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Philosophy

Christine Amorose in New York City

Notes on loving, and leaving, New York

"It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends. I can remember now, with a clarity that makes the nerves in the back of my neck constrict, when New York began for me, but I cannot lay my  finger upon the moment it ended, can...
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Skyting Yoga in Chinatown, New York City

My favorite spots for wellness in NYC

I read a while ago that wellness is the new luxury status symbol, and I have to admit that it resonated. My late-20s-professional friends and I aren't too into spending money on fancy purses or crazy-trendy restaurants--but we do make plans to catch...
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Secret Bay honeymoon villas in Dominica

My workout routine + favorite exercise studios in NYC

Over the past five years living in New York City, I've tried out a bunch of different workout routines. They've shifted based on where I've lived, where I've worked, what my daily schedule looked like, how much money I was making, what I felt I...
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Christine and David in San Diego, California

Exciting news: we’re moving!

When my now-husband and I first started getting serious, I sort of assumed (for better or worse) that we'd stay in New York City forever. He's a born-and-bred New Yorker, and this is the city where we met and started our life together. But one day a...
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Notes on turning 29

Several years ago, I spotted one of those inspirational quotes on Pinterest: "You only have 10 years to be in your 20s." I've kept it in mind over the years: am I making the most of these (supposedly) carefree and fun years of my life? As I...
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Two wedding looks for under $1K

One of the things that frustrated me the most about the wedding industry and planning process was how expensive it was to get a "bridal look." I swear, as soon as you mention the word wedding, costs more than double when it comes to hair and makeup....
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Drink Whiskey, Eat Tacos: our wedding party

Although I didn't really want a traditional wedding, there were a few things that were important to me when we decided to get married. I loved that we eloped and had a really simple, no-fuss ceremony with just our parents and best friends present. I...
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C’est Bachelorette, East and West Coast editions

I never really wanted a traditional bachelorette party--just like I didn't want a big, fancy, traditional wedding. My biggest issue with the blowout bachelorette parties these days are that it's just so much money to ask your friends to spend on you...
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Notes on following your dream

There's something that's been bothering me lately: this concept where a life in which you travel is inherently better than one in which you don't. It goes without saying that I love to travel and that I find it incredibly valuable in a multitude...
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One thing about deciding where to stay in a new city

Whenever people visit New York City, I always ask where they're staying--and whenever the answer is Midtown or Times Square, I always cringe on the inside. Sure, there are tons of hotels and a bunch of the main "touristy" spots in the city (Grand...
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