I’m generally pretty practical when it comes to my beauty purchases: a tube of mascara here, a jar of lip balm there.  But what fun is life without the occasional frivolous indulgence?!

Enter my new obsession: Christian Louboutin ‘Rouge Louboutin’ Nail Colour. I never thought I’d spend $50 on a bottle of nail polish, but I just couldn’t resist its decadent packaging and that vibrant shade of “Louboutin” red. As I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, I left my old job and started my own marketing consulting firm last spring. Being an entrepreneur generally means long days, sleepless nights, and almost ZERO time for self-indulgence. Before I knew it, 6 months had gone by without me getting a manicure (and let’s not event talk about eyebrow threading appointments!). So I decided to treat myself to a mini-spa day last fall. I’d been lusting after this polish for quite some time, so I decided to splurge and felt absolutely no guilt in doing so.  The ladies in the salon all ooh’d and ahhh’d over the bottle’s design, and I think my nail technician was a little timid at first because of the extra long handle. Fortunately, she quickly got the hang of it and remarked that it was surprisingly easy to handle. Each coat glided on smoothly and dried to a nice glossy finish that lasted almost 2 weeks without chipping. My nails grow super fast, otherwise I may have been able to hold out a few more days before removing it.

As I’m typing this post, I realize that it’s been over 4 months since my last professional manicure (I’ve been too busy ripping and running). But I have made time to treat myself to a few at-home applications of this polish in the mean time, and my results have always been great. I can’t rave enough about my Christian Louboutin nail polish, and I think it makes a wonderful gift as well. To me it was worth every penny, and I just love the way it looks displayed on my dressing table with all of my jewelry and perfumes.

Would you ever spend $50 on a bottle pf nail polish, or do you think that’s crazy? What are some of your favorite frivolous indulgences?



clementine-upside-down-cake-2 My love affair with continues, and today I want to share with you one of the very first dessert recipes I tried.  I’m not much of a baker, but this cake was a cinch to prepare and came out super-moist and delicious! This recipe makes just two servings (which is perfect for Eric and me), but I can’t wait to whip up a larger batch the next time I have company over. INGREDIENTS

  • 1 clementine
  • 5 tbs butter, divided
  • 1 tbs light brown sugar
  • 1½ tbs granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 small aluminum tins
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Peel clementine, and cut in half.
  3. Melt 1 TBS butter and brown sugar in a small pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Divide butter/sugar mixture between two ramekins and place clementines cut-side down on top.
  5. Melt remaining butter and add to a small bowl with half of 1 beaten egg, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  6. Add in flour, and stir just until incorporated.
  7. Pour batter over clementines, place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake until cakes are set, about 20 minutes.
  8. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Carefully remove cakes from ramekins and serve clementine side up.

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I’m never one to look a clearance sale in the mouth, but I really hope this doesn’t signal the beginning of the end for Kate Spade’s more affordably-priced offshoot. In any case, great deals are waiting to be had at Saturday’s 40% off sale going on NOW! Below is a quick roundup of my favorite pieces. That denim trapeze dress and reversible t-shirt dress are just begging to remixed in one of my 10-item closet raids!

Remember to use code EXTRA40 when you check out, and Happy Shopping!

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Around Town: Meatball Shop

February 17, 2015

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True story: I’m addicted to meatballs!

Yes, you read that correctly. If I had to pick the perfect food, a meatball just might be it. I’ll take them in just about any variety: beef, chicken, pork, venison… whatever. I’ve even dragged my husband all the way out to the Ikea in Jersey under the guise of needing a new throw rug or coffee table. But in reality, all I wanted was a plate of Swedish meatballs and a side of ligonberries. Yep, I’ve got it bad!

So now that you’re aware of my condition, I’ll let you in on another little secret. You can catch me almost every other week at one of my favorite casual dining spots in the city: Meatball Shop. I’ve been a regular fixture pretty much since the day opened their first location on the Lower East Side a few years back. As soon as you sit down, they hand you a laminated menu with a dry erase marker and you check off your order, hand it back to the waiter, sit back, relax and wait for a plate of heaven to arrive at your table a few minutes later. I’ve tried just about every combo (including chicken with mushroom sauce, beef with classic tomato, pork with parmesan cream sauce, etc…), and I always make sure to save room for one individual slider made with the daily meatball/sauce special (previous highlights include the chili ball with cheese sauce and the meatball reuben). Oh, and did I mention they serve custom ice cream sandwiches for dessert? My all-time favorite combo is one chocolate chip cookie and one peanut butter cookie with caramel icecream in the middle.


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