Summer Style: Floral Romper and Floppy Fedora

Summer Style: Floral Romper and Floppy Fedora Forever 21 just made me SOOO HAPPY!!!! Seriously though, sometimes it’s a hit or miss and for me, usually a miss. But the other day I decided to venture out into the 4 floor Forever 21 on Newbury Street in Boston and lets just say it was a HUGE WIN! Just look at this adorable comfy ROMPER and HAT!

Summer Style: Floral Romper and Floppy Fedora Summer Style: Floral Romper and Floppy Fedora What I’m Wearing

*Forever 21 Romper
*Forever 21 Floppy Brim Raffia Fedora Hat 
*The necklace I purchased a few years ago from South Moon Under in Philadelphia, PA. The brand is called Rebel Designs 
*Ann Taylor Loft shoes which I purchased a few years back

Monthly Highlight: Meet DJ Nora Jordan of DJour Entertainment

Monthly Highlight: Meet DJ Nora Jordan of DJour Entertainment

Meet Nora, Boston’s best female DJ of the moment and founder of DJour Entertainment, a company equipped to DJ events and bring that modern style and fresh vibe into any space! She’s also my swavey coworker who is not only a music buff,  but has a love of all things fitness. You can find her DJing anything from spinning classes to fashion shows, yoga events to weddings, this girl knows how to entertain!

One amazing place you can find her around this city is DJing local spin classes at RECYCLE SPIN STUDIO!!!!! Spinning + Nora DJing = BEST THING EVER!!!!!

Click below to learn more about her and see some pictures!

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Little Updates: Trip to Nicaragua

So….I have not posted in a week or so, and just wanted to update you all that I will be posting again soon! Warm weather is here (and doesn’t last very long in Boston) which means vacations, weddings, beach, etc. but I have not forgotten about you! I may be posting less frequently, but will be adding in some quick life updates to keep in touch!

The hubby had his last vacation week for the year before he enters into his third year (out of 6) as a plastic surgery resident at Harvard. We headed off to Nicaragua. Why Nicaragua? Well, we needed to escape from reality and just BE. Be with each other, no distractions, beach, yoga, sun, and all that good stuff.  It was AMAZING to say the least!!!

I had wanted to do a sneak peak of our trip before leaving, but just could not find the time. Anyways, here is one of my favorite pictures below which pretty much sums up a lot of things that I love: him…obviously, the beach, sun, ocean, sand, and seeing him surf for the first time (he always told me he could surf but after 5 years together I never saw him actually surf until now!)!

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Also, seeing him healthy and active in this picture reminds me that even though during his surgical residency program, I can feel so far away from him while he deals with unfathomable exhaustion and excruciatingly long work hours, I will always have this picture to remind me that he always comes back. He is still that goofy, healthy man that I married no matter how much he is worked to the bone.

More pics, and our itinerary to come! As well as some other fun recipes and posts coming in the next few weeks!


Wisdom Wednesday: Letting Things Go


Recently I have been feeling weighed down. Mainly from the thoughts within my head. I have a tendency to hold on to things and repeat them in my mind over and over without letting them go. Sometimes you just need a little reminder to let those things weighing you down go. They are heavy and if I am going to live my life to its fullest, I can’t be bogged down by something heavy holding me back.

Sometimes things are not ready to be let go of. But sometimes the letting go part is the most freeing! I let go through exercise, cooking, blogging, yoga, and I hate to admit it, but sometimes shopping…hehe!

Below are some links to other sources that give great ideas on helpful ways to let go……

* Marc and Angel Hack Life: 8 Effective Ways to Let GO and Move On

* tiny buddha: 40 Ways to Let Go and Feel Less Pain 

*Flow Living: Letting Go is Freed Om 

Some favorite parts from these readings… 

1. “What do you need to let go of in order to create more space in your life? In order for us to really feel free to pursue our dreams instead of putting it on the back burner, we need to clear our plate so that we can focus on things that matter.”

2. “Forgiveness of ourselves and of others and releasing any negative emotions we are feeling that is keeping us feeling down. Set an intention to just let it go. As you let go of all the emotional baggage, you will feel free.”

3. “Holding on is like believing that there’s only a past; letting go and moving on is knowing in your heart that there’s a bright future ahead.”

4. “Accept the truth and be thankful. – To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and helped you learn and grow. It’s the acceptance of everything you have, everything you once had, and the possibilities that lie ahead. It’s all about finding the strength to embrace life’s changes, to trust your intuition, to learn as you go, to realize that every experience has value, and to continue taking positive steps forward.”

5. “Live, let go, learn what you can and don’t waste energy worrying about the things you can’t change.”

Now these are just a few….there are so many more good points. Now it is time for not only me, but for you all to be inspired to let go and feel lighter!

Weekend Getaway: Brooklyn, New York

Weekend Getaway: Brooklyn New York

First of all, let me tell you, I have fallen IN LOVE with Williamsburg, Brooklyn!!!!!!! From the moment we entered this little town in Brooklyn we saw coffee shops, vintage stores, cobblestone streets, abnormally amazing graffiti, men with beyond good hair cuts, and I just could not wait to start walking around!

Last week I did a little sneak peek, check it our HERE! 

Click below for This Weeks full itinerary and pictures to find out what we did, who we saw, as well as some tips and tricks!

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Spring Inspired Styled Engagement Photoshoot: Style Me Pretty

Spring Inspired Styled Engagement Photo Shoot

Preparing for my own wedding opened a whole new door to a creative field I did not know existed, wedding styling! I love the idea of bringing a bohemian, vintage, creative flair to events or interiors. I asked one of my favorite Philadelphia based florists, Hana & Posy, and my wedding photographer, Amie Schroeder Photography & Cinema, to collaborate with me as I styled a mock engagement photo shoot in hopes it would be featured on a blog! Well, I was overjoyed when Style Me Pretty decided to feature us!!!!!

The photo shoot takes place in Philadelphia, PA, in a park near Kelly Drive and in the Azalea Garden. At one point the park turned into a dog playground and we were chased away into the Azalea Garden to finish the shoot.

Click HERE For the link to Style Me Pretty’s Post!!!! Find out the theme, how it came together, and see more pics:)

Spring Inspired Styled Engagement Photo Shoot


My styling background: My mother was an interior designer when I was young, so I grew up with her decorating, styling, and bringing things together! I always thought about going to school for interior design myself, but followed my passion for teaching instead. I struggled my whole life with a learning disability and was inspired to help others who learn in different ways. I taught elementary school for two years and was then laid off due to budget constraints across the city. I decided to take this chance and pursue my passion for styling and decorating. I landed my dream internship with THE BEST wedding planner/stylist company in Philadelphia, Styled Creative. I was hoping to stay on board and start a new career, then my husband matched for his residency in Boston. We had two months before moving, so I stopped interning and wanted all the time in the world to spend those last months with family, friends, and preparing to relocate. I styled this shoot during this time, and this was one of the best times in my entire life!


Spring Inspired Styled Engagement Photo Shoot



Spring Inspired Styled Engagement Photo Shoot

Sneak Peak Into Our Upcoming Brooklyn, NY Trip!

blog post The hubby has the whole weekend off, which is few and far between, so we are taking advantage of this time together and making a hipster pilgrimage to Brooklyn, NY! We are staying in a little area called, Williamsburg, known for its vintage vibe, flea markets, unique shopping, and cute restaurants.

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And here it goes…

1. Checking into a funky hotel (we found an amazing deal on called, King and Grove, in Williamsburg. Too bad it’s not summer yet because they have an outdoor pool, but we honestly wouldn’t be sitting by a pool during a quick weekend trip anyways (so I tell myself).

2. Friday night we’ll be stopping in for a quick taco at this Mexican Cantina, Mesa Coyoacan.

2. Then, later that night we will be heading to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Betty Who play live at a sold out concert!

3. Saturday, doing some flea market/antique shopping, picture taking, and wondering the streets!

…..check out this pic below for a map of the best shops to hit up in Williamsburg (GQ approved!)

Sneak Peak: Brooklyn NY Trip


4. Sunday, hitting up the much raved about Brooklyn Flea market to look for some furniture!


Full itinerary and pics to come soon!


Spicy Baked Marinated Tofu with Cabbage-Veggie Stir Fry

Spicy Baked Marinated Tofu with Cabbage-Veggie Stir Fry

This is by far one of the best tofu dishes I have ever had!!! It has the perfect amount of spice and flavor to satisfy your belly, and I love how the cabbage-veggie stir fry creates a mix of vibrant colors! Also, fast fact, WebMD says that cabbage helps with stomach pain, morning sickness (calling all you pregnant ladies), and it’s also used to prevent weak bones and cancer! It’s one of the lowest calorie veggies and is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A and K!!!! Also, this dish is HUSBAND APPROVED!

*Notes: Tofu needs to be marinated for 30-40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.Spicy Baked Marinated Tofu with Cabbage-Veggie Stir Fry



Baked Tofu
1 block extra firm tofu
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons hot sauce
1 Tablespoon low sodium tamari sauce (or low sodium soy sauce)
2 large garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon white cooking wine
a dash of salt and pepper

Cabbage Veggie Stir Fry
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups green cabbage chopped
2 cups red cabbage chopped
2 small/medium sized carrots sliced
1 red bell pepper chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 heaping teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 heaping teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon low sodium tamari sauce (or soy sauce)

*Heaping means: a little more than what’s listed*

toasted sesame seeds


TOFU Directions……

*Make sure to preheat oven to 350 degrees f

1. Open the tofu package and using paper towels and your hands gently press on the tofu and let excess water out. Do this until most of the water is gone. Slice the tofu into small rectangular shapes.

2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, hot sauce, tamari (or soy sauce), minced garlic, sesame oil, white cooking wine, and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix until blended.

3. Dip each piece of tofu into the liquid mixture to coat each side. Then set the tofu aside in a separate bowl, adding any remaining mixture, and marinate for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator.

4. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray (I use nonstick olive oil spray), then spread the tofu out evenly.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes (cooking time depends on how thin or thick the pieces are. If they are cut thicker I would leave them longer in the oven and vice versa!)

6. Flip ’em over and cook the other side for 15-20 mins.

7. Place on top of the veggie mixture and sprinkle on some toasted sesame seeds!

Cabbage Veggie Stir Fry Directions….

1. Place all of the chopped veggies in a large bowl.

2. Mix the olive oil, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, rice vinagr, and tamari sauce (or soy sauce) in a small bowl.

3. Add the small sauce mixture to the large veggie bowl and stir until the veggies are coated evenly.

4. Use a deep frying pan or stir fry pan and stir fry the veggie mixture on medium to medium/high heat until the carrots are semi-soft around 15/20 minutes.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve alone with the tofu or over rice or noodles!

Spicy Baked Marinated Tofu with Cabbage-Veggie Stir Fry Spicy Baked Marinated Tofu with Cabbage-Veggie Stir Fry

Recipe adapted from Divine Healthy Food (all vegan) . A must check out with delicious recipes!!!!!!

2-Minute Humus Veggie Wrap

2-Minute Humus Veggie WrapSo simple, easy, and fast! This wrap has become my go-to for a healthy quick lunch, and my staple meal for beach days, picnics in the park, or hanging by the pool! I almost always have these ingredients in my house and when I pack it to go and wrap it with tin foil, it never gets soggy! The raisins give the wrap an amazing added flavor, which is my favorite part! This is a must try.

It is also a HUGE hit with kids!!!! Last summer after bringing a few wraps to the beach, my friend’s 2 and 5 year-old daughters split one of the wraps. They loved it so much that my friend asked for the recipe and now makes them all the time!



1/4 carrot
1/4 organic cucumber
1 small handful of raisins
1 tortilla wrap (I love using a spinach wrap like Maria and Ricardo’s Spinach Tortillas from Whole Foods)

*note: Only a small amount of carrot and cucumber are needed for each wrap but I eat the rest or make extra wraps!

See below for directions and more pictures! 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Taking chances

Wisdom Wednesday: Taking chances The older I get the faster life seems to go.  This life of mine, how quickly you have started to pass, each day, each year, each second. Did I take any small or big chances on a daily basis? Yes, a few,  but enough to write a really good chapter in a book…I wonder? I let fear hold me back. I make up stories in my mind about what could go wrong; am I going to be uncomfortable, will I look silly? There were so many moments and times I did not push myself to just go with the flow. It took experiencing my husband having such little time to realize how time truly matters, and with that time, taking chances makes it memorable and more precious than before.

I have decided to end these “stories” and stop allowing them to hold me back from actually living and making amazing memories. Time is going to keep passing and it is up to each of us to make that time meaningful and full of fun so that we can look back on life and say that we have truly lived. Each one of us is connected to this world and each one of you, them, her, him, everyone. Our chances inspire others to take chances, our chances lead to opportunities we never thought possible. Sometimes a chance my not be by choice but literally by chance, and those chances can become beautiful creatures in their own right.

We have been given this intricate, complex mind and the ability to think and take these chances; chances that are big like signing up for a marathon or helping end world hunger; or chances that are small like deciding to have dinner with friends versus eating on your sofa while watching TV in PJ’s. A chance could be picking up an instrument and getting to the point where you play at an open mic night, it could be submitting your poetry or artwork to a local event or online contest. It could be starting a blog, taking a spontaneous trip, or saying “hello” to a stranger.

There may not be a perfect moment for something and maybe it won’t be as great as you thought, but at least you took that chance. What do you want your legacy to be? Your life is like a book of stories, chapters, sentences, moods, characters. You have the chance to make it an interesting one. Don’t regret what you can choose. Take that chance today, go out of your comfort zone and just DO it!

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