tie
5.  The Art of Shaving Gift Set
6.  Men’s Slippers
7.  Collar Stays
8.  Men’s Wrist-Wear
9.  Handsome Coffee

Mike and I are going out to a VERY nearby restaurant (it’s about 50 feet away), that we have never had dinner at; we had to make the reservation a month ago to secure a table!  Our night will be filled with lots of good food and wine and wonderful quality time together!   How are you planning to spend your Valentine’s Day?

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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Genetically Modified Corn

What are your thoughts on genetically modified corn?  I don’t really have an opinion, as I know very little about it; however I am interested in learning more.  I love popcorn and pretty much everything else that comes from corn: cornbread, corn pasta, corn chips, etc.

I recently bought a 2 lbs. bag of organic corn from the farm in Pennsylvania where I order my produce, fish and a other pantry items.  The corn is 100% naturally grown from the farm’s family friend in Indiana….it is not genetically modified.

Popcorn bag

Comparing the size of GM corn and organic corn next to one another has alerted me and raised my concern into looking further into affects that GM crops can have.  As our food has gotten bigger, so have Americans….and I don’t want to go down that road being ignorant regarding what food I eat.   Thus, I have done a bit of research and came to the conclusion….until there is more research, I am going to try to avoid GM corn as much as I can until I know more facts.  After all, commercial sales of GM foods only began in 1994, thus no long term studies can even exist.

Popcorn kernels

A little background on GM foods:
GM foods are derived from genetically modified organisms, which have specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. Typical GM foods are transgenic plant products: soybean, corn, canola and cotton seed oil.

While there is broad scientific consensus that GM foods do not pose a greater risk to human health than conventional foods, the key areas of controversy are: risk of harm from GM food, whether GM food should be labeled, the role of government regulators, the effect of GM crops on the environment, the impact of GM crops for farmers, including farmers in developing countries, the role of GM crops in feeding the growing world population, and GM crops as part of the industrial agriculture system.

That list of controversies raises very strong points to consider; I suppose I have a lot of reading to do!

What are your thoughts on GM foods?

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Buy a pair, give a pair: Warby Parker saves the world!

I have always loved the concept of Toms shoes; I think it’s brilliant and extremely generous.  Why can’t more businesses have such a postive impact and social mission?  Well, apparently more companies do now! I have just discovered the new concept in eye wear: Warby Parker.  Warby Parker is “boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point.” But that’s not all: for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

On top of the amazing concept behind the company, they have also rented a school bus, decked it out, and are traveling the United States promoting their glasses.  Vintage glasses, a school bus, field tripping across America – Warby Parker is pretty much the definition of cool!

And to make their concept even better, they  have a home try-on program that let’s you order five glasses (which they will ship for free) to try on  to see what looks best, then return glasses and order online.  I am a big fan!

What glasses do you like best?

glasses

Do you know any other companies that have such a positive mission?

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‘Grey Gardens’ for Rent this Summer

For $125,000, you can rent Grey Gardens from June to July (yes, for only two months).  However, getting to dance and sing around the 10 bedroom, 6 bathroom mansion, as Drew Barrymore did in the Grey Gardens documentary remake in 2009, would be the dream of a lifetime!

In case you are not familiar with Grey Gardens, it is the home in East Hampton, NY where Jackie Kennedy’s aunt and cousin Edith “Big Edie” Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale lived.  They lived in the home for 50 years while becoming isolated, their money drastically depleting and their animal infested home quickly decaying with them still living in it.  Their living conditions were exposed in a New York Magazine article which resulted in Jacqueline Onassis and her sister providing the funds to repair the house.

In 1975, Albert and David Maysles became fascinated by the story and received permission to do a documentary on the woman and house.   In 2009, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange co-starred in the HBO remake of the original documentary.  The remake was a wildly entertaining film ….five stars in my book!

Now granted, $125k for two months of the summer is a bit out of reach for my budget, a girl can still dream!  The house is so whimsical and girly:

Photos by Corcoran

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Would you rent Grey Gardens for the summer?

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Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I now order organic vegetables and a few other organic items such as eggs, popcorn, ice cream, fish, etc. from a farm once a week.  Each Wednesday, I get my weekly order delivered which now always contains a “grab bag” box of produce that is completely organic and freshly grown.  How do I know it’s organic?  Easy.  Just take a bite of the vegetables and your proof is in the taste (plus it’s also certified organic).  I pay very close attention to what I eat and what it tastes like, and I can attest that this is the freshest food I have ever eaten.  I am completely hooked on farm food!

The produce box was filled with tons of yummy goodness this past week:

Vegetables

As soon as I received the most delicious portobello mushrooms ever, I instantly knew I wanted to make stuffed portobello mushrooms.  And not to toot my own horn, but they were fantastic!  What made them even better was that they took about 20 minutes.

Stuffed Mushroom

If you have never cleaned a whole portobello mushroom, do not be intimidated!  It’s much more simple that you imagine.  First, turn it facing up and snap off the stem (It will literally snap/pop off).  Next, take a spoon and gently scrap out the gills.  Then brush the inside with a light coat of EVOO.

Mushroom2

Turn broiler on and place mushroom face-down on a foil-lined pan.  Broil for 5 minutes.

Chop up veggies:
1/2 Tomato
1 cup chopped up pea tendrils (or spinach; I used pea tendrils because I received them in my grab bag)
1 Shallot
1 clove garlic (optional)

Toss veggies in a bowl, while adding approx. 1 Tbls EVOO, salt, pepper, 3 Tbls parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup chopped mozzarella cheese.

Steps

“Stuff” mushroom with mixture.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs (or in my case, crushed potato chips since they are gluten-free) on top of mixture.   Add a heaping scoop of ricotta cheese on top and broil for 5 more minutes.

And Voila!  This can alone be a dinner, or you can make it a side dish while pairing it with a tasty fish, such as haddock.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

{This is hysterical….}

{I currently have a dog obsession right now! This video is absolutely precious and so funny…I had to share! And I promise, I do not sit around on YouTube all day finding cute dog videos🙂 }

What are you up to this weekend? I am going to Annapolis on Saturday to visit my very dear and wonderful friend Miriam! We always have the best time with each other…simply chatting and drinking tea. Our conversation could be endless; we pretty much have to set ‘end dates’ otherwise we could chat forever. Mir and I met off craigslist in 2008 (we were roommates) when I was living in NYC; Mir, Carrie (our other roomie), and I had the BEST time living together! I am really looking forward to spending time with her. I am also going to watch the Super Bowl with my family on Sunday….while eating lots of yummy snacks🙂

Here are a few fun links from around the web….

Super Bowl ads and Social Media….are just as big as the game!

This history and facts about Groundhog Day…old article written but still prevalent

Take the weekly health quiz: eggs, weighloss, etc….

Another reason to go vegetarian

Mystery revealed of how owls can spin their head!

The history of the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Should parents worry about energy drinks?

Steven Tyler returns to American Idol….in drag

New food standards for school snacks set in place today…..

 

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Healthy Super Bowl Party Foods

Regardless who wins the Super Bowl, the one thing we know for sure is: we are going to stuff ourselves!   According to the Calorie Control Council, during the Super Bowl, we consume an average of 1,200 calories from snacking alone, making Super Bowl Sunday the second-largest food consumption day of the year after Thanksgiving.

The real lingering question is; what dishes should we make and bring to our parties that are semi-healthy so we can a) stick to our New Year’s Resolutions and b) not fall into temptation by all the processed foods that will be in front of us?

So, I have scoured the internet and found some great recipes to share for the big game (now keep in mind I was searching primarily for gluten-free and pescatarian foods that do not contain nuts (nut-allergy))!  Most of these are not low calorie dishes, however they are much more nutritious (when cooking with natural ingredients) than your average Super Bowl dishes and they steer away from processed foods, while still fulfilling our yummy game day cravings!

(click on each image to link to recipe)SalsaDeviled Eggs

Crab stuffed mushrooms

Buffalo wing hummus{This would be best served with celery}

Veggie Nachos

Potato skins

French Fries

And if you run out of time and just need to grab something last minute, it’s always safe to bring a shrimp platter, steamed edamame, a veggie platter, homemade popcorn…and vegetarian chili  and corn chips is always a winner!

What are you planning to make for Super Bowl Sunday?!

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