Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall Reading List


The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Business and in Life by Leo Babauta (here)
In the past, I've felt like I've had to get everything done to feel like I've had a good day, that the more I got done meant I was being more productive.  Experience has already taught me that this is not the case.  It's interesting how much focusing on less, focusing first on the essential allows you to attack tasks with greater focus, with greater power and get greater results.  I started reading this a few days ago, and I'm really interested in seeing how this book will continue to challenge my thinking and help me get the results I want.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (here)
I started reading this late at night during a bought of insomnia, but I haven't touched it in a while.  It'll be next on my reading list after "The Power of Less."  From what I remember, it was very good.  Frankl has a way of showing you how most of the things that worry or upset us in life are insignificant but not in a way that makes you feel lousy.  He tells his true story in a way that helps you look at the bright side of things and realize that happiness and fulfillment in life depends on our outlook and mindset not on our circumstances.

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande (here)
I found out about this book from the beau, and I downloaded my own copy shortly after.  I've only read the afterword of the book where Gawande leaves his "Suggestions for Becoming a Positive Deviant."  Based off of that I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book, and seeing what else I can learn from all of his experience and perspective on work and life.

The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You by Jessica Alba (here)
I downloaded and read this book over the summer, and I use it as a reference book.  It has all kinds of tips for this like organizing, cleaning, cooking, beauty and style.  It's the kind of book that you can refer back to for ideas and inspiration seasonally, as you change the space you're living in or the foods your eating.  There's also some awesome guides, for instance a chart that tells you how to cook different grains, many of which I've never heard of before but want to try.  It also shares some info and practical tips on how to navigate in a world where all kinds of harmful substances and chemicals are found in everyday products and food.  Think of it as ways to simplify life and embrace elements of natural and organic living in a way that's accessible.

Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle by Si Robertson (here)
Guilty pleasure.  On the list simply because I can't get enough of Uncle Si.  If you're not familiar, Google this man.  His wisdom will give you laughs for days.

Any of these on your list?  Already read any of these?  I'd love to hear what you think :-)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Maroon 5

Loving this color right now.

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Leopard is the New Black

Leopard is one of those prints you can use any season, and it's an easy way to pull together any outfit.  Even on my laziest day, a leopard scarf helps me add instant style to any outfit.  A little bit goes a long way with this print, and a simple scarf or flats is the perfect way to incorporate this print.  A leopard skirt in a classic shape is workplace appropriate and easy to put together with simple, solid colored blouses.  Personally I treat it like a neutral.  It's super versatile, and if you're working with a limited budget it's one of the best pieces you can buy.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sharing the dreams: Long Distance Love

I ordered these BoldLoft pillowcases a few weeks ago, and they came in just in time for last week.  They are even more adorable in person, and I love the packaging.  No additional wrapping needed.  Perfect for LDRers as well as anniversary or Valentine's Day gifts.


Also check out these 19 Reasons Why Long-Distance Relationships Are Better Than You Think (  I couldn't resist, these are so true.



Romeo, Juliet, and Orlando Bloom

For the first time in 36 years the classic story of "Romeo and Juliet" is back on the Broadway stage with a cast to die for, and I got to see it all last Saturday in New York.  Thanks to the beau, it was such a great surprise!  Coincidentally it's playing in the same theater where we first saw "In the Heights."  

The title couple is played by the beautiful Condola Rashad and the dreamy Orlando Bloom.  This is the second time I've seen Condola Rashad perform, and I think she has some hidden fire.  The first time was in "The Trip to Bountiful."  Hopefully, she'll do something a bit more raw and modern in the future.  Either way, I'm excited to see what she does next.  Orlando Bloom was Orlando Bloom: effortlessly smoldering.  English accent.  Jeans and a t-shirt never looked better.

As good as the leads are, Chuck Cooper who plays Lord Capulet takes control in his scenes.  Roslyn Ruff who plays Lady Capulet is power, and the nurse brings the comic relief.  And if you ever wondered what happened to Elvin from the Cosby Show, he's in it too (Prince Escalus).  Overall, I thought the show was solid.  It was nice to see it a little more contemporary, for instance Orlando riding in on a motorcycle, but the language maintained the integrity of the original; the underworked set design let the actors speak for themselves.  One of the best scenes is the dance party/ball which will definitely wake you up.  It's equal parts strange and fantastic, hip and moody with some Afro inspired dancing and a rocking cello performance.  The cast and direction makes it fresh and new.

The show will be running until Janurary 12, 2014, so there is plenty of time to see it.

If you're a student you can get a ticket for less than $30 (fees included)! (here)

P.S. Orlando Bloom will not be in 8 performances in December, so check the dates if you're interested in going; I would hate for anyone to be disappointed. (here)

Swag. Swag. Swag.


Security all up in the pictures, geesh!

Orlando Bloom signing the cover of my playbill!

Justin Giuarini slips out quickly for lunch 

Roslyn Ruff (Lady Capulet).

And you might as well do a little shopping if you're in the area, right?

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday huh?  Just don't order the soup before the show.
Interested? Seen it? I'd love to hear what you think! :-)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

il forno: hell's kitchen, the devil's soup

Italian food is one of my favorite types, so I thought I was in for a treat when we stumbled upon il forno in the Hell's Kitchen and Theater District sections of New York.  The open windows and door make it a good place to dine on a nice, sunny day, and the d├ęcor is beautiful.  While I was less than pleased with my first selection, the service made up for it; the fact that the place was filled by the time I left is promising.

Lunch Menu: A collection of antipasto, pork dishes, small pizzas, cold cuts and other sliced meats.

This time:

Pick 1: Wedding Soup - I've had this many times before at other restaurants, where it was delicious, and I'm not a "difficult" diner; however, I was really disappointed with what I was given.  It was a salty broth, with exactly three slices of carrot, four slices of bland sausage, kale, and one spoonful of fregola pasta in a shallow dish--for $12.  If it were a $3 cup of soup, maybe I could understand what I got, but this just didn't work.  I would like to give the waiter a big shout out for being really kind and accommodating when I asked to order something else.  He also made sure my second pick came out quickly.  So, thank you!

Pick 2: Penne (Grilled chicken thigh, Caramelized fennel, Black garlic cream sauce, Pecorino) - I figured since this had chicken and pecorino that I couldn't go wrong.  Overall, this dish was a better pick.  I must say that I was impressed with the chicken; it looked and tasted like sliced chicken breast.  The pasta was cooked well.  The sauce was a little unusual--I don't know how fennel typically tastes or how it affects other flavors--but the dish was served hot. 

His Pick: Black Label Pizzette (Prosciutto Black Label, Basil, Mozzerella, Caramelized Cippolini Onions) $12 - My bf really liked this and finished it all.  I tried a piece.  I thought it tasted like grilled cheese, but it was still good.

Next time(s):
Smoked Chicken Pizzette (Smoked Chicken, Caramelized onions, Parmesan, Roasted peppers, Parsley pesto, Spinach) -- why didn't I just order this the first time??
Whatever they have on the dinner menu.     

Ever been to this place?  Want to try this place?  Let me know what you think. :-)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Bloom in New York

Here's a little preview of what's to come on the blog this week as well as a recap of another great Saturday with my love in New York!  This week will be full of reviews!  Stay tuned :-) 






 I hope everyone had a great weekend! Do anything good?
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