November 28, 2014

winter travel wear

fall and winter travel outfit essentials
[H&M beanie + coat, Ann Taylor top, AYR jeans c/o, Nike sneakers]

This is the busiest travel week of the year. So while hopping on a plane today wouldn't ordinarily be at the top of my wish list, we are jetting off for a very good reason: Nana's turning ninety. I can do nothing about the lines at security or the tarmac delays, but I have my traveling outfit down to a tee. Long layers, the softest pair of jeans, and stellar high-tops create an effortless look that's wrinkle-free with comfort as a major priority. I load my tote with these five essentials and look forward to continued family celebrations.

neutral Nike high-top sneakers
H&M winter fur beanie hat

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November 27, 2014

happy thanksgiving + black friday

thanksgiving tablescape decor PopSugar

We are taking the day off. I have no new, exciting, or insightful information planned to share. But simple as this (and sappy as it may be), I want to say thank you. It seems fitting on this day of gratitude to thank those of you who daily invest in me by way of this site. Your support is deeply felt and greatly appreciated. I wish you the most wonderful day full of great company, good food, and memories to cherish. 

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November 26, 2014

piperlime: moments of chic

[Joa sweater c/o Piperlime, Vince top, J.Crew necklace, Lucky Brand jeans, Sam Edelman boots c/o Piperlime]

For the busy pre-holiday week I have been living in some version of this outfit. Layering on top, skinnies on the bottom, and heeled booties for a classic touch. And while I think it's sort of an oxymoron, I have to admit this cropped sweater is a recent favorite. I love the unique texture and cuffed sleeves that give it a modern vibe. So despite the utter craziness of the past few days, I couldn't feel more ecstatic about tomorrow's festivities. E and I have never enjoyed a full Thanksgiving or Christmas day together (due to work schedules and obligations); well that changes this year and we're looking forward to making every last second count.  


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November 25, 2014

spiced holiday nuts


I have a pretty large extended family. We aren't My Big Fat Greek Wedding status, but when it comes to gift-giving the numbers add up. This year I wanted to revisit a tradition from my childhood and send everyone spiced nuts. We used to do this each season (and by we I mean my poor mother and her less-than-helpful snackers). The recipe is simple with few ingredients and easily doubles or triples depending on your number of recipients. I also can see them being used as beautiful favors for any holiday dinner party. Plastic boxes with emerald ribbon offered the perfect vehicle for package and delivery. See full recipe below. 


Ingredients

5 cups pecan halves, unsalted (I used 1/2 walnuts + 1/2 pecans)
1 cup whole almonds, unsalted
2 egg whites
2 Tablespoons water
2 cups granulated sugar
2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray; or use a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
Mix pecans and almonds in a large bowl. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites and water on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 4-5 minutes. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and salt, gently folding until combined.
Pour/spoon sugar mixture over nuts and stir to coat completely. Spread nuts over the baking sheets and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15. Allow to cool completely and enjoy. Store nuts at room temperature for a few weeks, covered.