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Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I just bought a LOVE print from Jen Ramos over at www.madebygirl.com
I have been a follower of her blog for awhile now, it is one of my favorites. She is super talented & has great style! 
I chose the Grapefruit color LOVE print for $35.  Right now she is offering 20% off when you enter HOLIDAY20 at checkout! I can't wait to frame it in a simple frame & hang in our bedroom.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


1. Our front door with a Fall wreath made by my Mom

2. Every year I seem to get stuck with the Candied Yams with Marshmallows, they are a big hit!
Recipe courtesy of my Mother in Law
Photo credit : phamfatale.com


Serves 30

9-10 Red Yams
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick of butter
1 tablespoon of ground gloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag of mini marshmallows 

1.  Pre-heat over to 350

2. Pierce yams with a fork to vent & stick (2-3) in microwave safe dish and cover with saran wrap.

3. You can use the potato button if your microwave has one or zap until soft to the touch, approx 6-7 mins, times will vary.

4. Once soft let cool to room temp, cut off ends & peel off skin, place in mixing bowl.

5. Add potatoes as they are done and mix in brown sugar, butter, salt, and ground cloves. I use my hand mixer to mash them up because I like a smoother texture.

6. Grease a 9x12 casserole dish and pour in mixture.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, take out pour marshmallows on top & turn oven to broil.  Place dish back in for 5 minutes or until marshmallows are lightly browned.

Serve & Enjoy! 



Monday, November 21, 2011


I attended a girls night out cooking party on Friday & I picked up some pointers from an amazing Chef!  Some of these items might come in handy this holiday season!

1. Season with Maldon Sea Salt, found at William Sonoma & Sur La Table around $10
Source; unknown

2. Bake with King Arthur's Flour $4.95

3. Cook with Academia Barilla Toscano Extra Virgin Olive Oil $25

4. Prepare with a Sil mat for baking from Crate & Barrel instead of parchment paper

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


For purchase information on any of these items click on the source link below each picture

1. Lucite and block Knife Set from West Elm

2. One of these statement books, like the TOM FORD one

3. Platinum colored faux fur throw

4. Jennifer Zeuner side cross bracelet

5. Girls on film cape

6. Urban's subtle leopard scarf $29

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I just bought a $50 Groupon for $100 worth of in store credit at American Apparel.  I have a pretty good idea of what I am going to buy with it! Purchase to follow!  
Or you might want to grab now for your holiday shopping!

Monday, November 14, 2011


1. The grand opening of North Fattoria Italiana by our house

2. Family heirloom a flow blue turkey platter for Thanksgiving

3. Date night with my husband at the new AMC Cinema Suites
Huge recliners, a dirty martini, and dinner while watching the Rum Diary

4. Our winter lawn turned out awesome this year not sure what we did differently from last year

5. Shopping at the Borgata with My Mom & Sister, picked up these hair ties from Green with Ivy. Such a great gift for $15 and the packaging is super cute in a little flower pot.  My sister and I spilt them and I still got 5 ties and a headband!

 6. Our last pomegranate of the season from our backyard

Friday, November 11, 2011


If you are a member of Hautelook you probably received this email for $20 to Nordstrom Rack, AMAZE!  Well I went today and I couldn't find anything so they put the $20 on a Nordstrom gift card for me so now I can use it at Nordy's too!  There really is no catch and no limit on how much you have to spend.  If you are not a member of Hautelook I suggest you join! Sign up HERE 


Source: unknown

I have been looking for the perfect bib necklace to throw on with a white tee & jeans or that can be paired with a cocktail dress.  I found this J.Crew Soliel necklace originally $98 and sold out, on Ebay for $35, it is exactly what I was looking for!  Thank god I didn't have to bid and stalk this necklace like a crazy person, it had the "buy it now" option. Can't wait to get this in the mail!

Happy Shopping & Have a Great Weekend!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


While staying at the W Hotel last month I fell in love with the Bliss products in our room. When we checked out of course I grabbed all of the left over shampoos, face wash, lotion, etc...but I am fresh out now! 

So I was excited when I found this giant bottle of Bliss lemon+sage body butter at Nordstrom Rack.  I scored at $12 for this puppy, it retails for $50. I'm thinking I might go back and stock up for Christmas gifts.

I also highly recommend their fabulous foaming face wash.  It has a light exfoliator to remove make-up, while still being gentle on your skin.


1. J.Crew poncho hoodie in black
originally $118, perfect to throw on with a white tank or tee, skinny jeans, & riding boots.
It runs big so the xxs-xs fits perfectly
On sale online for $49.99 but if you buy in store it is $29.99

2. From Barney's J Brand Mid Rise Skinny, there is not a lot of stretch in these so they keep there shape all day long!
 Jeans $170

3. My BFF came in town last weekend & we traded tops. I guess BFF's usually have the same style & so it works out for us when we shop together because she lives in Seattle! She actually bought the J Brand skinnies too! 
 I got this J.Crew blouse in wreath from her for my Joie cream & black blouse.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011



I have to have an afternoon snack at work & here are a few of my picks

1. Lemon Perrier & Edamame

2. Yoplait Light Fat Free Blueberry Yogurt

 3. Instead of Baked Lays chips I might grab these Wasabi Seaweed Snacks from TJ

 4. When I need protein at lunch I will get this Lighter Side turkey sandwich from Einstein's on an everything bagel thin, only 270 calories and under $5
(I add sprouts to mine)