Friday, September 19, 2014

life lately: end of summer reflections - so thankful!

It's already autumn, but I'm still not quite over summer. (Still trying to sneak in some sundress + denim jacket outfits!) It was such a great season for so many reasons, but I'm particularly thankful for the weekend adventures and family visits. Also, living in New York in the summertime is just the most glorious experience ever-- it's my seventh summer this year and I still can't get enough. Will the giddiness ever fade? (I hope not!) Here are a few fun things from July and August...


Andy and Christine's wedding in Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I cried buckets at Ben's best man speech, which was so sweet and genuine. What a wonderful, creative couple and dreamy wedding ceremony. Congrats again Andy and Christine!


Ben and my first trip together to Chicago! We liked Chicago, but loved its food even more; we had some incredible dinners at Publican and a great BYOB Ruxbin-- and we also discovered our new favorite red wine, Menage a Trois. I'm grateful for our little long-weekend adventure, B.


Biking everywhere. Now that I have my own bike, we've been biking almost every weekend.... along the Hudson river to and from the Cloisters (a whopping 26 miles!), along the beach and woods in Sandy Hook, and of course, out and about in Manhattan.


First rooftop urban garden experience at Brooklyn Grange! My mom and sister came to visit, and we had a great time exploring the urban farm, with its chicken coops, countless veggies, and the best heirloom tomatoes I've ever tasted.

And of course... summer's shining moments are often the little ones, just being outside, having a great drink, and enjoying life's simple joys. I'm already looking forward to next year :) What's your favorite summertime memory?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

it's fall already?! new pin round-up

Lovelies, I can't believe how fast this summer has passed by - it's already September?! I've been remiss on the blog front due to trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible -- can't wait to fill you in on updates from August, which involve lots of bike riding and a few little trips. However, I've missed catching up on the blogosphere! I'm looking forward to more blog posts in the fall to share with you. In the meantime, here a round-up of things new pins I added of late...

What a gorgeous lace dress

Filed under "I could make this for myself": A croque monsieur with poached eggs

Experiencing wanderlust from photo of Costa Brava, Spain. Brings about a feeling of nostalgia.

I've heard so many great things about the Dior nail enhancer. Here's how it works: 'With one universal shade, the unique nail lacquer enhances the color of your natural nails. When applied on bare nails, the pinks of the nails become pinker and the whites become whiter for a shining finish and healthy, glowing effect.

On my list of restaurants to visit: The Butcher's Daughter in downtown NY. (Photo from here.)

Back to the fall uniform: jeans and a long-sleeve t-shirt, for me. What about you? (Photo from here.)

Lobster rolls: a summer craving that could not be satiated.

Happy pinning!

Monday, July 28, 2014

casa's 80% off clearance extravaganza!

One of my favorite retailers, Casa, is having an 80% clearance sale! I think I added about 20 products to cart because I got so excited, but finally narrowed down to only a few. I picked up Dwellstudio pillowcases for $16 (after discount), Jonathan Adler coasters for $13 (after discount), and a new duvet and sham set-- photos below! Check out the full clearance here, and tell me what deals you found! Remember the 80% off shows up at check out after you enter code CASACLRX80.




Some other things that were in my cart but then I realized I already had too many (and no room): Jonathan Adler zig zag throw, plate and bowl 5-pc set, cutlery set, this botanical pillow, this bake set, and this Jonathan Adler frame

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Warby Parker's new Beacon collection + Q&A

Recently, one of my favorite brands Warby Parker reached out to share the launch of their new Beacon Collection, a limited edition collection of four new frames in different colors, fitted for both sunglasses and glasses. I've been a fan of Warby Parker for awhile and wear the Cranes in 'Sugar Maple' for reading before bedtime. I love how this collection has a unique point of view, evoking a very specific urban, joie de vivre lifestyle. And the frames look so fun and hip -- I like the oversized Nancy the best, especially the yellow frame. You can see the whole collection here.


Brian Magida, Director of Digital Marketing for Warby Parker was kind enough to answer a few of my questions regarding the new collection and working at the start-up. Thanks Brian!

Q: What was the inspiration behind the Beacon collection? I love the lifestyle images!
A: This collection was inspired by impromptu, can’t-duplicate-them all-nighters, when having no plans brings endless possibilities. We designed our newest line of frames to make a similarly fine companion to late night dates, rooftop sunrises, and everything in between.

Q: What's your favorite pair of Warby Parker glasses?
A: In terms of eyeglasses, my favorite pair is currently the Winston in Lunar Fade. It is a classic (we introduced it in our 2nd collection) and I haven't found a replacement since. On the sunglasses side, I currently wear the Lowry in Green Citrine.

Q: What's your favorite part about your job?
A: For me, it is the learning curve. It is super steep and being at a young company, we are still trying to figure everything out. We are encouraged to take calculated risks. I also love the viewpoint we have on retail-- one which isn't rooted in just e-commerce or brick and mortar. We are really focused on blending the two of them together and providing a unified experience for the consumer. That concept is extremely challenging but it makes coming to work every day super fun, exciting and rewarding.

Congrats on the new collection, WP team!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

governor's island biking date

This past Saturday, Ben and I went on a biking date in Governor's Island. Reason being: I am the proud owner of a beautiful new bike!!! Meet the Windsor Essex: a new-but-vintage-looking, ocean blue bike from wholesale site Bikes Direct (such a deal!). Ben's a biking aficionado who a) knows my taste and b) knows how to find great bikes, so it took me about 3 seconds after he sent me the link before I ordered it. Below is the capture of a sentimental moment: a woman and her first NYC bike... it was instant chemistry. (Thank you B for assembling!)


To get to Governor's Island, we biked along the East Side river down to the ferry, which then took only about 10 minutes to get to the island. Usually, I would wear my new Bern helmet while riding in the city, but it was nice to take it off on the island since there are no cars and lots of space for bikers. 


One of the first places we ended up was Hammock Grove, a brand new area that just opened this summer. It's a great break spot to hydrate, eat snacks, and relax on one of the 50 hammocks available. We brought fruit and snuck in Crabbies in a water bottle -- if you're not yet hooked, Crabbies is the most delicious ginger beer I've ever tasted. I can't get enough of it - it's all I want to drink this summer!


There are so many new features in Governor's Island. First off, SO many more food options. Last summer, I think there was only one food stand, but now, between the outdoor food court and a whole line of food trucks, I'd say there are about 15 food vendors in total. We shared a mango and strawberry smoothie and had Sweet Chili for lunch....because who can say no to Thai and Vietnamese fusion street food? Ben was happy that we were able to use his amazing flannel picnic blanket, which folds into a backpack. That thing is the best. 


What really struck me is how enchanting Governor's Island must be for children. I've never seen more kids in one place, playing soccer and just running around while their parents picnicked or napped. Such a different setting-- so much freedom and room to roam compared to Manhattan! There are so many things for kids to explore and play with: quirky sculptures (like the one below made out of 30,000 cups), artsy mini-playgrounds and even a mini-library.


Have you visited the newly renovated Governor's island yet? It's open until September 28 and the ferry is only $2 (or free on the 10 AM, 11 AM and 11:30 AM ferries from Manhattan). We had such a great time, and I would love to go again before summer ends!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary sale amazingness!


Friends, are you ready for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale today? I'm sure you've heard all the buzz leading up to it (since this sale is pretty legendary)... I'm so excited to browse through all the new fall items marked down up to 33% between now and 8/3. I don't have an extensive fall wishlist right now, but if I see any cute jackets, rain boots, or riding boots, I will probably do some damage -- after all, free shipping, free returns always makes a girl want to pounce first, think later! Here are some fun links from the sale...

Voluspa candle trioFrye riding boots | Dogeared necklace | Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag | Bobbi Brown 'Nude on Nude' color setTrouve leather moto jacket | Philosophy 'Amazing Grace' set | Longchamp expandable toteMichael Kors watch | Kate Spade New York sunglasses | BP Wrap belted bootieNARS 'Dolce Vita' lip & nail set | Halogen calf hair pumpSmashbox 'Studio Pro' brush set
 
(Top Instagram image via here)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

summer highlights... I can't believe it's July already!

Is it just me or is summer passing by way too quickly? I have so many things I want to do this summer, like watch films outdoors, go biking in Governor's island and hiking upstate, the list goes on... but it's also important to remember (and appreciate) the fun things that have already happened this summer. So here are five of my summer highlights from the past two months...


...An amazing July 4th long weekend in New Kent, Virginia with friends. We stayed over at a beautiful river house on the Pamunkey river and spent plenty of time floating in the river, driving a golf cart around farm fields, star gazing, drinking Crabbies ginger beer (my new favorite summer drink), and exploring Colonial Williamsburg. Such a great four days enjoying nature and great people. (Thank you Sarah for hosting!)


...Adventuring in Brooklyn with my mom, sister, and Ben. We spent a full Saturday exploring Smorgasburg (in Williamsburg), Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the greenmarket in Park Slope, and bits of Chinatown. My favorite part was devouring pizzas at Julianne's and then ambling across the Brooklyn Bridge.


... Nashville trip to visit Emily in May. I love, LOVE Nashville and how green and lush everything looked. It was so fun to experience both classy Nash and Nash Vegas (honky tonk Broadway, I'm looking at you.) Thanks so much for hosting, Emily.


...Shakespeare in the Park with Ben - my first time! We saw Much Ado About Nothing, which was more hilarious than I expected. So much fun. Watching a play in Central Park while drinking a beer... couldn't ask for a better experience.

...Weekends visiting my family in Philly and friends in neighborhood cities, like D.C. for Anna's masters graduation from GWU. Thank you, amazing parents for cooking up lobster and all my favorites whenever I come home. Thank you Anna, for being one of my oldest and dearest friends.

What are some of the highlights in your summer so far? Remember to take it easy and enjoy life as it comes!
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