Food Diaries: The gals

grocery shopping

This is how we all look while grocery shopping, right?

As promised, my amazing girlfriends and I kept track of everything we ate last week, check out what these fine ladies had and let me know what you think (names masked for privacy)…

Ellie

Monday

B: Oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, almonds and strawberries. Large coffee.

L: Barley salad with Brussels spouts and an egg.

D: Greek salad with chicken. Glass of red wine.

Tuesday

B: Oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, almonds, strawberries, and peaches. Large coffee.

L: Leftover Greek salad plus an egg

D: Barley salad with roasted Brussels sprouts, snap peas, and chickpeas with sriracha on top.

D: Brownie and vanilla ice cream.

Wednesday

B: Whole wheat toast with sliced banana and peanut butter. Large coffee.

L: Salad with roasted eggplant, tomatoes, and mozzarella

D: Steak with roasted vegetables (made by a friend of a friend at a dinner party—was delicious but kind of rare…) and many glasses of red wine.

Thursday

B: Oatmeal with raisins, almonds, honey, and cinnamon. Large coffee.

L: Turkey wrap with lots of vegetables, chipotle mayo, and a pickle on the side.

D: Hummus and veggies and lots of pita.

Friday:

B: Whole wheat bagel with lox and cucumber. Large coffee.

L: Salad with feta, beets, and walnuts

D: Pizza and beer

Wendy

Monday:

B: 2 hard-boiled eggs.

L: Yogurt with peanut butter Kashi cereal and M&Ms.

S: Grapes.

D: Chicken noodle soup and bread.

Tuesday:

B: 2 hard-boiled eggs and Kashi cereal.

L: Arugula salad with sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, pumpkin seeds and pecorino cheese.

S: Pack of M&Ms.

D: Pumpkin and cheese ravioli, kale salad and bruschetta.

D: Edy’s frozen yogurt and Trader Joe’s “Cat cookies”

Wednesday:

B: 2 hard-boiled eggs and Kashi cereal

L: BBQ Pop Chips

D: Chips and hummus, homemade lean meat tacos with avocado, goat cheese, taco seasoning and lots of Tostito chips.

D: Haagen Daaz Chocolate bar.

Thursday:

B: Fage yogurt with M&Ms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, peanut butter and banana.

L: Arugula salad with chicken.

D: Lots of Moscow Mules drinks (out), bread, Triscuits and cottage cheese and eggs and bread (full disclosure: drunk eating at apartment).

Friday:

B: 2 bananas and Kashi cereal

L: Turkey sandwich and BBQ Pop Chips.

D: Sushi dinner and 1 glass of wine.

D: Ice cream.

Jackie

Monday:

B: Jamba Juice smoothie.

L: BLT Sandwich with avocado.

D: Sushi dinner.

Tuesday:

B: no time!

L: Chipotle burrito bowl with brown rice, peppers, chicken and guacamole.

S: Sour patch watermelons

D: Sweet chili salmon with brocolli and mac and cheese.

D: 2 pieces dark chocolate.

Wednesday:

B: Chocolate croissant with chai tea.

L: Tuna fish sandwich with Cape Cod chips.

D: Rosemary roasted chicken with cauliflower and sweet potatoes.

D: 3 pieces of dark chocolate.

Thursday:

B: Chocolate croissant.

L: 2 slices of caprese pizza.

D: Out – burrata and tomato with prosciutto, linguine with truffle sauce, filet with green beans, 2 pieces of bread, 2 martinis, 3 glasses of red wine.

Friday:

B: Health grain bagel with scallion cream cheese.

L: Chipotle burrito bowl with brown rice, peppers, chicken and guacamole.

D: Pizza.

Audrey

Monday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: Small arugula salad with chicken, bacon bits, avocado and broccoli with low-fat balsamic vinaigrette.

S: Green tea and a handful of almonds.

D: Spicy brown mustard and brown sugar glazed salmon, kale chips, a glass of white wine and a glass of water.

D: Chocolate covered pretzel.

Tuesday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: Chicken salad and honey mustard on whole wheat bread with Cape Cod potato chips.

D: Spicy brown mustard and brown sugar glazed salmon, kale chips, a glass of white wine and a glass of water.

D: Chocolate covered pretzel.

Wednesday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: Sushi – salmon avocado roll and spicy crunchy tuna roll on brown rice.

S: Handful of almonds.

D: Two slices of Whole Foods whole wheat pizza, a glass of white wine and water.

Thursday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: Small arugula salad with grilled salmon, brussels sprouts, broccoli, feta and avocado.

D: Cheese and crackers, hummus and pita chips, a glass of white wine.

Friday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: One slice of pepperoni and one slice of cheese pizza.

D: Cheese and crackers and a glass of Cabernet.

Sarah:

Monday:

B: Vanilla low-fat yogurt and granola and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Spinach salad with craisins, quinoa, beets, walnuts, apples and balsamic vinaigrette.

D: Grilled chicken, crispy kale, quinoa with carrots and craisins.

D: Mug of mint chocolate chip ice-cream.

Tuesday:

B: Warm lemon water, low fat vanilla yogurt and granola and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Spinach salad with craisins, quinoa, apple, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette.

D: Rosemary ginger gin cocktail (out), soba noodles with grilled chicken, carrots, onions and almonds.

D: Two chocolate chip cookies.

Wednesday:

B: Organic oatmeal with honey, cinnamon and bananas and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Spinach salad with quinoa, craisins, apples, almonds and Honest Aid pomegranate blue juice.

S: Dark chocolate and sea salt Kind bar with lemon ginger tea.

D: Cheese and crackers, chips and carrots with spinach dip, two pieces of pizza, two glasses of wine, one beer.

Thursday:

B: Oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, bananas and blueberries and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Spinach salad with quinoa, craisins, pecans and apples.

S: Kombucha drink.

D: Out – 3 oysters, split mussels with frites and split shrimp burger, two glasses of white wine and a cocktail.

Friday:

B: Warm lemon water, low-fat vanilla yogurt with granola and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Quinoa with apples, almonds, craisins and carrots.

S: Cheese and crackers, glass of red wine.

D: Cheeseburger and sweet potato fries, with a beer.

Blake:

Monday:

B: Protein shake (Acai smoothie from Barry’s Bootcamp), green tea.

L: Chicken meatball soup.

S: Gummy worms, apple with almond butter.

D: Sushi.

D: Gluten free cookie.

Tuesday:

B: Frozen waffle pre-workout, protein shake post-workout (Acai smoothie from Barry’s Bootcamp), green tea.

L: Bare Burger turkey burger on lettuce wrap and side salad.

S: 2 Rolos.

D: Brussels sprouts, kale & brown rice.

Wednesday:

B: Protein shake with kale, pear, blueberries, coconut milk, water and veggie protein.

L: Salad with grilled salmon and 2 Rolos.

S: Apple with almond butter and Pop Chips.

D: Butternut squash soup and brussels sprouts.

D: Sorbet pop.

Thursday:

B: Protein shake with kale, pear, blueberries, coconut milk, water and veggie protein.

S: Green juice.

L: Chicken meatball salad from Penelope’s.

S: 2 Baked by Melissa cupcakes.

D: Veggies and brown rice with hot sauce.

D: Mini Snickers.

Friday:

B: Protein shake and green juice.

S: Apple, handful of almonds, gluten-free pretzels.

L: Panera salad.

D: Out to Italian dinner with many different courses.

Catherine:

Monday:

B: Smoothie – vanilla whey protein, strawberries, mango, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a coffee with splash of fat-free half and half, 2 Truvias. dried apricots.

L: 2 wedges of spanikopita,  garlic hummus, 1/2 green pepper, baby spinach and cherry tomatoes.

S: 2 brown rice lightly salted rice cakes with almond butter.

D: Lentils (simmered with vermouth and a chopped spanish onion), 1/2 roasted winter squash.

S: Mini square of pumpkin cake, cream cheese frosting.

Tuesday:

B: 1 tbs agave syrup (pre-run), smoothie (post-run) with banana, 2 tbs peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, water.

L: 1/2 cup wild rice, 2 tbs of all natural garlic hummus, 1/2 green pepper, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes.

S: MacIntosh apple with bag of Skinny Pop.

D: Lentils (simmered with vermouth and a chopped spanish onion), 1/2 roasted winter squash, 2 brown rice lightly salted rice cakes with almond butter.

Wednesday:

B: 1 tbs agave syrup (pre-run), smoothie (post-run) with strawberries, mango, pineapple, vanilla whey protein powder,  unsweetened vanilla almond milk  and a coffee with a splash of fat-free half anf half, 2 Splenda and dried apricots.

L: Garlic hummus, 1/2 green pepper, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and 1/2 oatmeal, chocolate chip cookie.

S: 2 brown rice lightly salted rice cakes with almond butter.

D: Bowl of lentils (simmered with vermouth and a chopped spanish onion) and an apple.

Thursday:

B: Smoothie – vanilla soy protein powder, strawberries, mango, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk
and a coffee w/ a splash of fat-free half and half, 2 Splenda and dried apricots.

L: Baby spinach, sprouts and a 1/2 c. multi colored quinoa with a handful of walnuts.

D: Bowl of lentils, fig burrata, Carr’s whole wheat crackers, Macoun apple, Giredelli peppermint bark, a few glasses of Pinot Noir.

Friday:

B: Vanilla soy protein powder, strawberries, mango, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a coffee w/ a splash of fat-free half and half, 2 Splenda with  dried apricots.

L: Baby spinach, 1/2 avocado, yellow tomato, pepper, hummus.

S: No fat maple greek yogurt with an apple.

D: Steamed veggies with brown rice, teriyaki and a few pieces of avocado roll.

Interesting right?  Here are my observations:

1. People tend to be pretty routine when it comes to breakfast.

2. If you don’t eat a lot in the morning you end up eating more later in the day.  As they say, eat your breakfast!

3. Girls are HEALTHY.

4. Those who are veggie lovers… eat a lot of veggies.  Those who are not… lack veggies in their diets.  This may sound obvious, but there doesn’t seem to be an in between.

5. Monday is the healthiest day.

6. Everyone has one “cheat day” whether they plan to or not.

7. Girls like sweets.  Thank GOODNESS I’m not the only one who needs icecream.

8. You’re one of two things: a snacker or a mealer. (Go Team Mealer!)

9. People hit the bottle on Thursdays. (They don’t call it Thirsty Thursdays for nothin’!)

10. Red meat is not high on the priority list for us gals.

What patterns do you see?  Aren’t you impressed with all of their healthy choices!  Go GFs!  I need to get on the barley salad train!  Doesn’t it just sound yummy? It’s amazing how different everyone’s days are!  Not one person has even a remotely similar day to the next.  If we were looking at their outfits I guarantee you could find some (many) parallels. But (!) how interesting that not one person has the same tastes or eating habits as another.  Have you ever thought about that? How do your eating habits compare?  It might be a fun project to track your meals/snacks for the week.  When talking to my friends a lot of them said they even found it interesting to see their own habits written out.

Tell me what you think!

XO

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Easy healthy dinner: Salmon and Crispy Kale

Ok, so I am just as guilty as anyone in the fact that I get takeout way too often and have definitely been in hibernation mode lately. (It’s just winter weight, right?…)  But when I promise myself [on a weekly basis] that I will cook more to save money and eat healthier, I usually muster up the energy to actually make a healthy meal.  One easy solution for anyone facing these same hardships is this super easy, simple and healthy dinner below…

Salmon with Crispy Kale and Quinoa

glazedsalmonfillet

Ingredients (for one):

4 oz fresh salmon filet

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 bunch of kale

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

salt & pepper

1/2 cup quinoa

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.  Marinate salmon in mustard, soy sauce and maple syrup and put to the side.  Depending on the quinoa used [follow box instructions], pour 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup quinoa in a pot and boil for 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed.  Wash and dry kale and cut out stems and rip into large pieces.  Place kale in large mixing bowl and rub with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Once kale is “marinated” spread out on cookie sheet (if not a non-stick, cover pan in tinfoil) and place in oven.  Cook until browning and crisping occurs – about 10 minutes, flip kale and then cook another 10 minutes on the other side.  Once kale is done, place salmon in oven and cook for 15 minutes.  Once salmon is cooked through, quinoa is ready and kale is crisped, season with salt and pepper (if preferred) and serve! See? Easy!

What are your go-to recipes during the work week (or otherwise)?  I would love more ideas on quick, easy and healthy dinners!

XOXO
Meg

PS – Crispy kale is a great alternative to salty foods like potato chips or french fries… for anyone else out there with a salt problem.

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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

Easy Ensalada

Hello my friends!  We are SO SO close to Christmas!  I’ve been listening to the holiday station on Pandora to get me in the mood, and it’s finally starting to feel like it’s around the corner!  Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes it’s hard to have that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling when you’re at work doing your normal day-to-day and nothings changed besides maybe white lights on the trees outside of your office.  Don’t get me wrong I LOVE this time of year, but it’s just something I have noticed post-college (and one month-long holiday breaks…ahh those were the days).

Anyway, in an effort to keep the holiday feeling alive, the bf and I rented Home Alone the other night and I promised to make us dinner (something that is honestly pretty rare).  So, because cooking is not my expertise and when it comes to creativity in the kitchen, I have the imagination of a rock (that doesn’t make any sense but just go with it), I made the first thing that came to mind….a salad.  (How exciting!?)  While I usually don’t think of salad for dinner, the holiday parties have been reeking havoc on the body and we were both feeling something healthy.  As I walked the aisles of Whole Foods aimlessly I finally had an AHA moment when I saw the goat cheese.  Looking at goat cheese doesn’t typically ignite AHA moments for me, but it happened and here is what I came up with…

Arugula salad

with goat cheese, candied pecans, grilled chicken, tomatoes and roasted asparagus

salad

Ingredients:

8 oz chicken breasts

1 bottle Teriyaki sauce (I used Soy Vay: Teriyaki Sauce Veri Veri Teriyaki)

1 bag/box of Arugula

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (or you can crumble it yourself)

1 cup cherry tomato medley

1 bunch asparagus

1/2 cup pecans

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Salt & Pepper

 

Chicken:
Marinate chicken with teriyaki sauce for 10 minutes (while cooking candied pecans and asparagus).  Place chicken in medium saucepan and saute on medium heat until cooked through.
Candied Pecans:
Combine water, sugar and pecans in a saucepan and boil for 5 minutes or until sugar and water thicken to coat pecans.  Remove from oven and cool until sugar-coating has hardened.
Roasted Asparagus:
Wash asparagus and snap bottoms off at natural breaking point (about 1/3 piece).  Align asparagus on cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in oven.  Roast at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Salad:
Combine arugula, chicken, tomatoes, goat cheese, candied pecans, roasted asparagus and toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Delish!

I must say this took all of 30 minutes and it was really good!  It even kept my very tall hungry boyfriend satisfied!  We followed dinner with cookies and milk, a holiday candle lit and white lights twinkling on my little topiary trees… by the time we finished Home Alone I was feeling very festive (and proud of myself for making dinner – a true Christmas miracle!).

Get your salad on and whip up one of these babies before Holiday festivities take over whatever self-control you have left!

XOXO

A Day in the Life: Abby

Abby 

Background: Abby is a former co-worker and good friend of mine.  We met through mutual friends a couple of years ago and work  only a few floors away from eachother.
Age: 24
Current City:  West Village, NYC
Hometown:  Sun Valley, Idaho
Job:  Hedge fund assistant
Nickname: Abbs, Ab, Fairgame
Idols: Martha Stewart & Betty Draper
Guilty Pleasure: Chalky candy (ie. Necco Wafers, LifeSaver wintergreen mints, Smarties) & people.com
New Obsession: Instagram & Montauk (as of this summer)
Addicted to: SoulCycle, rosé and anything coconut scented/flavored
Ideal date: Dive bar baby!
Fave food: Avocado
Favorite NYC spots: Joseph Leonard, Jefferies, Bounce & Village Tavern,  Rosemary’s (“get the celery caesar, it will blow your mind”), The Rusty Knot, Campbell Apartment, Inside Park at Saint Bart’s, La Esquina, Westway & Pete’s Tavern
(Wearing: Zara top, J.Crew cropped pants, J.Crew wedges, bracelets: David Yurman, Dallas + Carlos, Marc Jacobs bag, Joe Fresh jacket)

A DAY IN ABBY’S LIFE

6:40am – Wake-up (“newly a snoozer for 5 minutes, 10 if the previous evening’s festivities were um… excessive”)

6:45am – Shower; products: Organix Coconut Milk shampoo & conditioner (“like I said, love coconut”), St. Ives Apricot Face Scrub, cheap drug store body wash, typically stolen from one of the roommates

6:55am – Check emails, apply Pond’s Cold Cream (“super moisturizing and clean feeling”), Organix Coconut mousse for volume and blow dry; flat iron if needed with a “Chi-tah”; the Sockbun (“if I’m being totally lazy/running late/don’t feel like showering (gross, I know), I’m a HUGE fan of the sockbun done with a sock that I’ve probably taken from a roommate’s drawer and cut up…”)

7:00am – Apply makeup; in Abby’s makeup bag: Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, Benefit “get-even” powder in no. 2 (“an all-time fave”), NARS bronzer in Laguna, MAC pot eyeliner to be applied with a flat brush in “embark,” L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

7:10am– Pick-out outfit and get dressed; (“Typically TONS of J.Crew”) for work usually black pants and a blouse or blazer (“my roomie works for Theory so that’s a blazer go-to”)

7:15am – Pack gym clothes for the day; load up cell phone, head phones, tidy up room and turn off AC  (“Yes, I sleep with AC on. Can’t live without it, even in the winter.”)

7:30am – Subway to office (“I CANNOT ride the subway without music. 3 current favorite songs: Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch, Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin, Walk on By – Noosa (Sound Remedy Remix)”)

7:45am –  At desk, check emails, eat breakfast (usually a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crisp, berry crumble flavor mixed with Special K) and a cup of coffee at the office or sometimes Starbucks Venti Non-Fat extra hot latte with 5 Splendas (“Yes, 5”); peruse Facebook, Twitter, NYTimes.com, my horoscope (“Capricorn, daily, I love horoscopes”), theyallhateus.com, honestlywtf.com, becuaseimaddicted.com, a few Tumblrs, Man Repeller and both of our favorites, Atlantic-Pacific

8:15am – Early morning sit down with boss, make office rounds, catch-up with IR team, chat with traders, emails, phones, work, work, work (“and lots of G-chat in between”)

12:00/1:00pm – “I just started a new job and everyone gets to order daily form Seamless which is AWESOME. My go to is a turkey sandwich from Blake & Todd with tomato, cucumber, AVOCADO and LOTS of honey mustard, can’t get enough of that stuff. I used to do a lot of afternoon snacking but I’m super busy in my new role so sadly that’s not really an option anymore.”

6:15pm – Start to wrap up at work, send a few final emails, check in with the team to see if anyone needs any last minute help

6:25pm – Change into gym clothes “hot pink Nike sneakers, Lululemon pants, grimey t-shirt (I should grow up and start wearing nice work-out tops but I love a good beat-up tee), usually Dartmouth, Holy Cross or something from home like a bar t-shirt – classy, right? SoulCycle sweatshirt. And no, I don’t wear socks.”  – Abbs, the socks you’ve got to work on!

6:30pm – Walk to the gym (Abb’s gym of choice: NY Health and Racquet) and SoulCycle on Thursdays (“Fave teacher is Danny, try him out, he’s amaze.”)

7:00pm –  Gym (either elliptical or treadmill)

8:00pm – Walk home every day (Abby’s favorite part of the day); home or mani/pedi (“Currently rocking OPI Lincoln Park After Dark”); Shower to rinse off, wash face with St. Ives and “steal some more body wash”

8:15pm –  Change into another old t-shirt, boxers and have dinner on the couch with the roommates; Dinner: typically a veggie burger, chick peas with soy sauce (“try it, it’s so good”), cheese and crackers, or pasta with Vodka Sauce, always followed by Cool Whip (“an all time fave”) or a trip to Tasti-Delight (“there is one dangerously close to our apartment”) for coconut fro-yo (shocker!); “lots of really classy television” like Gossip Girl, Criminal Minds, Real Housewives (“not by choice but one of the roommates is addicted”), Sex and the City etc.

9:15pm – “I get in bed pretty early but always watch a show on my laptop. Right now I’m re-watching Mad Men because I love it to death but I just got into Homeland and I’m OBSESSED. I finished the first season and the rest aren’t on iTunes and I don’t have Showtime AKA if anyone wants company on Sunday nights and has Showtime, hit me up!”

10:00pm – “Goodnight! And yes, I still sleep with a teddy bear named Sleepy.” – Sleepy? How clever.

How do your days compare?  Have these posts inspired you to go out and try a new beauty product or whip up something new for dinner?  I’d love to know!

Hope everyone affected by the storm is getting their lives somewhat back to normal this week!  Power is almost all back on in NYC and I even was able to take the subway to work this morning!  No more $25 cabs for this gal… ahh the little things.

XOXO

PS – check out this Hurricane Sandy slideshow

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

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

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

A Day in the Life: Emilie

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for………

Juuust kidding.  But like I promised, today I am introducing a weekly feature called “A Day in the Life” which I will publish every Monday going forward.  The feature will illustrate a typical day in the life of a select person.  This person may be another blogger, a close friend, the President – who knows!  The main purpose is to get a glimpse into another’s life and hopefully, you will be unexpectedly entertained (and perhaps inspired).

The idea spurred from a conversation with friends on the differences in people’s daily routines – all the way from what you eat for breakfast down to how you get into bed at night (you’d be surprised how many ways people climb into the sack).  I have always found it interesting to learn about other people, which is probably why I love documentaries and the articles in US Weekly on a celeb’s daily regimen (dare I admit it).  While it’s a fairly simple concept, people’s differences are interesting.  So, with that said, here I give you my first ever “A Day in the Life” post.

Emilie

(pronounced Emily)

Background: my childhood friend of 25 years
Age: 27
Current City:  New York, NY
Hometown:  South Shore of MA
Job:  Finance
Nickname: “EmSull”
Beauty secret:  5-6 bottles of water daily
Favorite food:  anything salty, but mostly chips with hummus and pizza
Ideal date: drinking beer and eating bar food at a local pub then going home to watch a movie (think: Taken) – get in line fellas!
 (Wearing: AG Jeans, Anthropologie vest, Frye boots, Ann Taylor sweater, Michele watch, Ray Ban sunglasses)

 

A DAY IN EMILIE’S LIFE

6:45am – get up and shower

6:55am – splash face with cold water (a morning de-puffer!), brush teeth, get back into bed and check work emails on phone

7:05am – get up, towel dry hair, apply Ole Henriksen serum, Lancome pearl eye cream and Origins tinted moisturizer (on my recommendation!)

7:10am – blow dry & flat iron hair

7:25am – apply makeup (here’s what’s in Em’s makeup bag: Sarra cover up, NARS bronzer in Laguna, Dior shimmer powder in amber diamond, NARS black eye liner, Dior Show mascara, Chanel rouge allure extrait de gloss shade #51)

7:35am – get dressed, grab snack for afternoon (typically: string cheese or cottage cheese)

7:40am – out the door to walk to the subway

8:00am – arrive at work, get a bottle of water and a bowl of cereal from kitchen (Special K, Life or Honey Bunches of Oats), check email

9:00am – get a coffee from the kitchen (Green Mountain hazelnut, black), more work (whatever that entails)

10:30am – handful of almonds or unsalted peanuts (which are kept at her desk)

12:00pm – grab a half-sandwich from Pret-A-Manger: chicken and bacon or chicken mozzarella baguette (because she has a fast metabolism, Emilie prefers to eat several small meals throughout the day – girlfriend, it’s working!)

12:30pm – eat lunch, back to work, consume 3-4 bottles of water

3:00pm – grab a small snack: cottage cheese, string cheese or 100-calorie pack of pretzels

5:00/5:30pm – subway home

5:45pm – arrive home, change into gym clothes and toast a half a whole wheat Arnold sandwich thin with crunchy peanut butter

6:00pm – go to SoulCycle or the gym: use weight machines (leg press, bicep curls, tricep extensions, seated rows) and because Emilie doesn’t like to run, she alternates 2 minutes of walking/3 minutes of running on treadmill for 30 mins

7:00pm – arrive home, hop in the shower

7:30pm – pour a glass of wine (Cabernet in the winter, chardonnay in the summer) and make dinner; dinner typically consists of whole wheat pasta and grilled asparagus (grill asparagus in EVOO until almost brown, once pasta is done, throw the asparagus in the pot and add a little more EVOO, a spoonful of goat cheese and a spoonful of pesto and mix until melted)

8:00pm – hang with the roomies, watch tv (Friends, Modern Family or Nashville) [sidenote #1: EmSull is the biggest Friends fanatic you will ever meet]

9:30pm – have 2 pieces of dark chocolate and clean up kitchen

10:00pm – brush teeth and wash face with Aveeno or Neutrogena microbead cleanser (exfoliate twice a week with Clarins exfoliator), apply Ole Henriksen serum, and Nuskin eye cream

10:15/10:30pm – climb into bed (I wonder how she does it?), check email and apply L’occitane hand cream [sidenote #2: she has the softest hands I’ve ever felt (creepy?), I may have to pick up some of this stuff]

So what did you think?  Even having known Em for 25 years, I find this so interesting!  I love the fact that she has a glass of wine every night to unwind -girl after my own heart.  I’m more of a three square meals a day kind of gal, but I’m thinking maybe I should look into the small meals throughout the day thing.  I have heard it’s a good way to jumpstart your metabolism.  How do your days compare?  Do you tend to be a creature of habit or do you try to mix it up?

Hope you all had nice weekends and a great start to the week!

XOXO

Have a leisurely weekend…

Happy Friday everyone!

I woke up with a smile on this morning simply for the fact that it is Friday.  All week I have been dreaming about what I wanted to do this weekend and here’s the list I came up with (can you tell I love lists?):

1. Go for a run in Central Park

This is one of my favorite fall activities.  In the summer the park get’s so hot and crowded, but in the fall it is a much better scene, with crisp clean air and foliage that you unfortunately don’t get in many other places in the city.  Although I don’t live close to the park, my bf does and therefore I make a point to hit it up any weekend I’m up there.

2. Drink iced coffee and read the paper…outside.

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Most likely the style and travel section, but it’s still the PAPER.  And there’s nothing like having your morning coffee al fresco.

3. Rent a bike and ride up to the Cloisters (remember the fall bucket list??)

National Geographic

Yes, I am finally doing it (and yes, I will look this cool riding my bike)!  We’re thinking Saturday afternoon so cross your fingers for nice weather!

4. Go to Eataly and make an Italian dinner

Eataly

I studied abroad in Florence when I was in college and my bestie from home and I still make one of the meals we would also prepare for dinner when we lived there.  The meal consists of:  butternut squash ravioli with walnut sauce (Eataly is the only place you can find the sauce),  fresh tomatoes and mozzarella with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a french baguette… and obviously some red vino.  AMAZING!

5. Watch Homeland (lots of it)

The bf and I just started getting into Homeland and we are beyond obsessed!  Anyone else?  We’re only on season one though so we have a lot to catch up on…

6. Make my mom’s chicken pot pie for Sunday football…the best chicken pot pie ever (recipe below).

Martha Stewart

I have such a weakness for chicken pot pie (CPP for us regulars)

Recipe:

– 1 package of frozen pie crusts (ok so it’s not totally homemade, but trust me it’s delish)

– 1 can cream of chicken soup

– 1 cup frozen peas

– 1 cup slices carrots (cooked)

– 1 cup diced potatoes (boiled)

– 1/2 can chicken broth

– 2 chicken breasts with bones

Line a pie sheet with one of the thawed pie crusts.  Cut chicken in half and saute in a frying pan with olive oil and cover.  Add chicken broth and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove the chicken off the bone and cut into small pieces.  Place the chicken meat, liquid from the frying pan, veggies and cream of chicken soup in a pot and heat thoroughly adding spices and a dash of milk for thickness (can also add chicken bouillon cubes for added flavor).  Pour mixture into pie sheet and cover with second pie crust, pressing the outer edges to mend both crusts.  Bake at 325 – 350 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes (depending on your oven), until golden brown.

7. Watch the Sunday Morning Show in my PJs

For anyone unfamiliar with this show, take note – it’s the best.  The style is very old school and it takes a little bit of getting used to…but you will learn to LOVE it.  Great, simple, feel-good story lines for an easy Sunday morning.

And that is all!  Soooo basically all I want to do is cook, eat and watch TV.  GOOD!  But sometimes you must have weekends devoted to r&r!  What are you all up to?

XOXO