perfect pieces: christian louboutin tortoise shell pump

remember this post from 4 years ago?  as i hoped, those manolos became a great staple in my work wardrobe.  i wore them multiple times a week every year since i bought them.  however, after numerous trips to the cobbler to replace the soles and the heel taps, i finally realized that they were beyond resuscitation.

i went to the bergdorf goodman the day after christmas to see if i could find replacements, and i have literally never witnessed such utter chaos in my life.  this includes being in a train station in india.  grown women were hoarding shoes in shopping bags and under their chairs (assuming they could even find a chair to sit in), and shouting at each other and the salespeople.  i somehow managed to find the below in my size, bought them as quickly as i could, and got out without looking back.

i then decided that it would be a good time to see the tree at rockafeller center, which was probably the only place in new york more insane that bergdorf goodman that day.  i clearly lost my mind.  worth it for beautiful shoes at 75% off?  likely not.  but i do love them, and hope they will last at least another 4 years.

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also, as an aside, how has it already been almost 5 years that i have had this blog???

mushroom lasagna

ina garten never does me wrong.  whenever i want a recipe, whether it is for the perfect chocolate cake or a show stopping dish to impress company, her cookbooks are always my first stop.

this mushroom lasagna has been one of my favorite recipes to make when i am having company, or for any special occasion.  despite the number of dishes it requires, it is not that difficult to prepare and can be made in advance.  and despite varying the recipe slightly from time to time, it always turns out delicious.

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happy new year

below are a few shots from my holidays.  i had a blissful week off between christmas and new years, and spent it wandering around new york city, catching up with friends, and of course, lounging around the house.

happy new year everyone – hope your 2017 is amazing.

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love this pink macaron ornament

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beautiful ornaments from anthropologie that we used as tree toppers

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the last remnants of yet another cup of tea

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so excited to bust out this sugar paper + target planner

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j.crew sale finds

i feel like i have bought and returns dozens of items from j.crew this year.  in the past, the declining quality, poor fit, and increasing costs have always left me wanting more. this sale season, however, i came across these two gems.  the sequin top is so stunning, and the cashmere turtleneck is soft, thick, and has no signs of piling even after several wears.

thanks for stepping up your game j.crew.

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enchantment resort, sedona az

i was lucky enough to spend my birthday at the enchantment resort in sedona, arizona.  it was, hands down, one of the most awe-inspiring places i have ever been to.  the hotel is nestled within the beauty of the famous sedona red rocks, and the services, included activities, food, and overall environment ensured that i never wanted to leave.

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the door to our casita

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casitas set within the rocks

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the view from our balcony

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the view from the top of the resort

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breakfast at one of their wonderful restaurants

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their acai bowls look like ice cream

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wildlife in one of the many trails that connect to the resort.

i am already scheming to find out how i can go back.

favorite natural beauty products

there has been so much written about the importance of using organic skincare and makeup products, seeing as your skin actually absorbs everything you put on it.  while i admit i have not done a full overhaul of my routine (there are products that i love that are not organic), below are a few of my favorites currently in rotation.  with these, i don’t feel like i am sacrificing anything in terms of performance.

img_5505{pictured from top:  rms luminizer, drunk elephant vitamin c serum, rms powder, one love organics cleansing oil, and herbivore botanicals face mask in the center}

the shade hotel (work travel edition)

i just got back from what was hopefully my last work trip to california for a while.  i stayed at the lovely shade hotel on manhattan beach, and had the best time.  work trips are not nearly as glamorous as they sound, so it is such a treat to come back to such a lovely room and a hot bath.

all i packed for 6 days, including work out clothes.  more on the bag later.  🙂

travel-1sorry i wasn’t able to take a picture before my clutter exploded everywhere.travel-3travel-4great drink set up.travel-5my favorite feature.  the bathroom has walls that can be opened or closed, so you can watch tv from the tub.  or retain your privacy if you prefer.travel-6the same view with the sliding doors closed.travel-7i packed 1 black skirt, 2 cream tops, and 2 black dresses, and a gray cardigan (not pictured).  this was more than enough to make all the (non workout) outfits i needed for the week.travel-8only three pairs of shoes for the whole trip.  i would normally wear the sneakers on the plane, but since i had enough room in my suitcase, i packed them and wore the pink chloe flats.travel-9

momofuku milk bar

to celebrate a friend’s birthday, i recently trekked out to williamsburg to learn how to make the famous momofuku birthday cake.  best part?  the constant tasting.  oh, and the 6″ cake we each got to take home.

for those of you interested in the class, fair warning that you don’t actually bake the cake.  the class teaches you how to assemble the cake.

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the year my skincare regime went bananas

i don’t know if it is getting older or the unexpected turn my work has taken this year, but i determined that if i was going to be stressed all the time, i might as well not look it.  i added several new products to my skin care regime.  i am not sure if they are making a day to day difference, but they do make me feel like i am doing something.

skincarethe undereye masks and sheet mask are from peach and lily, an online korean skincare emporium.  they do make your skin brighter immediately after use.  plus, they feel so nice.  i use them whenever my skin feels especially.

the drunk elephant c-firma is for the morning, and the dr. dennis gross retinol is for evening.  i layer the retinol all over my face, and top with the neo under eye cream.  i read somewhere that if you want to stimulate collagen (the stuff that plumps out wrinkles), you should use vitamin c in the morning and retinol in the evening.  i have been on this schedule for only a few months, so i will report back on the results.