The weekend is here!

2f9a5e0e2aaa338a4be904953ee89080Happy Friday, my darling readers! What do you have planned for the next couple of days off? I’m going to watch a screening of To Catch a Thief with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant — a classic! Here, to get your weekend started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

A deleted Friends scene.

Love this super summery book cover.

Have you tried rosé sangria?

This stunning West Village home.

And omg, this house.

Long live short TV seasons.

This wedding dance.

A shark keychain I have to have.

This sweet pizza looks delicious.

Back to school jitters.

New emojis!

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Cooking with quinoa

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A lot of nights, after a long day of work, all I want to do is throw dinner together quick, but it’s hard to find something that’s fast to prepare, filling and tasty, too (especially when your cooking ability is limited, like it is with me). Anyways, I’ve been leaning a lot on quinoa lately and found an awesome recipe for a tabbouleh-based dish.

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The quinoa is supplemented with loads of the usual veggies: Chick peas, cucumbers, red onions, grape tomatoes and more. But the real flavor punch comes from the lemon juice, mint, parsley and…cinnamon. Yep, it’s shockingly delicious and the whole recipe takes all of 15 minutes to make.

Sure, there’s nothing new about quinoa, but I’m loving this fresh and summery dish.

Any new recipes you’ve tried and loved lately?

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Governor’s Island in the heat

DSC_0568In the middle of last week’s heat wave, Matt and I decided it would be a perfect time for a day trip to Governor’s Island. We’ve gone almost every summer and love it — plus, if you bring bikes, it’s a built-in pass to the front of the ferry line. (Never a bad thing.) Our plans were perfect, except for one teeny tiny problem: That New York City heat.

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OK, so lessons learned:

1) Best to get out to Governor’s Island before noon, when it gets crazy packed. Also, best to make sure your bikes are in tip top shape before planning to bop out to the island. (After a quick trip to our local bike shop and a few spritzes of WD-40, we were fine, but oh-so-sweaty and late to the ferry as a result of the delay.)

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2) BYOB sunscreen if your destination is Hammock Grove. A lovely spot — except for the fact that it gets full sun. Our plan was to relax there all afternoon and read, but after 20 minutes or so of lounging, we had to move on or risk frying like a lobster in the close-to-100-degree heat.

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3) Always have an exit strategy. We had a lovely time eating lunch at the Food Trucks (which didn’t used to be an option on the island), checking out the current art installations and riding around, but when we decided we wanted to get off the island, we raced to catch the next boat. We made it — with about 30 seconds to spare — but it would have been smarter to plan ahead.

Have you ventured out to Governor’s Island this summer? What did you think?

The weekend is here!

tumblr_nmjuysgR5j1r9dltyo1_1280Happy Friday, my darling readers! What do you have planned for the next couple of days off? My sister is in town and it’s her birthday. I can’t wait to celebrate with her and hang out. Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

This trailer. I can’t wait.

I’m kind of digging this post-wedding tee.

The best baguettes in Paris.

A very brave way to watch Jaws.

For the love of Carrie Bradshaw…and SJP.

Internship horror stories.

Jane the Virgin season 2 can’t come soon enough.

Love these DIY pattern bowls.

What a pretty (and retro-looking) shirt dress.

5 cheese plate tips, perfect for entertaining.

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The easiest way to exfoliate

53a0562a638dd_-_cos-01-wash-s2I’ve never been someone who is super great at remembering to exfoliate my face. Sometimes it’s a miracle I even wash my makeup off at all before bed depending on the day (thank god for those makeup removing wipes — genius!). Then I met Julep’s Konjac Sponge and everything changed.

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First of all, it’s pretty tough to forget about this tiny little sponge. There’s a string attached so you can hang it on a suction cup hook (also included) in your shower or next to your sink. Second, the sponge is infused with charcoal powder, a known detoxifier for the skin that helps deep clean your pores. This makes the whole experience feel pretty luxe. Simply dampen the sponge, add a little bit of facial cleanser if you want, and gently massage in a circular motion on your face. Done!

The sponge lasts 2-3 months, which isn’t bad. Exfoliating my face now takes 30 seconds in the shower. That’s it.

What do you think? Would you try this sponge?

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