Have a great weekend

February 27, 2015

One Girl Cookie Brooklyn, ny

What are you up to this weekend? I’m looking forward to slightly warmer temps in NYC over the next few days–rumor is low 40s! Also, thinking of watching this movie. Have you seen it? What’d you think (I heard it’s a tear jerker)? And the third season of HOUSE OF CARDS was released! Hope you have a great weekend and here’s the link roundup:

 

A beautiful Brooklyn home with coastal touches.

Reheating pizza to perfection. Good to know.

Grammar humor (Bill Murry’s entire twitter feed is hilarious)!

I made this chicken pot pie this week and it was delicious! The sage biscuits are great.

Looking for a new couch? Here are some colorful options.

These for spring!

And, the color of this dress sparked a lot of conversation yesterday. What colors do you see??

 

A few posts you might’ve missed:

 

(Photo of the entrance of One Girl Cookies from my Instagram.)

My Basic Uniform

February 26, 2015

One of these days, I will do an outfit post of my own–that is, photos of me in stuff I actually wear and not reposted pictures that I’ve stumbled upon via Instagram or Pinterest. But for now, here are some pretty pictures that illustrate my basic uniform as of late, which is some variation of this: black jeansoversize button up shirt, black or brown booties (I just bought these last week and love this low-heeled pair), leather bag, and this puffer jacket that has been an absolute necessity this winter (love this parka version that is on clearance for $59.99–someone buy this now!).

Thoughts? What’s your basic uniform these days?

 

PS. This easy dress for spring is on my wish list.

(All photos from my favorite store.)

Winter Survival Tip: Toe Warmers

February 25, 2015

Winter Survival Tip: Toe Warmers in Your Everyday Shoes

How’s the winter going for you? Are you sick of the snow yet? This is our first winter in NYC, and for the most part, it hasn’t been too bad. Our family in New England is suffering through below negative temps on a daily basis, which sounds awful; the dashboard of my sister’s car read -23F yesterday morning!

On a freezing evening a couple weeks ago, Dan and I were at a party in the village, and I heard a friend talking about toe warmers stuffed in her booties. She told me that during the colder months, she uses them on a daily basis–not only while trekking through snow–but at work and parties and to run errands! It never occurred to me to use toe warmers in my everyday work shoes or stuffed into booties…such a smart tip to combat freezing temps, right?

 

PS. The blizzard of 2015 in Brooklyn.

Periodic Table Manicure

February 24, 2015

periodic table manicure

periodic table manicure

Because THAT is awesome!

breaking bad manicure

Also a Breaking Bad themed periodic table manicure!

(Top two images from Serena Goh. Bottom image and manicures by Victoria Kai. Visit Vanity Projects to get your own periodic table manicure.)

Sweet Potato Home Fries

February 23, 2015

Sweet Potato Home Fries | The City and Us

Brunch (read: Boozy brunch) is the thing to do on Sunday afternoons in NYC, but it can get pricy. So, recently, we’ve been making brunch at our apartment on the weekends. Typically, we’ll make eggs or breakfast wraps and a pot of coffee and just chill. But a few weeks ago, I was looking for something to take our brunch game up a notch so I made sweet potato home fries to go along with our fried eggs. We’ve had them every weekend since, and I’ve been making them as a stand alone meal–they’re that good.

Here’s how to make Sweet Potato Home Fries:

3 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and peeled
2 shallots or 1 medium red onion
2-3 garlic cloves, adjust as desired
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Cut your sweet potatoes into one inch cubes. I roughly chopped them (as you can see), which gives a variation to the potatoes–some cook more than others making them crispier–but you can chop more accurately if you prefer! Chop the shallots or onion. Dice the garlic. In a large skillet, heat ~2 tablespoons of olive oil until it’s hot, and then add in the sweet potatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium to high heat. Then, add the shallots and garlic to the pan, sprinkle on salt and pepper and drizzle again with ~1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for ~15 minutes or until a fork will poke through the potato. Top with chopped parsley and serve with ketchup and/or honey mustard.

I use the stove to cook home fries, but the oven will work too. Preheat your oven to 450. Throw the sweet potatoes, shallots, and garlic on a pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat the potatoes with olive oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes, tossing the potatoes a couple of times as they bake. Top with chopped parsley and serve with ketchup and/or honey mustard.

Sweet Potato Home Fries | The City and Us

This recipe is easy to double and I almost always chop extra potatoes and onions and store them in the fridge so they’re ready to pull out if we need a simple dinner or snack. They will keep in the fridge for a few days. Or cook extra and have them as a quick week day breakfast. Enjoy!

Bushwick Art Exhibit: Skin of Liberty

February 20, 2015

Skin of Liberty, Fractured and re-Structured

What are you up tonight? Earlier this week, I helped my friend and artist Beth Dary complete her installation for the Skin of Liberty, Fractured and re-Structured art exhibit in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the show opens tonight at 7pm at the Brooklyn Fire Proof. If you’re in the NYC area, I’d highly recommend going!

Here’s a bit more about the show and artists and some pictures I took while helping Beth install her sculptures…

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Do or Don’t: Monochrome Rooms

February 17, 2015

What do you think of these monochrome rooms? It would be an interesting challenge to decorate a whole room with one color, don’t you think? I love how Janne Peters incorporates pops of unexpected colors in each of these rooms. I especially love the beige chair in the purple room and the grey hanging lamp in the blue room.

Thoughts? Would you ever do a monochrome room in your home?

 

(Styling and photos from Janne Peters via Apartment 34.)

DIY Valentine’s Day Themed Bloglovin’ Piñata

February 13, 2015

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Last month, I accepted a part-time position on the Community Team at Bloglovin’. In a single, beautiful feed, Bloglovin’ enables users to follow blogs and read new posts and to discover new interesting blogs and content. It’s particularly popular among lifestyle and fashion blogs, but you can add any blog to your feed tailoring the content to your interests. You can follow sites like Mashable, TechCrunch, Levo League (career advice for millennials) and even Etsy’s News blog which publishes interesting information on the “maker” movement. Do you use it?

Once you sign up, you can start reading and discovering new posts immediately, and earlier this week, Bloglovin’ launched a new feature called Collections, which is a tool that allows you to “save” posts and organize them into collections. Throwing a party? Create a collection with entertaining tips and wine pairing guides. Planning a cross country road trip? Start mapping out your route with a collection of must-see destinations and the best places to stay at each stop. Sounds fun, right?

Bloglovin Pinata

To celebrate the launch of Collections and Valentine’s Day, I made a fun Valentine’s day themed Bloglovin’ piñata!

It’s a bit more time consuming than my last DIY project, but it’s fun and there are endless ways to customize a piñata (Cinco de Mayo! Birthday parties! New Year’s Eve celebrations! Mini party favor piñatas!), so save this post to your DIY Collection and keep it in mind for a fun occasion!

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape or paper glue
  • Construction paper
  • String for hanging
  • Scissors
  • Candy

How to make it:

  • Step 1. Cut strips of tissue paper the length of the piñata box and ~2 inches wide.
  • Step 2. Fringe one side of each strip of tissue paper by cutting slits about 3/4 of the width of the tissue paper.
    • (If you’re filling the piñata with candy you can either fill it now or wait until it’s complete–just be sure to make an opening in one corner of the box.)
  • Step 3. Attach fringe strips to one side of your piñata using tape or paper glue. *Start at the bottom and work your way up leaving roughly 1/2 – 1 inch between the last strip of tissue paper and the next.
  • Step 4. Cut off any excess tissue paper along the edges. There might be some overlapping, and I found that this actually looked better than the single layer fringe areas.
  • Step 5. Repeat this on each side of your piñata.
  • Step 6. Decorate your piñata however you’d like. For a Valentine’s Day themed Bloglovin’ Piñata, I made Bloglovin’s sleek new logo and cut out pink hearts.
  • Step 7. Pour in your candy.
  • Step 8. To secure a string to the box, I poked a hole in the side and tied a big knot at one end of the string and then thread the other end through the hole, leaving the knot on the inside of the box.
  • Step 9. Close the top of the box with tape and you’re done!

 

You can read all about Bloglovin’ here and sign up here, if you’re interested. There’s even an app for it, which was just featured as a Best New App in 15 countries by Apple!

CONGRATS, Bloglovin’ team!

A Tip For Cleaning Jewelry

February 11, 2015

Tip For Cleaning Jewelry | The City and Us blog

Tip For Cleaning Jewelry | The City and Us blog

Do you have any tips for cleaning jewelry? When Dan and I picked up our wedding rings, our jeweler, Bill, gave us some tips on how to properly clean them. First, he asked me, “How do you clean your rings?” Oh…washing my hands doesn’t also count as cleaning my rings? I thought. “Um, I use generic jewelry cleaner.” I quickly responded.

But, honestly, there was maybe a handful of times that I actually used jewelry cleaner, and the only reason it happened was because my sister was cleaning her rings with jewelry cleaner. Following my sister’s lead, I cleaned my rings by dropping them into the jewelry cleaner container, giving it a quick stir, removing the rings from the container, and then brushing each piece with the little brush that comes with the kit.

Well, I think Bill sensed my inexperience with jewelry cleaning and proceeded to give me a few tips on how to clean my new ring. Here are his instructions:

  1. In the microwave, heat up 1-2 cups of water for 2-2 1/2 minutes so it’s hot. The hotter the better.
  2. Add about 5 drops of jewelry cleaner to the hot water and stir.
  3. Drop in your rings (or any piece of jewelry) and let soak.
  4. After your rings have soaked for a few minutes in the mixture, remove them and lay on a paper towel so they can cool for a few seconds.
  5. When they’re cool enough to pick up, softly scrub each piece using a toothbrush with very soft bristles. Bill suggested buying a toddlers toothbrush. (I got the toothbrush pictured above, which is an “extra soft,” from my dentist as a freebie and it works perfectly.)
  6. Dry off each piece of jewelry with a soft cloth. (The cloth pictured above came with our wedding rings and was made specifically for polishing jewelry. It’s similar to cloths used to clean sunglasses.)

Smart, right? I’d never heard of this trick of using hot water and jewelry cleaner before, but it works really well. And I’m happy to report that now I clean my rings every two weeks, sometimes once a week, using these exact steps.

 

PS. A tip for long-lasting lemons.

Valentine’s Day Cards

February 11, 2015

Any plans for Valentine’s Day? Dan and I are having an at-home date night and making pizzas and drinking wine. Can’t wait! Do you have a go-to Valentine’s Day gift? Chocolate? Flowers? Jewelry? Funny card? Personally, I love a bouquet of fresh flowers (hint, hint, wink, wink…). We don’t buy fresh flowers often, so when we have them in our apartment it always feel special. If you’re looking for a funny or cute card for someone special, here are a few fun ones I found around the web…

I Love Your Guts card

donut

Man Fur card

You’re Foxy / I Love Your Guts Zombie / I Whaley Love YouThank You For ExistingI Feel Empty Inside Without You / Man Fur / XOXO

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