Friday, February 20, 2015

Five on Friday {February 20, 2015}

After coming back from my sunny vacation, I was happy that at least it was a short work week and that the weekend is here again! And what better way to start a weekend than with the five things I'm loving this week?

 
Vacation

My vacation wrapped up earlier this week and while I wish I could still be relaxing on the beach, all good things must come to an end and this really was the perfect recharge. I basically did nothing except lay out on the beach, read some books and magazines, eat delicious food, sip cocktails, and lounge in the hot tub - it was heavenly. 


Plus, you just can't beat those beautiful sunsets!


A surprise from Rituals

I spent a really fun morning at Rituals back in the fall and was thrilled to come back from vacation to discover a sweet surprise package from them waiting at my doorstep! Their products are all totally luxurious and you seriously cannot beat their lotions - my skin has never been softer. I can't wait to add these new products from their Ayurveda line to my daily routine!

Day date

Even though I was sad to come back from the warm weather to re-enter the frigid cold in NYC (nope, still not over vacation ending!), I was able to ease back into the real world by having a daytime date with T. We had a totally yummy cheesefest at the Cellar at Beecher's, which is where I had my Cheesy Birthday Dinner last year, and we followed it up by visiting the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival (and therefore crossed one item off my Winter Bucket List). The chocolate is super rich, but my very favorite part are those huge, gooey, homemade marshmallows.

Favorite sweet

I couldn't resist sharing these "Single Lady Cupcakes" that I encountered over Valentine weekend! Though why is there no love for Bradley Cooper?!

Oscars Party!
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On Tuesday night, T and I randomly decided to host an Oscars viewing party this Sunday, so I've been scouring Pinterest for all sorts of party ideas. This is a bit of a late start for me when it comes to party planning, so I'm crossing my fingers that everything will come together between tonight and tomorrow. Do you have any recommendations of fun awards party games or decor?

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

34 comments :

  1. I am cracking up at the Single Ladies cupcakes - too funny! Bradley Cooper would've been my choice. :) I can imagine that you still wish you were on vacation - this cold and snow is just brutal. Have a great weekend and a fun Oscars party!

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  2. I’m so excited for the Oscar’s and love that y’all are having a fun party for it! Need a cup of that hot chocolate this morning!

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  3. I cant wait to see all the details you put together for the Oscar's party!! Have a great weekend!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. Glad that you had a great vacation. Looking forward to hearing all about your Oscar party. I didn't even realize they were on this weekend. Those Single Ladies Cupcakes are too funny.

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  5. LOL at the cupcakes! Glad you had a great time on vacation!

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  6. Have a great time at your Oscar party! I'm sure it will be a hit with your guests, as usual! Those cupcakes are hilarious, lol!

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  7. Ahh your beach vacay looks like it was fab...super jealous right now as I'm staring at snow =) And those single girl cupcakes are fantastic!

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  8. Those tropical pictures look heavenly! And don't even show me that hot chocolate right now haha, I'm on a sugar detox ;p

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  9. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation!! Hope you have a great weekend! xx

    lovejoanna.com

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  10. Oh see now I need to go find palm trees and the ocean! :) Making me jealous girl!

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  11. Those cupcakes are hilarious!

    http://mimiandchichi.com/

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  12. Oooh can't wait to see how your Oscar viewing party comes out!

    Your trip looked heavenly, beautiful pics! Happy Friday gurlie <3

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  13. So jealous you were at the beach! I'm dying for a beach vacation! Those cupcakes...so cute! Have a great weekend!!

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  14. Oh so jealous of your vacay! I am in serious need of one! OMGGGGGG that hot chocolate! That looks divine! Have a great weekend!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  15. That sounds like a perfect vacation!! The cupcakes are too cute, such a great idea!

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  16. Im also doing the Oscar Partayyyy! Usually each one of my girlies brings a bottle, and something that will compliment it like a cheese/fruit - and Ill make some fun tapas. Doing each others nails is super fun, and also have those ballet boxes for predictions. Have fun sunday!

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  17. OMGeeee those marshmallows! I need to make it to that next year purely for those! Fingers crossed these frigid temps are gone asap! Have a warm, fabulous weekend! xoxo

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  18. I made an audible sigh when I read about your vacation. It sounds perfect.

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  19. Ahhh that sunset!!! We leave on our first cruise the first week of April and I couldn't be more anxious to get out of here for a couple days than I am right now! Those marshmallows look delicious!

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  20. those cupcakes are amazing.

    www.theunbrokendaydreams.blogspot.com

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  21. I'm so glad you enjoyed such an amazing vacation, and returned feeling recharged! That sunset is absolutely stunning!!! Girl, a cheesefest AND hot chocolate festival?! Sounds like day date perfection!! Yum! (: Happy weekend, sweets! xo

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  22. Your vacation pictures are making me so jealous haha. We're in the process of planning a little beach getaway but it won't be for another month or so. It's been a cold dreary week here and I need some sand and sun.

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  23. I wish I could be on a sunny beach right now! *-* (I'm snowed in at my apartment.) I would so welcome a hot chocolate festival right now! <3 (Those Single Lady Cupcakes are hilarious! :P )

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  24. Wonderful pictures!
    Have a nice week end!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase
    http://www.gilzetbase.com/

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  25. The cupcakes are hilarious! Love it! And I'd be missing vacation too, with sunshine and blue skies like that.... time to start planning the next one! Hope the prep for the party is going well and that it's a success! Thanks for linking up with us again at H54F!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

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  26. So glad you had a nice vacation! The beach sounds amazing right about now :) And hope your party tonight is a success! Such a fun idea!

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  27. Yay for great vacations and even though you returned to the cold Im sure that yummy day date was just what you needed!

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  28. I am SO jealous of your vacation! I want to go hang out on the beach somewhere warm!!!

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  29. Love the single lady cupcakes!

    Xo Miss Erin
    See what I have to say at:
    www.misserinsays.com

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  30. Those marshmallows look so good! I want one of those!
    -Hannah
    www.sweeterthanserenity.com

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  31. those hot chocolates and marshmallows look amazing... i was so disappointed that i didn't like it! i'm sure it was me and not city bakery but i was so bummed.

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  32. You look amazing in that picture, girl! And those cupcakes need to me mine although I'm not a single lady :\ Womp, womp!

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  33. I die for how cute you and T are - the Oscars party pictures via Insta looked unreal. You two are the absolute cutest and I can't WAIT to double.
    Your vacay also looked magical - I'm so jealous you got out of the horrible weather (though coming back was probably so much harder!).
    Those single lady cupcakes are also hysterical - everyone deserves someone sweet on Vday!

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  34. Those single lady cupcakes are hilarious! Love them. And your vacation looks like it was amazing, as does that hot chocolate!

    Thanks for linking up with us for H54F:)
    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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