Month: November 2016

Christmas Playlist

It is officially the holiday season which means my Christmas music is playing every chance that I get. There are so many great covers of the Christmas classics, but below I have aggregated a list of some of my favorites. From nostalgic nineties pop (I did grow up in that decade after all), to operatic classics to acoustic ballads, this is a playlist that will keep you feeling festive throughout the next few weeks! 1. Josh Groban (with Faith Hill) – The First Noel   2. Death Cab For Cutie – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 3. *N Sync – All I Want Is You This Christmas 4. Lea Michele – Last Christmas  5. Il Volo – O Holy Night  6. CeeLo Green – White Christmas  7. Christina Aguilera – These Are The Special Times  8. Mariah Carey – Joy To The World  9. Pentatonix – Hallelujah 10. Mariah Carey – Oh Santa Enjoy!

Thankful

This was the second Thanksgiving that my husband and I hosted for our family, and it has become one of my favorite traditions to kick-off the holiday season. We are very lucky to have such a supportive, accepting and loving family, and we take great pride in being related to such an inspiring group of people. That’s why we wanted to make Thanksgiving extra special for our family.We started the preparations by putting up our Christmas tree two nights before the holiday. Our nine-foot beauty filled the apartment with sparkling white lights and the scent of fresh pine – my absolute favorite this time of year. With festive touches put up throughout our home, the ambience was cozy and holiday-ready. Now came the fun part – creating a menu that offered something for everyone. This year I partnered with my go-to food store in Manhattan, Whole Foods, to ensure I bought the highest quality and freshest ingredients for the meal. Being pescatarian and dairy-free, I had the challenge of creating a spread that was appealing …

‘Tis The Season For Flannels

Textured sweaters and flannel shirts are two items, that when paired together, create a perfectly cozy winter look. While there are many ways to wear a flannel (un-buttoned with a v-neck tee, under a puffer vest, wrapped around your waist, etc), one of my favorite ways is dressing up the shirt by using it as a layering piece underneath a fitted sweater.For this look, I paired a burgundy and green flannel (perfect for the holiday season) with a speckled charcoal sweater and dark denim. When I use a v-neck sweater as a layering piece, I generally like to make sure the fabric is thin to create a fitted silhouette. This also allows pops of detail from your inside layering piece to show in areas such as your wrists (perfect for cuffing) and torso. Throw your favorite brown leather boots on to polish off the look and you are ready to hit all of your parties this season! Get the look: Shirt  Sweater  Denim 

Staycation: Four Seasons Downtown

Sometimes living in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan leaves you craving an escape, but with a busy schedule, it doesn’t always work out. That’s why I very much love the idea of a staycation. This past weekend we packed our bags and checked into the new Four Seasons Downtown.A warm and friendly staff greeted us in the lobby and brought us up to a breathtaking suite overlooking Downtown Manhattan. The Four Seasons is known for going the extra mile to make you feel completely welcome. A beautiful spread of vegetables, home-made hummus, and freshly pressed juices from Chef Acosta were in the room waiting for our arrival. We enjoyed our healthy snack as we settled in before heading to Jersey Boys on Broadway to celebrate my husband’s birthday.The next morning we had a delicious breakfast in bed – fresh avocado toast, smoked salmon omelets, home-made kombucha, matcha tea and roasted potatoes with diced peppers. After putting the finishing touches on our Halloween costumes for the night’s festivities, we squeezed in a late-morning workout. The …

Clean Protein

Protein Bars. So many options, so many mysterious ingredients. Flip over the back of the next protein bar you’re about to eat. Are you able to identify every single ingredient listed? Probably not,  because most of the ingredients listed sound more like a scientific table of elements. That’s why I eat protein bars that are all-natural and vegan. Go Macro makes a peanut butter protein replenishment bar with 12 grams of protein that I eat every day as a mid-afternoon snack. It is an explosion of flavor and will keep you full throughout the day until your next meal. Their newest line of bars, Thrive, have also quickly become a favorite of mine. The chocolate, nuts and sea salt bar is both sweet and savory, containing plant based protein and a variety of super foods to keep you fueled throughout the day. The products from Go Macro are easily digestible unlike many other bars that weigh heavily on your stomach. I always encourage my community to eat as clean as possible. If you are putting in …