Three Thrills by Thursday

Finally! Thursday! I don’t know about you guys but I am SO ready for the weekend. After having a bug for the last ten days- I am finally feeling back like my regular, healthy self.

one.

When I started to get sick, I stopped into my neighborhood Le Pain Quotidien and ordered their hot Honey Lemon Ginger. It was the perfect warm up from the chilly winter air and immediately soothed the tickle in my throat; it’s no secret that the three ingredients are packed full of health benefits. Fully knowing I wouldn’t be able to sustain my obsession, I attempted to make it at home… at it worked! It should be noted that I never really measure anything but just ballpark it, you can always even out the flavor once you try it.

How To:
1 cup water
knob of fresh ginger, about an inch depending on how prominent you want the flavor
1 lemon
honey

Instructions:
1. Peel & slice ginger, about ¼ inch pieces.
2. Add the water, honey and ginger to the pot.
3. Juice ½ the lemon into the pot (reserve the other half in case you like it more lemon-y).
4. Heat over very low heat for 5-10 minutes, covered, so it’s barely simmering.
5. Strain liquid and add fresh lemon slice into cup & enjoy!
two.
After I posted a few of our engagement photos, I got a lot of questions about my this outfit but especially my tulle skirt. Truth is, I love dressing up a tulle skirt and in fact, I couldn’t find a top I loved, so that’s actually a dress. I’ve linked a few tulle skirts below that (some) may or may not be hiding in my closet.
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three.
Two weeks ago we visited some of our best friends in Pittsburgh. We hadn’t been back since Dave moved but it was great to revisit some of our favorite spots and even try a few new (amazing) places. I think we ate our way through the entire city!
Iron Born Pizza at Smallman Galley 
Shopping at No. 14
Dinner at DiAnoia’s – I highly recommend their gnocchi and of course, prosecco on tap
How are the holidays coming along for you guys? Did you wrap up your shopping? I’m still finishing off a few things but tonight we’re seeing The Nutcracker, so I suppose it will just have to wait.
Want to follow along? As always, follow me on Instagram 🙂
Cheers,

Weekend Recap & Check In

Hi Friends! Long time, no see. Life has been moving fast and as Ferris Bueller would say, “if you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it!” I also believe someone said “all great changes are proceeded by chaos” so let’s hope that adage is true too.  However, I digress. I’m back from a lovely weekend in Pittsburgh and gearing up for another work week so I’ll share a few snapshots of the weekend as I wish there was an extra day between Sunday and Monday.

Friday, we attended a charity event that we’ve gone to the past several years. Benefitting Cystic Fibrosis, Brewer’s Ball is a great cause and definitely something you should attend if you live in the area.

 

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I love this antique cocktail ring that I wore with my dress!

On Saturday the sun was shining but there was still a bit of a breeze so I kept it casual with my favorite Burberry trench as we ran errands.

We took a quick break at a local place for some iced thai and chai teas. Delicious.

That night, we had a great drinks and dinner out at two of my favorite places. Check my weekend recommendations below for more info.

Just because I spent the weekend in Pittsburgh doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten my roots. Opening day was Friday and I was sporting my Cleveland pride. Go Tribe!

This weekend’s recommendations:

Late Night: Grit & Grace (the cocktails are better than the late night dining options)

Sips: Acacia (An incredible speakeasy on Carson that you’ve probably walked past a million times)

Dine: Meat & Potatoes  (I’ll be honest, everything here is amazing but try the mushroom truffle risotto- thank me later)

Brunch: Marty’s Market (pick up some groceries while you’re there and they just started serving alcohol! #mimosas)

Until next time,

Cheers!

Insta- lately

How did I miss Monday?! Well, let’s be honest, I didn’t miss Monday… I just missed blogging. Quick post today on some great stops in Pittsburgh this weekend. It was quite pleasant because the sun was out and it was a balmy 58 degrees, perfect exploring weather.

I have been dying to check out No. 14 which is in Lawrenceville. It is the sweetest boutique with beautiful clothes, jewelry and accessories. The great news is, if you’re not close enough to stop by, you’ll soon be able to shop online. And how perfect is the dressing room?

 

After some shopping, we stopped by Smoke for some INCREDIBLE tacos. I cannot recommend this place enough. I am also obsessed with the blackberry agua fresca. I am going to try to make some of my own so hopefully you’ll see a recipe in the next few weeks.

 

Is anyone else dying for spring? I mean sure, the calendar says it’s spring but come on. 30 degrees does not feel springlike at all. I popped into Nordstrom Rack this weekend to grab a few treats for myself. Just because the weather doesn’t say spring, doesn’t mean my wardrobe can’t!

Cheers!

Three Thrills by Thursday

Well… we made it to Thursday. Lately I’ve been lamenting about how slowly the week seems to go and then before I know it I’m writing this post. Here are my three thrills for the week!

1. I am beyond excited to attend the Seriously Delish book signing this weekend in Hudson. I couldn’t contain my excitement so of course I had the book shipped to my apartment as soon as it was released. I’ve been feverishly flipping through the pages since it’s arrival and I can’t wait to try a few recipes this weekend (don’t worry- photos to follow!) If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you need to get on that NOW! If you need a little more convincing, check out her blog, How Sweet Eats, and I guarantee you’ll be on Amazon in the new few minutes.

2. I forgot to share this beautiful photo with you all from over the weekend. Though I have been at this lookout point many times in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, this was my first time at night. As you can see, it certainly did not disappoint.

 

3. I know I normally post Jimmy Fallon videos, but I have an equal love for Ellen. She is such a trailblazer and I find her kindness so genuine and her humor, just hilarious. If you haven’t been working out to Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda– you’re doing it wrong… although I still can’t figure out why she cut Ellen out of her video? 

Cheers!

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday, friends! Did everyone have a great weekend? It totally flew by for me. I spent most of the weekend in the Land of Steel and spent Friday evening enjoying the Pirates game. I’ve been to a few games in PNC Park and I have to admit, the stadium is pretty beautiful.

Saturday was quite the adventure. We ventured about an hour outside the city to spend the day kayaking. We had a big group so it made for a great day on the water and after lots of fun, sun and 7.5 miles..my arms are still feeling it.

 

Yesterday I headed back to my hometown to spend a day at my parents on my day off and relax. I always love spending time here so I may even try to squeeze in an extra day!

Until next time–Cheers!

 

 

 

Three Thrills by Thursday

First. This video is of a 13 year old Maasai boy who is using solar panels to deter lions from terrorizing their livestock. I was fortunate enough to take a trip to East Africa a few years ago and visit a few Maasai tribes, they are truly incredible people and I think it’s incredible that this innovative boy is preserving his heritage.

My second thrill this week was visiting the Andy Warhol Museum. As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve spent this week in Pittsburgh and yesterday I finally was able to visit the Warhol. I’ve always admired his work and I saw the current exhibit Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede which features Warhol and Halston’s friendship and all the magnificent work they did together. I was swooning over all the shoes, hats and dresses.

Finally, I’ve been starting to study up for my next international trip. I enjoy traveling internationally infinitely more when I know some customs, traditions and some of the language before my trip. I came across this website that has a few international dining etiquette rules you may not know about!

It’s almost Friday!

Cheers!

 

 

Meatballs, Markets & More

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had wonderful weekends. This weekend I was back in the lovely city of Pittsburgh, PA. Though we thought we had planned a somewhat “quiet” weekend, we were incredibly busy, laughed too hard and definitely stayed out way too late, but I suppose that’s what the weekends are for..

On Friday I couldn’t help but head back to Siena Mercato and up to Il Tetto (the roof) for some drinks and meatballs. Il Tetto offers tasty appetizers, 32 draft beers and a pretty beautiful view of the city.

Saturday, we spent an awesome morning down in the Strip District and bought some fresh fish that we later prepared for dinner- yum. We dined at Marty’s Market for breakfast which now I am completely obsessed with. I was in the mood for eggs but my eyes wandered to another table when I saw a waitress bring out an immaculate, decadent, delicious looking pancake. I ended up ordering just a single pancake and boy, am I glad I did. It was infused with cinnamon sugar butter. Wow. Later in the afternoon, Prince Charming and I took a bike ride around the city and wound up in Point State Park to cool off by the fountain. We ended the night at Jam on Walnut in Shadyside before dashing inside to avoid the rain.

On Sunday, we met a friend at Union Pig & Chicken for a quick lunch as he passed through the city. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of BBQ so I opted for an heirloom tomato salad and fried chicken– both of which were to die for. If you do enjoy BBQ, this place is a must-try. The cafeteria style seating and repurposed wood adds a unique feel to the otherwise small dining room.

And as it continued to rain most of Sunday, we made a quick stop at Lowe’s for some greens…. Check back tomorrow for more details!

Have a great Monday, everyone!

Cheers!