Traveling Around…

In terms of travel, I’m gone almost every week.  I travel extensively for work, and when not working I love to travel often as well.

But interestingly enough, working in fashion does not mean I travel stylishly.

Kate Spade Streamline Luggage

{kate spade collection by steamline}

I have the obligatory college-grad John Hart set, that unfortunately, has no wheels.  Which The Boyfriend addressed several years ago on a trip to Vegas, informing me that if I ever flew with it again he would dump me.  I can’t help it, I’m a terrible packer.  I was going to Vegas, doesn’t everyone pack 30 dresses for a 4 day stay?

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Then came the functional looking set from my mom, with wheels I might add.  Thank god because I often travel alone and now realize why duffles aren’t for the upper-body strength challenged.  One large suitcase, one medium and a little carry on.  These have stood the test of time but, over the years, I’ve noticed about 40% of people have the airport have the same set.

That makes twice now I’ve left the airport with someone else’s luggage.  One time, not that long ago, I got in from NY around midnight and The Boyfriend picked me up (albeit begrudgingly), and I left with someone else’s bag.  I didn’t realize ’til 1 am when the airport called and he had to drive me back out there to swap bags.  Needless to say, he hates this travel set too.

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But with an upcoming trip to the St. Thomas hanging over my head (luggage-wise and dieting-wise), I have been looking into better travel options.  Maybe it’s time to finally upgrade into something a little more colorful and signature to my tastes.

The Kate Spade collection by Steamline.  Retro-glamour.  With wheels.

workworkwork…Chicago

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Last time I tried my hand at Chicago, it snowed eight inches the first night I was there.  But my amazing hotel made up for it.

This time, I had the opposite experience.  No snow (didn’t realize that was possible for Chicago) and the saddest hotel in the city.  Apparently just because you are on Michigan Ave, doesn’t mean you should expect quality.

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I was in town for the COAST Show, a Chicago/Miami/NY market, and had the Hunter Bell Fall/Winter 2014 collection with me.  Thank God, all those coats came in handy.

I had walked to a teeny little french wine bar one night for dinner and the waiter made the observation that I must not be from the area.  ”You look like you’re wearing three coats and a scarf and it’s only 45 degrees out.”  He laughed, I didn’t.  I was still cold.

Maybe next time, I’ll skip Chicago and go try Miami.  I’ll swap snow for sand and coats for bikinis.

And have a mojito.  (two)

nomnom…Roasted Cabbage

Weekends derail my attempts at eating healthy.

There’s always something about margaritas on a sunny patio.  But never fail, come Monday, we are back on track.

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I found the recipe for this on one of the various blogs/websites I read daily and have been meaning to make it.  I went to the grocery store yesterday and cabbage was 2/$1.  The Boyfriend pointed out it’s probably because cabbage is so gross.DSC_0009

Anything this simple quickly becomes a favorite in my cooking repetoire.  I made a mix of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt & pepper.  Oven.  Done.

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And The Boyfriend is wrong.  Cabbage is not gross.  It’s pretty good.

It’s no Oreo malt from around the corner good, but then again, nothing is.

Interiors…Vintage Wine Crates

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 I’ve been watching waaay too much HGTV lately.

And, of course, now I want to completely re-do our house.  I think we have a bit of a problem with storage, or lack thereof, and I’ve been looking into using vintage crates (wine!) as an attractive alternative to the canvas boxes I bought forever ago at Ikea.   The Boyfriend thinks I have a bit of a problem with owning too much “junk” (his term, not mine).

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I dont understand why, last week, when we bought a case of wine it was handed over in a cardboard box.  Where was my vintage crate?

Apparently you have to buy them (sans wine unfortunately).  I came across this website that sells gorgeous 6 and 12 bottle vintage wine/beer crates and they’re only around 10-15 euros each.

I’m not really a mathwiz but I think that’s around $20.

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www.wooden-wine-and-port-boxes.co.uk

My New Fave Accessory…Flash Tattoos

I love a great tattoo (on someone else).

For me, I need mine a little less permanent.

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These gorgeous temporary pieces by Flash Tattoos are my most favoritest accessory I’ve found in a loooong time.  Lasts 4-6 days and you get four sheets of designs for around $20.

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They’re perfect for an upcoming island trip with friends to St. Thomas next month.

Since I’m flying Spirit (after promising myself “never again” twice) I need to pack light.  And being a jewelry designer, that can get impossibly hard.

I think for Mardi Gras I packed 37 bangles and never ended up wearing any; they clashed with my beads.

Flash Tattoo 3So this gives me a little luxe-boho without having to overpack (impossible!).

That means with the extra room I save on jewelry, I can pack extra headbands.

Vino on the Go…

Since The Boyfriend was studying for the bar, we’ve made a ritual of ‘wine time’ every evening around 5 or so.  Earlier?  Maybe.  Later?  Rarely.

 And apparently ‘wine time’ has expended into an evening adventure, the ‘wine walk’ which we walk the dog over to the neighborhood park.  Both parties win.

to go tumblersSo when a friend of mine sent me a link for these to-go wine tumblers, it seemed like a necessity.

And I love the comment she sent me with the link- “kinda small though, right?!”

Here’s the link to the kinda small personalized to-go vino tumbler by Dawlins.   Pink for me obviously.

 

nomnom…healthy(ish) again

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I have been craving mexican food but since we are planning a beach trip, I’ve been trying to hold the queso.  Have I been successful?  No.  But like I said, I’ve been working on it.

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But in-between trips to fuel up on tacos, we’ve been trying to eat better.  ’Eat clean’ I believe is what people are saying.

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So I made mexican inspired sliders.  I consider salsa a food group and decided to try my hand on making my own.  Fresh ingredients and all that.

I used the basics, diced roma tomatoes, cilantro, serrano peppers,onion, lime and garlic.  Blender.  Done.

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Then found a Whole30 version of sliders on Pinterest (where else), sweet potato bun, grass fed beef patty, scrambled eggs and topped with my homemade salsa.

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And my vegetarian version.

Now I just need to find a healthy recipe for nachos and my life would be complete.