Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gift Guide for Grads

It's graduation season and you may know several new graduates who are striving to join the workforce/adulthood. This gift guide will help you select the perfect tokens as they enter the next stage of their journey post-graduation.

Leather Notebook

Whether they plan to travel or go right into a new job after graduation, a leather bound notebook is a great gift. They can jot down ideas, memories, to-do lists, etc. etc. etc. in a grown-up and elegant way with a lovely leather bound notebook


Stationary

Make sure your grad doesn't forget to stay in touch with loved ones by giving them stationary to write home with. Sure it's a bit retro, but it's a great way to ensure they learn the value of a good hand-written thank you note. 


Desk Accessories/Organizers

Help make their desk space beautiful, functional and organized with chic desk accessories. They'll love to come home to this space and be as creative and driven as they can be. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fit Friday: Infused Water


Have you heard of infused water? It's all the rage in health trends and I'm a big fan. The concept is simple - add fruit and/or herbs to your drinking water. Many claim that it adds antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc. to your drink. If nothing else, it makes your water taste delicious.

If one of your health goals is to drink more water (it's recommended we drink at least 8 glasses of water a day), then this is a neat way to ensure you do. Once your finished with your bottle and you see the ingredients settled at the bottom, you'll immediately be inclined to refill it. Before you know it, you'll go through several glasses of water without even noticing.


My favorite ingredients to infuse my water with are lemon and strawberry slices. It adds a lovely tart and sweet flavor to the water. It's delicious.


Another one of my favorite recipes for infused water is a refreshing green version. 


This water includes slices of cucumber and mint leaves. This is a spa-favorite. It's light and the mint leaves a wonderful crisp taste in your mouth.


I drink infused water from my Kikki K glass water bottle.It comes with its own glass cup that sits over the mouth of the bottle. It features gold stamps with the phrase "life is sweet" written across the front and a bee at the bottom of the cup.  



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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Christian Louboutin Spring/Summer 2015 Unboxing


I just received these beautiful Christian Louboutin sandals as a Mother's Day gift. I can't tell you how much I'm in love with them. The Cataclou 60mm is black suede with black studded straps. The trendy platform features two strands of black and gold ropes with a gold studded tier in between. Although most of these sandals have already sold out, they are available in some sizes at Barney's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Net-a-Porter.








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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fit Friday: Avocado, Mango & Red Onion Salad


In today's Fit Friday post, I'm sharing one of my favorite salad recipes. You can serve it alone as a side salad or serve it over greens as a healthy entree (dinner salad). The ingredients are delicious and the recipe couldn't be simpler. The three main ingredients are the star of the show but I'm serving it over Organic Girl 50/50 Mixed Greens to give it more substance and since I'm having it as my entire meal. Feel free to do either or mix it up to fit your preference.

Ingredients:
Avocado
Mango
Red Onion
Cilantro
Greens (options)
Lemon Juice (as dressing)
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Begin prepping your ingredients by finely chopping some cilantro. I happen to really love cilantro so I'm using a ton.


2. Next chop up some mango. I'm using large green mangos because they tend to be on the more sour side rather than sweet but feel free to choose whichever mango you prefer and is available to you. Try cutting them in wedges like the ones below.


3. Now cut up your ripe Haas avocado in wedges as well.


4. Lastly, chop up your red onions. Try cutting them in thin slices then cut them in half until they're in  long C shapes. I used about a quarter of my onion.


5. As I mentioned above, you can serve this salad as is or over some greens for a heartier dinner salad. Today, I'm serving them over Organic Girl 50/50 Spring and Spinach mix.


6. I like to plate them in a circular design by placing a few wedges of avocado followed by wedges of mango and placing the onion slices in  between. I then sprinkle the cilantro all over. I let each diner serve themselves and provide them with lemon slices or lemon juice as dressing. They can also salt and pepper their salad to taste.



Try this delicious salad over the weekend and let me know what you think.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

RocksBox May 2015 Unboxing


It's that time again! It's time for another RocksBox Unboxing. Here is everything I received in my latest RocksBox delivery. Hope you like my pieces as much as I do! Don't forget that you get your first month FREE when you sign up for RocksBox using my exclusive code - DomesticatedMeBlogXoxo


Items Featured:
Gorjana Twist Cuff $95
Ashiana London One Stone Drop Earring in Blue $65
Wanderlust + Co Multispike Baguette Crystal Necklace $55






What I'm Wearing:
bareMinerals Foundation
bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadows
Natalie Lipstick by CIRCA Beauty
Blushing Bride LipSurgence Lip Gloss by Tarte

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top 5 Sandal Syles for the Spring & Summer

Now that it's finally warm out in New York City, I'm starting my sandal hunt. I'm sharing my Top 5 Sandal Styles

Thong/Flip Flop Sandals

They're the summer time staple - the thonged/flipflop sandals. Below are some of my favorites that you can ear casually or dressed up for a beach-side cocktail party.


Gladiator

Gladiator sandals have been in for years now. The trend came back strong with the release of several Roman/Greek themed films of the 2000s. But the gladiator is here to stay. Below are some really great options for this Spring and Summer. 


Strappy Sandals

I love a pretty strappy sandal you can run around in to your favorite music festival or for a lovely picnic. You may  scrappy sandals are simple but the ones below have beautiful details that make them out of the ordinary.


Thick Soled Sandals

Platforms, espadrilles and Birkenstocks! Oh my! This trend was huge last year and it's returning once again. I've picked some really great pairs below that are not only comfortable but fashionable.


Luxury Sandals

For the ladies who love luxury, below are my favorite pairs of designer sandals. Even if you won't buy a pair, boy, they're lovely to look at! I'm hoping to pick one of these up this week.


Which is your fair style? Did you see a pair you can't live without? Tell me in the comment section below. 
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