Friday, April 17, 2015

Five on Friday {April 17, 2015}



It's finally Friday, and we're definitely feeling the love for the weekend! This week has been a bit hectic as we are preparing for a major upcoming special event at work so I am definitely looking forward to some relaxation. Of course, it just wouldn't be Friday without counting down five things we're loving this week!

 
Summer Vacation = BOOKED!
My big news of the week is that T and I officially booked our summer vacation, and will be traveling to Punta Cana in August! I visited the DR once before on a Gals Trip with M, and I'm super excited to return for some more fun in the sun. Our resort is an adult-only all-inclusive with absolutely amazing reviews, so even though it's still several months away, I'm happy that it's all settled and I'm already looking forward to it!


True Detective

My most recent late-to-the-party Netflix bingefest of choice has been True Detective. So many people have told me that I would love this show since I always get wrapped up in a good mystery, so I'm not sure why it took me so long to actually try it out but I'm happy that I finally did! I'm already hooked on it, and can't wait for season 2 to start up this summer. Any other fans out there?


Cast iron cooking
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For my recent birthday, T's parents gifted me with a cast iron skillet and I've decided that I will finally be trying it out this weekend. I'm a complete novice and have never cooked in one before, so I'm asking all of you southern gals out there...what are your must-have, most delicious cast iron recipes?

Warm weather in NYC! (Finally!)

After an eternal winter, I'm feeling downright giddy about the fact that NYC is expecting a high of 75 degrees tomorrow! It's finally time for some sandals, sundresses, and sunshine! I'm not quite sure how I'll be spending the day, but I bet that a visit to a beer garden or city rooftop will be on the agenda at some point. I'm just thrilled that I'll finally be able to venture outside without a coat!

DIY Kitchen Wall Makeover
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If I'm able to drag myself indoors, I'm planning to start a DIY project I've had on my mind for awhile...since my studio apartment is so tiny (and I'm not allowed to paint the walls), my options for decor are limited but I've been loving the wall decal trend. I feel like it might be overwhelming in my main living space, so I bought some metallic gold polka dots and plan to use them to freshen up my kitchen walls with a brand-new look. If all goes well, there will be photos and a tutorial coming to the blog soon!

Wishing you a sparkly weekend!


Cheers to AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Natasha, Heather, Farrah, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Cocktail Round-up + Co-hosting Thursty Thursday!

Now that the warmer weather is finally starting to come to the northeast, we're eager to bring back some icy cold, refreshing cocktails (well, let's be honest...they haven't really gone anywhere, but at least now we can start drinking them outdoors again!). We're excited to be co-hosting Thursty Thursday with Kristin - after all, we do love a good cocktail, and love finding other similar aficionados in blogland! In honor of today's cocktail collaboration, we've rounded up some of our favorite warm weather drink recipes:  






For today's Thursty Thursday party, we're sharing the Skinny Key Lime Pie Martini that we posted earlier this week:


You can find the full recipe here. Now, it's your turn to join in the Thursty Thursday fun!

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1. Follow Hopelessly Ever After and The Sequin Notebook via GFC or Bloglovin'.
2. Write about your favorite DRANK (alcoholic beverage).
3. Grab a button from below or Kristin's sidebar and put it in your post.
4. Come back here and link up!!!
5. Get some new recipes or drink ideas for the weekend and make a new friend!!
6. Send a tweet with #ThurstyThursday and include @leggs532 and @sequinnotebook so we can see it!!

Anyone interested in co-hosting next week email Kristin at: hopelesslyeverafter@gmail.com

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Hopelessly Ever After

 Linking up with Anni, Thoughts for Thursday, and Joey.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Cocktail Link Up + Skinny Key Lime Pie Martini


Hey Gals! It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's time for our cocktail link-up party! We are excited to see all of your recipes for this month and share our own with you. Since Spring is finally in the air, we decided to lighten things up with our Skinny Key Lime Pie Martini. It's perfectly tart, a little bit sweet, and luckily, not too decadent, so you don't have to worry about bikini season being right around the corner.


Ingredients:
1 part (shot) vodka
1 part whipped cream vodka
1 part fresh lime juice (1-2 fresh squeezed limes)
1 part low calorie coconut juice (we recommend Bai 5 - it's so good!)


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice


The secret here is the fresh lime juice and the (almost) no calorie coconut juice


The combination of regular vodka and the whipped cream vodka keep it from being too sweet


And don't forget to garnish your glass! We went with a graham cracker rim, fresh slice of lime, and a dollop of fat free cool whip


Cheers!

Now it's your turn! Share your favorite cocktail recipe - old or new! And we're not much sticklers here, so feel free to take little creative license - wine, mocktails, glassware.. we love it all!


1. Follow The Sequin Notebook on BloglovinInstagramFacebook, and/or Twitter.

2. Add your favorite cocktail recipe below.

3. Link back to our blog, and/or grab the link-up button!

4. Come back on the second Tuesday of each month to link up again and discover some delicious new cocktails!





Linking up today with EmilyJennifer JuniperKaryn, KristenEmilyMandyMaryJessicaMandySusanLisaNatasha, and Pam!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Opening Lines: Real Housewives of New York City {Season 7}

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 The NYC girls are back, and Andy Cohen has really outdone himself this time in assembling a dream team of housewives. Can anyone believe that he actually got Bethenny to come back?! We don't like to play favorites when it comes to the housewives, but we definitely have a soft spot for the New York installment - not only do they know how to bring the drama, but we love checking out the places they go in the city (especially when we can recognize right away exactly where they are!). As usual, we're kicking this season off with an analysis of their new taglines:

 "All play and no work makes me a happy girl." - Carole

B: Right off the bat, I am NOT a fan of this line! In fact, I think it's my least favorite of the bunch. Carole has always prided herself on being a working writer (who can forget her infamous "ghostwriter" feud with Aviva last season?), so this line rings false for me. Although, considering the fact that Carole appears to be missing deadlines for her latest book, perhaps this tagline is a preview of her storyline for this season.

“I know I’m a piece of work. But now, I’m a work in progress.” - Ramona

M: I wasn’t sure about this one at first, but after hearing it a couple more times - yes, we re-watch the taglines many times over to ensure we giving our gals a fair shake (#seriousbloggerbusiness) - I think this may be one of my favorites for this season! I think we’re in for a far more humble Ramona this season and I appreciate her poking a little fun at herself while keeping it real in light of her impending divorce. 

"My yacht may have sailed, but my ship is coming in." - Sonja
 
B: This is SUCH a perfectly Sonja line - it sort of acknowledges that her former lifestyle has slipped from her grip, but that something good is right around the corner for her. Of course, Sonja's business ventures never seem to get off the ground yet she is always claiming to be just on the brink of something big, so this line encapsulates the slightly delusional air that always seems to surround Sonja. I'm just glad this line is more coherent than last season's "commando" disaster!

“Pretty is smarter than you think.” - Kristen

M: Oh Kristen.. I get what you were doing here, but I really can’t help but HATE it! She’s trying to respond to all of the backlash of last year’s tagline but it just falls flat for me and honestly contradicts everything she was previously saying about last season’s tagline! She made a big fuss to explain that her ‘not the sharpest tool’ tagline was her being funny and not taking herself too seriously, so to follow with this one, just makes no sense to me!

"One should know...never count out The Countess!" -LuAnn

B: First of all, I am so, so, so happy that The Countess is back as an official housewife! I loved her guest cameos last season, and am so glad that we'll have more time with her. This line is my favorite of the bunch, for a couple of reasons: 1) The first part of the line is classic Countess and sounds like it was lifted straight from her etiquette book, and 2) I appreciate the play on "count out"/"The Countess", especially since LuAnn is asserting herself here. She is a force to be reckoned with, and I can't wait to see what she brings to the table this season!

“I’m not a housewife, but I am real.” - Bethenny

M: After much hype and publicity, Bethenny is back! So naturally I was expecting big, big things from her tagline, only to be seriously let down. I guess this is fine enough, but I’m just not feeling it. I want something sassy and snarky from Bethenny, but instead this is boring and a little condescending. Come on B, if you’re going to come back, you need to bring it!!

"I'm stronger than anything in my way. Holla!" - Heather

B: Well, it just wouldn't be a Heather line without her classic "holla!", which still cracks me up more than it should. Heather definitely has a lot on her plate with her son's health issues, and she had no time or patience for nonsense last season, so it looks like our gal is ready to be tough once again. It's not the most groundbreaking line, but it's well-suited to Heather so I'm ok with it.

“I give uptown a whole new attitude.” - Dorinda

M: And to close things out, we have our newbie Dorinda. From what I’ve read about Dorinda and heard about this season, I think she’s going to be a great addition to the cast, but this tagline certainly isn’t winning her any awards! In my opinion this is as bland and generic as they come, and doesn’t leave any lasting impressions. Hopefully it’s not an indication of her personality this season, and just a small misstep on her part!  

Now we want to hear from you...what do you think of the new lines? And are you as excited as we are about this new season?


Friday, April 10, 2015

Five on Friday: {April 10, 2015}

Happy Friday Gals! I think I've finally come off of my Easter sugar high, just in time to welcome the weekend! As usual, we're kicking things off with our five favorites of the week - hope everyone has a fab weekend ahead!


 Mini Easter Recap
 I know Easter was last week and long gone already, but since I wasn't able to get my act together and do a proper recap, I thought I'd include a couple of my favorite pictures as a mini-recap of sorts! Little M was dressed in his Easter best, including the cutest bow tie I've ever seen (found here), and had a great day opening his basket, hunting for eggs with his cousin, and celebrating our gal Fred's birthday. This year we kept it simple, and had breakfast at home, and then headed to my parents house for the day. All-in-all it was a great day, especially since Little M is starting to get to the age where he's aware of holidays!

 Carnival Fun
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 One of the items on my Spring Bucket List was to venture out and attend some local events, so I'm so excited that I'll be headed to a carnival with GG and Little M this Saturday. This will be the first time we explore one with Little M and I'm hoping they have a couple of kiddie rides that he's able to go on with us!

Monthly Cocktail Link Up

This Tuesday is our monthly cocktail link-up, so we hope you'll join us for a little mixin' and minglin' and share your favorite cocktail recipe post - past or present! We're super excited for our recipe this month, and while I don't want to give too much away, we're lighting things up with a skinny and seasonal cocktail - cheers!

Fitbit
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So I've officially jumped on the Fitbit bandwagon and purchased the Fitbit Flex! I'm trying to be more aware of my daily activity (or lack thereof!) and so far am really liking it! It definitely helps me stay motivated to take the stairs more often or take the long route during my trips to the bathroom (it sounds silly, but those extra steps to the other side of my office floor really add up!). Any other fitbit users out there - let me know and I'll send you my user info so we can be friends and keep each other motivated!!

Funny Animal Memes

 And lastly, I leave you with some ridiculous funnies. I was bored the other day and fell down the black hole of memes, and landed on some amazing animal memes - I was legit laughing at my computer for an hour as GG just kept shaking his head at me, so naturally I had to share some of my favorites!




Happy Weekend Gals!

Cheers to AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Natasha, Heather, Farrah, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!



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