Zooey Deschanel for Tommy Hilfiger

I have a warm spot in my heart for Zooey Deschanel. From New Girl back to Almost Famous in the 2000′s, when I actually thought she was Katy Perry for a while, Zooey is just fantastic is her own right.

I thought I’d share that love ahead of shouting out her new collab with Tommy Hilfilger because I think it’s a great fit. The new line has the classic Tommy nautical boat-y feel and happens to be reminiscent of 70′s styles and cuts which work great on Zooey. The line is called “To Tommy From Zooey” and was apparently designed by Zooey “with” Tommy. See(!) she’s even a fashion designer!

Below are some of my favorites, and you can shop the line here.

 

[ images source: who what wear ]

Kitchen Domestication Chronicles

My friend Peter posted this last night on Facebook and I could not agree more,

If I could sell the feeling of laying in my bed right now, I’d be the wealthiest person ever.

Although I’d edit it a bit, and say something like “if I could sell the feeling of just being home all weekend…”, there’s still nothing better than being home. Along with choosing to stay home though comes hunger and binge snacking whilst binge watching Netflix. Since I knew I’d be home all weekend, and don’t normally have anything in my fridge other than these items, I chose to go food shopping Friday night and prepare for a couple of “cooking” sessions in my kitchen; which as we know is barely used because I don’t cook.

Enter my new project, “Kitchen Domestication Chronicles”. Follow me in my attempt to domesticate myself in the kitchen by buying random things from the supermarket and trying new recipes.

This weekend I tried Challah French Toast and Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey. Both came out pretty good!

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LEARNING: I have to make sure to consider the measurement of ingredients, i.e. I used the entire can of diced tomatoes when I didn’t use the entire pound of ground turkey. I should have adjusted measurements for everything based on the fact that I used half the pound. The extra diced tomatoes made the mixture a bit runny, but very good nonetheless! I used this allrecipes.com recipe.

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Sorry I didn’t have an after picture… I forgot to take it they were so good!

LEARNING: Make sure the oil doesn’t get too hot before you put the bread in the pan. I kind of burned the first two pieces because it was too hot. Flame should be relatively low as to allow the challah to cook on the inside, as well as brown on the outside. Otherwise, deeeelish!

The Mindy Project

While I won’t be home in time to watch it, I’m super pumped that The Mindy Project is back on tonight! The Mindy-Danny relationship has built up so much over the past couple seasons, from the tension throughout the last few episodes to the kiss mid-flight in the finale, I’m seriously looking forward to what happens next… and it better be a blooming relationship that lasts forever. Mindy better not f this up! She’s come such a long way. This is going to sound really bad but I just love that “the brown girl” got the Italian “white guy”… a really HOT Italian white guy to boot.

Reminds me of this story I read recently on Huff Po (originally written for goodmenproject.com) by Mark Radcliffe regarding your soulmate and how “it’s not who you think it is” but actually the person right under your nose that you’ve never noticed. Mindy should have read this ages ago! Mark says,

The person who’s truly right for you is probably cleverly disguised as the one you work with every day. Or the one who you’ve casually known in your circle of friends for five years. Who has seen you at your best and at your worst. And is still there, a big believer in your immense potential. And is probably an amazing kisser if you’d just give them a chance.

That’s the person it’s going to be genuinely easy with over the long haul.

So the next time you’re looking for the one, don’t look up on some stage or pedestal for some shining realization of your fantasies. Turn around and look behind you. At the person you might have overlooked. The person who is quietly everything you need them to be and more, but might have missed.

What are your thoughts on soulmates? Do you agree with Mark?

A Song For My Future Husband

Something of a “Part 2″ to my recent “Prayer for My Future Husband“, this is a song I’d like him to listen to before he ever plans on proposing. Yes, I can call him “my husband” because he’s going to love me so much that he’ll propose anyway after reading these lyrics, and of course I’ll say yes.

It’s just that… I heard this song for the first time this morning and it’s totally me because “I Am Gemini” <- really good read for the Gemini’s and/or future Gemini daters out there.

So, future husband, please read this because, without a doubt, I’ll feel all of these things throughout our marriage.  And Pink and Butch Walker, thank you for writing this.

“Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)”

Go away
Give me a chance to miss you
Say goodbye
It’ll make me want to kiss you
I love you so
Much more when you’re not here
Watchin all the bad shows
Drinking all of my beer

I don’t believe Adam and Eve
Spent every goddamn day together
If you give me some room there will be room enough for two

Tonight
Leave me alone I’m lonely
Alone I’m lonely
I’m tired
Leave me alone I’m lonely
Alone I’m lonely tonight

I don’t wanna wake up with another
But I don’t wanna always wake up with you either
No you can’t hop into my shower
All I ask for is one ***kin’ hour
You taste so sweet
But I can’t eat the same thing every day
Cuttin off the phone
Leave me the ***k alone
Tomorrow I’ll be beggin’ you to come home

Go away
Come back
Go away
Come back
Why can’t I just have it both ways

Lyrics source.

International Day of Happiness

Oh happy dayyy!

Not only is it International Day of Happiness, but it’s also the First Day of Spring! How perfect!
Are you happy? Because I’m happy! I’m grateful and happy today for my family, my amazing life and my upcoming trips to Italy and New Orleans! Like Pharrell.

Kudos to the UN Foundation for teaming with Pharrell to use his “Happy” song as today’s anthem. What are you happy for?

Froid, Frio, Freddo

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Froid (French)

Frio (Spanish)

Freddo (Italian)

I thought that maybe saying “cold” in other languages might make me feel less abused by the unbearable winds that slapped me unapologetically across the face this morning. I was wrong.

It still feels just as cold as it did this morning and I’m frustrated. What is with this weather? I mean, I really am one of Winters’ biggest fans. But, like, this is getting a bit excessive and quite uncomfortable. It’s sad. I mean, look at that selfie above.

I look like Jon Snow, in The North, in the snow.

Stay warm friends. It will all be over soon. Spring is coming.

When Life Gets Rough Step Back and Read This

Do you think this Lego man has a care in the world about anything? No.
We need to be more like this Lego man.

Big thanks to Dr. Carol Morgan for putting together this list of 13 things you should remember next time you’re down and out. I had to repost because it was exactly what I needed this morning. If any of you are having doubtful thoughts or stress, this will be a great read for you too!

I’ve truncated some of the explanations but you can the entire post here.

1. What is, is.
Buddha’s famous saying tells us: “It is your resistance to ‘what is’ that causes your suffering.” Think about that for a minute. It means that our suffering only occurs when we resist how things are. If you can change something, then take action! Change it! But if you can’t change it, then you have two choices: (1) either accept it and let go of the negativity, or (2) make yourself miserable by obsessing over it.

2. It’s only a problem if you think it’s a problem.
Many times, we are our own worst enemy. Happiness is really dependent on perspective. If you think something is a problem, then your thoughts and emotions will be negative. But if you think it’s something you can learn from, then suddenly, it’s not a problem anymore.

3. If you want things to change, you need to start with changing yourself.
Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. Don’t you know people whose lives are chaotic and stressful? And isn’t that largely because they feel chaotic inside? Yes, it is. We like to think that changing our circumstances will change us. But we have it backwards—we need to change ourselves first before our circumstances will change.

4. There is no such thing as failure—only learning opportunities.
You should just wipe the word “failure” right out of your vocabulary. All great people who have ever achieved anything have “failed” over and over. Take your so-called “failures” and learn something from them. Learn how to do it better next time.

5. If you don’t get something you want, it just means something better is coming.
That’s hard to believe sometimes – but it’s true. Usually, when you look back at your life, you will be able to see why it was actually a good thing that something didn’t work out. Just have faith that everything happens exactly the way it’s supposed to.

6. Appreciate the present moment.
This moment will never come again. And there is always something precious about every moment. So don’t let it pass you by! Soon it will just be a memory. Even moments that don’t seem happy can be looked upon as something that you might miss someday.

7. Let go of desire.
Most people live with “attached mind.” What this means is that they attach themselves to a desire, and when they don’t get it, their emotions plummet into negativity. Instead, try to practice “detached mind.” That means that when you want something, you will still be happy whether you get it or not. Your emotions remain happy or neutral.

8. Understand and be grateful for your fears.
Fear can be a great teacher. And overcoming fears can also make you feel victorious. Overcoming fears just takes practice. Fear is really just an illusion. It’s optional.

9. Allow yourself to experience joy.
Believe it or not, I know way too many people who don’t allow themselves to have fun. And they don’t even know how to be happy. Some people are actually addicted to their problems and the chaos in them so much that they wouldn’t even know who they are without them.

10. Don’t compare yourself to other people.
But if you do compare yourself, compare yourself with people who have it worse than you. Unemployed? Be grateful that you live in a country that gives unemployment compensation, because most people in the world live on less that $750 a year.

11. You are not a victim.
You need to get out of your own way. You are only a “victim” of your own thoughts, words and actions. No one “does” something to you. You are the creator of your own experience. Take personal responsibility and realize that you can get out of your hard times.

12. Things can—and do—change.
“And this too shall pass” – when we are stuck in a bad situation, we think that there is no way out. We think nothing will ever change. But guess what? It will! Nothing is permanent except death.

13. Anything is possible.
Miracles happen every day. Really—they do. I wish I had enough space to write about all the miraculous things that have happened to people I know—from healing stage 4 cancer naturally to having their soul mate appear out of nowhere.

10 Things a Single Woman Should Have in Her Fridge At All Times

Think Holly Golightly in (my favorite) Breakfast at Tiffany’s: the ultimate detached single woman. What’s in her fridge? Aside from the milk and the ballet slippers? We’re not exactly sure … but I think we can all assume that it’s probably very empty.

If you’re anything like me, and you’re never really home or the cooking/foodie type, going food shopping and buying lots of food is usually wasteful. I never cook/eat it -> It goes bad -> I throw it out -> money wasted. More often than not, this results in a pretty bare fridge. So I probably only really have half of the items below at any given time.

In order of priority, here’s a list put together by myself and @kaylalamoriarty, of 10 things every single woman should have in her fridge at all times:

1. Vodka, Champagne, OR White Wine

2. Condiments, i.e. ketchup, syrup, salad dressing(s)

3. Frozen (and some fresh) veggies

4. Milk

5. Eggs

6. Leftovers

7. Cheese

8. Lemons

9. Bread (if you keep it refrigerated like me)

10. Ben & Jerry’s (pick your poison)

5 Affirmations Every Modern Woman Should Tell Herself

Thank you kindly Grace Carpenter for your post on Elite Daily regarding modern women and the daily pressure thrown at us to be something that we’re not. I loved it so that I have to highlight all 5 affirmations. I’ve included a small bit from each but I highly recommend you read the entire post.

I find these all to be so true and Grace is right, we need to say them to ourselves day in and day out. “I am not what I eat” is a hard one and probably the biggest challenge, but the rest are perfect daily reminders.

1. It is MY decision.
Enough of “I need to do this” and “I need to be that.” That’s not how people operate — independent people, at least. To be a functional, healthy, fulfilled adult, you need to decide what “this” is and what “that” is. That means that you need to develop your own vocabulary to express who you are and who you want to be and then devise your own strategy to become that person.

2. My body is not a coat hanger.
Your body is not a game piece. It’s how you move in the world. Your legs aren’t horrible trunks, they’re the motors propelling you forward, full of muscle and energy and movement. Your body is a miraculously complex composition of muscles and bones. Clothes go on it — they’re not supposed to wither it.

3. I am not what I eat.
It is never the wrong time of day for chocolate. Or muffins. Or a burger. You’ll be okay.

4. Other women aren’t objects just as I am not an object.
Stop woman-hating. Period.

5. Emotions are hysteria.
You’re not silly because you have emotions and they don’t make you less adequate, dumb or unreliable. Whether it’s feeling neglected by a friend with a new boyfriend, feeling threatened by your boyfriend’s pretty female friend, feeling angry at your over-protective parents or feeling lost in a brand new world — your emotions are your guide to discovering what’s wrong and then fixing it.

Click here to read the entire post.

Living Life Like a Country Song

This post comes on the heels of a Saturday night at BB Kings dancing and enjoying Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band – a Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown Band cover band.

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Look closely, I’m right up front in the crowd!

Why can’t we all just live life like a country song? I mean… I guess a lot of people do already, namely in the South and Midwest, but how about New Yorkers? What if for just one day we lived like Zac Brown in “Chicken Fried”? So happy and grateful and humble. New Yorkers can be all of those things but do we let the hustle and bustle prevail too often? I definitely let it!

…It’s funny how it’s the little things in life that mean the most
Not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes
There’s no dollar sign on a peace of mind, this I’ve come to know
So if you agree, have a drink with me,
Raise your glasses for a toast

To a little bit of chicken fried
And cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio on
I love to see the sun rise
See the love in my woman’s eyes
Feel the touch of a precious child
And know a mother’s love