Of the moment // 6.19.15

Of the moment // 6.19.15

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!

Upper West Side, New York City One of those weeks where I answer email after email after email–and still feel like my inbox is full. It was a really great week professionally. At Vimeo, we launched a really awesome project with Samsung: the Connected Series is a set of 10 different short films with very different explorations of how humans connect with technology. I was featured over on Levo League as a “side hustler” in a piece on frequent travelers who love what they do. And I had a few really cool opportunities come through, to work with big brands and travel to great places. The end results of all of these things are awesome, but holy moly–there just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes.

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I was a bridesmaid for the first time last weekend–at the most fun wedding ever, complete with my best dog friend Prince! The dress code was beach chic, and our dresses were crazy bright–but I think my favorite part of the outfit was the brand-new pair of gold Saltwaters. They were perfect for walking down the sandy aisle, and even better for dancing all night! Bonus: truly a part of the bridesmaid outfit that I’ll totally wear again!

Brooklyn Winery Brooklyn WineryBrooklyn Winery


I’ve been meaning to try out Brooklyn Winery for ages–it’s basically right down the street from my apartment, so I walk by it all the time–and I finally got the chance this week! I met up with a couple of girlfriends for drinks, and after the June gloom spoiled our rooftop plans, we opted for a wine flight at Brooklyn Winery. It’s super cute inside, and it was so fun to see wines from Lodi (a small town near my hometown that keeps growing as a wine destination) on the menu.

Westside Books on the Upper West Side


I’m currently in the middle of the Neapolitan novels–about halfway through the third book, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay–and I can’t put it down. If you’re looking for a solid beach read that will last through the plane ride and the vacation and the trip hope: this series is it.

Colorful bouquet


My lovely aunt Katie surprised me with a flower delivery for my birthday–and timed it well, so that it would arrive after my trip to Curacao and the wedding weekend in Dewey Beach. The blooms are just so bright and colorful, I can’t help but smile every time I spot the bouquet! p.s. check out The Bouqs if you want to make someone else’s day and send them flowers!

Upper West Side, New York City


“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue–you sell him a whole new life.” – Christopher Morley

This weekend, I’m exploring Washington DC with Amtrak and Passion Passport! I stopped on my road trip out to New York City three years ago, and I’ve been itching to go back ever since. If anyone has tips for colorful street murals, sunny coffee shops or favorite museums: I’d love to hear them!  

  • You and your fella look stunning in that photo! That’s a framer and keep it somewhere you see everyday kind of snap 🙂

  • The Brooklyn Winery looks so cute! Definitely adding that to my list of places I eventually need to go to in NY.

    Not sure where you’re gonna be primarily, but for coffee/brunch in DC, I cannot recommend Tryst highly enough — http://www.trystdc.com/menu/. They are SO GOOD, and they’re cute inside & out (with a semi sunny/semi-shady patio for outdoor seating). I visited a friend in DC last summer, and we went there twice. Coffee was excellent and so was the food — definitely definitely recommend either some sort of frittata and/or a crostini (strawberry + brie + basil + honey = yum) if you go there for brunch.

  • Brooklyn Winery looks like so much fun! Definitely adding that to the New York to-do list 🙂 And for DC tips: I was visiting a college friend there over Memorial Day Weekend, and we went a few times to this awesome coffee shop (that also sells amazing gelato) called Dolcezza. The outpost in Georgetown was sunny and bright (all white walls and furniture), but my favourite was the one near Dupont Circle – flowers, brick walls, just all-round cute decor! Have a great weekend – looking forward to reading all about it!

  • Kristen

    Yay for DC! Since it looks like it’s only your second visit there, skip all the usual stuff – the downtown area, the Mall, Georgetown, even Dupont. Explore neighborhoods like U Street, Shaw, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant. 14th St especially has a bunch of cute weekend places, and you’ll get plenty of funk and a local feel in the other neighborhoods. Mt Pleasant has a great farmers market on Saturdays. Enjoy our nation’s capital! And sorry it’s so hot. There’s a reason why they have a neighborhood called Foggy Bottom…

  • camorose

    Thank you!!! You’re too sweet. The shirt was a little bright for his taste but it was certainly beach chic 🙂

  • camorose

    Yay THANK YOU! And yes, Brooklyn Winery is even cuter inside–well worth a visit!

  • camorose

    Yes! You’d love Brooklyn Winery! Just make sure to time it when they’re open–they do a lot of weddings, events, etc on the weekends 🙂

  • camorose

    THANK YOU! 🙂

  • Brandy

    Love that yellow dress!

    I live in DC, though I don’t explore outside of my neighborhood as much as I should, but a few of my favorites:


    – The Coffee Bar – I really like the space it’s in, plus it’s close to some cool neighborhoods – easy to walk to U Street, Logan Circle, Shaw, etc.
    – Big Bear Cafe – I love sitting outside here, but it gets really crowded. It’s in Bloomingdale, which is very residential (although there are some shops and whatnot on that same street), but I know how you love taking pictures of houses/doors, and Bloomingdale (and Ledroit Park, which is the neighborhood directly to the west of Bloomingdale) has some really beautiful homes.
    – Busboys and Poets on 14th
    – Montmarte – I like sitting outside here after wandering around Eastern Market. It might be too hot to sit outside, though. This is not exactly a coffee shop – it’s more a French bistro kind of place, but you can just get coffee and something small to eat if it’s not too crowded. I love walking around this neighborhood, too – so many trees!

    – Love the Newseum – this is kind of pricey to get in, given that there are so many free museums (I think it’s $20 or something for a two day pass) but totally worth it. So many interesting exhibits. Also, because you have to pay, it’s never as crowded as the Smithsonian museums.
    – Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – good if you like contemporary/modern art
    – National Portrait Gallery – even if you don’t care about the portraits, I just love the interior here, particularly the courtyard
    – Library of Congress – not a museum, per se, but if you haven’t been, it has such a gorgeous interior
    – Folger Shakespeare Library/Theatre – has what is supposed to be the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, and also has a beautiful interior with a great reading room
    – Of course, I love the majors like Air & Space and American History, but they’ll probably be really, really crowded on a summer weekend. All the museums will be, probably, but those especially.


    – I’m no expert on murals, but here’s a list of some from DCist: http://dcist.com/2015/04/the_best_street_art_in_dc.php

  • Briel79

    That bouquet from your aunt is gorgeous!!!

    Have fun in DC! That place is so huge, it’s hard to see everything you want to in one trip! 🙂

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Have a fabulous time in DC! I’m looking forward to those posts. I haven’t been there since my 8th grade summer trip and I’ve always wanted to return.

    Happy travels 🙂

  • Gizem

    Definitely the back streets of the georgetown neighborhood, some are really picturesque 🙂 also check out atound U street, it might be intetesting. The neighborhood nehind foggy bottom metro also has some cute picturesque streets to explore. newseum and museum of native americans in the mall area. Have a fab time!

  • Jenna Thomas

    The Building Museum in DC is a lesser-known option that is just gorgeous on the inside. Also, it’s a museum about architecture, design and urban planning, which is awesome! And on a nice day, you can’t beat a walk along the C&O Canal path in Georgetown.

  • I absolutely love these posts every week. Obsessed with your bridesmaid dress…who makes it?! Adorable!

  • You look so beautiful- and happy! It seems like it was a lovely wedding 🙂

  • I love that quote about selling books! And that picture of you on the beach! You look so happy! I found you through that LEVO post and I’m so glad I did!

    Her Heartland Soul

  • Hope you enjoyed DC – my stomping grounds 🙂

    So glad I discovered your blog as I’m heading up to NYC in a few weeks for the first time as an adult!

  • camorose

    YAY I took so many of your tips! Didn’t have the chance (or room in my stomach) to eat at Busboys & Poets, but I popped in and it looked so cool! Enjoyed the Hirshorn, National Portrait Gallery (that courtyard!), the Library of Congress. And I tried to see the reading room at the Folger, but didn’t quite time it right. Still LOVED the exterior of the building though! Thanks so much for all of these fantastic tips, I really loved my time in DC 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes it is SO BIG! I feel like I ticked a few new things off my list and saw a few things I wanted to see again–and had more time to wander, especially through the gorgeous neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and Georgetown. Such a fun trip!

  • camorose

    Thanks! We saw quite a few 8th graders there on their summer trips 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes! Loved loved loved wandering the streets of Georgetown, and found a few cool colorful streets behind U Street. Thank you for the tips!

  • camorose

    Yes! I went there–SUCH a gorgeous interior at the Building Museum! And had such a lovely morning walk along the canal. Great tips!

  • camorose

    Thank you, Jordan! Makes me so happy to hear! The dress was by JCrew Factory! 🙂

  • camorose

    Thank you! Yes, we had such a fun time with so many of our friends, old and new 🙂

  • camorose

    Oh yay! Thanks Erin–so glad you’re here! 🙂

  • camorose

    Yay glad you’re here Polly! Lots of good NYC stuff here: http://cestchristine.com/nyc/ 🙂

  • Brandy

    Yay, glad you had fun in DC!

  • Chloe Johnston

    The yellow dress is too cute! Hope you had a great time at the wedding!

  • camorose

    Such a good time! Loved the city.

  • camorose

    Thanks! Dress is by JCrew Factory–and had such a good time!

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