I read this sweet and touching article on people.com today about a 44 year old father diagnosed with cancer. Since his daughter was in second grade, he would always leave notes in her lunchbox. It quickly became a tradition and with only an 8% chance of surviving the next 5 years, it’s one that he wants to continue even when he’s gone. He composed more than 800 notes so that his daughter would have one for each day until she graduates from high school.
What a touching story and sweet reminder to treasure each moment. It’s amazing how something so small can mean so much. Even though I’m nearly 30, my own dad still surprises me from time to time with cute doodles and they are some of my more cherished possessions. It’s a nice reminder to ask yourself what are the little things that you do for you loved ones and what traditions are you creating to pass on?
Two and a half years ago I was lucky enough to say “I do” to my best friend and the funniest, most interesting and compassionate person I have ever met! It was such a special day filled with so much love and amazing emotions. The one thing that caught me off guard on my wedding day was a new found sense of feeling like a real, full-blown grown up. Getting married was something real, adult people do and it wasn’t until I was standing at the alter with my best friend, surrounded by all of my favorite people, I came to the realization that I was there. I has reached adulthood. I had a real job which I loved, a cat baby, and my own home…yet there was something inside me that felt like I was still the same goofy kid I had always been.
As we unwrapped wedding presents the next day, I opened up an amazing gift
that perfectly captured the fantastically odd feeling of realizing you’ve become an adult…this awesome vase from Jonathan Adler:
Jonathan Adler’s designs are beautiful and classic, yet whimsical and fun. It was a sweet and simple reminder that I could be a grown up that owns vases, yet still hold onto my child-like sense of humor and levity. It now serves as a simple daily reminder to love, laugh and to not take life so seriously.
Check out more of Jonathan Alder’s designs here.
Images (last 3) from jonathanadler.com!
I used to wear a watch everyday. It became a second skin and if I accidentally left the house without it on I felt lost and unbalanced. Over the years, I’ve weaned myself off of the habit. I began to realize that I just didn’t need one anymore. I carry my cell phone in my handbag whenever I’m out and about. During the week when I’m at work I have my clock on my laptop staring back at me all day and on the weekends there is something nice about being able to forget about time and just relax. For about 5 years now I’ve been watch free, until last month!
I was gifted this
beautiful watch as a gift for the holidays and totally fell in love. Its casually cool and fancy at the same time. I’ve worn it to the gym in my sweatpants and out to dressy dinner with the hubs. It just goes with everything. The strangest part is that even though I’ve come to know I don’t really need a watch to get through my day, there is something about wearing one these past few weeks that has made me feel organized, on time and in control of my day.
Not sure where you fall on the watch wearing scale, but if you’re looking to try it out again like me, I highly recommend you pick up this gem. Best part is, it will set you back less than $50!
Images: MOMA and Anthropologie
Growing up in New York, I always loved the snow…until I became an adult. When flurries began to fill the sky, I would hope for a day of sledding, snowman building and hot cocoa. Now the sign of flurries brings the fear of a day of shoveling and wishing I had four-wheel drive. I’ve grown up to dread snow…that is unless it snows as much as it did last night. There is nothing better than a day when it snows so much that work is canceled and you’re forced into a day of pure relaxation. Today was a beautifully snowy day with nowhere to go and nothing to do but curl up with a new book and a hot cup of tea!
In celebration of my snow day, I thought I would share with you a few of my favorites teas:
1. Mighty Leaf’s Vanilla Bean Tea
“Vanilla Bean black tea, a deep blend of black tea leaves with Madagascar vanilla, conjures up images of inhaling the heady aroma of wild vanilla as you hike the tropics near Mt. Maromakotro. A full-bodied and fruity cup, Vanilla Bean flavored black tea, a blend of Ceylon and China black teas, makes a deeply satisfying impression. Enjoy the whole loose leaf flavor in the silken tea pouch, our twist on the gourmet tea bag.”
2. The Tea of Republic’s Honeydew Melon White Tea
“The honeydew was prized by ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago for its sweet, succulent flavor and cooling, hydrating properties. The flavor profile of melon blends seamlessly with the soft, sweet notes of this rare China White Tea. Also makes a unique and refreshing iced tea.”
3. Numi Organic’s Toasted Rice Tea
“This traditional Japanese green tea with toasted rice is often served in restaurants. Now you can enjoy its robust, nutty and savory flavors at home.”
4. Tazo’s Vanilla Rooibos Tea
“Creamy African rooibos felt a bit overdressed for the reunion but quickly blended in with the sweet notes of peaches and the mild tartness of apples. Cinnamon, Tahitian vanilla and blackberry leaves reminisced, exchanged email addresses and promised to always stay sweet.”
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Being a bit of a perfectionist, I always dread New Years. While I look forward to the idea of a fresh start and a clean state, I tend to put too much pressure on myself and set unrealistic goals for the year to come. This year I decided to try something new. I set one simple resolution…to be kind to myself and to try to treat myself well.
As part of treating myself well, I’ve set a new workout routine and for additional motivation I’ve decided to invest in a gym wardrobe update. If you’re like me (and millions of others out there) with a new resolve to hit the treadmill, I say let’s do it together in style!
Anthopologie is one of my favorite places to shop and I was so pleased to find out their active wear line Pure+Good has a new amazingly beautiful and functional collection to help us hit the gym looking fabulous.
“Every detail of a Pure + Good garment is designed with luxury in mind. Using fine fabrics and exquisite trims in their meticulous constructions, Pure + Good imbues their tees, camis, robes and loungers with a sumptuous softness that encourages relaxation. An Anthropologie-exclusive line”
Below are a few of my favorites from their collection that I have already added to my shopping cart:
Photos and Garments from Anthopologie.com
I’m always on the hunt for a perfect pair of earrings. Simple and Effortless. Goes with everything you own. Works with your weekend jeans, your work suit, or with your highest heels for a night on the town.
Well ladies, I’m happy to report that I’ve finally found the perfect stud!
This pair of flat bar stud earrings from Dogeared is everything I hoped for and will certainly be my new go to jewelry.
“The Balance Collection is modern minimalism at its finest. Classic lines, mixed metals and textures are easy to wear and add just the right amount of edge. Our flat bar stud earrings make it so easy to streamline your style. Discover the simple beauty of a life lived in Balance.”
Earrings and photos from Dogeared.
Growing up, every year for the holidays my aunt would ship us a big box of winter pears. There is where my long love affair for the rustic crisp fruit began. Each year, as the fall settles in, I begin gathering pears based recipes. To me, the pear brings back memories of family gathered around the fireplace or waking up to the sweet aroma of pear scones.
This year I had the honor of hosting Christmas dinner at my place. I wanted to select the perfect pre-dinner cocktail that would suit all tastes and of course the first thing that came to mind was pear!
After a good deal of searching, I came across this tasty, refreshing recipe from saveur: Spiced Pear Collins.
Rosemary and clove infused simple syrup gives the drink an earthy flavor, while the fresh lemon juice keeps it light and refreshing.
1½ oz. gin
1½ oz. pear puree
¾ oz. rosemary- and clove-infused simple syrup
¾ oz. lemon juice
Dry sparkling wine or soda water, to top
1 spring rosemary, to garnish
FOR THE PEAR PUREE
2 pears, such Bosch or Bartlett, peeled and pitted
1½ oz. lemon juice
1½ tsp. fresh rosemary
FOR THE ROSEMARY AND CLOVE SIMPLE SYRUP
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 oz. whole cloves
3 sprigs rosemary
Recipe and photo from Saveur.