God I love home:)
People wave in thanks when you let them into your lane.
God I love home:)
I'm about to take off for a weekend in the 'burgh, the first one in too many years where it isn't wedding related for me or for Eliz but for one of the Wexford girls. Im very excited to play the doting friend role as Payner begins the shower circuit in her own wedding journey. A passing of the torch so it seems...:)
Minutes fly by, the hours pass and I think to myself. HOW is it Monday already? This time of year always feels like a "gearing up" of sorts for me. I am sure it is just part of me who, for the first 18yrs of existence, revolved around a school schedule....and April's approach always meant summer vacation wasn't too far away. But now, summer is just another season in life and less of a respite from the crazy. Between starting my "intern" phase with CardsByAnne, keeping the apartment always tidy for potential showings, meal planning, laundry, working out, dinners with friends, birthday-wedding parties, (this sounds a bit "whoa is me", sorry for the rant) etc etc...I'm finding myself wanting a real life pause button. My sleep has been restless with all that's on my mind and I'm trying to get a bit more habit forming in the "shutting off" (phone off, computer off) *before* getting ready for bed each night followed by a calming cup of camomile tea.
Right now, there's expectations that I can't seem to get away from. How quickly can I become successful on the CBA front? How honestly can I manage my time and still feel like a good friend & wife while taking care of myself the best way I can? What will come to define 2012? I'm innately wired in such a way that these kinds of questions are constatntly stirring for me. Always, always on my mind. I voice this outloud on here, not as a point of complaint, but simply of what is. And so with that....Monday is moving along....gotta catch it!
PS: The weekend spent celebrating our friends' birthdays and engagements was fantastic. Lee sucessfully got Chris to his surprise 30th (how great is the look on a person's face when they realized "got you!" is happening to *them*)....and it goes without saying that Lindsay was THE hostess with the mostess, serving up Chris' favorite food and drink for the occasion. It just so happens Chris's favorites are pretty much comfort food to the max. (Think mac 'n cheese bites, crab cakes, pulled pork sliders, etc....drool? yet?) Murph's 29th celebration at a hidden Chelsea spot behind Stone Street Coffee was a classic NYC end to a great Friday....which lead to a too-tired-but-necessary spin class on Saturday morning + the engagement party of Anna & Brian and Willie's 29th bday soiree in TriBeCa. It was like the toasting lasted 48hrs this weekend! How lucky we are to have such a family of friends here in New York...
It's back and with a twist! Today, my sweet Floridian friend KCS is here to share with you in a guest blog post some of *her favorites that are essential in life down south where god, guns and football are the holy trinity....and a sunny day at the beach is the norm ;)
my fav 5 on friday.
by kristin simonetta
hello from jacksonville, florida! im so excited to be the first guest blogger on this fab blog for my lovie sarah and hope you enjoy my rantings about my favorite 5 things of the moment. now, while sarah and i are the dearest of friends, our lives are hardly parallel. some of my greatest enjoyments in life are not quite shared or understood by sarah, so i am happy that are friendship is able to withstand the differences that we often share. for example, my daily consumption of chick-fil-a. yes mrs. kernion, i do enjoy eating fried chicken at every opportunity that presents itself. secondly, my unwavering love for my first child (okay, dog), remington. remington loves his auntie Sarah and she just can’t seem to connect with the canine breed. or lastly, the joy i feel when my husband wakes up at 4:30am to go bowhunting and kills the largest buck in the county ensuring a pleasant weekend for me. see, sarah has other enjoyments in her life that i am, quite frankly, completely baffled by. for example, bikram yoga for 30 days. do they serve chicken biscuits when class is over? or how about sarah’s love for organic green drinks which look something similar to a bag of spinach and kale being blended together into a liquid form. oh wait, i think thats the whole point of them...
so although we don’t always see eye to eye on everything, i can’t imagine one day passing by without at least 3 phone calls between us. seriously. we usually don’t skip a day. and my hubs can attest to that! without further ado, here are my favorite 5 things i am loving in no particular order. sarah, hopefully you will like at least a couple of them. :)
1. living in florida presents itself with numerous challenges when it comes to comfortable/appropriate/ professional work attire. i am always on the look out for flats that are not frumpy and shapeless and able to withstand 7+ hrs of constant wear with no blisters. behold my latest find. found at nordstrom for a great price, these are the perfect nude with a cute twist. found here.
2. on my latest adventure to NYC, i had the pleasure of visiting the mario badescu salon with sarah. it was fabulous to say the least and now i am completely hooked on their products. their smell, their price, the results. you can’t go wrong. this night cream is my fav product by far that i have tried. it is so so creamy without clogging your pores and you wake up with a dewy glow making this product irresistible!
3. we are expecting our first baby this july(a girl) and i could not be more excited! being the avid shopper that i am, thinking of all the cute clothes i can put her in makes me beyond excited but my pocket book a little nervous. gilt groupe this past week had a sale going on for the brand elephantito and i absolutely fell in love. now, this isn’t exactly the most affordable clothing line, but the style and taste of their designs makes my baby already do flips in my belly! some of their designs are a little too formal/preppy for me, but here is one of my favorites...
4. interior therapy with jeff lewis. who has seen this show?! i fell in love with jeff lewis a couple of seasons back on bravo, but this show is great. jeff’s eye for interiors is impeccable and he has the quirkiest, wittiest sense of humor. i. love. him. and, i love zoila.
5. more so than fashion, i love interior design. i mean, love. in fact, last night i had a dream/nightmare about which size marble tiling was most appropriate for the flooring of our master bathroom shower in my dream house that we are currently designing. i then woke up and realized the dream home was just in fact, a dream. boo. but, i am so inspired by interior design and have a miles long list of exactly what i want my home to look like one day. here is a preview. ill have sarah keep you updated in the next 40+ years if this ever becomes a reality! here’s hoping...
hope you all enjoyed my favorite things. so thankful it is finally friday because this has felt like the longest week of my life!! enjoy your weekends and happy spring!
Ps: some additional images from the author ;)
Today is gorgeous. I'm in a maxi dress and it is March 22nd. What the (!)...
Today, I have never been happier knowing I won't have to go into any terrible awful doctor's office in Staten Island ever again.
Today, I'm embracing the introverted side of myself a bit. It's popping up more and more these days in the most welcomed ways. More silence. Morning meditation. Less life noise.
Today I caved into my girliness because I desperately *needed* a pedicure .
Today...I looked into the mirror and thought...bring on 29. (not to wish years away, but I think the 30s are going to rock, I can feel it. )
Tomorrow, I'm starting to see customers for CardsbyAnne. The buildup and planning has been exhausted. Here goes!!
I'd be a top Book-It competitor these days if reading books granted free pan pizzas like they did back in the early 90s. (those little dot stickers, looking back, were kindof dumb, but I digress....)
In Utah, when I wasn't outside enjoying the goodness of the mountain air, my nose was buried in my Kindle overcome by a book named Wonder written by R.J. Palacio. A tale of a boy (August) who was born with a slew of facial abnormalities and who, up until the start of the book, was homeschooled by his mother as protection of sorts from the outside world. The story starts around the time August is about to enter a mainstream 5th grade classroom and the point of view shifts around every few chapters to the different players in his life. How they are all affected (and not-affected) by August in their life. The reactions of fellow students, the tough and the oh-so-beautiful-inside-and-out ones. The voice of Summer's stole my heart. From the moment she sits with August at lunch, I loved her. And my only wish was that we met her parents in the book. (I think you can tell a lot about a kid by their parents' temperment and household norms.) Thanks to Georgie Girl for the recco!
And, while I'm only 75% done(Kindle talk) with The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan...I can't help but beg everyone I know to pick up a copy. This is the nitty gritty of life and her writing is in the vein of my fav blogger Kelle Hampton, someone who faces, confronts and soaks up the everydayness of things in the most authentically beautiful ways. The heart tugging of this book, a memoir of her adolescene coupled with a specific life altering cancer diagnosis at hand, is only augmented by her amazing relationship with her father. I cried before the 2nd chapter even began. And it makes me want to snap my fingers and have a moment wiht my own Dad and well, the whole family really :)
Are you kidding me with this weather? I've been a bit of a broken record about it, and please correct me if I'm wrong but does it not feel a bit northern California-y here in NYC right now? Like we have been gifted an additional month of spring or ...(as I go off the deep end of dramatic), a whole 5th season just as a treat for 2012? It's been years since I've felt so alive in the depths of winter, normally I am just trying to get through March, hanging on to the weekend escapes to Florida or a trip to the mountains. Grey skies and me do not mix. So this? This sunny 65+ degree breezy microclimate we're feeling here these days....I'll take it!! The weekend felt elongated due to a Friday night out at Minetta Tavern (not our maiden voyage, but these burgers were craved) with some old friends which lead to some classic mid-90s cover band listening at Red Lion. (DMB will always take me back to a time when summer meant not planning more than a day or two ahead of time and Star Lake Amphitheater had all the makings of a perfect night in June.) And as the babies of 1982 all turn 30 this year, that means more surprise celebrations to be attended! Saturday afternoon, in the amazing little corner niche of the Bowrey Hotel's Gemma restaurant, my sweet friend Milly walked into a room full of cheers as she was totally taken off guard---expecting only one other couple for brunch, she got 20 of us! Not only do Austrailians know how to throw a good party, this crew is some of the most down to earth people we've met here during our tenure in NYC. (It doesn't hurt that their accents make me swoon.) Uptown and downtown we went on Saturday evening, floating on the good vibes of a beautiful weekend....and Sunday, as Lee golfed with some buddies in Jersey, I planted myself at a Le Pain in the west village and, at a table for 1 for close to 6 hours, buried my nose into my Kindle, gabbed away on number of phone dates with friends, befriended the Swedish foursome sitting on my left, sipped too many coffees, watched the happy New Yorkers stroll about, contemplated eating the entire jar of chocolate spread.... and enjoyed every second of it.
This week flewwww by. (Amazing how the hours pass quickly when your work energies are focused on a project you actually enjoy!) Foodie nights in, this insane spring weather, Pinterest desserts, tulips, and a poster that made me giggle. That was this week in a nutshell. Next Friday, a special friend-guest-blogger will be stopping by to reinstate my "Friday Favorites" with some of her own tips and reccomendations. Watch out! Happy weekend.
Normally it is lights out and bedtime by 1030pm in this house. And usually, I am out like *that*.
But tonight, 7B was filled with girly banter while Lee was at a work dinner. And I'm still wide awake. Girl chat & lambrusco...what a combo. AV whipped up a mean and dare I say perfectly sauteed chicken to top an equally lovely al dente penne and (my signature) homemade pesto. Isnt food such a great way to bring friends together? Who needs Babbo when a Valeo is your friend.
A sorority sister of mine who happens to live just a hop, skip and a jump from our corner in Chelsea was selling a beautiful 70+yr old lane cedar chest. Thank you to a facebook post, Zipcar, and fate for landing this one of a kind piece. Lee is CTO (chief tinkering officer) in our home and director of all things in the refurbishing category. Stay tuned for the reveal!
Tomorrow is Friday. Friday's win.
SALTED CARMEL PINKBERRY IS BACK.
(in my book, this makes it officially spring. i just jixed it. whatever. dont care!!! it's warmmmmm!)
Sarah: one part of a family of THREE with my husband Lee and sweet girl Morgan, simply wanting to chronicle the path I'm on and the path that will come to be. For now it's NYC urban mamaville where everyday is a new adventure! (Actually, just getting to the post office is an adventure.)
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