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Winter Check In

Friends, I am so sorry I’ve been away so long! It is almost inexcusable. I have been traveling for work like crazy, and it has been so cold, I have been snuggled up in my house wearing sweats and dreaming of summer.

I hope you can forgive me. I promise to start posting more regularly again this month! I swear! Anyway, here’s a quick check in so you know what I’ve been up to.

winter style

wearing: Warm things! It has been so cold, I have been wearing layer upon layer of everything. You guys should have seen me at Fashion Week. Everyone was dressed so cute and I was over in the corner looking like a snow beast. Warmth over beauty, that’s what I always say!
listening: I actually need some music suggestions. I have been listening to my same old tired playlists. What have you guys been listening to?
reading: The Red Tent. I actually just started it. I am only about thirty pages in. So far so good, though!
watching: My husband and I watched Whiplash over the weekend and really liked it. Great movie with wonderful acting. Now we keep asking each other, ‘Are you rushing or are you dragging?!?!’ just like J.K. Simmons character. I also invented my own take on the question: “Are you a Russian or are you a dragon?!” Don’t ask… It literally makes no sense whatsoever. But I can’t stop saying it and thinking it is the funniest thing ever.
doing: Reading, watching TV, cleaning. Anything that involves me staying indoors :)
loving: The fact that, because of my work I have been able to travel to Miami and LA. I needed a change of scenery and a break from the cold weather and those little trips really helped. If only NYC had LA weather and LA palm tress. Then it would be paradise!!
hating: Ok this is weird, but because of the weather I have been wearing tights under my jeans/pants. But for some reason my tights do not want to stay up. It makes for an awkwardly saggy pants situation, which is not a good look.
wishing: Hmm I am not really wishing for anything at the moment. I am pretty content.
wanting: Some cookies from Insomnia cookies. Have you guys ever tried those cookies? Insomnia is pretty common in college towns. It is basically a place that delivers fresh, warm cookies. Seriously! It is the GREATEST invention of our modern world.


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Your last minute Valentine’s Gift Guide

Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is this weekend. Personally, I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to just send flowers to yourself and move on.

However, if you want to give a small gift to friend or lovah, but you accidentally/on purpose put it off until the last minute. I have compiled a few great last minute gifts that are sure to please:

If you feel like giving something sweet, but don’t want to spend all darn day in the kitchen because Netflix is waiting:

Blooms! (I happen to love flowers. I think they are a great gift for any occasion. But they are especially special on Valentine’s Day)

The Perfect Accessory:

Happy almost Valentine’s Day! I love all of you :)


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Your holiday gift guide (If you don’t always want to give a bottle of booze. But a bottle of booze is always fine, too.)

Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 5.53.56 PMIt’s that time again. Christmas time! Which means you gotta give people gifts. I have compiled a few unique and lovely gifts that are sure to please.

The pop culture enthusiast/movie buff

  • My coworker discovered this Wes Anderson coffee table book. It is the best. You should get this book even if you have only seen one of Wes’ movies because it is just that good. Also, if you’ve only seen one Wes Anderson movie, you should really watch more.
  • Since we’re talking about Wes, these prints are amazing. A perfect way to put posters on your wall without looking like you live in a college dorm.
  • And who doesn’t love a sassy tote?
  • Okay, and who doesn’t want to lounge around in a Glen Coco sweatshirt?

For the girl who likes cute art and fun things:

For the girl who is all about hosting the cutest party:

For the gal who can’t put her phone down:

For the recently wed:

For the new mom in your life:

What fun gifts did you score this year? Share them in the comments below!


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The Books I’ve Read This Fall (So Far)

You know that my first love is a great book. I compiled a list of the books I read this summer and I thought I would keep the tradition alive by listing the books I have read so far this fall. These books are in no particular order, but hopefully you’ll find some reading inspiration. Screen shot 2014-11-16 at 5.41.21 PM This is How You Lose Her: Junoz Diaz is one of my new favorite writers, and this might be my favorite of his books yet! The book is a series of short stories about women, and how the men in their lives affect them either positively or negatively. The book is written mostly from a man’s point of view, but Junoz still writes beautifully and compassionately about the female experience.

The Dinner: This book was super weird and I am still trying to figure out how I feel about it. Basically it is a short book about two sets of parents who go to dinner to talk about a horrific crime their sons committed together. The book takes place entirely in a restaurant over four courses of dinner (though the narrator does illustrate points through flashbacks). Overall, ‘The Dinner’ is pretty messed up in a totally crazy, wtf, kinda way. It is also really slow until the end, and most (wait, no, all) of the characters are pretty unlikeable. So yea, I wouldn’t say to skip this one entirely, but I also wouldn’t say it is a must-read.

Help for the Haunted: This book follows a teen trying to navigate her life after her parents, who used to work as mediums, are killed. ‘Help for the Haunted’ is really good, beautifully paced and thoughtfully written overall. It is fairly easy to get through and just suspenseful and spooky enough that you don’t want to put it down. However, I will note that it is a bit silly in places. But part of me thinks maybe that’s the point?

The List: Don’t judge me. This is 100% a teen book, but it was actually really good. It was discarded on the Barnes and Noble must-read table and I picked it up not realizing it was written for a 14-year-old girl. Whoops. But seriously, I loved this book. Here’s the scoop — there is this fictional high school that publishes a list of the prettiest and the ugliest girls in every grade. The book examines the impact the list has on the girls voted prettiest and ugliest. ‘The List’ is kind of like Mean Girls, but not funny. It is definitely worth a trip to the young adult section to pick it up.

Reconstructing Amelia: First, let me say that this book is described as being similar to Gone Girl. This could not be further from the truth. Reconstructing Amelia is nothing like Gone Girl and I am confused as to why that was approved to print on the cover of this book. So know that when you read this book, it will bear no resemblance to Gone Girl. Okay, now that I have said that I will say that this book is really great. Reconstructing Amelia explores a mother’s quest to find answers after her smart, focused teenage daughter commits suicide (or did she??). The book bounces back and forth between the mother and her daughter, Amelia, a few days before she died. Like ‘The List’, this book tackles the sometimes heartbreaking effects of Mean Girls in high school.

Diary (in progress): I haven’t finished this book, and I must say that it is the weirdest book ever, however it is by the same guy who wrote ‘Fight Club’ so what do you expect? I am sticking with it and it is getting sort of good. It is still beyond weird, but who doesn’t love a little crazy? What books have YOU read this fall? I am always looking for a good book recommendation!


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Happy Halloween! Love, the Lobby Boy

IMG_9250_1Have you seen The Grand Budapest Hotel yet? If not, you really should. It is such a great movie. I loved it so much I am dressing up as a Lobby Boy for Halloween. I even made a (really, really) short film about how important a Lobby Boy is below:

Happy Halloween!



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Tourist in Boston

Acorn Street, BostonMy husband and I went to beautiful Boston this week and we stumbled across Acorn Street. Fun fact, Acorn Street is the most photographed street in the country. So despite my commuter clothes I had to get some photos with this gorgeous street!

fall preppy style

fall preppy style

preppy detailsOkay, basically everything I am wearing is J. Crew. Except the sweater which is H&M

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How to take the best Instagram Photos

On Instagram, not every photo is created equally. There are great images, and there are not so great images. I want to make sure none of you ever find yourself on the not-so-great side of Instagram.

Instagram tips

Be picky: First and foremost, Instagram is a curation of your best moments. So go ahead and flaunt your best photos, girl! However, it is best to only post once or twice a day, and try to keep mirror selfies to a minimum.

essieGet Creative: Think of fun and unique ways to take pictures of every day things. Try using fun backgrounds and cool composition to really take your photos to the next level. Don’t be afraid to get inspiration from other Instagrammers. If you search #coffee on Instagram, you will find at least 1,000 unique ways to photograph coffee that you never even thought of!

nycThis might take a while: Capturing the perfect Instagram photo usually requires more than one take  (full disclosure — I take between 7-10 images before I decide on the perfect one). To accommodate all your snapping, it is best to take your picture on the camera app (in square mode) so you can snap multiple photos and choose the best one for Instagram.

Block IslandMake sure the light is right: Bad light can be detrimental to an otherwise great photo. Natural light is always best. I never use flash for Instagram photos as flash can add a forced, staged look to your images (not to mention the risk of zombie eyes *shudder*). Try taking pictures by or near a window for the best light (For a portrait, make sure the light is in front of you, not behind you).

Modifying the focus can also help you make the best use of light. To do this, tap on different places on your camera screen to focus on those areas of the image. This will also change up how much light is allowed into your lens.

photo (1)Make it pretty: Lately, I have been ditching Instagram filters entirely and using their creative tools (click on the little screwdriver on the upper right of the screen to use these.). These features allow you to straighten your image perfectly, and also tweak the brightness, saturation, contrast, shadows, highlights, etc. of the image. I am obsessed with these tools as they help to make my images look just right, and not too filtered. I highly recommend you explore Instagram’s creative tools!

kate spadeThe world is your stage: The best part of Instagram is the part when you get to arrange your stuff into something worth taking a photo of. I like to call these images, “staged photos of random things”. They are fun to do and great practice for getting light and focus right. So get to shooting your random stuff!

Screen shot 2014-08-25 at 3.47.04 PMWipe off your lens: Okay this should have come earlier, but I wanted to end with an obvious bang. You know how sometimes your pictures look like they are dusty and weird? Well it’s probably because your camera lens in dirty. Wipe off you lens before you take your pictures. You can thank me later for that tip.



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