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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