Curated

Valentine Gifts for Him ’16

Valentine Gifts for Him '16

PURPOSEFUL EDC KIT 2.0 by Huckleberry ($64.98) – A durable kit to carry around that has everything you could possibly need on a convenient keychain: Nite Ize DoohicKey, Inchworm, Peanut Lighter, Runt Clip, & Nite Ize S-Biner.

SNACK Sugarfina Single Malt Scotch Cordials ($20) – The gentleman’s cordial. A rich dark chocolate shell holds a mini dram of Scotland’s finest. They’re chocolates with a tasteful kick.

GROOMING Billy Jealousy Beard Envy ($25) – Some guys like to be clean shaven while others like to grow out facial hair. For those special guys in your life, give them something nice to tame their unruly beards.

WEARABLE Topman Socks ($6) – Is his sock game strong? If not, help him out with a pair to match his mood.

MOOD p.f. candle co. teakwood and tobacco soy candle ($17.95) – Candles are always great any time because of the  ambiance and mood it can set.

Disclaimer: This post is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Playlist

Playlist | February ’16

Playlist | February '16

1.
Howard
Money Can’t Buy

2.
Washed Out
Feel It All Around

3.
Feed Me, Crystal Fighters
Love Is All I Got

4.
Seoul
Stay With Us

5.
Lenachka
I Want to Love You

6.
Sam Smith
Stay With Me

7.
Chris Malinchak
So Good to Me

8.
Riley & the Roxies
Palos Verdes

9.
Purity Ring
Begin Again

10.
Elvin Bishop
Fooled Around And Fell In Love

11.
The Temper Trap
Sweet Disposition

12.
As Tall As Lions
Milk and Honey

13.
Fences
Feel It All Around

14.
The xx
Islands

15.
Marc Scibilia
How Bad We Need Each Other

16.
Yeasayer
Ambling Alp

17.
Ray LaMontagne
Hold You in My Arms

18.
Tegan and Sara
Closer

I wanted to curate a playlist that was chill and not overly mushy despite February being a lovey month. I didn’t want to leave anyone out so it’s very neutral whether you’re single, in a relationship or just don’t care. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

LISTEN HERE

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Curated

Valentine Gifts for Her ’16

Friday Five: Valentine Gifts for Her

This year I’m just in a pink mood so needless to say, this gift guide has a color theme!

PURPOSEFUL bkr Glass Water Bottle ($28) – She started a New Year’s Resolution and you’d like to help her stay on track? Why not give her a stylish and useful water bottle. It’s glass and has a silicone sleeve.

SNACK Sugarfina You’re My Sweetheart 8pc Bento Box ($65) – Tastefully organized sweets for the girl that prefers gummy sweets over chocolate chalked full of flirty messages to make her day.

KEEPSAKE Fringe Studio ‘Love You To The Moon’ Glass Trinket Tray ($16) – What better way than to have a reminder for everyday they she’s loved? It’s a perfect and safe place to unload daily jewelry and necessities like keys.

BEVERAGE Limited Edition Chandon Rosé Carol Lim ($24) – A ladies’ night or romantic night isn’t complete without a little bubbly.

MOOD diptyque ‘Rosaviola’ Scented Candle (Limited Edition) ($67) – Candles are always great any time because of the  ambiance and mood it can set.

Disclaimer: This post is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recipes

Snowzilla One Pot Pasta

Snowzilla One Pot Pasta

The great East Coast Blizzard known as Jonas stopped by over the weekend and caused a panic where everyone went to their local grocery stores and wiped them out of bread and milk. It seems that during inclement weather, bread and milk could be the new currency. Because of my busy schedule, I didn’t have time to stop by the grocery store. S went and came home with potato bread and vodka. Seriously, that’s it. My brother (who is temporarily residing with us) brought eggs and other various items.

On the day of the storm I tried to get groceries delivered and boy was I lucky. Instacart was able to deliver groceries to me within hours before the storm hit. I opted to order from Whole Foods since it was the option that was able to deliver to me with in hours compared to waiting next week for other selections like Safeway and Harris Teeter. I accidentally ordered a lot of potatoes thinking they were the tiny ones that just happened to be sold separately so I’ve got potatoes for days. I should probably try some new recipes for them. Before S came home he stopped by a wholesale club and got us bulk orders of spicy Italian sausage and ground beef (well, patties for burgers). We could fit some things in the freezer but not all so I’ve had to improvise so our food wouldn’t go bad. Here I combined my love of pasta and trying to clear the fridge for SNOWZILLA ONE POT PASTA! You have to say it like you’re announcing Godzilla. Anyway, here it is.

Snowzilla One Pot Pasta

SNOWZILLA ONE POT PASTA

INGREDIENTS
1 package of pasta (I used linguine)
1 cup of milk
2 cups of chicken broth
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 cup of parmesan cheese
1 package of spicy Italian sausage, sliced
2 cups of spinach
1 can of diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning (optional)
2 cups of halved grape tomatoes (optional)
Salt and pepper to season

INSTRUCTIONS
PREPERATION
Turn the stove to medium-high heat
Chop the onions and the garlic
Slice the sausage (optional to remove the casing)

COOK
Add olive oil to the pot and stir in the onion, garlic and sausage
Cook until onion is clear and sausage is cooked
Pour in the milk and chicken broth and stir until boiled
Add the pasta and let it cook a bit (under half the time for al dente)
Add the diced tomatoes and spinach and cover
Add the parmesan cheese and continue to let it cook until the sauce thickens

 

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Lifestyle

Year Two

One winter day, two years ago, I met S while we were out with a group of mutual friends. We met through a GPS-based game. We’ve seen each other at different meets and one of the times we hung out (as a group), he met Tyler and while we all grabbed a bite to eat, he went into the restaurant and bought Tyler a chicken sandwich. Seriously, he got himself some water which he shared with Tyler but mostly the sandwich was for him. In a way, he peaked my interest in the way he catered to Tyler. Weeks later, we went on our first date. I knew S was a keeper when he showed up to our first date with a bouquet of peonies (my favorite) in the dead of winter. How he tracked them down, I’m not sure but I can only assume it was not cheap. To this very day, he still opens the car door for me everytime we go out.

He listens, is attentive and he makes me laugh. He’s my best friend and the only person I’ve dated that I’ve ever truly been able to be myself around. He loves Tyler like his very own. He supports me with my dreams and ambitions and tells me my cooking is good even when it probably isn’t.

We have disagreements just like everyone else and after about a day of silent treatment, we’re back to cracking jokes. Sometimes our arguments are even weird. My brother was once asked how we are as a couple and he replied to them, “well, I think they’re okay but they seem really passive-aggressive so I don’t know” because we hardly ever raise our voices to each other. I can be an absolute brat during my lady times and he continues to be patient with me and even pampers me. I’ve gained so much weight during the course of our relationship (truth: I have an aunt that thought we were expecting and a parent that told me that I need to lose weight) and yet he still finds me attractive and tells me I’m beautiful every chance he gets.

He jokes about propsing so often to the point where I’m afraid when he finally does, my reply will still be, “Shut up! Get up or I’ll punch you in the throat!”

I only hope that I can continue to grow with him and that I continually try to be a better person for him as he does for me everyday.

Here’s to peonies and chicken sandwiches.

Olive juice.

Featured photo | Campari & Sofa
Lifestyle

First Snowfall in DC ’16

We just experienced our first snowfall for 2016! Luckily for me, I get off of work by 4:00 PM and S and I got home about an hour later. We weren’t stuck in traffic for 3+ hours like most other unfortunate souls in the district. I’ve even heard people getting stuck well over 6 hours and didn’t get home until 3:00 AM after leaving work at their usual time.

This is how everyone drove last night (no exaggeration):

I’ve been so busy with life since having a full-time job, maintaining the blog and school that my social life has taken a back seat. I’ve got dates all mixed up. Restaurant Week is happening in DC..this week or next? I can’t remember. I thought we had dinner plans last night and did not want to go out in the snow. In fact, I didn’t want to do anything. I opted for ordering a pizza last night. Bless the brave delivery man that delivered cold pizza to me. I’m not even mad, it’s pretty freaking cold outside.

Here’s to snow and breaking all my tentative plans. I had a nice weekend lined up such as Ice Yards and a pop-up art installation by septcarrés.

Featured photo | Chip Somodevilla
Curated

Essentials for a Cold Winter

Wasn’t it just in the 70’s over “winter” break? While we were enjoying our holiday break in sunny Florida, the folks back in DC were experiencing similar weather. Now that it’s getting really chilly out, I wish we were back in Florida where we can sunbathe and swim. I’ve searched for a few items to get me through the chilly times and some of them tried-and-true while others are new on the list. The HotHands hand warmers was introduced to me when I met S in the winter time while we were playing a mobile game out in the cold. The Kate Spade beanie seems cute and functional for times when you want to wear a ponytail and not have it get in your way.

I have a feeling we’re going to have a long drawn out chilly winter this year, so keep warm! Or you can always migrate to sunnier states.

Here are some of my favorite items to help keep you warm this season and get through this cold and dry-skin induced weather:

Tuesday Ten: Essentials for a Cold Winter

1. The North Face Arctic Parka | 2. Elma Touchscreen Wool Knit Gloves | 3. Kate Spade Zip-Up Beanie | 4. Sorel 1964 Premium™ CVS Boot | 5. Chup™ for J.Crew SmartWool® Socks | 6. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre | 7. Madewell Slouchy Beanie | 8. Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Vest | 9. HotHands Hand Warmers | 10. Kate Spade Thermal Mug

Featured photo | Padurariu Alexandru
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Lifestyle

I’m Going Going, Back Back, to School!

It’s been along time coming and the time is finally here. I’m taking advantage of awesome benefits I get at work that had otherwise gone unused.

I’m starting off slow and taking one evening course this semester and it should help me manage my time and expectations as a full-time employee, part-time blogger, mama to a needy fur-baby, domestic diva and now part-time student. I’m going to really have to make the most of the hours I have in a day. I’m both excited and anxious for this new change. I think self-improvement is always a plus.

Has anyone else considered going back to school or furthering their education when you’ve already established somewhat of a career path? Has anyone decided to make a career change after doing something for so long?

There’s a lot to consider when going back to school but I think if it’s important to you, your employer and family will back you up.

Here are the pros and cons I debated with when making the decision to go back to school:

Pros:

  • Improving your resume
  • Learning new tools and trades
  • Adding more value to self-worth

Cons:

  • Less time for fun nonsensical things
  • Less time with family and friends

Here are a few items I’m using for back to school, I’m taking one class and it’s an art class so I imagine more will be added to this list.

I'm Going Going, Back Back, to School!

Moleskine Notebook (XL) | Pilot G2 Ultra Fine Pens | Sugar Paper Document Holder | Nate Berkus Pencil Pouch | 2016 Daily Appointment Planner | Kate Spade MacBook Sleeve | Native Union JUMP Cable

Eventually I’d like to get a backpack so I’m still weighing my options but currently I’ll be rotating a couple of my totes:

I'm Going Going, Back Back, to School!

Longchamp Le Pilage ToteMadewell Transport Tote

Best of wishes to students returning to school and those that have chosen to further their education! Here’s to a great semester! Also, here’s a playlist for the spring semester!

LISTEN HERE

Featured photo | Jeff Sheldon
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Lifestyle

New Year 2016

Remember when you looked back on previous years and thought to yourself, “that was such an awful year! I’m so glad it’s over!” Well for once, I don’t have that thanks to some guidelines I had set for myself. Besides gaining maybe 40 pounds of being in a happy relationship, I think it was a productive and positive year. I’ve grown closer to not only my family but S’ family as well. My dad even calls S his future son-in-law. That makes me happy. We are not in a hurry but we’re getting there.

I have a lot in store this year not only for myself but Sunday Scene.

  • Going back to school.
  • Cooking and creating more.
  • Less time for video games to make room for hitting the pavement and pumping iron.
  • A side project with S is in the works.
  • Honing photography skills.
  • Get better at doing lady things like applying makeup and French braiding my own hair.

I had meant to post up NYE outfits and ideas but I’m a bit of a procrastinator and didn’t know what I was going to wear until the day of anyway.  I ended up wearing this top with a pair of jeans. It was low key. I spent NYE with old friends drinking bellinis, rosé and playing Cards Against Humanity. Apparently, I am not funny. We also caught up with some of my family friends at a gathering over the weekend.

There’s no resolution setting this year per say but I think it’s going to be a good year despite me already catching a cold.

Featured photo | Jan Erik Waider
Lifestyle

Merry Happy Holiday ’15

Merry Happy Holiday '15

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Don’t forget to reach out to your loved ones and spend some quality time with them.

Merry Happy Holiday '15

Our new Christmas Eve tradition is watching Elf (which happens to be my favorite Christmas movie) and attempting to assemble a gingerbread house. This was after everyone had a bottle or glass of adult beverages. It was also our very first time. It can only get better from here, right? Don’t roll your eyes at me Mr. Elf on the Shelf.

Merry Happy Holiday '15

Now, Santa’s little helpers need a rest and to all, a good night!