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Navy and white cachepot

Like every diligent blogger, I buy fresh flowers every week. In all seriousness though, I have been a flower addict from the moment I graduated from college and made my first paycheck. Growing up, my mom always had fresh flowers in the house and I guess the habit stuck. Once in a while I’ll change it up, but for the most part, I stick to white or pink roses. They feel classic and clean, bringing life to any room in the house. Now that we have more space, I have to be selective about what rooms get this added touch or else I might go broke!

I usually pick them up at Whole Foods or, if I’m in the city, at a deli. They’re always beautiful but generally die in about a week, which is always a bummer.

Luckily, I recently discovered Ode a la Rose floral delivery service, which ships to most cities in the Northeast, when they sent me a bouquet to enjoy at home. My first pink rose bouquet lasted almost three weeks. I’m not even exaggerating a little bit.

I got this stunning white one last week and it’s still going strong! I love having white flowers in my home office (tour of the room coming soon) since there is already so much pink in the room.

How I keep my roses fresh:

1. When you get fresh flowers, cut the stems on an angle

2. Remove any excess leaves as they drink up the water that could be going to the flowers

3. Place roses in warm water with flower food if you have it

4. Every two days, change the water and pull off any petals that are browning or getting wrinkly

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Coat / Scarf / Sweater / Vegan leather leggings / Boots (similar)

I can’t believe this week is actually here. Today marks my last Monday at Nourish. It feels bittersweet, exciting, and scary all at once. I’m going to miss my coworkers and the routine of going into the office every day but I’m also excited to be able to set my own schedule and be my own boss. Not to mention working out during the day slash having time to work out at all.

Luckily I didn’t have a whole lot of time to think about it over the weekend since we were insanely busy with the new puppy. You all weren’t joking when you said puppies are a lot of work! Luckily my husband is taking on most of the work and we happen to have the best dog ever (who slept through the night all weekend) so it definitely could have been worse. We were definitely bummed about having to miss our tropical vacay this week but we turned our long weekend into a staycation with plenty of puppy cuddles.

He had a lot of visitors as everyone seemed to want to meet the now famous Boots who is apparently a celeb on Tumblr according to Carly, who came over with her pup Teddy on Saturday for our first puppy playdate.

I snapped these photos in Central Park on Friday on my way to dinner with my friend Adina, one of the most inspirational female entrepreneurs I know. She started making skincare products in her kitchen only a few years ago and just launched in Target stores nation-wide. Talk about #girlboss! Spending time with people like her inspire me to hustle, something that I’m going to need in the coming weeks with my new schedule.

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Snowball Fight

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Winter in Central Park

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Photos by Bekka Palmer.

This month’s wellness tip:

Have 5 free minutes? Complete 10 sun salutations. This always makes me fell 100% better physically and emotionally in very little time!

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Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

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This week was kind of insane. We had to cancel our trip here (I can hardly even look) last minute which was a huge bummer but on the bright side, we finally brought Boots home on Wednesday night. He’s such a good puppy and he truly already feels like a part of the family. I can’t believe I lived so long without the little guy!

Link Love:

I spent the better part of this week convincing Anel to help me with this gilded bookshelf DIY. Have any of you tried it?

Ben & Jerry’s is launching a line of vegan ice creams. This is like my lifetime dream come true! I can finally eat my favorite flavors again.#passthecookiedough

I can’t get enough of this super soft Kale sweatshirt. I wore it to work the other day and everyone in the office freaked out over it.

We’re trying to plan a trip to Palm Springs and I loved Mackenzie’s travel guide to the colorful city.

Definitely purchasing this sweet print (under $20) for my home office.

Anel and I finally launched his new website! If you live in Fairfield County, I highly suggest booking a session. He is, without a doubt, the best personal trainer in the universe. No way I’m biased…

This week on Lemon Stripes:

Mixed pastels

Valentine’s Day gift guide for men (and here’s one for women)

36 Hours in Nashville

I spent a few hours re-organizing Pinterest the other day. Talk about therapeutic!

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36 Hours in Nashville

I Believe in Nashville

Draper James Cape / M.Gemi flats

My friend Cynthia decided that for her 30th birthday, she wanted to take a trip to Nashville seemingly on a whim. Of course Anel and I agreed right away when we planned the trip last summer, not realizing how amazing this crazy cool city would be. February was a great month to visit Nashville as it was warm in the sun (high of 67) but not too hot, essentially the perfect temps for exploring… and eating evidently, as that seems to be all we did!

AirBNB Nashville

After a dramatic and delayed flight, we finally landed in Nashville on Friday at evening and took a quick Uber trip to our adorable Airbnb in East Nashville (it could have totally been featured in a design magazine) that Cynthia found for a great price. In a great location.

Side note on prices, the Ubers in Nashville are so cheap, it’s amazing! I recommend going that route instead of renting a car, especially if you’re with a group so you can take turns paying. From the airport, it was about 20 minutes and only $14.

We showered and popped a bottle of Pinot Noir before heading out to dinner.

Rolf and Daughters

Rolf and Daughters (photo)

Our first dinner of the trip was at Rolf and Daughters, a restaurant that nearly everyone recommended when I mentioned the trip. Because we didn’t have a reservation and it was Friday night, we waited for over an hour and a half but the wait was well worth it. We sipped on cocktails (The Shake It Off and 1786 Sour were my favorites) and caught up with our friends while we waited for the table. When we sat to eat, it was low blood sugar mayhem and we ended up ordering nearly everything on the menu so I can speak with a bit of knowledge about it. Our top dishes were the broccoli (we ended up ordering seconds, seriously it’s that good), malfade with mushroom alfredo, and the chicken liver crostini.

Barista Parlor

Coffee Shop

Barista Parlor Chocolate

Barista Parlor

By the time we finished our late-night meal and made it home, it was after midnight so we called it a night. The next morning we woke up and walked a few blocks from our condo toBarista Parlor for coffee, tea, and  a light breakfast. The East Nashville location is an old gigantic garage, turned into one of the coolest open spaces I’ve ever seen with a coffee bar smack in the middle. It looked like it belonged in Williamsberg. Aka hipster AF. They had a wide selection of coffees but I got an amazing black tea and a donut…natch. If I lived in Nashville, I would come work from this coffee shop all the time.

Draper James Nashville

Draper James Store

Draper James

The lovely ladies at Draper James had found out I was coming to Nashville so invited me in to do some shopping and pick out a few pieces. We ubered again from East Nashville to the 12South neighborhood where this store and a lot of other great shops and restaurants are located. I left with this shirt and my new favorite cape that I ended up wearing all day on Sunday. The store is so adorable, I wanted to move right in! Decorated in all blue and white, I felt like I fit right in. By this time we were hungry after a light breakfast and lots of walking around, so headed to…

Hattie B's

Hattie B Chicken

Hattie B Hot Chicken

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken (First photo)

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is an institution in Nashville. Hot chicken, fried chicken in an unbelievable spice rub is a must when you’re in town, and Hattie B’s is the best of the best. We waited for over two hours to eat but it was literally one of my favorite meals ever. Next time, I would probably order it to go and avoid the lines and the wait, but it was definitely an experience! I ordered my chicken mild but one of our friends went for the “Damn Hot” version and was literally dripping sweat as he ate.

Adele's Nashville

Adele’s

After lunch, we walked around for a few hours through Vanderbilt’s campus and just exploring the city. After a while of that, our sore feet paired with mild hangovers from the night before forced us home to rest. We took power naps and showers and rallied for dinner at Adele’s, which has recently named Nashville’s best new restaurant. It didn’t disappoint! We enjoyed a light meal after all of the eating we had already done. My friend and I had kale salads (so good) and split the cod which was delish. One of the highlights of the meal was The Shrub, a drink made from vodka, house made balsamic preserve, citrus, ginger, and a dash of pinot noir. Sounds weird but it was incredible. I have it on my list to re-create this at home.

Nashville

Photo via Snapchat (@lemonstripes)

After dinner we wanted to hear some live music, so we headed over to music row which is like the Times Square of Nashville, but chock full of music venues. We met a couple at lunch who recommended we check out the rooftop venue at the George Jones museum. It didn’t disappoint! We saw two awesome country bands perform and had a beautiful view of the city. There were virtually no tourists there either except for us.

Pinewood Social Club

Crema Nashville

Pinewood Social Nashville

Pinewood Social

Everyone and their mother made us promise to check out Pinewood Social while we were in Nashville. It’s hard to explain what this place is but I’ll try: It’s a restaurant, bar, bowling alley, lounge, coffee shop, and workspace all rolled into one. Outside they have a bocce court and a pool. So basically heaven on earth. We woke up on Sunday morning and headed there as soon as it opened to avoid yet another wait. The brunch was divine. We started with chai lattes from their outpost of Crema Coffee Shop located in the venue. For brunch, we split the Elvis waffles (sourdough waffles with peanut butter mouse, bananas, and maple syrup) and ordered a bunch of egg dishes. The best thing we ate was the broken yolk tacos.

Cadeau Nashville

Cadeau

We had a few hours before we had to head to the airport so I asked if we could go back to the 12South neighborhood to visit some more shops. We stopped in Imogene + Willie, which has an amazing denim selection and is just a really cool visual space, and Cadeau, an adorable home goods store where I scooped up a few pieces for my home office. I could have lived in it.

Five Daughters Donuts

Five Daughters Bakery

Five Daughters Nashville

Five Daughters Bakery

Because we didn’t eat enough this weekend (ha!), I made everyone stop in at Five Daughters Bakery for some of their famous donuts to enjoy on our trip home. I got the vegan maple glazed and it was one of the best donuts I’ve ever had in my 30 years.

At that point, we threw in the towel. There was no more food to be had, no more walking to be done, we were ready to head home. Our 36 hours in Nashville was perfect and I can’t wait to go back again someday.

Grafitti Wall

Quotable:

“Cambiare tutto perché niente cambi. (If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.)”

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Valentine's Day Gifts for Him

Patagonia Better Sweater / SocksRising Strong / Shoes / Swell BottleGolf Course BookRay BansCandle / ShirtPoker / Duffel Bag /

For anniversaries and holidays like Valentine’s Day, Anel and I play a little game where we’re only allowed to spend $100 on a gift for each other. It takes the pressure off to buy something over the top and unnecessary, and forces us to get more creative. In my search for his perfect gift, I found a lot of great other ideas (not all under $100 but many are) so thought I’d share them here.

I mentioned at work the other day that I was putting together this guide and then the ideas REALLY started flowing. My coworkers all chipped into this gift guide so shout out to Missy, Libby, Mark, Jesse, and Kaley for some of these awesome ideas. I divided it out by category below because there were so many great gift options.

Anel and I both recently got (matching, awk) Patagonia Better Sweaters and now we live in them at home. It’s a gift that will last him literally decades, and I can’t think of one guy who wouldn’t want this. We also both use Swell Bottles daily and this sleek matte black version is both useful and manly. I bought this duffel bag for my dad at Christmas for a gym bag. It has a section for shoes and looks clean and put togehter.

I love the idea of gifts that you can enjoy together like this Poker Set, a travel game of dominos for vacation, or a set of adult coloring books for the perfect snowy day activity.

For more ideas, scroll through the thumbnails below and click to shop each gift. The men in your life will thank you come Valentine’s Day!

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