I’m the first to admit that I sometimes spend way too much time inside, whether I’m diving into a new book or bingeing an entire season of Scream Queens on Netflix. In fact, that’s what my friends and I did this past Saturday night after two nights of hitting the clubs in South Beach, which definitely makes us sound lame but going out two nights in a row is a big deal for me (haha!).
But after such a long winter, I’m finding myself spending more and more time outside and soaking in lots of vitamin D.
While I was down in North Carolina visiting for graduation weekend, my boyfriend’s family and I spent the day exploring one of my favorite hiking spots in the area—Hanging Rock State Park. I’d been a few times while I was an undergrad and despite the fact that I’ll probably never get used to the sight of a snake slithering across the path inches from my feet (blegh), I’ve always loved hiking up the mountain to get the best views of North Carolina.
I love summer. The heat, the sunshine, the excuse to wear shorts and sundresses wherever you go, I love it all. The only thing that I don’t look forward too though is showing off my feet in flip flops, which is a necessity when you’re hanging out by the pool.
While I feel like I’m usually on top of my beauty regimens year round, I sometimes can forget about my feet during the winter since I don’t actually see them much (shout out to all of my ankle boots). But now that summer and open-toe shoe weather is quickly approaching, it’s time to start refocusing my attention down to my toes.
To make sure that my feet don’t look to gross after too many gym sessions or trying to fit my wide feet into shoes that don’t properly fit, I like to pamper my feet a few times a week to make sure that they’re baby soft and so that the manicurist doesn’t look away in disgust at my poor calluses. Life is tough during the summer when you have ugly feet!
While out to brunch in New York City recently, I saw something on the menu that sounded unbelievably delicious. I got pretty hyped up about it until I saw that the restaurant was charging $20+ for the dish, which was just way more than I was willing to spend.
Instead, I decided that I was going to make it at home for myself at a way cheaper price. I even bought my prosciutto freshly sliced at Whole Foods and it was still way cheaper and was enough for multiple servings!
And so that’s how my new Sunday morning favorite was born–my Scrambled Parmesan Eggs and Prosciutto.
This probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise but one of my favorite “dirty” eats of all time is Chinese food. I love indulging in some sesame chicken, and maybe a crab rangoon or two if I’ve been good about hitting the gym that week. Unfortunately, my body doesn’t seem to love Chinese food as much as my taste buds do and so I usually look like I’m a few months pregnant due to my MSG bloat/food baby. And so because of that I tend to be a little skittish about eating it when I’m on vacation.
Luckily though, I found one of my new favorite restaurants in Charleston the last time I visited down south that serves not only light Chinese fare but somehow manages to make it taste amazing too!!
I definitely could have used another day for just relaxing and watching Netflix, but I can’t complain too much because I had such an exciting weekend!!
I’m one of those people who takes satisfaction in the little things in life. Whether it’s painting my nails, making a new dish for dinner, or indulging in a glass of wine after a long day at work, I’m usually pretty easy person to please.
Can y’all believe that it’s already May?! I still find myself writing 2015 by accident from time to time, so I still can’t believe that we’re already five months into 2016… I do this every single year and will probably do so until I’m in my late 80s and no longer have to keep track of the date haha.
After a wonderful weekend home in Charleston, during which I mostly stuffed my face with delicious food and spent the evenings walking our dogs on the beach, I’m back in the real world and am off to work soon. I’ve already paid my rent and gas/electric bills so I’m also feeling slightly smug about being on top of this whole adulating thing (which I usually fail very hard at doing)!
It’s finally Friday, y’all!!
Spring seems to be a bit shy this year and so we’ve been experiencing jumping temperatures that are making me wish that it was summer already. It’s almost May and we’re still getting 45 degree mornings in Connecticut! But luckily I’m headed home for the weekend so I’ll get to enjoy the beach and the sunshine, which I’ve definitely been looking froward to for the past few weeks!
Not going to lie, I was very lazy when it came to taking care of my hair in high school and college. In fact I used to get asked by hairdressers when I’d go in for haircuts if I was a swimmer because my hair was so dry… Yup it was THAT bad.
Luckily for my hair, I’m a whole lot better nowadays about taking care of it and taking the proper steps to keep it looking (and feeling!) healthy, strong, and shiny. Plus who doesn’t love walking up and down the aisles of Target looking for new beauty products?!
Popcorn has been one of my favorite go-to snacks for years now. This is probably tied to my love of watching movies, but now I find myself munching on popcorn even when I’m at work.
And now that I’m (kind of) a real adult with a full-time job, I like to be a little adventurous in my popcorn flavors. My newest popcorn obsession is truffle parmesan popcorn, which tastes AMAZING and makes me feel very fancy because I’m finally using the truffle oil that I bought a really long time ago but then didn’t know what to do with. Plus I’ve been talking about recreating the truffle popcorn we got as an appetizer at this restaurant in Charleston, SC almost a year ago, so yay me for actually getting around to it!