Of the moment // 1.30.15

January 30, 2015 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!  

Souvenirs from Paris

One of the things that I’m most grateful for at this stage in my life is that as much has I love to travel and explore new places: I love coming home. After a week in Paris, It was wonderful to come back to Brooklyn and unpack my French finds–fancy tea, chic sneakers, an anti-stress coloring book!–and snuggle into my own bed, water my  houseplants, give my boyfriend a big hug and catch up with friends. This week was full of blizzard delays and cancellations, and then–coffee dates, drinks dates, yoga dates! It’s nice to be back and entrenched in my life in New York City, without any major travel plans for a while.

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So we were slated to have a massive blizzard (three feet of snow was predicted!) on Monday…and it was extremely disappointing. We only got about a foot of snow that turned gross and black and slushy almost immediately. But it did mean that I took a detour via Washington Square on Monday afternoon and worked from home on Tuesday so that I could frolic around on the snowy sidewalks on a early morning hunt for coffee!

Conde Nast Traveler surprise travel issue

Mags

Even if it’s not all of my words: it was still cool to see my name in print in Conde Nast Traveler! Pick up the February issue for the best of romance travel, including the art of the surprise trip. (And that “recent” trip to the Dominican Republic was exactly one year ago today! Ha!)

Christine Amorose in snowy Brooklyn

Looks

I put off buying a serious winter coat for a while, mostly because I had wishful thinking that I would be living somewhere warm (with a beach! and palm trees!). But alas, I am here and entrenched in my life in Brooklyn and it is COLD. And so, I finally gave in and got a Canada Goose Trillium Parka and it is LIFE CHANGING. As in: I no longer complain about the weather every other minute (which my boyfriend appreciates most of all!).

Crazy Rich Asians book

Reads

My mom picked up Crazy Rich Asians in the airport, and breezed through it on the plane ride. I’m reading it this week and can’t put it down! It’s hilarious and engaging, and it has made me so, so curious about traveling to Singapore–even if I won’t be able to spot any crazy rich Asians.

Snowy facade in West Village, New York City

Words

“Time and silence are the most luxurious things today.” -Tom Ford

This weekend, I’m going to an early yoga class and grabbing a coffee with a couple of girlfriends I met on my yoga retreat in Nicaragua and watching the Superbowl with a bunch of Patriots fans. Hoping to squeeze in a lot of writing and fancy tea drinking too! What are you up to? 

 

  • The book looks good. I’ll check it out.

  • Briel79

    That book sounds pretty good! Adding it to my list.

    Regarding Singapore, I’ve never been but I did have a layover at the airport on my way to Bali. The airport was awesome so if the rest of Singapore is a reflection of that then I think it would be a great place to visit! haha

    Another quick read taking place in Singapore is Soy Sauce For Beginners. I enjoyed it and if you have a Kindle it’s pretty cheap.

    Congrats on Conde Nast Traveller! :)

  • sincerelykateb

    Dibs on that book when you’re finished!

  • Simone Anne

    Love your Friday round ups, girl! Sounds like a wonderful week! Adding that book to my list (and wishing for snow).

  • Oooo I like that jacket!!
    I want to read that book now because of how you described it

  • I bought the same Canada Goose jacket two-weeks ago in New Jersey (hello no sales tax!) after spotting it in Paris for double the price. SO warm!!! I really wanted the tan one but ended up getting black as there was no others in stock (except red) within a 1-hr bus ride of The City.

    Crazy Rich Asians is on my ‘to read’ list as well but I’m half way through ‘Daring & Disruptive’ by Lisa Messenger and ‘The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth About The Nordic Miracle’ by Michael Booth.

    Congratulations for being featured in Conde Nast! Amazing :)

  • That book looks amazing! Jealous of the snow, too. It’s been snowing all week in Budapest, but in between spurts of rain, so it hasn’t really stuck!

    So funny stumbling across your blog — I’ve basically lived your life, but in a slightly different order. Worked in marketing in Silicon Valley, traveled SE Asia, lived in Australia (Melbourne) for 18 months, and now I’m wrapping up some time in Europe before heading to NYC for 3-6months (or more if I love it) …. Far out!

  • My mom just moved back to the States from Singapore and I keep telling her she needs to read Crazy Rich Asians! lol

  • camorose

    It’s a fun read! Enjoy!

  • camorose

    I’ve heard amaaaazing things about the Singapore airport–so much so that I almost want to deliberately schedule a layover there!

    Adding Soy Sauce for Beginners to the queue. Thanks for the rec!

  • camorose

    Jillian got first dibs, you have second! It’s super good!

  • camorose

    Haha I will take some of the California sunshine ANY DAY–trade places, please?! xo

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s seriously such a fun read, I loved it.

  • camorose

    Yesss I got the tax-back in Paris which was SO worth it! And so funny–I wanted black or red but ended up with tan simply since it was the only long one in my size. Beggars can’t be choosers :)

    Adding the reading recs to my list, thanks lady!

  • camorose

    Oh I love that! Although now the snow isn’t sticking and it’s generally icy and slippery and miserable…soooo there’s that!

    Let’s grab a coffee when you’re in NYC :)

  • camorose

    Yessss! I would love to get the perspective of someone who lived there!

  • That coat looks super cozy!

  • camorose

    Seriously so so so warm! :)

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