Monday, August 3, 2015

elizabeth street garden

I've lived in NYC for a few years now, and it's fun to know that there are always going to be parts of the city I've never seen/explored before. For instance, the Elizabeth Street Garden located in Little Italy. It'f full of flowers, statues, and people relaxing in this little oasis in the city. It's a great place to go for a brief escape from the fast-paced life of the city.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

spring inspo

It's been awhile since I've given this blog here any attention. Just trying to navigate my life here in the city and sometimes that can take up all of my time and thought. I like to waste some time on tumblr though, reposting images I find inspiring. Sooo I decided to make a lil collage of some spring inspiration. I am someone whose mood is definitely influenced by the weather, and I am so happy that spring is here! Looks like I'm loving blush tones, dewy skin and, of course, flowers.

Monday, February 23, 2015

brooklyn bridge park

Here are some pictures I took while on a (freezing) stroll along brooklyn bridge park. This walk provides such a cool view of manhattan and the brooklyn and manhattan bridge. This city never fails to impress me!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

for fantasy nerds

If you're like me and love the weirdness that comes with Murakami's novels, or can't wait any longer for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, then you might want to check out Lev Grossman's The Magicians Trilogy.

A couple of years ago I picked up the first book on a whim and loved it. I knew the sequel came out but I kept passing by it. However, yesterday I finished The Magician King and wondered why it took be so long to read it. To give myself a break before the final book I'm reading Amy Poehler's Yes Please (which is great) because I am partially not wanting to finish the series just yet.

The idea behind it is what if you grew up loving Harry Potter and wishing it was real- and finding out a whole magical world is real... but it's not quite what you thought.

Here's a quote from Amazon that I think captures the first of the series well:

Mixing the magic of beloved children's fantasy classics with the sex, excess, angst, and anticlimax of life in college and beyond, Lev Grossman's Magicians reimagines modern-day fantasy for grownups. Quentin Coldwater lives in a state of perpetual melancholy, privately obsessed with his childhood books about the enchanted land of Fillory. When he’s admitted to the surreptitious Brakebills Academy for an education in magic, Quentin finds mastering spells is tedious (and love is even more fraught). He also discovers his power has thrilling potential--though it's unclear what he should do with it once he's moved with his new magician cohorts to New York City. Then they discover the magical land of Fillory is real and launch an expedition to use their powers to set things right in the kingdom--which, naturally, turns out to be a much murkier proposition than expected. The Magicians breathes life into a cast of characters you want to know--if the people you want to know are charismatic, brilliant, complex, flawed magicians--and does what Quentin claims books never really manage to do: "get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. " Or if not better, at least a heck of a lot more interesting. --Mari Malcolm

Saturday, February 14, 2015

my closet constants

I've recently had to replace some of my favorite go-to items in my closet that I've worn out. If a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes are way past their prime, or are literally falling apart, it not only shows how much I like to wear it, but that they are extremely versatile and can go with just about everything. I decided to make a list and share my closet staples that are essential to my wardrobe. It's worth noting that my style is very relaxed and casual so the stuff I reach for usually falls under those lines.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

my top 5 travel wish list

Throughout my years I've been lucky to travel to some amazing places. I studied abroad in London and got to go all around Europe so that's why there is a lack of European destinations on my list. I love to travel, and if money wasn't an option I'd be a constant jet-setter. I thought I'd share some places that are on the top of my list.
1. Iceland
Iceland looks like a whole other world... with a rather short travel distance. With the hot springs and striking landscapes, Iceland is at the top of my list. This island  is so visually stunning is like a dream vacation for photographers like myself.
2. Vietnam
Vietnam is another destination that I find uniquely stunning. I remember my interest striking in high school when my Asian Studies teacher played the beautiful Vietnamese film, "The Vertical Ray of the Sun." Every since then it's been on my mental list- especially so I can see Ha Long Bay pictured above.
3. Tokyo
Now for some place more urban. I don't remember a time where I didn't want to go to Toyko. The emcompassing city seems like it would be quite the culture shock- in a good way. I think I would feel so stimulated and out of my comfort zone that it could be quiet an experience.
4. Costa Rica
Because, rainforest! I picture myself holding a monkey in the rainforest and I like what I see.
5. Greece
After hitting up the major ancient historical sites, I'd like to end my Greece excursion in Santorini, basking in the sun. This island looks so beautiful I can't comprehend it.

Hope you enjoyed my list! What are some of your top travel destinations?
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