On My Radar

February is the roughest month for me. I will certainly have to make a yearly trip to Florida because it does make the month go by faster. My first winter here, I assumed that on March 1 spring would be in full force. HA! No, it does not happen like that. February, although short, seems to drag on and on… and leads into March which is just as chilly and slushy. Yuck. What do I do best when I’m not into the weather? Go out and eat delicious food.
Luckily I had some fun things happening this week. One of the best was a cooking class at Miette Culinary Studio with CLIF. It was so much fun. The whole group split up into groups and went off to make the different parts of the meal. (I was with the lava cake group.) When everything was done, we sat down at a big family-style table and enjoyed what the fruits of our labor. I loved getting to learn more cooking techniques and to meet the CLIF team. They are all so nice and so fun.

Before… and after…

Garrett and I had a celebratory dinner at Pizza Beach Club… a new restaurant in our neighborhood. Oh, it’s good. Really, really good. We got the meatballs and split a margherita pizza. 

Last but not least, Jess and I have a long standing tradition of breakfast dates. The first time we hung out together was getting pumpkin pancakes one fall! It’s always fun to start the day extra early with good food and good company. 
This week I couldn’t narrow down the list to five, so it’s an extra long one!
One word: YES. I totally related to the line about achieving something and then feeling empty. I often feel like I’m just on a hamster wheel ticking off boxes of achievement and not feeling a thing. The tips at the end are a good start for combatting this.
Wha?! I remember the first digital camera I got, right before my trip to Italy in eighth grade. It had three megapixels and felt like the coolest thing in the world! Now TV shows are being filmed with devices that we all carry in our pockets? The future… is here. Love the behind the scenes of how its done.
THREE // Adult Things You Don’t Learn in College
I honestly thought this particular list was pretty lame, but I was just telling my mom how I wish I had learned more real life stuff in college. Not just acronyms and names, but like real how-to kind of stuff. (Looking into mortgages and I had NO idea what to do, where to start. I’ve figured it out now, but sheesh! I felt clueless when I started!!!)

FOUR // 15 Year Old Just Hired CEO for Her Business

This 15 year old started a nanny and babysitting service in NYC and has made $375,000 so far. The business is getting so big that she hired a CEO to step in and run the company. Talk about impressive.

FIVE // An Undocumented Immigrant Becomes a Star at Goldman Sachs

A long, interesting read.

SIX // What color is the dress?

Everyone is trying to figure it out. At first I saw white and gold. Then I saw black and blue for a tiny bit… and now I see white and gold. I get that it’s blue and black (I assume?), but WHY do I see it as WHITE?!

SEVEN // Best Instagram Caption

Mia Thermopolis for the win.

EIGHT // Fast Food Coffee Taste

I was laughing so hard at this. Garrett got me hooked on McDonald’s coffee. It’s $1 for any size and actually really good. (I love my Nespresso and a good dark roast at Starbucks, but for a lighter/sugary  coffee the McCafe can’t be beat… even by Dunkin!)

NINE // Pinterest Tips

I haven’t been using Pinterest as much lately. Whenever I sign in, I only see my pins and pins from boards I don’t even follow? I’m hoping the algorithm improves, but in the meantime, here are some interesting tips on how to make better content for Pinterest.

TEN // Kate Spade New Arrivals

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The kids stuff is adorable, but I think the new arrivals right now take the cakeā€“ how cute is this dress?

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White Cabana

Ha ha…the coffee taste test video is hilarious. It's interesting how many tasted "watery"…seems like coffee needs the extras (milk, cream, sugar) for it to taste really good.
p.s. I'd take a closet full of the new Kate Spade collection! And I don't even wear colourful clothes!

chelsea b

I've been having the same issue with Pinterest. I changed the "Personalization" settings. Specifically turning off the two questions under this, "We sometimes show you Promoted Pins and recommendations based on your activity on Pinterest. Is it okay if we…" Now I'm seeing much more of boards I actually follow!

Champagne Star

I think the biggest adjustment about moving from the South to the North is realizing there is now Spring in the North, just more cold! Love you list of things on your radar! I'm finding that college does an extraordinary job of teaching you things that aren't practical for life after college. McDonald's coffee is actually pretty good, but most of the fast food restaurants where I live are pretty ghetto, so if you want somewhat decent service without a lot of attitude, you have to stick with pricier places like Starbucks.


Yum! Pizza Beach Club is only two blocks from my best friend! We'll have to check it out. Loved this post–more pictures of French toast please! (she said without sounding strange in the slightest?? lol)

Julia D.

I know this isn't a focus of the post at all, but I'm curious. A while back you mentioned you were vegetarian and didn't talk about it much further, I was just wondering, since you mentioned eating meat balls, whether you've transitioned back to eating meat.