Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Hey, friends…thanks for stopping by today!

What are your plans for this weekend? Anything fun? I’m planning to organize my closet (it’s about to explode at the seams) and unpack my winter clothes. A little cleaning may be in order, too. Sounds exciting, right?

Don’t worry, I’m actually looking forward to it. Getting organized always makes me happy, and I’m excited to have some “new clothes” to wear.

In the meantime, here are a few of the things that caught my eye this week:

I’m loving the sweatshirt trend this fall, and Old Navy has some great inexpensive options. I especially like the Heart and Soul (less than $7!) and Sequined Polka Dot versions.

Central Park Resevoir in the FallFrom a walk around the Central Park Reservoir earlier this week.

These DIY Raw Crystal Wine Stoppers from Glitter Guide are so pretty, and they look easy to make, too.

I can’t get over how cute these DIY Photo Envelope Liners are! They would be perfect for a birth announcement or kid’s birthday party.

Faux collar necklaces have been popular for a while now. Here’s how to make a DIY Gold Collar Necklace – so cute!

Shopping at C. Wonder“Window shopping” at C. Wonder earlier this week.

Here’s a great guide on how to tuck in a shirt – from the full tuck to the half tuck.

Let’s face it: candy corn is kind of disgusting. Why not do a candy cane manicure instead?

If you are trying to be more earth-friendly, here’s a great list of green and thrifty cleaning products and how to use them.

Cute Halloween DecorCute Halloween decor in my neighborhood.

One of the best things about Italian restaurants is eating fresh, crusty bread dipped in olive oil. If you like that, too, then check out this recipe for The Mother of All Bread Dips. Yum!

I’ve been tempted to try making my own pretzels for a while now. This recipe for Rosemary Sea Salt Pretzels with Cheese Sauce looks like a delicious place to start.

Did you come across anything new and exciting this week?

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Shop C. Wonder with Hello Little Home

One of the things I like most about my doctor is that his office is located around the corner from The Shops at Columbus Circle. I had an appointment earlier this week, so I decided to do a little window shopping at C. Wonder, one of my favorite stores.

Shopping at C. Wonder is such a fun, happy experience! It is positively bursting at the seams with color and pattern. You can find everything from clothes to home goods there – it would be the perfect place to take a big chunk out of your holiday shopping list.

After visiting my local store, I decided to do a little virtual window shopping, so I could share some of my favorite items with you!

Shop C. Wonder: For the Home

  1. These ceramic Safari Animal Coasters are bright and unique. They would be great accent to any coffee table.
  2. How adorable is this Polka Dot Cake Stand? In the store, three were stacked on top of each other. It looked like the perfect way to serve cupcakes!
  3. I am so in love with this Bamboo Salad Server Set. Gold and bamboo are great on their own, but together they are super glam.
  4. For the perfect Mid-Century Modern touch, you can beat this Golden Highball Glasses Set. They are also available in double old-fashioned size and few other patterns (perfect to mix and match).
  5. Store your pocket change in this cheeky Piggy Bank!
  6. Polka dots are so cheery, especially in orange. These Dot Print Dinner Napkins will brighten up your table this winter.
  7. This Greek Key Handle Tray and Stand would make the perfect bar cart in a small apartment.
  8. I think this City Bike needs to be part of my life. It also comes in hot pink!
  9. C. Wonder is a great place to buy personalized gifts like this large Lucite Monogram Letter, which would look great on a desk or dresser.
  10. This Embroidered Chain Geo Pillow Cover would look great in a classic or trendy home, but why not throw caution to the wind and perk up your couch with this Needlepoint Leopard Pillow Cover?

Shop C. Wonder: Clothing and Accessories

  1. This pretty Silk Heart Print Shirt would be a sweet addition to your wardrobe.
  2. If you are looking for a classic cardigan that will go with everything, then C. Wonder’s Signature Mid-Length Cardigan is it.
  3. These French Bulldog Stud Earrings are so cute! They’re perfect for a dog-lover or anyone who appreciates a clever take on the classic stud.
  4. C. Wonder’s Black Stretch Skinny Jean are a wardrobe staple that would look sharp with sneakers or heels.
  5. This Printed Stripe Continental Zip Wallet is one of my favorite finds. The animal print and stripes are such a unique combination.
  6. Fool everyone’s eye with this Quilted Leather French Bulldog Stud Saddlebag – the studs are mini French bulldogs!
  7. I think I found my perfect bootie – the Buckled Suede Moto Boot. As much as I like heels, the shorter height on these boots is much more walkable.
  8. Finally, why wear just one bracelet, when you can throw an arm party with the Screw Stud Bangle, the Pave Dome Pyramid Stud Cuff, and the Chain Spike Bracelet?

Do you have any favorites from my picks? What store is your happy place?

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Field Trip: Rockaway Beach

My husband and I took the day off Monday and headed to Rockaway Beach. We’ve been talking about going for months, but our trip kept getting put off due to train problems, weather, etc. I’m not one to spend all day sunbathing,  so I’m glad we waited. The weather was perfect (high sixties) and the beach was practically empty.

Rockaway Beach is in the far, far reaches of Queens, and it was quite the hike from Manhattan. It took three trains and about an hour and a half to get there.

On our way: Rockaway BlvdAlmost there?

It was worth it when we arrived though, because this was our first view of the beach:

View of Rockaway BeachSee what I mean about the perfect day?

The Rockaways sustained a lot of damage from Hurricane Sandy, and most of the boardwalk was closed. We spent most of our time walking down the beach – it seemed like it went on forever!

Looking down Rockaway Beach We did take a short detour off the beach to find Rockaway Taco, which was sadly closed. It was an interesting* walk, and along the way we saw this guy below. I think he was warning us to turn back, but we didn’t get the message. The area was a little sketchy, and a few minutes later we witnessed a crazy fight. Needless to say, we hightailed it back to the beach after that!

Skeleton Near Rockaway BeachThe sand was full of shells, so of course I was searching for the perfect one during our walk. They were mostly crushed, but I did find some beach glass and this heart-shaped rock.

Heart-Shaped RockHow cute!

Doesn’t this look like the perfect place to spend your day?

Bench on Rockaway Beach BoardwalkWe ended our trip to Rockaway Beach by grabbing a couple slices of pizza and hopping back on the train to home. It was an absolutely relaxing way to spend a warm fall afternoon!

What is your idea of the perfect day trip?

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*My mom had a habit of using the word interesting when she didn’t really like something but didn’t want to say anything mean (example: “That’s an interesting shirt.”). I’ve definitely picked up this habit. #TurningIntoMyMom

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Hello, Friday! Link Roundup: Weekend Brunch

Happy Friday, everyone! Did you survive the week? About halfway through, I was struck down by a nasty cold. I’m not sure where it came from, but I sure hope it passes quickly.

Since I’m feeling a little under the weather, I plan to take it easy this weekend. I wouldn’t mind if someone invited me to a decadent brunch though! Here’s what I hope they’d make for me:

Hello, Friday! Link Roundup: Weekend BrunchI’m on a bit of a pumpkin kick lately, so my friends would start things off with these Pumpkin Donut Muffins.

Caramel and chai tea are two of my favorites things, and anything that combines the two is sure to be a hit! So, we’d wash the muffins down with steamy mugs of Caramel Chai.

NYC Skyline ViewIsn’t this NYC Skyline view pretty?

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll already know what think about the next recipe: Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Pancakes. They look so.darn.good!

I like a balance of sweet and savory for brunch, so my friends would also serve these Ranchero Breakfast Tostadas alongside the pancakes.

Leopard Print ShoesI broke out my favorite leopard print shoes this week!

When it comes to breakfast / brunch, I’m all about the sides. I especially love potatoes, and these Rosemary Thyme Oven Fries look really good. Fiery Kale with Garlic and Olive Oil or Tomato Basil Bake would also be delicious.

Of course, brunch is not complete without a cocktail, and I definitely wouldn’t say no to a Basil Bloody Mary. It’s garnished with pepperjack cheese – hello!

If my friends wanted to get really fancy, they wouldn’t forget to decorate the table. This Autumn Apples Tablescape looks beautiful, and it wouldn’t take long to put together.

Mint green Bike.I’m in love with this mint green bike that I spotted on my block.

Finally, what is brunch without a cute outfit? I’d wear a cosy sweater, bright scarf, rolled cuff jeans, and fun flats.

OK, now where is my brunch invite?

Which do you prefer: a fancy brunch or a more traditional breakfast?

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