Birthday Weekend!

This weekend I am turning 27!  (EEK!) My birthday typically falls on MLK weekend but I don’t think I have ever actually taken advantage of the long weekend until NOW!  I’m heading to Jupiter, Florida for the weekend with my bf and a few of our friends and I couldn’t.be.more.excited!  It is my first time to the West Palm Beach scene which is very exciting!  Here is what we have on the agenda…

Guanabanas anyone?

Square Grouper (not sure about the black cat…)

Square Grouper

Lots of Beach time…

Whooping the bf’s *** in Tennis

Aaaaaaaaaaaannnddd here’s what I packed (if you care enough to continue…)

Florida 1

Florida - 2

Florida - 3

In case you haven’t gotten enough of this yet… I will be reading

While we’re at it (just to touch on all senses here) I plan to eat a lot of chicken salad sandwiches and fish tacos and drink Arnold Palmers and frozen margaritas with salt.  In terms of my music selection I am thinking along the lines of this & that…oh and one more.

And there you have it folks!

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Bday

XOXO
Meg

PS – Used my Clarisonic this morning which my generous amazing girlfriends gave me for my birthday last night (a la pic above) and I am OBSESSED!  Thanks ladies!!!

(top pics 1, 2, 3, 4)

A Day in the Life: Molly

Molly

Mols
Current City: Manhattan, Upper West Side
Job: Associate, Corporate Services Real Estate Group at Goldman Sachs
Fave Food: “I pretty much like all types of food except for Pork Chops (strange I know). My ultimate favorite is probably mexican food (2 beef burritos, rice & refried beans with a small side of queso and lots of chips and guacamole. Frozen margarita with salt.”
Favorite TV Show: “The Bachelor. My favorite season was probably “On the Wings of Love” with Jake because he kept keeping things interesting by picking Vienna. It is the worst but best TV out there! OH and HOMELAND OBVI.”
Drink of Choice: “Iced Coffee with Skim and 3 Splenda’s. Any flavored Seltzer. Recently I’ve been having a glass of milk with dinner and its been a nice little change.”
Ideal Date: “Going to Francisco’s on 68th and Columbus to grab pizza, in sweatpants of course, and then going to see a movie.  We just saw Lincoln, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook and loved all of them!”
Favorite NYC Spots: St. Patrick’s Cathedral (“where we got engaged!”); “And pretty much everywhere in NYC except for Penn Station, Herald Square and Times Square.” – COULDN’T AGREE MORE MOL!
Favorite Subway: 2 Train
Favorite Department Store: Saks
Favorite Scent: Bobbi’s Party by Bobbi Brown
Favorite Breakfast Food: Blueberry Pancakes with Sausage Links
Current Nail Polish: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

A Day in Molly’s Life:

5:15am-5:35am – Wake Up; “I put my cell phone alarm on loud and it has to be across the room from me to make sure I actually get out of bed to turn it off. Get my gym clothes on. Brush my teeth quick and have some multivitamins – Vitafusion Multivites Gummy Vitamins and allergy pills because I get sinus infections at the drop of a hat.”

5:40am-6:30am – “Go down to the gym in my building and start to wake up by turning the speed up on the treadmill.”

6:30am-7:00am – “Shower and get dressed as quickly as I can. I have to lay out my clothes the night before so it speeds up the process a little bit. I usually wear a suit or a dress everyday. Not many ways to make a suit look “cute” and could never quite figure out how the J. Crew models made it look so fashionable in the catalogues.”

Products: “I love any and all product and I usually have a lot of things in my rotation but my most recent obsession is my Clarisonic that I got for Christmas – I have never had such clear and smooth skin. I usually do it once or twice a day depending on if I have charged it the night before but its my favorite and I would recommend it to everyone!  In the shower I use Biolage shampoo and conditioner but I like to buy small bottles because I like switching up the brand.  In my opinion the best body wash is Aveeno body wash in “calming lavender”.  Neutrogena naturals fresh cleaning and make up remover (in the morning) and Trish McEvoy face wash (at night).  Also swear by Ole Henriksen “Ultimate Eye Lift Eye Gel Roll on“, Ole Henriksen, “Truth Serum” and Origins “A Perfect World“. I switch up my body cream daily, but some of my favorites are: Laura Mercier in “Fresh Fig“, Clarins “Moisture Rich Body Lotion“.

7:05am –  “Head out the door to grab the 1 Train to the 2 Train and then either the PATH to Exchange Place or the Ferry from World Financial Center to Paula’s Hook. I’ve been taking the ferry lately because its been such a nice way to start the day on a boat. Usually grab an iced coffee at a place along the way and maybe a veggie drink if I really need to wake up.”

8:00am – “Sit down at my desk – we don’t have assigned seats at work so I try to switch it up and pick a new seat every day.”

8:00am-8:25am – “I eat breakfast at my desk – usually a yogurt from home and I check emails.”

8:30am-9:30am – Internal Meeting

9:30am-10:30am – Check emails

11:00am-12:00pm – “Jump back on the ferry to Manhattan for a meeting at one of our properties to discuss marketing and PR opportunities.”

12:30pm – “Head back to Jersey City and pick a new seat again…”

12:45pm-1:00pm – “Go down to the cafeteria and grab a salad and go back up and eat at my desk.”

1:00pm-6:30/7:00pm – “Respond to emails and usually have a couple smaller internal meetings or conference calls.”

7:00pm – “Head home and pick up something for dinner along the way.”

8:00pm – “Get home eat, watch NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”

9:30pm/10:00pm – HIT THE HAY; “Before bed I usually put on Ole Henriksen “Truth Serum” I also like Lancome “Genefique” serum and before bed and in the winter months twice a week I will put on Origins “Drink Up Intensive“, L’Occitane hand cream “Mango flower“, Carmax lip balm, and Ole Henriksen “Ultimate Eye Lift“.  In Sephora I typically gravitate to any product that says “lift, tighten or smooth”.” – AMEN SISTER!

Thanks Mol!  Now I realize why we are such good friends… product obsessed and Mexican food lovers.  Even after living with you for so many years, I still find this interesting!  I love your tendency to mix things up.  After all, change leads to happiness!  (Has anyone seen the Happy Movie? So good!)  Even things as little as mixing up moisturizer is something worth trying!  Do it peops!  Also, I must say, for all of you thinking What?! She’s up at 5:30am everyday to workout? Mol is one of the most disciplined people I have ever known and is definitely a great example for the rest of us!  As Ben Franklin puts it, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a [wo]man healthy, wealthy and wise.”  I need to start repeating that one in the morning as I hit snooze

How was everyone’s weekends?!  This is my last week as a 26 year old and I can’t really believe it!

XOXO

PS – Mol is my bestie from the famous Wedding of the Year

A Day in the Life: Kelly

Kelly

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

A Day in the Life: Kate

Kate

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: Courtney

Courtney

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