Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Afternoon

I've been seriously under the weather and tossing and turning on the couch all week long. I hope you all had a great week and enjoy your weekend. Thank god I'm starting to feel better, I can get off the couch and actually eat things, my weekend is looking up :) See you next week!!! 

Enjoy this Brooklyn home tour

Make sure to check out these Crazy Optical Illusions

Did you know these celebrities were roommates

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Design Files

Five things to have in the Kitchen:

1.My mom got me this Breville Tea Maker, I use it every day. 
2.One of my go to cookbooks is the new The Kitchn Cookbook.
4. Get yourself A new Juicer.
5. I love my Anthropologie Timer

(image via the design files)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Weeked Wrap Up...

 bubble baths and pretty little liars...
 new birchbox subscription and enjoying cupcakes
 and cashmere at home.
 summer is on its way. 
 so excited to be rereading this series with my guy,
enjoying some bronzing, reading and relaxing 
with this little guy. 

(images via intsagram)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Morning

I have every intention of laying be the pool and being incredibly lazy this weekend. Which means lots of sunshine, pool time, catching on my long list of magazines, books and albums to listen too. I'm excited to finally be reading the Harry Potter series with my boyfriend and listen to his thoughts and opinions of one of my favorite book series. Feeling inspired I have changes in store for redoing some things in the apartment. After spending a few days window shopping and blogging, I can't wait to start on my new home project. I'm also planning a few upcoming dinner parties for the summer, so it's definitely time to kick up my cooking skills. Which by the way have you gotten your copy of the new Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home, it's full of inspiration and great ideas for party planning. What are you up to this weekend? 

(image via nice room)

this week's favorites...

My weekend is full of being straight lazy. The apartment complex pool and the large stack of books on the nightstand are calling my name. I'll also be enjoying an intimate show this weekend of an oldie but goodie, any Pennywise fans? Enjoy your weekend!!!  


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lime + Raspberry Sangria Popsicles

Since I'm not that big of a desert person (although the butter cake at Maestros is pretty fantastic and the white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory is my particular favorite desert), my choice for an after dinner treat is usually always a popsicle! There's something so quenching about flavored ice to me. Well, it's time to kick it up a notch and play around with some of favorites, this lime and raspberry sangria recipe sounds delicious and perfect for hot summer day. 

6 ounces of raspberries
2 limes
1 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups of Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc

Add the 6 ounces of raspberries to a small sauce pan, sneaking a few. I mean, raspberries are freaking in season and these organic berries are delicious. Okay, mash them quickly before you eat them all!
Add 1/2 cup of the sugar to the raspberries (eating one more ain’t gonna hurt nobody!) and then warm the mixture over a medium-low heat, until it just begins to bubble. This helps combine the sugar with the raspberries. Now remove them from the stove and let them cool.

In a large measuring cup (one that at least holds 4 cups), juice the two limes. Notice my restraint on not eating the limes? Not the same as raspberries, lovely lovely raspberries.

Add the remaining half cup of sugar and let it sit for about 5 minutes, to dissolve. Don’t just stand there and watch. Maybe put on Call Me Maybe and dance around for a few minutes, take a few shots of tequila and then drunk dial an ex? Just a suggestion.

Now that the sugar has dissolved into the lime juice, you should have about 1 cup of liquid. No biggie if you do not. Pop open that Fumé Blanc and add enough of the white wine so that you have 2 1/3 cups.

Okay, so you can do these pops one of two ways. You can make them exactly like I did and go for the food porn or you can make them straight up because ain’t nobody got time for that! If you are doing them straight up, just ignore this next step.
So mix together the wine and lime mixture, and set aside about 1/2 cup of it. Take another lime, halving it length-wise and then slice it VERY thinly.
Add the raspberry compote to your lime and wine mix, mixing it well and divide it amongst the popsicle molds. Make sure to divide the chunky pieces of raspberries so that everybody gets some.
 Now place them in the freezer.
If you are doing the food porn thing, you will notice that the pops did not fill up all the way. So, only freeze your pops for about an hour. Just enough so they mix is slushy like. Now add a lime slice to each pop and top it off with the remaining lime mixture. Pop them back in the freezer for about 10 hours.
(image and recipe via cooking stoned)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Daily Escape

Now that school is over and I can relax/enjoy quiet evenings all to myself, there is nowhere I'd rather be than in a log cabin overlooking a lake all to myself with piles of books, beach scented candles, scrolling through my Netflix list and relieving myself from all the stress that has built up in the last several months. Last week I finally got around to reading The Quiet, it's been on the shelf, collecting dust for over a year and I'm just now getting to it. Reading it in this moment was exactly what I needed. This beautifully written and researched book by Susan Cain is definitely one of those life changing books, it answered so many questions and has helped me embrace a part of my identity I've always kept secret.
 For every time someone told me I was shy or quiet growing up, you were only partly right. I was quiet (but never shy), I participate in small talk but it certainly is not my forte, I'm too much like my father. Philosophy and passion is the root of my being, when I speak the thought process and effort behind my words (and actions) is strong, my brain is in a constant state of overdrive because I over think and analyze everything. I avoid people who talk just for the sake of talking and I limit myself to an hour or two at parties, I just cannot handle it. I hope I never come off rude or appear mad, but I need to be alone in order to re-energize! As introverts our brain chemistry is different and extroverts simply don't get it! I often struggle with how people perceive me and some of my reclusive tendencies but this is a major part of the book that our society needs to address and make note of. There's something to learn from introverts. Cain is right on when she explains that we live in society and world that can't stop talking. She points out "if you're anything other than an extrovert you're made to think there's something wrong with you." It's kind of the story of my life, I was never a party girl in high school or even college. I use to think something was wrong with me because I didn't want to go out every weekend with my friends. Coming to that realization was very empowering for me.  People like Dr. Seuss, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, J.K Rowling, George Stephanopoulos and Steve Wozniak, they all preferred solitude and are renowned introverts, so I'm happy with the company I have. 

By all means, the summer is a time for vacations and escaping your home life. But this summer make an effort to give yourself a break and find some alone time (whether it be in your home or on vacation). Escape the constant chatter and learn to be quiet and still, even if just from a bit :)
(image via the berry)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up...

 saturdays are for sleeping in...
 mother/daughter days are for pink manicures.
 a quiet nigh in means summer recipes and movies.
 children room displays. 
 cheers to the weekend. 
enjoying an overcast weekend. 

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"Things don't have to change the world in order to be important/"
-Steven Jobs

(image via refinery 29)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday Happy

Have you been the following the restoration of this once abandoned and neglected french chateau
Built in the mid 1700s then forgotten, an Australian Family is turning this once lost beauty into a new and beautiful home. Follow the blog and keep up to date with all it's latest projects. What is making you happy this week?

(images via chateau de gudanes)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Mornings

Happy Friday everyone! What are your weekend plans? Other than having a mother/daughter day tomorrow, my plans consist of laying out by the pool, raiding the Michaels home sale, tending to some serious cleaning, bringing my parents dogs over to the apartment, enjoying the cool weather, reading my books and trying a few new recipes. Have a good weekend, here are few links to send you on your way :) 

 If  you haven't, stop by and see the new and improved Cup of Jo

Make sure to check out the Suffragette teaser trailer

Falling for these beautiful photographs of Marsailles

(image via the everygirl)

this week's favorites...

 You Should Be Here - Kehlani
 Dance Like We're Making Love - Ciara
 Full Circle - George Fitzgerald
 Can't Pin Me Down - Marina and the Diamonds
Pink Medicine - Bearson

What have you been listening too lately? Between my roommate, podcast suggestions and coworkers my music taste has been all over the place lately. From house music to jazz, I've been coming across some awesome new artists. These are just few tracks I can't stop singing or tapping my foot too... 
(image via amazon)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Top Five

When it comes to maintaining skincare, makeup and hair care during the summer months, I prefer my look to be super natural. So medium shades of pink are my go to lipstick color, Benefit's Posiebalm being my absolute favorite! What's your favorite lipstick color? 


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Librarian Suggests

What  I am reading at the moment: I just barely finished school and I have already read through three books on my list of juvenile fiction. The Letterford Mysteries written by Deron R. Hicks are simply divine. Meet the Raymond Khoury for children, the first in the series, Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave starts the series off and takes place all over Europe, where Colophon Letterford the young female protagonist takes you on an adventure out to discover family secrets and treasure. An excellent historical adventure novel for kids! Buy it or check it out from the library, your kids will surely love it. I'm trying to take my time reading the last of my Anthology subscription since the magazine will be over later this year. When I read the editor's letter regarding the end of Anthology, I was seriously upset. It was my favorite print magazine. At least I saved my entire collection of the magazine. What I watching and listening too at the moment: As far as music, I have been listening to Ciara's latest single, Dance Like We're Making Love way too much. I've been a long time fan and her latest album is pretty fantastic. I am also quite addicted to the ABC show, Pretty Little Liars. Every episode, I feel like I have 'A' figured out and then I'm just completely wrong. What are you reading, listening too and watching?

(image via buzzfeed)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up...

I absolutely love this bag my coworker gave me. 
 celebrating the end of the semester with new books.
enjoying mother's day with some butter cake... 
 checking out curry salmon recipes. 
a surprise my mom gifted me!!!!!!

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"We believe in celebrations both big and small."
-Kate Spade

(image via who what wear)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Mornings

Hello and Happy Friday my dear readers, I have to say this week has been pretty excellent. How was yours? I'm wrapping up the last of my coursework as I"m typing this post and all I can think is that Monday cannot come fast enough, hurry hurry hurry!!! My work week, well in the last few months I've been ordering up storm when it comes to my book orders and they've been coming in by the truck loads literally. So many books, so little time but seriously these puppies are staying in-process until I've read through every single one.  Book delivery days are like Christmas morning for me, I don't plan on leaving my desk until I've gone through everything! So until Monday, have an awesome weekend everyone :)

(image via the luxpad)

this week's favorites...

this weekend includes catching up on the list of books I need to start, indulging in oranges and clementines, dreaming of this walk in pantry and trying out a few new recipes, finally getting around to hanging some art and going in between lounging by the pool and swimming some laps

this week's favorites...

The top of the 21, 778 foot high Kailash mountain in Western Transhimalaja has never been reached. However, every year thousands of...