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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Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with Arugula-Goat Cheese Pesto

Every year, I have what I lovingly refer to as my “mid-winter crisis.” It’s a two-week phase where I’m consumed by a crazy itch to overhaul every. single. thing. in my life—from my career to my appearance. The desired life changes vary from year to year, but when it comes to ze physical tweaks, I couldn’t be more predictable. Come late January, I send the inevitable message over the group text: Should I dye my hair??? I’m thinking Angelina Jolie dark. This query is followed by a flurry of supportive texts: Do it! Maybe not quite black, but I think darker hair would suit you! Why not?! If it looks like shit, you can always dye it back. I think about it for a bit, get panicky, and then February rolls around. I don’t change my hair (or my career/life), and everything is...
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The Ultimate Super Bowl Recipe Roundup

Not gonna lie, it’s stressful being married to someone whose team is in the Super Bowl. Logan and I have been together for seven years, but I’ve never been in this position before. Up until this year, football season has come and gone rather predictably. In short: The season starts. Football always seems to be on television. Logan is excited. He says the Eagles are going to crush. GO BIRDS!!! I do not know the rules. A couple games are played, and Logan becomes increasingly agitated. The Eagles are “always shitting the bed, dammit!” Some other games happen. Logan is disappointed in the Eagles, but he has resigned himself to the fact that they are, yet again, a disgrace to Philadelphia. Perhaps they will do better next year. Probably not. It’s Super Bowl Sunday! We drink beer and eat food. There...
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Believe The Hype: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Having been raised by a fabulous mother who always thought outside the conventional wellness box (she cured most of my childhood ailments with an array of homeopathic remedies, introduced me to the calming wonders of calcium-magnesium, and zapped my pubescent skin with her high-frequency wand) I looove experimenting with things that might make me a smarter/prettier/more well-adjusted version of myself. It’s my favorite all-consuming life passion hobby! Thanks to the Internet and social media, we’re bombarded with infinite products, treatments, and trends on the daily, and it can be overwhelming to say the least. Some things are easy to dismiss (thank you, Gwyneth, my vagina will skip its steaming appointment), but many others promise such magical benefits that you feel like you just might need them. So, how do you know what to spend your scarce time and hard-earned...
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Less Fruit, Not Gross Berry Green Smoothie

I don’t really make New Year's resolutions for the obvious reasons: “Resolving” to do things stresses me out and makes me feel guilty when I inevitably stumble. With that said, I do tend to ramp up my goal-/intention-/whatever-setting come January 1. Yes, I write down big picture goals—you know, the “get tv show, pose for Maxim, launch non-judgy Goop empire” type stuff—but I also note a handful of small, realistic lifestyle tweaks I’d like to make on the daily. Because we like to overshare here, this is my 2018 list: Hang your pants! And make sure they stay hanging! Drink more water. (Not LaCroix.) Stop using your phone 1 hour before bed. You’re an addict. Cut your hair cut more than twice a year. Call your parents more. You’re not that busy. Stop following people on social media that annoy you/make you...
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