Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a very merry holiday season! Waking up in Aspen this Christmas morning is totally refreshing...so excited for a week in the mountains with friends.Things have been crazy. I haven't had a free moment to post some of the holiday craziness that has ensued so I'm catching up now.  My life in the last few weeks...

1) Welcome Jimmy! I rescued a dog named Jimmy Choo (which I shortened to Jimmy) about a month ago. He's a two yr-old Italian Greyhound/Dachshund mix and the new love of my life. It took us a good 2 weeks to figure out our new 'situation' living together but he's doing great and we are having a blast.

2) Holiday parties, dinners, and more get togethers... I tried to see everyone this holiday season but I didn't even come close to getting time with everyone that is special to me.

My girlfriend planned a beautiful gala for the charity she works with. Shown here in Vera Wang gown, Christian Louboutin heels, and Dior ring.

3) Moving my office...a feat. Moving the week before Christmas is a little aggressive. Glad it's done!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ultra Fun

This Saturday I ran my first 50K (31miles) which technically qualifies as an Ultra Marathon. So awesome! It was a trail run in the parks on Staten Island. Saturday was cold, dark, and muddy...nice. The trail was in okay shape given the destruction still apparent from the hurricane. Some spots had wood planks to balance on, deep muddy spots, and climbing over fallen tree trunks. I thought I was in the back of the group (like last...I saw no-one for some 10 miles) the first loop but going out for the second loop I started to realize I was actually closer to the front for the females. 3 gel's, 2 pretzels, a few goldfish, and a redbull later I was rolling into the finish line feeling pretty good! I came in third for the females which made me laugh as I was totally not expecting that!

Yay I finished!

The course...

I'm not going to lie it was a little freaky at times all alone in the woods...

LOL-can you believe this! I got a trophy!!

Feeling good...SO looking forward to a hot coffee and movies in bed post-run.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Merry Festivus!

I love the holidays! This year I'm really feeling the holiday spirit and I wanted to share some of my favorite things for the season...

I found these reclaimed drift wood wreaths at Restoration Hardware! I love them...organic, neutral colored, and festive. I wrapped a wire of LED lights around it for a little sparkle. Heart.

Every year I get SUPER excited for Trader Joe's to bring out the holiday tea. The Candy Cane Green and Vanilla, Cinnamon Black teas are so tasty, it's a must for the holidays.

Last weekend I attempted vegan Butternut Squash Bread and it turned out really good! Spelt flour, stevia, sesame oil, butternut squash, vanilla, cinnamon, molasses, and maple syrup. The recipe is here (modified to what I had on hand):http://kirstenskitchen.blogspot.com/2012/01/butternut-squash-loaf-or-muffins.html

The easiest way to cook butternut squash is to stab a few holes and stick it in the microwave for 5 minutes!

Bulky sweaters!! I picked this one up at Alexander Wang...obsession. It's big, cozy, and perfect for lounging around.