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Friday Link Love, Vol. 2.20

Friday Link LoveWas it just me, or did January feel as though it was never-ending?

It’s hard to believe all of those New Year’s Eve celebrations were only a month ago! It’s pretty crazy when you sit down and think about it. In my own life, so much has changed since that ball dropped. In a good way, of course! I’m finally starting to feel settled into the new house and we’re getting our new routines in place. I’ve been sharing little snippets of our rooms and decor on INSTAGRAM, but as you know, photos are pretty deceiving as there is still a ton of work to do to get the house decorated and us feeling fully “moved in.”

There are still many (SO many) cardboard boxes to break down… ugh… those boxes!

In addition to garbage management, I’ve got a few more fun things on my weekend agenda beginning with this week’s Friday Link Love reads. Hope you enjoy!

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Dress Your Shape: Rectangle

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It’s confession time…

I may or may not have consumed a 1/2 bottle of delicious rosé while putting this post together. What can I say?! It’s been a long week and I couldn’t NOT finish the already opened bottle.

(Now THAT would be a true sin!)

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Cool For The Summer

cool for the summer

Winter in Cleveland can be brutal… but you probably already knew that if you’ve followed me long enough.

What makes all of those grey months of icy, deep-freeze worthwhile is the summer payoff — blue skies, warm sunshine and cool breezes off the lake. It’s like the city comes to life again after a long hibernation. These first few weeks of June are moments to savor before they get all too familiar and we start looking forward to whatever comes next.

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.27

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Oh, Friday… How I’ve missed you.

I kind of think February is the worst. It’s cold, it’s dark and everyone living in a temperate climate is probably sick of the whole unfortunate, winter-schtick. Spring is so close, yet still so far away as I’m reminded when I look out my window and see snow on the ground.

But there IS a silver lining…

Spring Break is on its way and I know many of us are visualizing the soft sand, ocean waves and sunshine to get us through this month. I know I am. For better or worse, swimsuits are definitely on my mind too, so stay tuned for some beach inspired posting in the upcoming days.  Nothing like a little bathing suit shopping to boost your fitness/health+wellness motivation!

In the meantime, here are some of the best Friday Link Love internet reads of the week to keep you focused and inspired…

Friday Link Love Stella Compiseno The Hearts Delight Garance Dore Book

What I’m Reading:

•  Not to be too literal or anything, but I’ve been reading A LOT. That’s 100% due in part to Kevin Kwan and his book, CRAZY RICH ASIANS. I couldn’t put it down. As soon as I was finished, I started in on CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND (the follow-up) which is as equally binge-read worthy.

•  What is the MOST FASHIONABLE AGE FOR WOMEN according to science!? Sorry, fine, young and unwrinkled ladies in your 20’s… you’ve been beat! (brit.co)

•  I love this list of 10 ESSENTIAL TRAVEL APPS that you never realized you needed… but, you do. (guiddoo.com)

DIY Floral Arrangement Friday Link Love

What I’m Making:

•  This month, I’m all about the DIY MIXED FLORAL ARRANGEMENT — I made the one above with $25 worth of blooms from Trader Joe’s! (magnoliamarket.com)

•  I have a weakness for Asian cuisine… specifically, anything involving noodles like this easy Thai recipe for PAD KEE MAO (a.k.a. Drunken Noodles). (gimmesomeoven.com)

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What I’m Buying:

•  I can never resist the beauty aisle at TARGET… especially now that I have the scoop on Target’s 7 MOST OVERLOOKED BEAUTY BRANDS! (birdie.com)

•  One of my favorite boutiques, INTERMIX is running a Spend More, Save More (up to 25%!) sale and unfortunately for me, spending more at that store is not difficult.

Some of my current favorites include:

•  This OFF-THE-SHOULDER KNIT (it’s under $40!) that would be perfect with white jeans — a great vacation outfit!

•  If you’re more about NOW vs. later, this cozy WRAP COAT and these luxe LEATHER FRINGE GLOVES make a great addition to a winter wardrobe.

•  If you’re looking for a fantastic foundation piece for your collection, I can’t recommend this CASHMERE SLEEVLESS TURTLENECK DRESS enough. Dress it up with HEELS and a sharp BLAZER, or dress it down with ANKLE BOOTIES and a LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT — either way, it’s a stunner.

Have a great weekend! You can find me over on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM or TWITTER — give me a shout!

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.2

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1. One of my favorite ways to easily up the glam factor of any beauty look is with false eyelashes. Easier said than done, right? Here’s an EASY-TO-FOLLOW TUTORIAL for getting the prettiest lashes in town. (fashionista.com)

2. Is it bad that even just the RUMOR OF GISELE BUNDCHEN’S PLASTIC SURGERY makes me immediately feel better about myself? Just sayin’. (racked.com)

3. It’s never too late to learn something new, starting with these FREE (OR CHEAP) ONLINE DIY + DECORATING CLASSES! Let’s get educated. (apartmenttherapy.com)

4. This totally cracked me up and actually made me glad that I’m in my 30’s — here’s WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF 20-SOMETHINGS WERE HONEST ON INSTAGRAM. (buzzfeed.com)

5. Have you guys used a spiralizer yet? I’ve recently fallen head-over-heels with this quirky kitchen gadget (FYI: the spiralized crisp zucchini noodle salad at TOWNHALL is TO. DIE. FOR.) and might finally pull the trigger on the purchase. Once you see these 8-LIFE CHANGING WAYS TO USE A SPIRALIZER, you will too! (pinchofyum.com)

6. Since we’ve headed down the path of delicious summer foods, how about this SUMMER GNOCCHI WITH CHARRED SWEET CORN + ZUCCHINI? If you’ve never made your own gnocchi, it’s so much easier (and delicious) than you think! (spoonforkbacon.com)

7. While everyone is still fussing over the last few days of the NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE (it ends Monday!), get your unadulterated sale-shopping fix in over at INTERMIX. It’s an additional 50% off sale prices and you can find designer pieces to transition to fall like: these TROUSER JEANS, this SAFARI WRAP JACKET, this super-cool FRINGE KNIT SWEATER, or this easy LONG SLEEVE MAXI DRESS that would look fantastic layered under a little jacket with ankle booties!

Another summer month in the books… August here we come!

I’ll be running my final last-minute errands today before heading to NY for my final summer hurrah. It will be a few weeks of soaking up sun, fun and refined carbohydrates in the form of the best pizza and bagels on earth. What more could a girl ask for? You can follow along with me over on INSTAGRAM + TWITTER— I guarantee some city skylines, Long Island shores and most definitely, food porn. No worries, there will be regular blog content as well. I’m good like that.

Have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday.

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Street Style: Head-To-Toe Sweats

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I am going to do something here that I never thought I would: give a “head-to-toe sweats” ensemble my glowing endorsement.  As you saw HERE, my life runs on casual (and a whole lot of caffeine) 80% of the time.  Rather, than just give up and succumb to my stretchy yoga pants, I’ve learned to embrace “casual.”  Casual does NOT have to equate to frumpy.  Casual can look just as cool and stylish as any of the fancy-pants designer outfits of the day (#OOTD).  My one caveat: casual needs to be done RIGHT.

The Heart’s Delight Three-Commandments of Casual:

1) FITTED – no sloppy, baggy sweatshirts that you’ve had since college.  We ALL have them… don’t deny.

2) LAYERED – a sweatshirt on its own looks, well, boring.  Like you put no thought into your attire… tsk, tsk.  Layer up pieces to give the outfit some visual interest and make a simple sweatshirt look way more cool than it is.

3) PROPORTIONED – If you’re going to be wearing a more boxy cut on top, try to keep the bottom half slim and tapered (and vice-versa).

Just take a look at the image in the header above (via Intermix).  Casual perfection.  Here is our chance to prove to the world that the world of sweatpants can be “le chic.”  Don’t let me down.

Street Style: Head-to-Toe Sweats

Look #1:

Forever 21 white moto jacket / Boden stripe sweatshirt / Old Navy skinny sweatpant / Sole Society ankle strap flats / Ray-Ban mirrored aviator sunglasses

Look #2:

 MuuBaa blue moto jacket / Nordstrom sweatshirt / Charlotte Russe skinny sweatpant / Vince leather ballet flat / Illesteva mirror lens sunglasses

Look #3: 

 Coach colorblock moto jacket / TEXTILE Elizabeth and James sweatshirt / American Eagle Outfitters skinny sweatpant /  Zigi Soho pointy toe flats / ASOS mirrored aviator sunglasses

Comfortable AND stylish!?  Definitely.

XOXO,

Stella

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1) I’ve been an avid fan (and spender) at Intermix since the early 2000’s when there was one dangerously close to my NYC apartment.  Last year, the NY based chain was acquired by Gap, Inc. which means a new business strategy focused on opening more brick and mortar stores in secondary markets nationwide.  Suburbanites, rejoice! (fashionista.com)

2)  Made a New Year resolution to work up a sweat more in 2014?  Well, check out this guilty pleasure workout playlist… it may not make the trip to the gym any easier, but it will definitely get your toes tapping.  Toe tapping burns calories, right?  (vanityfair.com)

3) With all of last month’s gift giving/receiving, you may have a few thank-you notes to write.  Before you start texting your gratitude, get a brief lesson in thank-you note etiquette from a pro.  Oh, and put down that cell phone. (elledecor.com)

4) All my pregnant ladies, this one is for YOU!!! Let me introduce you to a new line of maternity wear called, Storq.  Designed to be sold in coordinated “bundles” and fit comfortably through all 3 trimesters, you won’t be disappointed. Practical, comfortable and stylish?!  Why, yes.  Yes, it is. (racked.com)

5) Have a ton of Instagram photos that you don’t know what to do with?  I probably have a food porn photo for each day of the year.  That would make a perfect desk calendar, you say?!  Well, why not.  Printstagram to the rescue.  (printstagram.com)

6) The family that Twitters together, stays together?  Not so much.  Just take it from this Twitter blocking woman and her mother. (nymag.com)

7) Had enough holiday treats to last you until next Thanksgiving?  Try out one of these best detox smoothies and give your body a fresh start in 2014. (theglitterguide.com)

Stay warm & toasty this weekend!

XOXO,

Stella

Recipe Book, Style

TGIF

The summer sun is finally out, the air is crisp and dry and everyone seems to be in a much better mood!  What a nice way to end the week.  As the weekend kicks off, here are a few things that I’ll be checking out:

1) Summer Sale Bonanza

We’ve hit mid July and what does that mean?  SALES.  Retailers are starting to bring in their Fall merchandise and move out their Summer stock.  To be honest, I can’t even think about Fall yet.  That’s OK- there are a ton of Summer wares on sale to hold my attention.

Here are some of the items waiting for me in assorted virtual shopping carts:

Sam Edelman Trina Sandal in New Nude Leopard/ Mandarin

Sam Edelman “Trina” –> Thank you Zappos.  Free shipping, free returns.  Done.

Lightweight Baseball Crewneck Sweater  –> Intermix is offering an additional 40% OFF sale merchandise.  Score.

The Perfect Striped Tee  –> J Crew + Saint James = LOVE

2) DIY Serving Trays-

I just discovered Aimee from Song of Style and her ridiculously easy DIY project.  Now why didn’t I think of that!?

3) Mini Pancake Stacks-

Sunday mornings in my house mean only one thing- PANCAKES.  My kids (and husband) do love them some homemade pancakes.  I may switch up varieties- peanut butter, lemon-ricotta, blueberry, chocolate chip, but you can be guaranteed that the griddle is out and the pancakes are on.  C’mon, who doesn’t love pancakes?  My belief is that pancakes should not be relegated to early morning meals in pajamas (although there is nothing wrong with that!), and instead should be celebrated.  I’m thinking an adult brunch, bridal shower, baby shower, cocktail party, etc.  I’m thinking mini-stacks on a serving pick passed as hor dourves.  I’m thinking assorted dipping syrups and sauces.  I’m thinking DELICIOUS.  I’m thinking you should scroll down for my basic fool-proof pancake and berry syrup recipe!

STELLA’S NO-FAIL PANCAKES

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Whisk together all ingredients until just combined.

Heat a griddle over medium heat until hot and lightly brush with additional oil (I spray with butter flavored PAM). Working in batches, use a mini ice cream scoop (for mini pancakes) or full size scoop (for standard sized pancakes) onto griddle.  If you decide to add chips, blueberries etc., now is the time to sprinkle each pancake with about 1 1/2 teaspoons. Cook until bubbles appear on surface and undersides are golden-brown, about 1 minute. Flip with a spatula and cook other side, about 1 minute more. (Lightly oil griddle between batches.)

See below for syrup details:

Martha’s Berry Maple Syrup

Have a great weekend!

XOXO-

Stella