BK Does it Again

It’s Sunday morning with NOTHING on the agenda.  So what’s a gal to do?  Go to Brooklyn of course!  Walking across the Brooklyn bridge might be one of my favorite things to do in the city.  Now once you get over that bridge figuring out what to do and where to go can be trying…unlessssss you are lucky enough to have a boyfriend who has lived across the pond river.  On this particular little excursion we ventured to Brooklyn Heights.  Has anyone been?  Because I.FELL.IN.LOVE.  I’m telling you, it’s a little slice of heaven hidden in the large foreign borough!  The tree-lined streets with colonial style town homes made me feel like I was in Beacon Hill rather than two miles from the concrete jungle.  And the stylin’ boutiques and hip restaurants could give the West Village a run for it’s money!  Look out Manhattan!  Check out some of the sites (pardon the iPhone photos…man, I need a camera)…

First we strolled across the bridge…

And we’ve arrived!  Here was the view from Brooklyn Heights looking at lower Manhattan…

How adorable is this tiny little house?!  I would like to move in now please.

Next we cruised along “the promenade” (that’s Brooklyn jargon guys, write it down).

Then we got a bloody mary (for old times sake) at this local watering hole (FYI: there is a bocce court INSIDE the bar) which were sitting on these friendly coasters.  We subsequently made note that people seem to be nicer in Brooklyn…

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Then we continued on our way and I think I commented on every street/apartment we passed (I’m sure it wasn’t annoying at all)…

The WINDOWS!  The TOPIARIES!

What did I tell you people?  Now walk over that beautiful bridge and take a right and you’re there!  It’s not that far.  And to make you even more convinced… the 2/3/4/5 trains all go directly to the heart of the ‘hood!

XOXO
Meg

A Day in the Life: Kelly

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Kelly
Age: 26
Current City:  Upper East Side, NYC
Job:  High School Literature and Writing teacher for students diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, and Aspergers
Fave food: “So many.  Kale, Brie, and everything bagels, to name a few.”
Favorite Book: “Right now, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera and J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories are at the top of my list – I can’t resist a twisted love story!”
Drink of Choice: “Black coffee in the morning and the afternoon, a sassy Cabernet or Malbec in the evening.”
Beauty Secret: “I’ve recently become obsessed with Elixirs and Hydrolats – I bring them to work – a quick spray in the afternoon makes all the difference.  Caudalie Elixir is my favorite.  Also, I’ve been mixing face serums with my face cream – I find that the combination absorbs into my skin more effectively.”
Ideal date: “Love dates.  But, I’m a 75-year old woman at heart, so I have to admit that my favorite date is at home, with a bottle of win, a Rom-com (if it’s my turn to pick) and food made by my favorite in-house chef, my 75 year-old companion.” – let me clarify he is not actually 75!
Favorite NYC Spots: “Although I’ve worked in the city for 5 years, I still feel new to all the kitschy-cool spots NYC has to offer – however, I’m forever in love with Grounded, The Blind Tiger, Westville, Extra Virgin, Candle 79, Caravan of Dreams, Doma, Taim, Union Square Farmer’s Market, The Strand and Pippin(“for browsing”)”

A DAY IN KELLY’S LIFE

6:35am – Wake up, jump in shower; Products: Caudalie Exfoliating Face Scrub, Caudalie foaming cleanser, Dr. Hauschka’s cream cleanser (“to bring some moisture back to the face”), L’Occtaine’s Verbena Shower Gel, “I recently treated myself to Kiehl’s Argan Conditioner—it helps to tame my unruly mane.”

6:45am – Jump out of shower, use SkinCeuticals conditioning toner, Onurth’s Neroli or Rose Hydrolat, Avene light moisturizing cream with a few drops of Onurth’s face serum (or Caudalie face serum), and Avene eye cream; For make-up, Laura Mercier’s mineral powder, NARS’ Blush in Orgasm or Maui, and Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.

6:50am – Dress; “I have yet to perfect the professional teacher look, though I’ve improved over the years (my students confronted me about my white New Balance sneaks, boot-cut jeans, and tiny teal backpack (that donned my initials, obviously) during my first year—such outfits aren’t cut out for the big city, apparently). I try to match jeans and cords of all colors with boots—some days call for a button down, others an oversized t or sweater, and others a blazer (I try to save the blazers for all-business Mondays or serious test-taking days).” – I love this!  Talk about teacher chic.

7:00am – “Attempt to make a quick breakfast—most days it’s toast with avocado. If I’m feeling brave, I’ll try to whip up a smoothie—if I’m running late, it’s a croissant at Petite Abeille, though I’m trying to cut those out in 2013…not going to happen.”

7:10am – “Out the door to try and catch a 7:20ish train!”

7:30am/7:40 – “Arrive at school. Make any last minute changes to lesson plans and necessary photocopies that I didn’t make the day before.”

8:00am – “My first and second period class arrives and prepares for an exciting day of high school!”

8:15am – “Start teaching my 9th graders! We’re reading The Hobbit, so early morning is spent in middle earth!”

9:45am – “Classes change: My first class of 11th and 12th graders arrive, so excited, as usual.”

11:15am-1:25pm – Lunch/prep periods; “I usually use this time to meet with students about papers/outstanding assignments/to prepare for the rest of the week. Since all of my classes are reading different novels, I never feel like I’m caught up. Most days I bring lunch to avoid going out, but I usually take a couple of minutes to grab a coffee across the street— my new favorite spots include Haven and The Commons in Chelsea.”

1:30pm – “My final class—11th and 12th graders—arrive, also very excited. We’re currently reading Kafka’s The Metamorphosis so everyone has been buggin’.”

3:00pm – Dismissed!

3:00pm-5:00pm – “I tutor two different students right after school for one-hour sessions—usually for the SATs or homework help.”

5:00pm-6:30pm – Prepare for the next day, grade papers and tests, catch up on e-mails, update student folders

6:30ish – Teacher dismissed!

7:00pm-9:30pm – Eat, drink, and watch an HBO/Showtime series show; “Dinner is simple—usually a salad, some cooked vegetable, always some cheese, and, if I’m in an over-achieving mood, a pasta/rice dish. Wine is always present. I’m a big fan of Breaking Bad (AMC!), Workaholics, Girls (Jan 13th!), and Homeland—the Wire instigated the series obsession—I blame Omar Little.”

9:30pm-11:30pm: “Shower, read, and work on lesson plans/grading. My routine at night is nearly identical to the morning, with the exception (very recently) of the Clarisonic, which Santa brought this year. Every few nights I also try to use Dr. Dennis Gross’s Daily face peels—though, these are pricey, so I don’t always have them in stock. I’m liberal with the eye cream at night.” – You’re a smart woman, Kel.

12:00am: Lights out.

Thanks Kelly!  You are hilarious.  I am so inspired by you and I love the honesty!  11th and 12th graders?  You must have the patience of a Saint!   And just another amazing teacher shaping the future!  In other news, my eyes are opened to so many new products!  I thought I was the product junkie!  I love seeing how varied everyone’s days are.  Keep rockin’ those white New Balances girlfriend!

How is everyone’s weeks going?

XOXO

Livin’ Laguna Vida

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Happy New Year ladies & gents!  Boy do I have a lot to tell you all from my week long Cali hiatus.   Hmm… how do I begin?

Twas’ the night before Christmas…when I found myself sitting on the floor of the Lincoln, Nebraska airport eating pizza by myself.  Yes, I know you’re all jealous and wish that’s how your Christmas eve was spent, but let me tell you, not everyone can be so lucky.  Long story short, my 8:30am direct flight to LAX ended up being a 24 hour journey from hell, most of which was spent in a tiny one gate airport in Lincoln, Nebraska, after our plane made an emergency landing due to smoke in the cockpit.  Thank goodness we were all safe, but I must say, I don’t see myself flying on United anytime soon.  Myself and 219 others all trapped in a tiny airport with zero explanation as to what was going on or if/when we would ever get out of Lincoln, Nebraska in time for Christmas, didn’t leave the most lasting impression.  One positive I did get out of it was how amazing the group as a whole was.  I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been entertaining a 5 year old in an airport for 9 hours or how frustrating it must have been to those who missed connections.  But in general, everyone remained calm and tried to laugh at the situation as best they could.  One of the most memorable experiences of the day was when a local Nebraska native departed one of the two planes flying into the airport that day and saw all 220 of us sitting at the gate and out of the goodness of her heart, had about 40 pizzas sent for all of us.  I mean talk about a stand up citizen!  I guarantee she made headline news in Lincoln on Christmas day.  And I also guarantee she is going straight to heaven.  While I am not looking for a pity party, spending Christmas eve by yourself sitting on the floor in an airport surrounded by strangers eating (much appreciated) donated cardboard pizza was one of the most surreal experiences I have had to date.  And I managed to only have one breakdown… (thank you to those who had to deal with me during that breakdown).

Anyhow… once I finally woke up in Laguna on Christmas morning, I instantly forced myself to erase all memory of the prior 24 hours and here are some of the highlights from my week…

The Montage Hotel

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This is actually what I envision heaven to be like… we spent a few days at the Spa Montage and I kid you not arrived at 8am and left at 8pm.  If anyone plans to go to Laguna, this is a MUST see.  It is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever been in.  Not only are the views spectacular, but the staff and service are unmatched.   If you want to be treated like a king and feel the best you can possibly ever feel…this is your jam.  On our last day, New Years Eve, I started the day with a total body conditioning class, ran a couple of miles, swam 30 laps, ordered a smoothie at the pool, ventured to the hot tub, went back to my chair and read, got back in the pool, ordered lunch, drank a beer, went for a walk on the beach, biked for 20 minutes, hung out in the sauna and steam room for a while, got a facial, read a magazine by the fire, went to 5pm sunset yoga, showered, had a glass of wine at the lobby bar and then went to dinner with my family.  I mean, I honestly can’t think of a better day, can you?

Balboa Island

We stumbled upon this little gem haphazardly and boy were we pleasantly surprised!  I have never heard one word, “Balboa”, used more times in one day, and my dad even ended the day wearing a Balboa t-shirt, just to prove his love.  We were heading on a Griswold-esque road trip to see Newport Beach and decided to take the car ferry to make the trip all the more exciting.  As we crossed the bridge into the town where the ferry departed, Balboa Island, it was as if we had crossed the Sagamore bridge into Cape Cod with palm trees.  The quaint little streets and amazing but unpretentious houses had so much character, it was if they were pulled right out of a story book.  While we still hesitantly managed to get on the ferry across to Newport, it didn’t take us long until we turned right back around and came back to Balboa Island.  While the tiny town could use a few more restaurants and bars, it is definitely worth a pit stop if you’re in the area.  Sidenote: the “famous frozen banana” is not all it’s cracked up to be…and I have intentionally excluded the photos from that experience.

YogaWorks Laguna

As I have mentioned before, I am a total yogi convert and when I heard they had my beloved YogaWorks in Laguna I HAD to try it!  It was the exact same feel as the NYC locations and it made me feel instantly right at home and relaxed.

The Deck Bar

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Coolest bar in Laguna!  Hands down!  This chic little surf bar is literally right on the beach and we stumbled upon it when we were walking the beach one sunny afternoon… go figure.  The decor is more South Beach than rustic, but has that laid back SoCal surfer vibe that you can’t help but love.  The drinks are made with fresh fruit and absolutely delicious.  There are fire heat lamps and cute white lights strung throughout the outdoor space, with surfboard tables and fun music.  I felt like I was in Hawaii for a hot minute!

Sapphire Grill

We spent New Years eve dinner here and the food was absolutely delish!  There was an amazing outdoor seating area with a big firepit and heat lamps that kept us warm on the chilly night.  The food was not Mexican for a change, but more of an upscale American menu.  It was definitely the best meal we had in Laguna and the atmosphere was perfect for a nicer dinner out with the fam!  I would highly recommend this place if you’re in Laguna and want something different!

Zinc Cafe

Zinc Cafe is how I picture a SoCal cafe.  Healthy, al-fresco dining, with beautiful people and a relaxed atmosphere.  I made several coffee pit stops at this place and am dying to go back for lunch next time I’m in the ‘hood.

Shopping

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My mom and I spent a full day checking out the stores in Laguna while the guys golfed.  We walked up and down the main strip and although there were plenty of touristy stores, what stuck out to me most were the home stores.  While I didn’t take pictures of all of my faves, Seaside Interiors was definitely a highlight.  It was totally my aesthetic and I wanted to just pick up and live inside of the store.  The owner explained to me that the shop was started by her and her daughter who have an interior design business and have expanded to do custom furniture as well.  Sounds like a dream to me!  Definitely worth checking out if you’re into that sort of thing.  In terms of clothing stores, I was particularly impressed with Isla, they had the cutest stuff at really good prices.  I managed to pickup a few great finds – a pair of black shorts with “leather” detail and an olive green sheer button down with black “leather” shoulders and collar – obsessed!

And there you have it!  A very Cali Christmas.  No sightings of LC, Stephen or Lo, but I will hope for the best next time around…

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HAPPY 2013!  It’s going to be a GREAT year!

XOXO

A Day in the Life: Kate

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Kate

Age: 26
Current City:  SoHo, NYC
Job:  Public Relations
Fave food: Cheese
Fun fact: Can chug a drink faster than most all
Cocktail of choice (for a night out on the town): Vodka soda.
Beer of choice (for a casual hang-out with friends): Blue Moon
Wine of choice (with dinner): Sauvignon Blanc
Shot of choice: Tequila
Drink of choice (for that rare occasion I’ve decided I’ve been “over-served”–love that we blame the bartender, not ourselves): Water on the rocks with a twist.
Most successful pick-up line: “Want to watch Elf?” (dates back to college)
Favorite season: Spring
Favorite color: Red
Favorite board game:  Clue
(Wearing: Urban Outfitters shirt, J.Crew pants, Target ballet flats, bracelets from Kate Spade and a street vendor, Iridesse earrings)

A DAY IN KATE’S LIFE

7:08am – Alarm goes off.  Depending on the night before, hit snooze anywhere from one to seven times.

8:00am – Get out of bed; Splash freezing water on my face; Brush teeth; Shower; Blow dry, straighten or curl hair (“the Sultra has changed my life”); Turn on radio “92.3 fm to hear the latest pop hits and mentally pregame for my day”; “Stare at my closet for 30 seconds.  Feeling uninspired, I pick up a top I wore just six days ago. I pull it out of the dry cleaning bag and throw it on.”; Apply makeup (Dior Black Out mascara, NARS Laguna bronzer, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in black, “Carmex for the puckers”).

8:55am – Slip on a pair of boots or ballet flats (“loving Target patent leather right now and they’re only $14.99”); Grab a scarf (“my favorite accessory”) and purse, wake up roommates, and run out the door “usually without my Metrocard”; Drop off bag of laundry/dry cleaning; Run into the bodega below apartment to grab a coffee and a yellow apple;  Walk to the subway enjoying some “fresh air”.

9:00am – Snag a seat on the E train and put on headphones (“current playlist includes some Ellie Goulding,  Of Monsters and Men, TSwift, The Emersons, Rihanna”); “The 17-minute subway ride consists of constant awkward eye contact with everyone within 10 feet and some random thoughts: Did I turn off my hair straightener? Don’t forget to respond to that email. Look at that cute guy across the way. Is he straight? I wonder if he’s single? Is he looking at me? Oh wait, no. He’s looking at the subway map behind me.”

9:17am – Get off subway and make way onto the escalator; “Casually step to the right side of the escalator, lean back and cruise up. Yes, I do not walk up the escalator, I stand to the right and watch all the passersby panting and judging.”

9:20am – Walk to work and call Mom or Dad.

9:30am – Get to work; “Walk into office, take one look at my dead plant and think, don’t forget to water today. Undoubtedly, I forget. Read the day’s top headlines. Check horoscope.  Apply some Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to keep the hands nice and soft in the wintertime. Sign onto Gchat. Emails. Meeting. Emails. Facebook. Meeting. Gchat. Emails. Meeting.”

12:30pm – Lunch “Love to Eat Fresh at Subway. Veggie Delite (the meat scares me) on 6-inch whole wheat. Sun Chips. Huge diet fountain soda (dreading Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sodas). And all for just $7.08. Love a good bargain.”

12:45pm – “Eat Fresh back at desk.”

1:00-4:00pm – “Facebook. Gchat. Emails. Meeting. Gchat. Emails. Meeting. Mobile Upload from the weekend. Emails. Gchat. Emails. Meeting. Yell at Facebook newsfeed for not refreshing often enough.”

4:00pm – Look out the window to check out the line at Dunkin Donuts “Perfect, looks like the after-school crowd has cleared out.”; Head outside for some “fresh air” and large coffee with skim.

5:00pm – Cram to finish up work for the day, “Wish Facebook and Gchat were banned in my office.  How will I get everything done before happy hour?”

7:00pm – Happy hour, “Favorite spot near my office is Bar Vetro ($4 for a mini carafe of wine, doesn’t get better in NYC).”

8:15pm – Out to dinner with friends or order delivery “since I can’t remember the last time I went grocery shopping”; “Fridge currently has a stick of butter, 17 Bud Lights, 4 Keystones and a jar of salsa and unfortunately, I can’t make a meal out of that.”; If takeout, “Call 12 Chairs, my favorite neighborhood restaurant. Why don’t I have their number saved already?” order arugula or Greek salad.

8:30 – 11:00pm – “Unwind for the day with my roommates, enjoying televisions finest: The Voice, Bachelor/Bachelorette, Real Housewives (all of them), Real World/Road Rules Challenge (yes, those are still on) and Revenge, just to name a few.”

11:00pm – Brush teeth; Clarisonic; Bedtime

Thanks Kate!  I LOVE your honesty!  And the dead plant in your photo made me laugh out loud.  Not all of us have time to cook (myself included) so it’s nice to get a raw perspective on life in NYC.  For a lot of us, work takes over most of our lives, so with the little free time we have, we do not want to spend it at the grocery store.  Finding your go-to takeout spot can be very important!  And the more Day in the Life posts I put up, the more I realize how popular reality TV is!  I think it’s remained a constant with everyone featured!  I also must point out and re-emphasize how great NARS Laguna bronzer is!  Another repeating pattern amongst the ladies of South of Main!  Gals after my own heart!

It’s Monday!  And it’s one of my besties birthdays, happy birthday Lib!  Love you!  We’re going here tonight to celebrate – can’t wait!

XOXO

A Day in the Life: Lisa

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Lisa

Age: 51
Current City:  Hingham, MA
Job:  Owner, Ports & Company in Cohasset, MA (10 years running!)
Ideal date: “High heels, dress, great lipstick, head to Boston.  Love Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons.”
Beauty Secret: Be happy.
Products: Bobbi Brown, whatever soap I see first in the shower and “shampoo constantly changes” – This might be a beauty secret ladies because Lisa’s got GREAT volume!
Favorite Restaurants:  “I am not a cook.  I wish I was (so does my husband) and I love to eat, I just don’t have the patience.  I get home late and am tired at the end of the day, so Bia, Feng Shui, Tosca, Bridgeman’s and Almanove are all my friends.  Maybe a cooking class someday?”
Things that are important to me:  Honesty, family, doing your best, being true to yourself and working.
Fave food: Pizza
Drink of choice: Sauvignon blanc
Songs of the moment: Pink – Song Try and Rihanna – Diamonds
Happy place: A beach
Fun fact: “If I was not in retail, I would love to work in the restaurant business.  I think waitressing is the best training to work with people.” – I agree!

A DAY IN LISA’S LIFE

6:15am – Wake up, look at clock and think about working out, then try to fall back asleep (Lisa’s day off)

6:50am – “Can’t fall back to sleep, yet so tired.  Why is it the mornings you can sleep in, you can’t?  Brain is on…coffee is on…”

9:30am – Up for the day;  Drink a cup of coffee with milk and Truvia, “love my Keurig coffee maker”; read texts “Where are my glasses?”; watch morning news

9:40am – Check out the weather and decide what’s on tap for the day “Maybe Nantasket beach for a long walk.”

10:35am – Get a mani/pedi at local salon “Maintenance day!”, usually navy OPI and catch up on magazines “Goldie Hawn is 67? No way!”

1:00pm – Sneakers on and off to the beach “need the walk to destress from the work situation”

3:00pm – Eat a banana; shower (Paul-Mitchell Awapuhi sulfite-free shampoo)

3:15pm – Unpack from weekend in the Cape “love to pack, do not like unpacking” – I feel you Lisa!

3:50pm – Off to Ports to get package for a customer drop-off

5:20pm – Back from Ports and head to the Fruit Center “love that place” for some groceries; fill up gas tank at Mobil next door

5:45pm – Back to the house “I love Christmas decorations.  The house is all decorated.  Richard [my husband] has been in NJ for business and he is coming home this weekend.  He may say the garland on the bed post is a little much.”

6:00pm – TV on, “I’m starving”; eat salad for dinner (Chicken, romaine, arugula, cucumber, goat cheese, avocado, olive oil and balsamic vinegar); “Standing eating and watching news (I never sit) when I eat alone.”

6:30pm – “Should I get the flu shot?  Well, never got that facial, got to shop, never really cleaned, never got to the bank.  Where does the day go?”

6:40pm – Call mother-in-law, Alice “She is a wonderful mother-in-law”

7:00pm – Watch E! Entertainment or Extra Extra!

8:00pm – Watch The Voice “I would be happy with Melanie or Terry!”

9:00pm – Bed!  “New York tomorrow to buy for the store!  What to wear?  BLACK!”  (Lisa’s fave NYC restaurant: Trump Tower Jean-Georges “Sit at the bar, great bar snacks!  Good celeb sighting too!”)

Thanks Lisa!  You are such an inspiration!  Always happy and looking FAB (can you believe how amazing she looks?)!  Ports is one of my favorite stores to go shopping when I am home.  They have such unique clothing and accessories that you don’t see anywhere else.  There’s usually a little glitz and color throughout the store, but you’re always able to find your classic black or neutral pieces.  Ports carries clothing, accessories and shoes from a variety of designers including 3 Dot, Chan Luu, Nicole Miller and Tracy Reese.   Customers of all ages come to shop at Ports and as you can tell from the beautiful window displays, the inventory is always changing!

As much hard work as it is, I think it would be SO much fun to own a boutique one day.  If it were me, I would have home decor, clothing and accessories.  What would you want?  To read more about Ports check out their website and Facebook page, as well as some pictures below…

Hope you’re all enjoying the week!

XOXO

A Day in the Life: Courtney

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Age: 26
Current City:  Scituate, MA
Job:  Private Equity
Nickname:  Court
Ideal date: Going out to dinner and a movie. (Fave spots: Tosca’s “when we like to indulge”,  Satuit Tavern or Wahlburgers “for a casual night”)
Beauty Secret: Clarinsonic Mia, lots of water and Rainbow Light one-a-day multivitamin
Fave Food: Cheeseburger or pineapple pizza (only from Cosmo’s) and Greek salads
Drink of Choice: Kettle One soda with a lime
Where I Shop: “I love a good deal and so does John so I usually like to go to TJ Maxx.  I have found some really good stuff at the one in Downtown Crossing [Boston], also love Target and always have been and always will be a lover of Gap.”
Fun Fact: Married to her highschool sweetheart, John and mamma to the cutest baby in the world, Grace (in the turkey hat)

A DAY IN COURTNEY’S LIFE

5:45am – “Alarm goes off and I immediately snooze….I sometimes wake up with a babies foot or hand on my face depending on how the night before went.”

6:00am – “Get up and shower after being told by my husband that he cannot be late today.”

6:05am – Use Clarisonic with Cetaphil face wash followed by Cetaphil moisturizer (“I don’t use the moisturizer in the summer because it’s pretty heavy.”);  “I am a sucker for anything NARS so my make up bag consists of mostly NARS products except I LOVE Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (summer: almond winter: bisque).”; blow dry front of hair and air dry the rest then flat-iron; “…head back into my bedroom stare at my closet with no idea what to wear.” – this is a common problem amongst us girls!

6:20am – “Get Grace’s diaper bag ready;  I pack two outfits, diapers, wipes and her snacks and Elsie her doll (interesting stuff I know). John changes her and puts her in the car seat to head out.”

6:45am/7:00am – “Ideally John likes us to be out the door at 6:45am but it is usually 7:00. We drop Grace off at John’s parents house (I like to give her a big wet kiss before she goes inside).  At this point Grace is just starting to wake up and she has breakfast inside.”

8:15am – Arrive in Boston for work; head to the locker room “check myself out and apply the rest of my make-up”

8:30am – “Make the loop back to my desk grabbing Chobani yogurt with granola and 2 bottles of water. Check emails, start work for the day.”

10:30am – Head to the break room to grab Zen green tea and a cup of almonds

12:00pm – Check the lunch menu for the day;  “Monday’s we have fish (usually salmon) so I make a plate around 12:15pm, wrap it and put it aside for later.” – YES, her office has an in-house chef!  Can you imagine?

12:30pm – Grab a water bottle and go to gym for class (“usually it’s a little cardio with some muscle mix ending with yoga and stretching”) – YES, her office has in-house personal trainers and a gym!  Must be nice, Court!

1:30pm – Shower and back to desk for lunch

3:30pm – “My friend comes by my desk and we catch up over coffee (tea for me).”

5:00pm – Meet John and drive home

6:00-6:30pm – Pick-up Grace and head home

6:45pm – Make dinner, eat and play with Grace

7:15pm – “Bath time for Grace!”

8:00pm/8:30pm – “Give Grace a bottle and read her a book or two (we like Olivia, Z for Zamboni and of course Goodnight Moon).  Cuddle some more in bed then she is down for the night…hopefully.”

9:00pm – Brush teeth, wash face (with Clarisonic), moisturize; “Catch up on our fave shows…Dexter, Modern Family, Homeland, Nashville (I watch this alone – John likes American Horror Story and I’m scared of my own shadow so I refuse)”

9:30pm/10:00pm – “Lights out for me!  Can’t sleep without a glass of water on my side table and the fan on…even in the winter!” – I am a year-round fan person too!

Thanks Court!  Love hearing the day in the life of a mamma.  Court is one of the most relaxed first mom’s I have ever come across!  If you couldn’t tell through reading this, she makes it look easy!  Grace (also known as “false advertising”) just so happens to be one of the calmest (and cutest) babies of all time.  It’s so impressive how Courtney and John work together to make everything run smoothly while both working full-time.  That’s what I call team-work!

Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend!  Can’t believe it’s already the Holiday season!

XOXO

A Day in the Life: Dan

Dan

Background: Dan is a good friend of mine since we were introduced by mutual friends in college and later re-introduced by my boyfriend, who is one of Dan’s college besties.  (a.k.a. we were destined to be friends)
Age: 26
Current City:  West Village, NYC
Job:  Real Estate associate, comedian and aspiring actor (and musician!)
Ideal date: “Quiet drinks then comedy show or LIVE music.”
Favorite NYC spots: Back Fence (Dan performs here from time to time on Sundays – you should go check him out!)
Idol: Robin Williams
10 years from now: “Wave of anxiety as I read that question…”
Wedding song:We just cant get enough by New Radicals, deal breaker if wife disagrees.” – Listen up ladies! (PS – he made this question up himself, THAT’S how important it is to him)
Fave food: “Dos Toros salad plate with pork, extra sour cream please…”
Fun fact: Dan is a YouTube sensation… check him out here & here!

A DAY IN DAN’S LIFE

7:45am – Alarm goes off

8:45am – Actually get out of bed (after multiple snoozes); shower and listen to ESPN’s Mike and Mike or “I’m blastin’ tunes to wake up” on shower radio

9:30am – Get to work

9:45am – Grab the New York Times and eat breakfast at restaurant at the bottom of office building (3 eggs on whole wheat toast, salt, pepper, ketchup and “keep the coffee refills coming…”)

10:30am – Get back to desk and “catch up on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, interviewing Tim Heidecker” (I don’t know who any of these people are… oh the difference between males and females…)

11:45am – “Call sister for support after 3rd week of gaining at weekly weigh in, WeightWatchers meeting on 48th and 6th

1:15pm – Get lunch at Chop’t with co-workers, “I’m a slave to the seasonal suggestions of the month”

2:15pm – Put together call lists and review meeting schedule “while blasting Martin Sexton channel on Pandora”

4:30pm – “Call CFO’s of companies, receptionists don’t let me through.  Daydream about quitting.”

6:30pm – “Dinner at an empty Dig Inn” (Beef, veggies and a water)  – Anyone want to invite Dan over for dinner?

7:30pm – Perform in improv show at Triple Crown Pub

9:00pm – Recap and drinks

11:00pm – Wind down to late night TV

12:30pm – Bedtime

Thanks Dan!  So funny to read a day in the life of a guy versus the fine young ladies we have read about thus far!  It shows how much simpler guys routines are compared to ours.  Can you imagine ladies?!  Just not having to put on makeup every morning in itself would be amazing.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!  This spring-like weather is something I could get used to!

XOXO