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 and friends of friends kept hopping up to Storm King on the weekend, and I had so much Insta-envy!

Storm King Art Center in New York

I didn’t really know what Storm King was, but I was convinced that it would be the perfect autumn day trip. I tried to convince my boyfriend to skip Sunday football to “go see art and trees!” but he was not sold on it (also, he skipped football the previous Sunday to take me to the Bronx Zoo, so I already used that card). So instead, Aly and I went on one last wonderful road trip before she moves to California–and it was the BEST. Storm King Art Center is basically 500 acres of land in the gorgeous Hudson Valley that features more than 100 pieces of large-scale art. It was a picture-perfect fall day: colorful trees under blue skies with puffy white clouds. We wandered and took the tram and laughed nonstop and talked about art. It’s only about an hour drive outside of New York City, and the drive is just as gorgeous: it’s about to shut down for the winter, but I’m already dying to go back in the spring and summer!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Postcard from Bidwell Park

One of the best things about attending Chico State (other than all of those parties) was Bidwell Park: the third largest municipal park in the United States was just a short bike ride from campus. We spent lazy sunny afternoons splashing around in One Mile Swimming Hole and reading magazines where the sunshine broke through […]

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