‘Fathers be good to your daughters, And daughters will love like you do’

I recently read this article about the former CEO of Pimco; last year Mohamed El-Erian asked his daughter to do a simple task (such as brushing her teeth),and she responded with  ‘no’.  When asked why, she handed him a list of 22 events that he had missed while he was busy working- ranging from the first day of school to a Halloween parade.  The CEO ended up resigning to spend more time with his family.  A common question you get while in college is, ‘What do your parents do?’  Whenever I would tell someone what my dad did, I instantly got the follow up question, ‘Was he gone a lot?’  My first response to this question is to laugh, and then I explain why.  My dad was actually home a TON growing up; much more than other dads. I can’t even begin to count the number of times he walked me to school or brought me lunch. Before school got “important”, he would sometimes surprise me by pulling me out of school for the afternoon to go see a movie or go to the Auto Show.  He was always the one who took me back to school shopping.  He was the one who taught me how to play basketball and coached my team.  We went on Daddy-Daughter trips to places like New York, Chicago, San Diego and Vegas.  I’m sure he missed events of mine when I was little, but I cannot recall a single one. Thank you dad.

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Love Always,

Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: Red Band Society

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: The Detours

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If you’ve seen my previous posts (here and here), you can probably tell that I’m in love with Idina Menzel’s musical, If/Then. I’ve had the soundtrack on repeat for a few months now.  One of my favorite songs is, ‘A Map of New York’  and one of the lines is, “But it’s in the detour that we truly find our way.”  We all have detours in life; paths our lives take that aren’t exactly how we planned them. The last year for me has been full of detours; things that happened that I never want to re-live, but they all have made me the person that I am today.  They have made me stronger, they have drawn me closer to God, they have given me a different perspective on things; and for all of those things I will be forever grateful. Is your life not playing out how you planned?  It’s okay, take that detour, I promise it will all work out in the end.

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Amy Elizabeth 

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100 Beautiful Days

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If you remember this post, on June 6th I started 100 Beautiful Days (based off the popular 100 Happy Days trend).  I missed my ‘Video a Day‘ project, so I gave into the ‘Picture a Day’ idea.  What I learned throughout these 100 days is priceless, as cliche as it may sound. I learned to take care of ME.  I learned to put MYSELF first.  Unlike the Video a Day, which could be positive or negative, for my 100 Beautiful Days, I wanted my pictures to be something beautiful, something I loved.  If the day was drawing to an end and I hadn’t done something to make myself happy (and snap a photo), I made sure to change that.  Even if it was something as simple as going to my favorite coffee shop (La Colombe of course) or taking a break from studying to walk my dog; I made sure to do something for ME. God has used the last 100 days to transform me, and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store! I can’t upload the video directly to wordpress, but  if you click here you can watch it!

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Amy Elizabeth

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Quote of the Day: Don’t Miss It

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the songs like You’re Gonna Miss This and 100 Years; lyrics like ‘You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast’.  This is something I struggle with… A lot- it’s hard for me to live in the present.  I live planning what my week is going to look like and planning for my future.  I live wishing that I would be finished with my finance class and wishing to be through with college. So often I find myself wondering ‘Where has the time gone?’  I feel like it was just last week that I was getting ready for my Senior Prom, and just yesterday that I started looking for a way to get to my first New York Fashion Week…. And now I’m a Senior.  Life is crazy. Life is a roller-coaster. Life is beautiful. Don’t be so busy that you miss it.

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Amy Elizabeth

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Never Forget

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Over the last two years I’ve spent about the equivalent of 6 months in NYC; it holds a very special place in my heart. I still remember 9/11 like it was yesterday, I was in the third grade and had just visited New York that previous summer. While we had been there, my dad had gone into TKTS in the World Trade Center and for an hour or so and while we were waiting, my mom, my sister and I all laid on benches outside the WTC and just looked up, gazing at the towers. I’m so thankful that I got to see the towers before 9/11. I honestly cannot begin to imagine what New Yorkers went through that day.  As I get older I’m always surprised when I meet kids who were born after 9/11, who only know about it through their textbooks, and not through experience… Never Forget. I got the opportunity to go to the 9/11 Memorial Museum this summer and HIGHLY recommend it if you are going to be in the city.

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IMG_0450“No day shall erase you from the memory of time” – Virgil

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Spring 2015 Colors as seen at NYFW

I always look forward to Pantone’s Color Report every September and February; this season’s was not a disappointment! Their top four colors (Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green, and Classic Blue) just happen to be some of my favorite colors!  Here are some looks from New York Fashion Week so far that showcase the top ten colors of Spring 2015.

1. Aquamarine

Monique Lhuillier

2. Scuba Blue

Herve Leger

3. Lucite Green

DKNY

4. Classic Blue

Christian Siriano

5. Toasted Almond

Zimmermann 

6. Strawberry Ice

BCBG Max Azria

7. Tangerine

Trina Turk

8. Custard

Lacoste 

9. Marsala

Thakoon

10. Glacier Gray

ZAC Zac Posen

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: If Then

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Twas the Night Before Fashion Week

This will be my first time in four seasons that I won’t be working Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC.  While it kills me not to be there, I am thankful that they lifestream it and that all of my classrooms have internet (sorry professors). Happy night before Fashion Week! TwastheNight

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

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Since the school year has barely started, I had some time to bake the other day!  I found a recipe on Pinterest for PB2 Breakfast Cookies and decided to try it.  Here is the original recipe (from Watching What I Eat), but I tweaked it a little.  Word of warning: they do kind of have a banana flavor, so if you don’t like bananas, don’t try these!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 Cup PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter 
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 2 Bananas (mashed until creamy)
  • 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Cocoa Powder
  • Cinnamon (A few shakes) 
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut
  • 2 Cups Quick Oats (Uncooked)
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips 

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix PB2 powdered peanut butter (I used half regular and half chocolate) and water. Set aside
  • Combine mashed bananas, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa powder.  Stir throughouly and add the PB2 mixture.  Stir in the remaining ingredients (Oats, Coconut, Dark Chocolate Chips) 
  • Drop cookies onto greased tray (I greased mine with Coconut Oil) and flatten into round cookies (My recipe made 15 cookies)
  • Bake 15-20 minutes
  • Let cool and keep in covered container 

Love Always,

Amy Elizabeth 

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