Friday, April 11, 2014

The weekend is here!

Happy Friday, my darling readers! What do you have planned for the weekend? My sister is visiting from California and I'm SO excited. We're hoping to see a Broadway show, but spend lots of time just hanging in Brooklyn, too. Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

How I feel come Friday. (And Saturday...)

The Tonight Show time lapse.

Ode to Jackie O

Perfect for a Derby party.

Another way to pot plants at home.

One (very real) NYC fear.

A new way to organize all your pics.

Strap hangers.

The best way to celebrate warmer weather.

Two words: Paul. Rudd.

(Image via Note to Self)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring tulips

Tulips are always my favorite part of the change in seasons from winter to spring. This week, I popped by my local florist in Brooklyn to pick up an arrangement for my new vase. Usually, she works her magic and puts together a beautiful assortment of whatever blooms are in season at the time. But when I asked for tulips, she explained: They're brilliant on their own! She's right, don't you think? 

What's your favorite flower for spring?

PS: More flowers here and here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lace and Chambray for Spring

A few weeks ago, I did a deep dive into my closet to get a jump start on my spring cleaning. After weeding through (and bringing several pieces to Good Will), I figured I deserved a treat! I fell in love with this pretty dress from Brooklyn Industries. How gorgeous is the combination of lace and chambray? The material is so delicate and lightweight—perfect for a warm spring or summer day. I bought it in blue, but the pink is also really nice. 

How about you? Have you done any shopping for spring?

(Images via Brooklyn Industries)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Train travel

Today I'm scooting to Massachusetts for an event at my alma mater and I'm taking the train. It's funny: traveling by train is one of my favorite things, even if it extends the length of the journey. It's so relaxing! I think of it as an instant stress-reducer just being able to stare out the window at the changing landscape going by. Sometimes I'll listen to music or read to pass the time, but having the space to just let my mind wander feels like an indulgence. It's like a trip to the spa for my brain.

Speaking of train travel, have you heard of Amtrak's new residency for writers? To me, this is a brilliant idea. Sometimes all you really need to compose your best is a clear head and a place where you can't multi-task. :)

Do you like traveling by train? What do you do to pass the time?

(Image 1, 2)

Monday, April 7, 2014

New York Road Runners

This past weekend, my parents came to New York and my dad and I ran another race together in Central Park. It was a 4-miler and it felt amazing—almost like dusting off the winter cobwebs. It didn't hurt that it happened to be a gorgeous and sunny day (although a tiny bit chilly).

I never used to be much of a runner before, but there is something so energizing about running in a road race. On the treadmill, it's just you setting the pace and the length you're aiming to run. During a road race, your run somehow feels like a team effort. I love all the volunteers that line up along the route to cheer you on as you pass by. It's probably my favorite part. 

I'm looking forward to being able to take my running outdoors a bit more now that spring finally seems to have arrived.

Have you run in a road race before?

PS: My first race.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The weekend is here!

Happy Friday, my dearest readers! What do you have planned for this weekend? My parents are in town—and my dad and I are running a race together again. So fun! Here, to get your weekend started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

A ribbon wall.


DIY bunny ears.


5 ways to fail gracefully.


Barney's—wait for it—legendary style.


Petite hearts for breakfast.


Reflecting on the week.


NYC truths for out-of-towners.


Making macarons in Paris.


An amazing spring salad idea.


My new favorite blog.


(Image via Pinterest)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Back to the Future

Matt's co-worker is involved with this awesome group called BBQ Films, and as a result, we got to travel back in time to attend the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, an epic part of the film Back to the Future. Honestly, it was enough just to have the chance to watch that movie on the big screen, but with a crowd dressed in their finest 1950s prom attire? So cool. The organization strives to create an immersive cinematic experience, which means that we got to live out the prom—with Marty and George McFly, Biff, Lorraine, the whole gang—in real time, along with the film. The best part: the money raised goes to a good cause (in this case, the Michael J. Fox Foundation was one of the beneficiaries).

Check out some behind-the-scenes snaps from the photobooth here (the bottom pic above is one we posed for at the party).

What movie would you want to re-live?

(Images via Rebel Mouse)