Blake Lively prepares to launch lifestyle brand, the world yawns with anticipation.

Blake Lively

In an attempt to give the hailing queen of snobbery a run for her money,the former Gossip Girl is dipping her hand in the “life style” branding we have seen so many celebrities attempt. Most notably, Gwyneth Paltrow’s cringe inducing goop, your go-to place for $250 sweat shirts.

According to E!News, Lively’s site “Preserve” will focus on “Artisan and hand-made products” along with visual guidance through videos, some of which the starlet will appear in herself. This is already beginning to sound a lot like our beloved Leaf.tv which heavily relies on short spunky visuals to get their point across.

While I welcome the opportunity to roll my eyes at Blake’s attempt at a Martha-sized takeover, I can’t help but be intrigued. Albeit, I’m outta there the minute she suggests I buy a $146 scented candle.

Ellen DeGeneres

On the heels of Mrs. Reynolds recent endeavors, Ellen DeGeneres also announced a lifestyle brand featuring house decor, fashion and pet accessories set to be available just in time for the holidays. Ellen is working with entrepreneur and brand developer J.Christopher Burch, who also happens to be the co-founder of Tory Burch LLC, one of the biggest luxury brands in the world.

Who will reign Supreme-Queen of Lifestyle? The world will soon find out.

Happy Lifestyle.

50 of the most fashion-forward Pinterest accounts VIA StyleCaster

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If you’re following me on Pinterest then you already know things have gotten out of hand, I just can’t help myself. There is something oh so satisfying about categorizing clothing you can never wear, projects you will never do and food you will NEVER make into colorful little squares. You feel like an accomplished homemaker without ever lifting a DIY hand-dipped olive oil infused wooden spoon.

So clearly this morning’s StyleCaster article listing 50 of the Most Fashion Forward Pinterest Accounts to Follow Now caught my eye. I love getting an, albeit small and stylized, glimpse into the lives of bloggers and other creatives. One of my most favorite is Eat.Sleep.Wear her fun California fresh approach to fashion and life is exhilarating for a girl on the east coast.

Eat.Sleep.Wear

Follow Eat.Sleep.Wear

An honorable mention goes to Carrie Hampton of Life Styles Files Blog her blog, like her Pinterest, is simple, colorful and informative. With over 100 boards she is no stranger to the late-night pinning we have all succumb to at one point or another.

Carrie Hampton

Follow Carrie Hampton|Life Style Files Blog

Now I’m going back to obsessing over other peoples DIY decorated East Village lofts *pin * pin *pin.

Follow me here

Happy Pinning.

The “Wild” trailer is everything.

I was having a really weird week and this trailer proved to be a great reminder of what the true goal is. This will also be the next book I pick up after I finish “I Like You Just the Way Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People” by Jenny Mollen. I would definitely recommend it for a beach read. Her tales of stalking current boyfriends ex-girlfriends provides a good relatable laugh. She is also pretty hysterical on Twitter if that’s your gig.

Buy Wild

Follow Jenny on twitter @jennyandteets

Buy I Like You Just the Way Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People

Happy reading, watching and Tweeting.

Xx

The other white dress.

Let’s all join hands and denounce that cookie-cutter strapless dress we were all told to wear on our wedding day. These 10 celebs did just that, and the end result was pure magic.

A very pregnant Drew Barrymore wed Will Kopelman in 2012 donning this beautiful Chanel gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld. The gown exemplified Drew’s quirky personality while adding to the nuptial’s vintage theme. The modest frock highlighted her baby bump, while the pulled back hair and red lip showed off her glowing smile.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

In 1999 Friends star, Courtney Cox, opted for a sleek long-sleeved silk Valentino dress to say “I do” to David Arquette in. Although the relationship may not have lasted, Cox’s bridal fashion still remains a “go to” point of inspiration for all brides looking to re-create the understated look.

Courtney Cox

This Dior dipped beauty adorned by Gwen Stefani during her 2002 wedding to Gavin Rosdale brought some color back to white-wash wedding gowns. Not to mention the triumph of personal style-the dress was equal parts girly and punk, just like the singer herself.

Gwen Stefani

This simple silk dress launched the career of the then unknown Narciso Rodriguez, while also cementing Carolyn Bessette as one of the most stylish women of the decade.

Carolyn Kennedy

This custom made Marchesa gown was as refreshing as it was unexpected. Not that Nicole Richie ever cared what other people have to stay, the frock was true to her unconventional approach to fashion.

Nicole Richie

Anne Hathaway dabbled with old-school twenties glamour in this custom Valentino (he came out of retirement) gown. The vintage head piece was a bit controversial, however, you can’t knock her for trying something different.

Anne Hathaway

Kate Bosworth was the epitome of California chic in her custom Oscar de la Renta ivory ball gown. The simplicity of the dress kept the attention on the couple and the beautiful Montana back drop.

Kate Bosworth

Jennifer Biel stepped away from traditional white when she married long-time love Justin Timberlake in a custom Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown.

Jennifer Biel

Oliva Palermo recently walked down the isle in three separate pieces all designed by Carolina Herrera. The fashionista opted for a cashmere sweater, chic white shorts and a delicate satin and silk tulle skirt overlay.

Olivia Palermo

Happy wedding planning.

Xx

The easiest summer brussels sprout recipe ever.

So, let’s discuss the beauty of these little mini cabbages we so lovingly refer to as Brussels Sprouts. In the past, these nutritious buds were after down-played as one of the least liked vegetables for it’s bitter taste, but when cooked correctly these morsels can add a much needed splash of color and flavor to any Summer BBQ.Not to mention they are chock full of Sulforaphane, a known cancer fighter.

Brussels Sprout Recipe

Boiling Brussels Sprouts had long been the go-to (AKA boring) way to cook them, unfortunately it also happens to be the least nutritious way. My preferred method has always been roasting, however the thought of turning on the oven in 90 degree heat is enough to make me re-think my ways.

Pan frying is not only the best way to maintain cancer fighting antioxidants, it also happens to be extremely tasty.

First you need to make this quick and easy Marinade.

* You can pretty much use this on anything including steak, chicken and other vegetables.

What you need:

The juice from half a Lemon

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

3-4 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)

4 Table Spoons of Olive Oil ( You will probably need to add more to the pan throughout the cooking process, so keep it handy.)

Mix all the ingredients into a bowl.

Lemon Garlic marinade

Depending on the size of your sprouts, toss in your halved or quartered brussels. (I opted to quarter mine since they were quite large.) If you are prepping a day ahead, cover and refrigerate. If not, add them to a pan on medium heat.

Brussels Sprouts

They usually need to cook for 10-15 minutes. The end is near when you start to seeing that yummy caramelized browning.

Brussels Sprouts

The finished product should look something like this. The garlic and lemon perfectly combine for that delicious fresh Summer flavor we all know and love. These were served with Pork Chops from the BBQ and fresh corn.

Brussels Sprouts

Happy cooking.

Xx

Unbroken, unbroken.

Unbroken

Let me first start with an embarrassing confession: I’ve been doing some major slacking on my intended 2014 reading list, like, major slacking (See A new year, new books.).

So this past winter I scanned the list of worthy titles and landed on “Unbroken”, now anybody with even a partial foot in the literary world already knows all about this book. The legendary story of Louis Zamperini, the man who met hitler at the Olympics, only to eventually fight against him, live on a raft for 40+ days, and then survive the torment of three years in a Japanese POW camp. You know, that classic fairy tale.

Louis Zamperini

Around the time I picked up (or rather downloaded) the book I was feeling a bit broken myself. I was suffering from classic heartbreak, admitting that makes me feel both terribly dramatic and awkwardly honest, both of which I hate. It wasn’t necessarily one thing in particular. I was feeling crummy about a few things that hadn’t gone my way. Sometimes life is just crummy that way.

Louis Zamperini

So there I was, manically depressed and reading about one of the most horrible events in human history. Perfect combination for a “Girl, Interrupted-esque” suicide, right? Wrong. This book gave me hope…and a great deal of perspective.

Louis Zamperini

The account of Louis Zamperini’s life reminded me of both the fragility and power of my own. I felt as though I lived with him, is his mind and in his heart. I think that’s what makes this book so special to those who read it. Laura Hillenbrand writes so effortlessly, it’s as if blood is pumping through the pages.

Needless to say, I highly recommend this. It’s one of the best. If you read only one book this year, read “Unbroken”.

Angelina Jolie and Louis Zamperini

If that didn’t convince you, Angelina Jolie is directing the screen adaptation and you know that woman is gold.

Happy reading.

Xx

*Addendum*

Only a few short days after posting this review Louis Zamperini died at the age of 97. He lived a bold and triumphant life, rest in peace.

Bonnaroo through a disposable lens.

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Over two weeks ago a good friend and I embarked on what had the potential to be a huge disaster.

In the middle of one of the most brutal winters in recent history, Che and I met at a cozy Jersey Shore coffeehouse and “planned” our Bonnaroo journey. I’m using quotes because almost none of those initial plans ever came to fruition. We said “so long” to an RV after crunching some numbers and “Arrivederci” to at least half of the people that showed interest in coming. By the time June arrived it was just us, a tent and a dash of pure ignorance. The night before we laid in a cushy king sized bed across town and contemplated spending the rest of the weekend in that exact spot.

Needless to say, the next day we pulled it together. The journey was rough but the experience was nothing short of exhilarating. Now almost two weeks later I’m still combing through all the memories.

Here are some of them via my Kodak disposable lens:

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Have fun this Summer.

Xx