Moleskine Hacks

After working at Moleskine for awhile I realized very quickly that not all the products are single use only. Here are some of my favorite ‘hacks’ that I have discovered while working at Moleskine. Enjoy!

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Use the Colour-a-Month Planner to keep track of your fitness routine, workouts, and calorie intake.



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Use the pocket portfolio to hold business cards.

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Buy four recipe journals and organize your recipes by season so you can always go fresh.

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Use the hard pen case as an eyeglass case.


Buy a pocket Cahier and slip it into the Passport Wallet so you can take notes on the go.



Don’t Leaf Me Hanging

Not long ago bright florals on a black background were all the craze. Now everywhere is popping up palm leaves. No this is not like the palm leaf wallpaper that was on Leslie Neilson’s bachelor pad walls in Spy Hard! People are finding less time and money to spend on their houseplants, so the next best step is bringing in some artificial green without going for the plastic numbers at ikea. Its amazing how something so small can quickly move you from the weariness of winter to the contentment of spring.


1.Ceramic Mug $12

2. Print $39-399

3. 30 Day Challenge Notebook $12

4. Pool Float $60

5. Shower Curtain $39 (on sale now)

6. Throw Pillow $49

7. Reusable Bottle $35

8. Glass Paperweight $28

9. Wooden Sign $22

At a Glance

A monthly series which offers a glance of my world right now.


  1. Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix- Not the best show. It feels like a high-schooler wrote the dialogue (all the characters have the same personality and always agree with each other). The premise is fun though. Great show to have on in the background when you are working on homework or getting ready in the morning.bojack-characters_large
  2. Bojack Horseman, Netflix- I have no idea how I have missed that this show existed. This is great and I constantly question myself about what I am laughing over. Not appropriate for the younger years.                     Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.35.24 PMScreen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.36.35 PM.png
  3. Strand Books and Book Off USA– I mentioned last month that I was downsizing on my book collection, but I didn’t mention where all  the books were going. All of my hardcovers and mint condition soft covers were bought by Strand, a book store that boasts about having 18 miles of shelves of books for sale. They always have events going on upstairs that are perfect for ‘nerds’. All of my softcovers that were in less than mint condition (my lovely marginalia notes, highlights, and bookplates) went to BookOff USA.
  4. Laundry Pick-Up- This was the lifesaver for us this month. Both P and I were working so much that we didn’t have a spare second to head down the street to the laundromat. Instead we opted for a 48 hour turnaround pick-up laundry service. It was really convenient since we were both down to our last of everything. Great for emergencies, but we really cannot afford this all the time.f152265b68f8d90dcf2879e96bb62879
  5. Agatha Christie’s, Cards on the Table- In Murder on the Orient Express Poirot mentioned what he thought was the ‘ideal’ murder challenge to him, and in Cards on the Table Christie delivers that challenge to Poirot. Christie makes it even harder for Poirot- all the suspects have murdered prior to the murder they are suspected of now. Unlike most other mysteries where you can sometimes guess if you pay enough attention, this mystery left me in the dust the entire time.

Film Books, Spring 2017

The joy of going back to the routine of classes is quickly squashed by the reality of buying the countless mandatory reads for class.

Here is a list of my required (and just highly recommended) reading list for this semester. Stay tuned for my thoughts and observations on each in May.

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Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies that Matter, Christine Vachon and David Edelstein

     The Movie Business Book, Jason E. Squire


      Hollywood Reporter



     Media Redefined

Picture, Lillian Ross (Highly Recommended)

      Sex, Lies and Videotape, Stephen Soderbergh (Highly Recommended)

Spike Lee’s Gotta Have It, Spike Lee (Highly Recommended)

The Conquest of the Useless, Werner Herzog (Highly Recommended)

Notes: The Making of Apocalypse Now, Eleanor Coppola (Highly Recommended)

Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven’s Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists, Steven Bach (Highly Recommended)

Hello, He Lied,  Lynda Obst (Highly Recommended)

Sleepless in Hollywood, Lynda Obst (Highly Recommended)

Memo from David O. Selznick, David O.Selznick ed. Rudy Beholder (Highly Recommended)

    Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry, Mark Litwak (Highly Recommended)

Producer to Producer, Maureen Ryan (Highly Recommended)

    So You Want to Be a Producer, Lawrence Thurman (Highly Recommended)


      Screenwriter’s Compass, Guy Gallo

     Dan O’Bannon’s Guide to Screenplay Structure, Dan O’Bannon with Matt Lohr (Highly Recommended)

The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact and Fiction into Film, Linda Seger (Highly Recommended)


     In The Blink of an Eye, Walter Murch

World History of Cinema:

 The Oxford History of World Cinema, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith


My Favorite Teas



To start the day-

  1. Bigelow Vanilla Chai- I love steeping this in a 1/3 cup of water and then filling the rest with hot milk. It turns it into a kind of Tea Latte.  I do this usually when I need to wake up fast. The flavors punch awareness into my body and mind.
  2. Yogi Green Tea Kombucha- Kombucha is fermented black or green tea and sugar. This Kombucha is flavored with Spearmint, Lemongrass, Plum and Passion fruit. You can also make your own at home using this recipe. Cool tidbit: All yogi tea bags are compostable so I don’t have to throw them out, instead I can just put them in my plant’s dirt.
  3. Twinning English Breakfast- My favorite tea to start the day! If I am not drinking coffee I am instead enjoying English Breakfast. I love mixing it with milk, honey and sugar with a slice of biscotti.
  4. Touch Organic Oolong- If I am able to have a slow morning this is the tea I want. IT is soothing and allows me to clear my mind and plan for the day. Here are 10 health benefits of Oolong Tea. fullsizerender-4

To End the day-

  1. Yogi Ginger Tea- This tea is perfect is you are prone to stomach aches. I usually have some after I have eaten spicy foods and dairy. It is caffeine free so you can have it right after dinner.
  2. Arbonne Essentials Herbal Tea- This is a great tea to have right before bed. It is calming and has no caffeine. It is a mix of peppermint, milk thistle, dandelion and elder. I sometimes mix it in the morning with my Arbonne Fizz Sticks to have a fruity flavored caffeine boost.
  3. Bigelow Chamomile Vanilla and Honey- This is the tea you want if you have a sore throat and you want something extra soothing. It also helps calm your body to go to sleep. fullsizerender-2

New Year Workout Gear

The infamous new year’s resolution that is often given up first is to work out more! Give yourself another reason to trek your way to the gym for much longer than the first five days of the month. Remember 30 days makes it a habit.


1. Joggers $54.95

2. Head Gear $12

3. Water Bottle $24.99

4. Earbuds $21.99

5. Shorts $45

6. Socks  $14

7. Jacket $64.95

8. Sports Bra $48

9. Running Shoes $150


Best Purchases of 2016

  1. Apple TV (4th Generation): There is no reason to buy cable TV if you have this at home. We willingly pay for Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo, and Starz monthly. Everything else we need is on a free app. The only app we are missing is TCM has yet to be made for  the Apple TV.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-16-50-pm{Courtesy of Apple}
  2. Clean/Dirty Dishwasher Magnet: Before the magnet Philip and I would play guess and check to see if dishes were dirty or clean. Sometimes clean dishes would never be put away, dirty dishes would sit in the washer for days fermenting, or we would mix clean and dirty. Now there are no questions and both Philip and I can split this chore.
  3. Recyclables Totes: Living in NYC makes it super easy to recycle. We carry the totes downstairs and put our recyclables directly in the correct container. Less hassle on all levels.Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 8.18.12 PM.png{Courtesy of Ikea}
  4. Dish Drainer: Originally we bought this for silverware, but it quickly became too dirty. We transitioned it hold out hand wash dishes. This forced us to aware of how long something was in the sink or strainer, making our home more clean.Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 8.18.46 PM.png{Courtesy of Ikea}
  5. Home Base Binder: I bought this with the hopes that all of our items would go into this one binder and that we would use it on a daily basis, however that did not happen. Instead we use it for emergencies, storing important information, and our ongoing home projects.Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 8.23.01 PM.png{Courtesy of Emilie Ley}
  6. Swiffer Wet Jet: An absolute lifesaver! We had a Swiffer Sweeper in the past which easily picked up cat fur, but now we have something to pick up the dirt from NYC (its crazy how dirty your shoes get from the streets.)screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-20-30-pm{Courtesy of Swiffer}
  7. Record Table Storage: Before our record player and records would be in different areas around our living room. Now, it is all in a single location. My next project will be to organize the records. Some of my inspiration for vinyl organization is here and here.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-7-26-28-pm{Courtesy of Urban Outfitters}
  8. Entry Way Table: I chose this present that Philip graciously gifted me on my birthday.  There is a mirror the allows people to check themselves before heading out, a space for purses and items of interest, and a spot for a lamp allowing us to not always have to use the overhead bulbs. Underneath, I store baskets with winter gear, and sporting goods allowing for an easy grab on the way out.IMG_6043.JPG
  9. TV Stand & Cabinets: Philip left his TV stand in Mississippi, but I promised him something better in Brooklyn. I bought these cabinets from Ikea and not only do they house all his DVDs and BlueRays in one place, but he also gets to showcase his Star Trek Memorabilia in one room. We plan to get wood from Home Depot, sand and stain it, and add it to create a continuous shelf top.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-21-35-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}
  10. Dining Room Chairs: We had some chairs I bought in 2014 that were bamboo and painted gold. They looked like there might have been used for party events. They did not even last two months in New York. These chairs were originally Ikea but I scored them from craigslist. They are super durable, and light enough in color to not make the room feel smaller than it already is. screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-26-16-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}
  11.  Four Post Bed: Philip and I bought an amazing bed from Ikea in spring 2016, but the move did not agree with it. By the time it got up here the base was basically dead. We were wondering how long we could sleep on it before it broke beneath us in the middle of the night. We bought a different Ikea bed in November that could easily be taken apart and moved just in case (it was on sale), and though it has taken time to adjust, it has been beyond wonderful.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-27-49-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}
  12. Wardrobe: Philip and I had a walk-in closet in Mississippi. The one here for both of us was only 4 feet wide. Yikes! We invested in a wardrobe for Philip so he could have everything he needed in one space, including his shoes. I selfishly took over the room closet.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-30-34-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}
  13. Clothes Rack: I have one in the front hallway for coats. Storage is limited in NYC, so you either make your own or deal with it. I chose to make my own. Guests can come in and leave their coats and shoes in the common space.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-8-31-51-pm{Courtesy of Ikea}

Baking Essentials

When I moved into my first apartment I did not realize how much I took my mother’s pampered chef baking supplies for granted. They were also there so I never missed them. I did miss them the first month I tried to bake anything. My mother was not willing to part with her items so instead I started searching the local goodwill for similar equivalents. Only recently did I find everything that I needed that was reliable. These essentials are all the basic one needs to start all their baking endeavors.



one // mixer ($349.95)

two // bakeware set ($79.96)

three // mixing bowls ($39.95)

four // tool set ($195)

five // marble rolling pin ($71.96)

six // loaf pan ($15.96)

seven // rectangle pan ($27.96)

eight // hand mixer ($54.50)

nine // baking dishes ($20-$35)


Fall Loungewear


Ekoaraer Pajama Set

Fall in NYC is so unpredictable. One day I am in wool sweaters and the next I am questioning whether or not I could be comfortable in shorts. Keeping the temperatures consistent in my apartment has also been challenging, especially in the evenings when I am looking for the right clothes to lounge in. In the past, I would just wear leggings and over-sized sorority t-shirts but I realized I needed something items that were more versatile. I wanted items that could keep me comfortable and transition from summer to fall and fall to winter.


one // cotton pants ($45)

two // lounge tee ($35)

three // satin set ($35)

four // jersey robe ($136)

five // satin pants ($44.95)

six // nightshirt ($58)

seven //  nightie ($44.95)

eight // henley set ($54.50)

nine // body suit ($58)

Fall Shopping Wish-List

1. Blanket Scarves from ilymix- Brings you extra warmth, and is super versatile. You can buy these here. They also have a tutorial on different ways you can style and tie their blanket scarves


2. Striped Jersey Top from H&M- I love stripes, but I always seem to go through the classics fast. This shirt is light enough that I can wear it on days that go warmer, but perfect for layering for much colder days. You can buy it here.


3. Black High-Waisted Jeans by BDG- High-waisted pants look better on me than any pair of hip-huggers. I am in deathly need of a pair of pure black jeans that I can wear casually. In my opinion, black is the great base color for most fall outfits. Get these here.

4. Leggings by Fabletics – My favorites are the Gaviota, Brogan and Clover (shown above). See the entire collection here.

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5. Superstar by Adidas– I am excited to transition out my light cloth converses for some heavy leather lace-ups.


6. Brown Leather Jacket by BLANKNYC- Nordstrom has some amazing fall jackets out right now. This one seems absolutely perfect! It has zippers, details, is actually faux, and you can choose to have it in either black or brown. This is easy to dress up or down.

7. Some basic tops- Fall usually has everyone pairing jeans because lets me honest, sometimes slacks and capris just aren’t warm enough. To combat this mundane repeat-cycle, always have a cute top if you can’t have some cute bottoms. {Left to Right: Lush Tee, J.Crew Ruffle Top, Free People Mesh Tee}