Sample Sale!

In Manhattan, is there anythings greater than a sale? And this one has diamonds!

From August 4-6, Michael C. Fina on Fifth Avenue is going to be having a sample sale on engagement rings and wedding bands. The items on sale will be discounted at up to 70% off the retail price! It will feature designers such as Tacori, Scott Kay, and Jeff Cooper, along with many others.

So if you or your friends are looking to get engaged, you should definitely stop by!

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Time Travel

I loved the book when I read it a few years ago, so I was very excited when I heard that it was being made into a movie.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is set to hit theaters on August 14 and stars Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana.

The love story of Henry and Claire is absolutely heartbreaking and beautiful. As weird as the situation may seem, you want this couple to be together more than anything. I won’t lie…I cried.

Under My Umbrella

The amount of rain that we have gotten this summer has been absolutely INSANE. I am so sick of becoming completely soaked as I walk to work in the morning. While I always have an umbrella on hand, I can never seem to find an umbrella that actually keeps me dry while looking cute.

Here are some great ones from Totes.


Vintage Fashion Stick Umbrella

Love the lace trim and the black-and-white floral design!
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Clear Bubble Umbrella with Primary Dots
I really want one of these bubble umbrellas! I just love them! The polka dots make this one so much more fun!
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Rihanna Satin Stick Umbrella
So basic, but fun! This umbrella has a fushia inside!
This was also designed for Rihanna for her performance of “Umbrella” during the 2007 MTV Movie Awards.
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Pet Peeve

There are many things that annoy me. One of them has been kicked into overdrive this summer.
What is this thing that irks me?

People who wear “I ❤ NY" shirts while walking around New York City.
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Please, just don’t do it anymore, people. You look uber-touristy. The fanny pack you are wearing doesn’t help either. Neither does the fact that you take pictures in front of everything.

I admit that I once owned one of these shirts (It was then “borrowed” by a friend. Almost 2 years later, and he still hasn’t given it back.). I did not, however, wear it as I walked around Manhattan every day.

Kick the habit, you lovers of New York! Just say NO to NY!

G-Free

No, I am not talking about Elisabeth Hasselback’s book (but I should read it). I am talking about myself. I have been trying as hard as I can to stick to a gluten-free diet since February, and I have been feeling a whole lot better! While I have not been officially diagnosed with Celiac Disease (I may only be gluten sensitive), I have found out that staying away from foods that contain gluten makes me feel healthier.

While I do miss things like cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, and bagels, I have adapted my lifestyle and have found things to eat that are delicious. Thankfully, more restaurants, stores, and brands have been labeling their food products as “gluten-free,” so it is not always so difficult to find something to eat.

So, if you are living a gluten-free life, here are some things to try.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
My friends have been great with having to deal with me not being able to eat certain things, so I was happy to find out that we all get to enjoy this restaurant. They offer an entire gluten-free menu that is delicious.
Make sure to try the flourless dome cake for dessert. It is AMAZING.
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Chex
While I don’t eat cereal that often, it was great to see that Chex now offers gluten-free products. And it is not just the regular Rice Chex! They have the more fun flavors like “Honey Nut,” “Chocolate,” and “Cinnamon” as well!
I was always a bagel girl for breakfast, but having a great selection of cereals certainly helps!
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Glutino Pretzel Sticks
These are so great! Even my friends who are not gluten-free have tried them and liked them! While you can tell they don’t taste like regular pretzels, there is not a huge difference and they definitely don’t taste like cardboard (like many gluten-free items do).
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Glutino Spinach & Feta Pizza
Absolutely delicious! While more pizzerias are offering gluten-free pizzas, they can get really expensive. As a recent college grad, I don’t have the money to always be paying $14 for a small personal pie, so Glutino’s frozen pizzas are great! This spinach and feta one is my favorite!
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Cool Ranch Doritos
I found this out recently, and I got so excited! I do not eat chips too often, but I was kind of getting sick of the Fritos. While Doritos are not the healthiest, it is nice to know that I can indulge in my favorite kind of chips when I feel like it. My friend M’s mom even got a bag just for me at a recent party.
Frito Lay, you now need to find a way to make my favorite French Onion Sun Chips gluten-free.
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You can find out about gluten-free items on most product and brand websites. Stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wegman’s, and Fairway Market offer a lot of items that are gluten-free and they are all clearly labeled or you can ask for a list of items. You can also learn more about Celiac Disease and gluten-free products here.

Summer Days

I really want to see this movie, 500 Days of Summer. It stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Looks absolutely adorable, yet heartbreaking.

500 Days of Summer is now in theaters (limited release). Can’t wait to check it out!

Things I Want This Week…

Twinkle Twinkle The Mad Hatters Tea Party Large Charm Necklace
Weird, whimsical, and adorable. I absolutely love the little teacup and saucer charm and the etching on the others! I have no idea where I would wear this, but I definitely think people would be talking about it.
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I Heart Jim
I would never wear it. I just want to own it. Just because it’s Jim and I love him, as you all know. I am pretty sure J would love this as well.
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Vintage Dictionary WASP Electrical Outlet Cover
Vintage and from a dictionary? Can you get any better? I am such a huge English dork, so this would be perfect for my room.
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Glittered Postal Canvas

So beautiful. So classy. So different. I wish more people wrote actual letters and postcards these days. I would love that. Also, this would totally match the decor at The Red Door!
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You know you love me…

Leighton and Jessica and Penn.
Loves it.

I was hanging around on the set of Gossip Girl in Soho yesterday (Prince and Lafayette). Got to see some of the cast and Penn was nice enough to take pictures with some fans.
Leighton was sporting some lighter hair while hanging out in the trailers with Jessica Szohr. She was also dressed more casually than she normally is as Blair.
They were reportedly filming a party scene on a rooftop of a Lafayette Street apartment building.

Can’t wait to see the episode!

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Also spotted, Georgina “the Bitch is back” Sparks and the new guy, Scott – Lily and Rufus’s love child.