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!

Elizabeth Street Sculpture Garden in SoHoHoly moly it’s already August! The last week of July was jam-packed with fun stuff: a day at the beach where I ran into TWO different sets of Brooklyn friends, a super successful ONA x charity: water Instameet, a night of making lavender jam, a fancy date night at Aurora, our monthly girls dinner at Bianca (again–it’s my new favorite restaurant!). And best of all: my best friend from high school and college flew in to New York City last night! I can’t wait to show her my favorite nooks in Brooklyn and cheer on the San Francisco Giants against the Mets.

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Postcard from Topkapi Palace

Although most of my time in Istanbul was spent just enjoying the city–riding the ferries, eating as much baklava as humanly possible, wandering around new neighborhoods in the sunshine–my very first stop was Topkapi Palace. Mostly, it was because my mother had seen it on a travel show (on the “Wealth Network”– ha!) and sent […]

July 31, 2014 Continue reading…

Tastes of summer in Provence: lavender peach jam

The first time I tasted really, truly delicious jam was in Provence. I was 16, spending the summer with family friends on their farm just outside of St-Remy-de-Provence. In the morning, I ate homemade yogurt and a fresh baguette from the town bakery–sweetening them both with homemade strawberry jam and local honey. I picked figs […]

July 30, 2014 Continue reading…

The roots of confidence

I recently finished reading The Confidence Code, a book that’s billed as “the science and art of self-assurance–what women should know.” Authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman focus on the differences between men and women in confidence levels (mostly: men have more of it), how nature and nurture work together to create confidence, and how […]

July 29, 2014 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 7.25.14

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 […]

July 25, 2014 Continue reading…

The best of the Berkshires, via Instagram

Bold statement, but I think the single best thing that my boyfriend has introduced me to is the Berkshires. He’s a New York City native (such a rare breed!) who grew up on the Upper West Side, but spent summers at a lake house in the Berkshires (near Lakeville!). There’s something so delightful about being […]

July 24, 2014 Continue reading…

Five things to love about Portus House

I honestly get a little overwhelmed when I need to find a place to stay in a brand-new city: especially when the city is a world-class capital, and sprawling, and has almost twice the population of New York City. Istanbul not only has a ton of different neighborhoods, but they’re all criss-cut by the Bosphorus […]

July 23, 2014 Continue reading…