Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

I hope you are all staying warm (if you’re an East Coaster). I hope the wine is flowing and your boo is close by.

If you’re in need of a refresh and have some time to stop by Sephora this weekend, pick up some travel size overnight sleep masks.

At just $4 a mask with approximately 3-4 uses a package, it’s a great travel buddy or night time spa treatment for your face. In the morning, your skin feels fresh and rejuvenated.


The mask itself comes in a small container with a fold back lid. After your first use, just reseal the lid with cling wrap. Yes, it’s a little annoying, but it’s only $4 so that was easy to get over.

Now your face is fresh and feeling fancy. You can go downstairs and make your signif the breakfast sandwich of champions.


Take a piece of bread of your choice and cut a small circle in the middle and lightly butter both sides of the bread.


After you heat a slightly greased pan, place the pieces of bread in the pan. Crack an egg into each one of the circles. Let cook for 3 minutes.




On one slice, add sliced avocado and sliced goat cheese.


Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Flip over one more time just to get some extra melting going on for the goat cheese.

Plate and enjoy. The egg yolk will be runny and in my opinion, you can never go wrong with avocado and/or goat cheese. #amIright

I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with snuggling. Either with your boo or with a nice bottle of vino.


Music Crush Monday

Music Crush Monday

It’s a snowy, windy, icy kind of Monday. That can only mean one thing; dance the hell out of your work day.


Ellie Goulding’s new work is everything to me right now. She’s giving me that upbeat feel that I need. Here are my absolute favorites:

Something In The Way You MoveStarry EyedBurn

Also, Monday wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share my major accomplishment over the weekend. I found/perfected/mastered a gluten free pizza crust. I will never make my own dough again and I will never buy a frozen pizza again. JD’s gluten free pizza dough is my all time favorite. Find it at your local Whole Foods or Stop N Shop.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, put the stone in now and let it heat up for 30 minutes.

Bring the stone out and place it on a pot holder. Place the dough on the stone and with luke warm water, carefully press the dough out until you have a 13 inch circle. Dust the dough with corn meal.

Place the stone back into the oven and cook for 5 minutes, or until slightly browned around the edges.

Bring the stone back out and layer the pizza with whatever you want! I layered one with pesto, turkey sausage, spinach, raw onion, tomato, and mozz. Another one I made with a tomato sauce, turkey sausage, tomato, and mozz.

Place the stone back into the oven and cook for 15-17 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown.

Pull it out and enjoy!


Homemade pizza pairs well with a nice couple of glasses of Pinot Noir, an all pajama kind of day, a movie marathon including Bridge of Spies (SO GOOD, btw), and watching the QUEEN rock it at that Superbowl concert. #amIright



Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites


This week will be all about my favorite apps. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about going off the grid but when I’m back on the grid, I want these apps in my pocket.

Ink Cards

I love cards! Did you ever have so many things going on that you forget to go to the store to pick one out? Ink Cards lets you create and send a customized card straight from your phone to your bestie’s doorstep. Can’t get much easier than that.


Pandora not doing it for you at the office? Tap into Coffitivity for a transport into a cafe with sounds of a local coffee shop. Perfect for that busy afternoon with deadlines!


Adult coloring is so trendy. Now you can get it at the comfort of your own phone. Get your coloring on.


Need a little help remembering to call your Gram? Or drink enough water? Or exercise after work? Or make a blog post? Simple and easy to use. A dream to staying in touch with your plans and deadlines.


Ever wonder if you’re getting the best deal on spaghetti squash? Or wondering if that goat cheese is the best deal of the day? Flipp shows you the best deals at the grocery stores in your area to give you the scoop on how to keep your bill down so that you can save that money for TRAVEL.

Think Dirty

Ever wonder what’s in your beauty products? Type in the product at Think Dirty and it’ll tell you where it fits on the scale of clean to EEK!


Looking for a new set of skills? Skillshare allows you to pick different courses that you would like to take and share your skills with others. Get your learn on.


It’s definitely not going to change your life but it will definitely provide entertainment. Make a video, boomerang it. Please enjoy…

Happy Friday!


Music Crush Monday

Music Crush Monday

Crushing on some Drake White this week while I breeze through this day off that I gave myself. I first heard this gem when he opened for Zac Brown Band in West Palm Beach. Loved him. Love him.

drake white

Favorites tunes:

It Feels Good • The Simple Life • I Need Real

He especially pairs well with all the fun things you could do during your day off. Like tackle your first roast!

Here goes nothing…


3lb eye of the round

1 tbsp of sea salt

1/2 cup of gluten free flour (see blend here)

3 tbsp of vegetable oil

3 tbsp of Italian blend seasoning

2 1/2 cups of beef broth

1 1/2 cup of red wine (I was drinking Pinot Noir so I used that!)

1 onion, cut into 1/8ths

Package of shitake mushrooms

Cast Iron Dutch Oven


Cover the roast with sea salt and then roll it in the flour.

Heat 3 tbsp of vegetable oil in dutch oven. Sear the roast for roughly 1 minute on each side.

Remove the roast and add the broth, wine, seasoning, onion, and mushrooms. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Place the roast back into the pot.


Cook for 2 hours.


Remove, cut, plate, and cover with some of the sauce left in the pan. Place the rest of the sauce in a gravy bowl and let people go wild.


This was my first time EVER making a roast and it tasted amazing! I paired it with some roasted carrots and green beans and the rest of the wine. Cheers to days off! DO NOT be surprised if you feel like Giada has nothing on you.


P.S. #somebodywifemeup


Cinnamon Chip Scones

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If cinnamon chip scones are wrong, I don’t want to be right.


2 cups of Gluten-Free Flour blend (please see below)

1/4 cup of sugar

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp xantham gum

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup cinnamon chips

1/2 cup cold butter (cut into small pieces)

1/2 cup sour cream

3/4 cup milk

Gluten-Free Flour Blend:

4 1/2 cups white rice flour

1 2/3 cups brown rice flour

1 1/3 cups potato starch

3/4 cup tapioca starch

3 tablespoons nonfat milk powder

Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Good for up to 3 months.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine flour blend, sugar, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum and baking soda in large bowl. Add cup of cinnamon chips and toss.

Cut butter into mix (use two knives until coarse crumbs form). Or if you’re a baller, you can use a pastry blender. Stir in sour cream into milk in a small bowl.

Gradually add sour cream mix into flour mixture, stir until all dough begins to form.

Sprinkle flour mixture onto a flat surface. Transfer dough onto surface and knead 5 to 6 times until dough holds together. Divide into two pieces.

Pat dough piece into circle; about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick and place on lightly greased baking pan.

Bake 10-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on rack. Cut into triangles or rectangles. However you do your scone.


Enjoy! Pairs well with a snow storm, French Pressed Costa Rican (course ground) coffee, raspberries and blackberries, deep couch sitting, Netflix binging, and/or a self made three day weekend.


Music Crush Monday

Music Crush Monday

He’s British. He’s a jazz artist. He’s won a Grammy, two Golden Globes, he’s been GQ’s man of the year twice, and the list goes on…

jamie cullum

Jamie Cullum

You’ll crush on him too if you are in a jazz, rock, pop, and bluesy mood.

Here are my top favorite songs:

Save Your Soul • Everything You Didn’t Do • Edge of Something 

It doesn’t hurt that he absolultely ADORES Tay, too.

These jazzy tunes pair well with people watching at your favorite coffee shop on Jane St.,  sipping wine and talking about how crazy your love is at your favorite wine bar on 7th Avenue, holding hands and walking down Irvington Street and feeling like you’re the only two people in the world, eating gelato near the fountain at Columbus Avenue and talking about your best day in New York (that one), and/or sitting at home cuddling with your pup. Any or all will do, ya know…

And as always, may your Mondays start off strong and end with a glass of vino when you walk through your front door. Or water. Or champagne. Or tea. Whatever works best.


Nutella stuffed almond butter cookies

Yeah, you heard me.



How to make magic happen. And lot’s of smiling…


1 cup of almond butter (can also use peanut or cashew butter)

1 cup of light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp of baking soda

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup of nutella, chilled


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium sized bowl, combine almond butter (or nut butter of choice), brown sugar, egg, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix together until completely mixed and no lumps are present.

Spoon out 1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and flatten to make a thin circle.

cookie prep

Spoon 1 tsp of chilled nutella into the center of the dough.

cookie filling

Fold the edges around the Nutella, carefully forming the dough into a ball.

cookie shot

Make sure nutella is not spilling out anywhere. If your main squeeze or roommates don’t like nutella, you can go ahead and keep them flat and add cinnamom chips on top or just keep them plain.


Bake for 7-8 minutes and then let cool for 5 minutes.

V O I L A.


Nutella stuffed cookies pair well with watching Before We Go ( rom com gold) and swooning over Chris Evans, sitting close on the couch with your main cookie, filling up on them after you take out order the worst gluten free pizza that you’ve ever had, and/or canoodling by the fire after some vino.

Regardless, feel lovely and comfy and happy and full.



Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

I’m not feeling so hot today so this Friday my favorites are all about the things that make me feel good…

sweater weather

These sweater leggings from the Gap. Check in store for more colors. I got one pair for Christmas and I loved them so much that I went to the store for another pair. They are everything when you’re sick.

Those Lemon cozy slipper socks (similar) that need no description. They’re that good.

And then my raw honey/cinnamon hot water concoction that has kept me going during the work day. Look at all the benefits of raw honey and cinnamon. Together they make magic happen. #amIright

I hope your Friday night looks nothing like mine; Advil PM and bed.


Music Crush Monday

Music Crush Monday

If you are a granola loving, tree hugging gal or gent then you’ll love my next crush…


Xavier Rudd & The United Nations

This Australian native rocks didgeridoos and harmonicas on stage, is an activist for organizations close to his heart in his spare time, and is one sexy vegetarian. #amIright

Here are my favorite tunes…

Follow The Sun • Let Me Be • Spirit Bird

XR pairs well with Monday nights and winding down from that long day and snugglin’ with your squeeze, baths with that good smelling bath salt and vino, DIY’ing on a new project, and/or perfecting that homemade pizza dough ( THE STRUGGLE).

Enjoy. So much!


Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Bringing a few of my favorite things from 2015 into the new year. Perfect to browse if you are like me and could spend hours in Ulta. #amIright

What's in my bag

So…what’s in my bag?

Full bag of goodies

They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer

They are real

I wear this alone and it really does give my lashes a natural and feathery look. Just like it describes. It also has magic potion ( Provitamin B5) to condition. My lashes feel soft and primed.

Laura Mercier Eye Shadow

Laura Mercier Eye Shadow

If Laura Mercier is wrong, I don’t want to be right. My colour is a barely there pink, Vanilla Nuts, and it is the only eye shadow that doesn’t crease by the middle or end of day. It’s creamy and soft and stays for hours.

Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift

Trish McEvoy

I had a gift card to Nordie’s once and before I knew it I made my way over to beauty. In 5 minutes, my hands were covered in all different eye shadow colors, lines of eye liner colors, and a glittery blush color. And then I found this. This eye lift goes under my eye in a downward facing triangle and IT WORKS. I felt like I just went under the knife, it was that good. Just call me the illusionist. It’s a little on the $$ side but if you are looking to splurge in the new year, you will not be disappointed.

My ‘never fails me’ Bobbi Brown blush and eyeliner gel

Bobbi Brown

I LOVE Bobbi Brown. Love her. And these two products have yet to disappoint me. This blush color gives me a tint of pink and for the eyeliner, I just dab under my lash line on my top lid to make it appear that my eyelashes are full of color and life. By lining under the base of my lashes, it doesn’t look like I have eye liner on which I think is the best when I want to add pops of color elsewhere (please see vampy lip color below).

Porefessional Magic by benefit


I have oily skin, especially after I apply my SPF face cream in the morning, so I need a fix. This product ROCKS and it keeps me looking shine free for most of the morning and a little into the afternoon. I keep it with me if I’m going ‘day to night’ somewhere. WIN. OH and the best part…this one container will last you a whole year.

Last, but not least…

Urban Decay’s Matte After Dark Lipstick

Urban Decay Lip

This is the only product that I didn’t have for long in 2015. And by long I mean 24 hours. I wanted to become a little less predictable in 2016 and I think this lipstick will help do the trick. I think it says “girl loves taking risks and good conversation.” Things I wouldn’t mind having in 2016.

new year new me

So cheers to some trusty products and a new year. And on that note…may your coffee be as strong as your brow game.

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Luxe on…