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My Week via Instagram

Happy Monday – I hope everyone is having a fantastic 3-day weekend! I thought I would share with you another weekly recap via Instagram…

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I tried several new beers this week, including Red Hook’s Winterhook, Widmer Brothers’ Brr Seasonal Ale and River Horse’s Oatmeal Milk Stout. My favorite was definitely the Oatmeal Milk Stout. It was dark, but not overly heavy, and had delicious hints of chocolate and coffee.

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Saturday night, my friends and I saw the Gin Blossoms at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. They played a great show! It was so fun to dance and sing along to their classics we grew up listening to, like “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Follow You Down.”

And yesterday, my friend and I had a lazy and relaxed Sunday that involved a New Girl marathon, eating pizza and baking! She found a really simple recipe for Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint cookies. There were only 5 ingredients plus Nutella and all you do is combine them in a bowl, then bake for 10 minutes. They were absolutely delicious! I love the combination of salty and sweet, especially when it involves Nutella!

I hope everyone is well rested and ready for the start of a new week!

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If you liked this post, you may want to check out last week’s instagram recap.

Things I’m Lovin’ in January

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1. I am loving Leinenkugal’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter and Southern Tier’s Choklat Stout. They’re dark and sweet, but the flavors aren’t overpowering. They’re perfect for the winter!

2. I am loving patterned tights this season and went a bit overboard the last time I was at Express (they were buy one get one 50% off!) Here are a few that I purchased:

Sheer Lace Full Tights (what I’m wearing in the photo)

Sheer Small Dot Full Tights

Diamond Texture Full Tights

3. I am loving The Lumineers self-titled album. It is filled with spirited, infectious beats that you just can’t help bobbing your head and tapping your feet to. I’m sure most of you have heard their popular single “Ho Hey!” and have experienced the immediate smile that crosses your face as you take in the romantically simple lyrics of “I belong to you, you belong to me, you’re my sweetheart.” Some of my other favorites are “Dead Sea,” “Stubborn Love,” and “Big Parade.”

I am also becoming slightly obsessed with British singer-songwriter Ben Howard and his album Every Kingdom. The acoustic guitar and his soothing voice make it a great album to sit back and chill out to. One of my favorites is “Old Pine,” which I think really demonstrates his song-writing ability. He sings, “Hot sand on toes, cold sand in sleeping bags, I’ve come to know that memories were the best things you ever had. The summer shone beat down on bony backs, so far from home where the ocean stood, down dust and pine cone tracks.” When you listen to it, you are transported to the woods and really feel like you’re camping with your best friends in the heat of the summer. A couple other favorites from the album are “The Wolves” and “Black Flies.” I’m hoping to get tickets to his show in NY in February!

4. I am loving my new Michael Kors watch in tortoiseshell! The reddish brown tones along with the gold go with everything!

5. I am loving all things that sparkle, especially when bows are added in – like this super cute belt my aunt gave me for Christmas!

6. My parents got me New Girl Season 1 on DVD for Christmas and I can’t stop watching it. I watched it when it was on TV, but I love being able to watch episodes back-to-back non-stop. I am definitely going to have a “douche jar” in my apartment…just sayin’.

7. I am in the market for new perfume and I am loving Jimmy Choo. It’s got sweet hints of vanilla and patchouli and the scent lasts all day. And I love the description on Amazon because its all about being confident, fun and chic: “It expresses an aura of strength and beauty. Glamorous in attitude, confident, intelligent, and with a sense of fashion and fun, the fragrance is a modern fruity chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. It’s a fragrance inspired by modern women – strong, empowered, beautiful, seductive, and alluring with a hidden and mysterious sense of confident sexuality.”

Stay Curiously Chic! xo…Alane

(In case you missed it, check out the things I was lovin’ in November and December!)

Homemade Pizza

Being Italian (let’s face it…being American), my family loves pizza. We have pizza almost every weekend. It’s fast, simple, and delicious and feeds a lot of people. But we have a problem…there are no really good pizzerias by us (gasp!). The one that’s right down the street is hit or miss – sometimes you get a really good pie and other times, it tastes a little bit better than a piece of cardboard. And if we order from a different one, it’s at least a 10-15 minute drive, so by the time we get it home, its no longer piping hot. So we’ve come up with our own solution – homemade pizza. Now, you’re probably thinking that’s a lot of work to make the dough and then make and bake the pizzas, but it’s really not because we take a huge short cut – Boboli pizza crusts. All you have to do is add some toppings and pop them in the oven and they come out tasting better than the pizza crust at our local pizzeria.

Sunday night, we had family over for dinner. Being that the Holidays just ended and we all did a lot of cooking, none of us were in the mood for an intense meal and no one wanted to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. So, we made Boboli pizzas. We made four different kinds – margherita, prosciutto with mozzarella, peppers and onions, and pepperoni. Once you have your pizzas made, pop them in the oven at 450° for 8 – 10 minutes.

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I enjoyed a slice of margherita and prosciutto with a salad and Goose Island’s Christmas Ale!

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The best part about homemade pizza is that you can make any kind you want. Boboli crusts also come in personal sizes, which is really fun when you’re having a party because you can turn it into an interactive pizza-making dinner party!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

A Curiously Chic Handmade Gift Guide

I can’t believe that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. I have not yet bought a single gift and time is quickly ticking. If you are at a loss as to what to buy and where to buy, I have put together a little handmade gift guide of my most favorite Etsy finds that I think would make curiously chic gifts! And when you buy from Etsy, you are directly supporting the artists that made each product! How awesome is that?! So this year, join me in skipping out on the hectic mall scene and shop handmade from the comfort of your cozy home!

(All links are numbered below)

(All links are numbered below)

For Your Best Girlfriends:
1. Fingerless knit gloves with bow from gertie & baxter
2. R O S E GOLD Pink Sequin and Ruby Red Velvet Clutch from Gift Shop Brooklyn

For the Home:
3. Woodland Chic from BROOKLYNrehab
4. Feather Vase from BROOKLYNrehab
5. Ceramic owl from claylicious

For the iPhone User:
6. Cherry wood iPhone case from Not a Scratch

For the Book Lover:
7. Novel Idea – Pair of Hand Stamped Bookends from Joshua by Oak

For the Caffeine Junkie:
8. Espresso cups from claylicious

For the Ornament Collector:
9. Green swirl blown glass ornament from Bluejays & Bumblebees

For the Dinosaur Lover:
10. Dinosaur Planter from Boy-Girl Tees

For the Beer Lover:
11. The Very Many Varieties of Beer Print from Pop Chart Lab

For the Jewelry Lover:
12. Lace earrings from This Ilk

For the Ramen Noodle lover:
13. Noodle bowl from One Clay Bead

For the Candle Lover:
14. Blown glass votive candleholder from Bluejays & Bumblebees

I hope this guide has given you some great gift ideas and if you’ve never shopped on Etsy before, try it this year! It’s very easy to use and it’s amazing to see how each seller puts so much time and consideration into not only the product, but also the packaging and of your purchase. Some even include a personalized thank you note! Most importantly, real, talented artists are making the products so each one is special. Now, go do some shopping!

Stay Curiously Chic! xo…Alane