Growing up I looked forward to my brithday all year. I have to give my parents credit for throwing some of the best birthday parties ever. I had an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, and a Little Italy pastry fest amongst others. Whenever someone would say “your birthday is a million years away” I would get so frustrated! If I get a birthday every year how can my next one be a million years away?!?!?!
Happy October! This past weekend it really started to feel like fall- crisp, and slightly cool. On Saturday night I wore a jacket out to dinner, which is always a clear sign of weather change. This really is my favorite time of year, I love New York in October.
If you read my blog regularly you know that green smoothies are a huge part of my daily routine. Huge. A green smoothie is basically any nutrient dense smoothie that involves greens such as kale, spinach, romaine, chard etc. We are not talking the bottled, fruit and sugar laden smoothies here! These are pure, green nutrition!
Yesterday was a sick day for me. I spent the whole day on the couch with Maddy watching season one of Homeland. While I hate being laid up for a day I was glad to have some great tv to keep me occupied! My cold started on Monday afternoon and by Tuesday morning I was in full on misery. I think there is something going around, my sister and her twins are also sick and a few friends have complained about colds recently. Lucky for me I know that if I rest completely for a full 24 hours my cold usually goes away. Thanks to lots and lots of green juice and about 8,000 mg of vitamin C today I am feeling much better!
Unless you live under a rock, (or are just not a product junkie like me) chances are you have heard something about BB Creams recently. BB Creams are all over the pages of every beauty magazine. Every Sephora has a section dedicated to them. BB mania came to the US via Korea and Japan where Asian women covet these multitasking products.
Happy Birthday to my sister! Betsey is significantly older than me and growing up I often looked to her for advice. In many cases she played the role of a second mother and would often try to convince me I was actually her baby! As we’ve grown up we have become close friends and the age gap seems to diminish with each year. I do however still go to her for advice now and then. Betsey always knows the best new novels to read, and the best restaurants to check out.
In the spirit of the Jewish New Year, I have made a few resolutions for myself. As I mentioned yesterday I am much more likely to stick to resolutions made in September than in January so now seemed like the perfect time! My biggest resolution is to seriously cut back my alcohol consumption. I am not a huge drinker but after a summer of constant socializing and a fall that promises to be just as busy, I need to give my body a break. With this in mind I have resolved to not drink on weeknights at all and to greatly limit my drinking on weekends. Starting tonight I have three weeks of constant activity (birthdays, holidays, charity events, video shoots, parties) and there is no way I will make it through if I do not take even better care of my body than I usually do.
L’shana tova. Although I am not the most observant of Jews, I adore this Rosh Hashanah greeting “for a good year.” To me, September feels like a much more natural time to celebrate the coming of a new year than January 1st. Everything feels fresh and new in September, there is a palpable excitement in the air. September is when I find myself more likely to take on resolutions and habit changes. For example I have FINALLY gotten back into yoga. After making it one of my New Year’s resolutions last winter, I have just now gotten into a good yoga groove. To me it is no coincidence that this change finally stuck in September, not January. The combination of “back to school” plus Rosh Hashanah plus my early October birthday makes me want to take on new challenges this time of year. By January I am cold, a little tired, and in hibernation mode!
The early weeks of September are all about transition for me. From a slower paced August with lots of vacation time to a fall filled with events, meetings, and projects to work on. From breezy shorts and sundresses to more tailored pants, skirts and jackets. From barely there makeup and air-dried hair to a slightly more refined every day look. They are all changes that I welcome; yet sometimes the transition itself can be a little sticky. This time of year I always find myself asking questions like what is my basic fall wardrobe? What are my go to fall meals? I know by early October I will be in the swing of it and fully ready for everything autumnal.