Read & Watch

Read & Watch:

After his marriage ended, Rafael Mantesso came back to life with his art and this incredible photo series.

This contemporary dance is beautiful. How is she only nine years old?!

I love this 104-year old street artist who covered landmarks in her town with yarn. See more photos of her work here.

My friend and work husband wrote a phenomenal post about creating brave spaces in the classroom.

This video is everything. I can't stop watching it.

I made my first Crock-Pot recipe of the season last weekend. Here are 30 more recipes to try this fall.


Scenes from the weekend.

It is always a challenge to return to work on Monday morning after a perfect weekend. And this weekend was practically perfect in every way. On Saturday Brian, Emily, and I visited Wilklow Orchards in Highland, NY. Apple picking is one of our favorite traditions and this year we left with over 50 pounds of apples! The weather was beautiful and the trees were full of apples. For dinner that evening we returned to Mill House Brewing Company, a restaurant we discovered during our last visit upstate. I had been craving their flank steak lettuce wraps and was so excited to order them!

On Sunday I met up with my friend Amy and her husband Chuck, who were in town visiting from Michigan. Amy has followed my blog for a few years and it was so fun to finally meet her in person! We had brunch at Cooper's Craft & Kitchen and then explored the West Village. We walked The Highline, snacked at the Gansevoort Market, and popped into some of my favorite stores around the area. We stumbled upon The Meadow, a store that carries salt, chocolate, flowers, and cocktail bitters. How amazing is that?!? Hands down one of my new favorite shops in the city. Amy and Chuck, thanks again for such a fun day!


New York City Street Art: Instax Prints

One of my summer goals was to use my Instax camera more. I invested in 15 boxes of film and made a point to take my Fuji Neo Classic camera with me while traveling abroad and exploring my own city. In late August I spent a day walking around downtown in search of a new street art piece by JR, Mr André, and Os Gemeos. I ended up finding exactly what I was looking for and also discovered a ton of other amazing street art! I shot everything on my Canon 6D as well, but wanted to share my film images with you today. In a world of digital everything, I love slowing down with my Fuji camera and working to get the perfect shot. I can't wait to shoot more Instax film this fall.


Read & Watch

Read & Watch:

I am always looking for ways to enjoy our apples after we go apple picking every fall upstate. All of these recipes from Real Simple sound delicious!

I often call my mom or Brian and ask them to stay on the phone with me when walking home alone late at night. The Companion app allows friends and family to virtually track your walks home and alerts them if something happens along the way. I will definitely be using this in the future!

This bright and airy Park Slope home is so beautiful.

I can't wait to wear my favorite fall clothes. I am hoping to add this plaid dress to my rotation.

Here are 11 facts you need to know about Burnside Biscuits, one of my favorite neighborhood spots!

7 times Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake proved they have the ultimate bromance.


Scenes from the weekend.

Brian was on a business trip in D.C. for the first part of the weekend. While he was away I attended our friends' daughter's first birthday party. Heidi had a blast destroying her smash cake! After several minutes of flinging frosting around the living room we transferred her and the cake to the bathtub, where she continued to slip and slide in buttercream icing. 

On Sunday Brian and I had a lazy morning and afternoon at home. He watched football and worked while I binge watched Gilmore Girls. That evening we went to the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria to see our friends perform. We love Audio Revival and try to catch all of their shows around New York City! The weather was perfection and actually got a little chilly as the sun set. I think fall weather has finally arrived in New York! How was your weekend? 


Girls' Getaway

One of the (many) perks of loving the people you teach with is that you have all of the same days off, meaning you always have someone to relax and hang out with! Several of us girls took advantage of the Jewish holiday last week with a three-day getaway upstate. We were lucky enough to stay at my friend Liz's country house in Saugerties, NY. We arrived Sunday evening at sunset and had a delicious meal at Miss Lucy's Kitchen, a farm to table restaurant in the heart of Saugerties. I especially loved the house made pappardelle with local sausage, fennel, leeks, cherry tomatoes, and wilted greens. Everything we ordered was amazing!

We woke up Monday morning to chilly weather. We bundled up in our fleeces and sweaters and treated ourselves to brunch at Phoenicia Diner. The grits were just as yummy as I remembered! After brunch we picked up local ingredients in Woodstock to bake a peach blueberry pie. That evening we ordered pizza from Slices and watched episodes of Sex and the City after dining in at home. Allidah worked her magic in the kitchen and baked an amazing pie that we had for breakfast on our final morning. The weather warmed up on Tuesday and we cherished every minute of the sunshine poolside. It felt so nice to escape the hustle and bustle of New York City and relax upstate.

If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay in Saugerties, check out Liz's rental on airbnb. The home accommodates twelve and offers a variety of amenities. We loved relaxing by the koi pond and pool, both located on the property. The kitchen and great rooms are also perfect for entertaining and hanging out with friends!
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