Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day via @runwaychef If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen that the Mr. and I, along with a few good friends, have been chillaxin’ in the Cape since Tuesday. Tonight, however, we will be trading in our beach life for mountain life as we head to the Berkshires to spend the holiday weekend with family. Usually our long weekends our pretty relaxed and we often don’t vacation around them so I’m happy for the change of pace this year. Also, this is the first vacation we’ve taken all summer….What the what?!?…..Can we just pause to let that sink in….First vacation. All summer. How did this even happen?! And more importantly, how is summer basically over??!!! Not cool, not cool at all summer! Anyways, suffice it to say, since the rest of summer has flown by in a fairly uneventful manner, I’m pretty excited to end it with a bang and a seriously much needed vacation before diving into another crazy month!

Do you have any fun holiday weekend plans? I hope that whatever you do your long weekend is a good one filled with all the summer you can possibly manage to cram into these final days!

Surprise Parties

Newport Mansions “I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Marriott Rewards®. I received Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” 

I’ve never had a surprise party, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamed about having one and that certainly hasn’t stopped me from trying to get my friends to throw me one. Case in point, I’ll never forget the letter I sent my best friend with detailed instructions on the “surprise party” I wanted her to throw me after I returned from our 2 month drive around the country. Talk about subtle hints…..Needless to say that surprise party never happened (I can’t imagine why…) and to this day I have yet to have one (hint, hint Mr.RC), but I absolutely love reading about the surprise parties that have happened to other people. Like for example the recent Marriott Rewards® Year of Surprises parties. From a very special birthday party to a returning military soldier’s 50th, the stories have all been fun to read. My favorite? The country style engagement party. Not only am I a big fan of anything country, but Stephanie could not have been more deserving of a surprise party after the incredibly difficult year she has just gone through. Watch for yourself to see just what I mean:

Speaking of surprise parties, it’s not too late to nominate (through August 31st) a loved one for a surprise party of their own via yearofsurprises.com. Learn more and get all the official rules and deets at yearofsurprises.com/rules. Also, don’t forget to become a Marriott Rewards member at marriott.com/rewards. It’s free and comes with loads of benefits (like no blackout dates) plus points you can redeem for anything from frequent flyer miles to cruises to car rentals. So basically, what are you waiting for? There’s a surprise party that’s got to get planned!

Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you or have you thrown one for someone?

P.S. The top picture is from our Marriott Rewards stay in Newport…you can read all about that trip here.

Happy Hour

Brooklyn Park pop-up pool {These faded lights in Brooklyn Bridge Park reminding me of how quickly summer nights are fading}

I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that my brain is already in vacation mode. Actually, let’s be real. My brain has been in vacation mode since like 2 weeks ago. So with that being said anything I write right now would probably just be a mumble jumble of word diarrhea and that’s just not pretty. So I’ll leave you with these pictures and the hope that your week is going well!

kitchen shelf styling {Working on kitchen shelf styling}

Jamberry nails {Excited to try Jamberry nails (c/o) for the first time…I’ll be sharing more about them next week, but in the mean time check out my friend’s page if you’re interested in buying your own}

sandals and booties {Switching out my summer sandals for fall booties}

monster cookies {Colorful cookie dough}

never get so busy making a living {Trying to keep this in mind while on vacation….picture via this post}

Cappuccino Popsicles

Cappuccino Popsicles @runwaychef This post started out as something entirely different, something having to do with iced coffee (and lots of it). But then I took too many pictures of these cappuccino popsicles and realized that they were just too darn pretty to get anything but their own post. That and the fact that anytime a dessert can double as breakfast it obviously needs to be showcased. After all, it’s not often that you can have dessert for your morning meal (at least without anyone judging you). When it comes to these popsicles, though, you most certainly can have one for breakfast. In fact, have two or three while you’re at it. Live a little. It’s Friday and you deserve a treat for getting through the week. Besides, doesn’t ‘morning popsicle’ sound so much better than ‘morning coffee’?!

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Cappuccino Popsicles (w/Vegan, Dairy-Free Option)
A cold and refreshing twist on your morning cup of coffee
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Ingredients
  1. Coffee or espresso that has been brewed and cooled (I like to use cold brew coffee concentrate)
  2. Heavy Cream, half-and-half, milk, or, for a Vegan & Dairy-free option almond milk or coconut milk
  3. Sugar (optional)
  4. Vanilla (optional)
Instructions
  1. I feel almost silly writing out this recipe because it's so easy I don't even know if it can count as a recipe. To start make your first coffee layer. In the bottom of a popsicle mold or dixie cups, pour a small layer of coffee. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  2. While the first layer is freezing, prep your cream layer. This is where the recipe becomes really flexible and can truly be adjusted to your needs and taste preferences. If you're vegan and health conscious, use the almond or coconut milk. The coconut milk will produce a more creamy texture while the almond milk will produce popsicles with a more ice-y texture. For the popsicles pictured, I used a mixture of 1 part 2% milk to 1 part heavy cream. To this mixture feel free to add sugar and vanilla, again based on your taste preferences. I prefer very little additional flavor so I added about 1 teaspoon of vanilla and about 1 tablespoon of sugar for 2 cups of cream/milk mixture.
  3. After the first layer has been freezing for 30 minutes, add on a thin cream layer and place the popsicles back in the freezer for 30 minutes. At this time you will want to gently place popsicle sticks in the center of each popsicle if you are using dixie cups.
  4. Continue alternately adding layers of coffee and cream, making sure to freeze in between each one for at least 30 minutes.
  5. When you're ready to eat a popsicle simply run it under hot water for a few seconds to loosen from the mold or to help you more easily peel off the dixie cup.
Notes
  1. If you are using dixie cups, I find it is easier to line them up in glass baking dish. It makes taking them in and out of the freezer much more seamless.
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3 Ways to Update a Ponytail

3 easy ways to update a ponytail The list of things us ladies have to do before we get out the door every morning is basically the longest, most exhausting list known to mankind (or should I say ‘womankind’?). Pluck eyebrows, color roots, paint nails, apply makeup, lather up with lotion, style hair…..can I go back to just being a tomboy?! Obviously with so much to do it can be easy to get into a (boring) routine, especially when it comes to hair. My morning hair routine dialogue usually goes a little something like “Ugh I hate my hair! Why is my hair not doing anything I want it to do? $67%$$*&t&5& (lots of expletives)!!!! No one invited you to this hair party frizz! Whatever! I’ll just put it up into a messy bun like I do every.single.day!” Clearly, I need help. Enter these 3 ways to update a ponytail. They are by no means anything new or extraordinary but they are a great reminder that hair doesn’t have to be boring or complicated and it most certainly doesn’t have to be in a rut.

Ponytail with Hair Twist // Style your hair into a ponytail as you normally would. From one side, section off a small (about 1/4″ to 1/2″) piece of hair. Wrap it around your ponytail elastic. When you get to the hair ends secure them underneath your ponytail with a bobby pin.

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Ponytail Braid // Style your hair into a ponytail as you normally would. Gently braid your hair, then secure the end with a hair elastic.

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Jasmine Ponytail // Style your hair into a ponytail as you normally would. Then, about every 2-3″ add another hair elastic. Continue adding hair elastics until you have only 2-3″ left at the end (for my hair I use 2-3 hair ties, depending on how I want them spaced).

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