5.04.2015

Scenes from the weekend.

On Saturday night my school held our annual Spring Fling fundraiser in Fort Greene. A bunch of us teachers met up beforehand for beer and pretzels at Black Forest Brooklyn before walking over to the event. Our parents put together an amazing evening including a silent auction, yummy appetizers, and a photo booth (which we took full advantage of!). I had a blast catching up with old parents and dancing with friends. On Sunday Brian, Emily, and I started our day with brunch at Queens Comfort. That afternoon I sat in Astoria Park correcting homework while Brian and Em ran and biked around. The weather was amazing and it felt so nice to lay in the sun in shorts and a tank top! I am more than ready for the warm temperatures this week. How was your weekend?

4.29.2015

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A billion of these "purple sailor" jellyfish-like creatures washed up on the shores of West coast beaches. I am fascinated by them!

The Oregon Trail Generation- this article perfectly captures my generation's experiences with the introduction and explosion of technology.

"Touching the Prado" allows vision impaired museum-goers touch recreated masterpieces.

I need one of these bracelets now.

I got a kick out of these 28 little reminders that fashion peaked in 2004. I was a freshman in college at the time and was obsessed with those suede boots!

This choreography submission for Madonna by Janelle Ginestra & Willdabeast is sick. It makes me want to get back in a dance studio immediately.

4.28.2015

Scenes from the weekend.

Brian and I had the most amazing time upstate this past weekend. We stayed at The Graham and Co. in Phoenicia, a popular retreat for New Yorkers with hipster details, minimal design, and no cell phone service. I absolutely loved it. Another perk of the hotel was that The Phoenicia Diner was only a three minute drive away. We ended up having breakfast there on both Saturday and Sunday and were really pleased with our meals. Mike, the owner of the diner, was there on Sunday morning and was so kind! I would return to Phoenicia just to eat another skillet breakfast there (with a side of biscuits of course). We wanted to try Sweet Sue's as well for their legendary pancakes, but it was closed for the weekend.

On Saturday we hiked to Kaaterskill Falls after our morning bike ride around Phoenicia. Late that afternoon I enjoyed a much needed nap while Brian exploded the area more on bike. That evening we had a phenomenal meal at Peekamoose; my gnudi appetizer was so delicious! On Sunday we went on another bike ride before venturing to the nearby towns of Woodstock and Saugerties. We explored the Saugerties Lighthouse and picked up some treats at Krause's Chocolates before making the trip back to New York City. We are now dreaming of one day owning a country home upstate. I will share more about The Graham and Co. this week, along with a little video of our weekend adventures. 

4.22.2015

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The 33 Best Donut Shops in America- three down, thirty more to try! I have eaten at Gourdough's in Austin, Peter Pan Bakery in Brooklyn, and Do-Rite Donuts in Chicago.

Some amazing photos of the Second Avenue subway expansion.

I loved the photos accompanying this article about Skateistan, a project liberating Afghan girls through skateboarding.

This list of 17 unexpected places to eat, shop, and visit in Austin, Texas makes me want to visit again soon!

A video about how The Rescued Film Project discovered undeveloped rolls of film from WWII. I am absolutely fascinated by this!

Yet another reason why I will never go to Seaworld.

4.21.2015

Scenes from the weekend.

The weather was absolutely wonderful this weekend with temperatures reaching almost eighty on Saturday. I am so happy spring has finally arrived! This winter was brutal and I have never felt more ready for the new season! On Saturday we saw Catch Me, a show by the troupe Flip Fabrique, at the New Victory Theater. We were in awe of the stunts, acrobatics, and juggling acts performed by the group. I especially loved the aerial strap number performed to the song To Build a Home; the performance was so breathtakingly beautiful it made me cry! After the show we had Wooly's shaved snow, tacos, and Dough doughnuts at City Kitchen. Yum!

On Sunday we had brunch with our friend Eric and his baby girl Heidi in the neighborhood at DiWine. Brian, Emily, and I also had a Just Dance contest before she headed back to her mom's house for the week. Emily won two out of the three challenges, but Brian and I put up a good fight! How was your weekend?

4.15.2015

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These shelter dogs' photo booth shots are so amazingly adorable. Their candid poses helped them all get adopted!

These 19 frustrating things kids today will never experience brought back so many memories. Especially Number 6- waiting for songs to download off of Kazaa was such a challenge!

I would love to try out one of these coloring books designed for adults to de-stress.

Sex and the City is one of my favorite shows of all time. I watched it obsessively the year I moved to NYC and idolized Carrie Bradshaw. I had fun look through her 12 most memorable outfits according to Lucky editors.

A hotel operated completely by robots? I can't quite wrap my mind around this one.

I was lucky enough to see Mumford & Sons at a "secret" show last week in a small club in the West Village. They performed their new album pre-release and I loved every second of it. The official album comes out on May 4th, but they have released two singles already. I have been listening to The Wolf since it came out last Thursday. You can listen to the audio or watch them perform it on SNL here.

4.14.2015

Scenes from the (long) weekend.

My friends Rachel and Joe arrived on Thursday afternoon for a long weekend-visit to New York City. Rachel had never been to the city before, so I packed in a ton of sights and restaurants during their stay. We had a blast exploring our way through Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn! A highlight for me was our morning at the Guggenheim Museum. On Kawara- Silence was incredibly thought-provoking; I highly recommend checking it out! It was very strange and fascinating and I ended up enjoying it much more than anticipated.
By Saturday morning springtime temperatures and blue skies arrived (finally!). We took advantage of the beautiful weather by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, riding the Staten Island ferry by the Statue of Liberty, and wandering through the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights. On Sunday morning we devoured comfort foods at Queens Comfort before their afternoon flight back to Phoenix. Rachel and Joe, thank you so much for visiting!

4.08.2015

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My favorite read of the week- how a stolen cell phone brought two men together from across the world and creating a lasting friendship.

Sarah Thomas will be the first full-time female official in the NFL during the 2015 season. You go girl!

I will be sad to see Pearl River Market close its doors and go digital. It has been on Broadway since I moved to the city in 2003.

She sounds smart, but look at her hair! A disturbing article about the emphasis on women's appearance rather than their intelligence and accomplishments.

I danced for 12 years before moving to NYC. I owe my mom everything for all that she did during my dancing years! This list of thank you's was perfect.

Strong is the new pretty. Kate T. Parker's photos are beautiful and powerful.

4.03.2015

Gazing Globes

Gazing Globes is Paula Hayes first outdoor sculpture exhibition in New York City. The 18 spheres contain vintage technology parts sprinkled with pulverized CDs. The effect is magical and beautiful against the towering New York City skyline. Gazing Globes will be in display through April 19th in Madison Square Park.
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