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July 2014

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Of the moment // 7.18.14

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...
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Postcard from Heybeliada

The only thing I wanted to do on my birthday this year: soak up some sunshine and go for a swim. To be fair, that's pretty much what I want to do on my birthday EVERY year. Even though we were in  the gorgeous cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, I...
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Did it happen if it wasn’t Instagrammed?

One of my oldest friends sent me a postcard the other day. I've sent her postcards from around the world, but this was the first time I'd ever received something in return: she cheekily wrote to save it, because it was the first and likely the last...
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Postcard from Goreme

Goreme is the little tourist hub in the region of Cappadocia: the tiny town only boasts about 3,000 residents, and a local estimated that about 95% work in tourism. For quite a little town, there's a lot to do: stunning hot-air balloon rides at...
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Five reasons to love Koza Cave Hotel

In general, I try to spend as little time as possible in hotel rooms. I'm usually not too fussed about luxury hotels or a ton of hotel amenities, unless I'm on an island and want nothing more than an infinity pool. I can sleep just about anywhere and...
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