Of the moment // 4.25.14

Of the moment // 4.25.14

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 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! 

Going to a live morning show in New York City

After such a wonderful weekend away at Interlaken Inn, it was tough to come back to the city. As we drove into Manhattan on Sunday night and heard a sudden cacophony of sirens and horns, we turned to each other and laughed: “we’re back!” But it was a fun week to come back to: at work, we celebrated a coworker’s one-year ONA-versary with a trip to Live! with Kelly and Michael. None of us had ever seen a live morning show, and it was a fun New York experience. Rocked my new Everlane Silk Sleeveless, which is about to become a summer staple! Last night, I taught my very first yoga class to a couple of my best friends and this weekend, I’m gearing up for a full schedule of yoga teacher training–fingers crossed I’ll get a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Rowing boats on the lake at Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut


The bracelet that is currently always on my wrist: this kate spade new york “Say Yes” Cheers Cuff Bracelet. I picked up saying “cheers” as thanks when I was waitressing in France with a bunch of Brits, and it became permanently ingrained in my vocabulary when I was living in Australia. The bracelet reminds me of my travels, as well as being a cheeky nod to happy hour and the weekend!

Italian salami and cheese


My roommate spent last week in Tuscany, and brought home a truckload of meats and cheeses and tales of wine, pasta and tiramisu. She definitely put Italy back on the list for me: even though I visited Rome, Florence and Capri with a group of friends when I was 18, there is still SO much of that beautiful country left to see and so much pasta left to eat. Officially daydreaming about a romantic getaway to Cinque Terre!

Camel ride in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Take Me Back

A year ago at this time, I was exploring the incredible country of Jordan. It still seems a bit surreal: not only was it my first time in the Middle East, but it was my very first press trip. I fell in love with the other-worldly landscapes, the delicious food and, above all, the friendliest people. Here are a few of my favorite posts from that trip:

Colorful spring tulips at a corner bodega in New York City


Tulips are my absolute favorite flower, and I adore how the bodegas are piled high with bright tulips this time of year. Such a delightful little burst of color on every street corner!

Blue Like Jazz and Moleskine notebook in sunshine


I’m super lucky to have a friend slash coworker who also loves to read: we’ve had an informal book exchange going on for past several months. After working our way through all of the Liane Moriaty titles, she recommended Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. As soon as I started, I realized that I had heard Don Miller speak at WDS last year–such a small world! Although I grew up with the traditions of the church, I’m not super religious now. However, I really enjoyed Don Miller’s words–especially because much of the spirit of Christianity aligns closely with the yoga sutras that I’ve been studying. The best takeaway: “If we, as a species, could fix our self-absorption, we could end a lot of pain in the world.”

Springtime blooms and reflection in pond at Central Park, New York City

Tree blooming in spring at Central Park, New York City

New York City

Spring in New York City has finally arrived, and it might just be my favorite season. I can’t stop taking photos of all of the beautiful blooms!

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?


“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” -Oscar Wilde

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

  • Katherine Huff

    If you enjoy Blue Like Jazz, trying reading Donald Miller’s other book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. It’s once of my favorites. Definitely worth the read 🙂

    LOVE the photo of the tulips. So gorgeous!

  • Ha! Thank you for the bracelet link! 😉

    Did you all have fun at the Live taping? What a great anniversary surprise!

    ps. Thank you for the book recommendations!
    pps. Love that quote!
    ppps. I promise I am done after this one (heh), but oh your photos of the cherry blossoms! So pretty.

  • Highly recommend Cinque Terre and Portofino! So gorgeous.

  • I’m hoping to go back to Italy too! It’s been a while for me, since 2000. Cinque Terre is so beautiful. I would love to spend some more time in Florence and Venice.

  • Melissa

    As the other ladies stated, the Cinque Terre is so gorgeous! I also enjoyed Sorrento the last time…gorgeous views and sunsets

  • Valerie LeComte

    If you like Blue Like Jazz, you should read one of his other books-A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. All about how our lives are a story & I think it’s just beautiful.

  • Briel79

    When I went to Europe in 2010 (can’t believe it’s been 4 years!) I stayed in Vernazza for a few nights. Cinque Terre is really beautiful! There’s a great hike you can take that goes from town to town.

  • I just stalked all of your Jordan posts, it looks like a spectacular trip. Would you mind passing along your itinerary? It looks like you hit all the sights!

  • camorose

    Will do! Thanks for the rec 🙂

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! It was a fun week 🙂

  • camorose

    One day!!!

  • camorose

    Same! Never been to Venice and three days in Florence wasn’t near enough.

  • camorose

    Loved Sorrento, but yes–would love to check out Cinque Terre!

  • camorose

    Have heard that recommendation a few times–will have to put it on the list!

  • camorose

    I have a friend who did that! So gorgeous.

  • camorose

    We kind of zigzagged all over but here’s the recap of all the places we went: http://www.cestchristine.com/category/places/middle-east/jordan/

    It was fantastic!

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