Thanksgiving: Trimming The Fat But Not The Fun

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 5.37.17 PMThanksgiving is a special day of the year when we gather together with family and close friends to celebrate each other and all that we are thankful for. It’s our family traditions that make this time of year so nostalgic and memorable. Grandma making her entrance with pecan pie in hand, Mom in the kitchen putting together her infamous creamy and buttery mashed potatoes, the nephews and nieces gathered around the table decorating Aunt Peggy’s sugar cookies. These are just a few of the family traditions that I look forward to each year that bring joy to my heart. The unfortunate part is that most of these also make my belly too full to enjoy the rest of the evening. I feel like a stuffed turkey myself! (more…)

PJs For The It Girl On Your List

Ollie_Shrimp_2014_11 copyAnyone else out there pretty much living in their pjs now that the temps have dropped? Hopefully we aren’t the only ones out there trading normal clothing for a more relaxed and comfy feel. And just because we have opted for wearing pajamas more then usual doesn’t mean its ok to completely let ourselves go. We don’t think our husbands would be too thrilled if we were constantly hanging around in our old high school gym sweats day after day. And although the model pictured above looks totes adorbs, we most likely won’t be dressing like this at home either.

But luxe pjs are most definitely on our xmas lists this year and when we introduced to the Shrimps line by Avenue 32, we knew we had to spread the word. These pjs are a fashion insider’s favorite, designed to flatter and are adorned with delicate yet playful hand-drawn shrimps in a heart shaped pattern.

Hannah Weiland is the designer and visionary behind the Shrimps collection that has teamed up with pajama line, Poplin, for this collaboration resulting in the cutest crustacean covered pjs yet. These quirky silk pajamas have certainly made a splash on the London socialite scene and are quickly gaining popularity around the world. You know when Vogue is talking about it, it must be big.  They are super luxe and perfect for the girl on your x-mas list that has it all, we can guarantee she doesn’t have these!

We are not only just loving these pjs by the London-based designer, we also can’t get enough of her newly launched faux-fur line and are dying to get our hands on one of her beautiful pieces. With a background in History of Art and a diploma in textile design from the London College of Fashion, Hannah takes her inspiration from modern art and the playful engagement with pattern and texture. Using carefully sourced fabrics that emphasise color, Shrimps has created a range of beautifully crafted pieces, perfect for the forward-thinking customer.

So if you will be hibernating for the winter like we will be and plan on spending more time than usual in your pjs, then we suggest you look into upgrading your loungewear game by adding a silky pair by Shrimps to your wardrobe.

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Ignition and The NYC Premier

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It’s been one hell of a year. Michelle and I celebrated one year of blogging, attended our first New York Fashion Week, launched 52 Thursdays Consulting and attended our first Film Premier. And while we have had many great accomplishments this year there is no way we would be where we are with out our husbands. They are our photographers, our cheerleaders, our editors, they really help keep this whole thing going and we are so thankful to them for putting up with us!

And while we have had an amazing year, I couldn’t let my husband’s even better year go un-noticed. While building an incredibly successful political media firm over the past 4 years and producing numerous award winning tv commercials, during the busiest time of his career he wrote a screen play that was produced into a short film called, ‘Ignition’.

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Casey’s short film ‘Ignition’, won the Volvo Cars-sponsored film contest that opened up the Jalopnik Film Festival held in NYC on November 5th and 6th. Volvo funded the project and our good friends at 8112 Studios did a beautiful job bringing life to Casey’s script. The film tells a story about a grandfather and his grandson repairing their relationship and an old car at the same time. This film isn’t just for the car fanatics out there, it has been getting great reviews with just about everyone because of the easily relatable characters. Watch below (13 minutes).

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10 Gifts Any Host Will Be Thankful For this Thanksgiving

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Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? If the decorations displayed in every store or the commercials on TV weren’t enough, this blast of arctic weather sure is making me feel it. As you start penciling in holiday dinners and cocktail parties, why not get a head start on your gift list too? Here are my top 10 favorite gifts that have a personal feel any host will be thankful for.

And the best part: they are all under $30! (more…)

Black + White: Holiday Dressing with Ella Rue


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Anyone else feeling a little shocked that the holidays are just around the corner? It seems like just a hot minute ago we were sweating our buns off and laying by the pool and now we are prepping for Thanksgiving, then Christmas and New Years…yikes!

This time of year is pretty nostalgic for us; we are actually able to unplug, unwind, eat home cooked meals and spend quality time with the people we love and cherish most. Another reason we can’t get enough of this season is for the plethora of holiday parties. There is just something about getting dressed up in your finest and heading out into the blustery night to attend a festive party that really gets us in that holiday spirit. And while we love attending these parties, we seem to always find ourselves scrambling to hunt down a frock at the last minute. (more…)

Soup Season- Easy Cabbage & Potato Recipe

Soup season is here and I’m pretty excited about it. There is nothing more satisfying on a cold, chilly night than a homemade bowl of warm soup or chowder. It has become a weekly ritual in our household to try a new recipe and save our favorites. A pot full of soup in the fridge will feed us for days. It is a cost efficient and belly filling means to stay warm on cold nights.

It all began thanks to my From the Farmer delivery and receiving two heads of cabbage, that’s a lot of cabbage! So I had to think of something to do with it… sauerkraut…kimchi… nope, both too complex. Due to a slam packed week and a limited window of opportunity I decided to go with soup – chop it up, add spices, cover. Too easy.

Below is a basic, easy cabbage and potatoes soup recipe. The ingredients are simple and you can edit to your preference. This one pot soup is delicious and so easy to pull together.

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I went with the following:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups vegetable broth

2 medium gold potatoes, diced

1/2 head large cabbage, sliced

1 head of broccoli

2 cans of white beans (15oz), drained and rinsed

Salt, fresh cracked pepper and hebs, to taste

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 Prepare your vegetables.

In a large dutch oven or stock pot, heat oil over medium-high heat, add carrots, celery and broccoli and saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic and spices and saute for about a min. Add broth, potatoes, cabbage and beans, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, until potatoes and cabbage are tender. Add salt & pepper as needed.

That’s it!

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Please share your favorite soup recipes with us. We would love to try it out and add to our recipe book!

xo

Michelle

Update Your Wardrobe for under $150

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When Sarah and  Michelle told me I should contribute a post on fall fashions under $100, I thought, “Umm, well…like, actual good clothes that cost less than $100? Umm…” Which is not to say that I’m some rich snob who only wears $800 shoes. I don’t own any $800 shoes. C’mon, my last name isn’t Rockefeller! (And my husband reads this blog. Hi honey!) Ahem. So, no of course all of my clothes aren’t expensive, but I think I’m a savvy shopper: I find good deals, I tend to buy off-season items on sale and I never set out to shop for, say, a party dress. I see a dress that I love, I buy it and I find a party later. And I always find party worthy of a good dress.

That said, I believe in investing in quality. When everything in your closet is well-made and looks good on, you always look good. So after I negotiated my baseline to $150….ish, I set out looking. I’m not going to insult our good readers’ intelligence by sending you to Forever 21 or Old Navy. You know they sell cheap affordable clothes. That tend to fall apart after a season. I’ve been known to put in earplugs and walk into F21 and come out with 15 trendy items totaling $60 that I’ll throw away in 2 months. My trick is that I put those items with the good stuff and nobody is the wiser. More on that some other time, here’s my look, uber-cool, on-trend, with clean lines and subtle, expensive-looking accessories. And yup – everything under $150. (more…)

11 Beauty Essentials: Sarah Spills Her Bag

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We refresh our wardrobes, closets and home decor when the seasons change but do we do the same with our make up bags? I know I have found myself digging into my makeup bag to find old products that I probably should have thrown away years ago. Let’s face it, that year-old concealer tube at the bottom of your bag, covered in last Halloween’s gaudy eye shadow is probably not the healthiest for your skin and most likely deserves to be tossed. So this season I did a bit of a refresh: I purged a bunch of products to make room for bright shiny new ones. It was so worth it!!

Anyone else out there feel like a kid in a candy store when you enter through the glorious doors of Sephora? I know I do! As a makeup junkie, I love testing new products and always leave the store with way more then planned—plus those travel sized products in the checkout line get me every time. Because of that, I usually order most of my beauty products online, but one thing I don’t trust the internet to do is match a foundation shade to my skin.  And when summer fades to fall, so does my tan so updating my foundation color is an absolute must.  Sephora’s Color IQ service identifies your skin tone and then pinpoints your foundation match from 1,500 formulas…magical, right?  I totally recommend heading into the store for this service—it is pretty dead on. (more…)

What’s for Lunch- Mason Jar Salads

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Every day we find ourselves asking the same question…what to pack for lunch?? Whether you plan it the night before or make it in the morning, there just never seems to be enough time. To add to the stress of it all, we have to pack for our husbands and one day kids too?! Ahhh! Most of the time we find ourselves giving up the battle and just grabbing something close to work, not knowing the real nutritional value and content, and of course spending a fortune. As people say, “the struggle is real.”

To help with that struggle we teamed up with nutrition expert and a personal friend of ours to help us find a healthy and pocket friendly routine for our busy lives. And the answer to what’s for lunch?

Mason Jar Salads!! (more…)

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