Of the moment // 2.6.15

February 6, 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!   Vine Wine in Williamsburg loyalty card

The highlights of this week: opening night for Larry David’s Fish in the Dark (my boyfriend’s Christmas present to me!), finally filling up my local wine shop’s punch card for a free bottle of wine (after living down the street for more than a year!), make-y0ur-own-fancy-pizza night at my friend’s house and finding time for my favorite yoga class. What I love about this highlights list is that it’s such a crazy spectrum, from a Broadway premiere to working out–but it really sums up all of the things that I love about living in New York City. I love that there are options to do such genuinely COOL stuff, that I have such a stellar boyfriend and group of friends, and that I’m able to have such a solid healthy routine. Even with the snow and slush and black ice: February in New York City is off to a wonderful start!

Christine Amorose in Warby Parker glassesLooks

I’d like to call this my “nerd chic” look, complete with Warby Parker glasses and a tote from Shakespeare & Company in Paris. I’ve had glasses since I was 5 (seriously, cue the nerd alert) but so rarely wear them outside of the office or in photographs–but maybe I should change that? Considering it!

A Street of a Thousand Blossoms

Reads

I was chatting with one of my friends from high school this week, and she mentioned that one of her goals is to read one book a month. It made me realize how lucky I am for my 30-minute subway commute: I get almost a full hour of uninterrupted reading time every day! Between my commute and my love of reading books for a few minutes before bed, it’s easy for me to blow through about a book a week. This week: The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, another Asian-American WWII historical fiction book that my mom sent me (she ALWAYS knows what books I’ll love!). I just started it, but I already can’t put it down.

Anti-stress coloring booksAnti-stress coloring books

Knick-knacks

Did everyone see the SNL Super Bowl commercial parody with the Totino’s Women’s Activity Pack? I watched the Super Bowl at my boyfriend’s place with some friends, and brought along my Anti-Stress Coloring Book and a pack of colored pencils–and shared a few pages with the other girls there. At one point, my boyfriend looked over and laughed: “It’s like the women’s activity pack!” Hilarious, but seriously: I am so in love with the concept of these coloring books. It’s so nice to have an activity that doesn’t involve a screen yet still stimulates your brain–and you end up with a pretty memento! p.s. how cute is my little dog friend Simba?!

Opex watch and OPI nail polish

Jewels

One of my favorite things that I found in Paris: a new watch! I’m super into rose gold right now since it goes with both gold and silver jewelry, and I love the subtle detail of the strap and the square face. [Similar here]

Elizabeth Street Garden in the winter in Soho, New York

Words

“A kind word can warm three winter months.” -Japanese proverb (via Victoria McGinley)

 This weekend, I’m squeezing in two of my favorite yoga classes, brunching with my favorite ladies to celebrate a birthday and grabbing coffee with my old roommate. Currently brainstorming a few other fun city adventures! 

p.s. next weekend, we’re heading to Providence, Rhode Island! I’m most excited to stay at The Dean (hotel of all design-y Instagram fantasies) but would love any recommendations for cute cafes, streets worth wandering and a fun place for dinner. 

  • First of all, I wish my wine shop had a punch card! Oh man, I would’ve already filled up at least 5 😉
    Your WP glasses are too cute. I just ordered my second pair last weekend and I’m excited to wear them. Don’t you feel like they just go with certain outfits?
    My best friend is an Art Therapist and she got me into those anti-stress coloring books. They are so fun! I started doing them with watercolors too. So pretty!

  • sincerelykateb

    I noticed your watch the other night and meant to say something! Quite a gem! xoxo

  • jennaebert

    i just got a cute pair of glasses- and have been wearing them everyday!! since I was 5, i have never liked my glasses, and now i do!! so fun to mix it up, but makes my makeup application a little more challenging because i can’t see. hahaha.

  • That book looks good, I love historical fiction set in WWII-or-earlier China and Japan (that sounds really specific haha but there are SO many good ones!) I recently finished The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, about a Dutch clerk in 1700s Japan, my boss recommended it and I don’t know how your book tastes run but thought I’d pass along the rec. Great writing by the guy who wrote Cloud Atlas.

  • camorose

    Yes! I’m almost tempted to get another pair of WPs just to have for computer screen reading–they’re so fun!
    Oooh I feel like watercolors would be an extra challenge but I bet that’s so pretty! Glad to know that they really are art therapist-approved 🙂

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! xo

  • camorose

    Haha yes I always wonder about that–I’m not blind enough that it really matters, thank goodness!

  • camorose

    You’d love the Street of a Thousand Blossoms–I actually stayed in on Saturday night and just finished the whole book, it’s so good. I’ll check out Thousand Autumns!

  • That’s what I use them for. My eyes get so tired after staring at the computer all day. I highly recommend them!

  • I wish I read books that quickly!

  • camorose

    Having a train commute really helps 😉

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