Jan 12, 2015

Golden Globe Red Carpet Favorites

And we are off! It's officially award season and I couldn't be happier!  Unless you were living under a rock or could give two shits about tv, movies or fashion, you know that the Golden Globe Awards were last night.  This is usually my favorite awards show, fashion wise.  It's usually the show that I have the most likes/loves on the red carpet.

This year I was a little underwhelmed by some of the choices, but over all I thought most of the looks were gorgeous! See my favorites below.

Kate Hudson in Versace


Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney

 
Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad

Emily Blunt in custom Michael Kors

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Narciso Rodriguez

Julianne Moore in Givenchy

Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab 

Lorde in Narciso Rodriguez 

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

Viola Davis in Donna Karan Atelier

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Jan 7, 2015

Made in the USA - Pietro Alessandro

While I was sick over the weekend, I had a lot of time (A LOT) on my hands.  In between, knitting, watching a Harry Potter marathon, and reading a new book (aren't I just a total catch), I got sucked into the hashtag-ness of Instagram.  I literally went down a rabbit hole, y'all!  If you don't watch yourself, you could be looking for hours! Hours!  As much as I am trying to occupy my time with other, less-techy, hobbies, I do occasionally let myself get lost on there.  You can come across some of the coolest, newest, and inspiring things.  

And that I did.  I came across a few new brands that I am a liiiittle obsessed with.  I love finding brands that have a great story or message, made here in the USA and are just plan awesome.  I'm plan to spotlight more brands that are made stateside, and support or local designers!  Today I'm drooling over one handbag company I think you all should get to know.  

I know! I know! Of course the first one she comes across is a handbag company! Well that is my weakness, after all!  And I am drawn to well made, quality and of course wallet friendly brands like a moth to a flame!

Pietro Alessandro is family owned a operated and all their bags are made right here in good ole NYC.  And they only use the highest quality materials and leathers from Italy.  With the quality of materials they use, you would think these bags were out of our price range, right? Think again!  They range from $168 - $370!  I'm smitten!! And to tempt you just a little bit more, they are offering 25% off all bags with the code HOLIDAY25. Now how can you pass that up?!

Below are a few of my favorites and I have to admit, I ordered one over the weekend!  I can't help myself!! xo






images from pietro_nyc

Jan 5, 2015

Reality

I'm sure I'm not the only one experiencing a little back to work depression this morning.  It was so hard to get out of bed and actually have to get ready to go somewhere.  I have had the past two week off and have enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to get dressed if I didn't want to (which was a lot of the time, I'm not going to lie)  I have been a bit under the weather the last few days, so I wasn't able to get out and do all things I wanted to before reality/the real world set back in.  I just need a few more days!! Isn't that what everyone says when they are faced with going back to work or home from vacation?  Even though I'm still not feeling great, and it's freezing here, I'm determined to think positive and have a positive outlook on today and the year ahead.  I just have to get though today and it's all uphill from here, right?  

I was looking through my phone last night and found some great pictures from my break and a few 'framers' I'm working on putting up in the apartment and my office.  I thought I'd share a few.  Most of these are in my instagram, but a few I kept for here. 

Happy Monday!! xo

My parents tree

So not only do my sister and I look alike, we have the same taste in clothes.  I brought this dress to wear to Christmas Eve Mass, but when I saw Rachel was in the same one, I changed. :) 

Our church decorated for Christmas.  It was gorgeous

Liv and I sort of matched with our red and plaid (this was what I actually wore for Christmas Eve)

My 'baby' Benny

Made Gingerbread Cookies with Aiden.  My sister and I used to love doing this when we were his age

My Momma's amazing Christmas Day Brunch

Annual Matching PJ pic

Aiden's disgust with the 1,000th picture I asked him to take with me







Jan 2, 2015

2015

TGIF! The first Friday of the New Year!  I don't know about you guys, but there is just something exciting and enlightening about a new year.  I LOVE IT!  I don't know if it's the allure of not knowing what this year will bring, or if it's the idea of getting another year to get things right or change some of the things you weren't thrilled with the year before.  2014 was a roller coaster year for me.  It was a year I learned a lot about myself and gained a better perspective on a lot of things in my life.  I am excited to take those lessons and make 2015 a year that's one of my best yet.  I have so many things I want to accomplish, see, do and be a part of.  When I  moved to NYC over three years ago, I had the mentality of 'saying yes' to everything (within reason and not illegal of course.)  This year I am taking on that mantra again.  I learned so much about myself, the people I met and this amazing city when I decided to take a chance and go to things or get out and meet people.  You never know who you will meet or what might happen if you give it a try.

So, I'm resolving to Say Yes to opportunities, and making the most out of 2015!  Happy New Year! Cheers!

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Dec 18, 2014

Bendel's - Holiday Gift List

If you didn't know what Henri Bendel's was before 2007, you quickly were made aware thanks to a little show called Gossip Girl.  It's one of the places Serena Van Der Woodson frequented more often than I do the grocery store (and that's A LOT) 

Growing up and visiting New York, Bendel's was one of the places I was always enamored by.  Just the outside facade of the flagship store is enough to make you want to take a peek inside.  Once you are in, it is a wonderland for girls and women alike.  Bags, Jewelry, Cosmetics, Gifts, Perfumes and more fill these walls and invite visitors to enjoy a very pleasant shopping experience.  Not only have I found countless things for myself (duh), but there are so many great options for gifts that it's the perfect go-to for anyone on your list.  

There aren't too many shopping days left, so I've made it a bit easier and found some great last minute gift options you can get online or in the store.  There is something for just about every girl on your list!  I mean how easy is that? One stop and you are done!




Dec 16, 2014

NY See | The Nutcracker

Christmas is just a little over a week away and there are so many things I want to take in before I head South for a bit.  Every year I always make a list of things I want to do this Holiday Season.  And I always keep track of the things I do, in case friends or family come to visit and they want fun, festive ideas of things to see while they are here.

The Nutcracker is most synonymous with Christmas.  When you think about this magical story, you automatically think about the Christmas or Holiday season.  I have seen the Nutcracker Ballet a few times growing up, but I must say that seeing it performed by the New York City Ballet, in Lincoln Center, is probably the best you are going to get.  I am a thirty-three year old woman, and I still get filled with excitement and joy seeing it performed on stage.

If you are in New York over the next few weeks, do yourself a favor and go see the Nutcracker.  The last performance will be Saturday, January 2nd.












Dec 15, 2014

Work / Life Balance

Happy Happy Monday! Here we are mid-December and only 10 days left until Christmas. How fast has this year gone by? I am ready for some R&R with my family and some time away from this busy city for a bit. 

I have felt compelled to write this post for a while and have honestly not had the chance to until now.  As most of you know, blogging is not my full time job (as much as I wish it were most days) But it is something I truly enjoy doing and hope to continue for years to come.  I started a new job about 6 months ago and although it has been a great experience so far and probably the most challenging and exciting job I have had to date, it takes up more of my time than I am used to a job doing.  This was a TOTAL career change, so  I am spending more of my time learning the business and getting to know the industry a bit better.  And to be quite honest, when I get home, the last thing I feel like doing or have any mental capacity to do, is blog.  And it's not that I don't want to, it's that I don't want to just throw a post up for the sake of putting something on here.  I have always had the mentality from day one, that I was going to post when I felt inspired to do so.  And if that meant every other day or two, maybe three times a week, so be it.  But lately I have felt guilty and stressed about the neglect I have been giving SBF and my readers.  I have wanted to post things and be engaging, but it's just not panned out.  If you are a blogger, I am sure you know what I am going through, right? I struggle with finding time to do everything and make everything I do perfect, well thought out and executed.  I am going a million miles a minute and still feel like I'm at half capacity and could do better or more.  I am sure a lot of that has to do with this city and the fact that everyone is moving at this pace most of the time.  But a lot of it, sadly, is my personality or mentality.  I'm a first born, A-type, like things just so, type of gal.  Over the years, some of those things have toned down a bit, but I am who I am, and this is it!  

I felt this post deserving in that I wanted to give you all a bit of insight as to why sometimes I'm more present that others.  It's not that I don't want to be here or give you all something to read, it's just that I am trying to find that ever elusive, work/life balance and make every facet of my personality (or personalities, being a Gemini) content and happy.  I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, nor do I plan to, but maybe for a while, or at least until I get things a little more settled with the job, I might be posting less and not as engaged on here as usual or as much as I would like.  But I hope you will still keep coming back and reading what I am able to post.  I am working on finding that balance and hoping with the coming weeks/New Year, I will be able to manage both work and personal a bit better.  With all new jobs or life experiences, it takes a bit of time to get your footing and rhythm.  I think I have finally gotten a taste of what this new career is going to entail and now I'm just trying to work my blog into the mix as well.  It is what keeps me sane after all! 

So please bear with me and don't forget to some back often! I am more frequent with posts on instagram, so if you don't follow me there, you totally should! 

Have a wonderful start to the week! xoxo

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