J.Crew has released their fall items for 2013 and I’ve put together a collection of my favorites to create the perfect autumn outfit.
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The popover oxford, monk strap loafers and the long field jacket specifically have me starry-eyed. I just adore these pieces! If you’re not into fall items just yet you can still pick up summer items like shorts, swimsuits and more. And the sale items are an additional 30% off right now!
Have you picked up any good items for fall or found anything you’ve set your heart on?
Today’s hump day – the middle of the work week where its halfway done. Hope you’re all getting some time to relax a bit and prep for the weekend!
I hate to admit it but summer here in the northeast seems to be coming to an end. The weather has been a bit cold for August and once my birthday rolls around I just hang up the towel. It’s something I’ve done as a kid, always, because school is about to start and summer as I know it is over. As I have grown older I know that summer can last well into late September, but that month can fly by just like the rest of it. That’s why this year I’m creating and “end of summer checklist” as an attempt to do all of the things I either haven’t gotten around to or will miss once summer is over.
Done anything wonderful this summer? Have any big plans before summers end? I’d love to hear about them and hope you get a chance to finish your personal checklists before the leaves turn and we break out the sweaters.
Photos by Katie Anello
“Hail the benefits of kale!”
photo by dineanddish on flickr
You see this phrase everywhere. It’s been coined by nutritionists and health enthusiasts in an attempt to get people thinking more about this leafy green simply because kale is a powerhouse vegetable. The amount of vitamins and nutrients in a packed one cup serving is outstanding; vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium and fiber. Each one cup serving has just 36 calories, and at a number that small why wouldn’t you add kale to everything you eat?!
Eating kale can also help reduce the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes, and its glucosinolates may help prevent cancers. Kale is similar to broccoli and cabbage. It’s a dark green but it isn’t terribly bitter. It can be bitter if overcooked, so be careful! If you’re worried about overdoing it then I suggest looking up a tutorial video on YouTube before cooking.
The best way to handle kale is to remove the stems and tougher parts of the leaves all at once right after purchasing. That way, when you go to make dinner a few nights later that meticulous prep work is already done! Of course if you prefer less work Trader Joe’s carries bags of kale already washed, stemmed and chopped. It saves a ton of time and is just as tasty, but it doesn’t last as long.
Kale is simple, easy to work with and easy to add to any dish. Try these dishes on for size:
- Sweet Potato, Kale and Black Bean Hash
- Stuffed Kale Tacos with Vegetable “Meat”
- Pasta with Lentils and Kale
- Kale Banana-Berry Smoothie
- Chili-Sauce Kale Chips
Related: 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Kale
Have you tried any of these recipes before? I want to hear all of your kale tales (note my wordplay there)!
Sorry for the slight lack of posts the past few days… on Tuesday I celebrated my 23rd birthday!
photo by @kcya on instagram
Tonight I’ll be back with vol. 2 of my get healthy! posts and get back on track. Have a great Thursday!
On Saturday I photographed a wedding in Hudson, NY. It’s a unique city that used to be a big destination for Manhattanites to escape to, and it’s currently known for the multiple antique dealers, niche restaurants, and busy art scene. I was in one an apartments on Warren Street in downtown Hudson this weekend where the groom and his groomsmen were getting ready, and I couldn’t help myself and just had to take photos of the space as well (snapped with my iPhone and edited with vscocam).
Stunning. Absolutely stunning. You can check out the entire space here. You can even book it for your next weekend vacation. Absolutely gorgeous.
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Happy Monday everyone! I’d like to share with you some photos I took yesterday while spending the afternoon at the Saratoga Race Track. Unfortunately we didn’t get to go to the Altamont Fair I had mentioned the other day, but this was a little more exciting because it was my first time at the track after having lived in the Capital Region for just over five years now. So of course I just had to pick this over the other! It was a great time and definitely an experience I’d say compares to hanging out in lawn chairs at a baseball game. Even though I didn’t win any money I at least got to experience what the track is like and I really enjoyed it.
What did you do this weekend? Have any plans for this upcoming week? I sure do (the big 23!)…