Friday, July 10, 2015

Five on Friday {July 10, 2015} + $250 Nordstrom Giveaway!

Greetings from Astoria! I've been spending most of my days unpacking, hunting down new furniture, and working with T to make our new apartment a home. Thanks to all of you for your kind wishes and congratulations - I'm loving how everything is shaping up so far! Here are some other things I'm loving this week:

Apartment Painting
Our new bedroom
 You didn't think I could get through a list of five things without mentioning at least one apartment item, did you? T and I have been hard at work adding some splashes of color to our new living spaces. So far, we've made over the bedroom with a pretty lime green (full credit to T on that one) and we combined forces to create our bold, red living room walls.

The transformation begins...
Next up: painting the bathroom, and adding a chalkboard accent wall!

Summer Food
Steak by CookUnity
BBQ Chicken by CookUnity
Now that it's July and the weather is really heating up, I've been all about eating seasonally and filling my menus with classic summer food (namely, barbecues!). This week alone has brought plenty of dining deliciousness to our kitchen - I made a big batch of Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad, and T cooked up these gorgeous kebabs:

When it got too hot to stand over the stove, we ordered some delish home-cooked meals from our favorite delivery service, CookUnity. I've previously sung their praises and feel like I'm constantly hitting refresh on their website to stalk their new weekly menus so if you're in the New York area and haven't checked them out yet, do yourself a favor and order up some yumminess right away! Earlier this week, T and I feasted on their BBQ chicken with mac and cheese (sooooo good) and flat iron steak with roasted corn...SUCH great summer dishes!


I recently read this article by one of my favorite authors, Sloane Crosley, and it kind of blew my mind to realize how frequently I'm guilty of this bad habit. Can anyone else relate? And if you haven't already read Sloane's brilliant essay collection, I Was Told There'd Be Cake, please consider it required reading for the summer.

New York Musical Theatre Festival

Earlier this week, I attended the Opening Night celebration for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), which mounts a slew of new musicals over the course of three weeks each summer. Some major productions like Next to Normal and Altar Boyz originated at the festival, so you never know if you might catch a glimpse of Broadway's next hit! I'll definitely be show-hopping at the festival for the next few weeks.

$250 Nordstrom Giveaway!
Hosted by Meghan from Champagne and Suburbs 

Co-Hosted by: 
Mia from Make Me Up Mia // Angela from Head to Toe Chic // Biana from B Loved Boston 
B & M from The Sequin Notebook // Maddie from The Whimsy One 
Kate from Sara Kate Styling // Kristina from Medicine & Manicures // Owen from The Davis Duo  
Shelby from Recent Somethings // Natalie from HashtagFABLife

The Nordstrom sale is on (hooray!), and there's no better way to shop than with free money. Enter our giveaway and you could walk away with a $250 Nordstrom gift card!

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


  1. Can't wait to see how the room turns out!!!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Hooray for fresh paint and all that deliciousness!! Looks like it was a fantastic week! Hope the weekend is every bit as fantastic for ya, sweets! xo

  3. Ohh a chalkboard accent wall sounds so fun! Can't wait to see how it turns out! And omg you have me drooling over that amazing food! YUM! Have an awesome weekend!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. A chalkboard accent wall - I see lots of fun pictures of that in your future!! Your night on broadway sounds like so much fun!! Happy friday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Love the action shot of the paining going on.. haha. All of that summer food looks delicious, and the theatre festival sounds fun. I hope that you ladies have a fabulous weekend!! :-)

  6. I love how you guys went bold with the red walls - that's so fun! Opening night at the theatre festival looks like such a great time!

  7. The chalkboard wall sounds like a great addition! And all of that summer food looks amazing! Is it lunch time yet?!?! Hope you ladies have a great weekend :) Winks and Eyerolls

  8. Can't wait to see how the room turns out. Have a great weekend Ladies.

  9. All of those meals look great!

  10. That food looks amazing!! I am all about grilling out during the summer!

  11. The new place is looking AMAZING! I love how colorful and fun it is. I was just talking about this with my Taylor. We think there is too much beige in our house and we need more pops of hot pink, lol!

  12. yay apartment! love the bold red. i want all that food please.
    i am so so guilty of saying sorry too much. i need to stop! great article, thanks for sharing. have a good weekend!

  13. The apartment is looking really snazzy! Keep us posted on the progress. All that food looks wonderful.... Yay summer!!

  14. Can't wait to see the apartment transformation! That musical festival sounds so fun :) Have a great weekend!

  15. Loving that lime green paint color, perfect for the bedroom! And all that food looks DELISH!

    Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend <3

  16. Thank you for posting the "sorry" article! Something I am guilty of too and so good to read about. Your summer food looks DELICIOUS as well. :)

  17. I love making kebabs in the summer! So healthy and can be customized however you like. Happy weekend! Enjoy painting and decorating the new apartment!

  18. I love the kebabs they look so yummy :)
    Chelsea @

  19. Picking out paint colors is so fun. That food looks amazing!!!!!!!!! Like I really need it all right now! I can completely relate to that article. Hope you have a great weekend!

  20. You guys are going to have so much fun with that chalk board wall!

  21. I cannot WAIT to see more updated pictures- the chalkboard wall sounds incredible! I LOVE all the touches that you guys are putting on the new place, and cannot wait to see it!
    You look so gorge in the Festival pictures.
    I've missed you, missed your posts, and apparently came back at the perfect time due to the Nordstrom giveaway!

  22. It looks like you all have jumped right in on the new apartment! I'm loving the wall colors. We've lived in our house for 4 months and are just now getting ready to paint. I'm also guilty of saying "sorry" all the time, and I'm trying to make a conscious effort to stop it. Thanks for posting a link to that article!


  23. Can't wait to see the finished product!! That red is GORGEOUS!!!! Love!!


  24. So glad to hear that you're settling in well - props to you guys for already having fresh paint on the walls!

  25. Love that you're settling in so well! Those walls look great! That recipe looks delicious! xo


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