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October 30, 2014

6 Ways To Seamlessly Be A Kitchenista

In a city where having an apartment with real, human appropriate square footage is few and far between, sometimes improvising is all you can do. I myself have taken a few cues from our beloved Carrie Bradshaw, and while we don't keep our heels in the oven (c'mon, we love pizza too much), we may just be keeping them in other unsuspecting places.

Here are a few kitchen/closet hacks to try out for when you finally realize your kitchen can be used for things besides cooking.

1) Jewelry hidden in a bowl.

One of my favorite ways to use my kitchen for the greater fashion good is keeping a bowl in my pantry that holds my everyday jewelry. I have to pass my kitchen in order to leave my place, so having that secret stash of jewels is a great way to remind me not to leave without my watch. It's also a great hack to have when on your way out, you realize you have on one too many bangles. As Coco Chanel taught us, always remove one accessory before leaving the house!

2) Off-season shoes in your dishwasher.

I never use my dishwasher. Literally, never, and if you have one in your tiny NYC place, I doubt you do either.

October 27, 2014

Grilled Chicken Salad with Candied Pecans and Balsamic

We're eating a salad today because it's Monday. Monday just seems like a good day to eat salad. Maybe since Mondays are usually so crummy, and eating something healthy helps us feel somewhat better? Like we've defeated Monday? Like, no, Monday, you can't bring me down?

Plus, because you ate so good in the beginning of the week, it kind of gives you the excuse to eat lots of carbs during the weekend, you know? It's all about rationalizing people.

Also, if you hung out with us the other day, you know that we made these amazing candied pecans to shove in our faces. If you complied with our instructions and made a batch right away, then you already have half of this recipe done.


Grilled Chicken Salad with Candied Pecans and Balsamic

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups spring mix salad
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Pour lemon juice on top of your chicken breast and set aside for 15 minutes. Give a grill pan a generous spritz with cooking spray, then set it over a medium-high flame.

Grill your chicken breast for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Transfer to a plate and leave alone for 5 minutes.

While chicken is resting, add your spring mix to a serving bowl and toss in candied pecans. Combined olive oil and balsamic vinegar and pour on top of the salad. Top your salad with your chicken breast that has been sliced or cubed. 

Optional* Drizzle with a little balsamic reduction. To do so, heat 1 cup of balsamic vinegar in a saucepan on medium-low heat and allow to simmer until thicken and reduced, about 10 minutes. You won't need the full amount, but this stays good in the fridge for about a month and is always good to have on hand. :)


October 24, 2014

12 Spooky Halloween Treats


Halloween is officially 1 week away! Canya' believe it?! What better way to celebrate the holiday than with sugary treats that our metabolisms can no longer handle and a few adult beverages to make us not care?
Check out 12 Spooky Halloween Treats
by Mel at
Happy Halloween! 
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October 23, 2014

Sticky Sweet & Spicy Boneless Buffalo Strips

Let me start off by saying that I am a total chicken tender, or chicken strip, girl. My friends joke with me all the time that my palette is somewhat equivalent to that of a 6 year old, since I'll almost always order the chicken finger platter if it's available.

October 21, 2014

Candied Pecans

Two things I learned over the weekend. 1) Candied pecans make everything taste better, and 2), candied pecans do not take pretty pictures. No amount of saturation editing can make them look like anything else besides dried up beetles and I totally apologize for that.

Also, I totally apologize for making your mind compare beetles to candied pecans, because I know you're thinking about it now. And if you weren't - then now you are.


October 20, 2014

Current Obsessions From Around The Web

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Let's indulge in an overload of link love today. Did you know how pretty the internet is? It's like, really pretty. Check out some of our current obsession from around the web.

[1] The entire Alexander Wang x H&M collection revealed. Dying.

[2] These studded t-strap Prada heels because studs make everything better.

[4] This pizza, because we can't stop eating it.