My Go-To Arugula Salad

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If you live in Westchester or Fairfield County, then you are likely aware of the restaurant, Fortina. This place kills it with their food and the atmosphere. They serve a great mix of classic Italian fare and modern dishes.

My favorite thing to order is the Arugula Salad. I could eat it by the bag full. It is so simple, delicious, and refreshing!

When I can’t get to Fortina (unfortunately, the closest one to us is still about 20 minutes away), I make my own version of the salad at home. I love how easy and quick it is to whip up!

What You Need*:

  • 1 Container of Arugula
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon of Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Shelled Pistachios
  • 1 Salad Bowl
  • 1 Small Mixing Bowl

*when possible, buy organic and local.

What To Do:

  • In the small mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, raw honey, lemon juice (from the entire lemon), and the sea salt. Whisk until smooth, then pour half into the bottom of the salad bowl.
  • Dump the arugula, pistachios, and 1/2 the Parmesan cheese into the salad bowl and mix well distributing the dressing onto the leaves. Pour the remainder of the dressing on top and mix well again.
  • Once the dressing is evenly distributed, top the salad with the remainder of the fresh grated Parmesan cheese and serve!

A Weekend in The Catskills

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I wish I could say I visit the Catskills more often. It being only a 2 hour drive north, you would think I would. After this trip this past weekend, I can assure you I will make more of an effort to get here more.

If you are unfamiliar with the Catskills, it’s a region just about 3 hours north of NYC. If you are looking for skiing, hiking, farmer’s markets, and just a general sense of “escaping it all”, the Catskills is your place.

Normally, we come to the region in the winter to ski at either Hunter or Windham Mountain. All summer I have had the desire to disappear into the woods, so I decided this would be the perfect place for a little weekend getaway. Around the same time I was perusing Harper’s Bazaar and stumbled upon this article that mentioned the new Eastwind Hotel + Bar. I knew that we had to stay there with it’s Scandinavian inspired decor and it being dog friendly! Unfortunately, their popular Lushnas (triangle shaped glamping cabins) were all sold out, but their King Room accomodations were equally comfortable and stylish.

The owners of Eastwind, Julia and Bjorn (and their adorable children), could not be better hosts. They were so warm and welcoming from the moment we arrived. They are also so helpful when looking for things to do in the area. On the weekends, they prepare and serve a communal breakfast including fresh fruit, german pancakes, yogurt, and charcuterie. Oh and because Friday was #NationalSmoresDay, they left s’mores kits in everyone’s rooms! We cannot wait to go back to Eastwind soon.

If you do not want to stay in a hotel on your trip, AirBnB is also always a great option. We typically AirBnB when in the area on a ski trip.

Things To Do in the Catskills:

  1. Go Hiking – There is a trail for everyone in the Catskills including Kaaterskill Falls, Windham Path, Huckleberry Trail, and many, many more. When the rain cleared on Sunday, we headed out onto the Windham Path which was a great and quick 2 mile loop. Kassterskill Falls is supposed to be gorgeous, but since we had the dog, we decided to do that one another time. Another spot we want to check out next time is Diamond Notch Falls which is conveniently located near West Kill Brewery.
  2. Go Skiing – If you are taking this trip in the winter, visit Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain for great skiing. I’ve been to both and tend to prefer Windham over Hunter since Windham has more options for those of us that ski only greens and blues, whereas Hunter has far more black diamonds.
  3. Go to a Drive-In Movie – Yes, a DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATER. Drive-In 32 plays your favorite classic movies from Spring to Fall. There’s even a snack shack and a beer garden serving up local fare and brew. We particularly liked it because it was pet-friendly, all you need to do is purchase a Pup-Pass. The couple that owns this drive-in also could not have been nicer.
  4. Visit the Local Farms – Explore the best ones in the area here.
  5. Visit the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary – All of the animals that live in the sanctuary are rescues and the sanctuary offers them a safe place to live with food.

Places to Eat + Drink:

  1. West Kill BrewerySaturday was a very rainy day and what else is there to do when it’s too soggy to explore the outdoors with your pup? Head to this pet-friendly and kid-friendly brewery. We had a great afternoon hanging at the picnic tables, eating venison, and playing Battleship.
  2. Phoenicia Diner – This obviously has to be #1 on my list. It is the most popular diner in the area for a reason. Not your typical diner fare is served here and it’s all delicious.
  3. Chicken Run – When we are in Windham, we love stopping by Chicken Run for a casual lunch at the bar. Nothing fancy, but is always just right.
  4. Jagerberg Beer Hall & Alpine Tavern – With a pet-friendly beer garden, how could you pass this up? Local brew and delicious Fare.
  5. Deer Mountain Inn – Unfortunately we couldn’t visit this place since we had the dog with us and didn’t want to leave her alone in the hotel, but their seven course tasting menu featuring locally sourced ingredients is said to be a must!
  6. Bee’s Knees Cafe at Heather Ridge Farms – Both a local farm and a cafe in one. Visit this year-round cafe that has sprawling views of the Catskills Mountains serving their  own meats and locally sourced and foraged ingredients.

What to Pack:

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1. Hiking Leggings | 2. Cozy Socks | 3. Water Bottle | 4. Hiking Shoes

5. A Good Fleece | 6. Flannel | 7. A Comfy T-Shirt | 8. Cozy PJ’s

9. Birkenstocks | 10. A Good Pair of Jeans | 11. A Light Jacket

 

 

 

Freestyle Friday vol. 9

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I am really excited about this week’s line up on Freestyle Friday. Whether inspirational or informative, they all proved to be articles I want to apply to my own life in some shape or form and will be referring to them for years to come.

So let’s get right into it:

  1. As an Executive Assistant myself, I loved reading about how this woman rose from Executive Assistant to Head of PR at Minted. Her career advice can also be applied no matter what your role is right now.
  2. Did you catch Beyonce’s article in Vogue for the September issue? If you didnt, read it. It will leave you in tears. She’s so eloquent, graceful, and authentic. I wish she did things like this more often.
  3. Anyone ready for a diet reset? I sure am. My goal is to do this 3-Day reset from Goop next week.
  4. We all know Jet Lag is the worst. Other than pushing through it and drinking tons of water, there’s now proof that you should be sweating it out! Anyone think I can convince my husband to do this when we get to Paris in a couple of weeks?
  5. People are often shocked to hear I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week (and working towards 1-2 days a week). But trust I am not the only one! Take blogger/influencer Sivan Ayla for instance, she’s doing THE SAME THING. And in this article, she explains why.

Finally, here’s a round up of the posts on Irish&Scandi this week:

  1. An Aperol Spritz for any time of day and any day of the week.
  2. The first real step you need to make if you want to organize your closet.
  3. Some of my favorite end of season summer white dresses.

Last Call For Summer Whites

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JK!

We all know those silly rules of no white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day are for the naive.

Rock those whites all year long. Pair them with booties, OTK boots, and fur coats.

I’m serious.

I bought this dress for my bachelorette party last summer and I’m so happy to report that I’ve worn it at least 10 times since then. Talk about a great investment piece!

You can shop this look and some others that I put together below.

Do YOU wear white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day? Tell me in the comments!

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Last Call for Summer Whites

1. LOVESHACKFANCY Lace Midi Dress | 2. Self-Portrait Eyelet Ruffle Dress

3. Self-Portrait Ruffle Cut Out Dress | 4. Le Specs Liar Liar Sunglasses

5. Soludos Espadrille Sneakers | 6. Topshop Crab Straw Bag | 7. J.Crew Jean Jacket

8. Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses | 9. Violet Ray New York | 10. Sam Edelman Gio Slide

 

 

The First Step to Closet Organization

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Twice a year I get the wild urge to purge my closet and completely re-organize it. Getting rid of things that are taking up space just brings me so much joy. I know this can’t be as easy for everyone, but I highly suggest you give it a try.

In my last venture into organizing my closet, I adopted the Konmari Method, though I have to admit I don’t think I let go of as much as I could have. Lately, my soul has been yearning for a more minimalist lifestyle.

Minimalist =

less things | more clarity | more joy | more gratitude | more fulfilling experiences

Which brings me to the first step of closet organization: letting things go.

This past Sunday I purged my closet like never before. I got real with myself about the things I was holding onto in my closet. I separated everything into “Donate”, “Sell”, “Keep”, “Not Sure”. The “Not Sure” pile is to be kept in a bin in the attic for 6 months. Whatever I don’t use in that 6 months, gets tossed or donated.

Now that I have my closet in order, I want to keep it that way. So I’ve also adopted a couple of new rules for when I am shopping:

  1. Do I really need it?
  2. Do I already own something like it and if so, is it in good condition and do I use it?
  3. If I buy it, I commit to the 1 in and 1 out rule.

The other best part about cleaning out your closet? A trip to The Container Store. Luckily, I did a Container Store shop the last time I cleaned out my closet about 6 months ago, so there wasn’t much that I needed to organize what I had.

My top tip for shopping at The Container Store? Go with a list and a plan. It can be TOO easy to come home with items that you will never end up using.

Happy Organizing!

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1. 2 Shelf Shoe Stacker | 2. Case of Clear Drop Front Shoe Boxes | 3. Drop Front Sweater Box | 4. Wooden Hangers | 5. Hat Boxes | 6. Handbag Storage Bin | 7. Napa Woven Storage Bin | 8. Clear Hanging Garment Bag | 9. Boot Shapers | 10. Pandan Shirt Box

“Aperol” Spritz Mocktail

 

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Soon enough, I’ll write a post all about my sober life journey. Until then, I’ll just share all of the best mocktails I’m enjoying!

Even if you still indulge in real Aperol spritzers, these are so delicious and refreshing to have any time of the day and any day of the week.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Wine Glass
  • 1 Bottle of Ginger Beer
  • 1 Bottle of Pellegrino
  • 1 Bottle of Whole Foods Blood Orange Italian Soda
  • 1 Orange Slice
  • Ice

What to do:

  • Fill your wine glass with ice. Pour equal parts ginger beer, Pellegrino, and Blood Orange Italian Soda into the glass. Mix lightly and add an orange slice as garnish. Sip, relax, and enjoy!

Freestyle Friday Vol. 8

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Welp, I don’t know about you guys, but I have had A WEEK. A couple of  12 hour work days, lack of sleep, and PMS can really take a toll on a girl. I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend of BBQ-ing and cleaning out my closet. There’s nothing that makes me feel more refreshed and aligned than getting rid of excess items in the house. I’m thinking of posting them all to Poshmark, would you guys be into that?

Anyway, I hope you all are having a wonderful Friday so far and that you have an even better weekend! Share your plans with me in the comments!

Freestyle Friday Vol. 8:

  1. I really loved this article and perspective on infidelity on The Cut.
  2. As I am gearing up for our trip to France at the end of the month, it’s had me thinking about what I am going to pack! I will definitely be using this easy guide to minimalist packing from MindBodyGreen.
  3. Due to Social Media and Pinterest our generation has a infatuation with PERFECTION. Which can be great, at times. But it is also leading to record high numbers of depression and low self worth. I found this article really helpful.
  4. Did you know you can buy plants on Amazon!? I went a little nuts this week and bought a Fiddle Leaf Fig, a Snake Plant, and Aloe. Wish me luck on keeping them alive!
  5. Did you catch my post on transitional floral dresses that you can take from summer to fall?