The Happiness Project

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Okay, so it’s been a while since I wrote about a “need to read as soon as you possibly can” book, but after reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I couldn’t wait to share.

I’m sure you’ve heard of The Happiness Project, you’ve probably seen it around, on the tables at Barnes and Noble, in the hands of commuters, on your friends bookshelves, because this book is practically everywhere. And for good reason.

It would be cliche, but not untrue for me to say that this book, sort of changed my life. A self-help book, parading as a memoir has made me rethink so many things about the way I was living my life. I know, that’s like saying a book by Dr. Phil can change your life, but I’m showing you my cards, because for me, this was totally true.

Rubin’s book tells the story of a year where she tries little things to become a happier person. Each month, she focuses on a different aspect of her life (family, friends, work, etc.) and focuses on making small changes that will build up to a greater happiness. And one of the best parts? She realizes that her journey is completely different from everyone else’s. There’s no prescribed “you must do this,” or “you can’t do that,” it’s about taking what will make you, as an individual happy and finding a way to apply that to your daily life.

So it’s actually totally awesome.

I haven’t always been the happiest of people. I’ve been very fortunate and so lucky to have the support from my family, a job I love, and a great group of friends, but lately (especially this month) I haven’t exactly been happy. Something always seems a bit off and I feel like I’m ALWAYS complaining. But, I don’t want to be like that, so I’m going to start brainstorming about my own happiness project.

I’ve been utilizing Rubin’s site and have started working on my own commandments, my resolutions, and just marinating on what I really love and what’s important to me.

If you’re interested in getting a bit more happiness in your life, I’d definitely pick up a copy of this book, you never know how it might change you!

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Sticky Orange Rolls

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When it comes to breakfast, I’m a purist. Generally, I don’t do more than oatmeal, or the occasional egg and cheese sandwich, but for a weekend morning, nothing beats these delicious sticky orange rolls.

And the best part, is that they’re super easy. I’m a bit terrible at making breads, rolls, etc., but by using Bisquick, it makes these rolls an absolute breeze.

Sticky Orange Rolls (makes 9):

  • 2 1/2 cups Bisquick mix (pre-made)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 TSP grated orange zest
  • 1 TSP ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 TSP ground cloves
  • 1 TBSP orange flavoring (not extract)
  • 1 (6 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Prepare the Bisquick mix according to directions.
  3. Roll into a rectangle approximately 1/4 inch thick. Brush on the orange flavoring onto the dough.
  4. Mix 2 TBSP sugar, orange zest, cinnamon and cloves. Spread evenly across the dough.
  5. Roll jellyroll style and slice into 9 evenly sliced pieces.
  6. Heat up undiluted orange juice concentrate, butter and 1/2 cup sugar and stir until completely blended.
  7. Pour into a baking dish, place the sliced dough rolls, cut sides down across the mixture.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned, serve hot!

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Sunday Best

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Dress – Vintage / Shoes – BK Shoes (old) / Necklace – The Buckle (old)

In case you haven’t noticed, the blog has been a bit dark on the fashion front as of late. Truthfully, I’ve been feeling a little less than inspired with my wardrobe lately, my wardrobe has ben consistent of mostly jeans and cardigans as of late. But for our annual ladies brunch, I decided to throw on one of my favorite vintage floral dresses to match the season.

This dress is kind of tacky. There is no way around it. There are too wide of lapels, the print is loud, and it’s made of polyester. But regardless of all that, it’s such a fun and easy piece to wear, that I can’t help but break it out once the weather becomes spring like. I paired it with my easiest pair of spring wedges, and simple jewelry for an easy spring outfit, perfectly suited for Easter Sunday.

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Fashion in Film : Where the Boys Are (1960)

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I feel like I made a top secret discovery after watching Where the Boys Are. I don’t know if I’ve ever watched too many films from the 50s/60s beach bunny era, but now that I saw this one, I’m absolutely obsessed.

I’ve also been a big fan of Connie Francis (her greatest hits is played often on my record player), and this story of four Midwestern girls who hit Fort Lauderdale (when that was a like a thing), on the search for some fun spring break love. But let’s be real, because this column is called Fashion in Film, that’s what it’s all about. The clothes.

And like any good 50s/early 60s film, the clothes in this one are to die for. Capri pants, chiffon scarves as accessories, circle skirts, and glamorous vintage style bathing suits. I wish I could have an excuse to dress like this every day (although if I were to ever have an excuse, living in New York would allow it), but until then, I’ll pick up a few individual pieces for spring and summer to make this look work for me!

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New York Bucket List

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A couple weeks ago I went to visit a friend in Washington D.C. for a weekend. I spent two days eating delicious food, seeing the sites, and soaking in the finally Spring like weather, and when I got back to New York City I realized I didn’t want to be here.

Now, don’t get me wrong, New York definitely has it’s perks, and I’m not looking to move to D.C., anytime soon, but there was something about how clean, how genuinely friendly, how quiet, and how green the city was that made me realize that I’m just done. I’ve been in New York nearly six years, which was longer than I expected to stay, and while I appreciate the culture, the architecture, the style, and the opportunity of the city, I know my limits, and I’ve reached my limits.

I’m not moving right away. That would be illogical (unless I was magically offered a job across the country), but instead I’m going to be starting the process, setting goals, starting the job hunt, and saving my pretty pennies to make a move happen.

But something else I want to do before I leave New York is to actually take advantage of it. Sure, I’ve done all the touristy things, but there are so many parts of this city I’ve never even seen, so I present my New York Bucket List. All the things I’ve always said I would do in New York, and haven’t quite gotten around to.

New York, you and I have some work to do.

Things To Do Before I leave New York

  1. Get into Gramercy Park
  2. See Wicked on Broadway
  3. Go to Sleep No More (again)
  4. See the Warblers migration in Central Park
  5. Have Levain Bakery cookies
  6. Have City Bakery hot chocolate
  7. Eat a burger from Corner Bistro
  8. Eat pizza at Grimaldi’s
  9. See a Knicks game
  10. Frozen hot chocolate from serendipity
  11. Go to the Whitney museum
  12. Ride the Cyclone
  13. Go to the Bronx Zoo
  14. Go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the Cherry Blossoms
  15. Walk the high line
  16. Go to Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
  17. See a jazz show in Harlem
  18. Go to Greenwood Cemetery
  19. Try to visit Maine
  20. See the New York City Ballet
  21. Go to Eataly
  22. Go to the New York City Transit Museum
  23. Go to the Top of the Rock
  24. See the Jimmy Fallon Show
  25. Visit Grant’s Tomb
  26. Go to Socrates Sculpture Park
  27. Visit Ellis Island
  28. Go see Rocky Horror Picture Show at Bow Tie Cinemas
  29. Visit the African Burial Ground
  30. See a performance at Carnegie Hall
  31. Go to Midsummer Night Swing
  32. Walk to Brooklyn Heights Promenade
  33. Go to a movie in Bryant Park
  34. Take a trapeze class at Chelsea Piers
  35. Go to the Tenement Museum
  36. Visit the Mark Twain house
  37. Have a beer at McSorley’s Old Ale House
  38. Go to the New Museum
  39. Go to the Museum of Sex
  40. Play ping-pong at Spin.
  41. Go to the Dumbo Carousel
  42. Go to the Turkish Baths
  43. Go to spa castle
  44. Go to The Little Red Lighthouse
  45. Ride the 6 train through the old City Hall station
  46. Have Jazz Brunch at the Lamb’s Club
  47. Go to a show at Galapagos Art Space
  48. Go to a comedy show
  49. Go to an improv show
  50. Go to Friday Night Yoga at Laughing Lotus
  51. Go to The Moth
  52. Go to the NYC Earth Room
  53. Go to Pomander Walk
  54.  Go to St. Johns Cathedral
  55. Visit Governor’s Island

Anything I missed?

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