Carpe Diem!

So it's that day of the year that we only get once every four years. Happy Leap Day to you! We get an extra day this year to do with whatever we wish. How awesome is that? Carpe diem, my friends!


What are you doing today to seize the day??


xoxo,


me


Feminine Briefcase, Are You Out There?

I'm in dire need of a bag to carry to work. I've been on the hunt for one for about two months now, and the task has proven to be more challenging than one would think. Here's the problem: I want a briefcase-type bag, but I don't want my bag to reek of masculinity. I want something that's somewhat feminine and cute, but not hot pink, floral, and over the top. I need to be able to fit my laptop, lunch, wallet, and phone in it. Another requirement: affordable. I have no desire to spend a full paycheck on a bag for work. Is that too much to ask? Here are my front runners as of now (even thought I don't consider some of them affordable):






I can easily pick out my favorite, but my bank account and I don't always agree on everything. Thoughts? Suggestions? I gladly welcome them all!


xoxo,


me

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Gray & Yellow Obsessed

We all have our favorite color combinations, and admittedly, mine do change quite frequently.  I've been on a gray and yellow kick for quite some time now, though, and after purchasing a gray and yellow shower curtain this weekend, I think this is one to stick with! We will be moving in a couple of months, which in my world means an opportunity to redecorate. I've been perusing the web and the West Elm store a lot lately to find the perfect pieces for the new bedroom. I also think that it's nice to sprinkle in a little bit of navy here and there with these colors. Here are my favorite inspirational finds so far:


1. Stripe Duvet Cover - West Elm
2. Yellow & Gray Stripe Pillow - Etsy: SewSusieDesigns
3. Found on House*Tweaking
4. Nimboo Rug - 2modern
5. You Are My Sunshine - Etsy: GoJumpInTheLake
6. Found on Design Sponge
7. Found on Decor Pad
8. Ornate Oval Mirror - Etsy: SecretWindow

What do you think? What are your colors of choice to decorate with at the moment?

xoxo,

me




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How to Love an American Man

Since I started working again, I haven't had as much time to read.  I try to, but the end result is never success. For instance, I bought a new book 2 weeks ago, and I've yet to make it past the first chapter. Two months ago, it would've been challenging for me to not finish a book in a week. If you're better at balancing work and reading (that sounds pathetic) than I am, do yourself a favor, and read How to Love an American Man by Kristine Gasbarre. In a word: amazing.  And just in case you were curious, it's a memoir, not an instruction manual.  




I found it to be incredibly easy to relate to, as I think most women in their twenties and thirties would.  Gasbarre, who has been living in NYC and Italy for a short time, moves back home to Pennsylvania after her grandfather passes away.  She learns priceless lessons in love from her newly-widowed grandmother, and she shares her story of putting them to use in this book.  I won't say anymore so that I don't give anything away, but it's a truly heartwarming and inspiring story. And the best part is, she's working on book number two!! You can order a copy of the book here.


Have you read this book? If so, did you love it as much as I did? If not, what's a good book you've read recently?



xoxo,


me




Concoct a Cocktail: Acai Blackberry Mojito

After a short week (for some of us, thank you presidents), it's the weekend! I look forward to the weekend for many reasons.. hanging out with my boys (boyfriend and dog if you were wondering), exploring the city, sleeping, and of course sneaking in a cocktail or two. Last weekend at The Cheesecake Factory, I had a blueberry mojito, and it reminded me of my love for mojitos. I'm looking forward to making this acai blackberry mojito:



And I'm sure it's good for you; there are acai berries in it after all ;) Here's the recipe so you can concoct one for yourself:

-2 oz. vodka
-1 tsp. sugar
-1 oz. acai juice
-1 oz. lime juice
-Blackberries and/or mint leaves for garnish

Directions: Shake all ingredients except for the blackberries and mint leaves in a drink mixer. Garnish with blackberries and mint leaves and voila! Happy weekend to you!

What are your plans for the weekend? Are you making any special cocktails?

xoxo,

me


Recipe courtesy of Tree Hugger

Welcome to my life!



Hello friends, and welcome to xoxo, me! I have decided to enter the blogosphere and I hope you'll join me on my journey. I'm a visual person who loves writing and all things creative, which is ultimately what led me here.  I'll be blogging about fashion, tasty recipes/food/restaurants, home decor, DIY projects, photography, and basically just life as I know it.  Be on the lookout for some fun, unique, and hopefully inspiring posts in the near future! And of course, happy Friday!







xoxo,

me 
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