Life Lately

Hi friends!

I wanted to pop in with another mish-mash post of my life lately.

I’ve been enormously busy the past month or so, with just random things.  February was over before it even began.

Let me share…


First off, I was supposed to go to Destin, Florida last month to visit the stretch of beaches down there called South Walton.  Actually we had made a whole “girl’s trip” out of it.

Anyhow, after months of planning the morning we were set to travel our flight got delayed.  Delta screwed our travel plans up in a major way after that and ended up booking us on a flight that never existed.  I am not making this up.  So we had no flight.

They offered to put us on a flight the next day, but after a nice little crying sesh we decided to scrap the whole trip, because we didn’t want to fly all the way from New Jersey to Florida for one full day.

Delta did refund our money, but I will tell you, the customer service was horrendous.  I certainly understand the ins and outs of flying and of course there will always be delays, but without going into all the gory details it was the worst experience I have ever had with an airline ever ever ever.


We did make the most of our afternoon, though…it involved lots of shopping and lots of Prosecco. We had to.

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Oh, and a giant slice of THIS….

It’s called “Chris’s Outrageous Cheesecake” and it’s amazing!photo(43)

It’s brownie, Cookie Dough, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake and Toasted Coconut Pecan Frosting.

It’s called drowning your sorrows.

The following weekend was one of my best friend’s birthdays, so we decided to head into NYC for the night.

The Omni Berkshire Place was nice enough to host us for the night, and I have to tell you, if you are in the city you NEED to stay at the Omni.  The location is PERFECT(Midtown a few blocks from Rockefeller Center), the service is phenom and the rooms are gorgeous!

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*photo courtesy of the Omni

When we arrived we were greeted with the sweetest little plate of desserts! They know me too well! Oh and a bottle of wine…they must also know my friends well!

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We happened to luck out and The Omni is partnering with Washington State Wines and they had a “Taste Washington” event going on right downstairs.

Before dinner we were able to enjoy loads of different wines from Washington State…

Washington State Wines

After all the wine. We walked over to PJ Clarke’s for a burger…oh and also tots.  Because we’re classy like that.

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These happen to be Garlic Parmesan Tots.  So stinking good! AND, the burger at PJ Clarke’s is AMAZING!

Also, when you see a fountain, you’ve gotta take a picture…

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That’s my friend Angie and also my friend Christie.

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After dinner we decided it would be fancy of us to try and get into the AVA Lounge at the Dream Hotel like we are the Kardashians or something. I have to say honestly they didn’t want to let us in.. you want to know why? BECAUSE WE ARE MARRIED!!  BUT they probably felt bad for us and let us up anyway.

Well, I’m just gonna say that I brought the age demographic up in that place by about 15 years.  It was humbling to say the least. AND I didn’t get to see a Kardashian.

SO we went back to the Omni and ordered room service, as one does.

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The next day we woke up and of course needed more food.

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My girlfriend had never eaten at Bouchon, which was a travesty, so we had macarons for breakfast.

Our husbands came in and met us for lunch at Eataly

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We literally spent 4 hours in that place trying all the food.  I’ve been there a few times and I LOVE it.

Also, more wine.


It was really a fantastic few days and totally necessary after our Florida trip cancellation.


And finally I rounded out the weekend by eating this burger…

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I will now starve myself until May.


Other fun stuff:

I bought and am obsessed with these loafers


The color is “Mandarin” and it’s an orangey-red.  I love them because they are comfy and fun, and also super versatile!


I also tried these and was so sad I didn’t like them…



Oh, and on another note I started a fun new Pinterest board with a few other girls and we’re sharing the most popular recipes from our sites…

Here’s the link, I’d love it if you followed along!


ALSO..I am running a FAB giveaway right now to win a gorgeous Canon DSLR!  Click HERE to enter!



And of course I am still writing my weekly newsletter, for those of you who want to have a week’s worth of me delivered to your mailbox!



Hope everything is going well in your world! Have a great weekend!!


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14 Comments on "Life Lately"

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Katrina @ WVS

Oh man, looks like you had a solid food month!! That burger looks unreal! Cheers to March! xx

Jenny @ The Brunette Baker

Oh Shelly! What a story. Airlines have been a disaster to deal with lately. Shocking, really. It’s so disappointing you didn’t get to Florida, but you totally made it up with a fabulous NYC weekend! Good for you. I was in Florida two weeks ago and the weather was so icky. It was overcast the entire time, aside from one full day of sun. When we left, it was 46º. I came back almost as pasty as I went.

Oh, and I didn’t enjoy the Butterfinger cups either.


Sorry your trip didn’t work out, I hate going to any airport – I get stressed out for day beforehand because I only expect the worst

Sarah @ the gold lining girl

I have been to Destin many times and really love it. So sorry to hear about the disastrous outcome! Hope your girls weekend can get rescheduled at some point!

Love all the decadent food pics in this post. I’m salivating!! I live in FL but visit a friend in NYC regularly and Eataly is *alway* a stop for us. Love love love that place. Have had celeb spottings there too!!

Lori Connors

That is one of my favorites at The Cheesecake Factory! Sorry you didn’t make it to Destin…


I tried the butterfinger pb cups and didn’t like them either 🙁 SAD! Those tots do look amazing though!!!

Chloe @ foodlikecake

All the food you ate their looks so good! I love that cheesecake 🙂


I can’t believe an airline ruined your whole girls trip…that sucks! But that burger………….NO.WORDS

Jenny Flake

Oh my gosh, what a nightmare about your Delta experience! I am beginning to think there are no good airlines, lol! Looks like you girls definitely made the best of it. So happy I get to see you in May!!! xoxo

Sarah Whitney

All of that food looks incredible!!! Sorry to hear about your travel dilemmas! I’m glad you were able to decently drown your sorrows 🙂

Christie George

We did drown our sorrows, with champagne and shopping:)

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

I would’ve cried and cried too. There’s nothing more awful than sitting in an airport AND having all your plans and dreams cancelled. By Delta. Ugh. UGHHHHH.

bridget {bake at 350}

That is so crazy that they booked you on a flight that didn’t exist!!! Oh my gosh. I can only IMAGINE how upsetting that would have been. Now, I’m all upset for you. And need a cookie. And a trip to New York.