28 September 2012

No-Noodle Lasagne

Growing up with a vegetarian mother, I found myself being served quite a bit of pasta and rice...to the point where I really don't care much for it anymore.

Say Yes to Hoboken is featuring a simply and tempting recipe for Noodle-Free Lasanga (for birds like me!)

  • Ingredients:
    2-3 zucchinis, sliced lengthwise about 1/4-inch thick or less
    1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce*
    fresh spinach, roughly chopped
    16oz. container of cottage cheese
    2-3 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
    freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
    1 egg
    about 1/2 tsp dried basil
    ground pepper

    • Directions:
      Mix together cottage cheese, egg, basil and pepper. Slice zucchini about 1/4-inch thick or less. Cover bottom of glass baking dish with sauce, and then layer the following: zucchini, spinach, sauce, cottage cheese mixture, mozzarella. Repeat. Top with fresh parm, sprinkle with dried basil. Cover with foil and bake at 350-degrees for 1 hour, removing foil for the last 15 minutes of baking

      Image and further info at Say Yes to Hoboken

Antelope Canyon, AZ

Wow! Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land in Arizona. It has been shaped from a history of flash flooding- which is an existing threat to this day. More info/photo credit at Beautiful Places to Visit dot com. Wanderlusting!

27 September 2012

Neon Geometric Necklace

Do you need something that makes a statement and coordinates with a wide palate of colors? This neon geometric necklace from Boo and Boo Factory might just be the necklace for you.

Dog Walker Mug

We do not have a dog walker for Pilgrim (I work a few blocks distance from our apartment), but if we did, this mug from Fishs Eddy would be a great gift idea.

26 September 2012

Dogtown Artworks

I'm a wee bit obsessed with these funny photographs from Dogtown Artworks. I most certainly need at these one in our home! But...which one? Check out the full collection here.

25 September 2012

Clare Vivier Tote

I can't decide if I LOVE this tote, or if it's just a little too "mermaid." I keep returning to it though, so that says something. Perhaps I should embrace what may be an inner mermaid? Check it out at Clare Vivier.

Bungalow Denmark

Residing in Manhattan, storage solutions are big on my radar. These boxes from Bungalow Denmark come in a solid palate of colors and feature a workable pattern for many styles. Check out it out at Babble.

24 September 2012

Barbour Liberty-Lined Jacket

There was a distinct chill in the air this morning! I wrapped up in a scarf and jean jacket, and thought about other transition weather jackets I have (post closet purge two weeks ago!). I'm lusting after this Barbour Liberty-Lined Beadnell jacket. It's sharp, fun and versatile. Wishlisted!

21 September 2012

Documentary: How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague is a provocative documentary which showcases the history or the AIDS epidemic. Charged and emotion, it's premiering in a number of cities today, New York included.  The movement seeks to educate on health and acceptance of/to the marginalized LGBT population. Check out New York Times critic Frank Bruni's write-up.

20 September 2012

Hot Air Balloon Clutch

For your playful gal pal, or for yourself, this Hot Air Balloon Clutch is a cheap thrill at $24.  You could probably get away with hiding your cigarettes in there too. You know, if you have that secret, dirty habit.

Bi -Color Pitcher

The MoMa store is one of my favorite places to pick up a gift for something that has everything they need- there is always something unusual and beautifully crafted. The Bi-Color Pitcher is a 2008 design from Alessandro Alberti and Blulletta Piccioll.  What would you serve in it? Perhaps a rose-based sangria?

Red Velvet Ganache Cookies

Tookies offers beautifully packaged treats ideal for gifting someone good in your life. I'm pining for the    red velvet- white chocolate chip with ganache half dozen! Yum. I'd definitely pair with a spicy glass of red wine. Check out the yum here.

19 September 2012

How to wear a denim shit.

On a whim, I purchased a denim shirt the morning before I boarded a plane for my honeymoon. It's not something I'd typically go for, but it was soft and well-fitted. I love these pairing ideas from Oh Joy! I hadn't considered wearing it with a skirt, but it looks sweet and perfect for weekend brunches.

Tovicorrie Leather Goods

Artist Tovi Sorga offers vibrant graphic prints on leather goods such as iPad cases, earrings, cuffs and passport covers. Located in Bristol, England, you can browse the collection here. If I were to treat myself, I'd go for the earrings!

18 September 2012

Vintage Mink Cape

I...love...fur. I know this is a bit of a paradox, as I am an avid lover and supporter of the treatment of Pugs, and other furry creatures. I have been aching to add a new piece to my wardrobe. A cape in particular. I found this great shop on Etsy: Murmaids. The pieces look stunning and in mint quality. I treated myself to this deep honey Mink cape. I'm excited for it to arrive and the weather to cool down!


What makes you happy? Ultimately, "Happiness," is my consistent answer to what I would like in life. I've found that no matter what debacles or obstacles are put in my path, if I focus on my loving husband, my sweet Pug, Pilgrim (who finds joy in a trip to the Refuse Room or Laundry Room), my friends, family and health- nothing is worth getting to worked up over. I'm curious to see this documentary which explores happiness in various cultures.

Picasso Jasper Ring

I've always been drawn to jewelry crafted from colorful stones. Portland, Oregon-based shop Lively Hood features a varied collection of lovely designs. The Picasso Jasper set in sterling silver is my favorite. Think: fringe boots, skinny jeans and v-neck white tee. Pitch perfect.

17 September 2012

Aztec Leggings

Ohhhh ...want want want these Aztec leggings from North Carolina-based Moe Donnelly.

Clare Elsaesser

 Clare Elsaesser's tiny paintings are beautiful, raw and full of human emotion. I'm tempted to buy a half dozen of them and put them up around our apartment. Check  out the set here.

14 September 2012

Jacqueline Lou Skaggs

I'm impressed. Jacqueline Lou Skaggs puts the Your Name on a Grain of Rice folks to shame with her oil painting on pennies. Check out the Indiana-born artist's collection here.

13 September 2012

Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe

"I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I'm a woman in it."

-Marilyn Monroe

Vanity Fair is showcasing a stunning set of lost photos of Marilyn Monroe. You can see the full beautiful set here


I must admit: I get irrationally anxious if my iPhone battery hits 75% or below. I plug it in the moment I get to work- and it stays there, unless I'm popping out to pick-up a coffee or headed to a meeting. I make my husband bring his own charger, when we travel. I plug my phone in while I'm waiting to board a plane. Maybe I need to invest in Everpurse? Contained within a cute pocketbook is a charger designed to keep your smartphone juiced all day. Genius.

WTF Stamp

Yep, I could use this. And use it well. The self-sticking WTF stamp is yours for $10.95 at Paper Source.

12 September 2012

British Racing Green

A handful of months ago, I purchase a pair of J.Crew trousers in 'Boulevard Green.' I was a wee bit precarious about the color, it wasn't something I'd typically pick and frankly I lacked blouses to pair with them. The hue of green is growing deeper to my heart. A detail, which aided my excitement in discovering butter London's British Racing Green polish. Wishlisted!

French Ribbon Bracelets

From Alder & Co, these slim bracelets are a ideal for your favorite jeans/tee shirt combo kind of afternoon.

Champagne Leather Tote

Are you one of those people that schleps around 99 things that you probably don't need? I am! But it's nice to be a hero with  the needed band aid, nail file or smartphone screen wipe. This pretty leather tote from Isabel Harvey is spot on for a carry-all with it's neutral champagne color.

11 September 2012

Fig, Olive Oil & Sea Salt Challah

Bread is one of those things I haven't made more than a few times in my life. However, I'm finding this recipe from Smitten Kitchen for fig, olive oil and sea salt challah to be rather charming.

Polka-dot Pouches

I'm itching to grab a cocktail with just my key, iPhone and cash in this pretty leather polka-dot pouch from J.Crew. I'm leaning towards the Portabella mushroom color!

Real Actors Read Yelp

These are tremendously amusing!

View the entire series here.

10 September 2012

Solar System Lollipops

Hey space nerds! This post is for you! Perfect for viewing Spaceballs for the millionth time, you can purchase these Solar System Lollipops at Vintage Confections.

Crystal Ball Table Lamps

From Land of Nod, these lamps in baby shades are fun way to perk of your room. Which color would you choose? I can't decide! Perhaps the sunshine-y yellow!

Etta Pumps

Well, hello there. Aren't these pumps from J.Crew simply gorgeous? I love the color blocking affect and the thicker heel for comfy long-hours in the office wear.

07 September 2012

Skull Shot Glass

If you're like me, you have about 99 shotglasses from trips, friends and family. However, I'll bet you lack this Crystal Skull glass by Fred and Friends. The tequila burns so good! Purchase at Amazon.

Airplane Pushpins

Stick your to-do's, reminders and pep-talk quotes to your cubical with these awesome paper airplane inspired pushpins from vat19!

Vertical Beaded Clutch

It's Friday, which means it's date night. How perfect is this pretty clutch to carry from dinner to dancing with your honey?

Hallie Art: The Dachshund Painter

A dachshund and a painter. Read more about Hallie here and check out her works for sale!

06 September 2012

Sea Green Necklace

Designed by PreeBrulee, this chunky beaded necklace is perfect for a tropical vacation with its soft sea green hues. Check it out at Oprah.

05 September 2012

Ocean Popsicle

Wow! How cool is this ocean popsicle? Check out the details on Pinterest.

Ruff Bowl

I'm always lugging a water bottle and a portable/collapsible dish for my Pug. It seems that all I ever needed in our lives was a Ruff Bowl. This nifty device holds 4.5 ounces of water and clicks to the side of retractable leashes.