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! Earlier this week, I was featured in an interview on The Fetch—and one of my favorite questions that they asked me was who or what has influenced my career the most. My response: “My mom! She has always encouraged me to go meet new people, to travel, to take some career risks. When I was debating quitting my first job out of college to move to France, she told me that there would always be jobs for good people — and that you can always make more money. Those two pieces of advice have been key in how I make career and life choices.” It was a fun interview to do, and it made me so grateful for the support that my mom has given me throughout my adventures. She also gives really good advice!
When friends come into town—or even just cross the river into Brooklyn—my first impulse is ALWAYS to take them to The Commodore. It’s where I’ve spent my last two birthdays, and it’s my honest first-impulse answer to what I’d want my last meal to be. It’s not much to look at: my favorite part is the “hipster patio” that consists of dilapidated lawn chairs and cigarette smoke (accented perfectly by the “no smoking” signs). But oh my god, the spicy chicken sandwich: there’s really nothing better, especially when it comes with a crisp, cold Founders IPA. Everything here is delicious—I also love the nachos, the spicy grilled cheese and the chicken soup—but the hot breast is really where it’s at. Worth checking out the next time you’re in Williamsburg—just don’t be put off by the looks-like-it’s-shut exterior!
Washington Mews might just be my favorite little street in New York City: it’s like a secret cobblestone private drive with the most adorable facades! And this outfit is my current summer go-to for work and play: crop top, maxi skirt, flat sandals. I actually “borrowed” that flowered skirt from my roommate for my trip to Jordan back in 2013: still going strong!
New York City
One World Observatory opened earlier this summer, and my friend’s first visit to New York City was the perfect excuse to shell out $32 for the view. At 100+ stories, it’s an epic look over Manhattan—and Brooklyn, New Jersey and Staten Island. But to be honest: Top of the Rock is still my favorite, if only because you get to be out in the elements (no smudged up glass to ruin the photo) and because of the extraordinary views over Central Park.
I’m in the midst of Shantaram—recommended by the same friend who insisted on me reading Lonesome Dove and Pillars of the Earth (aka two of the longest books that I just couldn’t put down)—and it is epic. It’s set in Bombay, and it makes India look like both the best and worst place in the world—the tale itself is intriguing, but the descriptions of the place and people incite some serious wanderlust.
“Stay far from timid/ Only make moves when your heart’s in it/ And live the phrase sky’s the limit” -Notorious BIG
This weekend, I’m in New York City—with no visitors and no big plans! Hallelujeh! I’m stoked to check out Rooftop Films tonight, and then spend the weekend doing all of my favorite things: riding my bike, taking some yoga classes, meeting friends for coffee and reading in the sunshine.