Earth Day: 6 must watch Environmental Docs on Netflix

April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Documentaries have always helped us understand what it means to live on earth and contribute to an ecologically sustainable planet. So what better way to celebrate Earth Day while sheltering in place than watching inspiring and educational environmental documentaries. Grab your favorite snacks and get comfy because here are my top 6 picks currently available on Netflix:

  1. National Parks Adventure: Narrated by Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure is a cozy nature doc that shares the incredible splendor of US national parks. Traveling around the country to some of the nation’s most stunning natural landmarks, National Parks Adventures highlights both the beauty of these protected areas and the importance of keeping them intact and protected. Connect with nature and discover what these great expanses of land have meant historically for the nation’s first people, or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful broad-sweeping views of these incredible landscapes.

2. Our Planet: Experience Our Planet’s natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope. Travel from the African planes and antelope to frozen mountains and Siberian tigers and experience the incredible diversity our planet has to offer. Narrated by everyone’s favorite voice of nature, David Attenborough.

3. A Plastic Ocean: A Plastic Ocean is a documentary uncovering the nasty truth about our disposable lifestyle. Single-use plastic and similar products are overrunning our oceans and waterways, wreaking havoc on the natural ecosystems and marine life therein. A Plastic Ocean explores the deep blue depths while showing the shocking quantity of plastic pollution present in our oceans. This documentary will help you feel more hopeful for the possibility of a greener planet.

4. Night on Earth: Night on Earth features never-before-seen behavior from animals all around the world. Discover the secret world of bats, see big cats hunting at night, and see how wildlife has adapted to live in cities and towns, even late at night. An inspiring documentary chock-full of stunning night-time images, Night on Earth is sure to leave you in awe of the many nighttime habits you never knew about. Narrated by award-winning actress Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black.

5. Chasing Coral: Pollution is on the rise, and among the many ecosystems being negatively impacted by wasteful practices are coral reefs. Coral is now disappearing at an unprecedented rate, one not seen before in recorded human history. Chasing Coral is the exciting, and sometimes dangerous, journey of a number of marine researchers hunting down the last remaining patches of coral. . Chasing Coral is all about educating the public and making it known that it isn’t too late.

6. Sustainable: A seventh-generation family farmer works toward building a movement of his own in the city of Chicago, outlining not only small changes we can all make in our consumption choices, but also the negative effects of the major food industries. Sustainable covers the economic and environmental impacts of our current agricultural practices.

Have you watched any of these documentaries? Do you have other environmental documentary recommendations? 🌎

DIY No Sew Cloth Face Mask

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain example grocery stores and pharmacies. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

I fashioned this face mask using a scarf / bandana. Hope you find this tutorial useful during this chaotic time.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. 💕🙏🏽🌎

Quarantine Life Update

Hello Lovelies💕  It’s been a while since my last post. I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am thinking of you all and hope you are doing well during this challenging time. 

Like everyone I am learning to find ways to fill my days and make the best of this unexpected time at home. The last two weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions but I feel blessed to have my husband Andrew by my side. This is what I have been up to for the last 2 week.

Some days have been productive and I am able to successfully check off things on my to do list.  On other days I struggle with not having something to do with my day.  I am learning how to exist without having to constantly do something tangible. I have to remind myself that it is okay to just curl up in bed and take a nap or just sit still and meditate for 20 minutes. 

As you know Andy and I love to cook. Jamming out and dancing around the kitchen with Andy while cooking or baking always brings me joy.  It’s the perfect way to turn your brain off.  So we have been doing a lot of cooking and baking. 😄 What are some of the things you’re doing to keep busy?

Thanks to technology we have been able to face time and keep in touch with loved ones.  My first work video conference call was quiet the experience.  Here is actual footage of the video meeting. 

As we try to navigate our way through this time we all have to remember to be gentle with ourselves and try to start each day in a positive way. I love this poem by Be Inspired to Be.

Thinking of my brother who is on the front lines and saying a prayer everyday for all our families who may have first responders or essential personnel serving our communities. Wishing for your safety and health.

And lastly, remember to wash your hands. Take care of yourself and each other. Be well. ❤️

Love at First Bite!

Everyone knows that the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach.  So, if you’re looking for a way to spoil your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, you have to start in the morning with this adorable breakfast idea.  This will set the romantic tone for the day leading to your evening plans. 

To make these heart shaped pancakes, I simply used a set of silicone heart egg/pancake rings from Amazon. You don’t have to limit yourself to heart shaped pancakes. You can also use alphabet cookie cutters to carve out a sweet message. The easiest way to make them is to cook your pancakes first and then cut the letters out of the fully cooked pancakes instead of pouring batter directly into the cookie cutter. The edges will be smoother this way.

You can make your pancake batter from scratch if you have a recipe you love, but boxed pancake mix works just as well. I love this Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Protein Pancake mix. For an extra special touch, garnished pancakes with Nutella and strawberries.

Are you going to give this idea a try? It will be love at first bite!

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

2 Pieces You Need to Mix & Match for the Perfect Winter Work Wardrobe

After an amazing break, it’s back to the grind and getting dressed lately for work every day has proven to be a bit of a personal challenge for me. I decided to look for a street style tailored set that could incorporate all of the winter basics I already have in my closet. If you can relate, then you’re going to love this two piece tailored blazer and pants set from H&M as much as I do.

Styling these 2 pieces with basic layering turtlenecks and mixing and matching with faux leather pants and ankle boots has proven to be the perfect winter work wardrobe for me. 

No matter what kind of dress code your office requires, there is sure to be at least one look out of the 3 below that will resonate with you. Do you find mixing and matching tailored sets easier as well? What are your tips for getting out of a style rut dressing for work? Looking forward to reading your comments.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season and making beautiful memories to treasure for all times. I can’t believe that in a few short days we will be welcoming in the New Year. 2019 was a year full of ups and downs, wins and heartbreaking losses. As I reflect on this year,  I would like to thank you for all the love and support  you’ve generously given me.   Andy and I appreciate you all so much. We wish you an amazing 2020. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined.

P.S Hope you enjoy my round up of all my favorite posts of 2019. Click on pic title for full post.

Declutter & Consign with Covet Boston
2 Pieces You Need to Mix & Match Your Spring Wardrobe
Summer Stripes Styled 3 Ways
Happy Earth Day World
The Style Guide to Slip Dress
Summer Trend: Blazers and Shorts
Straw Accessories to Wear All Summer
Diwali Fashion
Working It!

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

4 Reasons You Need a Teddy Coat!!!

Still Fall but starting to feel like winter, which means it is time to get your coats on rotation! So, I pulled out my ultra shaggy, soft faux fur teddy bear coat from last fall, which seems to be “the it jacket” this season too.  I was shopping with my hubby when I picked out this coat and he immediately said, “Oh, no!” But I am glad I decided to give it a try. Trust me when I say that you need one of these teddy coats in your winter wardrobe and here are my four reasons why.

1. Versatile

Teddy bear coats come in all different shapes, lengths, silhouettes and colors and can be dressed up or down. A good teddy coat will elevate any basic outfit. From jeans and a tee to leggings and an oversized hoodie.  For my look, I let the fuzz steal the show by pairing it with snake print jeans of a similar color, and a black turtle neck tee. 

2. Warm and Stylish

It’s easy, chic, feels like you’re wrapped in a blanket yet it looks straight off of a runway in New York. Wear it and you’ll be too busy fielding compliments to even notice the chilly temps.

3. Many Price Points

It’s hard to find fault with a Teddy Bear coat from Max Mara, which rings in at a whopping $3,590. But, if its not in your budget right now look for those Black Friday deals.  Below are my top 5 affordable picks.

4.  It’s Fun

It will definitely remind you of your favorite cuddly stuffed teddy bear once you put this coat on.  Don’t be surprised if you get more hugs than usual. I am always up for a good hug.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

If you’re thinking of investing in a teddy bear coat now, here are my top five affordable picks:

  1. Camel Petite Oversized Hooded Teddy Coat by Boohoo $50.40
  2. Black Premium Teddy Faux Fur Longline Coat by Boohoo $58.80
  3. Brown Long Pile Coat by H&M $99.00
  4. Midi Red Teddy Coat by Na-kd Fashion $118.95
  5. Beige Faux Shearling Teddy Coat by Other Stories $179.00

3 Styling Tricks For Fall!

Not everyone can go and purchase a completely new wardrobe every time the seasons change, but there are ways to get out of a style slump without spending your entire paycheck on new clothes. Here are 3 ways you can revamp old pieces with new shoes and accessories. 

  1. Plaid You Are Here! Not sure how to coordinate your plaid with other pieces in your wardrobe? Start with a piece in black and white and add a pop of fall color. Mix and Match your plaid pieces, add a bit of glam with jewelry, bold lips, and a bit of effortlessness with natural looking hair.

2. Floral Print Pick a floral print that is darker and moodier than the ones you’ve been wearing in the spring and summer. And it’s not just limited to dresses, but there are also tons of shirts, pants, skirts, accessories, and shoes all bringing in the floral print in different ways to the season.

3. Add a pop of color! A pop of color is just fun. I just love how red adds just the right amount of razzmatazz to all of these looks.  

Over time, having a few go-tos in your mind can turn into rotating outfits that re-define your entire style. What are your tips and trick to rework your fall closet?

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Diwali Fashion

Diwali AKA festival of lights AKA Indian Christmas is celebrated every year during Autumn.  The festival symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”, and is practiced by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists all over the world.

This festival is celebrated with family, friends, diyas, night long parties, music, gift giving, fireworks and of course copious amounts of food.  Dressing up during festivities has always been an unspoken ritual for all who celebrate Diwali. Diwali can last for about 5 days, which means every outfit for each day and ritual has to be meticulously planned ahead of time.  This year Diwali is being celebrated on Sunday October 27th however there is no time like the present to get started on your Diwali outfit/s. 

Do you have your Diwali outfit/s picked out?  Here are my four Bollywood inspired looks you can try this Diwali:

Look 1:

Nothing speaks sophistication like an elegantly draped saree. A simple embroidered saree with a top in a solid color can be complemented with a statement choker necklace, earrings and bangles.

Look: 2

A midriff baring crop top and lehenga skirt combo is sure to set the Diwali mood ablaze. It was love at first sight with this lacy duppata and ruffle lehenga skirt. With varying lengths and materials to choose from, this head-turning outfit can be paired with some statement jewelry.

Look 3:

For a dolled up glamorous look, black with gold embroidery never disappoints.  Paired with the right accessories and makeup you will be sure to light up the room. Luxury Palette by Charlotte Tilbury was used to achieve this sexy smoky eye look.

Look 4:

Looking to twirl your way onto the dance floor to your favorite Bollywood beats then this look is for you. Combine the traditional saree with a faux leather pants for the perfect Indo-Western party look.  The faux leather pants adds just enough modernity to revamp the traditional saree.

OR

For an additional dash of swag, throw on a pair of sneakers and faux leather jacket into the mix and dance the night away in comfort and style.

Hope you feel inspired to try one of these looks. Peace, love and light to all!

Makeup By Renée Moschella

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Hello Gourdgeous!

Fall is in the air, and pumpkin season is here!!! Just one scroll through your Instagram feed and it’s full of family, friends and celebs enjoying the outdoors, which of course includes the obligatory trip to the pumpkin patch.   I am a huge fan of all things pumpkin, especially the treats (who isn’t??).  I found 6 amazing new recipes that I can’t wait to try out this month. 

My fave has to be butternut squash soup that is why I tried this recipe first. I love the mild, sweet flavor and its packed with iron, vitamins A and C which we can all use 🙂

  1. Butternut Squash Soup

Recipe Via Savory On Line

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Serving: 4

Ingredients

1 medium butternut squash

1 medium yellow onion

3 cloves of garlic

1 jalapeno

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 qt vegetable broth

¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Trim and peel the butternut squash.  Halve the squash and with a spoon remove seeds.  Cut squash into 1inch chunks.  Peel and cut the onion into wedges. Peel garlic. Stem and cut jalapeno. 

On a large baking sheet, toss butternut squash, onion, garlic and jalapeno with oil, cumin, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until squash is tender.

In a large pot, combine the roasted veggies with the broth. Heat to a simmer on high. Reduce heat and simmer 5 min. more. With immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide among 4 bowls and garnish with pepitas.  Serve with bread rolls. 

I can’t wait to try out the following recipes:

2. Leaf-Topped Mini Pumpkin Pies

Recipe via www.wilton.com

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Sauce

Recipe via www.cookingclassy.com

4. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

Recipe via www.yammiesnoshery.com

5. Pumpkin Donut Holes

Recipe via www.letseatcake.com

6. No Bake Paleo Vegan Pumpkin Balls (Trying this one today)

Recipe Via www.thebigmansworld.com