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It’s been almost 2 months since Anel and I peaced out of that filthy and beautiful island that we called home for so long. Last time I updated you, we had been living in Connecticut for less than 3 weeks and I was still spinning from the change. That spinning hasn’t stopped but it has certainly slowed down since my last update.

 

My pros and cons list is below but overall, it’s still definitely the best decision we’ve ever made. Moving out here has been a gigantic, alien change but we’re getting more used to our new life every day.

 

Pros:

  • I think one of the biggest changes is that I am sleeping so much better. I sleep through the night because it’s so quiet and nothing wakes me up. It’s been incredible!
  • Everything is so much easier. I went to the DMV to get my CT license and everyone was so nice and helpful. The DMV in Manhattan was literally the 8th circle of Hell.
  • Decorating has been so fun. I don’t have to smush everything together, and there are so many options for furniture when your living room isn’t the size of a closet!
  • What’s fun about Connecticut is that there are so many cute little towns close together so there are a lot of places to explore. This weekend is one of our first at home without traveling so we look forward to going on a local adventure or two.
  • Everything is so much cheaper. Even at Whole Foods! A large fresh green juice at Whole Foods is $2 cheaper than in Manhattan. Same ingredients, same product, less money. It’s magical.

 

Cons:

  • I miss my sister. A lot. She’s my rock and oftentimes the only person who understands me. Not seeing her as often has taken a huge toll on both of us. I’m excited that she’s coming to visit on Friday!
  • When I’m exhausted after a long day, ordering in isn’t really an option. There are 2 decent places that deliver to us but it’s not the same. In Manhattan, I could order a vegan/gourmet/Paleo/whatever meal and have it at my door within 30 minutes. Any day. Any time. Now we’re limited pretty much to sushi, Chinese food, and pizza which doesn’t feel quite as special.
  • Manicures are way more expensive and take FOREVER. I miss my nail salons in the city!
  • I have a few friends here (ok 2) who are amazing but I haven’t found my crew yet. Not having besties to rely on and see on a weekly basis is a big change.
  • Because of the fact above, I work all the time. I get up, blog, go to work, come home, work, blog and go to bed pretty much every night.
 

Fall Uniform

 

When summer ends, I’m pretty predictable when it comes to what I wear. I have two pairs of tall boots that I will live in until April including my babies, these Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots, an over-the-knee investment that I highly recommend making. Leggings are another staple. I own way too many pairs of black leggings but why bother with pants when glorified work out clothes are socially acceptable (Dear God, I hope this trend stays forever)?

 

I recently added this Calypso fur vest to the mix. I’ve had my eye on it for 2 winters now and finally I had to bite the bullet. It’s super luxurious and takes pretty much any look from drab to fab. You can find a similar less-bulky version here.

 

This look (variations of which I wear to work, out to dinner, for errand running) meets all of my cold-weather criteria: comfy, chic, warm, and easy to throw on in under 5 minutes.

 

Fall Uniform

Fall Uniform

Fall Uniform

Fall Uniform

Fall Salad

11.4.14

Easy Fall Salad

 

Moving to the suburbs has forced us into a lot of new habits. One of the biggest changes that we’ve seen in this move is that we’re forced to cook a whole lot more. In Manhattan, every kind of food you could ever imagine was always available with the click of a button (pre-saved credit card info on Seamless didn’t help). Out here in the ‘burbs, delivery options are . . . well, lacking.

 

While my husband would be happy to order Chinese food every night, that’s not gonna fly in my house so I end up cooking almost every weeknight. Our new routine is that Anel grills a bunch of chicken, shrimp, steak, and vegetables on Sunday nights and I use them throughout the week paired with different sides and a gigantic salad.

 

Lately, this one has been on my dinner table on repeat. It involves a little bit of prep to cook the Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes but if you do it once, you can use the cooked components all week-long! Scroll down for the full recipe.

 

You may have noticed the lovely serving-ware in which I served my fall salad. All of the pieces featured are from Mariposa’s String of Pearls collection (perfect for Connecticut, no?).

 

Mariposa is running a promotion on the entire collection. Talk about the perfect holiday gift for the hostesses in your life!

 

Mariposa’s String of Pearls Celebration
- Spend $100 on String of Pearls product and receive a free Pearled Individual Bowl ($44 retail value). Use coupon code SOP100.

 

- Spend $250 and receive a free Pearled Gift Set, including a Pearled Long Oval Tray, Condiment Bowl and Spoon ($127 retail value). Use coupon code SOP250.

 

The promos above are valid here and select Mariposa retailer partners from November 3 – 16, 2014, or while supplies last.

 

Easy Fall Salad

Easy Fall Salad

Easy Fall Salad

Easy Fall Salad

Easy Fall Salad

Fall Salad- Serves 2.

 

Salad Ingredients:
- 2 handfuls mixed greens
- 1 apple, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed, boiled for 8 minutes, salted
- 10 Brussels sprouts, halved and sautéed in olive oil, salt, and pepper until bright green
- Small handful toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)

Dressing Ingredients:
- 1 tblspn extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tspn apple cider vinegar
- 1 tspn Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tspn maple syrup
- Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
- In a small bowl, mix all dressing ingredients and add whatever is needed as you go
- Toss salad ingredients with dressing
- Serve and enjoy!

 

Thank you to Mariposa for sponsoring this post.

 

Upstate

11.3.14

Elizabeth McKay sweater

 

This weekend, Anel and I headed upstate with a group of friends for an idillic fall weekend of antiquing, red-wine drinking, and chatting by the fire with hot toddies.

 

Over the summer, we rented a house with 3 other couples and Victoria’s Frenchie, Lucy, (recap here) and had so much fun that we decided to do it again this season. We plan to go back up in the spring as well. I am hoping that this is a tradition that stays for years.

 

We only left the big cozy house a handful of times- to go antiquing and to a brewery for lunch and for an incredible Italian dinner on Saturday night. It was so nice to be in the company of friends that we’re close enough to where we could all sit in our “comfy clothes” (aka PJs) by the fire all weekend.

 

I somehow pulled this look together for a few hours as we ventured back into reality. I recently discovered preppy Elizabeth McKay and got this gorgeous cream cashmere sweater for the trip. They’ve generously given all Lemon Stripes readers 25% off their entire site this week with code LEMONSTRIPES.

 

Elizabeth McKay sweater

Elizabeth McKay sweater

Elizabeth McKay sweater

Elizabeth McKay sweater

Elizabeth McKay sweater