Tuesday, November 30, 2010

the remedy: hot apple toddy

I first saw this recipe on CouldIHaveThat - originally Food Network's Sunny Anderson's recipe - the apple toddy. It's the perfect remedy for your winter blues, sore throat or cold. It perfumes the whole kitchen of apples and oranges and cinnamon. It's warm and full of delicous-ness. Here's how you do it:

Monday, November 29, 2010

making me happy...

These are a few things that made me really happy to be home this past weekend... :)

Bonfires outside in the cold <3

My turkey dinner! Mashed potatoes, stuffing, jazzed up brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce.. yummm

Vegan chocolate cupcake filled with cream :) SO good, will be doing a feature on this restuarant (Tula Kitchen) within the next few days :)

Oh my gosh I'm obsessed with my new white winter jacket that I bought at Flair Boutique in Huntington, NY. *And I bought it on Black Friday = SUCCESS! I'm also wearing my new pink scarf that my sister bought me from Madwell for my birthday! Free People 5-pocket flair jeans and WARM Uggs!!

Break dancin' at The Sullivan Room in Greenwich, NYC.

Stay tuned for new fashion+food+yoga features this week. :)


Friday, November 26, 2010

To buy or not to buy...

Hi everyone, as I'm walking through Bloomingdales this morning (at 9am!) on Black Friday I spotted this LOVELY Marc by Marc Jacobs purse..

This picture is just from the Bloomingdales website, I should have taken a picture when I saw it there to give you a better idea but i was frassled among all the chaos of black friday. And, I'm torn. $228 (-$25 for Black Friday sale)... but, I'm borderline broke. This is where my addiction comes in. It's the perfect little purse to accompany me while I'm going out at night, it's very small it'll fit my phone, wallet and keys. The color is called "tomato" - it's a gorgeous eye catching color, more red than coral but similar. And most importantly it would be my first Marc Jacobs purchase :) So, should I wait until the holidays/ I get another paycheck/ buy it today!!

I'm looking for your words of advice, what do you think?! :) :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

happy thanksgiving :)

Finally home with my pup and feasting on my favorite meal of the year in a few hours! :) :) Happy Thanksgiving everyoneee

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

it's my birthday and I'll blog if I want to! :)


Red Velvet cupcake from SPRINKLES that my beautiful friend Delaney brought me. :)

Some new clothes for my birthday ;) Present to myself: black velvet American Apparel dress, Nine West boots from my love, Aaron. Anddd Urban Outfitters necklace from my roomie, Maureen! Jacket - Thrift. How lucky am I! :) :)

CAFE BOA: where they wrap your napkin in rosemary :)

shaved fennel salad: the BEST salad I've ever had. 

soft shell lobster/scallop/shrimp ravioli :)

espresso topped with foam & biscotti


lemon meringue tart

Yesterday was my 20th birthday and I can't complain ;) I went to a beautiful dinner at Cafe Boa in Tempe, Arizona and if you've never been it's really fabulous. I can't believe yesterday was my first time there?! They pride themselves on being sustainable and organic - and the food is amazing! They use local vegetables and fruits in all of their dishes which is what makes Cafe Boa extra special. The fennel salad we got is top 3 on my list of favorite salads, with the ricotta, slivered almonds and pear vinaigrette. I loveee my new wardobe! ~ I have the best boyfriend and friends! :) And now tomorrow I'm off to NY for Thanksgiving break to see my family! Everyone have a happy Thanksgiving and I will be posting my enormous and delicious Turkey dinners for you all! Thanks for all your support <3

Monday, November 22, 2010

ELLE: December 2010

ELLE is definitely one of my favorite fashion magazines and I was super excited when I saw Jess Alba on the cover of the December 2010 issue! Although it's kind of strange because her photoshoot puts me in the mood for Summer/Spring with bright pinks and little dresses, not a cold December! But, I think Jess Alba is always adorable. Check out a few of my favorite fashion ad's from this month's magazine in the Fashionista section, or click here!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I love sunday mornings.

Coffee and daily dose of magazines. Led Zeppelin on vinyl. Anthropologie's Volcano candle & post secret. Wishing I was wrapped in FP's new Converging Stripes Cardigan for this cloudy Tempe, AZ day. Oh how I love sunday mornings :) Enjoy the rest of your weekends!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

saturday brunch!

I love saturday mornings, I finally have time to make a nice breakfast... with my favorite Trader Joes tater tots :) Scrambled eggs with spinach, feta cheese, basil! Check the Foodie section for the recipe, or click here!

Friday, November 19, 2010


Be sure to check the Fashionista section of Dragon Fruit, just updated :)

And more recipes are coming!! Keep checkin' back


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

yogic nature :)

Yoga is historically defined as being in stillness and comfort with ones body and breath. Yoga is the integration of the mind and body to create awareness of the self. In a yoga class, you should only be focused on yourself - not the person in a headstand to your right or the person in childs pose to your left. So many people forget about this in a yoga practice and don't get the satisfaction that's meant to come from yoga. I still forget - and the times when I forget and I'm laying in savassana, I realize the importance of focusing soley on myself for next time. For these 90 minutes of the day you've set out to go to a yoga class, you should get every benefit you can out of it. You should forget about your homework, your job, your hectic life - for that 90 minutes is a time that should be healing and cherished. It helps when a teacher reminds you to close your eyes, remember your intention, not look around, smile... as one of my teachers Josh Rothman always does. (Josh is seriously a master in the practice of yoga, he's taught me SO much - you'll find him at Inner Vision Yoga and ASU's MindBody program.)

Back to remembering your intention. If a yoga teacher ever tells you to set an intention for your practice, they're asking you to remember the reason you came to class today, what you want to get out of this practice, or just a phrase soluting yourself for being in class at all. This is a great thing to do before your practice, if you ever find your mind wandering to what you're going to have for dinner - repeat your intention.

I first started practicing yoga for the obvious physical benefits. Flexibility, strength, slenderness. After awhile I started to realize the immense changes happening in my life because of yoga. My sleeping habits, my nutritional behavior, the way I handle less-than-ideal situations. All of these things in my life changed for the better when I started practicing regularly, about 4 times/week. Now even if I don't practice for one week I notice a change in my mind and my body. I'm in the middle of reading Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar in preparation for my yoga teacher certification. I love it so far, a great book to start with. When I first started I was practicing vinyassa flow, I eventually began adventuring within the yoga realm... restorative, bikram (hot), power, ashtanga, anusara, iyengar, kundalini. There are so many different types of yoga, that I will save talking about for another post, that offer amazing benefits. (I still love vinyassa... probably my favorite!)

I just want to clarify the meaning of Namaste, what you always hear your yoga teacher say at the end of a practice. As Aadil Palkhivala explains: The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. "Nama" means bow, "as" means I, and "te" means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you."

Namaste. :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

local lovin'

local farmers market and the ASU's clay club exhibit, where I purchased a lovely teapot :) and last but not least my new paisley jacket from Frassy Rags!

Monday, November 15, 2010


as seen on Little Plastic Horses <3

Sunday, November 14, 2010

time for flowy shirts & artichokes

[left] Free People, Threadsence, Katwalk, Nordstrom Rack

artichoke stuffed with Trader Joes cornbread stuffing!
 I love this time of year, for multiple reasons. The oversized flowy shirts I've found this season are fabulous, so comfortable and I LOVE that they can be dressed up or down. And while I was at Trader Joes earlier I came up with a {delicious} idea! Tried out a little recipe with artichokes and cornbread stuffing!... It came out delicious and totally put me in the autumn mood.

How To:
- after you've thoroughly cleaned your artichokes...
- in a microwave-safe bowl that will fit 4 artichokes snug, add about 1 inch thick of water & cover the bowl with plastic wrap, poking holes to breathe with a fork. Microwave the bowl of artichokes for 10 minutes.
- Make the stuffing according to the box
- Pour out the water from the bowl when the microwave is done and pour IN 1 cup chicken broth, the juice of 1 lemon, and  1/2 cup dry white wine.
- Lightly salt the artichoke and peal the leaves back to add the cornbread stuffing in all the nucks and crannies of the artichoke.
- Cover bowl with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
- Take off aluminum foil and broil on high for 3 minutes...

Definitely worth trying, easy to make and really yummy. (I ended up having all 4! shh)