Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Stroll Up 5th Avenue

The Tree at Rockefeller 

5th avenue during Christmas time makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I had some time to kill before meeting my friend for a toy drive this past Monday and took what is now my personal traditional Christmas stroll up 5th avenue. I am always in awe of the care each of these grand storefronts puts into showcasing their holiday decor. Click here for my previous 5th avenue holiday inspired post. There's even a little serenade in there for you.

I always start my stroll at Rockefeller center for the tree, clearly. There's just something about standing and staring up at this magnificent tree.  The amount of people that come to see it annually... you know its something special even magical. 

Here are some photos i took of my stroll. The windows at Bergdorf Goodman were by far the best and the one to see! Each window display told a story.  As a new yorker or a tourist, a walk up 5th avenue during Christmas time is something we should all enjoy. These are the little things we sometimes take for granted...and you shouldn't. 

Tis the season

Friday, December 12, 2014

Your Feel Good Weekend

This kitty in a storefront window absolutely made my week! As much as i love Christmas it's looking more and more like i'll have no tree.  The roommie is away with family and i'm flying solo.  Maybe a tiny pink tree... can't find those anywhere.

Anyway, it has been an incredibly stressful and busy two weeks. 
Here's to an amazing and more relaxing weekend, lovers.

Be grand!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Creating Holiday Memories

circa 1989

The Christmas holiday is my favorite of them all. The twinkling lights, the tree, the slightly spiked fruit cake, friends and family, and those oh-so-awkward childhood photos. Really, there is nothing like a trip down memory lane with old family photos and the belly-laughs they bring.

I was really excited when contacted me to participate in a recreation of an old family photo using today's holidays designs. I spent a couple of hours sifting through 12 family albums before deciding on a select few. I originally intended to include the boys (as some photos will show) but at the last minute they opted out and we had to get inventive. Scroll through to see the before and afters. was kind enough to provide us with these beauty new sweater you see us modeling here. Thank you for the lovely gift and for helping us create new holiday memories!

about the santa bear: our grandfather gave this bear to amy 26 years ago at the age of two. its a little piece of him that she holds dear to her heart. our grandparents were everything to us. this was just our little homage to them. love.

happy holidays!

celebrating the holidays with sweaters 2014!
clockwise: jah (moi), tanya, amy

Thank you for the lovely sweaters!  
You have have helped create new memories + traditions.

Blast from the past




Friday, December 5, 2014

Making Life a Little Sweeter With Hershey's Chocolate

You know its a good day when you receive a shipment of goodies from the Hershey's company. Chocolate chips, Kisses, and Cocoa powder (including recipe cards) awaited me at my doorsteps! And we all know how much i love following a good recipe. Best of all i received the parcel just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday! It was a good situation all around.

For several years now i have self-assigned myself to contributing a homemade dessert towards the Thanksgiving meal lineup. After receiving my Hershey's goodies i knew right then and there what my contribution would be, a chocolate cake!

But it didn't happen that way.

My chocolate cake idea got vetoed without a second thought or consideration. Apparently this year there seemed to be a dessert overload at the table. So i consulted the weak spot, my uncle. He voted for brownies because they were his favorite and who wouldn't love a good browny dish made from scratch.  Did i mention made from scratch?

You don't need to know more other than we were on chocolate overload over how delicious they came out.  I know Hershey's had a lot to do with it but i would also like to think all the love i put in it made for a good and successful browny dish.

Click here to see the recipe i followed for The Ultimate Chocolate Brownies!

I'm happy that i still have some more remaining. Lot's of holiday parties to attend and i can't possibly show up empty handed now can i.  Thanks Hershey's for making my life a little sweeter.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Always Get the Right Size with Rent the Runway

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I love a good holiday party don't you? Getting dressed up in fancy duds is always so much fun and special. The month of December can do wonders to your social calendar and so you have to be prepared to do it up in style. And yes, that means even the dreaded office holiday party, which can get really uncomfortable really fast, deserves to see the best you you have to offer.

Now if you find yourself committed to several parties with nothing to wear and questionable funds the solution, I am finding, is Rent The Runway. Rent the Runway provides exquisite high-end designer dresses perfect for that fancy schmancy ball you've been invited too. And if laid back is more your style, then they've got something for you as well.

Additionally, and this very important: have you ever ordered a gorgeous outfit on line and it didn't fit. I've been there too and it's a total bummer! You already know about the great designer looks you can find at Rent The Runway and their fabulous prices.  But one of Rent the Runway's best kept secrets is that you can also select an additional backup size to be shipped for FREE. So you don't have to worry about ordering the wrong size, especially if you're in a time crunch.

Now that you know about ordering a backup size at Rent The Runway, here are some fab designer dresses that may strike your fancy:

Cheers to fantastic fancy holiday parties!