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!
This week has been a tough one. After a really lovely Memorial Day weekend, I came into work on Tuesday morning to devastating news: our VP of talent passed away unexpectedly in her sleep. She was young, healthy, vibrant: it’s the sort of news that truly, truly shocks. Needless to say, it’s been a weird week in the office–although I do feel so grateful for our supportive leadership team and how much people have pulled together in such a tragedy. It’s been a very real reminder that you can’t take any day for granted and to be inspired about the sort of legacy you’d want to leave behind.
Tutes is one of my favorite photographers: I can instantly recognize a #portraitbytutes on Instagram because of how clearly defined his aesthetic is. He has a knack for finding interesting people on the street and telling a story in a caption. We met up for an iced coffee earlier this week and he so kindly took a photo of me: it was so cool to see a photo of me in the #portraitsbytutes style!
I’ve heard so many good things about Black Seed Bagels, and finally tried it out with Jillian yesterday: the rumors did not disappoint. I opted for a multi-grain everything with horseradish cream cheese, avocado and radishes–and not only was it oh-so-pretty, but it was also delicious. Jillian was raving over the upscaled BEC option. I can already tell we’ll be back!
As noted many a time: my mom and I have the same taste in books, and one of our favorite genres (among MANY) is set around women’s lives in the Middle East. She sent me The Pearl That Broke Its Shell after she read it: it’s an engaging story, and it’s a very eye-opening look at the struggles around women’s rights and education in Afghanistan.
On my quest to go to all the rooftop bars, I give you: Loopy Doopy! I met up with my friend Lindley, and we splurged on the signature popsicle and prosecco. I chose the raspberry-thyme with vodka, and Lindley went for the basil-plum with bourbon. It was super spendy at $20 a drink (!) and honestly, a little difficult to drink without spilling on yourself–but it was pretty darn delicious and the view would have been spectacular if it hadn’t been raining.
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” -EB White
This weekend, I’m heading to my first-ever bachelorette party! It’s a surprise for the bride, so stay tuned to Instagram for real-time updates of what we get up to!