Scenes from the weekend.

Brian and I spent the weekend in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. His older brother David got married on Saturday afternoon to a lovely woman named Jo, and we couldn't be happier for the newlyweds. Jo was so kind, calm, and friendly all weekend and I know she will fit right in with our crew. We had a great time catching up with Brian's family and dancing the wedding night away. I swear, Brian's dance moves get bigger and better with every passing wedding. I met a few uncles and cousins for the first time and really enjoyed getting to know them. In addition to the wedding festivities, I also snuck in an hour by the pool and read Mindy Kaling's book. Why I waited until now to read that is beyond me. It was hilarious! How was your weekend?


Love Letters Brooklyn + a Giveaway

My friend Ellen recently started Love Letters Brooklyn, an amazing small business that specializes in handmade calligraphy products. Her Etsy shop is full of beautiful personalized items including place cards, thank you notes, and event menus.

Because I frequently send mail to my friends and family, I instantly fell in love with the hand calligraphed return address labels. Ellen designs each custom order with care and listens to all stylistic and design requests along the way. After creating your personalized stamp she sends you a copy of your design to review and approve. I am so excited to use my personalized address label this year on all of my holiday cards and I know it will make my snail mail even more special year-round.

Ellen is offering one New York State of Mind reader a personalized return address label of her choice! Please check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below for your chances to win. The giveaway will run through Friday, October 24th. One winner will randomly be selected on October 25th. Good luck!
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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective.

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective is an amazing exhibit currently at the Whitney Museum (June 27- October 19). The exhibition is displayed throughout four full floors of the Whitney Museum and will be the final presentation there before the Museum opens its new building downtown in 2015. This is the first time so much space has been dedicated to a single artist at the Whitney. To celebrate the exhibition's close, the Museum will be open around the clock from October 18- October 19th for "36 hours of Koons." If you have not been yet, I highly recommend checking it!

Some fun facts and figures about the exhibit:
By the Numbers: The Facts and Figures Behind Jeff Koon's Massive, Awe-Inspiring Show at the Whitney


Scenes from the weekend.

After several busy weekends of travel and family plans, I took advantage of my free time this weekend by spending many hours in pajamas watching Netflix (Hart of Dixie and Gilmore Girls my friends, don't judge). Brian and I had a delicious brunch at Norma's on Sunday morning before exploring the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney Museum. On Monday I had the day off of school, so my friend Brianne and I met up for Ralph's Italian Ices and shopping on Fifth Avenue. We also walked through the Lego installation in Madison Square Park, which included a fun Lego flower garden. I also happened upon a hugging spot, screaming spot, and kissing spot in Union Square. Which would you choose?


Chicago Architecture Tour

While in Chicago my family and I took the Chicago Architecture Foundation's River Cruise. The 90-minute tour was definitely a highlight of the weekend! Our CAF certified volunteer tour guide, Dick, was amazingly knowledgable about the buildings along the Chicago River and provided us with a wealth of knowledge as we cruised through the city. It was the perfect way to see the city!
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