Friday, November 21, 2014

Gobble Gobble

Can you guys believe that next week is Thanksgiving? I literally cannot wrap my head around how quickly yet another month has passed us by! It feels like just yesterday I was bemoaning the end of August and 10 seconds ago I was picking out a Halloween costume... whoa. Thankfully, because my dining room table ("dining room" used interchangeably with "only food-eating-height" table) seats just four people, it is not my responsibility to host Turkey Day. I am one of the lucky ones that gets to sleep in, watch the parade on tv and then show up with a bottle of wine in hand and eat until I pass out on my cousin's couch (#murica) But this complete lack of responsibility hasn't stopped me from collecting a TON of awesome Thanksgiving recipes and ideas from around the web for all of you to enjoy... 

So, with 1 weekend left to shop, here's everything you need to be declared Queen of the Pilgrims at your Thanksgiving Feast.

Even though people love their classic Thanksgiving side dishes, if you think your crew is willing to live on the wild side (literally hehe), these 12 Classic Thanksgiving Sides with a Twist like Buttermilk Biscuit Stuffing, Fully Loaded Smashed Potatoes and Sriracha Green Beans with Candied Bacon (good lawd YES!) are sure to be a hit.

If you are ready to channel your inner baking Goddess this Thanksgiving, these Sweet Potato Pumpkin Rolls with adorable little "gratitude scrolls" inside are for you! The recipe sounds absolutely delicious, the finished product looks wonderful and when guests crack open their rolls to find a little parchment paper note of gratitude (or some other message... know your audience:) inside, everyone will be blown away by your craftiness for sure!

Nothing welcomes guests like a home that smells of holiday sweetness. Whip up some of this Thanksgiving Stovetop Potpourri if you've got a stovetop burner to spare next Thursday!

Holiday eating doesn't have to be horrible for your waist line to be delicious (they claim) which is why I was excited to stumble upon this collection of Ten Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes including that delicious looking Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad or maybe a Pumpkin Cheesecake Bite is more your "healthy" style!?

Thanksgiving inspires a lot of great crafting ideas, from the food, to the colors to the theme of thankfulness. Click HERE for an awesome list of "Best Ever Thanksgiving DIYs" from Style Me Pretty Living (my personal favorites are the leftover pie slice printables and the gourd candles (above)) and click HERE for 30 table-decor specific ideas. 

Finally, pick one of the many takes on Turkey Cupcakes and wow your guests with an easy to make dessert that will be (almost) too adorable to eat. Options HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Little bits of things...

This morning I stumbled upon the trailer for an upcoming live action version of Disney's Cinderella which I have to admit I didn't even know was a thing, but turns out it is and it's arriving in March 2015 and the trailer is out and it is... Perfection.
Should I be embarrassed to tell you that I had tears in my eyes by the end? Because I did. And I think it's because everything about this depiction, this recreation of an animated tale that I've loved with my whole heart since I was a very little girl looks Perfect. The casting of Lily James (Downton Abbey) as Ella, the way they've woven just a little back story into the fairytale, those costumes... I melt...

In other news, this week the beloved (by all but Dr. H) OscartheFriendlyPup has been spending quite a bit of time at the Merry Meri HQ while my parents are on vacation. I thought you all would enjoy a visual of "the state of things"...
"Yes Meri, can I help you with something?"
("Yes Oscar, I've given up on keeping your off the couch")

Some of us are working harder than others...
A few minutes ago Osc adorably nuzzled his nose onto my legs. When I responded by petting him lovingly, he proceeded to climb halfway up onto my tiny ikea chair and lay his 100lb body across my lap. What a mush.

And finally, I stumbled upon this link this morning and it cracked me up. Click for a laugh:) (Is it the weekend yet!?)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hump Day Distractions

Me neither!
Friends. It is day 3 and the cold rages on. This is both literal and figurative as NYC is enduring a frigid 20-something degree day while I personally am still enduring a stuffed nose, icky cough and voice that sounds like something straight off the sex chat hotline (so hot). Here to get us through the day and over the hump are some goodies of the internet variety. Go heat up some tea and get your click on:)

* A cool giveaway opportunity for the bike-loving little in your life!
* If you love food like I do, this game is going to be a lot of fun (also, gut wrenchingly difficult).
* If you buy me this room, I will prepare Thanksgiving dinner for the fam for life. Promise.
* Calling all ballers/Brooklyn Nets fans (is that a thing that actually exists?!), THIS is for you.
* Seasonally appropriate and perfect for soothing a sore throat. Time to get yo soup on!
* Breaking news. BREAKING F*CKING NEWS!!!! (emoji lovers rejoice... there will be a taco!)

Monday, November 17, 2014


That's about right.
Today, I am sick. I felt it coming on Friday evening and by yesterday I had a full blown cold with a painful sore throat, cough and swollen glands. It's one of those "not bad enough to be totally down for the count, but totally bad enough to feel miserable" situations and the grey skies and rain here in NYC ain't makin me feel any better. Blegh indeed. 

I wish so badly that I had one of these.

Can't hurt to try.

So. True.

Lunch. (aka, Jewish Penicillin) 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Serial-ously worth a listen.

Listen. Do it. Do it now.
Last week I sent you off into the weekend with something wonderful to watch, this week I'm going to tell you about something that's seriously worth a listen. As I've mentioned, Dr. H and I love podcasts. We listen to several different programs (though mostly The Moth and This American Life) all the time, especially at night before bed. Lately however we've been straight up addicted to a new podcast called Serial (and when I saw this post I deeply regretting not preaching to the blogosphere sooner and being solidly able to claim "first"!)

Serial, from the creators of This American Life, follows one true story over the course of a whole 10 episode season. This season the host, Sarah Koenig, is exploring the January 1999 disappearance (and subsequent murder trial) of a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland. Hae's 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae's body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.

Serial is truly and absolutely gripping and I'm not the only one who thinks so... since it launched on Oct 3rd, each episode of Serial has been downloaded or streamed at least 1.2 million times. I seem to talk about Serial with someone new almost daily and Dr. H and I frequently chat about the case, forming our own opinions about Adnan's guilt and the trustworthiness of Jay. We can't get enough.

This weekend, stream online, download on itunes or use the podcast app on your iPhone to listen to Serial. It's free and interesting and awesome (and it doesn't get much better than that!)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hump Day Distractions

Autumn in New York...!
Heeeeey Wednesday how we doin!? Today I've got a bit of a spring in my step because Dr. H and I finally booked a belated anniversary/holiday-time vacation last night (more on that soon), I am getting all prettied up later today for a fancy work event tonight and THAT photo above is the view when I step out on my terrace. That view. J'adore. Also, directly below my apartment (and for several blocks around it) film crews are setting up to shoot Law and Order SVU. If I have an Olivia Benson siting that would be epic. Just EPIC!! (I told you I'm in a good mood today:) Here to spread some Wednesday cheer are links from around the web. Enjoy!

* If you're like me, ass in a desk chair more waking hours than not, these stretches are for you.
* Dinner in 20. And looks tasty too!
* In my next life, I want to come back as one of (parent)thetically speaking's kids.
* Hey Dr. H!! I told you so. (get ready for a cuteness EXPLOSION!)
* Cool and unique shelving at an affordable price. Always a good find.
* And while we're talking cool and unique, I really dig these light fixtures.
* How long you need to exercise to burn off some of your favorite eats (30 minute bike ride for 1 slice of pepperoni pizza... that doesn't actually seem so bad, sign me up for a 90 minute ride please!)
* The most wildly fun commercial ever (man I wish I could have seen this in person!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dressing & Impressing - tis (nearly) the season!

Fact... Until February. I'll be over it by February.
Ladies... we are officially at mid-November which means in 4 short weeks "Holiday Party Season" will be upon us (possibly sooner depending on when your December social calendar commitments begin!) I always love and simultaneously hate Holiday Party Season because:
1) dressing for these parties can be tricky, especially if it's an office or work-related function;
2) dressing for these parties can be pricy, since stores know just when to mark up their holiday-perfect pieces;
3) dressing for these parties can be glamorous, because there are so many chic black, gold, red and deep green options out there; and
4) dressing for these parties can be fun because holiday cheer looks great on everyone!

Here to help you get ahead of the shopping rush are a few gorgeous dresses I've spotted recently and how I'd wear them.

I absolutely adore this dress. I think it is chic, feminine, ever so slightly sexy, but without question elegant. Perfect for a holiday season wedding or a cocktail attire seasonal party, though a bit pricey, this dress is sure to turn heads. And just think, it will be perfect for Valentine's Day too:) Buy it HERE.

Is your office holiday party at the office or does it begin immediately after work making a "costume change" impossible (or maybe just inappropriate?) All three of the dresses above could transition beautifully from desk to dancing, have a little pop of holiday cheer (love that sassy gold belt!) and won't leave any co-workers questioning your taste for the office or the party! Buy it HERE, HERE and HERE.

If you're looking for a bolder, more unique holiday party look that is still unquestionably sophisticated, I love this jumpsuit. Pair it with high heels, statement earrings and maybe even a thin gold belt to take the look straight into holiday party rock star status. Buy it HERE.

Finally, if your holiday party is all about bringing the glam, this dress is the one for you. Just as fancy, but a whole lot more sassy than the lil red number I posted first, this dress does beading and sequins without screaming dance costume or flapper. I think it's stunning and could be paired with strappy, sexy shoes or black tights and heels depending on how high you want to turn it up. Buy it HERE.