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!  

Oh hey mosaic in West Village, New York CityThe last full work week of 2014: hooray! I went on a hot yoga date with my boyfriend (with kombucha for dessert!) and introduced my friend Kirsten to Buvette, my favorite little breakfast place in the West Village. I also ate so much delicious sugary treats: my parents sent a package of homemade oatmeal cookies, spritz cookies and fudge! And last night was our corporate holiday party: not only did handsome men with suspenders and furry hats come around the office with spiked eggnog before the party started, but there was a nine-piece brass band, a pop-up “holiday lodge” AND Allison Williams (aka Marnie in Girls) was there because her boyfriend works in my building. It was a nice little week, but I’m so psyched for holiday break!

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Postcard of Christmas in New York City

I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas decorations, Christmas music or just general Christmas spirit. Even though my family was super festive growing up, with decorations inside and out, I’ve never really gotten into on my own. Part of it comes from that minimalist travel mindset of not buying more stuff […]

December 18, 2014 Continue reading…

2014 in review

Overall: 2014 was a good year. It was less about travel and more about lifestyle, less about checking destinations off a list and more about strengthening relationships and learning how to settle into a place without getting bored. I made some great strides, career-wise: in what I achieved at ONA, in securing a new job […]

December 16, 2014 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 12.12.14

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 […]

December 12, 2014 Continue reading…

Bibliophile paradise: a visit to the Morgan Library

I’ve always loved books. I love the act of getting lost inside a story, the feeling of not wanting to put a book down even when you can’t keep your eyes open and the careful calculation of savoring a chapter at a time to make it last longer. I read historical fiction and chick lit […]

December 11, 2014 Continue reading…

Notes on life changes and selling out

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared a posts from a few brands that I genuinely love: a really good pair of boots that I wear just about every day, and a leather tote that I also use every day. And I received a few negative comments, stating that I’m “giving a sell-out vibe” and […]

December 10, 2014 Continue reading…

Poppy Barley: the best boots I’ve ever owned

Growing up in California, I never really learned the value of good boots or a warm jacket. I spent the winter in flats and sneakers, in cozy sweaters and light jackets–moving between warm cars and warm houses and warm offices, with only brief interludes in slightly chilly weather. What I would do for 60-degree days […]

December 9, 2014 Continue reading…