Monday, May 31, 2010

Lovely Weekend

 
Did everyone enjoy their weekend? Mine was just lovely...


After some great food, water, and sun- I feel refreshed and ready for the week ahead...


Thank goodness- SUMMER IS HERE!!

Quote of the Day

image via: Bridal Inquirer





"Stop searching. Happiness is right next to you."

-Anonymous 

Friday, May 28, 2010

Have a Colorful Weekend!


Whether you'll be at the beach, in the mountains, at the pool, in the country, on your bike, shopping... or where ever else your weekend plans take you, be safe and have fun! Happy Memorial Day Loves!

{image via Martha Stewart}

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's In!

The boat's in the water that is. I am sooo excited! Cruising around the bay on the weekends is my idea of summer fun! So what's everyone up to for the holiday weekend? We are kicking off the summer season at our FAVORITE seafood restaurant (actually we kicked it off last week, but we are going again hehe)!  Then we plan to spend the weekend with family, friends, and good food (barbeque of course).


Because I am such a picky eater-I have no idea what landed me to try soft shell crab- but I did-and I LOVE IT! At Mud City Crab House, they make THE BEST soft shell crab! It bursts with crunch and  flavor when you eat it. If you don't mind the look of eating a whole crab- I suggest you try it! They also make homemade horse radish sauce that they serve with  jumbo oyster crackers- It is so HOT that you can feel the burn in your nose-we love it of course! In fact, my husband still owes me a pair of Louboutin's because he piled a ton on a cracker and bet me to eat it- I ate of course-HELLO! I would do anything for those red sole lovelies (that reminds me, I am still waiting...) 
Anyway, it is a small little shack in the middle of nowhere, right outside LBI. There is almost always a 2-3 hour wait to get in, but they have this cute little outside area with picnic tables and benches where you can bring a bottle of wine, chat, and wait. It's only open seasonally, so we take FULL advantage and are there all the time!

Do any of you have any favorite seasonal restaurants you love? If so, I would love to know about them!
Who has a four day weekend??






Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bare Your Back

I am lovin the new "bare back" trend that I have been finding at all my favorite retail stops along the way...The only problem is; I need to lose some weight before I could pull something like this off...


This twist back top by Mara Hoffman is the top of my list!



This top by Penumbra would be really pretty on "date night"



Here is another Mara Hoffman that I J'adore!!



This bright pink Naven dress worn by Kristin Cavallari was love at first sight!

Would any of you lovlies wear this trend?



Cupcakes and Cashmere for Coach


I have had the "shopping bone" in me from the day I was born. My mom told me that at 3 years old I would not leave the house without a purse. So it was very likely that when my parent's told me I was old enough to get a job (oh my!) it would be at a retail store. 



I worked at Coach in Princeton, New Jersey while attending Rutgers University.  Not only did I love the fabulous discount, but I also made lifelong friends there. To see that a fellow blogger Emily, who writes the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere had the opportunity to design a bag for Coach hit my sentimental cord.  Not only is the silhouette of the bad beautiful and functional, but the color is the perfect shade of rose petal pink-I am in love! Congratulations Emily, this is a huge honor, the bag is gorgeous! 

PS. Jackie, if you are reading this, I have to have it!

Does anyone have a favorite Coach bag they own? Here is mine


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The "New" Office Space

After reading Diana's post yesterday on Express-o, I got to thinking about my new office space, which happens to be at home. After trading in the hustle and bustle of the "city life" to the hustle and bustle of real estate in the suburbs-which has me literally working out of my car and home office (which happens to be our bedroom) I got to thinking...

{image Harper's Bazaar, via The Insider}



Now instead of running into "the mean old lady from the 10th floor who hogs the elevator" I run into my very own husband hogging all the coffee! Yes, he works from home too...Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Thank goodness, we don't work in the same room in the house, because then we would be together 24/7.  Is this the new family dynamic? Where both parents work remotely from home? Would we get a babysitter to sit in our house or send the child to daycare (which would be weird, no?)? Do any of you have any suggestions or comments on this work dynamic? Know anyone currently in this situation? Do they like this dynamic?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Goodbye Edelweiss


When ever I hear the name Edelweiss I think of her. I am not not sure why, she never gave me one or anything, but I guess it just reminds me of her. My dear uncle Erich's mother passed away, and although she had a wonderful 95 years here, she will still be greatly missed.



At fourteen my aunt and uncle took me on an spectacular adventure and "coming of age" trip to Switzerland (where my uncle is from). To a 14 year old who grew up "everything italian" this was a complete culture shock to me. When we arrived at Uncle Erich's mother's apartment, she was there to greet us with a smile from ear to ear! She oozed elegance and class, and I would describe her skin as creamy white as fresh milk. Being a terribly picky eater (I still am to this day) I took one look at the olive loaf she served for breakfast (yes, breakfast) and wanted to die! But I didn't want to be rude, so I sucked it up and ate it. Again, she had a smile from ear to ear. I learned so much on that two week trip that shaped who I am today, such as table manners, and overall proper etiquette. I was on that trip when the famed Gianni Versace was murdered (I will never forget that). Uncle Erich and Aunt Vicky, I am forever grateful to you for allowing me to experience the beauty of Switzerland, and the chance to meet your lovely mother. I will never forget her smile...




Pole Dancing Class Review

I am sure all of you are waiting on the edge of your seats wondering how the pole dancing class went (hehe). If you have no idea what I am talking about read here. I LOVED the class! It was completely different then what I expected. I thought we would have to do all these crazy tricks (although there were some) but for the most part it was learning a dance routine. When it came to leaning how to climb up the pole, well I sat that part out...The only downside would be that I have some bruises on my legs and knees from spinning around on the pole. I am also quite sore (a good thing). If you are wondering where the pictures are, I was given strict orders not to post any ;)


{image via Ada and Darcy}

We then spent the rest of the night dancing on the rooftop deck at the Chandelier Room over looking the beautiful New York City skyline. I had such a good time with the girls! Lauren, I can't wait to see you walk down the isle to the love of your life! xoxo


The view from our hotel room

What about all of you? How was your weekend?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Girls Night!

Vogue Paris


Is it just me-or did this week fly past? Well, there is no slowing down for me this weekend... it is one of my best friend's bachelorette parties, and we are taking a "pole dancing class" in NYC (ahhh!) I am not sure how well I will do, but what the heck-I will give it a try. Has anyone ever taken a class like this before? How did you like it?


Ummm...yeah- this most surely will NOT be me!


I am just looking forward to spending time with the besties! 

Here is a list of some of my favorite posts of the week, from my "blog loves"...






And if here are some posts of mine you may have missed along the way...





What do you have planned for the weekend??


Strawberry Pickin







{image via Vintage Indie}



I want to dive right into this cake!

I love strawberries- and I have to say that I had some this week and they were amazingly sweet! Just perfect! I usually like to sprinkle sugar on top, but this time I didn't even have too. How do you like to enjoy your strawberries? 




At my friend's bridal shower this weekend, they served chocolate covered strawberries injected with Grand Marnier- they were TO DIE FOR!!! Here is the recipe...

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and patted dry, stems intact, and thoroughly air-dried
  • 8 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier liquor or fruited brandy

Pour about 1 inch of water into bottom of a double-boiler and heat to hot but not simmering. Melt chocolate  in top of double-boiler, stirring occasionally until completely melted and smooth. Remove top pot and place on a heat-safe trivet. Let cool for about 5 minutes.

While chocolate cools a bit, carefully spear strawberries with toothpicks. Working quickly, swirl each strawberry gently in the chocolate about halfway up the strawberries and place on wax paper  to cool and harden. When done, place in refrigerator to further set chocolate shell.

When completely hardened, use a syringe to carefully inject a bit of the Grand Marnier liquor into the center of each strawberry, being careful not to over-fill.
ENJOY!!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Choos for Sale!









After staring at these Jimmy Choo flats in my closet, hoping and dreaming that my foot would grow 1/2 inch- I have decided to sell them (frown face). I literally wore them once (out to Target, yes I remember the exact place and time) but they are just two big- so I have not worn them since... I figured that at least one of my lovely readers could have the chance to wear these sparkly lovlies...So here is the deal- They are a 37.5 (7 1/2) and I would like to sell them for $140...they retail at $395 so you are getting more than 60% off!! If you are interested in purchasing these from me, please e-mail me at cara.gardner09@gmail.com

Line I Love...

Summer is almost here- and I have been searching the web for some fab new summer dresses to soak up the sun in... I stumbled upon this beautiful clothing line on Daily Candy's site- it's called


How beautiful are these cami's?! Perfect for a beach coverup and a walk on the boardwalk...



I just loooove this gorgeous print on this silk robe!



Isn't this line just dreamy? Go check out some more gorgeous items on their site, please click here




Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Print Love

Have any of you had the chance to check out the these fabulous prints designed by Jennifer Ramos?



I would love to hang this in my office- It describes my morning routine to a "T."



All of her work is printed on RECYCLED card stock (yay!)



This would be adorable in a nursery or guest bathroom- What do you think? 



She also has other amazing products such as these on her website www.madebygirl.com...In fact, I am think I am buying this pillow as soon as I am done writing this post!



Kev, this cards for you ;) xx

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Crazy Beautiful House

I died when I saw this house on Shoot Factory...


I love to mix and match prints- love the mix between stripes, floral, and plaid here...it totally works here, right?



Love the color green they used here in the entryway...



This kitchen really made me smile...isn't the tiffany blue wall fabulous?



Check out these great couches! I want I want!!




LOVE the wallpaper in this bedroom!



I hope you enjoyed looking at these photos as much as I did :)





Monday, May 17, 2010

Line I Love...

My newest clothing crush is on Whitney Eve's spring collection...


I adore the gold bow on this dress-and if you read this blog often you know I love bows!





Every piece in the collection is wearable- and they so comfortable and feminine. 



This is definitely my favorite dress in the collection-so pretty!

First Blog Award!


I want to extend a big "thank you" out to Liz, the author of le passion for fashion, for passing me the Sweet Blog Award! It is always an honor to be recognized and it makes me so happy everyday that people other than my mom read my blog everyday! 

Here are some other wonderful Sweet Blogs that I would like to pass this award too:


Go check out these lovely blogs and again, thank you for reading and following this blog, it means so much to me!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friendly Little Reminder...

Just a friendly little reminder if you are in the New York area this weekend :)

Sketch by Amy Smilovic

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