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6.28.2012

Grateful Moments


{A rainy night sky of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings}

Hi everybody! Just a quick hello from the "Big Apple." It's so nice to be back in my old stomping ground. I love this city so much! There are so many things about it that just gives me a shot of happy adrenaline rush. The energy of it, the architecture, the walking culture, the different seasons, the plethora of sidewalk cafes, and the FOOD!

Can you tell I'm grinning from ear-to-ear? Although I'm still buried in a sea of boxes from our recent move, I still wanted to focus on the little things that bring me joy. Gratitude gives higher vitality and more optimism... thus achieving a more positive sense of self. These are some of the things that made me smile and happy.

 
{Unpacking is certainly more fun than packing... dishes from the mother-in-law}

{Some cocktails to take the edge off of unpacking}

{Citibank - the tallest building in Long Island City Queens, NY}

{Beautiful fresh fruit steps away...}

{A Long Island City Landmark, which reminds me of my favorite movie Julie and Julia}

I wish you a stress-free day and weekend! Thanks for reading and come again;)




6.27.2012

Solution to Living Clutter-Free

{clever use of a vintage suitcase by Shannon}

I have to say, my place or should I say my new tiny place is a mess! {Mini-me would have a problem moving around in here}. I realize that I just moved on Saturday, but having so many things that no longer have a home, nor is there space for them to ever have a home is forcing me {us} to do an extreme purging that is really necessary. My {our} home has always been a place where first and foremost, everything has its place. Having a place for everything is a big solution to living clutter-free. When you know where to put it, it goes away - making it easier to stay organized which is one of my biggest pet peeves. I'm a scatterbrained lost puppy without things being properly located in their place. I'm one to label items in containers in my pantry. {I would label my labels if it were socially acceptable.} The luxury of keeping a space light and airy gives you a peaceful feeling, which makes you feel happy and in turn gives a quiet mind. I can't wait for my newfound space to be that happy organized peaceful relaxing place again.

6.26.2012

Confession of a Ripaholic...

{At the LIVE! With Regis and Kelly (then) show for the second time at the Encore/Wynn hotel Las Vegas in 2010... nose bleed seating and all, I was happy!}

As I was packing for our upcoming move, I realized all the paraphernalia of LIVE! With Regis or LIVE! With Kelly paraphernalia that I have saved just because I love that show so much, but really because of my undying girl crush I have for Kelly {no, I'm not a creep... nor does she need to get a restraining order - LOL}.

Ever since Kelly Ripa started on LIVE! my life changed on a different level. It didn't take long for her to capture my heart and full attention when she comes on. I quickly realized that I could relate to her personality and the things she says; ironically enough they're always things that I usually say or was saying to my husband and when she says them... it makes me love her all the more so. She makes me feel normal, because it helps to see that I'm not the only one who says/thinks certain funny things.  It also validates the points that I usually find myself trying to convince my hubby about.

{That smile is contagious}

So my girl crush {so-to-speak} is simply because I'm attracted to perky, creative, kind, free-spirited people that make your life better by being around them. Kelly is all that and more. She inspires me on such a level, that I would do anything to meet her in person {not just in passing anymore;} just to say thank you. In the last seven years, I have dreamed of having a creative pal to hang with - someone who seems to be eternally happy in life and for others, and Kelly Ripa has been that friend to me {remotely and imaginary... I know...roll your eyes now...but it is what is}. Thanks Kel for everything. Now, would you consider me as your non-famous co-host for a day?;) A girl can just wish!  XO


{These photos were posted in my gym room for inspirations (they will go back up on my walls in my new place) to get me on my treadmill, or lift the weights and do those squats on the days that I did not feel motivated... still working on it;}


{I follow the show when possible wherever they go. After Oscar Show in Hollywood}

{My After Oscar Show wristband}


*Images: {personal, Fitness magazine, google}



6.25.2012

Home Again...

Dana Buchman sunnies {similar here}, Blue feather earrings from here {similar ones here}, Jessica Simpson Shoes, Jump sleeveless romper 

I'm finally back in NYC and it never felt so good to be HOME again! After being away and living in the Vegas desert and out of a suitcase for the past week driving across country... I've come to appreciate the simple things that being at home has to offer; the conveniences of cafes, stores, flower shops on every corner with fresh LIVE flowers {that are non-shriveled up and scorched from the desert sun}, bakeries full of great pastries, stores brimming with an array of fashion choices, and waking up to the sound of NY {lively and fun!} - makes getting out of bed worth it. This week is all about unpacking, unpacking and more unpacking {booo!}. Let the FUN began! Hope you my dear readers had a great relaxing weekend.

 Another easy romper style {see other styles here and here}...
just changed the shoes and accessories

Check out the other feather earrings here with discount code...


Here's this past week's recap, in case you missed some posts:
* A Great Ending...
* Why Commendation Is Important...
* Some Cool Cats Fashion...
* Romper Fashion...


Happy Monday

6.22.2012

Romper


Summer is just around the corner {eek! I'm cringing - I'm a fall weather kind of girl}. Which means sooner or later, every other woman will be seen in a onesie. Rompers are a nice and an easy one-piece that can be thrown on with minimal accessories, especially when worn on a lazy day.

Being a one-piece makes onesies so versatile. They can be worn over a bikini with cute sandals, or worn around the house as loungewear, or to a picnic etc... let's face it, the possibilities are endless. I've even experimented with dressing up my romper in a variety of styles {here, and here - I still have more romper outfit styles to post}. These are a few that I'm liking right now.


{1} Striped Romper by DJP Boutique
{2} BCBGMAXAZRIA Romper, Sleeveless Scoop-Neck Fringe - {at Macy*s... offering free shipping.}


{2} Turquoise Halter Romper - by Robert Rodriguez (at Zappos... don't forget they offer free shipping both ways




6.20.2012

Cat Eye Shades


Are you like me who likes being different - being drawn to things that nobody else would ever wear? I feel the '60s inspired cat-eye frame sunglasses are one of those trends that not everyone will venture with.

These shades can be your new besties! Remember, the eye is drawn to things that are unique by nature, so feel free to be different and stand apart from the crowd by sporting these '60s inspired sunnies.

Nicole Richie the creator of House of Harlow 1960 Sunglasses
shows her retro style with these cat eyes sunnies

House of Harlow Cat Eye sunglasses {similar to what Nicole Richie is wearing above}


Nicole Richie is wearing Chelsea Cat Eye Sunglasses


Which meow is your fave? House of Harlow sure makes them fashionable.



6.19.2012

Commendation is Powerful!

"O how good and pleasant it is when a word is spoken at its right time"

Sad to say, sincere words of commendation are not the norm in today's world. This is hardly surprising, for today we live in a world where people focus on your faults or nitpick at everything you do instead of giving you credit for the good things that you do and that's a very discouraging thing, especially when really, everyone has talent and something to share no matter how great or small. The fact of the matter is, in today's ungrateful world, we all need to feel appreciated and loved.


How many times do we hear of people feeling that their efforts go unnoticed by others?  For example, employees often feel unappreciated by their employers, some married people believe that their mate takes them for granted, some children think that they can never meet the expectations of their parents. As a blogger, I sometimes feel that my work isn't appreciated. Surely, such feelings could be alleviated if we were all willing to  commend one another from time to time.


Have you been given sincere commendation for the things you do? Then you know how it can warm the heart and lift the spirit. What can help us find it easier to commend others and be kind with our words?

1. Look for the good in others. Instead of looking for faults, take notice and appreciate an individual's fine qualities and deeds.  With what result? Our words will surely refresh others, and they will try even harder to do their best! What do we get in return for commending others? We will experience the joy that comes from giving and being kind.

2. Acknowledge fine deeds and talents. Don't withold a good word when it is in your power to do it. Commendation is powerful! When we commend others we strengthen their resolve - prompting them to keep on doing their best for the betterment of society.

The world would certainly be a different place if everyone showed personal interest in others, searched out their good qualities/talents, and acknowledged them. With that being said, there's one person that I truly want to thank for commending and acknowledging me all the time {besides my dear husband}.  Kim Moran on Twitter. Thanks Kim for every single kind word and commendation you have showered upon me. XO


Behind every achiever are encouraging words and support


Images: {personal + google}

6.18.2012

A Great Ending...


We flew in from NY to Las Vegas to attend our friend's daughter's wedding this past weekend. She got married on a beautiful golf course. As we arrived to the ceremony, your eyes landed on guests seated on the well manicured golf course lawn graced with flower petals.  The backdrop was surrounded by mountains in the far distance and the sun setting - it was such a picturesque scene. After the ceremony, guests were moved into the beautifully decorated circularly-shaped all glass club room for the cocktail hour. As you entered the room you were greeted by cocktail waitresses with silver trays in hand serving hors d'oeuvres. 


We then were moved outside on a patio nestled in the middle of the golf course with the flickering light of two huge fire places, candle lights and white lights throughout which set such a romantic, intimate ambiance. You can see the occasion was handled with care, sparing no details for the air was filled with love and support. The father of the bride who has such a huge heart and the most positive energy wrote and read a poem to his daughter called "Daddy's little girl...". The beautiful words of that poem tugged at every one's heart - you could hear all the sniffling that went on as he read his daughter that poem. I often wonder what's that like to be loved so much by a father?!

At the end of the night, each guest was given a sparkler and were gathered outside creating a tunnel like pathway that the couple ran through to get into their car.  The flickery star-like light from the sparklers really was such an imaginative ending to this beautiful wedding ceremony that we were happy to have been a part of.  Now, that was NOT a typical Vegas style wedding that we've previously attended. It certainly was a nice ending to the memories we'll hold in our mind from Las Vegas.




{Such a pretty cake}

{Sparklers - a great ending to a beautiful ceremony}





6.17.2012

I'm Going Home...

{tree view on the condo balcony}

To the place where I belong... for the past few weeks, I have been singing this Daughtry song in my mind knowing that the days were getting closer to making our road trip across America back this month!

{desert sky view from balcony}

The miles from home feel like an eternity though, but to keep things fun and interesting I am going to try and document each day on the road until the big arrival. I can't wait to have a welcome home party! Oh, wait! Would it be tacky to throw my own welcome home party? I am thinking of throwing one after the hubby and I get all unpacked and re-settled down again... that sure will be worth the celebration as it does not seem possible at this time looking at the mounds and mounds of boxes and STUFF around our condo right now!

{the desert sunsets are very pretty}


I hope your week wasn't too bad, and have been enjoying your weekend thus far. Per my post last Sunday, I decided that I'd do a weekly recap of my posts in case some of you didn't get a chance to read all of them, so here's the recap for this past week {click on the photos for the posts}. It was a packed one! Hope you enjoy reading. Have a great Sunday. Wishing you all a fashionable weekend. X

Here's the list:




6.15.2012

JOIE DE VIVRE

{Central Park horse carriage...}

Joie de vivre is a french phrase that means joy of life. It's often used to express cheerful enjoyment of life. I've decided instead of writing a gratitude journal, I'm going to focus on the little things that have brought me joy throughout the week as a way to remain grateful, so I can attract only positive vibes and people to my circle.

It's been said in order to attract positive things in your life, you should take at least five minutes a day to write down or find something that you're appreciative about, such as the people or things in your life.  Doing this will help one become a grateful person, but more importantly, it keeps you from focusing on all the negative things that life throws our way. Henceforth, my Joie De Vivre posts will be about the little things that truly bring me joy, thus getting me into the habit of appreciation.

{Historical buildings in Brooklyn}

{A wonderful drive alongside the ocean of Long Island}

{Magnolia bakery in the West Village, NY - L.O.V.E.}

{The red velvet cheesecake cupcake - pure decadence}


6.14.2012

Shimmery High Heels


"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!"
~Marilyn Monroe~

I couldn't agree more. I love stilettos not only because I'm vertically challenged as I've mentioned before {here}, but I love how they immediately give you better posture and confidence as you put them on and walk; they also make your legs look longer.

I'm loving this new Jessica Simpson shimmery number {that I recently wore to a wedding this past weekend}. Every closet should have a pair of shimmery Classic shoes to spice up things every once in a while or for the occasion that beckons for them. Here are a couple of heels that I'm eyeing.
  
{Sierra Pumps by Jessica Simpson - Macy*s}
{Gold Sequin Beam Pump - Dolce Vita}