The Little Assistant

The return of the pumpkin spice latte!

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While the Pumpkin Spice Latte is not the healthiest beverage, it is definitely my favorite.  Last year, I nearly had one PSL from Starbucks a day (a seriously expensive habit), and when I realized they were removing it from their drink menu for the change of seasons, I convinced my favorite barista to give me a tub of the remaining PS syrup.  Nice!   My love of it unfortunately continued and my container did not last very long.

After speaking with my favorite barista again Friday morning, she happily announced that it would be back this coming week!  I’m super excited!  Nothing like pumpkin spice lattes, boots, sweaters and a good book to make the fall seem magical (granted, it’s still way too warm for me to even consider wearing a sweater now – but soon it won’t be)!  With luck this time around I will be able to convince the barista to give me a jug of the syrup early on in the season so I can save myself from spending too much.

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September 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Posted in Food & Wine

Tapped Out!

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I drink a lot of water.  I mean a whole lot.  Over time, I slowly got to Tom, so he drinks a lot as well.  So when Tom overheard a coworker mention this past week all the chemicals that seep into water from plastic bottles, and that bottled water is fairly unregulated – we decided to begin looking more into it.  We watched Tapped this afternoon (the ridiculous amount of rain and pending hurricane isolated us in our apartment – so we’ve decided to watch a few documentaries and do some digging) and were fairly surprised.  I would have preferred if publications and article titles had been mentioned instead of just snippets from articles so I could do more research, but the documentary itself was fairly informative.  We gathered our bottles to go out to recycling right after!

Definitely worth looking into!  Definitely need to breakout my old reusable bottle…

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August 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Posted in Fitness & Health

Getting back in front of the camera

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When I was younger, I used to do a lot of modeling.  Local events, of course – but I always found it to be incredibly fun.  I was determined to do it full time!  After attending a convention and meeting with a few NYC agency representatives I was told “you have a wonderful look, but you need to drop a little bit of weight.”  It was heartbreaking.  I’ve always been athletic and thin, so I didn’t see how I could get any smaller (I was already in the low weight percentile for my height).

Robert Cromeans Hair Show

Not the best of shots, but you can see the dreads a little better.

Now, as I have several friends who are photographers, and with a vast majority of my friends being in the fitness industry, I get asked to model… quite often.  And as I’m a little older and understand my body a little better (not to mention I was a full time personal trainer for several years), I understand what I need to do in order to get to that size and point.

I will be spending the next few weeks hitting my workouts a little harder and watching my nutritional intake a little bit more and should fairly quickly tone up again.  It’s been forever since I’ve really been in front of a camera – so I’m not quite sure how I’ll do, but I’m hoping for as much feedback from both readers and my photographer friends that I can get.  First shoot probably won’t be for a few weeks, but I’ll post a few shots as soon as I get them!

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August 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Boredom, Boots, and Sweaters

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I have decided that the worst feeling in the world when there is little or nothing to do at the office.  I really don’t do boredom.  Most days, if there is little to do, it’s usually because my boss is not in the office and I end up studying (I enrolled myself in college again).  When the boss is in the office, I can’t exactly read my textbook but I can read blogs and do window shopping online (if he is in a meeting, of course!).  As a result of said boredom, today I bought some new items… again.  This little chiffon dress was too cute to pass up.  I’m sure the fact that it was less than $20 helped the decision considerably.

Dotted Chiffon Dress ($16.50)

While I did find it completely necessary to buy the little chiffon number, I had actually been on a hunt for knee-high boots for this coming fall.  I have found a lot of amazing shorter boots and ankle boots, but I have yet to find a pair of knee-highs that I “must have”.   Ugh.

On a side note, after my mission to find boots, I have decided to move onto digging for comfy sweaters.  I desperately want a few slightly oversized knit sweaters for this winter, as nothing says the holiday season like sitting in front of a fire in your knit sweater, hot chocolate and a good book in hand.  My obsession with this particular type of sweater might have something to do with the Isabel Marant sweater that keeps popping up on Fashiontoast.  I’ve been contemplating whether it’s worth it to spend the money on one like it by Isabel Marant, or to see if Fashiontoast will ever post hers for sale.  Likelihood of the latter is very slim.

Isabel Marant Knit Sweater

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August 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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Breakfast Pizza!

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My boyfriend and I have been trying to incorporate new meals into our repertoire, and this is the end result.  I found a picture on a blog that I visit daily, and decided that I absolutely MUST try it.  It was amazing!  learned firsthand that maybe some more eggs were needed, but it was still delicious and that’s something we can fix the second time around.

Breakfast Pizza!

Of course, my boyfriend eats nearly everything with either soy sauce, BBQ sauce, or hot sauce, he added his own seasoning to his half of the pizza.

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August 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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Perks of the Job

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Being an assistant can sometimes be painful work – but there are definitely some wonderful perks!  I have been assisting in inventorying, reorganizing and preparing all of the wine my boss (Mr. G) owns to be stored in an outside facility.  He owns… a lot… ok, a ton of wine.  Lots of lifting, lots of shuffling through boxes and cabinets (I’m really glad I didn’t work out this morning)!  After a particularly rough and productive day of reorganizing, I was given a bottle of 1982 Chateau Certan de May Bordeaux wine.  It was wonderful!  There was a hint of fruit and chocolate, but it was a perfect match with our turkey stew dinner.

Little pricey, but definitely worth getting!

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August 17, 2011 at 12:14 am

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Plank – Proper Form

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Having studied kinesiology and personal training, it irks me to no end to go into the gym and see individuals using improper form while exercising – or better yet, see clients of personal trainers using improper form and not being corrected.  This morning, I saw a rather atrocious looking plank, and I feel that it is necessary to explain the proper form for holding a plank.

The plank is a rather wonderful exercise that works your full body – as just holding yourself up works your upper body, core, and lower body.  With a proper plank your body needs to be in a straight line, meaning you shouldn’t be arching your back, rounding your shoulders or sticking your butt in the air.  Below is a picture of the form I saw this morning (ouch) and what a proper plank should look like.

Proper Plank

Notice how her shoulders, back and butt all line up?  Her butt is not in the air, nor is her back arched.

Bad Form

Enough said.

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August 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Posted in Fitness & Health