I&S Favorites: Bath Essentials

Bath Photo

If you are ever looking for me in the evenings, you can most likely find me in the bath tub.

Working in a stressful environment, I need something that can help me decompress FAST.

The moment I get into a steaming hot bath, I completely relax. I may only stay in for 5-10 minutes. But once I come out, I am ready to put on my PJs and have a restful night of sleep.

Now, you COULD take a bath with just water, nothing else. But what’s the fun in that?

Above and listed below are my favorite bath accessories.

Clockwise from Left to Right:

  1. Dry Brush for Body Brushing Pre-Bath
  2. Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oils
  3. Palo Santo Le Labo Candle to eliminate ALL the bad energy
  4. Bamboo Tray
  5. Josie Maran Body Butter for Post-Bath
  6. A Good Bookcurrently indulging in SweetBitter by Stephanie Danler
  7. Herbivore Coconut Bath Soak
  8. Goop ‘The Martini’ Emotional Detox Bath



Easter Dress Round-Up

Easter Round Up

It’s still chilly in the Northeast, but Easter is just a little under 2 weeks away! Dressing for Easter is tough because in most cases:

  1. Your legs haven’t seen the sun in months;
  2. And you want to buy a dress you can wear into Spring and Summer but it’s not quite warm enough yet.

Above are some of my favorites from this year’s collections and they can even carry through to the end of the summer. If it’s chilly, simply throw on a trench, cardigan, blazer, or shawl.

Clockwise Starting from Top Left:

  1. Banana Republic Floral Maxi Dress (this is the dress that I plan on wearing AND it’s on sale!)
  2. Club Monaco Floral Dress With Long Sleeves
  3. J. Crew Striped Jumpsuit
  4. Kimberly Dress in Orchid from Tuckernuck
  5. Printed Manila Maxi from Anthropologie
  6. Rebecca Minkoff Green Floral Dress w/ Ruffles
  7. Madewell Off the Shoulder Floral Dress
  8. Sezane Blush Pink Knee Length Dress
  9. Lea Dress by Saloni from Tuckernuck (My Favorite!)
  10. Club Monaco Blush Dress with Ruffle Top

Life: Less Stressed

Stress Free Post

Let’s face it, life is STRESSFUL. Whether you have 5 kids or no kids, work 60 hours or 0 hours, get 10 hours of sleep or 0 hours of sleep. We’re human, with human brains and emotions. We all fall out of alignment with ease and happiness.

For the past 7 years, I have been on the search of ways to keep me in alignment with this ease and happiness as much as possible. To be clear, it’s unrealistic to be completely in alignment at all times. But these tools have helped me come back quickly when I’ve fallen under stress.

From top left to right:

  1. Gabrielle Bernstein – Gabby is not a woo woo speaker. She keeps it REAL. Think of her as the Carrie Bradshaw of the new-age community. Her blog and Miracle Membership are so relevant to a modern day woman’s day to day life.
  2. Abraham-Hicks – Ok, a little more out there. But before you cross them off the list, hear me out. A lot of what they say actually makes sense. Don’t fight upstream battles and trust that everything is always working out for you. Period.
  3. A Bath – 10 minutes in the bathtub with the lights down low, some epsom salts, and lavender bubble bath. Enough said.
  4. Yoga – Let me start off by saying these two things: 1. you do not have to be flexible to do yoga and 2. you do not have to be a hippie to enjoy it. There’s a type of yoga for everyone. I personally love Yogaworks that has locations in NYC and Westchester (and others around the country). Majority of the time, it can be tough to get to class. That’s where YogaGlo comes in handy. This online platform has classes ranging from 10min-90min, and for every level from beginner to advanced.
  5. Cooking – Pick a recipe from Gwyneth’s It’s All Easy cookbook (currently on my want list) and get cooking! Make something fun like muffins, cinnamon rolls from scratch, or a soup.
  6. Magnesium – I love CALM for a magnesium supplement because it doubles as a tea since typically you drink it warm.
  7. Sleep – sometimes you’re stressed because you are just dang tired! If you can’t get quality sleep MAJORITY of the time (I know, Moms. It’s HARD!). Try to get at least 1 night of quality sleep a week. If that’s impossible, try Yoga Nidra (can also be found on YogaGlo).
  8. Slow Down to Speed Up – I get so frantic sometimes rushing and cramming as much as I can do into seconds. No wonder I was feeling anxiety and stress. My new motto? Slow down to speed up. When I find that I am rushing from one thing to another without much thought, I stop myself, close my eyes or look myself in the eyes in a mirror, and take a deep breath. This allows me to move more consciously into what I am doing and thus bring more ease and happiness.
  9. Start Your Day with a Positive Note – Every morning, the first thing I read in my inbox is my Note from the Universe. Well, it’s actually from Mike Dooley. But, because each note is signed from the Universe, it’s fun to pretend. Click here to sign up for your Note from the Universe.
  10. Tea Time – There is just something so special about tea. I really believe in using it as a support tool. Some of my favorites for stress are Chamomile, St. John’s Wort, Lavender, and Ginger. There is also just SOMETHING about Earl Grey. This simple ritual can be a little “treat yo-self” after a very long, and stressful day. Bonus points for serving it in a traditional tea cup with saucer.

Spring Home Refresh

spring home

We have snow coming again tomorrow in the northeast, but I am dreaming of sitting on my porch with a good book in the sun.

One of my favorite things about spring is spring cleaning, surprisingly enough.

I am a huge believer in the annual purge of items you no longer need and clearing space for new energy.

This spring I plan on completely overhauling my basement, garage, and attic. A big undertaking, but I know I will feel so great once it is done. Plus, who doesn’t love a shopping spree at the Container Store?

Our deck needs to be completely re-done but we won’t be doing it for another year or 2 (kitchen priorities!). So this year I plan on sprucing it up with an outdoor rug, a new lounge set up, and lots of plants!

Above are some of the pieces I have my eye on. Do you plan on redecorating for spring?

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Ikea Solleron Sectional
  2. Ikea Vildapel Side Table
  3. High Gloss Tray from CB2
  4. Ikea Askholmen Flower Box
  5. Wayfair Umbrella Stand
  6. Preserved Boxwood Topiary from Waiting on Martha Home
  7. Serena & Lily Dip Dyed Stools
  8. Adirondack Chair Cushions from World Market
  9. Antique White Adirondack Chairs from World Market
  10. Pottery Barn Flatweave Outdoor Rug

Spring Fever

I don’t know about you guys, but I have SPRING FEVER.

I am so ready to do some spring cleaning, decorate my front and back patios, and of course start rocking all my favorite pieces for Spring.

Some of these items I’ve already purchased and some are still on my lust list. I

love the fact that gingham everything and straw bags are here to stay for another season!

What trends are you looking forward to wearing this year?

Clockwise from Top Left:
  1. Embroidered Shirtdress from Anthropologie
  2. Wrap Stripe Blouse by Iris & Ink (currently CRAZY on SALE!)
  3. Straw Tote from Hat Attack
  4. Hot Pink Slippers by Sam Edelman
  5. Gingham Blouse from Zara
  6. Linen Dress from FAITHFULL THE BRAND
  7. Gold and White Statement Earrings from For Love & Lemons
  8. Green and White Jumpsuit from FAITHFULL THE BRAND

Post Vacation Detox

Happy Tuesday!

I almost said Wednesday – but it is definitely not Wednesday.

Tuesday’s are always my toughest day of the week. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it doesn’t have the inspiration that Monday has, but it still is not even close to the end of the week.

Whatever it is, I try to snap myself out of it just as fast as I find myself feeling down.

Sometimes getting creative is the best way for me to do that – which is the reason this post was made today!

I spent the past week getting back into a healthy routine and being more conscious of what I was eating and drinking after being indulgent in the Bahamas.

Not surprisingly, I experienced some detox symptoms pretty fast (exhaustion, moodiness…)!

Yes, even just a weekend away can cause severe detox symptoms. Kind of scary stuff! It just shows how easily our bodies are affected by what we consume and what is around us.

Below are some of the guidelines I follow to get my equilibrium back:

H2O  –

When I return from vacation I kick my hydration efforts into high gear. I drink water the moment I wake and continue drinking water and herbal tea the entire day. I even chug one down before I go to bed (also helps to wake up earlier to work out!) This helps me replenish any fluids I lost while enjoying drinks in the sun. And it also helps with flushing the system out. On the first day of this, by mid-day I am already feeling 75% better. Just from drinking water!

Probiotics –

Flying and eating food you aren’t used to can really mess with the microbiome in your gut. So I always up my probiotics in some way. Last week I was lucky enough to have Suja Daybreka Probiotic available at my office. I drank one each morning. It contains water, lemon juice, probiotics, cayenne and a little maple syrup. All wonderful things that aid digestion, alkalize the body and stimulate the metabolism.

Epsom Baths –

I just posted on Instagram how much I LOVE taking baths. They are a non-negotiable for me. I have to take one every night to clear my energy and shift into “downtime”. Not only are they relaxing, but they also help you sweat and detoxify! If you don’t have access to a bath tub, you can also dry brush and take a shower with essential oils (lavender or jasmine). Another great option (if you belong to a gym) is a sauna.

Work it Out –

Even though I felt sluggish on return from vacation, working out and moving my body was a necessity. I did kundalini and vinyasa yoga each morning and did not take a rest day until Sunday. I also made the conscious decision to walk more rather than take a cab. Get your workouts in, even if it is just 20 minutes and find ways to be just a little more active on top of that.

Clean Eating –

When I get back from vacation, the last thing my body wants are foods with complicated ingredients and rich sauces. It wants clean and plain. So that’s what I have. Lots of salads, lots of juices, smoothies each morning, apple slices with cinnamon. By Wednesday or Thursday, I was eating lean meats again but always accompanied with an abundance of vegetables.

So, there you have it!

All pretty simple, rational things.

I think the hard part about bouncing back from vacation is because we feel the need to restrict, then we fall back into not so healthy habits or binge. Or we have cravings for the things we treated ourselves to because they are highly addictive.

As long as you start and continue with healthy habits as soon as you get back the healthy habit will grow and you’ll be feeling more like yourself in no time.

I hope this serves you in one way or another.

I’m off for a ski trip this weekend for my birthday – more on that next week!

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Happy Thursday! All day I have felt like it’s Wednesday and am even happier whenever I see that it is, in fact, Thursday and almost another weekend.

In my opinion, all work weeks should be 4 days long!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I was off in the Bahamas this weekend. Yes, only for the weekend. But trust me, when you haven’t seen the sunshine since Labor Day and likely aren’t going to until the Summer, any amount you can get is good enough!

Honestly, a weekend trip to the Bahamas from New York is much easier than most expect. Direct flights are just under 3 hours from JFK. If you hop on the 6am, you land at 9am and are on the beach by 1130am. That’s basically like gaining an entire extra day without paying for an extra night at the hotel!

We stayed at Atlantis, which can be pricey. But with all of the amenities included (complimentary breakfast, 11 Pools, 4 Beaches, Casino, 5 Star Restaurants, Large Guest Rooms with Ocean Views) we found it worth the splurge.

Eating well and staying healthy on vacation isn’t easy. You still want to indulge a bit, but you want to feel good too. Below I have outlined a bit of what I ate and drank over the weekend:


When on vacation at a hotel or resort, I typically start my day with water and an omelet with any vegetables they have available. If I want to have toast, I choose Rye over whole wheat. This is because Rye has a lower glycemic index. Sometimes I skip toast altogether and have fruit. Filling up on eggs (protein) is the best way to stay satisfied and you are less likely to binge later. If you can get your hands on avocado then even better! The fat/protein combo is always a winner.

Stay away from just eating fruit or bread. Carbs (including fruit) will spike your blood sugar only for it to crash again, leading to a binge or eating something because it is quick rather than nutritious.

If you prefer to have yogurt, get plain. The only yogurts I saw at the resort had added fruit preserves which are full of sugar as well. So I steered clear of those.

Most resorts/hotels/vacation spots have a Starbucks, which serves oatmeal and assorted breakfast sandwiches. To avoid a sugar crash from the oatmeal, mix in just the nuts rather than the brown sugar and dried fruits (ALL SUGAR). Maybe grab a breakfast sandwich and just eat the middle (the egg and cheese).


Honestly, we were eating breakfast super late, so we typically didn’t eat lunch. Throughout the day I would load up on water (and have an afternoon cocktail). We would have a snack around 3-4pm which consisted of Caesar Salads. Again, not the most ideal option, but we were getting our veggies in! Just have the dressing served on the side (use sparingly) and remove the croutons.


Being in the Bahamas, we ate A LOT of seafood. As you can see below, we ate mainly fish dishes with sides of vegetables. Again, enough to keep us satisfied but also nourished! If we had dessert, we reserved ourselves to 2 or 3 bites.


It’s easy to get pulled into the delicious looking daiquiris and pina coladas – but trust me, your gut will not be happy! I had ONE during the whole weekend and ended up feeling bloated the rest of the weekend.Not fun when you want to look your best!

The rest of the time I stuck to the simple things like white wine/rose, vodka sodas with EXTRA lemon and if you still want a specialty drink, opt for a mojito with very little simple syrup.


Don’t you want to feel your best on vacation? I do! And exercise makes me feel good! Typically, I bring my sneakers and workout clothes and use the gym (even for a quick 20 minute run). This time around, since we were just there 3 days, I only brought some yoga pants to do a little bit of Kundalini yoga and stretching. I really wish I had brought my sneakers to do some running outside, so I definitely learned my lesson. I didn’t utilize it this trip, but YouTube is also a great resource when looking for hotel room workouts. Tracy Anderson has some great videos that you can do in your pajamas. If you don’t want to designate a workout time, walking and stretching are great forms of getting your body moving and one (stretching) you can even do in bed!

I hope that this serves you in one way or another! Below are more pics from the trip along with links to some outfits I can’t wait to bring back when the weather warms up in New York!

Next week I’ll give some post-vacation detox tips (which I am knee deep in right now 🙂 )

Have a great rest of the week and enjoy your weekend!




Kicking the vacation off with a refreshing margarita!

 Dinner at Nobu (Greens, Sashimi w/ Cilantro Sauce and Mini Lobster Tacos)


 Local Snapper with Fennel at Jean Georges Restaurant Cafe Martinique


Kundalini Yoga in my new Fabletics leggings


Bathing Suit: Victoria’s Secret Hat: J.Crew Factory Sunglasses: Ray Ban


Dress: Three Eighty Two Shoes: Schutz


Bathing Suit: Nanette Lepore