Soho Apartment

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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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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How To Have A Cozy Night In

How To Have A Cozy Night In Thomas and I have been nesting like crazy this month, and it’s been SO fun staying home, relaxing, cooking, and listening to music in our living room. We recently upgraded our music game with this fun record player and I have to say, it makes all the difference. There’s just something about listening to vinyl records on an old school record player, curled up on the couch, that that can’t be beat. This record player comes in a ton of different colors and patterns, but I went with this classic tan linen one. It’s the perfect addition to any home, apartment, or office because it’s compact, light, and easy to travel with (when it’s closed it looks like a vintage briefcase!) It’s also really cute as a decorative addition to a bar cart, coffee table, console, or dresser. With the holidays coming up, a vinyl record player is THE perfect “gift for him” – your significant other, dad, brother, will love it! And of course it would make a fab “gift for her” – especially if you have a music junkie mom or girlfriend! It looks WAY more expensive than $50 doesn’t it? Yep it’s $50 and arrived in 2 days from Walmart!!! Walmart carries a ton of vinyl records – both old and new to go along with the record player. They have everyone from Lana del Rey to Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. I LOVE Al Green so I couldn’t resist getting this vinyl record too! Shop more of my favorite vinyl records + record players below – and enjoy your weekend!
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