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Wedding season with my love, (Washington, Connecticut). Wearing probably my absolute favorite dress to date - splurge on this one you guys, you will not regret it.

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Kind of healthy, yet not really, gluten-free cheesecake. I mean, how healthy can cheesecake (made with cream cheese) really get?! I used the real stuff too (organic of course). Recipe here.

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Not sure why this hollow back handstand pose is SO DARN HARD for me, but I'm getting there! Practice practice practice.

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Finally made it out to Sunday in Brooklyn for Nick's birthday. Incredible menu, full of light, healthy, delicious small plates. Highly recommend  the chicken drumsticks (SO good), and the super unique craft cocktails ("Champagne Problems" specifically, because it has beets, mint, and is so delicious).

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I had the opportunity to spend 4th of July at the most incredible house I've probably ever stayed at. I spent the weekend in this pool, getting some much needed vitamin D, and explored the town of Amaganssett (which I'm entirely obsessed with now - so cute!). 

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I've been on a huge matcha kick these past few months and have finally gotten to a point where I can make a great one at home. It's become my daily morning routine. I originally purchased Sunfood matcha, but it just wasn't the kind I love in a drink (its the type that would work better with baking). So a couple weeks ago, I finally splurged on some real, true, matcha. Yes, it's pricey, but it's much cheaper than going and buying a $5 latte every day! Stay tuned for a post on how I make my matcha lattes soon!

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One more shot of this dress, because it really is that good.

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Cutest shop in Amaganssett - I wanted all the baskets! I can't remember the name, but it was on the right hand side as you're just entering town.

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I couldn't get enough of this bathroom, which was in the house we rented while in Washington, CT for the wedding. Goals.

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Meat sauce is on repeat in our household. Warming, hearty, healthy, and delicious, it's the perfect meal (and we always have leftovers for the next day). Throw it over some zucchini noodles for a lighter dish in the summer! Recipe here.

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One of my favorite views of NYC.

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Slightly obsessed with all the Beautycounter products I just stocked up on, this mask being one of them. It brightens, firms, lifts, and gives my face this fresh and clean glow in 10 minutes flat. To top it off, it's non-toxic and full of natural ingredients. But then again, I wouldn't let anything else touch my skin, would I?

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I've just recently started putting brazil nuts in my smoothies. Did you know that only one a day gives you 100% of your daily intake of selenium?! Pretty cool, and a very easy way to get it in.

Life Lately

Morning friends! I hope you're all having a great week and looking forward to the long weekend ahead (I know I am!). Today's post is just a little update on my life and what I've been up to lately. Most of these photos are from Instagram, but since not all of you follow me there, I like to do the occasional update on the blog. This includes health tips, style updates, exercise favorites, recent food discoveries, and more. Enjoy!

The Casual Classic | Central Park

I honestly have never found spring time all that amazing, due to the rain and chilly weather it brings, but this is my first spring living by central park, and WOW is the park just incredible this time of year. Everything is so green, lush, and beautiful. Walking around the park during this time - you'd never know you're in NYC.

The Casual Classic | Golden Latte

Loving my golden lattes still, even as the weather warms up, although here in NYC, it's 90 one day, and 50 the next, so hard to figure out what season it is really! I use this golden milk mix for my lattes - simple, easy, and full of amazing ingredients. Makes the process a whole lot easier and faster than mixing it yourself!

The Casual Classic | Y7 Yoga

Recently (since joining Equinox), I've just fallen in love with heated yoga! Other than Equinox, Y7 is one of my favorites because it uses infrared heat, which has so many health benefits. On a similar note, a CorePower Yoga studio is opening ONE BLOCK from my apartment (the first in NYC - FINALLY)!!! I couldn't be more excited. So excited that I even got a position as part of the Studio Experience Team! I'll keep you guys updated on all the fun happenings there too if you'd like!

The Casual Classic | YSL

I stumbled upon these when wandering through Saks a couple weeks ago, and I am so in love. I'm really into the slides this season - they're simple and beautiful on! This pair is great too and much more in my budget.

The Casual Classic | Carnitas Burrito Bowl

So I did it. I invested in an Instant Pot, and one of the first things on the list to make was CARNITAS!!! I love love love Mexican food more than anything, and carnitas is my favorite type to make. I found some easy recipes here and here, and mixed them a bit to make my own. It turned out wonderfully and took only about an hour max. I'm always looking for new recipes for this amazing appliance, so feel free to send over. I've created an Instant Pot pinterest board for all the great recipes I find.

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A recent rainy day in SoHo with Luna and Nick. We love going on adventures on Sunday's - especially anywhere we can take the pup. 

The Casual Classic | Smoothie

A favorite smoothie recipe of mine includes dragon fruit, also known as pitaya. I don't make it every day because it is a bit sweet, but I love making it for the color it makes the smoothie. Isn't it pretty!? I'm working on a post with my favorite smoothie recipes and superfood additions, so keep an eye out for that.

The Casual Classic | Yoga

I've gotten so into Yoga this past 6 months (if you haven't noticed), and have huge news: I just paid my deposit for a yoga teacher training program this fall! I'll be traveling to beautiful Costa Rica for 3 weeks to get my 200 hour training. I'm not sure I've been this excited for anything EVER. 

The Casual Classic | Rag & Bone

I did something bad... but not really that bad. I bought these boots that I've been staring at for at least the past 5 months. Yes, I know it's almost summer time, but this is the best time to grab winter items on sale - these are over 40% off right now! In hindsight, I'm perfectly fine with the fact that I bought them because I think that if you can't stop thinking about something for as long as I've thought about these boots, it's totally justifiable. 

The Casual Classic | While We Were Young

I dragged one of my good friends down to While We Were Young on Cinco de Mayo for drinks and apps. I've been wanting to check out this little West Village spot ever since I discovered it. If you want a healthy, yummy cocktail, go here. If you love to Instagram your meal, DEFINITELY go here. The food was amazing and the restaurant is so fun.

The Casual Classic | My Style

A favorite spring outfit of mine: the Canadian tuxedo. I'm wearing head to toe Madewell, which is a company I've really been digging lately. I just discovered their jeans and am just loving this pair. Order a size down if you want them well fitted though! The top is old, but they have a very similar version every single year. I'm loving this one.

I'm having quite a thing recently for mid-heel sandals - I'm loving that they're something I could wear to work and then drinks afterwards. They need to be comfortable though and pretty, which I think is really hard to find in a mid-heel sandal as they tend to look frumpy pretty often. I saw these last year, but they sold out immediately. Luckily, they brought them back again and I added myself to the pre-order list! They come in every neutral color and are so insanely comfortable. I am still on the hunt for a pair or low black sandals though, so if you guys have any recos, let me know!

Snapshots From Telluride

As you probably saw via Instagram, I was in Colorado most of last week. My family plans a ski trip every year where we usually pick a new destination that we've never visited before. This year, we revisited Telluride. The first time we were there was 12 years ago or more, so it was time to pay that adorable town another visit. We spent the week skiing, soaking in the hot tub, eating way too much, wandering about town, and just enjoying time with family. It was absolutely heavenly and I cannot wait to go back. 

The Casual Classic | Telluride Colorado

I felt like I was transported into an old western movie when visiting "downtown" Telluride. It was your typical ski town, with great shops, some fun pubs/bars, and some cozy restaurants. One of our favorite dinner spots was 221 South Oak.

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Getting some mid-day ski selfies in at the very top of the mountain (the back bowl had the best skiing on the mountain!).

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I am not lying when I say this, but this is the BEST smelling candle I have ever found. I don't know how I never heard of Paddywax before this trip, but I now know where I'll be buying future candles from. We also picked up this flavor. I somehow got away with my checked bag being exactly 50 lbs, even with all the candles and heavy crap we bought.

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On our day off (our legs we're KILLING us), we bought a day pass at The Peaks Spa and relaxed in the sauna, steam room, hot tub, and pools. I'd definitely pay this place a visit if you're ever in the area - it was 4 stories of a spa and fitness center and the amenities we're perfect. 

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After a day at the spa, we relaxed outside by the fire with a cocktail and this incredible view in the background.

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Another shot from The Peaks. They had yoga, pilates, and barre rooms, all of which we're empty and available to play in. Obviously I took full advantage to work on my inversions. Not every day you get an empty gym!

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This was our backyard view (insert heart eye emoji here). You can guess where I spent every evening.

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You find the perfect mirrored window, you have to take a selfie. It's a given.

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Après ski heaven at Alpine Vino, the highest restaurant you can find on the mountain. It's the highest elevation fine dining restaurant in North America actually, so you can bet you're really up there. The grilled cheese/tomato soup combo topped off with a glass of wine was incredible.

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Another favorite local Telluride eatery was The Butcher & The Baker. Gluten free blueberry pancakes, eggs and bacon, and a huge almond milk homemade, all made with local, organic ingredients.

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Found the CUTEST shoes in a little t-shirt shop in Telluride, but they were sold out in my size. Luckily, I was able to snag them on eBay yesterday! You can also find them here & here.

The Casual Classic | Aspen Colorado

Nick and I have been dying to check out Aspen, and we coincidentally had a few friends there during the same time we were out west, so we decided to spend a night there. We skied Snowmass, which quickly became a new favorite of mine. Need to plan a trip here ASAP!

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Lived in cozy athleisure the entire week as always. Outfit details: scarf, sneakers, leggings & top.

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I always love a good kombucha, especially a local one. I was obsessed with the fact that groceries stores and restaurants sourced goods from local companies. This kombucha was made in Colorado and sold in the largest grocery store chain in the state!

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Telluride is certainly one of my favorite ski towns to date. It's set up like no other, with gondolas that take you from the middle of the mountain (Mountain Village), to town and more. There was nothing cooler than riding the gondola down into town in the pitch dark, snuggled under a blanket. You don't need a car there at all - everything is accessible and easy to get to. The skiing is great, the food and restaurants are wonderful, and the town itself is a blast. I'd highly recommend booking a trip here!