Archive for December, 2011

SFO here she comes! Not until after a stop off in Boston, though, a city to which I’ve never been but will be glad to say I’ll grab a meal in! I am sorry again for my absence but with all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season I’m sure you can forgive me, won’t you? ‘Tis the season to be giving, so I’ll bundle in forgiving and thank you in advance for understanding. We had quite the holiday in my Holmdel abode, with family and loved ones and little miss penny girl to boot. Speaking of boots, check out the new Corso Como, Nordstrom boot I was gifted this season. Can we say In.Love.

I am blessed to be the receiver of this fantastic and vibrant comforter as well! This season I will keep cozy and hope to do so in style 😉

Anthropologie, Albertine Quilt

What did you GET or GIFT this holiday season that you are in love with? How was your holiday spent and what was your most memorable moment!

This year was one that built character and strength within my family, so as we venture into the New Year, and decide on resolutions and goals alike, I can’t help but stop and appreciate all that I and we have accomplished this past year! With everything changing for better and for worse as the years go on, I contemplate all of the big moves both figuratively and literally, that are yet to come. Geographically, Financially, Emotionally, Personally, Professionally – there is such potential and opportunity among all for growth and influence that I don’t know if I can even plan resolutions fit for all. So I will take a step back, and help myself focus on just one concept that can be applied to all. put happiness first. If a job, a lifestyle, a location, or personal decision does not in some way shape or form lead to happiness, then it’s a no-go. That’s not to say there won’t be stress, and challenge, and obstacle to be overcome, but ultimately the end result should indeed be happiness, shouldn’t it? Life is a journey as we know and so much comes and goes including relationships with friends and loved ones as well as career ambitions and pursuits. I am a firm believer in adapting, and finding happiness throughout!

So, I know this post has been a bit of a digression, but that’s what comes with the territory. My natural ideas and though progressions for the taking, or reading in this case. I hope you do enjoy and ponder, light-heartedly of course, and inevitably come up with your own philosophies for the New Year and beyond!

Well, we’re nearly boarding, I’m off to Boston! Maybe I’ll have a little Tea Party of my own while I wait for my transfer flight, or get into a bar fight with some “Red Sawx” fans! GO YANKS!



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Can we say baked brie!

Just a little secret from someone who loves you – BAKE BRIE, DO IT NOW. This has go to be the most popular, most delicious, most simple party gift you ever contribute to a good holiday shindig. I have included the recipe this time for you and I have got to say I impress myself with the minimal steps I have provided to show how simple this actually is! Please make this for your next party and tell me how many people rave about how delicious and ‘unique’ it is!


Pillsbury Crescent Role

Jam Preserves (personal preferences come into play here! I recommend Rasberry & Apricot)

Brie (prices and sizes vary as per preference as well)


Procedure: 10 minutes preparation, 10 minutes baking 400°

Roll out the dough flat on the counter (flour or the matte side of tin foil might help)

Place the brie in the center, or angled depending on how you want to wrap the cheese 

Put the jam on top of the brie (no need to spread & try not to let it fall off the top of the brie)

Wrap all nicey nicey and make sure there aren’t holes in the dough (pinch together w/ your fingers)


Start here..

Then place your brie on the crescent role

Then place your jam on the brie..

& you’re all set! A special ❤ thank you to our loves at Pillsbury for making my tummy smile too!


Enjoy! & Cheers to our last week before Christmas! With holiday parties behind and ahead of us, I can’t imagine a happier time. I have reflection on the brain too, being it year-end and ‘new year’s resolution time’ – anyone have theirs mapped out yet?! More to come on that…

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Ohh la la am I in love with Salmon after this. Unfortunately I cannot share the recipe, as it is a secret of my roommate’s and I, however I can share the photos enough to make one drool! We had our weekly family dinner on Wednesdays with a mutual and lovely friend from school, and I must say the holidays do bring a secret bit of cheer to everything that seems of the norm. This week was extra fun and sweet and along with exchanging gifts, we shared laughter and wine among the glow of the most beautiful votive candles to be found on the sale rack :).


I will say this, a little spice with a little sweet does make for a glorious treat! Alongside risotto and green beans and you have quite the balanced meal. I must say, we toasted to how blessed we are in home, friends, family, health, and life. Let’s not all forget to appreciate all the wild fun and laughter that happens this time of year despite the errands, and shopping etc that needs to be done. Seriousness is overrated y’all!

Risotto a la Mikey

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at first, I was upset with myself for this being late, but hey, this blog is me, for better for worse for all who wish to enjoy and endure 😉 so better late than never I say!!

1 Balsam Fur, 2 strands of red lights, 3 Snowmen ornaments, 4 bottles of Mirassou, 5 hours sleep, 6 errands running, 7 lists-a-making, 8 loads of laundry, 9 TGIFs, 10(k) Santas!

Ha! We get more and more creative (& busy!) as the month goes on. We have so much fun to come and a holiday cheer week behind us. Sending an update, as helper elves, my roommate and some friends and I got together this week to buy and decorate our own little Balsam Fur at the very classic Home Depot. You know, just a couple of ladies ‘doing it ourselves’ at the man’s store. This week we got and decorated the tree, planned the best holiday part of all time, and freshened up the place with the scent of holly and evergreen sprigs! A couple of these unique homemade decorations, and store-bought inspirations and Voilà:

and this Christmas will be...a VERY special Christmas for Me ❤

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my true love gave to me! The gift of CHIC Antiques! As a weekend post tribute, I’d like to bottle up all of the things I love and celebrate style this Christmas. The following are gifts I have given myself, throughout the past few years of my life, that mean something to me! When I travel, or visit a market, or spend time with loved ones and friends out and about – I like to obtain a souvenir to remember the day and the fun I had. I also like the items to be practical, because let’s face it – how many magnets do I really need on the fridge? Or better yet, how many beer bottles and shots should I really be taking at one time anyway. So, problem solved! This holiday season, if you’re not taking advantage of the sales knocking down your door, be sure to take home some memorabilia of trips big and small to remember the little things that brought you happiness during the holidays!

A story can be told with each item, and now you’ve not only decorated your personal space with love and uniqueness, but  they are conversational pieces for when you have guests! Sigh, what simple bliss.

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From Estate Sale texts, to ‘junked’ cars at a flea market in Spain, I can’t say enough about these little things that mean the world to me. Bargaining in English, then in Spanish, learning about people and places I would otherwise never have known about. Then, having the memory bottled up inside an item rather than just photos to be put in an album and hardly enjoyed to their fullest. It’s hard to pick a favorite because whether it’s a perfect Fall day and I’m riding along on a 40-year-old bike I’m so lucky to have, or packing it up in my suitcase to rush off to the city for the weekend, it all has me stopping to smile along the way. Any unique finds out there to be shared? Please do…everyone loves a good chic antique tale.

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Vino Verde!

Hellloooo December.

Celebrating the first of December and the holiday season right with vino verde and a few games with close friends. We spent some time at my favorite local bar Tashmoo & then brought it home to the cozy abode! We were able to catch up, have a few laughs, and I couldn’t ask for a better night spent with friends! Coming home to this beautiful, warm apartment, honestly feels like home away from home and I can’t imagine myself elsewhere. We have pictures going up for our holiday party on December 16, & let me tell you the ‘home improvement’ happenings in this home are definitely impressive, with constant efforts to make this space personal and express our love for decor and creativity as a hobby. It’s something special when you come home and forget ALL the stresses/frustrations of any day you’ve had, and sit after a good workout to watch wheel of fortune and want nothing more! Ahh, bliss.

I’ve found out one thing for sure: life’s what you make it. Whether in decorations you surround yourself with to make your space feel familiar, the lifestyle you make for yourself, and the free-time alotted to friends and family, it’s all a result of choices you’ve made and the attitude you chose throughout! For me this is awesome, because as sickening as it can be to be positive all the time, it brings me happiness and joy to know I have control over at least that much.

ANYWAY – this night is one babe night for the books –

Stay happy – December love. Sidenote: This CHERRY RED table substitutes as a dancefloor and invoked this quote by my sissy: “We have to make sure this table is sturdy for your party, because there WILL be dancing”. Ha!

(Finally, the Snoopy love below, are stickies to enhance any gift and so classic. Get creative this year with twine, nostalgic wrapping mean and recyclables.) Have fun!

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I have an idea.

In light of the holiday season, I’d like to share my thoughts and creativity on a more regular basis. The beauty in the smells of the season, the family efforts put forth to be together no matter what it takes, and the sharing of last years happenings just all inspire the s*** out of me. So, as we relish in the fun, most of us anyway….

I’d like to celebrate the old, update you on the new, and plan for things to come by proposing a ‘post’ for each of the 25 days of Christmas. Yes that’s right, 25 post in 25 days! So Dec 1 kicks it off, and what can be expected are posts about decorations, desserts, design and debacles. Holidays with family and friends have it all – and I can’t wait to spread the love and creativity via my 150+ WPM typing and ever-improving photography skills.

Now we just have to decide if last year’s tree was more stunning than this year’s, thoughts? My photo skills have to impact the results so try to be objective 😉

LAST YEAR (2010):

THIS YEAR: RockefellerCenterChristmasTree2011

Cheers, holding on to all 2011 has to offer in it’s final moments…

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