03 Sep

Treat Yo Self: Donate a book!

Hi All,

As many of you know the last couple of months of my life have revolved around a renovation at a local Parenting co-op called, The Parent Resource Center. Hudson and I took many mommy and me classes there and he even did their playschool (pre-k prep) program. We are getting under the wire with the renovations and the budget has quickly disappeared. I’ve been calling in favors left and right. So, if you guys are feeling like doing a little feel good treat yo self this week we are in desperate need of new books. I complied a list on our Amazon wish list.


Most books are in the $5-$10 range. Thanks for considering a donation. Don’t worry I will be back to my normal treat yo self finds next week!



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02 Sep

Effortless Cuban Corn

In NYC Cafe Habana is known for their Cuban Corn. When I’m shopping in Soho it’s always where I stop to get a little fuel to continue shopping. With the last big holiday weekend of the summer approaching I thought it was only fitting to share an easy recipe that will work for any BBQ.

effortless cuban corn

It looks fancy, but it’s super easy to make.

Simply boil your corn. I actually wasn’t sure how long to do this for and I found a handy recipe. My corn came out perfectly cooked!

Once your corn is done I let it cool for a little bit and just snapped each ear in half and stuck skewers into them so they had handles.

In a bowl mix together:

6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Spoon the mixture onto your corn.

Then sprinkle 3/4 cup Cotija cheese (This is a Mexican cheese that isn’t available everywhere so you can also used crumbled feta) onto of corn with mixture.

I like to sprinkle a little additional cayenne pepper over the top. Add lime wedges for a little squeeze and all done!

effortless cuban corn

It’s always a big hit!

It was Asher’s first time having it and he loved it!



Provide plenty of napkins for guests. :)

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01 Sep

World Market in my home

A couple of weeks ago I got to attend the grand opening of the new World Market in NYC. It was amazing! You can check out some photos of the event here. Spoiler alert Kelly Osborne was there!

world market
I bought my sister as my plus one since we are currently decorating her new apt. The store is beautiful and I pretty much wanted everything. I loved how attentive the staff was. Whenever I was looking at a section someone was always there to ask if I had any questions and they were all very knowledgeable. Many of the upholstered headboards can be customized with fabric so it was helpful to have staff there letting us know what fabrics could go on what.

world market

Variety of fabrics! One prettier than the next!

world market

I didn’t really need a new headboard so I kept moving and immediately gravitated to some French bistro style counter stools for my kitchen. I normally have lucite stools by my kitchen island but someone…Asher…has decided he wants to sit like a big boy on them and I’m terrified, because they don’t have a back. I don’t let him do it and then he gets super mad.

world market

The best part was at that you could place your order from the big touch screen monitors they had throughout the store and delivery in the city was super cheap! I was able to place my order that way with delivery to my home, because there was no way I could take two bar stools with me on the train.

world marketThey arrived the other day and I put them to use right away!

world market stools

world market


world market

I’m in heaven. The boys are in heaven. Now I want to redecorate the whole kitchen again….at least a new kitchen island.

*This post was in collaboration with World Market.Thank you for supporting the brands that make Effortless Style possible. All opinions are my own.


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31 Aug

Scenes from my weekend…

Another jam packed weekend has come and gone way too quickly! Here is what we were up to.

No matter how hard I tried Hudson is still stuck on this big boy bed. So, after many nights of him asking when he was going to get his cool new bed we ventured off to Ikea to pick one up!

Ash had to test out all of the beds…

Look at the deal they had on stuffed Pandas! I found one I wanted to take home.

So did Ash…

We also went to Home Depot to pick up some paint for the bed. The boys were not too happy with these talking Halloween decorations.

Hudson got to pick out some Optimus Prime blue for his bed.

Along with all of the big boy bed activity going on I also worked on a freelance piece for one of my favorite magazines! I shot everything on Saturday! Hopefully they like it!!!

On Sunday we went to Long Island City to check out some more venues for my sister’s wedding.

It was hot, hot, hot, but we still had fun.

We checked out 3 venues and none of them were the one, but the best was Paper Factory Hotel.The Paper Factory Hotel is a restored paper factory (duh) that has been turned into a hotel with many event spaces for holding a wedding. It’s full of steampunk detailing and there are so many great photo ops throughout. Sadly their main room for the reception was too small!

paper factory hotel

paper factory hotel

paper factory hotel

paper factory hotel

paper factory hotel

paper factory hotel

The cutest chess player you ever did see.
paper factory hotel

Overall a lovely weekend that ended with some sweet brotherly love.

Here’s to a good short week! Final farewell to summer here we come!

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28 Aug

Friday Finds…

This week has been an exhausting one. I’m on the board of Hudson’s school and they are under going a massive renovation. Guess who is in charge of all marketing and branding and then part of the renovation and events team as well? This crazy lady! Oh did I also mention I’m Vice President of said board. I’m spent. Hudson has literally had to tell me to look at his eyeballs this week when I’m talking to him because I’ve been glued to my computer and fun. Ah! Worst Mom award…yup I would be a not so proud precipitant this week.

Anyway enough venting! Here are some of favorite finds this week when I wandered around the internet.

katie kime

This week…

-I’m wishing that a. I had a pool house b. It looked like this beauty designed by Katie Kime.

-I’m green with envy over this kelly green kitchen designed by Redo Your Home. Ah! Swoon! So pretty! Whenever we look at new(old) house I’m always the most excited about demoing the kitchen and planning out what I would do. Would I ever dare go so bold?

-Add a little vintage touch to your furniture with these amazing handles.

-I have so many friends that either just had a baby or are pregnant. I love finding unique gifts and this pillow cover is one of my latest gift ideas.

-The back to school nerd in me is loving this site.So many amazing finds!!!!

Happy Friday!

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27 Aug

Treat Yo Self: Minted

I have been a huge fan of Minted for many years now. I use them for stationary and prints all of the time! I was so excited when they launched a home division where they carry fabric, pillows, lampshades, curtains and table linens. I recently fell in love with Minted again when they wrapped up their, “Through the Lens” photography contest. They had over 5,000 submissions and selected 459 new photos that are now available for purchase.I went thru all of them and picked my top 5!

top 5 photographs from minted

No. 1 Hood River Boards: I love the beach so this surfboard photo immediately spoke to me. I love how you can’t really tell what they are until you look closely. The photo has this beachy undertone, but it’s not cheesy at all. Perfect for your summer home or honestly anywhere.

No. 2 Bubbles Out of Blue: I always look for a touch of whimsey in a piece of art. What’s more whimsical then bubbles? Adults and kids a like enjoy them. I think it would work perfectly in a kids space. I adore how this piece is very kid friendly, but doesn’t look kid friendly. I think any little ones would enjoy it in their space.

No. 3 Rooftops of Paris:I work with a lot of couples and a lot of times artwork is where they tend to disagree the most. City scenes are something most couples can agree on. They tend to be very neutral yet interesting. This piece is a perfect example of that. It doesn’t lean to feminine or masculine and it’s colors work well in so many space.

No. 4 Leader of the Pack:For my 25th birthday Jon surprised me with a trip to Egypt. It was an amazing trip and I got to ride on a camel! This piece reminds me of a happy member and I just love that camels face. It looks like he totally knows what you are thinking with his little smirk.

No. 5 California Dreams:Palm tree photos tend to be very popular in the blog world. I enjoy them, but this one is a tad bit different with the amusement park accent as the focus and it’s orange! So, of course I fell for it.

I actually picked up a piece for a project I’m working on and it arrived this week! So excited! Can’t wait to share it with you.



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26 Aug

DIY Cabins and Sheds and more!

I don’t know about you, but whenever my husband is busy on his ipad or phone it’s typically because he is on craigslist searching for one thing or another. Jon is normally on the free page seeing what sorts of stuff people are getting rid of that he can turn into a treasure. The other night though he was looking for sheds, because we are in need of a new one and he stumbled upon BZB Cabins and Outdoors. They are a company where you can by kits for cabins, sheds, saunas, pavilions, gazebos and even BBQ huts! You purchase the design and they send you all of the materials to build it and the plans. Most pieces can be finished in a handful of days!

In my dream house scenario I would have some sort of studio situation in the backyard that I could make into my office space. Jon always laughs when I’m searching for houses with that additional perk, because they are far and few between here, but now I can make it myself!

Pinecrest Cabin Kit:

Here it is build in someones land:
kit cabin

All dressed:
kit cabin

I’m in love! Time to start saving up my pennies to pick one up!

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25 Aug

Etsy Spotlight: El Hummingbird

A trip to Peru has been on my must travel to list for some time now. It looks like a beautiful country with lots to do especially getting to see all of the amazing artisan work that comes from there. How amazing are these Frazadas rugs?

Etsy shop, El Hummingbird sources these from the Andean mountains in Peru where it takes up to a month to produce one! They are made of sheep’s wool and then colored with natural dyes. They can be used as blankets, rugs, wall coverings, etc. I would use them to cover an ottoman!

Frazadas Andean Rugs:

Larger Frazadas Andean Rugs:


Ah! All of those pops of pink and bright colors!!!! I think my living room totally needs one!

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24 Aug

Scenes from my weekend…

Guys! We had our first kid free weekend and while it was fun I sure did miss the boys!

Here is what we were up to!

We hit the road early Saturday morning!

It was the perfect opportunity to use my new Mahi leather duffle.I’m obsessed with it. It arrived so quickly and when they told me they could monogram it I was in heaven. Jon and I got his and her bags and we got compliments all weekend.

mahi duffleAfter 3 hours in the car we finally arrived in Atlantic City! I had never been before, but who can say no to a little gambling.

harrahsWhen we arrived we went to the pool. For reason in my head I thought the pool would be a nice relaxing time and I bought a new book with me and a stack of magazines I hadn’t gone thru. Umm so I was totally wrong. The Pool was actually more like a CLUB, with a cover and music so loud I thought my head was going to explode. Yes, I felt like a grandma in there. I stayed long enough to eat lunch, but then I needed to get out! I don’t think my ears have recovered yet.

Chic cabanas were pretty much the only thing I could stand at the pool.

pool cabanaWe decided to do a little gambling before getting ready for dinner. Go big or go home! Ah! Let’s just say we weren’t super lucky at the tables, but fun was had.

harrahsWe headed to dinner at The Borgota and had to take a little group shot in their beautiful lobby before hand.


We ate at Homestead and our meal was delicious! Then we did a little gambling! Can you spy the two photo bombers in the photo?


I finally went to bed at 12:45am because I couldn’t handle it anymore. I was so sleepy! I was very excited to sleep in the next morning, but I guess my internal alarm clock didn’t get the memo and I was by 8am.

I had a super healthy breakfast!

{Not pictured: Bacon egg and cheese on a bagel that I also had! What? I was on vacation.}

The birthday boy still looking happy even though the tables weren’t too kind to him as well!
IMG_5820We took off after breakfast and made a little pit stop at Bass Pro Shops we don’t have one near us, so when Jon say it we had to go take a peek. At least Jon got lucky with the fishing. Haha.


Our last pit stop before heading back was a visit to Lucy the Elephant!I had never heard of Lucy before, but when I was researching must go places in A.C. she came up. She was built in 1881 as a street attraction and is older than the Statue of Liberty! She was moved two blocks down to a new location when her original stomping ground were sold to a developer. Since the 70’s she has been in her home. I was obsessed!


The gift shop was heaven! Elephants everywhere!

We waiting around to get a tour of Lucy and got to climb inside and check her out.


The view from above!


We had fun, but we were super anxious to get home and see our boys. Of course we had a long car ride back home full of traffic, traffic and more traffic! Ugh!


Happy Monday!


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21 Aug

Friday Finds…


-Bungalow 5 is always one of my to go places to source furniture from. Their booth at market is massive and they never disappoint. They had so many vignette’s throughout and this image above is one of my favorites. Their spaces were filled with blue and white ginger jars, lots of mirrored pieces, grass-cloth everywhere and chinoiserie artwork.

-How amazing do these doughnuts look!  Almost too pretty to eat…Let’s face it though I really do want to eat them.

-Have you guys heard of Packed Party? I learned about them a couple of months ago and I’m obsessed! They are a company that truly believes that there is a great sense of kindness and love in the act of gift giving and they want to help. They have curated packed parties that you can order for a friend that is having a birthday, just went thru a break up, just did something awesome or simply one that you miss. Along with these adorable packages they just came out with a doorstep necklace which is just the sweetest thing. You can customize this necklace to have an engraving of an address that is meaningful to you. I’m smitten with this company.

-If I had a country house I would totally do this two toned shiplap.Please tell me I’m not the only that looks up real estate listings trying to find that diamond in the rough house for next to nothing. I’m constantly looking up houses in update N.Y. trying to find the one!

-Adorable elephant findthat I’m pretty sure is a must have!

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