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 and downs of travel. But sometimes, I also just want to remember and share the little things that brought me day-to-day joy. Every Friday, I’ll give you a peek into the book I currently can’t put down, a great restaurant discovery, a fun new product or an inspiring quote: a few things that I think you might enjoy before we all take off into the glory that is the weekend!

High Line in autumn in New York City

This week has been all about making time to connect. Honestly: I would have loved to go to a yoga class and make dinner at home every night, and then sleep in until the sun rises (darn the shorter days!) and have a smoothie at home before going to work. Alas! One of my great college friends and her boyfriend were in town from Germany (they hosted me for Oktoberfest back in 2010), so we grabbed dinner with them one night. There was book club (to discuss Big Little Lies), San Francisco Giants games, drinks dates. I had my standing (early!) Tuesday morning breakfast date with my former coworker, and taught my regular (early!) yoga class on Thursday. LUCKILY, I leave tonight for a week in Nicaragua: I’m looking forward to a week of reflection and relaxation. It will also be a nice way for me to transition into a new chapter at my apartment and social life: Aly moves out today, and my new roommate will move in on Sunday. Lots of changes all around (oh hey new moon!), but I’m looking forward to all of the things to come.

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Postcard from Storm King

A quick love note for social media: I have discovered some VERY COOL STUFF via Instagram. I spotted that awesomely colorful rebel wall and the Audrey Hepburn piece in Little Italy via friends’ feeds, and then hunted them down myself to spread the Instagram love. A similar thing happened with Storm King Art Center: friends […]

October 23, 2014 Continue reading…

Namaste necklace: giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I started wearing this gorgeous namaste necklace by Asha Patel Designs. I love the concept of jewelry that means something, and of wearing words that inspire you every day: in addition to my namaste necklace, I regularly wear a necklace with the state of California to remind me of home and […]

October 21, 2014 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 10.17.14

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 […]

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Postcard from the Bronx Zoo

This weekend, my boyfriend and I went on a day date to the Bronx Zoo! I’m kind of weird about things like zoos, aquariums and circuses: there’s no doubt that I love being able to see such a wide variety of animals up close and personal, but I also believe strongly that wildlife should live […]

October 16, 2014 Continue reading…

The best secret gardens in Manhattan

Things that are hard to find in Manhattan: fresh air, open space, a private garden, the sense of being alone, a moment of silence or serenity. For a girl who grew up in the suburbs, these are the things I miss the most: I loved growing up with a backyard full of flowers and vegetables, […]

October 14, 2014 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 10.10.14

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 […]

October 10, 2014 Continue reading…