As much as I love going to exotic destinations and deserted beaches, sometimes just the thought of jet lag and airport security is enough to cancel out all of the vacation relaxation. Although I think that there is something special about navigating a different country and escaping harsh winters for better weather, I’m also working full-time in marketing, am training to be a yoga teacher and am trying to save more money. When I only have a weekend to spare, I want every possible moment to be spent in full vacation mode: not traveling to and from the vacation itself.

Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

My (born-and-raised-in-Manhattan) boyfriend grew up spending summers on the lake in Connecticut, and when I mentioned going away for the weekend–somewhere nearby, but somewhere NOT in the city–he immediately suggested Interlaken Inn. A two-hour drive from the city, Interlaken Inn promises fresh air, stunning scenery and plenty of outdoor activities. Although we were visiting in shoulder season–between Connecticut’s ski season and the summer peak of swimming and sunshine–we were blessed with a beautifully mild 60 degrees and blue, sunny skies all weekend. Confession: I spent most of Monday researching real estate prices in Lakeville. That’s how much I fell in love with the place! And since purchasing acreage isn’t quiiiite in the budget right now, I’ll definitely be back to Interlaken Inn: we spent all weekend talking about how gorgeous it was now–but how much MORE gorgeous it would be when the trees were green and the weather was hot, or when the foliage is changing colors in the fall, or when it’s all dashed with a layer of snow. Here’s a quick glimpse into our weekend at the Interlaken Inn and beyond:  Keep reading…

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Behind the scenes: Sally Hansen #ShineOn

Living in the city, it’s often difficult to focus on the joys of traveling or find time to daydream about far-flung places when you have to worry about finding New York apartments or deal with the constant noise and grime. Last month, I had the chance to be a part of the Sally Hansen #ShineOn campaign celebrating […]

April 22, 2014 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 4.18.14

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups […]

April 18, 2014 Continue reading…

Date idea: making pasta!

Growing up in California, you learn how to entertain: you’re raised on backyard barbecues, dinner parties and copies of Sunset Living magazine. Particularly in the suburbs, everyone has modern kitchens (read: dishwashers!), separate living and dining rooms and sprawling backyards: all of the essentials to cook and host at home. That’s not the case in […]

April 17, 2014 Continue reading…

Notes on doing the thing that scares you

Fear is a tricky thing. In many ways, it’s meant to protect us: it’s a mental shield to keep us from doing things that are physically dangerous or emotionally risky. Fear keeps our feet firmly on the ground, our words safely in our minds, our selves squarely where we should be (instead of where we […]

April 15, 2014 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 4.11.14

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups […]

April 11, 2014 Continue reading…

Date idea: a show at the Carlyle!

The Upper East Side seems like a whole different world from Brooklyn: the sidewalks are clean, the glass is gleaming, the women wear furs without a hint of irony. The air smells more of glamour than garbage, and every building seems to have a storied history (whether of the Rockefeller or Gossip Girl era). The […]

April 10, 2014 Continue reading…