Storytelling Through Style- The Other Woman

The Other Woman It’s no secret that I’m all about finding the fashionable side of everything, be it food, decorating, travel, and even movies. In fact, observing the wardrobes of the characters is one of my favorite things about watching a movie. And, of course, no wardrobe chat would be complete without bringing up the legendary Patricia Fields (oh hey Sex and the City). Lucky for me, I got to combine all of those things into one fun girl’s night out with Jessica!

After some champs, candy and popcorn (obvi), we settled in for a screening of The Other Woman (which had me laughing hysterically, by the way). And then we got down to fashion business! Patricia dished on everything from the wardrobe process (“It’s not a fashion show, it’s about being involved in the storytelling”), to creating each individual character’s style (“Every character is one of a kind, including myself”), and how she describes her own style (“I hate trends”). As for the fashion theme of the characters in the movie, Carly (played by Cameron Diaz) was perfectly polished, downtown, working girl chic, Kate (played by Leslie Mann) was a Charlotte/Stepford wives prim and proper type, Amber (played by Kate Upton) had a great relaxed, beachy vibe going on, and Lydia (played by Nicki Minaj) was all about bold prints and colors. While all their looks killed it, I’d have to say, Cameron was my favorite (after all, Cameron was the reason Patricia signed on to do the movie).

Are you planning to see the movie when it comes out on April 25th? I highly recommend grabbing a couple of girlfriends, getting all dolled up and making a night of it. I mean, how could you not want to after you watch this: 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Fox through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about The Other Woman, all opinions are my own. 

Healthy Living- My Workout Routine

easy, everyday workout routine {picture via}

While some might find it mundane and boring (and borderline creepster status), I am always fascinated by the routines of others- how they pick out an outfit, how they meal plan, their morning routine, their skincare routine, how they make their coffee, and how they stay in shape. I love to learn what others do in the hopes of bettering my own routines.

Workout routines in particular I find very interesting. Some people barely lift a finger and eat whatever they choose without so much as gaining a single ounce. Others (like myself) breath in oxygen and immediately need to head to the gym for what seems like an eternity.    

Over the course of time, my routine has changed drastically, from barely doing anything, to running 13 miles a day. Now, as with everything in life, I’ve learned that working out is all about balance. As long as you do some kind of movement every day (these count), that’s what matters. Of course, it helps that I live in a walking city and at the top of a walk-up building, so I’m always moving, but this also means I don’t beat myself up if I don’t get a “real” workout in. Here’s what my everyday, anyone-can-do-it, quick (less than 30 minutes) and easy workout routine-

Mon/Wed/Fri- Early morning, 30 minutes or less of weight training/cardio combo; I either do videos on Youtube (Jillian Michaels and Denise Austin are my favorites), or I do routines I’ve ripped out of health magazines while I listen to inspirational and educational talks or catch up on favorite tv shows.

Tue/Thur- Early morning, 30 minutes or less of yoga or pilates; I love Jillian Michaels yoga workout (because it still feels like an actual workout) or I do Denise Austin’s pilates routine.

Evenings/Weekends- Once the weather turns nice (and sometimes even when it’s not so nice), my husband and I love to take walks before or after dinner.

Obviously the keys to having a good routine are: finding what works for you (whether it’s a class, instructor, or video, life is too shot tot be stuck doing a workout you hate), pick your best time (mine is early morning to help get me going), keep track to stay on track (I put my workout in my planner as if it were an appointment and check it off once it’s complete), and most importantly, move every day (even if it’s just around the block or doing a few of these).

Now, I’m dying to know, what’s your workout routine and how do you stay in shape? Any tricks or tips to share?

Happy Hour

whopper eggs {A favorite Easter candy}

I’m beginning to think I’m cursed when it comes to seeing the D.C. cherry blossoms. Since moving back to the East Coast, I’ve tried unsuccessfully to see the cherry blossoms every year, and every year something I have no control over comes up. This past weekend was no exception. After all our prep work, planning and excitement, our plans to head to D.C. ended up falling through, through no fault of our own. Luckily, we had some great weather here in New York, so the Mr. and I checked a few more coffee shops/bakeries/restaurants off our “to-try” list, had a picnic, took naps outside, and spent lots of time at our favorite place (the park by the water). I’m already looking forward to another weekend full of wonderful weather and celebrating Easter. 

How will you be celebrating Easter this weekend? Any special family traditions?

Hyacinth {This hyacinth flower is not only gorgeous but it’s also making our entire kitchen smell heavenly!}

King Eider {I’m one proud sister when it comes to my younger brother and his impressive drawing skills}

lard bread {Trying out Lard Bread, which is a million times better than it sounds}

easter eggs {Pulling out the Easter decorations…you can find the tutorial to make those egg candles here}

hope quotes {Remember to rise above your fears via}

3 Easy Salad Dressing Recipes

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Dressing Everything is always better homemade (at least in my opinion), and salad dressing is no exception. A homemade dressing is the difference between a salad that’s just a salad, and a salad that’s delicious and explodes with flavor in your mouth. And of course, without all the added preservatives, you won’t feel quite so badly when you want to slather one of these dressings on your vegetables, or marinate your meat in it, dip your bread in it, or just plain eat it off the spoon (What?? Who?? Me?? Never!). 

Two of these salad dressing recipes (the Italian and the Shaker), have been made in my family for years (Great-Grandmother, Grandmother, Mom). In fact, my Grandmother always has a bottle of each in her fridge, and when I was younger, and she would prepare mashed potatoes for dinner, I would always sneak a couple of the potato skins and dip them in the shaker dressing (so yum!). The roasted garlic dressing I recently made up solely based off my obsession with roasted garlic. The creamy texture you get without having to add mayonnaise has quickly made it a favorite of mine not only for salads, but also for dipping bread.

I hope you enjoy these easy salad dressing recipes to jazz up your next salad, and I’d love to know- what’s your favorite salad dressing?

Shaker Salad Dressing Creamy Balsamic Italian Dressing

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Dressing
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of roasted garlic (about 12 cloves)
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  4. Juice of half a lemon
  5. 2 tablespoons of water
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. Dash of pepper
  8. 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a Cuisinart or immersion blender. Pulse for a few seconds, until all ingredients are blended together. Store in a glass jar (or other airtight container) in the refrigerator for up to one month. Shake before using.
Notes
  1. To roast garlic- cut the top off a head of garlic. Place it, cut side up, on a foil lined baking sheet, then drizzle about a teaspoon of olive oil on top. Wrap the foil loosely around the top, then bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
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Shaker Salad Dressing
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup olive oil
  2. 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  3. 2 teaspoons salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  6. Pinch of thyme
  7. 3 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  8. 4 cloves of garlic
  9. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  10. 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  11. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  12. 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh (or 1 tsp. if dried)
  13. 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  14. 2 tablespoons green pepper, minced (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a Cuisinart or immersion blender. Pulse for a few seconds, until all ingredients are blended together. Store in a glass jar (or other airtight container) in the refrigerator for up to one month. Shake before using.
Notes
  1. This will solidify in the refrigerator so make sure to remove it about 30 minutes prior to using, or run the bottle under hot water for a few seconds.
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Creamy Balsamic Italian Dressing
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I've also done this with 1/4 c. Greek yogurt, 1/4 c. mayo)
  3. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (you can also use apple cider or red wine vinegar)
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar
  5. 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning (I've also used a handful of fresh basil)
  6. 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (regular salt will work too)
  7. A dash of pepper
  8. 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a Cuisinart or immersion blender. Pulse for a few seconds, until all ingredients are blended together. Store in a glass jar (or other airtight container) in the refrigerator for up to one month. Shake before using.
Notes
  1. This will solidify in the refrigerator so make sure to remove it about 30 minutes prior to using, or run the bottle under hot water for a few seconds.
Adapted from My Great-Grandmother
Adapted from My Great-Grandmother
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Classics On Stand-By

Poplin striped top Apparently Mondays are becoming the day for classics. Last week it was this combo and this week my trusty poplin striped shirt and Converse are teaming up. Ok, so maybe it’s not ultra-risky, or high-fashion, or totally groundbreaking, but that’s the great thing about classics…they don’t need to be. Even if they’ve been around for years (Hi Converse), or you’ve worn them 20 times (Phillip Lim bag, I’m looking at you), or they’re no longer available in stores (that would be you, Old Navy jeans), they are still great just as they are.  

Do you have a stand-by classic piece that you can always count on?

classic clothes Standby Classics yellow bag classic outfit Joe Fresh Sweatshirt // J.Crew Shirt (similar here) // Old Navy Jeans // Phillip Lim x Target Bag // Converse Shoes

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