Friday, October 10, 2014

Five on Friday: Fall TV

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Happy freakin' Friday! Woof! This week seemed to last a lifetime, busy as (did I really just type ass? It doesn't look like it but I did - then deleted it. Cause well.. that's inappropriate but fully sums up that I seriously Friday couldn't have come at a better time) always but .. oh jeez let's just get on with it!
 
This Friday I am going to theme-it-up with five of my favorite fall shows right now! My DVR is swamped with shows and sometimes I have to pull the ole switcharoo because too many shows are recording at once but thankfully it is all there, waiting for a rainy day for my to sit and binge watch.
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one :: Sons of Anarchy. Swoon. I have been watching this show since Season 1 Episode 1 and I can't even begin to tell you how sad I am that this is the final season. It is one of those shows that you think to yourself, can things get any worse for these people - and it always always does! It is a little graphic and you do see some ta-tas and Charlie Hunnam's beautiful behind, but you really do fall in love with some of the characters and it is a perfect blend between action, drama, and love.
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Ugh pure sex! Sorry had to do it.
 
two :: American Horror Story. This is another biggie I started watching from the beginning and I can't seem to stop. The season started Wednesday night and it is patiently waiting for me to press play! Each season is a different American urban legend horror themed story - hence the name of the show. Le duh! It is not scary either. I think people assume from the title it is a crazy horror film type show, but it's more intriguing and creepy than anything. I am still sticking with Season 1 was my favorite season so far but they are still pulling me in and I am still watching. I can't wait to see what Season 4 is all about - Freak Show!
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three :: Nashville. Let's lighten things up a bit shall we? I love all things country! I have always wanted to move to Nashville and when this show started I knew I had to go! I did - it was amazing. Anyways, this show is the perfect mix of drama and country music. No matter what is going on with the characters, they always remember to go back to the music. When I first heard this show was coming out I had to watch, for Connie Britton. I have been a fan of hers since she was in Friday Night Lights - the TV show and I have loved her since then (She was also in Season 1 of American Horror Story). This show gets 5 stars and I can't wait to see what happens with everyone this season!
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four :: The Walking Dead. This will be starting on Sunday and I am so excited! I feel like it hasn't been on in forever!! Now a days, people are all ampt up on this zombie apocolpys that is bound to happen. Glad I payed attention to this baby to teach me how to survive! Kidding. But it still is a good show. Last season was kind of a dead beat, so I am hoping that this season they can pick it back up again cause it really is a good one.
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five :: Gotham. I had zero ZEE-ROOO interest in watching this show - at all. I was actually on the computer checking emails and such and my dad had it on in the background. Instantly hooked! It is only a few episodes in and I am sure you can watch online or on demand to play catch up. I am not a huge superhero fan and probably haven't seen a superhero movie in years but I do have to say if I had to chose one I actually knew most about it would be batman. Not to give too much away, and because there isn't too much to tell yet, this show takes place in Gotham obviously, but it is waaayyy before the days of Batman. It's all back stories with the same Gotham drama! Seriously you need to check this one out!!
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And there ya have it! So go cuddle up on the couch on a cool fall night with a pumpkin flavored anything and watch some great shows!!

And have a great weekend! :)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Fragrance

Saturday was such a lousy day. It was one of those rainy, dark, gloomy days, where all you want to do is lay in bed with a broken-in pair of sweats and huge blanket and a good movie. As much as I would have loved to been out doors enjoying fall and all it has to offer, it just wasn't happening. Errands, chores and food prep was on the agenda which sounds like -10% fun in my weekend book. To make things seem all that not bad I decided to spice up the house while the day finally calmed down and I was finishing up with everything. I found the easiest recipe possible for an amazing fall fragrance for the house. If you know anything about us we are obsessed with candles! Obsessed!! But this recipe might just save me a buck or two during the fall and alternate in a few times a week instead of the constant candle burning.
 
I couldn't find the exact recipe I used to link, but it is super easy to remember what goes into it!
 
Fall Fragrance
1 Apple cored and cut
1 Orange peel
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 Tbs whole cloves
1 Tbs almond extract
1 Tbs vanilla
1.5 Cups of water
 
Put everything into a pot on the stove and simmer! Continue to add water as long as you desire the scent and to avoid the pot from burning.




 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

First Fall Foliage Festivity!

This past weekend was smack filled with fun things going on. Possibly more interesting for me than you but I am overly willing to share with you just in case! Friday night we celebrated one of my college besties 26th 22nd birthday. We decided we will not allow ourselves to be any older. We got all dolled up at her apartment in Queens, began with birthday dranks and headed out to the big city. B Bar was where we ended up, it's on the lower east side and I have to say I can't wait to go back. It was such a chill bar to hang out in, grab a table and still be able to enjoy each other's company. Totally going to contradict the 22 comment BUT I am so over being in bars, shoulder to shoulder with drunk idiots, spilling things and yelling for a spot at the bar. Rant over ... and I'm still not old back to being 22!

 


Saturday poured. And poured and poured and poured. Which means we did nothing worth telling. Lame. Errands, chores and laziness. Lame. Sunday started with my fall ritual, watching the boy play flag football. I have to say this was the first year I actually looking forward to watching him play, and hanging with the girls 'watching', but then It was 50 degrees at 9am and all those looking forwards turned into why?!!!! It was the first really cold freezing morning and I was not prepared. With my sweatshirt, green tea and all it was still blistering and I was not a happy camper. Thank goodness for good girl friends to watch with because we chatted the whole game away and before we knew it, it was over. The weather actually warmed up...a degree, or two, and the boy and we decided to be spontaneous and head up to Piermont, NY. FIRST FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVITY!! Woohooo!! This adorable little town is right over the state line, easy to get to and the perfect day trip from where we live. One one side you have the beautiful Hudson River and inland is the beautiful hills of Rockland County with the first signs of fall foliage.
It was the cutest little town. We both had never been before but heard it was a great day trip - and it was. There was still a chill in the air and being right on the water didn't help with that extra sea breeze, so we warmed up at a tiny coffee shop. This place was so tiny but as expected it was so cute and fit right in with the rest of the town. The front room had this cute sitting area with a library wall of books and the back was another room where you were able to order your coffee anyway you liked. It was such a relaxing place to rest up for another crazy week!
 
 
 
How was your weekend? Any fall foliage excitement?
 
 
 
 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Five on Friday: Welcome Back

Woohoo! One of my favorite link-ups is back!! Perfect timing if you ask me! I am so excited to be linking up with these four fabulous ladies once again!
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one :: Happy Fall!! Ahh! I guess you can call me your stereotypical 'fall obsessed white girl' - yoga pants and all. If you have been around these parts you know I am obsessed with all things fall! October is my jam and very cram-packed with festivities to attend. Stick around for some good times around here.
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two :: I am so crazing new fall sweaters. I picked up a few classics last year that will be rotated in but I am in dire need want NEED of new fall work clothes. Like this and this. It is already a little chilly during these NY mornings but the afternoons are hanging onto that last bit of warmth. New transition clothes are a must and I need to just take the plunge and go shopping. A plunge? Really? This is myself trying to convince myself with any excuse to shop.

three :: Family and Friends. A lot of craziness has been going on around here, some things are not particularly my place to blast out here but, in the last few weeks I have been reminded more than once that I am blessed. I am reminded to slow my hangry temper and snooty sarcastic comments more often and appreciate the love I have for the ones closest to me. Life is too short and I am truly appreciative of the loving people I surround myself with.
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four :: Remember when you had a 'downtime period' at work. Not a completely empty day but at least a few moments to catch your breath, read the online newspaper or quickly check your phone for messages and noontime flash sales?! NOPE. Can't rememeber what that felt like because I haven't had one of those since.......last December. When the office is empty. And no one is here. Come back downtime!! Please!! Even for just an afternoon!
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five :: I have finally joined the iPhone world. I know huge news! Ha! You don't really care. BUT I loved my Galaxy - loved it so much I had it for two years and was convinced I was upgrading to the S5. It doesn't help my brother runs 3 Verizon stores and has been working unruly hours for you iPhone fiends, I asked if I could 'try' one for a few days and I think it's here to stay folks. #converted
 

Hope you have a fabulous first October weekend!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

100th Post + One Year Blogiversary + Celebrations!


Of course the one week I have a few things to post about I want to purposely hold off on posting. Last week when I was working on a post I realized I was SO close to my 100th Post I just had to hold off until today because...
TODAY DAY IS MY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BSRB!!!!
It's kind of strange to thing I have been doing this for the last year - except when I see blogs I've been reading and think wow it really has been that long! I am so blessed to have this little space to document my life and share my thoughts with everyone. In light of this special day, I decided to complete a little questionnaire I found from a blogger friend Jessica. For those that have been around for a while and those who haven't here is a little tribute to this fine lady, Business Suits & riding boots.
Name: Business Suits & riding boots.
Fiction or nonfiction? Nonfiction - although some posts are just silly!
What genres do you write? This blog is all about life, struggles, adventures and memories. I guess it sounds a little fiction-ish but this is how we roll. REAL DEAL stuff here!
Are you published? No
Do you do anything in addition to writing?
Yes, I work, cook, clean, workout - kidding - I love taking pictures and my boyfriend is especially into photography and videography.
**If you ever need pictures taken or a Kickstarter video he's your guy!! Email me for details!
Tell us a little about yourself.
For lots of details you can check me out here. Long story short, I enjoy working in New York City and playing in Jersey. I love all things Mexican food, my family is my life, my puppy is my one true lover and if I could live in a different place every month I would. I love to travel!
What are you reading right now?
Right now I am on book #3 of Game of Thrones. So long -- yet SOO addicting. Just take the plunge and do it!
Which authors influenced you the most?
I'm not sure if a specific author has influenced me 'the most' but I do read a lot of books (the whole commuting thing). I guess one really influential book I have read was Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I just may have to do a book review on that one!
Where can people connect with you?

Blog
Do you have a newsletter?
Nope - but should I start?!
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Basically, I love to blog. This past year was my first year as part of this new adventure. It feel off, I jumped back on and I don't plan on leaving it behind any time soon. It was so much fun capturing the fun of our lives and reading about all of yours. I hope that I can continue to document my life here and hopefully post a lot more now that I have the hang of this whole thing.
Thank you for reading and sticking around for the last year!! It has meant the world to me and I can't wait to keep on, keepin' on!



Friday, September 26, 2014

#FarewellCaptain

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I have been a sports fan my entire life. As I have explained many-a-times. Like most sports fans you have your favorites, and in New York we LIVE for our favorite teams. Eat.Sleep.Breathe. our favorites. When it comes to baseball, the Yankees are my boys. They just scream All American good old baseball team and the history is through the roof. Like myself, if you are a baseball fan you are very aware that this season was Derek Jeter's final season as a professional baseball player. After 20 seasons he has decided to hang up his pinstripes and retire. Sad. Sad is a very understated word to describe the feelings of New York Yankees fans. Let me explain.
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Mr. Jeter was not only a great ball player, we was a legend, a champion, a kind hearted class act guy. If only the world had more of him. I bet all the ladies of the world wouldn't mind that right?!!! Seriously, he was one of those athletes that never caused a ruckus, never had a bar fight or a dirty scandal - nothing. He was a great guy, and still is. I say it is sad because he was such a role model to many young people, in NY and in the country. I remember growing up and all the guys would compare themselves to Derek Jeter "I want to play like Derek Jeter!" or "Did you see that catch/jump/hit/slide/double play by Jeets last night?!!". He is exactly what a parent hopes their son will grow up to be.
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He will be very missed on that field and I hope he doesn't completely disappear from the world completely. I understand he needs his privacy and wants to settle down and all that, but we all love him too!!
 
And if he had to end his season last night any better, I'd say it was fixed. Derek Jeter ended with a walk off single to WIN the game. Amazing. I am happy to be a Yankee fan and happy to have had Derek Jeter on our team for the last 20 years.
 
Farewell Captain. You had a good run.
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Oh wait ....... Then this happened.
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Derek Jeter's nephew salutes him - precious.
 
 
 
Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MS: Multiple Sclerosis


It was important to me to break down my weekend in two. For those who don't know, Multiple Sclerosis or MS is one of the most common diseases that affects about 2.3 million people worldwide. Defined - Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves (source). It is not a contagious disease, or an inherited disease but like many others that affect our world there is still no cure.
On Sunday the boy and I decided to volunteer to help support MS during their Bike MS Country Challege! It was so amazing to see so many riders, so much money raised and so many supporters to help raise money for a cure! Photography was his thing and I awarded medals and checked in as riders finished their challenge. Seeing how many people from so many different walks of life complete this challenge was so empowering. It truly makes you see the good in people. I was even inspired to start training for the Bike MS Challenge in the Spring! It is on my bucket list and being a part of this event just gave me the motivation I needed to get it on! 
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is such an amazing group. As I mentioned there is no cure for this disease and it affects so many people in our world today. If you are able please make any donations here to Multiple Sclerosis to help find a cure!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Festival of the Sea

 As I mentioned before, a common theme of my fall posts will be based on tradition. And even though this isn't the only time of year where we fall habit to the same routine of celebrations and events, we do it all year long, but for some reason, this time of year seems to deem the most which will be documented.  
So this weekend, we headed down to the Jersey shore for one of the many Seafood Festivals. This has become a family tradition, although some of our family that is supposed to come up and hang out ...didn't. Oh well! My aunt and uncle live down there and my cousin actually lives right down the street from the Point Pleasant festival. This makes it extremely convenient with parking as well as having no excuse to miss it! We love coming down for this event for a few reasons.
 
1. It's after summer so it has started to slow down with weekenders coming down and causing a backup on the highways.
2. It's after summer and it gives us an reason to hit up the shore even after Labor Day weekend to get one more last feel of the ocean breeze before we really have to face reality.
3. Seafood!! Oh goodness if I could eat every last thing they have there I would! Oh how I would. Unfortunately, my pants would disagree with me.
Most favorite snack ever! I only treat myself to it on this special day!
 
 
As you can see I was stuffing my face most of the time and didn't focus on taking many pictures - except when we were leaving I snapped those two above as I remembered I had zero. I really wish I would have taken some because there is so much to see there. In addition to all the amazing food, they have live music and a whole bunch of craft vendors and little shops set up along the street. I love craft vendors! They always have the best handmade stuff. Everything is so unique and special, it just makes the products that much more desirable - well to me at least!
 
Overall, we had the best time! The weather was great and the food - okay I'll stop. And, just to give you a little tradition perspective .....
 
 
The boy - 2012
(notice the kettle corn)
 
Us - 2013
 
 
 
The boy - 2014 
 
 
Ahhhhh memories!