My Everyday Makeup Essentials

  Hey, hey, heyyyy. It’s Friday, it’s above 70 degrees outside, and it feels like a great day to talk about makeup. So that’s what we’re gonna do. (She says as she sits at her desk with zero makeup on. Gray shirt tucked into gray sweatpants like a lady.) The truth is, I love makeup. It’s fun to play with and it makes me feel good, which is a win-win. I buy a lot of it. This is not the most practical investment as I work from home and tend to go about my business barefaced, but whateva. When I do venture out into the world, I like to put my best face forward, dammit! I’m obviously always down to try new products, but I’ve really perfected my “5-minute face” over the past few years using a handful of trusted essentials I can’t live without. I...
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Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Friends. I’ve been a very, very bad blog lady. I made this delicious Chicken Parm Pasta forever ago, and the sexy video I posted of it on Instagram got some peeps all hot and bothered. I promised the recipe was “coming soon,” and then…I completely forgot about it. Chalk it up to cookbook brain. And spring breeaaaaakkkk. Lucky for all of us, my dad came over last night, and somehow the dinner table conversation made its way to chicken Parmesan. This isn’t quite as unusual as you would think, as my Dad, “Daddy” (aka Logan), and I all love to talk about delicious things we’ve eaten recently, and my dad had apparently crushed a truly excellent chicken Parm at Scalinatella on Tuesday night. Sidenote: I did not include Scalinatella on my list of NYC restaurant favorites—mostly because it’s...
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Kale Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing

To my smart, hilarious, ridiculously good-looking Internet friends: THANK YOU for the wonderful response to last week’s announcement re: Dude Diet Dinners!!!! Your overwhelming enthusiasm was by far the best present this birthday princess received, which is saying a lot because I also got Beyonce/Jay-Z tickets and an at-home microcurrent facial device! I could wax poetic about my feeeeeelings here but for the sake of brevity, I’ll just say that I truly couldn’t be more excited about this book (henceforth referred to as DDD), especially now that it’s out in the open. Keeping secrets makes me itchy. As I’ve mentioned before, the cookbook process is a long and often stressful one, but I feel extra pumped about it this time around for two reasons: 1. We have Instastories now!! If you hang with your weird blog...
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The Dude Diet: Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bake (and BIG NEWS!)

Happy my birthday to you, friends!!! Given that today is my favorite day of the year, I thought it an appropriate time to drop some big news, feeeeeelings, and an epic quinoa bake. I’m Logan-style PSYCHED about it. (I also feel like I might throw up a little.) Here’s the thing. I’ve been contemplating this post for a while now. And the more I thought about it, the more I built it up in my head. I wanted to deliver this news and its accompanying emotions—Excitement! Joy! Humility! Terror!—with just the right balance of genuine gratitude and sparkling wit. In short, the post needed to be fucking splashy. Then I woke up yesterday with a rash on my face. Sure, the rash could be due to recent night serum experiments or the bomb cyclone currently swirling outside my window, but I’m 90% convinced it was...
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My Favorite NYC Restaurants

One of the most frequent questions I get is, “I’m coming to New York! Where should I eat???!” I usually end up responding to this query in an extremely enthusiastic/disorganized way and eventually get cut off by Instagram’s word limit because I’m waxing poetic about Rubirosa’s life changing pizza or trying to describe the hint of lemon in the birthday cake icing from Milk Bar. Doing this on the reg is neither efficient nor particularly helpful, so I thought it was high time I put together a list of my favorite NYC restaurants should you be interested in your weird blog lady’s recommendations now or in the future. Virtual chest bump. I’m going to preface this post with an important disclaimer: The following restaurants are by no means the “best” (whatever that means), fanciest, or most critically acclaimed spots in New York City. They...
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Personal Broccoli Parm Frittata

As you may or may not know, yours truly did a stint in gay Paris from spring 2010 through fall 2011. The Parisian tenure was glorious and life changing overall (I went to Le Cordon Bleu! I became “La Fille Sans Tomates”! I started this blog! I met my roommate!), but the early days? Little rough. Prior to the big move, my friends and family asked me a lot of questions. “Do you speak French?” Yes, of course!! I’ve been taking it since, like, 7th grade. I’m practically fluent. “Do you have any friends there?” No, but I’m sure I’ll make lots. I’m going to wear red lipstick! “Do you know the city at all?” I’ll get some maps. (This was pre-smartphones...) “Aren’t you nervous to move to a foreign city alone?!” Dear God,...
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The Struggle Is Real: Anti-Anxiety Diet Tips and Recipes

Just in case you’re new here: Hi! I’m Serena, and I have an anxiety disorder. I had my first panic attack almost 9 years ago, and I’ve been working on managing my anxiety ever since. It’s a constant (and super annoying) struggle. I like to talk about it from time to time. To my Internet friends, who are all too familiar with this weird blog lady’s favorite topic of conversation, WASSUP. Let’s dish. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m a big believer in a multi-faceted approach to taming the anxiety beast. Therapy is great. Exercise helps, as do certain supplements (snaps for magnesium!). You gots to stay hydrated and get enough sleep. Take plenty of alone time. I’d also like to stress the awesomeness of gathering and employing an arsenal of Read More >>

My 5 Favorite Face Masks

Masking is my hobby. Some people enjoy puzzling in their spare time. Others run marathons (Logan would probably like me to remind you he ran a marathon once), or study birds, or play an instrument. I try different face masks. It’s my thing. I like it. I’m good at it (very smooth applicator, always wait the full amount of time, etc.). I TAKE PRIDE IN IT, DAMMIT. Today, I’ve decided to share my passion with you. I have experimented with many, many masks—the good, the bad, and the mediocre—and I feel it would be a disservice to continue hoarding my knowledge of the real game changers. A good face mask is a beautiful thing, friends, and I can only hope that one (or more) of my favorites will help you look and feel like your best, glow-iest self. Visit Domesticate Me...
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Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower, Sweet Potato and Pomegranate

It was the best of weeks, it was the worst of weeks. I mean, Wednesday was Valentine’s Day, so that was a highlight. I know it’s controversial, but I really do love V-Day, and this year was a good one. I went to yoga. My roommate surprised me with the pink workout set from my gift guide along with 3 pounds of Sour Patch Kids and a Whitman’s Sampler. I posted an aggressive number of wedding photos with my fancy new husband because such shameless pageantry is acceptable on February 14th. And then I got super high on sugar (which actually made me quite productive) before getting all dressed up to drink pink champagne and eat oysters with said fancy new husband. It was the best. It was also quite the foil to my Tuesday, which was...
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a big fan of Valentine’s Day. When I really think about it, I trace my love for the Hallmark Holiday back to my mom. Every year, she threw an epic “Valentine’s Tea” for my siblings and me. She’d decorate the kitchen and dining table with all manner of pink and red flare, and when we came home from school we’d be showered with hugs, kisses, and an obscene amount of sugar. It was the best. (Especially the year there was a shortage of romantic cards received due to pixie cut and braces.) Thanks, mom. I get that there will always be Valentine’s Scrooges, but I...
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