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Of the moment // 2.20.15

Of the moment // 2.20.15

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!

A snowy Central Park in a New York City winter

I feel like a fraud sometimes: touting a full life of travel and adventure, a life where you create and follow your intentions–but then working full time and struggling to find vacation days and feeling trapped by the rat race cycle and depressing winter weather. I’m straddling these two worlds–one of settled-down success in which I try to be an ambitious employee and upbeat girlfriend and chic New Yorker, and one of a travel-lifestyle blogger who deigns to give advice (which implies that perhaps she’s figured it all out). It’s a weird juxtaposition to live. It’s surprisingly easy to take a photo of a door (or a snowy Central Park, or a bustling avenue) and caption it with an inspirational quote, and then spend an indeterminate amount of time cursing the slippery streets and feeling sad. That’s kind of how this week was: I’m feeling very February and kind of over New York City at times, but I had coffee dates with a few of my favorite people and hosted a brand-new Brooklyn book club with some kick-ass ladies and had super relaxing but productive mornings. It’s all about balance, right?

Christine Amorose and her mother in Paris, FranceTake Me Back

I know I just got back…but can I go back to Paris already? I wrote a little piece for Passion Passport about my ongoing Love Affair with France, and it reminded me just how much I love life in France and how grateful I am that I became a Francophile at such an early age.Kindles and breakfast at Dave's Coffee in ProvidenceReads

So last year, my boyfriend’s roommate told us about Lonesome Dove: it’s this epic Western novel that seems daunting because it’s so long, but it’s really just this wonderfully simple and engaging story that completely sucks you into life on the open plains. We both absolutely loved it, and I’ve recommended it to so many people! Recently, the same roommate told us we had to read The Pillars of the Earth: it’s basically the medieval version of Lonesome Dove. My boyfriend read it last month (and is currently reading the sequel!) and has been bugging me to read it ever since so that we could chat about it. I started reading it on my Kindle last week, and it is SO good. It’s super long and there is a lot of bloodshed, but the story is great (there is some romance to go along with the violence!) and it’s an interesting little peek in life in the Middle Ages. (p.s. we now have matching Kindles and matching breakfast orders and are reading the same author…)

Spring flowers from The BoutsSpring flowers from The BoutsBlooms

Fresh flowers are my absolute favorite thing to splurge on, simply because I feel like they genuinely brighten my mood (and the room!) every time I see them. With a winter that feels never-ending, I purchased a little bit of springtime via The Bouqs. Making me so happy!

Street art in Williamsburg, BrooklynStreets

One of my favorite things about living in Williamsburg: walking by walls like this.

A snowy Central Park in a New York City winterA snowy Central Park in a New York City winterA snowy Central Park in a New York City winterWords

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” -Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

This weekend is shaping up to be super fun! I’m going to try to make my favorite sweat and flow vinyasa yoga class on Friday night and a laid-back vinyasa class on Saturday morning (and maybe even a restorative class on Sunday afternoon). I have a couple of coffee dates to catch up with girlfriends and a super relaxing acupuncture session. And my favorite: my boyfriend and I are having a late-night date at Comedy Cellar–last time we were there, we saw Louis C.K.!

  • I love those flowers! I have to try that site out. New York is so cold, I think that would add some nice life to my apartment!

  • JulikaSarah

    The Pillars of the Earth is my all-time favorite book! So glad you’re loving it! I read it in high school and it’s because of this book I decided to study art history and became obsessed with the Middle Ages. I’m pretty convinced I ended up becoming a professional medievalist thanks to Ken Follett 🙂

  • Erin

    As always, I love this Friday post and also all the real talk. Sometimes it can be so hard to feel positive in the winter weather. Fresh flowers are always a good idea, though… much like Paris 😉 Thanks for writing!!

  • Anđela Ćenan

    Love the flowers! I have no idea how I’d survive so much snow. The last time I was in Paris (a couple of weeks ago :)) we had some snow -I was sitting next to the window with a big cup of coffee enjoying the view – around the moment I finished coffee it stopped snowing!:D Just the right amount of snow, haha! 😀 courage! 🙂 enjoy your weekend!

  • Anđela Ćenan

    p.s. I read your answer to my question about shopping in the US vs.shopping in Europe 🙂 thank you for answering!

  • ooh i’m always on the hunt for new books to read – will check out your recommendations!

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

  • Briel79

    You should check out The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. I am about halfway through the second book (there are only 2 books so far) and I’m loving the series!

  • Briel79

    Pssst, the link under the Blooms section isn’t working. 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes! The Bouqs is such a nice way to bring a little bit of springtime to chilly NYC 🙂

  • camorose

    yes! I feel like people who have read it LOVE it! I finished it last weekend, and I think I’m going to read the sequel next!

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s all about figuring out the little things to get us through the last dog days of winter 🙂

  • camorose

    Haha yes that IS the right amount of snow. We haven’t had too much snow this winter but it has been the coldest February on record–SO SO SO COLD!

  • camorose

    Of course! No problem!

  • camorose

    Enjoy!

  • camorose

    Ohhh ok! I’ll check it out!

  • There’s also a Lonesome Dove movie. It’s great, but super long. I need to read the book!

  • camorose

    Yes! Definitely read the book first–I’ve heard mixed things about the mini-series.

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