Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Memories of 2013

Happy New Year's Eve!

Apologies for being M.I.A....the past few weeks have been loaded with days of gift buying, wrapping, cleaning and baking! With it being New Year's Eve, I figured it's the right time for a recap of some of my favorite memories in 2013!

Every Valentine's Day Nolan has a beautiful bouquet delivered to me. Even though it may seem like a cheesy routine, each and every one is different and lands a huge smile on my face! This Lily was exceptionally beautiful and HUGE!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gift Ideas for the Ladies in Your Life

Christmas is just around the corner which means I get to spoil all of the loved ones in my life and they'll do the same to me! Here are some gift ideas for all of the ladies in your life.

1. Leopard Jammies
Every girl loves a new cozy pair of pj's, so why not give the ladies in your life a little bit of coziness in style this year. These pjs are cute and reasonably priced!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Friday's Five: DIY Projects

This week has been pretty relaxing and has given me a good amount of time to think about all of the ways I want to get crafty in these up coming weeks... 

1. Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I can't wait for a day filled with family, food and laughter. I also have a bunch of mason jars laying around that might make for a great hostess gift!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Best Lunch Spot in Torrington Ct:
Backstage Eat.Drink.Live

Nolan and I strayed away from the Hudson Valley yesterday afternoon and wandered into Torrington Connecticut where we enjoyed a relaxing lunch at a restaurant called Backstage- Eat. Drink. Live.  This place is gigantic, with tall booths and stools every where. They have a selection of 40 beers on tap and a whopping 80 different kinds of bottled beers! Any beer wo/man's DREAM!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Simmering Wood Stove Potpourri

Don't you just love curling up under some cozy blankets this time of year? Despite my dislike for the cold weather, one thing I truly enjoy is being able to concoct different wood stove potpourri recipes that simmer all day long, making the house that extra bit cozy and enjoyable!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Five Drug Store Beauty Buys

I must admit, I am not one who can rationalize spending $50 on an itty bitty bottle of foundation or face cream, needless to say, I know my way around the drug store beauty aisle. So here are my five favorite drug store beauty buys!

1. Maybelline's Fit me Shine-Free Foundation. It is extremely affordable and really does reduce any shine on your face. I've been using this foundation for the past 4 months. To my fellow ladies with a slightly oily face, this works wonders and leaves your  face even and shine free! The best part is that you don't have to get all messy! Just swipe on the places you want to cover, grab your foundation brush and blend, baby blend!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Friday's Five

Here are some things that have made me laugh, think, or smile this week...
1. Jimmy Kimmel's Halloween Candy Prank. I know I may be a bit late, but I saw this last year and laughed my booty off. This year was no different!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday's Five

So, I've decided to start a new habit where every Friday I share five things that have influenced me recently. Including things that I want to do, have enjoyed over the week, made me think a little, or just simply made me laugh.
1. I really want to test out a few new hairstyles. I'm usually pretty simple when it comes to styling my hair, so I'm trying to stray away from my normal routine and experiment with some fun new dos. I'll be peeking at this Pinterest board for some inspiration!

2. As much as I wish I was, I lack a certain creative crafty gene and I want to change that with lots and lots of practice.  Christmas is only a few months away, so I'll have plenty of time to test out multiple DIY projects. These canvas photos are on the top of my list!

3. If you haven't seen this already, then take  37 seconds to watch this video. It amazes me how superficial the media has gotten. 

4.When the cooler months show up I see an automatic green light for brushing on all the dark reds, plums, and occasional black nails. I'm absolutely obsessed with these girly nails, which means I will be flashing this nude, gold, and glitter combo within the next few weeks!

5. Even though Halloween has passed, this AT&T commercial makes me laugh every time I see it. That little cowboy's crazy!

Please share some things that you want to start doing on twitter @_caitkane

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Happenings

These past few weeks have been filled with family, fun and big smiles, so I figured I'd share some of the things that have put those glorious smiles on my face.
 (This photo and a few others may be a bit blurry, but I just couldn't resist those baby blues!♥)
This little nugget's name is Eli, he's Nolan's nephew whose full of smiles, giggles, and that addictive baby smell. I can't help but get all goo goo every time I hold him!
This past weekend, I took a mini trip to hang out with my wonderful sisters and celebrate my oldest sister, Brit's 25th birthday. Being that Halloween was just around the corner she of course had a costume and champagne themed party. It was a blast.  

Halloween isn't really my favorite thing, so I didn't put much thought into my costume. I kept it simple and unoriginal and dressed as a black cat, I had the ears and whiskers to prove it. 
Kim and her friend Alexa were in the same boat as me so they dressed as a dark fairy, or dark woodland creature as Kim put it, and Alexa was a cat, with some adorable lace ears!
Fall is in full bloom so I treated my self to a few bunches of beautiful fall flowers. Some bright, sunshiny sunflowers and an amazing autumn bouquet will be keeping me full of smiles these next few days.
Most recently Nolan and I spent an amazing afternoon enjoying some quality cuddle time, snacking on a sinful spread piled with a few of our favorite treats, while catching up on some shows we're obsessed with!

What are some of the things keeping smiles on your face lately? Share with me on twitter by using the hashtag #laidbacksmiles. Until next time!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Italian Festival in Kingston

This past Sunday Nolan and I wandered around the Italian Festival in Kingston on the Roundout Waterfront. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, full of fun, food, and quality time with my love! 
 After parking way, way, down the street, we finally made it back to the action, where we came across this adorable little stand with some mouth watering aromas wafting in the air.
Mint, located just down the street, participated in this magnificent event and had some adorable little helpers serving some of their specialties.  To begin our Italian feast, Nolan and I shared a bowl of their Rigatoni ala vodka.
 It was heavenly...I even tried distracting Nolan so I could stab the last rigatoni in the bowl!
 We also split a monstrous rice ball smothered in freshly made sauce, or 'gravy' as a true Italian would say! 
 Our bellies were rumbling, so we quickly found a place to sit down and dug in! We are accustomed to rice balls that are stuffed, but luckily their delicious sauce soaked into the rice beautifully.
We hadn't satisfied our craving just yet, so we headed further up the street where more vendors were selling Italian classics. We naturally gravitated to Luigi Oils' booth once Nolan spotted a heaping pile of sopressata. They were selling both hot and sweet flavors, we snagged a sweet.

We didn't mess around and broke into that hunk of meat the next day and devoured almost half with a few happy helpers, all were pleased!

We also tested out a few of their infused oils which were very tasty. We took home a bottle of garlic infused as well as basil infused!

 They also had some scrumptious marinated mozzarella that I should have picked up, but hopefully I'll combine the two oils I purchased and make my own sometime soon!
Next to Luigi's booth was a guy selling some funny Italian merchandise, this sign caught our eye and made us giggle!
After shopping around for a bit we moved on to some food, then had a little bit of food, and ended it with a big pile of food...For starters, we snacked on a delicioussss tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad from Ship to Shore with some of the best balsamic vinegar I've ever tasted. I wish they were selling that by the bottle.  I  also loved how easy and manageable their Chinese to-go containers were!

Afterwards, I moved on to some fried calamari from Mariner's Harbor. I was alone on this one as Nolan despises anything from the ocean. (I must say, he certainly has his boyfriend perks, but this one was almost a deal breaker back in the day!)
Since I focused all my attention on my multi-legged friends, Nolan offered to snap a few photos, wuddaguy!
 Open wide!
 He insisted I look like a lady for at least one photo and made me smile.
While I was waiting for my calamari to be freshly fried Nolan treated himself to a slice of pizza from Plaza Pizza , he just couldn't resist the cheesy smell that filled the air. He also surprised me and snagged one of their little rice balls, so we could compare.
 We were pleasantly surprised once we cut them open to find out that they were stuffed... and quite delicious!
After thoroughly stuffing our mouths we wandered around to pick up a few items from local vendors! 

I couldn't help but to dip into the booth of Cat's View Farm to sniff and test my way around! They sell goat milk soap and lotions made with milk from their own goats!
 I must say, it was a tough choice but I grabbed two soaps, their Passion Fruit & Guava along with their Tuscan Nights bar, in addition to a wild honey lotion! I'm in love.
Usually I'm picky when it comes to lotions because I can't stand feeling greasy after I apply it, but their wild honey lotion doesn't do that at all and just leaves me smelling delightful!
On our way out we ran into another gem of the Hudson Valley, a brilliant business called The Farmers Friend who specializes in bringing quality farm fresh food from Hudson and Rondout Valley Farms to your table! I was tempted to buy a few of their spreads, but just grabbed one of their Pumpkin Butters along with a bunch of home made dog biscuits!
It only took the dogs a second to scarf down these BBQ flavor biscuits when we got home!
This was an absolutely delightful Sunday well spent enjoying quality time with my boyfriend, the gorgeous weather and the Kingston Waterfront!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Shopping and Gelato in Rhinebeck

After our trip the the Farmers Market and Lunch at Market St. last weekend, Victoria and I decided to do a little shopping and maybe treat ourselves to something sweet before heading home. 

After lunch we stopped by Zephyr on Market Street for a quick glance at what they had to offer. While sipping on a complimentary glass of Champagne, we scoped out the vintage dresses and slips displayed on the adorable back patio. Clever way to lure in customers, I loved it!
 Caitlin, [fantastic name, may I add ;)] the owner of Zephyr, was too adorable, outgoing, and instantly made me want to be her best friend. Her shop, though small, had an amazing selection of dresses, sweaters and belts, most of which are made exclusively for her shop.  She was great with suggesting items that would look good on our figures. Although I only bought one item,[a pale yellow nightgown] I can't wait for my next visit, maybe I will do some of my Christmas shopping there this season-cant wait!

After, we skipped over to Winter Sun Summer Moon to do a little lite shopping. I may have had more luck than Victoria, though most of what I purchased are Christmas presents for my sisters-lucky ladies! Whenever I'm in Rhinebeck I always love peeking into their shop to see what's new and maybe search for any old items I wish I'd bought. 

Unfortunately, one of the most intriguing items I came across I forgot to snap a photo of, which means I guess I'll have to stop in sometime soon to check it out again! Shucks! :D It was some sort of foot massage you stood on that made your feet feel oh so heavenly. (Can someone please help me out with the name?)
After shopping for a bit, we stopped in Artigiani del Gelato for dessert! 
Can I just say, I've now found my new sweet heaven. Ever since I've been, I have thought about their gelato and beautiful macaroons every single day.
 Not sure exactly what to choose, I was given a generous sample of their butternut squash and ginger gelato- MUST HAVE!
They change their selections almost daily, and every one is better than the last! Seriously though, I had pumpkin, goat cheese with honey, and butternut squash with ginger in one divine cup.
 How delicious does that look? I'm sure once I've gotten used to all the splendors Fall brings I will venture out in flavors, maybe to vanilla or chocolate, but why keep it so simple when there are amazing flavors like basil, Cappuccino, and Chai Spice Latte. Oh my lord, my bellys growling for some right now!
Victoria went for the gold and got a heaping scoop of pure pumpkin bliss, can you blame her?
Please don't even get me started on the macaroons, their beautiful silver dollar sized maracoons, I think we bought them out!
 Well if you insist! Victoria and I kind of...splurged and ordered four each of the Cotton Candy and Vanilla. I will say, I wasn't totally sold on Cotton Candy as I'm not a huge fan of such sweet sugary treats, but they were kind of magical. For a split second, no exaggerations here either, I was brought back to my childhood of begging my parents for a big ol' bag of blue cotton candy at the county fair. And just look at those bright blue and sparkly pink sprinkled macaroons, beautiful!

 To say this was the perfect end to our Sunday afternoon is an understatement. I wish we could do this every day, but I don't think gelato and macaroons are figure friendly! Please make sure you visit them in person and let me know what you think! Also, check Artigiani del Gelato out on Facebook as they post their daily flavor selections!

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