Happy Good Friday Readers! For good Friday today we will be having sushi for dinner. I am really looking forward to it since I could not eat much sushi while pregnant. I have been looking for some Easter recipes to share with all of you here. Whether you are entertaining or having a quite family day at home, I have found some recipes for you. We will be having an Easter breakfast and I am sure Jon will be whipping up a delicious Easter dinner for us. Here is a look at some of the recipes I have found for Easter on Pinterest:
Pastel Easter Brownies
10 Easter Recipes
Easter Brunch Spring Salad
Easter Basket Cake
Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Easter Recipes
Easter Bunny Cake
Healthy Eats Easter Brunch Ideas
Monte Cristo Easter Brunch Casserole
What is your favorite Easter Recipe? Happy Easter Everyone!!
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If you have not already do not forget to enter my giveaway from this week. I am giving away a Vintage Styled Monogram Necklace (valued at $198.00) from Delicate Raymond NYC. All you have to do is click on the link here to find out how to enter. Contest closes April 21st, 2014.
Good Afternoon NYC Fit Food Fashion Readers! I hope everyone is all set for Easter Weekend. We are very excited to be celebrating Baby Emma’s first Easter. Today I will be writing about my experience at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse here in Midtown NYC. If you do not know Uncle Jack’s maybe you have seen the owner Willie Degel on Food Networks “Restaurant Stakeout”. On the show Willie helps out restaurants that are struggling with employee problems and bad service. Uncle Jack’s has won multiple awards for their service, something that Degel boasts about on the show. We decided to visit Uncle Jack’s on our final date night before the baby.
Upon entering I expected the hostess to be amazing since I have seen on Restaurant Stakeout, Willie showing a hostess how it should be done properly. The hostess was not the engaging friendly example that Willie has told countless other people that his hostesses are the best. She was fine but nothing that I would say exemplified amazing service. It took awhile for our waiter to come to the table and when he did, once again I was not blown away by the service. Jon ordered a beer and it took about 15-20 minutes to come to the table. Since I was obviously pregnant the waiter did not even ask me if I wanted a drink?? I guess he was assuming I was just drinking water. Before he walked off I asked him if I could get a club soda. That took longer than the beer to get to the table!
Let’s talk about the best part of the dinner. The food! We decided to get some Thick Cut Maple Glazed Bacon. I kid you not, this is by far the best bacon I have ever eaten. If you like bacon, you will fall in love with Uncle Jacks bacon. The maple glaze is delicious, almost makes it taste like a candy. The sweetness really sets off the smokey saltiness of the bacon itself. I would go back just to order the bacon!
For dinner we decided to split the Cote de Bouef for two. A 35 day dry ages Long Bone Rib Chop 48 ounces sliced off of the bone. I could not believe 48 ounces for two people? There was so much mean, but we loved it. There was tons left over which Jon enjoyed the next night, while I could not really eat anything the night before my c section surgery. For sides we ordered Sweet Potato Mashed and Creamed Spinach. Both sides were very good. I especially loved the sweetness of the potatoes. Any place that has mashed sweet potatoes is in my good books that’s for sure! The creamed spinach was very good, one of the best I have had and I have had quite a few here in NYC.
Our server disappeared for a while and we was replaced by a young man. I wish I knew his name because he gave us the Uncle Jack’s service that I was expecting. Before I could finish my club soda he was already there with a fresh one and made sure we were satisfied with everything. I wish he had continued serving us but eventually our old server returned and so did the slow service. Receiving the bill took forever but in their defence it was a pretty busy night.
Being that I was so stuffed we decided against dessert but I am sure that if we had dessert it would have been just as good as all of the other food that we ate that night. I can not say that the service lived up to the hype but the food made up for it. If you are in the city, check out Uncle Jack’s and get the bacon!
If you have not already do not forget to enter my giveway from this week. I am giving away a Vintage Styled Monogram Necklace (valued at $198.00) from Delicate Raymond NYC. All you have to do is click on the link here to find out how to enter. Contest closes April 21st, 2014.
Hello Fashion Lovers! This week was the launch of “to Tommy from Zooey”. This collection was a collaboration between Tommy Hilfiger and Zooey Deschanel. I have always been a huge fan of Zooey Deschanel’s personal style. This is a girl who knows how to dress like a lady. Zooey is always dressed feminine with some vintage flare. The collection is available online at Tommy Hifiger and Macys. The collection is a pod of dresses and a few accessories. After seeing the collection on GMA this week, I am in love with this collection. I immediately jumped online to check out one of the dresses that caught my eye. Of course by the time I got online the dress was sold out in my size but I will keep trying! Let’s take a look at the collection:
I am so in love with this little pleated number. This baby is red-hot and has been sold out in my size! I want this one!!
Zooey was wearing this gorgeous diamond printed number on Good Morning America the other morning. If I can not get my hands on the red pleated number I will be picking up this one for the summer. I love the print!
I love the contrast trim on this little navy and white dress. Another great thing it is less than $100! Great price and fabulous style.
I love the look of this short sleeve v-neck dress. With the classic Tommy colors this dress could be a staple in any summer wardrobe and it is comfortable!
Another one on my list, I love this polka dot printed shirt dress. Just like the other dresses in the collection the color scheme is in the classic Tommy colors.
There are a total of 14 dresses in the to Tommy from Zooey dress collection. The price range is $98-$168 completely affordable for this type of collaboration. I will be waiting for the red pleated one but if I can not get it I love all of the other dresses. I will be adding one to my wardrobe for sure! Which dress from to Tommy from Zooey is your favorite? Have you looked at the whole collection yet?
Happy Tuesday Fashion Lovers! It is time to talk shoes again. I have been MK bag obsessed for a few years now. I have quite the collection. Now that my handbag collection is pretty good I have been thinking I need to add some Michael Kors to my shoe game. I will definitely be investing in some flats for the summer, with all the walking I will be doing with the baby. I normally get my flats at places like H&M but I think it is time to splurge on a higher quality flat. Let’s take a look at some of the shoes that MK has to offer this season:
I love the Giovanna Leather Espadrille Wedge. This beauty comes in 4 colors and would go well casual with a pair of shorts or dressed up for the evening with a dress.
The Kiera Ballet Flat reminds me of my ballet slippers from my childhood. I love the color of these flats, they are on the top of my list for flat shoes.
The Flex Mid Heel Pump is sure to be a classic in any wardrobe. The heel height is not to high which is something I look for. It is hard to walk in the city with anything that is too high. I love to make my shoe the pop of color in my outfit. This shoe would look fabulous with a LBD or how about all white this summer!
The Keaton Studded High-Top is right on trend right now. This shoe is totally cute but may not be a lasting piece, just like any trend. Still not sure if this is a look I should invest in. What do you guys think?
How cute are the Kayden Jelly Thongs? This stylish flat sandal comes in 3 colors and is very affordable. I would love to have a pair of these beauties to stroll around in this summer!
What sandals or flats are on your must buy list this spring? I would love your feedback. Is there any shoe line that you guys would like to see featured next week?
Good Morning NYC Fit Food Fashion Readers! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. As you all know Easter is coming up this weekend. We started a tradition 2 years ago of having Easter Brunch at Brasserie 8 1/2 here in NYC. This year I have made the reservation but do not know if I am going to attempt to take a newborn to brunch. We may just end up making brunch here in the apartment and taking the little one out on a walk to Central Park, another thing we love to do on Easter. Here is a look at some of the restaurants offering Easter Brunch here in the city. If you live here or are going to be visiting over the Easter weekend I recommend Brasserie 8 1/2, only because that is where we love to go and the brunch is incredible. There are many other options around the city:
Swedish Brunch at Smorgas Chef in the Financial District: how about checking out the Swedish fare that Smorgas Chef has to offer for Easter Brunch. Items on the menu include mustard crusted leg of lamb, asparagus salad with prosciutto and waffles with bacon. The restaurant is located in the Financial District area of Stone Street. We love this area of the city, it is where Jon lived when we first started dating and we loved hanging out and eating down on Stone Street. Brunch will be served from 11am-10pm, reservations are a must.
French Style Brunch at Cafe Boulud on the Upper East Side:there will be a special holiday menu. The 3 course special is $95 for adults and $45 for kids under 12. Some of the menu options will be crepes Suzette, leg of lamb with lentils, and Crab Benedict with ham. After eating you can stroll over to near by Central Park and walk off some of the delicious french food that you had. Brunch will be served from 11:30am to 3:30pm. I definitely recommend having a reservation.
Michelin-Star rated Lincoln Ristorante: since this is a holiday splurge on this award-winning restaurant. The $70 4- course prix fixe is filled with Italian favorites like ricotta dumplings, pasta with lobster and scallop sausage, branzino, and leg of lamb. This restaurant is located next to the Lincoln Center and features a glass wall for a little people watching. Brunch will be served from 11:30am to 8:30pm. Once again being Easter reservations are required.
Elegant French buffet at Brasserie 8 1/2: originally we had brunch here because it had been in an episode of Sex and the City once. Jon knows how much I love SATC and decided to take me here for Easter Brunch and we are hoping to make it a tradition. The brunch is incredible, some of the items include: leg of lamb, french toast, eggs Benedict, beef Wellington and a charcuterie cheese station. I absolutely love the beef Wellington and I have to mention the desserts are so so so good! I always leave here so full but extremely happy. Once we leave we do go for a long walk around Central Park. I am sure it does not make a dent in the calories I consumed at brunch but it is always worth it. Reservations are required.
With Easter quickly approaching, what are your plans for this upcoming weekend?
Good Morning NYC Fit Food Fashion Readers! I hope you are all having a great week and looking forward to the weekend. I recently had the pleasure of receiving a monogrammed necklace from Delicate Raymond Jewelry. Stay tuned to the end of this post and you will have the chance to win a Delicate Raymond Vintage Monogrammed Necklace of your own (valued at $198.00) or a 30% off discount site wide. Believe me there is a lot to choose from!
I chose the Vintage Monogram Necklace in 14k gold micron plating . I was really pleased with the necklace when it arrived. I love the vintage feel and the little pearl goes with my pearl earrings. The necklace has a classic look that can be paired with so many things. I received it last week and have been wearing it all week-long. It has gone well dressed up for dinner and casual for a walk around the city.
Delicate Raymond is located here in NYC. The jewelry is designed by Michelle Zimmerman, the pieces I have seen so far have been uniquely different from a lot of the other jewelry out there today. Her designs are delicate and feminine, exactly the style I go for when I am looking for jewelry. The pieces range from $40-$300. Michelle’s work has been featured in W, InStyle, People, Lucky, US Weekly and many other celebrity/fashion publications. Many A list celebrities have been seen wearing Michelle’s designs such as Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Tori Spelling and other fabulous ladies. I definitely recommend checking out the different collections that Delicate Raymond has to offer online.
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Hey Fashion Lovers! The April catalog is out for Free People. Spring has started and the weather is definitely picking up. I don’t know about you guys but I am now in the mood to build my spring summer wardrobe. Not having my baby bump anymore, also helps with shopping.
April Catalog – This month’s catalog featuring Maritza Veer and Freida Pinto is set in India to capture the essence of the exotic culture. Paired with the new Spring/Summer collection, the short film ‘Rangeen’ is beautiful and romantic. In the story, Pinto is visited by a friend, played by model Maritza Veer, for a family wedding in India. Accompanying Veer is her brother, played by Bull, who instantly falls for Pinto. The video follows the two hotties falling in love and exploring the culture. Shop April Catalog and watch the short film now!
Let’s take a look at some of the pieces from the April Catalog:
Twist and Shout Maxi
Climbing Vines Crossover Harem Pants
Festival Lookbook – Titled, ‘Sand Dancer,’ the shoot takes a tougher stance on festival dressing this summer. The styling includes looks in all black, throw-on tees, and vintage-inspired jackets – all brought to life through eclectic bohemian accessories that add the perfect touch of rock n’ roll. Pairing strappy sandals and cuffs up the arm with key leather pieces and moody black statements are central to the trend. Shop Sand Dancer Today!
I did a post this past month on the Festival Lookbook. You can check that out here.
What is your favorite Free People look?
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Hey guys! I know I have been writing a little less but I expected that since I am still recovering from my c section. I have been given a great opportunity from Athleta to try out their new City Pant and be part of their “Pants of all Trades” Campaign. I had previously contributed to Athleta’s Chi Blog with “Fit Style to Street Style”. I write quite frequently about how much I love the styles and quality that Athleta has to offer. I had noticed the City Pant a couple of months ago and have been dying to give them a try. Now that the baby has come I can fit into them!
Since it is just 2 weeks since my c section I am obviously not back at the gym yet. I paired my Aspire Ankle Pant with the Striped Chi Tank in coral. This is a great outfit for running out and doing errands. I wore this with my City Chick Jacket and a pair of converse to take Emma to her doctor’s appointment this morning.
Later on in the day the weather picked up and we had decided to take our little peanut out on a walk around the city. We decided to grab a latte a long the way. I paired my City Pants with an American Eagle top and flats from H&M. The stroller is also fabulous and chic by Stokke. Excuse the exhausted look but I am sharing my life with a tiny person that wakes me up at all hours!
I love my City Pants so much I have also bought the Easy Peazy Ankle Pant in Shale Grey. I plan on pairing them with my Chi Tank and Burn Out Moto Hoodie.
What are your favorite active wear pieces that can transition from the gym to errand running, coffee running or happy hour?
*disclosure: This post was sponsored by Athleta. I was provided with a gift card to buy these great pieces and facilitate the post. They have gained a brand new customer too!
Hello NYC Fit Food Fashion Readers! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Fitness is not just about working out. I believe in being fit mind and body. This quote embodies all of that. Right now I am still in recovery from my c section so running faster is not in the cards for me till at least May but I can do the rest! A struggle this past week has been diet. With Jon home with me and both of us being tired and not doing much grocery shopping we have been eating a lot of take out. In NYC there is tons of take out to choose from. This week I am hoping to get past that and try to cook some quick, easy and healthy meals. I would love to sleep longer but also with a new-born that is a struggle at the moment. I can promise to try harder, aim higher, defintiely love more and get happier! I am also doing 100 day of happy, if you have Instagram follow me NYCFITFOODFASH. If you have not heard of 100 days of happy check it out here. What have been your daily struggles lately? How are you going to change things this week?