Between signing my first apartment lease and searching for a job — the last few weeks have been busy! Finding the right home for the right price seemed nearly impossible, but with some hard work, determination and a little luck – the perfect place surfaced. I am so excited to finish furnishing and decorating, and then post before and after pictures of my beautiful Upper East Side apt.

Even though I’ve had a pretty full schedule, there has still been time for exploring the city, Levain Bakery cookies, boat rides, beach time in Montauk and delicious home cooking. I fall more and more in love with New York every day.








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August 19, 2014 · 1:27 pm

love & adventure: summer 2014

Where do I even begin? I haven’t blogged in so long!

Well for one, I am currently sitting at the Orlando International Airport awaiting my (delayed) flight to JFK in NYC. Thoughts crossing my mind are reflective (of this summer and my last week at home), excitement (to get back up to NYC, find an apartment for this next year, and see the love of my life tonight in Tribeca!!) and also slight frustration– “How have I not learned by now that afternoon flights to NYC from Florida ALWAYS get delayed??” At least I am in a comfortable seat and with a free wifi connection (something that I really valued during my travels this summer) and can do some writing on Candied-Life :).

The last time I posted I was just coming off the high of graduating University of Miami – completely relieved to have finished four years of college with solid grades and a diploma and was relaxing at home with my family (well deserved r&r that consisted of cooking, sleeping, swimming and playing tennis). My boyfriend Brian and I were about to embark on a long and exciting summer journey. Although my last blog post was only two months ago, it feels like it has been a lifetime!

It must be because in those two months Brian and I traveled from Miami to Manhattan by car – stopping for a night each in Charleston, SC, DC/Georgetown and then finally to Sagaponack, NY for a week of sunshine, beach walks and crisp rose. Our road trip/hamptons stint was then followed by another mini-vacation — enjoying NYC together! -walking, eating, talking and exploring our favorite city (and new home!) as a couple.

After that we packed our bags one more time, grabbed our passports and began our 5 week Euro-trip (the best idea ever). We traveled all over- starting with London and Paris, and then to Italy for Florence, Chianti and Rome. We then spent a week in Greece, and truly experienced an entirely new type of island life in Mykonos and Santorini. Finally our vacation came to a close with a week in Amsterdam.  Each place brought new adventures, flavors, memories and excitement. I’m sure I will post about our travels, and I did take plenty of pictures (because how could I not?). But I must say I don’t think it won’t do what we experienced much justice because in the end it wasn’t really about the food, the views, the swims, the wine or the grapes – the best five weeks of my life were honestly about our love and the moments that will forever be just ours.

So now I’m off to JFK- to my new life and to the start of my biggest adventure yet. I’ve really got a great feeling about this one.


{ drinks at Scarves, in the Rosewood Hotel London}

IMG_0220{ Brian and Ben}


{ one of my favorite views in Paris }


{ Brian and I at the W Paris Opera }


{ my favorite cookie in Paris from Eric Kayser }


{ Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy }


{ Il Salviatino Hotel, Florence, Italy }


{ Il Salviatino Hotel, Florence, Italy }


{ A snapshot from our private cooking lesson at a small vineyard in Chianti, Tuscany }


{ Oia, Santorini, Greece }


{ Sparkling Rose at the Colle Beretto Winery }


{ roses and grapes in Chianti }


{ Mykonos }


{ Greek Iced Coffee in Santorini }


{ our secret sunset spot in Santorini :) }


{ cacio e pepe in Rome }


{ Florence, Italy }


{ Rome, photo credit: Brian :) }


{ our cruise around the canals of Amsterdam }


August 4, 2014 · 1:23 am

bye florida


{ vero beach’s sunset during the most recent space shuttle launch }


{ pretty views and perfect summer breeze }


{ the ocean grill boadwalk }


{ the newest addition to vero (vegan and raw!) love juice }


{ graduated }


{ happy UM grad }


{ she’s the best }


{ a handsome dolphin spotter }


{ bye florida, can’t wait to visit again soon }


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May 20, 2014 · 5:37 am

nearly onto the next


{ taken a few weeks back, one of the best live shows i’ve ever seen – local natives in fort lauderdale }


{ one final break between classes on my very last day of classes, ever. university of miami. }


{ the most handsome guy i know and myself supporting the wendy walk }


{ us <3 }

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April 27, 2014 · 2:19 pm

bk cookies


BK Cookies (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip)

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup organic cane sugar

3/4 cup organic light brown sugar

2 cage free eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups old fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl combine butter and sugars, mix together. Add in eggs and vanilla, and mix until well combined and mixture is smooth. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and continue to stir together. Fold in the oats, and then the chocolate chips. Scoop rounded doughballs onto a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy with a tall glass of almond milk and a warm blanket right out of the dryer. :)


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April 12, 2014 · 8:46 pm