Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Recent Grams

You can follow me @PortuguesePrepster for daily doses. I like taking pictures of food and dogs. 

Speaking of food, I whipped up this healthy version of a fried rice bowl when I was sick. It was delicious and so satisfying. 

I also remain permanently addicted to tea and coffee. I've greatly cut down on my caffeine consumption however, and am drinking more tea than ever. Any favorite tea suggestions would be welcome!

I always love having my family visit. My parents came to visit a few weeks ago with my dog Sophie. I adore seeing her watch the cabs go bye from my window. She thinks she is very fierce.

Truth be told, I have yet to do much Fall shopping. I did pick up this Lucite cuff from J.Crew and have been wearing a bracelet I picked up at the beach this Summer. 

Actually that's a lie, I also bought a new scarf. No wonder A says I have an addiction that I don't even realize. 

Poor guy, he puts up with a lot! But I know he loves hanging out with me:)

Anyways, on to my apartment. I've been feeling very at home lately. Here are a few glimpses. 
When I moved in with A, he already had the couches and the black side table. I added the pillows, accessories, and West Elm coffee table. 

But most of all, I'm just enjoying New York in the Fall. It's the best time of year here. 

Ps: Get yourself these leopard leggings from Target. They are sooo cute! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Whirlwind Weekend

This has been one rough Monday as I'm still getting over a bad cold and had non-stop plans all weekend long. However, at least this weekend made me so grateful for one thing-my friends! I'm lucky to have many of the same friends for the past 17 years. Yikes, I'm getting old! Most of my close friends are from elementary school, high school, or both. I feel really lucky to have these wonderful girls in my life and that we were able to have a reunion of sorts this weekend to celebrate M's housewarming.

M just moved into a wonderful apartment with her boyfriend. They already have it all set-up and decorated, and it feels like they've lived there forever! She had a lovely spread of appetizers and desserts baked by her Mom. Her Mom makes these incredible cinnamon bars we've all been devouring since high school.

One of my best friends from high school, J was visiting her sister all the way from Chicago! We had a great time catching up. 

Also visiting (I know we had a crowd!) were my elementary school friends KD and CM. They're on the left with K and I on the right. We've all been best friends for 17 years. Crazy! 

Here's some more group pictures ( I'm immediately having these printed and putting them up on my desk!). 

 High school & elementary school besties

St. John's girls going 17 years strong! 

On top of all these festivities, I also headed to the Giant's game with A on Sunday. We left early due to their lackluster performance, but it was still a great tailgate. After all, I really just go for my egg and cheese bagel. 

How was your weekend and what are you thankful for? 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Look

The trench, the stripes, the jeans, the leopard, the Celine....I'll take it all.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Favorite Things

Everyone has those items they just can't live without. I'm sharing mine and would love to hear yours!

J.Crew Dannie Pants
These pants are incredible. They make your legs look long, your butt look cute, and fit petites very well. They can also easily be worn with flats, heels, or tucked into boots. I've never found another pair of pants that can go from running errands, to work, or to a night on the town so effortlessly.

Essie Anti-Aging Base Coat
Don't let the weird anti-aging name bother you, this bottom coat allows nail polish to adhere seamlessly on to your nail. It can also be worn by itself for a nude polished look. I always use it when doing at home manicures.

Natori Bras
If you're busty, you know that sitting at your desk at work in an uncomfortable bra is a complete nightmare. Get yourself measured at Nordstrom or Bloomingdales and buy one of these babies.

NARS Tinted Moisturizer
I wear this tinted moisturizer just about everyday. It's light, fresh, and offers just the right amount of coverage and glow.

Bio Oil
Bio oil is a true miracle worker. It is wonderful for healing scars and abrasions. It also acts as a fantastic anti-aging face moisturizer. Since it's on the oilier side, I only use it once a week on my face.  I also used it on some very old stretch marks I had from a growth spurt years ago, and it considerably helped them to fade.
Whole Foods

LePain Iced Lattes
I have a very sensitive tummy that's only become increasingly sensitive with age. As a result, I've had to make some proactive changes in my diet including limiting my caffeine intake to once or twice a week. Le Pain also uses only organic milk which doesn't have some of the weird inflammation causing chemicals that non-organic milk has. A definite win in my book!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Randoms

I don't know about you, but I truly loathe Mondays. I love my job and genuinely enjoy heading into work everyday, however, there is just something so darn Monday about Mondays. Especially after a weekend like this one, where A didn't have to work for once, and we were able to run errands and hang out.

A few things to cheer myself and you up.....

Our new entryway console from Pottery Barn arrived last week. The lamp was a gift from my parents along with the small china tray below. I still need to find the right mirror to hang over the console and a few more accessories and coffee table books to add to its shelves.  However, I already love the feeling of walking in and being greeted by some of my favorite photos.

Speaking of entryways, I've always loved a pretty mudroom. My parents have a gorgeous one off the garage with built-in shelving. Sophie greatly enjoys keeping her leashes there.  I stumbled upon this image online and love the anchor hooks!

I always love traditional look, especially one with soothing neutrals.

My french bulldog addiction is getting out of control. I saw a puppy this weekend and DIED.
A and I might be planning a trip in a few months, and I'm loving these passport covers. I'm such a sucker for luxe accessories. 

I've rediscovered Tresemme's curling mousse and cannot say enough good things about it. I used it for years and then switched to a series of more expensive products. Turns out this good old mousse is what does the trick. 

This remains my favorite quote of all time.

Easy Recipe- Lean Turkey Meatballs

 I always struggle with what meat dishes to make for A because I'm practically a pescatarian. Except for an occasional roast chicken or steak craving, meat just really doesn't do it for me on a regular basis. The ironic thing is A is allergic to seafood! As a result, I need meat dishes that I can whip up quickly as I prep something else for myself. These meatballs are healthy, lean, and delicious!

1lb lean ground turkey meat
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and shredded
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 egg
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons marinara sauce ( I used San Marzano)

Combine all ingredients together in one bowl. Form 12 medium sized meatballs and bake on a lightly greased tray or on top parchment paper for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Depending on the size of your meatballs, they could take from 15-30 minutes, so monitor carefully and cut in half to check for doneness. Serve over pasta, plain with additional tomato sauce, or in a sandwich.