floral-skirt-3floral-skirt-2gap-sweatshirtfloral-skirtsuede-ankle-boots {Miss Sixty Coat, Gap Sweatshirt & Skirt (35% off with code BEST), Wolford Tights, Neiman Marcus Hat,  Sam Edelman ‘Jacelyn’ Booties (also available here and here), Hermes & Vita Fede Bracelets, YSL Ring}

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{French Connection Jacket, Zara Faux Fur Wrap, Uniqlo Cashmere Turtleneck, J. Crew Skirt and Oxfords, Wolford Tights, Celine Handbag}

I’m not a heavy drinker, but I always welcome the occasion to sip a bit of bubbly!

After a long afternoon (mostly) window-shopping along 5th Avenue, Eric and I were in need of a bit of respite. So we ducked into the Plaza Hotel to check out The Rose Club and Champagne Bar. I’ve lived in New York City my entire adult life and was previously a regular fixture at Food Hall, but this was my first visit. As you can tell from some of the photos above, I was pretty giddy after just two glasses. But I was still able to appreciate and enjoy the elegance of our surroundings. If you’re ever looking for a small slice of classic NYC ritz and glamour, then look no further!

After a few drinks and light bites, we topped off our evening by taking a long romantic stroll along the river before heading home.

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Last week, I shared with you guys my experience using Plated.com (you can check out my full review here and sign up to get two free plates here). Since then, I’ve enjoyed several different meals throughout the week, and this Vietnamese-Style fish is one of my favorites. My husband hates fish, so I don’t cook it very often. Luckily, I was working from home one day and got to make lunch just for myself.  This dish is so easy to prepare and packs a ton of flavor, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Keep reading for the full recipe! [click to continue…]



To kick off the new year, Eric and I recently headed to Mount Snow in Vermont for a fun-filled ski weekend. Below are some pics we snapped along the way.


I’ve been skiing a handful of times before, but this was my first experience taking actual lessons. Usually I just fumble my way up and down the bunny slopes. Learning proper skills and techniques definitely helped my confidence (if not my coordination) on the slopes.


After a while, I even started to look like I knew what I was doing.  Ok, maybe not so much, but at least I was able to avoid running into things (and small children).


And just when I started to get cocky, THIS happened.

Don’t worry, that’s not me on the stretcher! However, this wasn’t exactly a comforting image to see as I contemplated going higher up the mountain. Fortunately, this skier turned out to be ok. But Eric and I both decided that we’d had enough of the slopes at this point, so we put our skis away in favor of a hot cocoa break and something a little less strenuous…


Snow Tubing!

All Thrills + No Skills = Right Up My Alley!

But seriously, we had a grand ol’ time whizzing down the hill in our inflatable tubes.



Vermont is absolutely beautiful this time of year, and now I can totally relate to why Fitz and Olivia seem to love it so much (yes, I just revealed one of my guilty pleasures). I can’t wait to go back and get some more use out of my new ski gear. Speaking of which…

Stay tuned for an upcoming post that offers tips for newbies on how to pack for a ski weekend!


{Guess Coat via Burlington Coat Factory, Ralph Lauren Plaid Ruffle Blouse (similar here and here), Forever 21 Plaid Midi Skirt, J. Crew Shoes (similar)}

I snapped these pics over Christmas break before the temps took a nose dive, but I think this outfit would look equally as nice with tights and a pair of ankle boots (bonus points if they’re plaid as well!). I’m not sure what possessed me to put two plaids together, but I love how the finished product turned out. I think I’ll be mixing plaids more often!