NYC Recap | Lake Shore Lady on The Today Show

May 2, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone! I thought I'd kick off the work week by recapping my trip to NYC... also known as the BEST TWO DAYS EVER.

Before we get started, let's just back up for context. Last weekend was my last few days of Yoga Teacher Training, which was slightly overwhelming with the final tests... and the fact that I'm a sappy human who was sad it was ending (more on that soon!). Moral of the story - I had a busy work week, an intense weekend, and then I hopped on a plane for this whirlwind the next day. Eeep! Luckily, New York completely calmed my nerves by being pretty much perfect... and I rarely describe New York that way! Haha we have a history ;)

I landed right on schedule, so I had some time to kill before my rehearsal. I decided to go for a walk and quickly realized I was headed for Central Park. It was sunny and 70 degrees, with trees and flowers blooming everywhere. Seriously, it was the epitome of spring in New York. So. Beautiful.

After my walk, I headed to rehearsal, which also calmed my nerves! The producer of my segment was so wonderful, and it was great to meet the food stylists (yes, that's what they're called!) before they prepped all of the food the next morning. By the end of the rehearsal, I felt like I knew exactly what I needed to do to nail it on air.
After that, I met one of my best gals for dinner at B Squared, which ended up being the PERFECT spot for us to catch up. Open windows, a fancy cocktail and these gorgeous veggie and salad dishes? Yes, that is exactly what I needed the night before my first time on national tv!

After prepping my segment and some content, I tried to get sleep... and then it was time to head to Studio 1A for hair and makeup! Here we go!

Once I was all glammed up, I headed upstairs to the kitchen. I had time to get my apron from wardrobe, microphone/earpiece from sound, and also run through my segment a few more times for good measure. Before I knew it, I was shaking hands with Savannah Guthrie and it was time to film! Savannah was totally lovely and SO TALL! But besides feeling like a shrimp, I felt so good about the whole thing. Those 3.5 minutes were fast, but the MOST fun!

And just like that, it was over! I got to keep the Today Show mug that we had on set (gonna use it every morning forever, obviously), and I made my way back to my hotel to schedule some social posts... and that's when I realized how many texts, calls, comments, general LOVE from all of you wonderful people! The support was overwhelming and I couldn't be more grateful for all of you. For real.

Once I collected myself, I knew I had to get out. One of my meetings got cancelled, plus my room was small, it was a beautiful day, and I was hungry, which meant it was definitely my shot to try out By Chloe in the West Village! FINALLY!

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By Chloe is a super trendy new restaurant with beautiful Instagram worthy food... that also happens to be vegan! This is the kind of food I nerd out about - creative, healthy and insanely delicious. I tried the Spicy Thai Salad, Air Baked Fries (half regular/half sweet) and coffee with their homemade cashew and almond cream. HEART EYES.

It was also supposed to rain all day, so when the sun came out in the village, I could barely contain my happiness. 

Annnd as if the day couldn't GET any better, my friend Kate came into the city from Connecticut for the evening. It started to rain right as she arrived, so we went straight to one of our favorite restaurants, Westville, for drinks and dinner. After that, we saw Hamilton - thanks to my beautiful wonderful amazing friend that works on the show. I felt so lucky to get the chance to see it - this show is completely stunning. I had been listening to the soundtrack a lot and it was still even better than I thought it as going to be. Chicago, get ready! It's coming here in September!!

Like I said, best day EVER.
There will be more details about the dress I wore coming soon, too - I promise!

Mothers Day Guide [Gifts + Food]

April 27, 2016

Before we dive in to today's post, I have to say a quick thank you for all of the support this week surrounding my debut on The Today Show. The comments, the shares, the texts - all of it! I'll write more in my recap next week, but seriously - you guys are the absolute BEST!

But now it's time to start thinking about Mother's Day, which is fast approaching! If you haven't even thought about what to get your Mama yet - don't worry, I have a few ideas!
Speaking of my segment on Today, now is the perfect time to get your Mom a spiralizer if she doesn't have one! Shrimp Scampi Zoodles, here she comes! I'm also completely obsessed with these striped pajamas (pictured above) - and yes, they're just as cozy as they look. If your Mom isn't into shorts, they have a version with pants, too. Looking for an experience instead of a gift? Get her a gift certificate to Bliss Spa so she can experience the best facial ever. Still not special enough? Monica Vinader Jewelry is a new discovery for me and even though it's a pricey, everything is super dreamy.

Click on the images below to shop my other ideas!

Zoodles on TODAY!

April 26, 2016

Good morning, everyone!! If you're a long time reader, I hope you've heard about my appearance on The Today Show this morning (watch the video here!)!! And if you're coming here because of The Today Show - WELCOME! I hope you'll keep up with me via my email newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, whatever you fancy!

I've also been snapchatting up a storm ever since I got here (username: lakeshorelady), and I'm taking over @todayfood's Instagram account today! There will be lots of goodness on their account and on @lakeshore_lady, I promise :)

A Big Announcement + 10 Spring Recipes

April 24, 2016
Happy Sunday, everyone! I know I never post on the weekends but I just couldn't wait this time, because...


Yup. You read that correctly. Me. On TODAY. I'm freaking out too, don't worry.

Here are the deets: I'll be cooking with either Savannah or Matt during the 8:00am hour on Tuesday, April 26th. You might catch glimpses of me prepping throughout the hour, but my segment should be somewhere between 8:40-8:55am. Set your DVRs now - I'd love for you to catch me whipping up one of my most popular recipes! And if any of you follow on Facebook/Twitter and voted for me on the Today Food Club website, THANK YOU! You played a role in making this happen and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. 
I'll be trying to keep you guys updated while I'm in New York, so if you aren't following me on Instagram, Snapchat (lakeshorelady) or Facebook - now is definitely the time :)

And with that, I leave you with 10 of my Favorite Spring Recipes from the archives! Enjoy!

My Signature Moments

April 21, 2016

If you saw yesterday's blog post, or follow me on social media, then you probably already know that I recently took a whirlwind 48 hour trip to LA! I know I told everyone on Snapchat (username: lakeshorelady) why I was there, but don't worry if you missed it! This post will fill you in on all the fun :) 
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