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Celebrations
Happy Halloween!

We planned a Halloween cocktail party this past Saturday but little did we know, mother nature had plans of her own.  We got slammed with a snow storm in October-so bizarre! It looked like this all day… Most of our guests canceled but since I had already prepared the food and the drinks and I […]

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Recipes
Mini Vanilla Cupcakes With Mascarpone Frosting

  Vanilla Cake Ingredients:  1 1/2 cups self-rising flour| 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour| 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened| 2 cups sugar| 4 large eggs, at room temperature| 1 cup milk| 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an […]

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Excursions, Restaurants
Leaf Peeping in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is full of quaint towns, historic mansions, delicious restaurants, and amazing boutiques.  Yesterday was such a gorgeous day, I wanted to do some leaf peeping and explore new towns.  This was my itinerary: 1. New City, NY: Pick up my mom and sister 2. Drive North on the Palisades Parkway, cross the […]

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Celebrations
Halloween Accents

      {Orange tea roses} Decorating your apartment in NYC can be a challenge because you don’t want it to be cheesy and there’s barely any room for extra knick knacks.  I added a few Halloween accents to my apartment to invoke the spirit without being too literal.  I thought this was a great idea […]

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Recipes
Brunch – Mini Frittatas & Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

  {Brunch is the best part of the weekend} I’m usually such a hot mess on weekend mornings but yesterday, I got my act together and made a special brunch.  The menu was mini frittatas with prosciutto and lemon ricotta pancakes. {Mini frittatas with prosciutto} {Lemon ricotta pancakes} Mini frittatas  Ingredients: 5 eggs| 1/4 cup milk| […]

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5 Things Laura Loves
5 Things Laura Loves

 {Wall art in Meatpacking} {Repetto flats in Ernest Sewn window display} {Cheese and bread board for two} {Pumpkin tree makes a festive center piece} {Apparently I love the color fuchsia}

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NYC
Gallivanting in Flatiron

{In front of the Flatiron building} The Flatiron district is a bustling little hub of home decor stores, techies, and of course Eataly.  My favorite thing to do is order a macchiato and people watch, then grab lunch at Il Pesce which has the freshest seafood and finally pick up fresh pasta to make dinner. […]

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Recipes
Almond Joy Bars

{Almond Joy Bars} My favorite candy bar is an almond joy probably because I love coconut everything. These were really easy to make even the graham cracker crust.  {Some of the things you need} {Crushing the graham crackers for the crust} {Pouring condensed milk to the coconut flakes} {Mix graham crackers with butter and sugar […]

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Dark & Sparkly

My sister told me about Sally Hansen’s nail polish strips.  They are so easy to use and they are real nail polish stickers.  After using these, I’m wondering why I would ever spend time painting my nails and waiting for them to dry?  They are also really cheap about $10 at the drug store.  I […]

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NYC
Rainy Day Activities

{Outside the Plaza hotel in wellies} Yesterday was a rainy mess.  I decided to make the most out of the day and go exploring in Midtown East and the Upper East Side, 2 neighborhoods I rarely visit.  My outfit was definitely not practical but it made me smile.  I mixed a little bit of traditional […]

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NYC
My Guide to Soho & Nolita

{On Crosby Street one of the prettiest streets in Soho} {For some reason I really liked the bug flag behind me} Soho and Nolita are two of my favorite neighborhoods in New York.  I could spend a whole day walking around, popping in and out of shops, or grabbing coffee with a friend. This is […]

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5 Things Laura Loves
5 Things Laura Loves

The weather was warm and sunny earlier this week in New York so I literally spent 2 days just walking the streets of Soho and Nolita (stay tuned for my Soho guide tomorrow).  Soho is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city.  There are so many things that inspire me, the cobble stone streets, […]