A Day in the Life: Meredith

Meredith 

Background: Meredith and I met over wine and cheese at the cutest little French cafe in the West Village not too long ago.  We were “set up” by a mutual friend to talk about jobs, fashion, etc.  And I must say, we were friends at first sight!
Age: 26
Current City:  Lower East Side, NYC
Job:  Marketing Manager for a well-known fashion designer
Nickname: Mizzay, Mega, Poppins and the list goes on.
Beauty secret:  #1. Eye cream/serum (“I’ve heard that by the time you ask when you should start using it, it’s normally too late.”) Product: L’Oreal Youth Code, #2. Mixing foundation with moisturizer, extends the life of both, #3. Smith’s rosebud Salve on my cheeks for a dewy glow
Ideal date:  wine or beer in the darkest of dives, or a quiet speakeasy with out of the ordinary cocktails
Favorite NYC spots: Restaurants – Hudson Clearwater, Bell, Book & Candle, Alta, Barrio Chino, Extra Virgin, The Royalton, Pulqueria & Bars – Dark Room, Back Room, Kingswood, Peter McManus, Lolita
(Wearing: Forever21 sweater, Levi jeans, Coach flats, Balenciaga bag)

 

A DAY IN MEREDITH’S LIFE

7:15am – Shower; Products: L’Oreal Eversleek shampoo and conditioner (or as a guilty pleasure: Biolage) and Kiehl’s lavender body wash (“every little de-stresser counts”)

7:30am – Check emails, spray Aveeno Nourish + Condition Leave-in treatment in hair and comb through, blow-dry and put hair in bun until getting to work (for body and wave); “I pick out clothes based on what the day has to offer”, for instance; Meetings with management – pencil or column skirt with form fitting long-sleeved top, style-out/photoshoot – leather leggings and whatever shoes support the outfit (“If worse comes to worse, I’ll borrow something from the closet.” – must be nice!)

7:45am – Apply make-up (here’s what’s in Meredith’s makeup bag: Olay moisturizer, Cle de Peau foundation (same as Laura – I may need to jump on this bandwagon!), NARS Laguna bronzer (I use this too!), Maybelline eyeliner and mascara, Eos lip balm or Smith’s Rosebud Salve for lips and cheeks with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine “for subdued color”); Perfume: Moschino “Love” or Viktor and Rolf’s “Flowerbomb”

8:30am – Arrive to work; Eat breakfast – almond granola cereal and Pret-a-Manger coffee (“I think the main reason I go in there is because it smells like France”); Check Google alerts, vogue.com, wwd.com and Refinery29’s “5 Things You Must Know This AM” for all things fashion; Morning/Daily Maintenance include “meetings with my boss, gear up social media for the day: Instagram, Pinterest, manage influx of emails, have call with e-commerce team to discuss website issues, etc.”

1:00pm/2:00pm – Lunch: either a turkey sandwich with tomato and avocado on whole grain bread or Chop’t “my healthiest guilty pleasure!”

Afternoon – Photoshoot, brainstorm meetings for upcoming campaigns or styling out upcoming segments in the media.(sounds so cool!)

6:00pm – “The air/heat goes off at work which reminds me that I should probably leave soon…”

7:00pm – Drinks with old co-workers, sushi with friends or home to make dinner and have some wine!  Dinner at home – wine (Malbec or Beaujolais) with pita chips and hummus (Trader Joes Mediteranean hummus & sea salt pita chips “if you haven’t tried, please do”) to start and then chicken or tofu with kale and rice or pasta with portobello mushrooms mixed with San Marzano sauce.

8:00pm – Check emails again, catch up on episodes of Revenge, Modern Family, Real House Wives of Anything

10:00pm – Wash face with Philosophy Micro Exfoliating wash, apply Olay’s “Night of Olay” firming face creme, L’Oreal Youth Code Eye Creme and Eos lip balm; Exfoliate 2x/week with Bobbi Brown’s  “Buffing Grains for Face” (“which comes in the prettiest jar”); Bed with one or three of that month’s fashion mags – Vogue, W, Marie Claire or Elle

Thanks Meredith!  I love the attention to detail!  Having worked at Vogue, Meredith knows her products and has an amazing fashion sense.  I don’t know about you guys but her job sounds a lot more fun than mine!

Hope everyone in New England and the Tri-State is surviving the storm!  I’m currently cooped up in the suburbs by a fire watching the weather.  Eeek!

XOXO

Moving on up…

…to the 40th floor!  In a deluxe apartment, in the skyyyyy!

Yes, you heard right!  We’re moving!  Ever since our dear roomie got married, my other bestie and I have been on the hunt for a 2 bedroom apartment.  As we stressed for months about where we would go, how we would ever get as great of an apartment, not have to pay a broker fee, etc., we felt hopeless, because as anyone living in NYC knows, apartments come and go in the blink of an eye.  Thus, we had to wait until a month before our move out date to even start looking and miraculously after speaking to the leasing department in our beloved building, were told “we’ll take care of you, don’t worry”.  (I guess giving her wine and cookies a few years back paid off)  So, long story short, we ended up finding an apartment just 6 stories above where we live now!  No broker fees, no movers, no hassle!  Am I dreaming?  Well it turns out not EVERYTHING was perfect, and we are going to have to put up a fake wall (very common in NYC) to divide the living room and make it into a second bedroom.  While we had this in our last apartment, you wouldn’t have ever noticed because in those days we were allowed “pressurized” walls.  Now we are faced with the dilemma of not only an unpressurized wall, but the latest surprise, we can’t have a DOOR.  UGH.  SO, we have a little bit of an obstacle when deciding how to decorate the new casa.  On our list of projects? #1. Figuring out how to mask the wall or at least make it looks its best, #2.  Rearranging and disposing of furniture because of the downsize and #3. Revamping the living room.  To get some inspiration on how to beautify the unfortunate slab in the middle of our new apartment, I gathered some photos from Pinterest

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One thought we had, was to put temporary wallpaper on the fake wall facing the living room.  Since we have fairly basic decor and plan to simplify it even more, I think incorporating a little “flava” could add a nice touch.  Here are some ideas for the wallpaper.

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What do you think?  Would you put up wallpaper on just one wall or do you think it’s too much?  There isn’t a lot of “fake wall” inspiration out there, so it will definitely take some imagination!  But I will make sure to fill you all in with photo updates of how it’s coming along, as well as the living room makeover.  We’re thinking of moving away from our current floral/French country look to a more boho chic – can’t wait to share our ideas with you all!

What’s on tap for the weekend?  I am going out to dinner to celebrate a friends engagement tonight at this amazing restaurant and then heading to the ‘burbs tomorrow with the BF for a weekend of R&R (and hopefully checking ‘beach in a sweatshirt’ off my fall bucket list)!

Happy Friday!

XOXO

Pumpkin Lovin’

What is it about pumpkin that makes every female freak?  I don’t know the answer but I do know that I am obsessed with pumpkin anything.  Pumpkin beer, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin seeds – I’ll take it!  In the spirit of fall/Halloween/pumpkin season, I thought I would put together some ideas on how you can incorporate a little more pumpkin in your life – don’t deny your love.

Pumpkin Vase

Martha Stewart

Carve out the pumpkin, throw in a highball glass, water and some flowers and you’re done!  A pumpkin masterpiece! (Remember, EmSull?  Hats off to her for giving me this fab idea!)

Pumpkin Name Placers

Pumpkin Beer (with a cinnamon sugar rim. obvi.)

Whenever I go to a bar in the fall, I always order pumpkin beer and have yet to be disappointed.  HOWEVER, if you want the best of the bunch, pick yourself up a six-pack of Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale.  To make it even tastier, coat the rim of your pint glass with a mix of cinnamon and sugar and enjoy!

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

While you’re carving your jack-o-lantern save the seeds, throw them in a pan and toast those bad boys!  Official instructions here.

Dinner Party Decor

Pumpkin Smoothies

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Oh She Glows

Recipe here.  I have all the ingredients for these and plan to make them this weekend!  So excited!

Pumpkin Chips (yes, they really DO exist!)

I recommend you purchase these at your local Whole Foods (or health food store) ASAP.  They are out-of-this-world.

Are you tired of looking at orange yet?  Or are you on your way to get a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks now?  Lucky for us (assuming everyone reading this is on the same page), pumpkins have health benefits!  Pumpkins provide vitamin A and fiber, while also improving your vision, heart health and skin.  I’ll drink to that!

Do you have any good pumpkin recipes?  I’d love some more ideas!

XOXO

Back to School

NY Times

Last night was the first class of my interior design course!  Because I was semi-nervous (no idea why), I made sure to leave work nice and early so that I would be there in time to find my classroom, get situated, etc.  When I arrived 40 minutes early (something very uncommon in my life) I realized I may have over estimated the timing a bit, so I decided to walk around the neighborhood and pop into a few stores for some “back to school shopping”, naturally.  One store I went into was Roberta Freymann which had the CUTEST stuff.  Roberta Roller Rabbit tunics were everywhere this summer, but I had never been in the actual store and totally think it’s worth checking out for scarves, jewelry, tunics and sweaters this fall!  When I got back to the classroom, I had about 20 minutes to spare and so I sat and watched girls filtering in every few minutes, awkwardly taking a seat.  No one, I mean no one, was talking.  Everyone had their heads down on their iPhones probably pretending to be texting while perusing Facebook.  It was funny.  Even though there was not one girl under 25, everyone had the first day of school jitters.  It made me miss the excitement of school and going to class so much!  In the college years you just don’t appreciate it enough.

When the teacher began, he had everyone go around the room and say their names, what they were doing now and why they were taking the course.  It was SO interesting to hear the different jobs and reasoning behind taking the class.  The room was filled with everyone from a model-esque twenty-something working in fashion to a women in her fifties who had been working in human resources her whole life and finally decided to take a step towards her actual passion.  Seeing the older woman who waited this long, really put things into perspective for me.  There was a lawyer who spent all of her free time looking at interior design blogs (sounds familiar), an executive assistant to an unnamed celebrity chef and a woman who had just moved from Hong Kong with her family and wanted to learn how she should renovate her new apartment, which she planned to gut entirely.  I found comfort in the fact that I was not the only one with a finance background and no design experience.  In fact, the teacher himself admitted to starting his career as an accountant of all things!

The main purpose of class last night was to understand the average measurements for furniture, space requirements, ADA regulations, etc.  While it doesn’t sound that interesting, I had the BEST time and was fascinated to learn about everything from traffic flow to the ridiculous amount of money people spend on toilets like this.  $6,400 for a toilet?  Personally, there are a lot of other things I would prefer to spend money on (like a Roberta Freymann scarf).

We were also assigned our project which we will be working on for the next six weeks – designing a one bedroom apartment.  I am SO excited for this project, because, as I will post about soon, my roomie and I are moving into a one-bedroom (converted to two), in just a few weeks!   Art imitating life!  Kiddinggg (kind of).  Each person in our class of 12, will create their own one-bedroom based off of the same floor plan provided by our teacher (shown above).  On top of determining color and decor, we can use our creative freedom to place walls in different places and move rooms around, so no single apartment will be the same.  We can also chose the style of apartment, which is something I am struggling with!  Do I want to design a TriBeCa loft or a nice West Village one-bedroom I could never afford?  Decisions, decisions.  I am anxious to see what everyone’s first week of work looks like!  And I will definitely make sure to post about my progress in the coming weeks!

How is your Tuesday going?  Do you have a passion or interest you may consider taking a class on?  Coming from experience, it’s a liberating feeling!  Remember, there’s no time like the present :  )

XOXO

A Day in the Life: Laura

Laura

Background: Laura and I met through her sister, who I have known for years through a mutual friend.  When I found out how cool Laura’s job was, I knew she’d be the perfect candidate for A Day in the Life!
Age: 26
Current City:  West Village, NYC
Hometown:  PA
Job:  Assistant Editor at Martha Stewart Living
Nickname: Laura Lou
Beauty secret:  Guerlain Terracotta Powder & Clé de Peau Beauté  concealer in Beige
Fun fact:  Laura has an identical twin sister named Meg!
(Wearing: J.Crew sandals and dress, Chrome Hearts sunglasses)

 

A DAY IN LAURA’S LIFE

7:30am – wake up; Laura prefers to shower at night, so mornings consist of throwing on clothes and make-up, brushing teeth, chugging a water and grabbing a yogurt or snack for the day before heading out the door.

8:00am – leave apartment & walk to work (she has a fear of the subway, but luckily lives within walking distance to work)

8:30am – meet puppy Addy on the way to work at the restaurant Cookshop in Chelsea (GREAT brunch for anyone who hasn’t been) and sit on a bench outside for a bit with a coffee (which Laura has every morning, no exceptions).

9:00am – arrive to the office

9:15am – make a bowl of oatmeal in the kitchen and fill a huge glass with water to have back at desk; sometimes Laura is on a photo shoot or shopping for supplies in the morning, but if she’s at her desk she’ll begin with a round up of what’s on craft and fashion blogs, Pinterest, NY Times Magazine and major news sites.

1:00pm – lunch (she usually brings her own salad and almonds, but says “if I’m slacking I’ll indulge in a food truck outside our office (Calexico Mexican is my favorite!) or order from a great salad/sandwich shop called Bottino”)

4:00pm – ginger tea and usually a snack from the food department leftover in the kitchen for editors to munch on (life is good at Martha Stewart Living!)

7:00pm – out of the office and walk home (every walk home begins with a call to her mom : ) )

7:30pm – back to apartment; Laura loves going out to dinner or meeting a friend for a drink after work one or two nights during the week (more so than she likes going out on weekends). If she’s staying in, she’ll make dinner which usually consists of spinach pasta from Murray’s cheese shop around the corner from her apartment (they make it fresh everyday for about $3!) with veggies.

8:30pm – “I’m slightly embarrassed to say my guilty pleasure is watching a bit of the trashiest tv possible – Real Housewives, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, etc.” – you’re not alone on this one Laura!

10:00pm – shower, brush teeth, wash face with Cetaphil and get ready for the next day by looking at following day’s schedule, packing a lunch, etc.

11:00pm – bedtime

What Laura doesn’t mention, is some of the cool things she has created for Martha Stewart, including THESE butterfly eyelashes (while we’re in the Halloween spirit!), which made last year’s Halloween issue cover (go Laura!).

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  The weather in NYC was absolutely unbelievable!  And as always, the days went by way too quickly… back to the grind!

XOXO

Smorgasburg!

Listen up Manhattan-ites!  Brooklyn has a lot more to offer than you may think.  The more I read about innovative restaurants, undiscovered neighborhoods, quirky bars and cool parks, the more I realize Brooklyn is where it’s at!  In fact, I have even recently heard about several celebutantes who you’d be surprised call Brooklyn home.  Where would you picture Olivia Palermo to reside?  The West Village?  Central Park East?  NOPE!  Brooklyn baby!  That’s right, there might be something these hipsters are keeping under wraps so that us Manhattan folk don’t take over and raise the rent (the rent is too damn high!).

In the same event, I’d like to introduce you to example #1 of why Brooklyn is cool.  Smorgasburg!  Yes, just as it sounds – a smorgasbord in Williamsburg.  Smorgasburg is a large venue of carefully selected food vendors combined with the famous Brooklyn flea market, which occurs every Saturday (Williamsburg) and now Sunday (DUMBO) throughout the fall.  Both venues are right along the East River which creates a very scenic backdrop for an afternoon of Brooklyn Bangers and Blue Marble ice-cream.

hipsters grillin’ dogs!

Some of the vendors I am most looking forward to are Alchemy Creamery, Cemita’s, Blue Marble Icecream (if you haven’t noticed this is a problem), Granola Lab,  Brooklyn Oyster Party, Red Hook Lobster PoundBite Size Kitchen, and Home By The Range.  Don’t they all have the cutest names?  I love it!  Is your mouth watering yet?

For all of you New Yorkers, have you experienced Smorgasburg yet?  Check it out before it closes November 18th!  The bf and I may even rent bikes and ride over the Brooklyn bridge!  Why not?  Come on people – live a little!

HAPPY WEEKEND!

XOXO

PS – a feel good song for your weekend : )

Cleanses: Do or Don’t?

Well folks I am on day two of my 48 hour Acai Berry cleanse, which I was convinced to do from a friend in a moment of weakness (think: Monday after a weekend away) and then was able to convince my bf and co-worker to join as well and I must say… I feel no different.  In fact, I may even feel worse and one out of our four-person cleansing brood has already dropped out (won’t mention any names).  I have done the Blue Print Cleanse once before and swore off cleanses after that “fun” experience. But then somehow forgot about my disbelief and decided to jump on the band wagon once again.  The Acai Berry cleanse basically includes a juice which you combine in water (4 oz juice, 4 oz water) four times a day in between meals.  The juice is meant to detoxify, restore metabolism and give you more energy.  The upside?  This time I can eat… vegetables, fruit and simple whole grains.  Which means I am basically just eating healthy and drinking juice and tea a lot more than I would normally.  Oh, and did I mention no caffeine?  No coffee….not happy.  After day one I felt, um, not great.  Too many fruits and veggies and too little carbs is something my body is not used to.  I am hoping by tomorrow I will feel fantastic and totally regret writing this post.  To be honest I don’t think that’s going to happen, but here’s hoping!  This is the breakdown of my 48 hour “cleanse”:

Day 1:

Breakfast – oatmeal with raspberries

Drink#1

Snack – banana

Drink#2

Lunch – salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, a squirt of lime and a pinch of salt (could be cheating but I don’t care)

Drink#3

Snack – carrots and celery

Drink#4

Dinner – brown rice with broccoli, peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms with a little olive oil and some salt and pepper

Dessert – dried mangoes

Day 2:

Breakfast – oatmeal with raspberries, lemon ginger herbal tea

Drink#1

Snack – banana

Drink#2

Lunch – salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, a squirt of lime and a pinch of salt (could be cheating but I don’t care), chamomile tea

Drink#3

Snack – apple

Drink#4

Dinner – Soba noodles with broccoli, peppers and mushrooms with olive oil and salt and pepper

Dessert – dried mangoes

So…as you can see, not horrible, but I think just the thought of not being able to eat certain things is just annoying and the reason why I never try to constrict myself with certain foods – it just makes you want it more.  Exhibit A, I have never wanted coffee and a turkey sandwich so badly in my life.  I have to say the Blue Print Cleanse did make a noticeable difference in my skin and I felt lighter, but that was short-lived.  So far I can’t put a finger on anything this cleanse has to show for itself, besides being light-headed from lack of caffeine (bad sign?).

What do you guys think?  Have you ever tried a cleanse?  Do you think they are healthy for you or a marketing ploy?  My co-worker’s dad is a doctor and told us we would have the same results and be better off financially if we bought a bottle of blueberry juice and drank it all day.  He’s probably right.

Almost the weekend!

XOXO