• Blo Blow Dry Bar - Franklin Lakes - Pillow Talk
    Beauty,  Hair

    Blo Blow Dry Bar – Franklin Lakes

    Sadly, it’s Sunday already – seriously weekends go by way too fast. But, on a happier note, today I’m sharing my experience at the new Blo Blow Dry Bar location in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Blo is a blow dry bar chain with a few locations in New Jersey and the one in Franklin Lakes just opened this week. They were so kind as to invite me to their grand opening celebration a few days ago, but since it is 45 minutes away from me (without traffic), I knew it would be cutting it close to go after work during the week. But, I really wanted to go and get a…

  • Springtime in Lawrence Park
    Books

    Book Review: Springtime in Lawrence Park

    My book review for Springtime in Lawrence Park by Arnold Logan is a long time coming. I got it last year, in fact! But I’ve been so busy and had so many other books on my list to read before this one. I had high hopes for this book. It seemed like a page turner filled with mystery and soap opera family dynamics. Marie Barnacle is the youngest child of Raul and Tabitha Barnacle. The Barnacle family is a prominent Canadian family with their roots tracing back hundreds of years. The synopsis basically said that dark family secrets loom and that the family have a path picked out for Marie and…

  • Chicken Marsala Ragout + Rotini
    Food

    Chicken Marsala Ragout + Rotini

    Are you a Food Network fan? I don’t watch it religiously, but I do enjoy seeing what’s on when I’ve got extra time. While it’s not my favorite show on the channel, I’ll sometimes watch Trisha Yearwood’s show. Today’s recipe is from her show. I made chicken marsala ragout with rotini. I followed her recipe except I used chicken thighs with the skin instead of skinless like the recipe calls for. So click (here) for the exact recipe! First, I did some food prep and cut up the mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Then, I browned the chicken thighs on some oil after seasoning the thighs with salt and pepper. Set the…

  • Wildwood Boardwalk
    Life

    #fbf Foggy Boardwalk

    Happy Fri-yay! This week felt about a year long and I’ve heard multiple people say the same thing. I don’t know why it felt so long. I wasn’t busier than usual. I didn’t have more work than usual. It just seemed to drag and feel extra long. But, it’s finally Friday so I wanted to share another old photo and do a Flashback Friday, #fbf. Like last time when I shared green and white flowers, I was scrolling through photos on my phone and came across this one from last June. Last June, I was chaperoning a field trip for the seniors at my school to Wildwood. For those of…

  • Health

    What To Do If A Health Problem Puts You Out Of Work

    Being out of work puts a lot of strain on your finances. Without a regular income, it’s so hard to budget properly and make sure that you’ve got enough money to pay for all of your essential living costs. There is also an emotional strain and a lot of people lose their sense of self worth because they’re sat around the house not really doing anything all day. There are a lot of different reasons that people lose their job, it might just be that the company can’t afford to pay you anymore. In that situation, you can start looking for work again straight away and hopefully, you should be…

  • Pink Front Twist Top
    Fashion,  Looks

    Pink Front Twist Top

    I love front twists tops because it’s all done for you and you don’t have to worry about twisting it yourself or front tucking (which I’m horrible at by the way). This front twist top is super soft and I love the mauve-y pink color so much! The top has a soft, cozy feel to it and reminds me of fleece pajamas. It’s the perfect length to wear with leggings so I wore the top with these black and dark grey patterned leggings. Top: LC Lauren Conrad via Kohl’s | Leggings: LC Lauren Conrad via Kohl’s | Shoes: Keds via DSW I wore this stylish and comfortable outfit last weekend when…

  • Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Collection
    Skin Care

    Peter Thomas Roth – Peptide 21 Collection

    Happy Wednesday! For a split second yesterday morning I thought it was Wednesday, so that was a bit of a let down but it’s Wednesday for real today! I’m hoping the work day goes by smoothly and then I’ve got plans to hang out with the bff after work. On to the topic for today’s post. You guys know I love trying out new skincare so I was excited when I got a package from Peter Thomas Roth and Influenster a few weeks ago. I was sent the new Peptide 21 Collection which includes the Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads, the Wrinkle Resist Serum, and the Lift & Firm Moisturizer.…

  • Life

    Are You Ready To Take The Next Step In Life?

    Source Throughout all of our lives, we tend to go through certain periods of transition. The most obvious moments like this are the points where we go from childhood to adulthood, but there are also be plenty of those kinds of periods throughout much of your adult life as well. The problem is that it can often feel like there’s not really any kind of roadmap for these kinds of changes in many of our lives. Not only that but they’re often the kinds of things that you have to make the choice to do rather than things that just happen to you. With that in mind, here are some…

  • Skinny Stripe Sweater
    Fashion,  Looks

    Skinny Stripe Sweater

    Stripes are such a classic pattern and I do love a good stripe. This sweater is a little different because the thin, skinny stripes are concentrated in the center leaving a thick white trim at the wrists, neckline, and hem. I wore it with black leggings, black flatform espadrilles, and a crystal pull bracelet. Sweater: LOFT | Leggings: J.Crew | Shoes: DSW | Bracelet: Givenchy via Macy’s I usually opt for wide stripes, but I like this skinny black stripes in this sweater. The skinny stripes and boat neck style looks very European. The sweater has that gauzy feel to it so it’s not too heavy and perfect for the…

  • Entertainment,  Life

    The Basics Of Hosting A Gathering For You And Your Friends

    Picture Source There’s nothing quite like a party with all your buddies, no matter how young or how old you are. Still, planning and hosting a party can be quite a stressful experience. You want to be able to have as much fun as your guests, but you’re worried that you’re going to spend the enitre day worrying about things. In order to make sure that isn’t the case, these are the basics of hosting a gathering for you and your friends.   Arrange the date, time, and location. The initial basic step to hosting a gathering for you and your friends is arranging the perfect date, time, and location…