So first of all, I’d just like to discuss the word athenaeum. It’s really just a fancy word for library, but I swear, the amount of head space that I have devoted to this word in the past week is insane because I a) have no idea how to pronounce it to actually sound well-read and literate and b) have to double-check the spelling about a hundred million times because I have no way to sound it to help me spell it. But alas! It’s really just a fancy word for library, and Providence has basically the best one ever. The Providence Athenaeum Library in Rhode Island

The Providence Athenaeum Library is one of the oldest libraries in America: it was founded before the Constitution was even signed! Originally founded as the Providence Library Company in 1753, it became the Athenaeum and a independent, member-supported library open to the public in 1836. That basically means that although it operates as a non-profit and is open to the public to browse, books can only be checked out by members who pay annual dues to cover operating expenses. We went in for a wander (well, my boyfriend sat and read his Kindle as he warmed up from the cold–can you spot him in the picture above?) and I was completely enamored with the building and collection and the whole shebang. Bibliophile paradise!

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The best streets in Paris

Paris is a city of curving rues and hidden alleys, cobblestone and courtyards. There’s no grid system with numbers and letters, no even spacing and logical layout. It was built in fits and starts, expanding from the islands on the Seine to several arrondissements barely contained within the circular ring road that serves as a […]

February 23, 2015 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 2.20.15

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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The best of Providence, via Instagram

We spent the long President’s Day slash Valentine’s Day weekend at The Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island–mostly because I did a fun little Instagram takeover for The Dean, but also because I am currently obsessed with exploring underrated hidden gems of cities on the East Coast. I feel like there are so many great little cities […]

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Of the moment // 2.13.15

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 Marais

Without a doubt: the Marais is my favorite neighborhood in Paris. Part of this affinity is surely due to familiarity: my parents always rent an apartment right at Rue Vieille du Temple and Rue des Rosiers when we visit, and the streets surrounding our apartment always feel like coming home. Even as the neighborhood shifts–there […]

February 12, 2015 Continue reading…

Date night: Broadway show!

So what’s funny is that I feel like the standard date night in New York is dinner and a show–and yet, in two and a half years of living here, I had never been to a Broadway show! Although I’ve gone to musicals in San Francisco and London, going to a Broadway show in New […]

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