Decor

A Blue + White Spring Tablescape

I’ve had these beautiful blue and white dishes for 2 years and I’ve never once used them! I’ve been saving them for a “special occasion” and I finally asked myself “Why the heck am I waiting to use these?!” I realized there’s no time like the present, and they’re just too pretty to be sitting unused in the cabinet! So I pulled them out and styled them on our dining table and had a lovely lunch. If this time at home teaches us anything, I hope that it encourages us to make everyday moments special (instead of waiting for the perfect time that may never come) and really savor the time we get together. A Blue and White Spring TablescapeI’m obsessed with a blue and white color scheme for a tablescape. It’s so classic and fresh. I paired these dishes with white hydrangeas, but I’ve seen them paired with pink peonies before and I absolutely love the contrast of the blue and pink. The blue plates are from Tory Burch (they’re still in stock!) and the rattan cups are from Jenni Kayne (currently 20% off.) The rattan napkin rings and white linen napkins pull everything together making it feel like a bright spring table. Casual Spring Lunch SettingI opted to go without a tablecloth or placemat for a more casual spring lunch vibe, but you could easily add a crisp white linen tablecloth or runner underneath this set up. If I were to do a placemat, I’d opt for a natural rattan or woven material. Glasses + SilverwareThis white silverware is our everyday silverware and has held up beautifully. It’s currently 25% off with code FRIENDS! I always get a ton of questions about the coupe glasses I use for martinis – and you can get them here. I recommend hand washing them versus putting them in the dishwasher! Shop the rest of my entertaining pieces below!
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How To Make a Dirty Martini

If you follow me on IG, you know I’m obsessed with martinis. I always get so many questions asking me for the recipe, so I wanted to share it on here. It’s INSANELY easy and delicious – be prepared to have this be your new favorite cocktail!!!! Why I Love Dirty MartinisWhat I love about a martini, particularly, an extra dirty martini is that they’re so simple, salty, and (relatively) “clean.” “Clean” for cocktail standards, which are often packed full of sugar. Many cocktails contain the max daily recommended serving of sugar in just one small drink! Martinis have zero carbs and are low in calories (for cocktail standards.) Traditionally, martinis have a splash of vermouth in them, but I can’t stand the taste of vermouth. Every bar I’ve gone to as of late no longer adds vermouth which is great, but I usually ask them beforehand just in case! This is just my personal preference, but if you have vermouth and want to add it, of course be my guest ;) What Makes a GREAT Dirty MartiniThere are 3 factors that will differentiate a so-so martini from a GREAT one. They are; the type of vodka you use, the type of olive juice you use, and how cold you make it. When it comes to vodka, I prefer Belvedere because it’s one of the only vodkas that doesn’t give me a hangover and is distilled four times. It’s one of the highest quality vodkas, has won a ton of awards, and is just so dang smooth tasting. As far as olive juice goes, I have tried 10+ different brands of olive juice and Jeff’s Natural green Castelvetrano is BY FAR the best. I order it in bulk here! Add an extra splash to your drink if you still taste the vodka/or want it dirtier…PS I usually do! Lastly, be sure to really SHAKE your drink over ice for at least a solid minute. Your hands will freeze, but it will be worth it – trust me! Dirty Martini Recipe2 shots of vodka 1 shot of green Castelvetrano olive juice Shake ingredients for about 1 minute over a small handful of ice in a cocktail shaker, and pour into a martini glass. Some people like to put their martini glass in the freezer beforehand so it’s extra chilled. For garnish, add 3 olives on a toothpick, sit back and ENJOY! *This recipe makes 1 large martini. PS If you’re looking for a great mocktail – make my delicious Lemon Ginger Slushie!
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Binge-worthy TV Shows

Who doesn’t love to watch Netflix and chill? ;) This post is a loooog time coming, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few shows that are binge-worthy on here, but this is a great start if you’re looking for something new to watch! I put this post under my Wellness/Self Care section because it’s just as important to rest and recharge as it is to go-go-go! Best TV Shows to Binge Watch Sex and the City I can watch this over and over again and never tire of itLOVESO witty, takes place in LA, centers around quirky dating scenarios that you can totally relate to if you’re a millennialSchitt’s CreekYou will pee your pants watching this – the bestStranger ThingsI only watched the first season and loved it, haven’t gotten into the other seasons TBH, but first season was REALLY goodSex EducationThe second season JUST came out, this is a hilarious British TV show based on awkward sexual high school encountersRoyal PainsHappy, cheesy, and easy to watch, there are 8 seasons so it’s a great mindless show that takes place in the beautiful HamptonsLaw and Order SVUThe old Law and Order SVU episodes are so good, so twisted, and so easy to bingeGame of ThronesINTENSE action packed series, that I had a hard time getting through because I get scared easily and have nightmares LOL, but incredible acting and productionYOUAddicting, twisted, creepy and yet the main character who is a murderer is somehow likable. Takes place today in NYC and LA – season 3 is coming soon!DexterA murder mystery series that has lighthearted moments that balance it out – intense but so well writtenMarvelous Mrs. MaiselAn award winning show for a reason. The acting is amazing, the 1950s costumes are gorgeous, and it will make you laughThe CrownA captivating series about the Royal family. The first seasons were way better than the current one – in my opinion!Money HeistYou’ll be on the edge of your seat (in a good way) watching this series. So many twists and turns – adventure packedGossip GirlA classic series that I can watch again and again, XOXOLuciferOMG Tom Ellis the main character is so gorgeous – if anything watch it just to see him shirtless LOL!!! He plays a devil reincarnated on earth living in LA. SO good and it’s coming back for another season!Mad MenThis series captured the 1950s in NYC’s ad world perfectly. The sets, the costumes and acting were all on point. Such a unique, special showScandalTBH I only watched a few shows on and off, but the ones I did watch were so good. Kerry Washington is incredible and I’ve been meaning to sit down and watch the series from start to finish!HomelandSame thing with this series, I only watched the first few seasons, but they were really good. VERY intense, and drama/action pack filled but great if you love crime, action, mysteryBodyguardCan they please come out with another season?! Thrilling series following a high profile government bodyguard saving London from terrorist attacksDead to MeThis was AMAZING! I don’t know anyone who didn’t like this show – SO goodThe Assassination of Gianni VersaceVery dark and extremely disturbing, but fascinating nonetheless. The actor won an award for his performance – which was truly well deservedRussian DollQuirky and weird, but really well done. This is a short, quick series to watch one weekend LovesickThis British show is a feel good series that follows the lives of 3 friends who live in a flat and 2 of which are secretly in loveTales of the CityTakes place in SF, about a group of friends who reside in an LGBTQ community home. Heartwarming and captivatingOzarkA small town accountant gets caught up with drug lords who are controlling him and his family. A thrilling and ironic storyRiverdaleA murder mystery show centered around a group of high schoolers – so many good twists and turnsMorning ShowI’ve never watched this but had to include because everyone’s been raving about it! I need to watch it ASAP!Breaking BadI watched this entire series front to back and was SO sad when it ended! A small town professor turns into a drug dealer and has a complete mental breakdown – this show will keep you on your toes!ImpostersI feel like this show ended way too soon! Can they please bring back one more season?! Playful and mysterious with comedy mixed in, this series follows a con woman and all of the flings she picks up along the wayBillionsA billionaire who lives a fast, lavish lifestyle is fighting to stay in control of his life, family and companyThe Girlfriend ExperienceRiley Keough was only in 1 season of this and I wish they had continued it! Her acting was perfect and she nailed the law student turned high end escort partAnimal KingdomThomas loved this show. I had a bit of a hard time watching it all because of the violence (yep I am a scaredy cat!!!) but it was REALLY well done. It takes place in California and follows a family who is involved in some serious shady businessSuccessionA billionaire news mogul and his seriously dysfunctional family fight each other for power, back stab, and jet set around the world. So exciting, well written and award-winning for a reason Home For ChristmasThis popped up on our Netflix when we were in Paris. It’s a cute Norwegian show that follows a girl who is in her 30s and pressured to find a boyfriend to bring home to meet her family for Christmas. Such a sweet, feel-good seriesBelow DeckI’m a sucker for a BRAVO reality TV show! Below Deck is one that both men and women will be able to appreciate!Real Housewives of Beverly HillsAnother ridiculous reality TV show that is so bad it’s good ;) Beverly Hills is my favorite out of all of the series What are some of your favorite TV shows to binge watch?! Any that I absolutely need to watch? A few that I didn’t include but am “reviewing” hehe and seeing if I actually like are…Fleabag, Modern Love (not loving as much as other people do), and Black Mirror (pretty dark the first few episodes are good.) Happy binge-watching!!!
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Our Christmas Tree

This has been my favorite Christmas season thus far. No doubt it’s because I’ve been able to spend it with Thomas and his family who LOVE Christmas and fully embrace the holiday. I love that Thomas insisted we get a real tree (I’ve never had a real tree in my NYC apartment!) this year and carried it all the way home. It smells SO good and was 100% worth it. We’ve been playing Christmas music in our apartment all month long, and talking about what we’ll be cooking for his family’s annual Christmas Eve party! Emotions During The HolidaysChristmas hasn’t always been such a joyful time for me though. To be honest, it’s actually been a bit stressful and lonely since my parents divorced and moved on opposite sides of the country. I’ve often felt uncomfortable trying to decide who to spend Christmas with each year, and bummed out that we don’t have a special set of traditions. Can anyone else relate? Whatever you’re doing for the holidays – just remember you’re not alone, and you’re not the only one who sometimes feels blue this time of year! Holidays bring up a TON of emotions for people and it’s normal to FEEL ALL THE FEELS! Christmas Tree DecorNow let’s talk about my Christmas tree and holiday decor! Every year I pick a color scheme and choose ornaments, wrapping paper and decor that tie into it. For 4 years in a row now, I’ve chosen silver + gold as my color scheme. It’s just so classic, elegant and works well in any home. You may remember my West Village tree, and my Venice Beach house tree – I loved both so much! This year’s Soho tree was full of these beautiful silver ornaments that were insanely reasonable, as well as gold balls that I found at a random Christmas tree stand around the corner from my apartment. I mixed and matched the colors and sizes, and added a simple strand of lights around the tree. Also, I used a black blanket as a tree skirt since I couldn’t find one I loved online, and tied a black grosgrain ribbon as a tree topper. I picked up silver + gold wrapping paper and ribbon at Paper Source and used extra ornaments as little decorative touches on everyone’s gifts. Thank youThank you so much for reading, supporting me, and following along, I’m so grateful. Sending you lots of love wherever you are in the world. Merry Christmas Eve!
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