Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Coffee Talk: Life Lately

Long time no see, fashionistas! I'm sharing some snaps from my Insta since we're due for a good 'ol catchup. I know, I know. It's not you, it's me. Me, and the fact that I had to watch The Bachelorette finale last night instead of blogging. (Who else was rooting for Shawn, amiright?) Then, of course, there are the usual excuses—work really has been super busy and I've been going into the city a ton. But it hit me yesterday that next week is August. August! Summer is already on the downside. How did that happen? I really have been trying to maximize the season by getting to the water often (Full disclosure: the lobster roll in the shot below was for my coworker. I don't even eat fish, but it was too pretty not to snap) and by hitting up fun things like Stamford's Alive at Five concert series. But I have to admit, I've gotten into a business-induced rut. Since I've returned from my trip to the mountains, I haven't blogged or gone to yoga, and have barely dressed for work...I mean, I have be putting on clothes, albeit not creatively styled ones. Plus, I've been struggling with crazy dreams and nightmares. So it's time for a summer reset. I found the mountain necklace pictured below in Greenwich village this past weekend, and it's a little reminder to find my zen and breathe in a little fresh mountain air among the day-to-day craziness. That, along with a little red lipstick, a good outfit, and a visit to yoga tonight should do the trick. Namasté.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sartorial Sunday: Free Bird

Head to Toe: Blouse, jeans & boots; thrifted // Flash-tat, LuLu DK

Looking back at these shots, I can smell the mountain air and feel it's dampness on my bare shoulders. My Grandmom and I had some fun thrifting adventures during the trip and got a ton of scores at Salvation Army. Among my finds were the contents of this outfit, which was perfect for the neighborhood pot-luck hosted at our cabin. I especially love how it's a timeless look for a timeless place. Xoxo

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hump Day Favorites: American Pie

Head to Toe: Flannel, thrifted // Sneakers, Keds // Jeans, Gap
I just got back from the most deliciously relaxing Fourth of July vacation at my family's cabin in the Central-Pennsylvania mountains.  My heart is heavy to get back to work and reality tomorrow, but at least it's hump day and I'm full of fresh memories of family time, poker nights, nature, Jeep rides, and—still literally full of decadent food. One of my favorite slices of said decadence is my Grandmom's Shoo-Fly Pie, a Pennsylvania Dutch staple. The molasses-y, crumbly goodness takes me right back to those mountains. Consider yourself special, because I'm sharing her family recipe below. As for the rest of the trip, I'll let the pictures do the talking. XOXO
Shoo-Fly Pie

1) Bottom layer: 
3/4 C molasses
3/4 C boiling water
1/2 tsp baking soda
Dissolve soda in water; add molasses
2) Top layer:
1-1/2 C flour
1/4 C shortening
1/2 C brown sugar
Mix together
3) Pour about one-third of the liquid into an unbaked pie shell. Add one-third of crumbs. Alternate layers ending with the crumbs on top.

4) Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes