It’s the Weekend, Remember to Breathe

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Sometimes, I feel that my weekends are more hectic than my weeks. I don’t know if it’s the combination of both wedding season and “busy” season at work, or graduations or what..but lately, I have just been non-stop during my long-lost days of repose. I mean, whatever happened to using the weekends for relaxing and recharging? Shouldn’t all this busy bee nonsense be like, illegal or something? Anywho, this time around, I’m going to make some time for me…and well, breathe…

…after I work, run errands, and attend a wedding. K, THANKS BYE!

The Bets are ON…Women

Hey ya’ll! Just wanted to share a super-cool article from the Washington Post. A nutshell summary is below, but if you’d like to learn more, please click “here.”

Ellevate Network - a women’s professional group – has teamed up with the Pax World Management investment firm to create an index fund which primarily invests in companies with high ratios of women in senior management or the BOD. For some time now, research has suggested that companies with greater diversity at the top are less prone to market volatility and produce higher returns as compared to their “vanilla” counterparts. Ellevate network is committed to applying research to practice…and this new fund aims at doing just that.

Can anyone say girl power?

Espadrilles Eddiction

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some flip-flops. BUT, there are times in the summer months when I just need a change. (READ: I haven’t had a pedi in weeks and my toes look worse than cardboard cutouts of Selena Gomez at Miley Cyrus concerts…whhaaat?) When said times come, I turn to espadrilles. Although I recently bought the cutest (comfiest and reasonably priced) pair from Sperry at Nordstrom (see here), I’ve had my eye on quite a few as of late. Check out my picks below! {PS. I know how to spell addiction, I just did that (the title) for dramatic effect, duh!}


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DIY: Sea Salt Spray for Beach Waves {in 2 Minutes!}

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When I walk out of the ocean – waves pulling me in, body dripping wet – I tilt my head back, run my hands through my hair and literally feel like I should be in an episode of Baywatch circa 1995 (see here). But in reality, I probably look a little more like, well, a beached whale.

Regardless, my point is that the ocean creates wonders…one of which is GREAT HAIR. The “Beach Wave”…its sexy, tousled and care-free. We all want it, but sometimes, we don’t have the luxury of dunking our manes into the deep blue sea to get it. And other times, we don’t want to pay for yet another hair product. So, NO FEAR my friends, today I bring you DIY Sea Salt Spray…tried and tested by yours truly.

Ingredients:

2 tsp sea salt

1 cup warm water

2 tsp organic virgin coconut oil (helps with hydration…and smells delish)

1 tsp of gel

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together in a spray bottle, shake vigorously and apply (starting from your ends upward). Feel free to customize the ingredients as you like (for example, for dry hair, you might want to up the ante on the coconut oil). Enjoy and resume feeling like a Baywatch star (or maybe that’s just me).

The Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou

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In this big old world of ours, there are a whole bunch of “greats”. The GREAT Nelson Mandela…The GREAT John F. Kennedy…and so on. These people, the “greats”, are leaders, activists, artists and educators, among other things. Today, the world lost a woman who was all of the above: Maya Angelou. Not only was she great, she was phenomenal.

As I reflect, I can’t help but remember by favorite poem, Phenomenal Womanby The GREAT Maya Angelou:

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Philadelphia’s Newest Hipster

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ME!!

Juuuuuust kidding. Calling me hipster is like calling Rihanna preppy…it just isn’t in the cards for us. BUT, I did just make my first hipster-ish purchase: a pair of Warby Parker glasses. And you know what? I kind of liked it.

Let me start off by saying that Warby Parker is not your typical glasses company. Their specs sport a unique look of their own – stylishly vintage, yet refined – and they’ve got about a million pairs to choose from, which basically means that whether you’re a hipster or a lawyer (or both?), there’s a pair for you. Want to know the BEST part? The glasses will cost you about $95, frame and prescription INCLUDED. Crazy, right? I know! Here’s how it works: Go online and select up to five pairs of glasses at a time for try on (for FREE) and once you find your match, place the order and they’ll get delivered to your doorstep. OR, you can track down one of their showrooms and try on as many as you want, the good old-fashioned way (which is what I did at Art in the Age in Old City, oops!). Added bonus: when you buy a pair, they’ll donate a pair to someone in need. How sweet is that?!

    

John Legend & The Key to Success


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{Left: The Legend himself; Top Right: Penn Grads; Bottom Right: Me and Ben Franklin, duh}

With a seat at the top of the music scene, nine Grammy Awards, and a chart topping single (All of Me), John Legend knows a thing or two about success. On a sunny Monday in Philadelphia – the city of brotherly love – Mr. Legend was tasked with delivering his secrets to success to a sea of eager grads at the commencement ceremony for the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. (I was lucky enough to attend to support an old friend.)

Legend attributed his success to one thing. And no, it’s not his Ivy League education (except, how much more do you love him for it?!) It’s not hard work either. It’s not even that his wifey, Chrissy Teigen, was just on the cover of the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated (basically making the duo the less ostentatious version of KimYe).

It’s Love.

In a raw and inspiring monologue, Legend bestowed his thoughts on life and love to the hopeful grads who, like the rest of the audience, were dangling on his every word. His speech (which was just as smooth and suave as his music) went a little something like this:

“We’re taught when we’re young that the opposite of love is hate, but it’s not. Hate is a byproduct. Hate is a result. Being a hater isn’t cool. Nobody wants that. But hate comes from one thing: fear. Fear is the opposite of love…fear is what blinds us. Fear makes us hold back…it whispers to us and tells us that we’ll fail. Fear locks us in place. It starts fights, it causes wars…and fear keeps us from loving.”

“Even though we’re made to love, we’re often afraid to love. We’re afraid of being hurt…of feeling pain. But you’re never going to really love something or someone unless you put those fears aside. Dont hold back. Love causes you to open your eyes, to seek, to search, to wonder. Love is all-consuming. It infiltrates your body and allows you to experience bliss, joy and true friendship. You’ll be more disappointed when something goes wrong. You might fall harder. But the only way you’ll reach any height in life and in love is by taking that chance that you might fall.”

“So love yourself. Love your work. Love the people around you. Dare to love those who are different from you no matter where they’re from, what they look like, or who they love. Pursue this life of love with focus and passion, ambition and courage. Give it your all. The key to success, the key to happiness, is opening your mind and your heart to love.”

“Love changes the world.”

So go. Fall in love.

With work, with someone, with something. No matter who, no matter what, no matter where, no matter when. Just go and love. And maybe, just maybe, the world will love you back.

Mid-Rings & Things

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Mid-rings. Everybody’s doing it. They’re kind of like chokers in the 90′s, or chunky highlights circa…well, I don’t know, but remember when Kelly Clarkson rocked them during her AI heyday? [Love ya, Kel!] Anywho, I personally think these new baubles are just adorbs. They’re not too flashy, but at the same time, they are the perfect pieces to add a little pizzaz to your wardrobe and show the world that you’re on trend. Same thing goes for knuckle and thumb rings. While I personally prefer gold and dainty, as seen above (except for that bad-ass chevron piece in the upper right), almost anything could work. Also, confession: since these are just a trend, I pinched my shiny pennies and snatched up a few from Nordstrom Rack. I saved some dollas and my hands have never looked so fiiiine.

 

I don’t hate it.

St. Bart’s: Oh you fancy huh?

Photo-9Ahh St. Barts…it’s where you go to see and be seen. Catering to the likes of the hottest celebs including Ellen (LOVE her!), Rachel Zoe, Jay Z and [Queen] Bey, this little gem is the fanciest island in the Caribbean, and not to mention the most exclusive (read: expensive!).

Given that the average villa rate is about one million dollars per night (joking, duh!), the future-hubs and I decided to only go for the day…and what a day it was! First things first though, we were on the hunt for coffee (because like, how can you start your day without it?!) Luckily, immediately upon our debarkation, we stumbled upon the cutest french pastry shop and found the most delicious cup o’ joe. Despite the “They must be Americans” stares we received from the locals, we cheerfully frolicked out of the shop, coffee in tow, and ready to explore.

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Since we only had one day, we opted for an island tour. BUT, let me tell you, this was not your stereotypical, obnoxious-microphone-double-decker-bus, island tour. No, it was just the two of us and our chauffeur, and his Porsche. (Internal happy dance commence!) To make the current situation even sweeter, our chauffeur informed me that Cameron Diaz sat in my exact same seat just one week earlier. Yes – I know! My ass is basically famous!

Anywho, thanks to our fancy ride, we were no longer “The Americans” in St. Bart’s; we were now celebrities in St. Barthelemy (say this like Pepe Le Pew). You can just call us KimYe from here on out.

After treating our eyPhotoes to the most breathtaking panoramas on the planet, our chauffeur dropped us off at Nikki Beach – the most posh, ritzy beach bar in the French West Indies world. [Stacy Keibler was JUST there. Swearskies – just check her insta!) With bellinis in hand and fresh calamari at our fingertips, life was just delicious.

After our well-deserved dosage of opulence, we wrapped up our day by meandering around the cobblestone streets and perusing the boutiques. (Luckily for my fiancé, at the time, I wasn’t in the mood to add to my Hermés collection…mostly because, well, it is non-existent…womp womp.) With just minutes left to spare, our chauffeur whisked us away to our catamaran and we were headed back to reality.

St. Bart’s – I just love ya, and if you’re good enough for Bey, you are sure as hell good enough for me.

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Mediterranean Crab-cakes

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In my quest to both be Giada De Laurentiis, and quench my unwavering craving for crab cakes, this morning, I scoured the world wide web for recipes. However, to no avail, I found NOTHING. I mean sure, there are about 10,000 recipes on Pinterest alone, but I just wasn’t feeling it…not a single one. Whether they were too fatty, or too complicated (truffle vinaigrette, really?!), or whatever, I found nothing that made my taste-buds twirl. SO, like a good Greek girl would do, I decided to create my own. For the first time ever, [drumroll please] I present to you, The Mediterranean Crab-cake!

Yield: 15 crab cakes

Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

Crab meat – 1 lb.

Chives – a handful

Red Onion – 3/4 cup (about 1/2 of a regular-sized whole onion)

Bread Crumbs – 1 cup

Red Pepper – 1 whole

Egg – 1 large

Mayo* – 2 tbsp.

Dijon – 1 tbsp. (optional)

EVOO – umm, well it depends on just how mediterranean you want to get here.

Salt & Pepper – to taste

Lemon – a squirt here and there

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Directions:

1) Chop onion, chives and pepper as small as you possibly can (the smaller/thinner, the better) and cook on low-medium heat until the veggies sweat. I’d say 3-5ish minutes. Set aside and let cool.

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2) While the veggies are cooking, beat the heck out of 1 egg, and blend the rest of the ingredients together (egg included). Once the veggies are “cool” enough, fold them into the mixture. Add salt & pepper to taste, and squeeze some lemon in for good measure (also to taste–I’d say about 1 tsp.) Dijon is a plus here, too!

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3) Shape mixture into golf-size balls and pack tightly! If you want to get really fancy, you could measure each patty to be 1/4 cup. I prefer to go au naturel.

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4) Drizzle some EVOO in a pan, and cook on each side until brown. [Be careful! Before you smush said balls into patties, make sure each side is lightly brown, so that the mixture doesn't fall apart.]

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5) Serve on a pretty little plate with sliced lemon and a few sprigs of chives, and proceed like a BOSS.

* I use mayo made from EVOO, just because it makes me feel like less of a fatso, BUT, if you really want to get healthy, replace with Greek yogurt (Fage, of course).

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ENJOY!