I am always looking for a quick and easy makeup look to wear out to dinner, to parties, or anywhere that requires a little more luxe than the everyday. At the end of a busy day I rarely save enough time to get glam for a night out. I usually have the best intentions to leave myself a full hour for outfit choosing, hairstyling and makeup time but to be honest this rarely happens. More often than not my getting ready routine looks like a scene from a Muppet movie, with me playing a frantic Miss Piggy juggling dresses, curlers and makeup.
On Saturday morning we woke up to cold, fog and rain in Chicago. All of our lofty plans for bike rides around the lake and lots of window shopping were not to be. Luckily, while flipping through the tourist magazine in our hotel room I discovered that the Chicago Green Festival was going on right down the road at Navy Pier. Lots of green products under one roof for me to try? Perfect!
First off my apologies for the recent radio silence. Due to some seriously bad travel karma (re: many flight delays and cancellations) our quick weekend in Chicago was extended by two extra days. I learned quite a bit about coping with travel interruption and am excited to share new travel tips tomorrow!
I loved orange long before Pantone named Tangerine Tango the Color of the Year. It’s fun, vibrant, happy and poppy. I love it so much that my entire office is orange (with hints of cream, brown, purple and pink), and one of the main decor colors for my wedding was orange. Like I said, I love orange.
My friend Ceci Johnson is a true artist. As the founder of Ceci New York, a luxury invitation and design company she lends her inspired hand to everything she touches. I was lucky enough to work with Ceci while planning our wedding last February. She designed our fun Save the Dates (featuring a photo Doug took), our stunning invitation suite, our wedding programs and more. She also created a beautiful and meaningful ketubah for us that now hangs in our bedroom.
Over the weekend I was inundated by thoughts of citrus-y desserts. First, a girlfriend of mine texted asking if I had ever attempted “my version” of a lemon bar. I replied “not yet” and then spent a great deal of saturday and sunday formulating a plan of attack for said bars. Notes were taken, lists were made, wheels were set in motion. Stay tuned.
While today’s chilly weather is deceiving, spring is definitely here. Local, organic apples and pears are nowhere to be found and are starting to be replaced (slowly) with asparagus, fiddleheads, rhubarb, and the coveted ramps. While I adore my kale salads and roasted root veggies, I am excited to start adding some lighter, springy produce into my menu rotation. Before you know it will be blueberry season. Yes! Note: I have been known to eat a pint of blueberries a day in July and August.
My love for Mexico is nothing new. The food, the beach, the tequila, it truly is my favorite vacation spot. This past weekend, for a girlfriends bachelorette, I experienced the west coast of Mexico (namely Cabo) for the first time. Being in NYC it is much easier and faster to get to the Riviera Maya than Baja. While the trip west was long I was so glad I went! The desert meets ocean topography is stunning, so different from the caves and mangrove lagoons I am used to. Also, the air is much drier making for better hair weather!