Sending off Lindsay with Brunch at Punch

Nnenna, Stéphanie, and our guest of honor and dear friend Lindsay (center) who has sadly moved away from New York.

It’s always difficult to send a friend off on the next adventure of her life, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an afternoon get-together filled with light and laughter. And that’s exactly what happened one rainy Saturday in Flatiron.

We brunched on cocktails, a fantastic bread basket, and all kinds of fancy eggs at Punch Restaurant. Definitely added to my best brunches in New York list.

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Kensie Jewelry 2013 Preview – Tell Me Something Pretty

How pretty is this little bracelet? Generally I don’t wear beaded jewelry, but this was my favorite piece at the kensie jewelry preview party. Bright color, geometric shapes, and gold dominated the collection, which mostly consisted of necklaces and earrings. I also noted a few bangles and bracelets to round out some sets, but sadly no rings.

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Coffee Tasting with Craft Coffee

A little over a week ago I attended a Saturday morning coffee tasting with The Bloggers’ Collective and Craft Coffee. I’m definitely a little bit of a coffee fiend and treated the tasting about the same as a wine tasting– observe color, sniff, taste. Craft Coffee sources beans from all over the world and taste tests more than fifty varieties per month. Only three of those make it into their monthly subscription boxes, which are available for $24.99/month (sort of like the coffee version of Birchbox).

I tasted all three of the November offerings, and all were truly excellent and incredibly fresh. None of Craft Coffee’s coffees were bitter or overly acidic. I think they would be perfect for making bulletproof coffee (you know, the coffee with butter in it), which I’ve been meaning to try. I love espresso even more than coffee and am also curious about how the flavor of Craft Coffee beans hold up in cappuccino. Everyone at the tasting left with a complimentary sample, so I’ll definitely be trying out an espresso grind with some of my beans.

What Would Ashley Wear? and kitschy examining the coffee.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post was but was gifted a sample upon completing the tasting.