Hey ya'll! Sorry it's been so quiet around here. I went on a business trip to San Fran the beginning of this month, and came back with a lovely case of the flu. It was awful! I seriously felt like I was dying. Today is the first day I feel human in over a week. Luckily I'm feeling better just in time to learn about Compassion Couture's Holiday Online Sample Sale! Our friends at Compassion Couture (a one-stop e-boutique for the most stylish and high-quality vegan and eco-friendly handbags, shoes & accessories) are hosting their Holiday Online Sample Sale – 7 Days Only! This is their biggest sale of the year - Up to 70% off! From November 26th – December 2nd, items will already be marked down BELOW WHOLESALE PRICES. No coupon codes required. It's great to have a one-stop shop to buy gifts for the stylish vegan gal in your life, so be sure to check it out. By the way, if anyone feels like getting me an early Christmas gift, these Beyond Skin Danni Ankle Boots and Cri de Coeur Annie Boots are totally up my alley. Just sayin'.
What I'm Wearing / ASOS Maxi Dress / ASOS Bib Necklace / ASOS Earrings / ASOS Arm Cuff I had actually purchased my entire costume coincidentally from ASOS last year but never had the opportunity to wear it. Last October we had an early snow storm on Halloween, and I didn't feel like going out to parties in a skimpy maxi dress while freezing my tukas off. This year Jim and I hit up party this past Saturday, so I finally had an opportunity to wear what I put together to be Cleopatra, and I was super happy with the results! Usually I'd spend bank on a crappy polyester getup at Ricky's and this was the first year I decided to be creative and buy my costume using "real" clothing items I can now re-wear. Not only did my costume look way high quality, but I can wear the rest of the stuff now that Halloween is over. Actually, I've been wearing that bib necklace non stop since I got it last October. Just sayin. P.S. Thanks to everyone who has messaged me on Twitter regarding Hurricane Sandy and how Jim and I were doing. I'm happy to report both us and our families and friends are safe. For Jim and I there was very minimal damage to our neighborhood which we are very thankful for. It may take NYC a bit to get back up and running again, but I have complete confidence it won't take long. New Yorkers are crazy efficient and we don't stop for anything, not even a hurricane.
packing tutorial yesterday, anything from the waist up I was actually wearing while taking the photos for that post, which is why they're not included in the photos. Just before dinner we headed up to the roof top deck, being it was recommended by the hotel concierge as being a good spot to watch the fireworks. We enjoyed the view and took these few quick shots before headed out for some pizza and wine for dinner (I'll be doing an entire post on all the food we had in Boston very soon!). After dinner, we decided we'd probably have a better view of the sunset and the following fireworks from our hotel balcony. So we went back to our room, enjoyed the stunning sunset, and watched the Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular on TV. Once the fireworks started, it was hard to miss them. We had the most amazing view! How did you spend the July 4th holiday?
I hope everyone's having a great holiday weekend! Here's some outfit ideas I'm loving for some typical, Brooklynite summer activities. Many thanks to our American troops, as well as their families for all they do.
One night after work Jim and I took a drive to Dyker Heights. Dyker Heights is a neighborhood in south Brooklyn that's well known this time of year for going all out when it comes to holiday decorating. We had never been to see the decorations, and we definitely were not disappointed!
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because of what it's supposed to be about, and I'm not talking turkeys, Indians and Pilgrims. Having a day where you celebrate what you are thankful for is a great reminder of what really matters in your life. This past year, I've been thankful for...
My amazing husband. He's so supportive in everything I do, and loves me unconditionally. He's amazingly thoughtful and compassionate, and I love absolutely everything about him.
My animals. Mercedes (my cat) has been with me over 12 years now and although she's now an old cranky lady, she's one of the most affectionate, social cats I've ever met. Portia has been an amazing addition to our little family. We hadn't planned on getting a dog, she just kinda fell into our lives when we didn't even know we needed her. Her love for us is boundless and she makes Jim and I smile every single day.
My friends. This year my social circle has grown vastly, and I'm somewhat overwhelmed by it. I went through a period not too long ago where I had very few friends, and what friends I had were pretty toxic. By getting out and doing activities and things I really love, it's opened my life up to so many new people who share the same thoughts and passions as me, and I'm thankful for each and every one of you being in my life today.
My veganism. I was a vegan for a long time but relapsed for a while. I decided to go back to being vegan for New Years of 2010. I'm so glad that I did. It's more or less my identity, and little did I know it always was. Being vegan makes me feel better that I'm not contributing to so many injustices in this world, and it has also opened opportunities for me to meet so many great vegans who have convinced me to help fight the fight (hence my recent protesting). This year being Jim and my first "Thanksliving" makes me so happy I could burst.
My job. In this down economy I'm so thankful to not only have a job I really enjoy in an industry I'm passionate about, but one that pays really well. This is not something I ever plan on taking for granted, and every single day on my drive to and from work I think about it.
My neighborhood. Jim and I have called Williamsburg, Brooklyn home for over 7 years now. I can't believe it's been that long. Through the years, it's grown to become a haven for artistic, professional folks like us. I also love that our specific corner of Billyburg has a large Italian population, which reminds me a lot of my childhood growing up on Long Island. I can't imagine living anywhere else.
This blog. I never in a million years would have thought something as simple as a personal, online journal would make such an impact in my life. Between giving me more confidence, allowing me to see and grow my own personal style, and to meeting new people from around the world, my blog has opened many doors for me. I'm also thankful for each and every one of you who take interest in my life, what I'm doing, and what I have to say and actually tune in every day to read about it. It's been great getting to know you all and I look forward to meeting more blogging friends as we go along.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! XOXO