Of the moment // 11.28.14

November 28, 2014 in Of the Moment

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!  Blind Barber Coffee Shop in Williamsburg, New York This week has been delightfully low-key. I’ve had most of the week off work and almost no social obligations, so it’s been a lot of reading at our new favorite coffee shop and sleeping in and running a few errands (but not too many!). We’re planning on much of the same this weekend, and it’s just nice to not have a hectic travel schedule over such a chaotic time at the airports. Bonus: I have just discovered Serial (my very first podcast!) and I’m basically obsessed. My boyfriend and I took the subway up to his parents’ for Thanksgiving and I quite seriously asked him if I could listen to Serial on the way (since we would be talking plenty later)–it is just that good! I also think this might be my foray into podcasts–it’s been so great to listen to something engaging while I’m doing the dishes or walking around the city on errands instead of just rocking out to music. If you have any other podcast recommendations: I’d love to hear them!

The Giving Keys Grace dainty pendant

Jewels

My friend Cubby Graham told me about The Giving Keys ages ago, and I fell in love with the concept: the company helps their employees transition out of homelessness while creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry (and now other clothing and accessories) with inspirational messages. You’re even supposed to “pay it forward” by giving away the piece of jewelry to someone who needs the message in a trying time. I chose the word GRACE and I’ve been loving the daily reminder to be a little sweeter to the ones I love.

Thanksgiving dinner

Eats

We spent Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family on the Upper West Side, and what a feast! First of all, it was fantastic to be able to enjoy a full-on homemade Thanksgiving meal and  a) not have to go to the airport or the train station on some of the busiest travel days of the year and b) get to sleep in my own bed. My boyfriend’s sister and her boyfriend are quite the foodies, so they took care of most of the cooking: turkey, sweet potatoes, roast vegetables, cornbread muffins, pecan pie. I brought homemade cranberry sauce, lest you think I never contribute. The best part: they saved all of the recipes into a giant PDF, making it very easy for me to steal them the next time I’m craving a delicious sweet potato side.

Falling Leaves and the New York Times

Reads

My mom and I have incredibly similar taste in books (and we both love to read), so we’re always trading recommendations back and forth–especially when it comes to historical fiction set in 19th/20th century China and anything set in World War II. I have a Kindle and she reads on her iPad, but every once in a while, we’ll read a paper copy and then trade it. She recently sent me Falling Leaves, the memoir of an unwanted daughter in China. The title sounds a little heavy, but it’s a super interesting look at life in China for a woman around the World War II era.

Christine Amorose in Bella Luxx and Alo Yoga

Looks

One of the things that I’m always impressed with in New York is how fashionable people manage to look even when they’re just grabbing a coffee or heading to the gym: this city has the “casual luxury” look down pat. I’ve been trying to get better at looking nice, but still being comfortable when I hop out on a Sunday morning to get bagels or whatnot. This Bella Luxx French terry hoodie is my new go-to: it’s super cute and super comfortable, especially when paired with my favorite Alo Yoga ribbed leggings.

  Falling leaves in New York City Riverside Park in New York City Riverside Park in New York City

New York City

It’s starting to feel like winter here: the trees are bare, the temperatures are hovering around freezing, and we’re bracing ourselves for the first big snowstorm. We took a pre-dinner walk in Riverside Park on Thanksgiving, and even though it’s not quite as gorgeous without the rich fall foliage or budding spring blooms, there’s still a certain beauty to the tree-lined riverfront promenade.

Maman Cafe in SoHo, New York

Words

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust

This weekend, I’m RELAXING! No real plans on the books, other than a yoga class or gym session, lots of reading, straightening my apartment and hanging out with friends. What are you up to? 

  • Megan Clark

    Oh my gosh – so many podcasts! Serial is also a new favorite of mine. Give these a whirl, too, when you have the time: 99% Invisible, This American Life, America’s Test Kitchen (nerdy cooking show!), Radiolab, Freakonomics. Happy holidays!

  • Serial is awesome! Check out Radiolab, This American Life and my new favorite, Death, Sex and Money.

  • Cathy Colbert

    Enjoy your downtime – everyone needs it now and then to recharge. Sometimes there’s nothing better than an afternoon reading or watching old movies or napping.

  • Ah, loved this! And I’m just starting to get into the world of podcasts… started some months ago when I got into the gym but stopped when I stopped going… but ANYWAY, lately, I’ve been more into those than television and they’re really great! :)

  • Shireen

    I love your book recommendations! I am reading “Boys in the Boat” and can’t put it down. I’ll have to check out the ‘falling leaves’ book. Happy Holidays!

  • camorose

    Yay! Adding them all to my list!

  • camorose

    Oooooh that last one sounds interesting!

  • camorose

    Yes! So important to nourish ourselves, especially around the holidays.

  • camorose

    Yes! They’re so great in the city with commuting on the train and doing a lot of walking. Really enjoying it!

  • camorose

    Yay! Boys in the Boat is the best.

  • Yes to Serial! I also highly recommend “Wait! Wait! … Don’t Tell Me” from NPR. I actually posted about my five favorite podcasts recently, and Serial made the list (http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/2014/11/5-podcasts-for-any-personality.html, if you’re interested). Have you read The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan yet? It definitely falls in the 19th/20th century Chinese historical fiction category. :)

  • camorose

    Oooooh ok! There are so many great things from NPR that I need to check out–now that Serial is over, I have some time :) And I’m pretty sure I’ve read the Valley of Amazement (my mom love Amy Tan) but I’m not positive–isn’t that the worst? I hate it when I can’t remember if I’ve read something but then I start reading it, and I’m like YUP I know how this is going to end. Alas! I’ll double check :)

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