What I'd Buy with $10k at Net-a-Porter

I've done a post before about what I'd buy with $500 at Sephora and thought it was pretty fun, especially since I try to be smart with my picks even though it's all hypothetical. This time, I chose the sixteen pieces I would buy from Net-a-Porter if I was randomly given a $10,000 gift card. 

Starting with dresses, I'd get this blush pink Zimmermann playsuit and a nude, embellished dress from Needle & Thread. They'd work for all seasons depending on the accessories you choose (strappy sandals in the summer and burgundy pieces in the cold months). Then, I' choose this black, long-sleeve dress from Chloe to serve as my year-round LBD. I'd pick a classic ivory skirt from Gucci to pair with t-shirts on the weekend and blouses for work.

As for shoes, a pair of nude Louboutins is a no-brainer as it's the most obvious basic shoe for an elegant wardrobe. Then, I'd get a pair of blush pink Valentino Rockstud flats to dress up casual outfits and blush pink Chloe wedges for warm months. Finally, I'd pick the Isabel Marant Dicker boots as a wardrobe staple.

In the accessories category, I'd pick the Chloe Faye bag and a lacy Anine Bing bralette for French girl vibes. Then, I'd pick this minimal necklace from Isabel Marant and, of course, a big jar of Creme de La Mer. 

My last row includes a gorgeous A.P.C. denim jacket for layering and a blush pink top with dramatic sleeves from Elizabeth and James. Then, I'd get a classic pair of white jeans and fun pair of distressed Madewell jeans.

What would you buy with $10k at Net-a-Porter? Would you make one big splurge?

A Relaxed Day at Home

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While it's always fun to be out and about at your favorite places in town or discovering new ones, sometimes the absolute best days are the simple, relaxing days at home. Whenever I go home to Florida on vacation, those are the best kinds of days. Of course, I love going outside for a swim in the pool or spending a few hours at the beach, but I always feel most comfortable in my comfy loungewear watching movies and eating a fancy snack.

Caroline got me a tin of Piccadilly Lemon Curd Biscuits from Fortnum & Mason which were the perfect pairing for a cup of sweet, Earl Grey tea and a 150th Anniversary issue of Harper's Bazaar. My mom and I also had our favorite snack, Barefoot Contessa's Herbed Goat Cheese spread on little toasted crostini with sparkling drinks.

I think every relaxed day at home warrants a movie and the best movies for the occasion are classic, feminine ones. My go-to picks tend to be Midnight in Paris, Marie Antoinette, either of the Vogue documentaries, or anything Miyazaki. 

Of course, your level of cozy depends mostly on what you're wearing. I'm definitely a pajama set kind of girl. I feel most comfortable when I'm wearing something pretty like a fluffy white robe or a matching pink pajama set. 

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The Weekend List (No. 6)

It can be so hard to come back from vacation, but I have to say that I made a good decision this time around. Instead of coming back as late as possible on Sunday, I took a late morning flight on Saturday and was back in my apartment by 3 pm. As much as I would have liked to stay in Florida as long as possible, it was nice to have a day-and-a-half to get settled in, stop at Shake Shack, and stock the house with groceries.

On Sunday night, I listened to the newest episode of This American Life which ended up being one of my very favorites. It followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison over the course of six months as they learned and performed Act V of Hamlet. This was such a great episode because these men provided an interesting, new take on Shakespeare. They are violent criminals acting out the inner thoughts of Hamlet who contemplates committing an act of violence, so their connection to the play is unexpectedly apt. You can listen to 'Act V' here.

I loved reading Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Advice for Living column for the Times. RBG is such an inspiration and it's refreshing to hear from her in a time when all that seems to be published anymore are articles serving as evidence of our country's fast spiral downward.

Create & Cultivate posted a great article about the ways Instagram is changing and how you can adapt your feed to these changes. It's pretty interesting, but not necessarily surprising, to hear that Stories is becoming more important than your actual feed.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll also see that I've been obsessively pinning old New Yorker covers. 

Weekend Shopping

Homemade French Apple Galette

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Last week, I wanted to make a simple, rustic dessert and my mom really wanted peaches. I immediately had the idea do make an easy, peach galette  but when we got to the grocery store, there were no peaches (or any stone fruit) to be found so we settled on apples instead which ended up being incredibly delicious.

All you need for the apple galette is a pre-made pie crust (a round one that you can roll out as opposed to one already in a pie tin), about 4-5 large apples, lemons, cinnamon, butter or Earth Balance, and good sugar. 

After allowing to thaw, roll out your pie crust on a baking sheet or stone. Meanwhile, prep the apples by peeling and coring 4-5 large apples then slicing fairly thin. Place apples in a bowl and mix with about 1/4 cup of your favorite sugar, about 2 tbsp lemon juice, and cinnamon. Mix until all of the apples are coated. 

Then, artfully arrange the apple slices in the crust leaving about an inch of space between the apples and the edge of the crust. I chose a spiral design, but use your creativity! After the apples are arranged, fold up the edges of the crust. You can also get creative with your design here. Instead of an egg-wash, I lightly brush the edges of the crust with melted Earth Balance and then put it in the oven for about an hour. 

Once you take the galette out of the oven, my trick is to sprinkle it with a bit of sugar and lemon juice while it's still hot. This will add an extra level of flavor! 

My favorite thing about galettes is that you can make them with just about anything you have on hand as long as you have a pie crust (or are able to make your own). You can use any fruits you have on hand or even make a savory galette with vegetables, cheese, and herbs!

A Quick Outdoor Workout Routine

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These days, I do most of my workouts (aside from running) at home in my living room. But sometimes it's nice to get outside and use the outdoors as your gym, especially in the summer! There's all sorts of moves you can adapt to perform outside, but here are five of my favorites to incorporate into a quick outdoor workout.

Sprints - 30 seconds
I like to alternate between a strength move and a quick sprint. Find an open, preferably flat stretch of sidewalk or grass long enough for about a thirty second sprint. After warming up with a walk and some dynamic stretching, sprint for thirty seconds then switch to a strengthening move. After completing your strengthening move, do another sprint and so on. 

Tree Sit - 40 seconds
This is just like a basic wall sit except you're using a tree trunk instead of a wall! Simple. Place your back flat against the tree trunk with your knees at ninety degrees (just like you're sitting in a chair) and hold for forty seconds or until your muscles are fatigued. Not only will this help you to cool down from your sprint, but it's great for strengthening your core and building endurance in your quads, calves, and glutes. 

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Side Skaters - 60 seconds
Skaters are one of my favorite exercises because they're honestly so much fun and perfect to do outside where you have lots of space. Start in a squat position, then simply jump to the left, bringing your right leg behind the left just like a speed skater. Then, jump back to the right side with your left leg behind. Try to jump as wide as you can and do this for about sixty seconds.

Park Bench Step Up  - about 60 seconds
Step-ups are a great exercise for your glutes but they can be hard to do if you work out at home and don't have a sturdy surface to work with. Luckily, park benches are great for this. Stand facing the bench and bring one leg up onto the seat with your knee at ninety degrees. Step up onto the bench and lift your opposite leg in front of you at ninety degrees. Step down and alternate for two sets of ten on each side. Add dumbbells if you'd like!

 

Park Bench Elevated Lunge - about 60 seconds
Stand with your back to the bench and place one foot on the seat with the pressure on your big toe. Drop down so that the leg on the ground is in a ninety degree position. Do two sets of ten on each side, then sprint.

Repeat this sequence as many times as you'd like. Three times through should be about 15-20 minutes depending on how fast you're moving. 

Tell me about your favorite outdoor workouts!