The Weekender 9.30.13

OMG, It’s almost October. When did that happen? Well, I am still clearly in summer mode…because this weekend including drinking, dancing, drunching, and then, even more dancing. No responsibilities here! Here are some snapshots.

Top: Necessary Clothing (love the bow back!) Vegan Leather Skirt: Tobi.com

Top: Necessary Clothing (love the bow back!) Vegan Leather Skirt: Tobi.com

Open bar with my friends on Friday. Apparently I have a mint green obsession. Let’s call it “wintermint” because this is clearly not going anywhere for me any time soon. Not to be confused with just “mint” which was obviously a Summer trend… ūüėČ
Ring: David Yurman Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff Nails: Essie "Fiji" Lip: MAC "Pink Nouveau"

Ring: David Yurman Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff Nails: Essie “Fiji” Lip: MAC “Pink Nouveau”

On Saturday, I went to brunch (turned drunch with unlimited mimosas) with friends and then to an all-night hip hop dance party in Brooklyn, called “The Rub.” I am not even joking about that name but seriously, it was so. much. fun. Like a high school dance with adult beverages. Cardio, check!

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Sunday – oh, Sunday. I was so exhausted from the two days of debauchery. So I hung around, did some meal prep, and cleaned. A lot. My apartment looks muchhh better. Happy wife, happy life. Except I’m not even engaged.

Speaking of, I then sat on my couch to watch the RHOJ Finale and also watched Teresa Guidice remain in complete denial over her potential 50 YEARS IN PRISON…seriously did anyone watch this? She literally said she “didn’t understand the charges” eight times to Andy Cohen… I am just hoping she’s playing that clueless for her case.

And now it’s Monday. Busy week ahead! Work, workouts, and prepping for my fundraiser Saturday night. If anyone is in the NYC area and would like to drink for an amazing cause, see below! Would love to see you there.

$60 Open Bar + your donation - ourspecialplace.eventbrite.com

$60 Open Bar + your donation – ourspecialplace.eventbrite.com

What my Summer Looked Like

So now that I’m totally working backwards…here are some major life moments from the Summer 2013.

My First Benefit. ¬†In the non-profit world, benefits and large-scale fundraisers are one of the main avenues for gaining support (and money) for your organization. We had a huge event in the Hamptons that consumed most of my summer. It was all worth it because we raised a YEAR of operating budget and can continue teaching underserved children about fitness and nutrition. Chilling with celebs wasn’t so bad either.

Co-workers and best friends!

Co-workers and friends for life!

Weekend trips! As some of you may know, my beach house and neighborhood was severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Instead of being miz all summer about this, I took it as a chance to explore other summer destinations I’d never been – like Fire Island, Montauk, and the Hamptons. All beautiful spots…. still love Jersey more.

Fire Island and their Rocket Fuels - extra strong pina coladas - were summer highlights!

Fire Island and their Rocket Fuels – extra strong pina coladas – were summer highlights!

My 24th birthday. This was the first birthday that felt semi-old to me. Maybe it was the absence of a “real” summer and one working my butt off on #1. But I love my birth…week? So I took to celebrating with a great dinner at my favorite NYC restuarant, Bagatelles, with my guy. I followed that up with a rooftop party in my building that I hosted for me and my best guy friend, Phil. We did a “Midsummers Night Dream” theme, and I even hired a bartender using gigsalad.com. So affordable and made my party so chic! Complete with a Dream Dry waterfall braid, we danced and drank our signature cocktails all night long. We rounded the weekend out with drunch (drunk brunch) and I think I’m still recovering, two months later.

If you go to Bagatelles, get yourself that sundae. It's what dreams are made of.

If you go to Bagatelles, get yourself that sundae. It’s what dreams are made of.

Appropriate for a 24th birthday party, no?

Appropriate for a 24th birthday party, no?

My bestie and I - we're a day apart!

My bestie and I – we’re a day apart!

Lots of Barre and Yoga.¬†I work for a gym, so I have the luxury of having my basic fitness necessities (weights, treadmills, ellipticals) for free. So, I joined¬†Exhale Spa, and spent the summer doing my two favorite workouts I normally don’t do: Core Fusion Barre and Cardio, and unlimited yoga classes.

You make it to an 8 AM barre class when you have to wear $14 dollar socks to participate.

You make it to an 8 AM barre class when you have to wear 14 dollar socks to participate.

Family Trip to Bermuda. By the time these good times rolled me on into August, I was ex-haust-ed. Me and my family went on a week-long vacation to Bermuda and I swear it felt so good to relax, work out at my leisure, eat yummy food, and shop! What a great end to one terrific summer.

Planted myself here for five days straight!

Planted myself here for five days straight!

Such a beautiful island, and so close to NYC! I may just have to sneak away again soon.

Such a beautiful island, and so close to NYC! I may just have to sneak away again soon.

What were some of your summer highlights? 

When the Season Shifts

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So now that I’m back to blogging, it frightens me that the last time I posted was December, 2011. Oh ok, Cassandra. Pretty much a completely different person now. In December 2011, I was only halfway through grad school and I had absolutely no clue what I was going to do as a career. Fast forward to September, 2013. ¬†I’m a Director of a health-education non-profit and doing something I love, but didn’t really go to school for. In 2011, my boyfriend and I were battling a long distance relationship. In 2013 (we can skip right over 2012), we are happily back together in New York State.

So while plenty has occurred over the past two-ish years, I will say that I have learned A LOT and grown to be quite the little lady. I figured I’d start regular scheduled posting with some things I like to invest in when the seasons shift. Fall to me just screams “a fresh start.” Apparently the Great Gatsby thinks so as well.

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1. Switch up¬†decor. OK, so I’m not talking wreaths and pumpkins. I’m just saying give your space a bit of a makeover. I crave neutrals as the¬†weather gets colder, so my mom and I took to my local Bed Bath and Beyond and picked up a $50 dollar duvet and some discounted throw pillows. This was a big change from my pink/gray color scheme, but is so serene. I love crawling into bed at night.

2. Vamp up your skin care routine. Is it just me or does everyone throw all caution to the wind in the summer when it comes to your skin? Being Italian has its perks – tanning comes pretty easy to me – but is also a curse. I find myself slapping on some ¬†moisturizer and yay! I’m totally taking care of my skin. No. My skin is feeeellling it. So I bought some new products and I am committed to using my Clarisonic every night and a mask weekly. Also – eye cream. I’m 24 now.

3. No more lazy days so plan your life. OK, I’ve expressed my love for a good planner before. But this September, I took the plunge into the debit card and purchased an Erin Condren planner. AMAZING. This planner is everything. I could go on and on and on but just buy one. And then buy me some more notepads because I’m already running out.

4. Organize, organize, organize. I’ve been on an organizing spree. One of my main tasks was to tackle my makeup. I was looking online for an¬†acrylic make-up organizer and was legit frightened by how much some of them cost. $300 dollars…for a plastic box? I already spend comparable amounts on groceries in NYC, thanks. Then, l I found Muji. Enter my $50 dollar imposter make-up organizer. I sat and looked at this for 20 minutes after completing this activity and every time I walk into my bathroom it gives me great joy

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Back to the blog.

I am recommitting to blogging today. When I started blogging, I saw it as a great way to recap the great moments, snapshots, little inspirations, and musings that went on in my daily life. I dreamed of a space where I could help girls like me (fond of pink and glitz and glamour and fashion) meet their everyday life with health, fitness, love, and willingness to help others.

Where did that dream go? For starters,  I became intimated by the dream of finding glitter and granola in a world where big-time fashion/beauty/health bloggers became the THE voice. How could I compete?

Looking back, and looking towards my favorite blogs,  I realize that now, more than ever, there exists a need for normalcy. Us girls are being inundated with glittery guide-curated portraits of what our lives should look like.

Guess what, girls? That’s not reality.¬†

We can be women with educations (like Masters of Social Work from Columbia University, ahem) and careers outside of the blogosphere. We can be women with families and responsibilities that take us far away from our daily face masks and deep conditioning treatments.

We can also be girls with a shoe fetish, and a love for all things vintage Chanel, and a hope that a trip to the Bloomingdale’s beauty department will cure our bad day.

Or at the very least, up to Forty Carrots.

Sure us girls can dream, but I do believe we can have it all. You can be successful and powerful in your field, and love fashion, and love fitness, and get your fix from all of the glamour. While still being good, kind, and altruistic. 

As long as your priorities remain humble, sound, and most of all in the greatest pursuit, of the greatest you.

Seasons Greetings.

Wow. It’s been a long time. Being a grad student at an ivy league university has made me lose my mind, my bank account and all my free time. It’s making this next few weeks off, extra, extra special and extra sweet. I can’t explain how full and free my heart feels now that it’s Christmastime.¬† Here are some of my favorite things of this holiday season…enjoy!

OK so this is from Fall… but this was one of the precious weekend days I had no homework and was able to frolic about NYC. My first stop was obviously @BabycakesNYC for a gluten-free carrot cake cupcake. Amaze.

Starbucks holiday cups and red nails were my favorite first signs of the season.

White lights line the gated entrance to my campus. I adore white lights…simple, classic, and elegant!

Santacon 2011 with my best friends. If you don’t know what Santacon is, it’s an all-day bar crawl that (basically) the whole city dresses up for.¬† We started the day with baileys and hot chocolate and ended it with a great choice for drunk food- chopped salads. If that’s not the definition of balance I don’t know what is.

A festive OOTD- this was for a presentation and I decided to work in some holiday cheer with a statement necklace, ruffles, and sequins.

And my most favorite part of the season-

My boyfriend being home for the holidays. While long-distance may be hard (especially after almost three years of it), it’s always worth it when you get to share this time with your one and only. We did a drive-by photo shoot by the Rockfeller Center tree last night…

…and dinner on Restuarant Row post-theater (Rock of Ages- raunchy and awesome- great show!).

This week is full of festivities- holiday baking, getting the Christmas tree with my fam, and going to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (which should be sick!) I also need to finish up my shopping and wrap my presents! Now that’s the kind of homework I’m more than OK with doing.

What’s on your holiday to-do list this week?!

XOX, Cass

#salutationnation

{if I fail out, at least I have cute notebooks.}

Grad school is hard.

My summer classes were kinda a joke, so let’s just say the past week was a bit of a wake up call.

My professors slapped me in the face and said “It’s fall now, bitch” (not really.)

Armed with a grande coffee with steamed soy and 2 pumps of pumpkin spice extra-hot, I have been reading my way through 1200 pages worth of material and 500 pages worth of notes for next week.

I’m gonna need some more Starbucks.

And another job.

With that, it was a much needed break from the madness of grad school this weekend when I joined my fellow NYC yoga lovaassss for Salutation Nation.

What a glorious morning spent in Central Park, practicing and being adjusted by some of the city’s top yoga instructors.

Lululemon, thanks. This was Awesome.

 

And much needed.

Like my next latte.

xox, Cass

Love Asheville (part 2).

Well, it’s official. I’m moving to Asheville. I’m leaving the big city, and moving to North Carolina and eating my weight ¬†in vegan food and shopping all day in vintage shops. It’s been real, NYC.

Downtown Asheville is for tofu and tie dye lovers- vegans and hippies everywhere. Since I am convinced I’ve been both in my past lives, I absolutely loved walking around the city today.

Everything in Asheville made me smile. 

From the emphasis on buying from local shops and artisans….


to the endless vegetarian dining options,  I was eating it all up.

Literally.  

BBQ Tofu Sloppy Jo’s to-go from Laughing Seed Cafe

and their organic, vegan, gluten-free Chocolate Chip Coconut cookie- and it was unreal.

I loved shopping in all vintage stores, talking to all the friendly people, and just being there.

While I can’t imagine leaving Manhattan now, Asheville screams the my kind of place to, well, be an adult.

And in case there was any doubt, there was a lululemon showroom, so now I know I could live here ūüôā

What’s your ideal place to live? City or country livin?

xox, Cass