Read & Watch.

Read & Watch: 

With New York City's cocktail prices ($16 for a glass of wine is way too common), I would love to bring cocktail parties back. Here are nine reasons why others agree.

I loved, loved, loved this story. Check out how this mom recycled old dolls and gave them the make-under they desperately needed.

Seeing these photos of school lunches from around the world makes me even more upset up what public schools are feeding our little ones in the United States every day. We need to make a change and educate children on healthy eating habits.

A Japanese cat island? Sign me up!

I am eagerly awaiting the release of Mumford & Sons' third album, Wilder Mind, and am really curious to hear them sans banjos. I am confident I will love it just as much as their first two albums!

I would love to have a therapy dog program at my school. It is amazing to see the impacts these programs have on struggling readers.

If you are like me, these 26 photos will give you some peace. Numbers 6, 11, and 19 are my personal favorites.

Listen to this Buzzsession with Bear's Den- one of my favorites, Above the Clouds of Pompeii, along with a new song!


The Fat Radish

The Fat Radish is a little gem tucked away on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side. The bright and rustic ambiance is just as delicious as the food. The menu includes a variety of small plates and entrees, with the main star being the selection of fresh organic vegetables. My girlfriends and I enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Fat Radish over our winter break, and popped into Pies and Thighs around the corner afterwards for donuts and banana creme pie.


Read & Watch.

Read & Watch: 

Beth Moon's images of some of the oldest trees on earth are breathtakingly beautiful. I loved reading about her experience finding the largest baobab tree in Madagascar. 

I admit I agreed with almost all of the statements in this article. I am addicted to my iPhone and need to make a better effort to disconnect more, especially when with friends and family.

I have listened to the band Tall Heights every day on my commutes for over a year now. Here is one of my favorites of theirs, I Don't Know, I Don't Know.

These powerful images of where children sleep around the world really resonated with me.

I love the idea of building bridges to help animals cross roads and other barriers.

Seriously, Jimmy Fallon is so awesome. Also, now I really want to try The Tonight Dough.

And because one Jimmy Fallon video is never enough, here is another one. This 'SNL 40' after party story is so good; if only we could have watched this live on TV, too!

I have so much to learn about shooting in manual mode with my Canon 6D. I really enjoyed reading this post about 10 common photography "mistakes."


Scenes from the weekend.

I spent all day Saturday writing my spring reports. I didn't mind staying in my pajamas for most of the day as the snow fell outside. Brian, Emily, and I had a blast ice skating in Long Island City on Sunday after a delicious breakfast at Peter Pan Bakery. We navigated through insane slush puddles and melting snow banks that afternoon for a quick coffee and hot chocolate stop at Coffeed. The warmer temperatures made me even more excited for spring- it cannot come soon enough!


Flashback: NYFW 2014

Last February I had the privilege of attending Rolando Santana's show during New York Fashion Week. My friend Michael Cinquino was photographing the event and asked me to help him capture the action backstage prior to the runway show. I absolutely loved the experience and had such a wonderful time assisting Michael and his team. Since I never shared my photos from that day, I thought this week would be the perfect chance to as this year's fall shows wrap up! 


Treat Yourself

I fell head over heels in love with this Paleo Bar necklace from NIXIN the second I spotted it on Instagram. The piece is made of 14 karat rose gold and pale champagne colored diamond slices. The diamonds are natural and vary in shape, making each necklace one of a kind. The necklace is part of new line from the jewelry designer that is currently available on Roseark. It is also available for direct purchase by contacting nix@nixinstyle.com.

The Paleo necklace is not a realistic purchase right now on my teacher budget, but there are several pieces in NIXIN's Etsy shop that I would one day like to treat myself to. I especially love this moonstone and diamond ring and this simple diamond solitaire necklace.


Read & Watch.

Read & Watch:

Some helpful tips to transition from my 14-day detox to a healthier lifestyle. I know sitting down to meal plan with Brian for the week would drastically change our evening eating routine!

To celebrate its 30th birthday, The Breakfast Club will be returning to theaters in March. I am confident I could recite every line of this amazing film.

"To know that someone cares about them, that's the best feeling in the world I think." How one high schooler brightened 1,076 girls' Valentine's Day.

These 16 stuffed cookies are making me want to bake immediately. I have made Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies before and the results were amazing, so I can only imagine how delicious the rest of these recipes would be.

The best cover of Fast Car, performed by Ryan Montbleau and Tall Heights.

I am grateful that my second grade curriculum doesn't include college applications and campus tours. A closer look at the education system we have created as a country.

How one stupid tweet can ruin someone's life. A very interesting read about the astounding impacts of social media.

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. If you are not listening to Bear's Den, you need to immediately. I have seen them perform live five times over the past few years and they always blow me away.


Scenes from the weekend.

This weekend was bitterly cold in New York City. Aside from a quick trip into Manhattan to hit the Lord & Taylor sale, I stayed in my PJs all weekend. We celebrated Valentine's Day with a delicious home-cooked meal and episodes of The Office. Brian perfectly prepared our New York sirloins and made the most amazing caramelized pears on the stove with a touch of maple syrup and butter for dessert. We finished our 14-day cleanse Sunday and I am feeling better than ever! We plan to celebrate our success with an early-morning donut date this week (I am off all week for mid-winter break), but otherwise I hope to stick to a more natural diet full of fruits, vegetables, and meats. I know my body will thank me for it!


Read & Watch.

I always enjoy bloggers' weekly posts sharing links they have come across online, so I thought I would try one of my own! My Read & Watch posts will include interesting photos, videos, and articles I discover during the week. I hope you enjoy following along!


17-year old Stanley Kubrick's photographs of the New York City subway in 1946 are stunning.

A letter from a teacher about that kid. This one hit home and made my cry during my commute.

Why #likeagirl is so important.

I have only visited four of the doughtnut shops on this list. It is now my goal to check out all of the Minneapolis and New York City locations by the end of the year! Would it be bad to start planning vacations based on doughnuts?


The most beautiful dance to Take Me To Church.

Advertisements that use animals' friendships get me every time.

The best version of Boom Clap.

Jimmy Fallon's Saved By The Bell sketch brought me right back to fourth grade. Oh how I miss the days of Zack Morris.
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