2011 – A Few of My Favorite Things

When I was little time moved with me. If I wanted the day to go by fast it went by fast and if I wanted it to last for eternity it kindly obliged. But the older I get the more time is working against me. Always testing my patience, testing my ability to find myself in a sea of constant change, and forcing me to balance the dreams of a young girl with the responsibilities of a young adult. So as time no longer gives me the tender care it once did as a child I’m learning to race with it and find a place for myself amongst the crazy world that surrounds me.

Here’s to you 2011 for being one of the best years of my life. By feeding my dreams and testing me as a person I’ve learned so much…and it’s only just begun.

Happy New Year!!!

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New Year’s Resolutions are for Suckers…So Here are Mine!

Instead of making the usual resolution of eating better and getting in shape I’m going to just assume that will become a part of my life and set some real goals. So as I sit here eating my Dominos pizza dipped in ranch (don’t hate they really have made a comeback) I’m making plans to make 2012 the best year ever.

Goal #1: BLOG MORE!!!

For all of my thousands of readers out there (a girl can dream right??) I have some good news for you…you’re about to hear a lot more from me. I LOVE to blog but unfortunately the daily grind and fact that I feel the need to do everything keeps me from finding the time to blog everyday. That is about to change. Excuses are for quitters and well…if 2012 is the last year on earth I’m going to make it the most fantastic year ever!!! ;)

Goal #2: Finish my EP!!!

2011 kicked off to an amazing start with my singing career with American Idol and it has pushed me beyond belief. But…(cue the violins) the busyness of life has kept me from accomplishing my music goals. So in the new year I want to focus more on my songwriting and finally finish my EP. I’m working with some amazing people that are pushing me in the right direction, but nobody is going to get it done but ME!!

Goal #3: Decorate my house!

Ummmmkay so this is totally embarrassing but we’re all family here so I will admit that I’ve been in my house for almost 4 years now and I have 3 bedrooms that are completely undecorated. Shame Shame!

Excuse me I need to get another piece of pizza…

Okay I’m back. So decorating takes time and money, and so does cooking and singing. The challenge will be to learn how to manage my time and resources so I’m not completely neglecting my home. Thanks to Pinterest (TOTALLY OBSESSED! PLUG: Check out my Boards HERE) I’m starting a collection of ideas to help me along the way.

I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me but as long as I can limit my time on Tumblr (Another Plug: Click HERE) and Pinterest I think I can get some stuff done. Damn you technology, I love you but you are seriously making me scatterbrained.

So here I am, speaking out into the internet void in hopes that I actually keep a resolution…I mean goal…for once in my life. I think I can do it!

What are you’re resolutions this year?? Let me know in the comments below! Love love! <3

Foodie in France – Day 12 and 13: Cannes and Nice

At the risk of sounding like a broken record I must say again…where has the time gone? Total blog fail on my part for not posting my final days in France. Ever since we left in October I feel like the last two and a half months have been a giant blur. With the new year approaching I’m making it my goal to incorporate my blog into my daily life. So here we go….

Since this is my final post on one of the most fabulous trips of  my life I thought I would treat it more like a pictorial diary. So without further ado here is a recount of my final days in Cannes and Nice, France.

Day 12: Cannes

Our 14 day trip to France was winding down and on the twelfth day we decided to take a day trip to Cannes. Before we left for Europe we were told by quite a few people that Cannes is one of the least spectacular places on the French Riviera.

The city, best known for the Cannes Film Festival, brings the most beautiful and famous movie stars from all over the world to the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès every year. Spectators line the streets of the exquisite Promenade de la Croisette to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars.

The short trek from the train station to the water front was pretty disappointing. The city was dirty and quite run-down in a lot of areas. Once we got closer to the famous Promenade the eloquent swag of the Luis Vuitton and Gucci adorned street was felt in the air.

The Promenade de la Croisette sits between two very impressive harbors and is home to many exquisite shops, hotels, and restaurants that overlook the Mediterranean. After a few hours of window shopping we headed to the docks of the harbor to admire the million dollar yachts. While discussing which prominent dignitary and celebrity owned which yacht (pure speculation of course) we stumbled upon the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and the hundreds of celebrity hand prints that grace the walkways.

We had a great day in Cannes but it was nice to get back to Nice in time for some night time exploration and exquisite cuisine.

Daily Nosh

Another fabulous French breakfast full of meats, eggs, bread, and cheese and
a late afternoon snack of mussels and French Fries with a side bottle of Chablis.

For dinner – one of the best meals I’ve had the entire trip!

  • Wine: Pouilly-Fume
  • My Dinner: Sea bass coated in an amazing cream sauce on a bed of fresh arugula and grilled red onions
  • Matt’s Dinner: Succulent duck soaked in creamy gravy served with potatoes and arugula salad
  • Dessert: Creme Brulee (of course) and cappuccino
  • Night Cap: Guinness at the Irish Pub down the street!

Day 13: Nice (Last full Day)

Our first few days in Nice were filled with rainy excursions and plenty of time spent in the hotel room and restaurants. So the last day was spent exploring the fabulous city of Nice…and it was a gorgeous day.

Sitting here recanting the final day is happy and sad in it’s own way. A trip of a lifetime with my best friend in the entire world was filled with nothing but fabulous moments, magical places, and the most breathtaking wine and food I could ever dream of. So for our final day in Nice less is more…I will let the moments speak for themselves through my lens.

The waters of the French Riviera were different, beautiful shades of blue. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

The city is separated into Old Town and the newer parts of Nice. The Old Town was where we spent most of our time. The shopping and food was unbelievable.

The city was so vibrant, literally, and full of life. The streets were filled with antique shops, flower shops, and patio cafes full of onlookers drinking their afternoon espresso.

The harbor was my favorite area. I could site and stare out at the beautiful ocean for hours.

Nice has an indescribable charm. From the rocky beaches to the ancient buildings filling the city with color…it’s magical!

Daily Nosh:

Breakfast: Our final French breakfast of eggs, cheese, bread and fruit.
Snack: French Fries and Mayo!!

Dinner at la Voglia:

Wine: Morando Chianti
Appetizer: Mozzarella Platter served three ways with a side salad

My Dinner: Lobster and bow tie pasta in a creamy tomato sauce topped with parsley
Matt’s Dinner: Rigatoni Pasta with Beef Ragu
Dessert: Chocolate and coffee ice cream piled high with whipped cream

France

I miss Paris and the elegance that fills the air. I miss Beaune and how the wine warms the soul. I miss the crystal waters and snow peaked mountains of Annecy. I miss the history of Nice and the opulence of Monaco. I miss how the French Riviera pulls you in like a bad habit. I miss France.

Adieu!

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