Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer in the City: Museum Day

A few weeks ago, I posted a few things on my warm weather to-do list in (and around) the city, but it was laughably short compared to all the things I still want to get around to before cooler temps drive me in to hibernation (kidding, sort of. Do bears drink wine when they hibernate?). Something that's always on my to-do list is to visit more museums—NYC is chock full of 'em, and I've barely made a dent in that list during the last three years. It's not exactly a secret I'm making the beach a priority this summer, but I've got a few friends visiting over the weekends leading up to Labor Day, and there's no better time to visit a museum than when someone is in town and you don't know how else to entertain them...and appease that voice in your head that begs them not to ask you to go to Times Square—especially before you've had a drink (or two). 

I prefer to be as casual & comfortable as possible when I visit museums (see here). I usually end up at a nearby bar for a drink afterwards so comfy sandals are a must, and a carry-all tote is perfect for the random bits of paper I seem to accumulate whenever I visit anything cultural, not to mention stashing my camera when I don't want to look too much like a tourist. My simple summer make-up trick? A swap of Nars Satin Lip pencil in Yu & oversize, reflective sunnies.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

That Face

Somehow, this week has gotten away from me and my first post of the week is going up on a Thursday. Also, can we talk about how it's already Thursday? I know discussing the quick passage of time isn't exactly a "new" thing, but I'm still amazed at where it goes when I sit down to think about it. Summer is going to be over before we even realize it…I'll be ending mine in Iowa, so I really only have a few short weeks left of summer in NYC! Better get moving on my mini-to-do list.
If you live in NYC and we mingle in some of the same areas, there's a really good chance you've passed me on the street in this dress lately. It's a Zara sale find that almost didn't happen…I'd been eyeing it (yes, there's a pun in there) online before the sale started, but didn't rush to make a purchase that night and it sold out in my size within a few hours. Fast forward a week and I found myself in the Fifth Avenue store before dinner with a friend,  and there's a handful left! But all in a size M (I think the entire store was left in a size M, which in hindsight probably saved me a lot of money). I bought it anyways, and the rest, as they say, is history. I actually favor the looser fit over something skintight, so "the face" and I have become fast friends.

Photos by Ashley Manfred

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Link Love

After taking it easy all last weekend, I actually felt refreshed & recharged, ready for work on Monday (a welcome development in always-busy-NYC-adult-life). Alas, like clockwork, I'm ready for another weekend full of sunshine and beaches and friends and cold cocktails. Every year I'm all like "This is going to be the BEST SUMMER EVER" but something always happens to deter my plans for total awesomeness…this year, though, is going swimmingly *knock on wood* (ignoring the fact I'll be missing the Iowa State Fair for the first time ever this August). In the last month, I've watched the sun rise before bed two consecutive weekends, hit up a beach—many more to come, had drinks on rooftops, sidewalks, early in the evening til late in the night, slept in the sunshine in the park, read three books and counting, eaten more food than my waistline would like to thank me for, spent time with friends both old and new (and visiting), gotten up early to work out and slept past noon on weekends. If summer were a recipe, this one would be delicious. 

And, on that note, here's some other things I'm loving, reading and bookmarking right now. Enjoy the weekend!

An update on slab wood furniture—I especially love the blue glass running through the tables.

I was moved by Jordan's post about leaving veganism and her call to listen to your body. She also handled the questions she received beautifully

I recently discovered Linie NYC and am completely in love with their entire FW'14 collection (insert lovesick emoji here).

Grace recapped her summer skincare routine. She always makes great product recommendations—I've bookmarked several already!

The ONA Blog has some amazing advice and features on photography. If you're not familiar with them yet, check out their bags, too!

On the hunt for the right juices in NYC so I can copy Alicia's summer popsicle recipes.

I love this recipe for Vodka Lavender Lemonade cocktails, but I'm thinking of swapping the vodka out for gin.

How cute are these "clawsome" studs from Baublebar?

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