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6 Reasons to Smile: Instagram News, Macarons and Your Next DIY

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1. Instagram Update: On Wednesday, Instagram made the dreamiest of updates. How long have I been asking for this new feature!? Luckily, I have these things documented, so I know it’s been a long time. YAY!

2. A new print!: Macarons always make me smile! Excited to hang this print in my kitchen!

3. A new recipe is coming!: We’re in what’s likely the last week or two that blueberries will be extra fresh and yummy. I plan on making blueberry muffins this weekend so stay tuned for the recipe on Monday!!

4. Your next DIY: Did you know you could use a gold sharpie on ceramic, bake it at 350 for 30 minutes, let it cool in the oven and have glamorous ceramic mugs and plates for life? I didn’t either. How awesome is this?! On it!

5. A good read: The Atlantic published a rebuttal, of sorts, to the New York Times‘ recent piece about women opting out of the workplace and eventually wanting back in. This issue is very near and dear to me, on a number of levels. My very best friend in the whole world (also, one of my only friends with children) just recently left her job to stay at home with her two little joys. While I admire (and even kind of envy) her new path, I do worry about the stage she’s setting for her future. There are so many ‘what ifs’ in my mind—mainly because I didn’t grow up in a home where my mother was without worry about bills and income; I was raised to have an ‘always be earning’ mentality. And that mentality has greatly lent to my ambition and drive. But has it made me too rigid at the same time?

In general, this issue has so many layers, and one that I think is not being given enough attention is the sheer lack of educational growth that happens when a woman leaves her profession, be that growth it in a specific industry or in general. I mean, let’s put it this way: I work with a woman who took about a decade off to raise a family. Kudos to her, seriously. Her family is beautiful and she couldn’t be any more sweet. But when she returned to work a little over a year ago, she brought with her (and is still using it to this day) her rolodex of contacts. A google doc is unheard of and explaining dropbox was ‘a thing.’ The technological know-hows that are lost when one leaves the workplace are, in my opinion, some of the most detrimental to women who plan to ever re-enter and survive. And God forbid they’re doing so out of need, and not boredom. In The Atlantic response, the author writes of a factor I hadn’t quite considered. She writes, “I’d like to have an actual discussion about how the financial and logistical risks of having children are unevenly distributed toward women, so that women are forced into or to stay in marriages for their own survival, and thus forced to choose between work and family to keep the marriage together. Part of that discussion should also be about how this same system prioritizes men in employment situations and therefore forces them to choose employment over family.”

I mean… seriously.

6. It’s almost here!: Breaking Bad starts this Sunday OMG OMG OMG!!! Are you tuning in?

10 Luxuries & Giftables Under $25

Theres’s literally nothing special about Tuesdays. At least, that WAS the case, until we were all introduced to a little thing called Treat Yo’self  day, which soon inspired Treat Yo’self Tuesdays (Thanks Aziz!). Since I have tons of August birthdays to think about, I’m getting super excited to browse fun trinkets and treats with a ‘one for you, one for me’ mentality, hehe.

So, Happy Tuesday! (One of my favorite co-workers always says, “Well, at least Monday’s done” …so true right!?)

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Why You’ll Actually LOVE the New Stella Artois Cidre


So sorry I missed posting 6 reasons to smile on Friday—if you follow me on instagram, you know I took a little last minute (and totally surprise!) trip to NYC to taste the new Stella Artois Cidre!!!! And while I was super excited for the opportunity, I was on the fence about how much I’d love sipping a cider beer all night—I’m not one for sweet beverages. But Let me tell you, I was shocked by how much I loved it.

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I was expecting the Stella Artois cidre to taste exactly how I remembered other cider-style beers tasting: like an apple Jolly Rancher with a hint of fizz. This one, however, completely disappointed my expectations. It was crisp and refreshing with the perfect marriage of sour and sweet—seriously delicious. The apple was prominent, yes, but they removed the complexity that other cider beers try to infuse, which made it taste so bright and authentic. Add to that that it’s perfectly balanced with a some sour notes and a subtle but sparkling carbonation and you have an uber yummy and effervescent summer drink on your hands. Totally loved it—like I almost felt weird about how much I loved it! Like I was betraying the beer aficionado in me (…didnt know that about me, did you!?) And the launch event? So fun!

I walked up to the ever swanky Mondrian Hotel in Soho, which has the dreamiest garden-like entryway (heres a pic I found online. gorgeous, right?) I then moved to the private room where the Stella Arois Cidre launch event was being held and was immediately transported to a folk-music-meets-the-40s-inspired apple orchard, complete with apples scattered about for my noshing pleasure, free-flowing bottles of cidre and a super swanky band. The event really reflected what Stella is out to do: create a purist’s version of cider beer (my words, not theirs). They grow all of their own apples in wine-growing regions, and every apple used for this their cidre is hand-picked. How awesome! You all know I’m a food advocate in many ways, so I totally appreciated that the beer was made with love. They did such a great job and I must say, I think I’ve found the perfect compromise for the next time I’m super torn between a crisp wine or a cold beer on a hot summer day — I’ve been converted.

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All pics shot with my trusty iPhone.

“Made with Hand-Picked Apples”

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Stella Artois via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Stella Artois.

Treat Yourself: Lux Little Giftables to Covet or Keep

One Kings Lane is having the most adorable sale right now and I want everything! I was first drawn by seeing a few books I featured in this post—I’m still collecting—but I quickly fell in love with this lux little curation of giftables. I want to gift everything… but in a ‘one for you, one for me’ fashion, hehe. Head over and check it out!

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