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New Years Prep

New Years Eve{Photo cred here}

What will you be doing for New Years Eve? Or better yet, what will you be wearing? I love New Years because it’s the time of year when you can wear your  grandest attire without being the only one. Girls: your uniform should include sequins, satin and/or silks. Guys: pull out that bow tie and that 3 piece suite. I’m not saying you can’t be casual, but I’m saying you should probably welcome the new year with your best sequined foot forward.


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My top foolishly underrated things of 2012

make up primer

When I first heard of this I thought it was yet another beauty scam, but after trying it out myself, I realized the benefits of this product. Since I have oily skin, it does in fact keep my make-up in place even into the wee hours of the night.

1. bare Minerals Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer, 2. Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, 3. Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, 4. e.l.f Mineral Infused Face Primer, 5. MAC Prep + Prime Highlighertravel essentials

This past year I traveled a lot to New York City or Minneapolis. What I clearly forgot during some of these trips was how cold the airport can be, and how much I would love to take a nap while I sit on this thing. Being prepared to sleep anywhere, keep warm and look cool while on your journey? perfect! (Hepburn had the right idea)

1. Gap blanket scarf, 2. Tempurpedic travel pillow, 3. Sleeping Silk Eye Mask, 4. Capitana Cardigan

cosmopolis_newsElisecosmopolis-stillThis David Cronenberg film was definitely not what I was expecting. Not only was the film interesting with its characters and their actions, but it made the audience think about this futuristic world. I was impressed with how Cronenberg portrayed the novel by Don Delillo, as well as Robert Pattinson’s performance.

(Pictures from here, here, & here)

vanityvanityvanityI agonized my make-up & jewelry drawer every time I looked at it. How could it be so cluttered? How did it get like this? How can I fix it? I found these pictures as inspiration for finally organizing my own vanity this past summer.

peking duckYes I am a vegetarian but this peking duck found in Flushings, NY was so tasty. It was quite the adventure to find it, since it is only a window you walk up to and pay $1 for a little bit of heaven. (So sorry little ducks but you are just so tasty…)

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Five Reds

My five favorite red things from the holidays….

Twine on present

Red & white twine wrapped around presents

Book Clutch

A red book clutch that I made for my sister this Christmas

Kene ChristmasA Christmas sweater for Kene (it used to be a kids sweater that I altered)

Red nails

Red nails for Christmas eve (and through the New Year…)

Red wrapping paperGraphic wrapping paper for gifts

Drinks/ Cocktails

Grand Cosmopolitan

Grand Cosmo

Grand Cosmopolitan

  • 3/4 oz. Grand Marnier liqueur
  • 1 oz. Kettle One vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
  • dash of lemon juice
  • garnish with lemon twist (optional)

A little switch to the traditional Cosmo for this holiday season. Add vodka, Grand Marnier, cranberry and lemon juice in cocktail shaker over ice. Shake contents and strain into martini glass. Add lemon twist and continue with your holiday joy.


Eat like a King: Salmon stuffed with spinach and cheese

My mom went to the grocery store, and made a fine creation: Salmon stuffed with spinach and cheese. I found a similar recipe at Whole Foods, but I think if you want to explore spices or add different cheeses, than I say DO IT!


Pre-cook the salmon, but just enough so that it is no longer raw. You’re going to stick it in the oven later on…


Mix the ricotta cheese and cooked spinach in a bowl. When the Salmon is cooled, add the spinach mixture and roll the salmon long ways. Stick in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.


{~pair with asparagus and baked mac & cheese for a great meal.~]

Here is the Whole Foods recipe, if you would like something more structured!