Lace and shorts

One of my biggest weaknesses lately has been J Crew and J Crew Factory store.  Everything is just so well made and the sizing is just perfect for my body.  I often have a difficult time finding shorts but these are just perfect, flattering rise and just the perfect length to show off my 5’1″ frame (yes, I went to the doctor and it appears that I’ve shrunk!)

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

Top: UO (old); shorts: J Crew Factory; Shoes: Webster for Target; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff; Sunnies: Oliver Peoples

 

 

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Vancouver : I’m a Fan

This week, I was lucky enough to join my husband on a business trip to Vancouver. As I mentioned on Tuesday, the weather was close to perfect this week but that is not the only thing about Vancouver that makes it a great vacation destination. There's no way i could possibly cover everything, but here are a few things that I absolutely loved about this charming city:

The Seawall

This pedestrian/cycling/rollerblading path runs pretty much around the entire perimeter of the city and runs across beaches, marinas, small parks, and ultimately the very famous Stanley Park. It seems like all of Vancouver flocks to these places in the summer so its constantly filled with activity. We rode bikes through Sunset Beach, English Bay and up through Stanley park and it was absolutely beautiful.

Bike Lanes Everywhere

I really enjoy bike riding but get very intimidated by cars on the road, especially busy roads. Well, Vancouver remedies that issue by having bike lanes on virtually every street in the city and numerous trails and paths in addition to that. Besides Amsterdam, this is the most bicycle friendly city I've ever encountered and I loved every minute of it!

The Yums

I admit I had the power of Yelp to help me make culinary decisions, but every single restaurant we dined in was a home run. Not only that, they were also beautifully decorated and the staff at each one was very friendly. Our favorite restaurant hands down was Back Forty, a southern barbecue joint with a genuine, Texan smoker sitting right outside (the smell is actually what drew us in!) Both the food and atmosphere were spectacular. Meanwhile, our favorite non-restaurant was the Re-Up BBQ food truck (if you're a fan of The Wire, or drugs, you'll recognize the reference). We love our barbecue!

 

Celebration of Lights

Every summer, Vancouver, hosts a fireworks competition between several different countries. This year, Vietnam, Brazil and Italy are battling for best fireworks display and those in Vancouver are treated to three shows. On 3 nights in a week, the entire city it seems, gathers along the seawall near English Bay and Sunset Beach to watch the 25 minute show. And though I like my fireworks with a little America the Beautiful, it was breathtaking nonetheless. I'm glad we were here at the right time to see 2 of the shows!

I know there's a ton more to see so I definitely want to return. Have you been to Vancouver? If so, what are your favorite things to do?

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I’m loving skulls

Skulls have been around for a while, but have recently been more prominent thanks to the amazing creations of Alexander McQueen.  They didn’t really call out my name until I came across this beauty during a Birthday Dinner at Beauty and Essex.  The bag retailed for $2000.00, it just was WAY more than I would ever dream about spending on a trendy item like this.  After much research, I found the maker of the bag – Shay Accessories, and found it retailing for $1500.00…still WAY out of my price range.  Needless to say, I walked away disappointed, but with a new found love for skulls!

Source: tumblr.com via Brittany on Pinterest

 

While doing some Birthday shopping I came across this top and knew I had to have it.  Not the $2000.00 priced bag (that I STILL dream about) but at a reasonable price that I felt comfortable spending.

Would you have bought the bag? (Confession, I’m still considering it!)

Top: Soho boutique (similar) ; Jeans: Zara: Shoes: LC Lauren Conrad (old); Necklace: Nordstrom (available in stores)

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Outfit for the Perfect Weather

70 degrees and sunny is not weather you’ll find in the northeast right now – where it’s upwards of 90 degrees and intermittently humid and rainy. So, you can imagine how awesome it is to be visiting Vancouver, BC where the weather is nearly perfect. It’s sunny and there’s a light breeze and I’m getting some use out of my cardis and jackets again – I’d forgotten how long I missed them. So, on this day of sightseeing, I definitely layered up with color but since we walked a lot, I wore flats. I like to be comfortable but I don’t normally wear sneakers outside of a gym. How about you, when you’re sightseeing and doing a lot of walking around, do you totally dress down and wear sneakers or do you save those for a workout and opt for cute flats instead? Do any of you brave souls break out heels?

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white tank | fuchsia boyfriend cardigan and webster navy eyelet skirt : target | yellow bubble necklace : ebay | rose gold sandals : jlo at kohls | nude skinny belt : michael kors at annie sez

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Also, here are some photos of beautiful Vancouver. I was pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous it is!

Sunset at Sunset Beach, Vancouver

View of Stanley Park from Canada Place

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Casual Friday

Yes, I know today is Monday, but this is what I wore to the office on Friday.  I normally don’t wear jeans to the office, however being that it was the last day of our fiscal year, I needed to be as comfortable as possible.  A little update on that craziness, I made it!  Lots of blood sweat and tears and I overachieved on my goal.  It was a monster number folks, but I had a great team by my side to help me get there.  Now it’s the beginning of the year and we’re all back to the beginning of the race.  If any of you are in sales, you know how I’m feeling right now.   I’ll be taking a little time off to recharge my batteries and get ready to hit the ground running on Monday.

Top: DVF; Blazer: Ann Taylor; Jeans: AG; Shoes: Ivanka Trump

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Gelato Making at Mia Chef Gelateria

A few months ago, pal Jess and I scored a LivingSocial deal for a gelato making class. Well, the timing couldn’t have been any better because it was definitely the perfect weather to make (and eat) the delicious, creamy, Italian treat. Mia Chef Gelateria, located on 3rd Ave between 27th and 28th in NYC, has gelato making classes as well as sorbet making classes. In today’s class not only did we learn some wonderful tips for making gelato at home but we made four fantastic flavors of gelato and took a pint of each home.

  • Cookies and Cream Gelato
  • Fig and Tequila Gelato
  • Snickers Gelato
  • Ferrero Rocher Gelato

Also we learned a neat tip on how to determine if a gelateria is worth eating at — taste test their pistachio gelato.  If you can truly taste the pistachio (as opposed to a substitute or filler), then it’s safe to assume that gelateria has invested in quality ingredients for the rest of their gelati as well.

So, if you’re in the city with nothing to do, check out Mia Chef. Here are some photos from our class.

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The ingredients: sugar, Dutch cocoa, hazelnuts, nucciola, dextrose, butterscotch, chocolate, peanuts, peanut butter, figs, tequila, skim milk, heavy cream and whole milk.\

 

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Mixing the ingredients.

 

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Pouring the mixture into the gelato machine (similar effect can also be achieved at home with an ice cream maker)

 

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The Base.

 

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Snickers Gelato

 

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Ferrero Rocher Gelato.

 

Now lets see if I can replicate any of this at home…

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An apology

I feel so lucky to have the most wonderful followers and I feel I need to apologize to you.   As you all know, I’m in technology sales and the last couple of weeks have been a complete nightmare due to our year-end.  I have been doing my best to post on time and reply to all your super sweet comments, but I’ve been failing miserably.    I promise once all this is over (and I close every deal), I will resume to posting on time, replying to all your comments and visiting all my favorite blogs.

In the meantime, please have a little patience with me and I promise I will return to normal soon.

xoxo,

Di

Top: BCBG (old); Jeans: Target; Shoes: Mango

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Pink shorts

I turned 36 yesterday, yes 36!  Happy Birthday to me!  Frank surprised me by taking me shopping in Soho on Saturday.  Believe it or not, I had a hard time picking out items as I’m a little over Summer and looking forward to Fall items.  I ended up picking up a super soft leather jacket from Bloomies, love!

I decided I needed to be comfortable to walk around, this is what I wore.

PS. I know, there’s that Rebecca Minkoff bag again.  I know you all must be tired of it, but I just LOVE it :-)

Top: H&M; Shorts: J Crew; Shoes: Zara; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff; Necklace: Banana Republic (old)

 

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I Really LOVE MY …

Ivanka Trump yellow pumps!  I was inspired by Marion from Marionberry Style to purchase these shoes.  My initial thought was, sure I’ll wear them here and there but little did I know that they would become a wardrobe staple.  Like my Rebecca Minkoff bag, yellow just goes with EVERYTHING.  Take a look at some ways I’ve worn them…

Look 1 / Look 2

Look 3 / Look 4 (see below)

Dress: DVF

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Back of the Closet Find and an Emmy Rant

Sorry for the late post today guys. I spent my morning blogging hour cheering and jeering (though mostly jeering) the Emmy nominations that were announced this morning. If you’ve ever seen my personal twitter feed, you know that I’m a tv-holic, so it’s no surprise that I have very strong opinions about the nominations. I’m super psyched about the Homeland noms, although I think their only winner will be Claire Danes, and I’m OVER THE MOON for the Max Greenfield nom for New Girl, though he’ll most likely lose. Seriously guys — Schmidt is the best new character of 2012.  Also, I’m accustomed to sci-fi getting snubbed since BtVS but seriously, how could the Emmy voters possibly ignore the awesomeness of John Noble in Fringe this season — or every other season.  And I won’t even get into the snubbing of John Slattery for Mad Men, Emmy Rossum for Shameless, Joel McHale and the rest of the Community team, and Madeline Stowe and the Revenge folks.  Sigh. Okay, rant over.
Now lets get into today’s outfit.  In an effort to force my self to get creative (and save some money), I’ve reduced my spending budget for clothing.  So, I pulled out this skirt, that’s been sitting in the back of my closet, for 4 years, never worn.  At first I thought it would be boring worn with black but the pattern of the skirt is so bold I think the black balances it out.  What do you think?  I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that this was sitting in my closet for so long, with tags on it just collecting dust.  What’s the oldest item with tags hanging in your closet right now?

City and Burbsskirt : DVF (old)(similar style)(similar floral) | button down blouse : express | necklace : forever 21 | black pumps : vince camuto heath | shoulder bag : calvin klein

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