The Sunday Sum-Up [10/21]

Hey guys, happy Sunday! We made it through another week and instead of stressing about the next, it’s time to relax. Cue the Sunday Sum Up: a place to make you kinda sorta forget about the Sunday scaries as you enjoy your last few hours of the weekend. Here I’ll be sharing a little bit of everything in a slice of life format. Think of it as a smorgasbord of what I’ve been up to, new products I’m obsessed with, what I’m reading (books and articles), my latest movie obsessions, getaways I’ve been planning, meal prep, and more!


It’s been a busy few weeks, so I’ll try and keep it as short and sweet as possible. Last week, Ian and I spent a quick 72 hours in Charleston, SC visiting his mom. We luckily missed the hurricane and had beach-worthy weather, thank God. We took the time to relax, kayak, and eat everything in sight. I have a Charleston guide already on the blog here, but need to add 3 new restaurant additions:

  • Lewis Barbecue: Texas barbecue, everything served by the pound. Translation – a ton of some of the best bbq meat around! We had a mix of things served family-style, like wagyu ribs, pork belly, and pulled pork…but the reason to go here is the brisket. They do not fool around when it comes to their signature dish. Also expect a great cocktail menu and some southern sides, like collard greens and green chili corn pudding (my fave).

  • Revelry Brewing Co: Around the corner from Lewis’ is Revelry. We stopped by this hopping brewery around lunchtime, and I’m sure glad we did. They had a really good selection of beer, both on tap and canned, plus a delicious not-so-ordinary bar menu includes some of the best sushi rolls in Charleston. Highly recommend you swing by!

  • Nico: New to the Mount Pleasant area, get your oyster fix at this new French seafood spot serving some of the freshest fish around! Their oysters obviously stole the show, with selections from north-Atlantic, mid-Atlantic, and Southern waters. The presentation was phenomenal as well! For mains, I highly recommend the fish stew (the broth is to die for) and the duck for my non-fishy eaters.

Moving on…

Yesterday I attended the ENVSN Festival in Brooklyn. It was the festival’s inaugural year but there were so many positive, excited faces as I hopped from panels to workshops to shopping. Having a day and place dedicated to the success of women in every aspect was completely refreshing and such a positive experience in light of recent politics. Hearing success stories, advice, and even the stumbles and falls from some of the brightest female entrepreneurs was both humbling and encouraging. I highly recommend you make a note to attend next year’s festival if you didn’t already go this year!

Articles I’m Loving:

You may be well aware of my love for the 70s, so when this Vulture piece featuring Ian Schrager’s telling of the true story of Studio 54 was released, I geeked out. The discotheque of lore was a breeding ground of music, culture, celebrities, fashion, and political movements before it was shut down and the founders sent to jail for tax evasion. The tell-all is a juicy read that goes hand-in-hand with the new documentary about the nightclub that was released earlier this month.

It’s been over a year since the Harvey Weinstein accusations emerged and the #MeToo movement began. Bloomberg put together a recap of the movement including some detailed graphs of media coverage, prominent political figures and businessmen who have been accused, who is/isn’t still holding a position in political office or company, etc. In the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, this is a really informative and eye-opening piece – highly recommend.

Our neighbors to the North legalized weed, becoming the second country in the world to do so. There are a lot of questions surrounding this uncharted territory, but the future looks bright for Canada as it expects to raise over $400m per year in tax revenues on marijuana sales. Here’s a really concise but thorough article that lays out everything and every question pertaining to the new legislation.

The NYT published a disturbing study earlier this month, stating that UN scientists are predicting a climate change-related crisis as early as 2040. We’re currently on track to warm our atmosphere by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2040, which would intensify droughts, food shortages, and poverty as well as destroy our coral reefs and cause more frequent wildfires. Even more frustrating is the fact that we could technically achieve the rapid changes required to avoid the temperature increase, but the political likeliness of this happening is dreary. Please, please, please get out and vote this midterm election.

In happier news, Jamaica banned all plastic straws, bags, and styrofoam!

In case your Instafeed missed it, Bloomingdale’s just teamed up with fashion influencer Mary Lawless Lee of Happily Grey to create an exclusive collection for its private label line, Aqua! Adding to cart…now.

Another collab is brewing – WeWork is partnering up with Rent the Runway! They’re starting a network of drop-off boxes in 15 WeWork locations, making them accessible to both the public and those working in the offices.

This Week’s Wishlist:

Added to the Library:

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll is, admittedly not as great as Luckiest Girl Alive, but it still manages to be a juicy whodunit surrounding a reality TV show. This book has ‘guilty pleasure’ written all over it and is an easy read when you need a little entertainment break in your life. I’ll keep it on my shelf.

In My Earbuds: Witches

There’s a little witch in every one of us. I’m certain of it. Here’s a playlist to keep the mysterious, mischievous, magic alive featuring some obvious favorites (Fleetwood Mac, Florence + The Machine, Lorde) and other talented artists who encompass those #witchyvibes

Foodie Corner:

New to the Sunday Sum Up! Here’s you’ll find recipes I made during the week as well as new restaurants in NYC that I can personally recommend.

Recipe of the Week: This butternut squash chicken pan roast by Delish. Ian and I made it on Wednesday and it was extremely easy to chop everything up, season, and throw in the oven before Riverdale. We paired it with some quinoa cooked in low sodium vegetable stock for some extra flavor and protein.

New Restaurant Rec: On Friday, I met up with one of my old roommates from college, Heather, who just moved to the city! We checked out a tapas spot called El Quinto Pino in Chelsea for some wine and bites and catching up. We ordered about five dishes and didn’t have one we weren’t crazy about. If we had to choose a winner, though, it had to be their noodle paella! Their salami and artichoke special was delicious as well, so if you see it on the chalkboard…order it! For dessert, we ordered their sea salted chocolate that came with bread and olive oil – the perfect combination of salty, sweet, and savory. Great for girls night and date night alike.

Product of the Week:

Caudelie Beauty Elixir

I’m usually wary of cult-favorites but I am beyond glad that I got the chance to try out some Caudelie products, especially their beauty elixir! My first impression of this mist was along the lines of “holy, this smells AMAZING” and “wow, my face feels so..fresh…I didn’t know a face could feel like that.” Well, the benefits were just beginning there. Since using this and other Caudelie products for about a month, I have a natural glow, my skin is clear, and my pores are noticeably smaller. I now have a travel-sized version of this elixir to carry with me on planes too! Plus, Caudelie is all about clean beauty, is vegan, non-toxic, cruelty-free, and free of all synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, fillers, gluten, and GMOs. Heart eyes all-around.


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