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Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend: Sales Galore

It's that time of year again: Holiday weekend = Sales galore! I've got your comprehensive guide and things I am loving! 

Extra 50% off sale

J. Crew
Extra 25% off sale with code ALMOSTFALL

Joe's Jeans
30% off with code LABORDAY.. get some new jeans for fall! 

Grab a classic silk shirt... tons of great options on sale! I want this one.. great color! Love these because I wear them to work and on the weekends, and even out at night! 

Starting at 50% off! 

Club Monaco
Extra 50% off clearance and extra 40% off sale with code HEYFALL... Um these $35 scalloped shorts, a Chanel-esque dress for $70 and an Italian wool pea coat for $120. Sign me up. 

Everything up to 40% off... I'm loving their updated site. 

Up to 40% off. Some seriously great steals. I'm really in love with this Theory dress which is perfect for work! 

Mark and Graham
Extra 30% off sale with code SAVE30. Some great gift items and everything can be monogrammed! This jewelry box is beautiful and super inexpensive!  

Tons of great new markdowns. Lots of cocktail dress options for those looking! 

Happy Shopping! Have a fabulous day! 


I'm Off!

Brunch @ Maison Kayser 

Doing what we do best ;)

In the tents @ NYFW 2013

 At The Guards in DC! (So sad it's closed!!) 

 Goofing off at the Duquesne Club

Horseback Riding 

Talk about some throw back photos! By the time this post has gone live, I'll be up in the sky headed out east for the holiday weekend to visit my friend Eugenia (she told me the swan raft is waiting for me ;))!
In the meantime, check out my post from the last time I was in NYC and the last time I was in the Hamptons!  I'll be in NYC all next week, too, so I am going to try and handle e-mails/etc. as best I can while I'm away and I have scheduled blog posts, too, but will try to pop in from time to time. 
The best way to keep up with me is via social media (Instagram and Twitter). I have a sneaking suspicion, I will be snap happy ;) Have a fabulous day! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Workout Playlist

Sneakers/ Sports Bra
So let me first be honest and say this post is slightly hypocritical. You see, I used to work out a ton in high school and college, but post-college working out fell down to the bottom of my to-do list. Between my full time job, Summer Wind and everything else that comes with being an adult, working out just doesn't really fit into my schedule. 
But I love working out. I truly get the 'runners high' that everyone talks about. I miss it!
I really like high intensity workouts (if you know me IRL, you'd much energy!!!), so a 'pump up' playlist is absolutely necessary. What's on my current pump up list?  See below for my recommendations! I am always looking for great tunes to add to the list, so please feel free to suggest some great songs in the comments! I also love this playlist for driving to work in the mornings.. upbeat songs wake me up and get me ready and excited to start the day #goodvibesonly!

Jealous- Chromeo

Danza Kuduro- Don Omar 
(I am embarrassed to admit that I kind of love this and have NO idea what they're singing about... I took French, not spanish. oops.)

Arrows- Fences ft. Macklemore

Waves- Magic Man

Out of My Mind- Magic Man 

Shake It Off- Taylor Swift (duh)

Ahead of Us- Tom Swoon, Lush and Simon 
(on repeat-- so catchy and love the lyrics) 

Take Me Home- Cash Cash

Mo Money Mo Problems- Notorious BIG (throwback)

This Will Be- Natalie Cole 

All About You- Hillary Duff 
(Lizzie McGuire is making a comeback and I love it!)

Shower- Becky G

Octahate- Ryn Weaver 

Check out my last playlist, here. Have a fabulous day! 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Delicious Healthy Recipe

When I was at the lake a few weeks ago, my aunt (she took the photos for this blog post! Thanks Aunt Lindey!) made this amazing rice salad to pair with our dinner. I could eat this for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. Plus... the icing on the cake? It's easy to make and pretty healthy. Even I could handle something like this. It's great as a side, especially because it adds some color to a plate, but you could also dice up some chicken and make a meal out of it. Another reason I love it? You can make it in large batches for a crowd and you can make it ahead of time! Here is the recipe:

Rice and Vegetable Salad
8 cups hot cooked rice
1 ½ - 2 cups Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1 sweet red pepper cut thin
1 green pepper cut thin
1 medium red/purple onion peeled and diced
6 green onions, finely chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
2 shallots finely diced
1 10 oz pkg frozen peas, thawed and blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes
½ cup pitted and chopped black olives
¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
½ cup chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper to taste

Note – I usually double this so there is plenty of dressing for the salad.
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
4 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
Minced parsley and/or snipped chives to taste
½ cup olive oil
Measure mustard into bowl.  Whisk in vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and herbs.  Drizzle in olive oil while continuing to whisk until mixture thickens.   Makes 1 cup.

Transfer cooked rice to a large bowl and pour 1/1/2 cups vinaigrette into rice.  Toss well; cool to room temperature.
Add remaining ingredients and toss thoroughly.  Taste and correct seasonings if necessary.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.  Return to room temperature before serving.
Serves 8-10 people
Do you cook? What are some of your favorite (easy) recipes? Have a fabulous day!