Little Things

It’s amazing how quickly time passes us by. I am looking at the site today and I realize it’s been over a month since my last post! How does that much time go by so fast? It’s called life. When I started this blog, I wanted to use it as my creative outlet and a place for me to share my love of fashion. While I am still updating via social media (Facebook, twitter and instagram) my actual blog posting hasn’t been so “up to date”.

With an exciting past month full of traveling and more opportunities in the future, my Little Things post today feels like a step back in the right direction.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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(It’s not a Summer Sunday until you’ve had one of these. I am working on perfecting my Bloody Mary recipe)

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(Hoping neon new kicks help me get back to the gym!)

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(Wedding planning reading material has consumed my evenings)

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(The perfect summer wedge is on sale. Serious)

Party Planner

When my fiancé & I first became engaged (NYC/December 21, 2012), the first thing we said to each other was no wedding planning until after the New Year. We wanted to enjoy the holidays and not rush into wedding planning. While out to dinner mid-January, we said out loud all the things we didn’t want our wedding to be. Then went home that night and made a list of all the things we wanted.

My inner party planner went into over-drive, within 2 weeks I think we looked at 5 venues and spoke to a dozen more. One afternoon I called my fiancé crying nothing was working out, I was over wedding planning and tried to connivence him we could elope in Vegas. Everything came to a screeching hault, my wonderful fiancé suggested I take a break from planning for a while.

It’s been a couple months since my bride-to-melt down, we’ve slowly started discussing details and I am back to planning our wedding. While I am excited, the process is stressful (don’t let anyone tell you it’s easy!). I am taking my time and promised myself not to get overwhelmed by tiny details. With our date selected, we have plenty of time to enjoy our engagement and plan our special day.

I promise not to turn this into a wedding blog, but I couldn’t help but share a few images that I’ve found particularly inspirational. We are still determining a “theme”, but 2 things I know for sure Italian Wedding + Florida.

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Are you married, engaged or planning? What is/was your biggest wedding planning hurdle? What advise do you have for those planning their upcoming special day? I’d love to hear from you.

*All photos from Pinterest.

Questions Answered

I loved getting everyone’s questions in my recent Ask Anything Post. I sat down over the weekend, selected the most common concerns and did my best to answer each one. Hope you enjoy!

Ashlee asked, “What is your daily skin care routine – how frequently should I change my products?”:

Great question! A lot of women all ages deals with, skincare issues. My morning skin routine is actually very simple, in the morning I was my face with Kinerase Gentle Daily Face Wash. I use Mario Badescu Honey Moisturizer. I was recently introduced to BellaLabs, I apply this around my eyes to be proactive for wrinkles and fine lines, since I do spend time in the sun. I was applying this DDF Moisturizer with sunscreen until I switched to PUR Tinted Moisturizer that use instead of foundation during the summer.

I change my routine with the seasons since I notice my skin in dry during the summer & winter months.

My evening routine consist of make up removal with Neutrogena Make Up Removal Wipes,  followed by Mario Badescu Make Up Remover Soap or Borghese Scrub (You shouldn’t exfoliate more than twice a week). Once a week I use this Green Tea face mask that I love.

Clara wanted to know, “I have 2 weddings that I going to in June, I am wearing the same dress to both. How can I mix it up?”

Accessories! And the good news is it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Start simple earrings make a huge different. Change from gold to silver or even add gemstones, it creates such a different feel plus they’ll defiantly be seen in photos.

Another easy to add item is a scarf or shaw to throw over your shoulders. This is more common for an evening wedding but a simple scarf (I like Ann Taylor’s) can give your outfit a new look.

Last but not least, shoes! I simple shoe change can make a world of difference. For day time a chic wedge heel is a comfortable go-to (plus easy to dance in!). Evening wedding, think a metallic pump. For a small investment this can be an outfit changer! Plus they’ll look great with jeans for date night.

Denise asks, “What is your go-to snacks/foods when unplanned guest stop by?”

I wish I had the answer to this question years ago, it would of saved me a lot of last minute melt downs. This is something that I feel everyone has to establish on their own, depending on what the majority of your friends/family enjoy.

For me, its a combination of a few items including; various cheeses (brie, parmesan reggiano and smoked gouda), crackers, olives, hummus and fruit. I’ve learned to improvise and not panic when unplanned guest say they are on the way. My go-to items are foods that don’t spoil quickly so I can keep them around for back-up. A chilled bottle of white wine is great for warmer days and easily turned into sangria. If you have time, a quick load of italian bread, some deli cold cuts and a coffee cake turn this into a splendid afternoon.

 

Thank you all so much for your questions! More questions? Ask me on social media; via Facebook and Twitter.

Go-To Tuna Melt

It takes a cool rainy day to bring back the memories of comfort food. While tuna doesn’t top many list, a tuna melt is another story. Tuna, loaded with mayo, sandwiched between thick, crusty artisan bread, and just oozing with melted cheese – the perfect sandwich for a day spent in sweat pants with movies. Here is my Go-To Tuna Melt (Skinny).

What You’ll Need;

  • 1 ( 5 oz) can Chunk White Albacore Tuna
  • 2 tablespoon of deli mustard (I use spicy)
  • 1/4 cup diced avocado
  • 1 tsp diced green onion
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 slices (maybe 3) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped lettuce

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What to do:

  • In a small bowl combing tuna (drained), mustard, avocado, green onion and salt and pepper (to taste).
  • Make the patty and place in skillet, about 4 minutes on each side. I like it crispy on the outside.
  • Top with a slice of cheese
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce

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