Monthly Archives: October 2013

stay spooky


Happy Halloween, dear readers! I hope the ghosts and ghouls don’t catch you (just pretty kitties and funny bunnies)!


play a good book

play a good book
Ok, now you can tell me if this is too old lady of me, but I have seriously been considering buying some books on tape. I know. Who am I?! But recently I received a number of iTunes gift cards and I don’t really want to spend them on music (I’d rather use Pandora or Spotify) and my phone already has enough apps (see here). My sister got on a books-on-tape kick a few summers ago when she was commuting to work and  really enjoyed the interesting entertainment. I drive a fair amount and it might be nice to switch up my playlist to something other than “Today’s Top Hits.” Should I go for it?? I’m still mulling over the idea, but I’m starting to find it more and more attractive…
(p.s. yeah, as if that were my car! for more insight, see here and here and here...)

tortoise and the hare


Ok, so I’m technically sharing with you how to make chocolate turtles, but I figured the title was fitting seeing as how fast and easy it is to make these scrumptious treats!

I learned the basic recipe from one of my girlfriends during our weekend away (see here) and then made a batch for the birthday of my dear friend Emanuel of the amzingamazingamazing blog Scratch (see here and here). The recipe is super easy and even more delicious. Go ahead, try your hand at these delicious chocolate turtles:

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes



– 1 large bag of Rolos candies

– Pretzel snaps

– Almonds



Preheat oven to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. On a large cookie pan, lay flat a bed of pretzel snaps. Place one Rolo candy on top of each pretzel snap. Put the tray in the oven and remove once the candies are soft. Gently push an almond into each Rolo. Let cool and enjoy!



{For some more easy recipes, see here, here, here, and here!}

20 days in cali-town

my first trip to california was marked by the glorious reunion with my twin sister

my first trip to california was marked by the glorious reunion with my twin sister

the next trip included a beach adventure

the next trip included a beach adventure

Last week I booked a 20 day trip to California for my winter break. I know it sounds indulgent, but I figure that come graduation and (*gulp*) real life, I might not have an opportunity to do something like this again. I’ve been trying to make a point of visiting all of my friends before we graduate (like this little trip a few weekends ago), so of course my California agenda includes visiting my twin sister at Caltech. I have visited my sister in Pasadena every year since we split up for college. It’s terrible being so far away from her, but having an excuse to go to SoCal isn’t so bad! Probably the most frightening part of this fifth visit is that the next time I am there will most likely be for her graduation… eek! In addition to any L.A. adventures, I will also be heading up the California coast to hang out with The Boy in the San Francisco Bay area. I visited this summer (see here) and absolutely fell in love with the place. The most exciting part is that my twin will be joining us this time! We will explore the city, hopefully hike the Red Woods, maybe bike the bridge, and (wait for it) learn to ski in Tahoe! I am so excited for this trip. Only a few weeks to go!

during my third trip, we went to disneyland

during my third trip, we went to disneyland

and during my fourth trip (this time to nor-cal) i learned to sail!

and during my fourth trip (this time to nor-cal) i learned to sail!


cuddly and cozy

consider this my weekend "desk"

consider this my weekend “desk”

Sometimes you just need a cuddly and cozy weekend in. Recently I have felt like I’m running around like a kitten with her tail cut off and I just need some hard core R&R. Save for a Russian Club event tonight and my grandmother’s birthday celebration tomorrow, I am going to do my best this weekend to just take it easy. Granted, I can never completely escape from doing school work on the weekends (unlike real life), but that doesn’t mean I can’t be productive while cuddling up with a super snuggly blanket! Does anyone else have no plans as their weekend plans?

is this not the perfect weekend-in set-up?

is this not the perfect weekend-in set-up?

western NY road trip

me and my childhood besties!

me and my childhood besties!

Last weekend I went on a road trip across western New York with some of my closest childhood friends. My friend from Siena College picked me up at school and then we drove two hours until we reached Syracuse where we grabbed our friend who goes to SU. An hour and a half later we arrived at our final destination, SUNY Brockport, right near Rochester, where our last girlfriend goes to school. The weekend was filled with lots of laughs, countless coffee dates, wonderful window shopping (so many great vintage finds!), fabulous food, and of course tons of catching up. It’s my senior year of college and it’s time to make sure I visit all of the incredible places my friends have been eating, sleeping, breathing in for the last four years. This trip was a great start!

how charming


I just about died when I saw the new Navajo Charm Necklace from Jack Rogers. How incredibly cute are these?! They bring me back to my middle school days when flip flop necklaces were the hottest thing ever (don’t lie, you had one too!), but this is a whole new level of awesomeness. I would pair this adorable necklace with a simple tee and a jean jacket (a la here) for a casual mid-week shopping trip. And at $38, the new accessory won’t break the bank. Who’s treating themselves?!