Friday, April 24, 2015

{ #TREATYOSELF } THE ULTIMATE WILLIAMSBURG STAYCATION...



When the word staycation first became popular, I thought it was, frankly, lame. So many of those made up words conjure up really cringe-worthy thoughts in my head—like jeggings. However, as the combination of staying home and vacationing, the staycation itself is actually a pretty glorious concept. Treating yourself to a night or weekend at a hotel without having to get on plane or pack up a car is surprisingly gratifying. Here in New York especially, when you live in a tiny apartment (and/or a room with no windows), a night—and day—spent in a bed bathed in sunlight and dressed in luxe, all-white linens can revive the spirit in unexpected ways.

I recently decided to treat myself to just such a staycation... Across the East River in Brooklyn. I've come to love how easy it is to pop over to Williamsburg on the L train and wander the streets between Bedford and Wythe, exploring boutiques, bowling alleys, concert venues and of course—the kind of tiny, buzzy restaurants that take as much care in their decor as the do with their menus.

All these things plus a luxurious, relaxing stay in a hotel? I told you the term staycation is cooler than it sounds...

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THE ULTIMATE WILLIAMSBURG STAYCATION...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

{PERSONAL STYLE} MY FAVORITE COFFEE SPOT...



I don't have much of a routine on the weekends, but it's pretty much a guarantee that you'll find me at The Roost on Saturday and Sunday mornings indulging in a cold brew coffee and a Balthazar butter croissant. It's just a quick jaunt around the corner from my apartment, and on this particularly sunny Sunday, I decided to take a few of my new spring and summer staples out for a spin.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

{ NYC } WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PARENTS COME TO VISIT


{ Central Park aerial, Gray Malin }

Like me, most of my friends here in New York live pretty far from their hometowns, and their parents. Naturally, it's an exciting occasion when they come to visit—but it can also be quite stressful.

Planning more than a day's worth of meals and activities that are simultaneously impressive, parent-friendly and unikely to insight an arguement that reminds everyone of your terrible teen years is no small feat. The last time both of my parents were in New York we had a wonderful time, and same goes when my mom and I had a girls weekend the following summer. Still—I struggled to come up with creative ways to fill our time together that felt special and memorable. (At right, please note that I brought my mom to Meghan's rooftop birthday party at Berry Park and we had a blast.)

The hard part about selecting "parent-friendly" spots in New York is that all of our parents are different. They are different ages, have different interests and different levels of noise tolerance. Additionally, if you're galavanting around with just one parent instead of both, your options shift further. Perhaps you'd love to take your mom to your favorite fitness class, or snag two stools at a dive bar for a whiskey neat with your dad.

With my own mom flying in for a visit today (yay!), I figured now is the perfect time to collect all the best parent-friendly restaurants, bars and activities New York has to offer—as recommended by my most city-savvy friends.

CLICK THROUGH BELOW FOR HELPFUL IDEAS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF A PARENT VISIT TO NYC (INCLUDING SOME OF MY OWN, OF COURSE)...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: SAY LOU LOU


{ I raised dragons by my side but I, I had to let them go }

If you ask me what I could possibly want (musically) at this moment more than a possible Game of Thrones reference within bright, dancable synthy girl pop—I'll tell you pretty much nothing. I'm having one of those obsessive song moments this week for the first track off of Say Lou Lou's new album, called "Everything We Touch." (It apparently came out as a single last year but I totally missed it. Anyway...)

The song has a mix of anthem-y chords, mythical lyrics and a catchy-as-hell chorus; it's a song that makes you feel far away. Given that these girls are twins who grew up splitting their time between Stockholm (with their mother) and Australia (with their father) it's no wonder their sound is sort of dreamy and other-worldly—like a modern disco party... In space. 

Listen to "Everything We Touch" below and imagine you're Khaleesi at the dance club... Or something.

Friday, April 10, 2015

ALL THE THINGS I LIKED ON THE INTERNET THIS WEEK { VOL 11 }


Last week I made a bunch of implusive online shopping purchases for seemingly no other reason besides, "Spring!" Their deliveries were staggered throughout this week, providing little spurts of spontaneous joy and excitiment. If you're looking for a little boost next week, I couldn't recommend this method more. Suddenly I have 10 new pairs of underwear, summer-ready slides and even a new bedside table. Anyway—this week's links have very little to do with online shopping and a lot to do with modern manners, modern dating and the return of Game of Thrones this weekend. Enjoy (and go forth and shop... Yes? No?)!
One of the greatest gifts my mom ever gave me was lifelong lessons in manners and etiquette. These lessons are most often applied at meal-time, hence why I was so delighted to see this video from Vogue, on MODERN EDIQUETTE, STARING CHLOE MALLE. (Napkin in your lap, always!) 
Oh hey look IT'S ME ON THE NOON PACIFIC BLOG—talking about why I love it so much. 
If you liked my post last month on A NEW DATING MANIFESTO, then you will likely also enjoy this post from Medium called AGAINST CHILL. It's so great, in fact, and so in line with my ideology, that I've included an exert below:
"Chill has now slithered into our romantic lives and forced those among us who would like to exchange feelings and accountability to compete in the Blasé Olympics with whomever we are dating. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean whomever we are “hanging out with.” Whomever we are “talking to.” Chill asks us to remove the language of courtship and desire lest we appear invested somehow in other human beings. To even acknowledge that there might be an emotional dimension to talking or dating or hanging out or coming over or fucking or whatever the kids are calling it all these days feels forbidden. It is a game of chicken where the first person to confess their frustration or confusion loses."
Did you see that thing where SETH MYERS BRINGS JON SNOW TO A DINNER PARTY? Well, if you don't want mild GoT spoilers I guess don't watch it, but if you're psyched for this weekend's season 5 premiere, this will give you a real chuckle.
If you're in need of a thought-provoking, devisive read that will make you want to do a hell of a lot more reading, check out this story from The Atlantic on WHY SOME WOMEN CHOOSE TO GET CIRCUMCISED. (This is also known as female genital mutilation.)
On a lighter note, get your emo vibez on with LYKKE LI'S COVER OF "HOLD ON, WE'RE GOING HOME" by Drake. Because for whatever reason, every cover of this song seems to improve on the original.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

{STYLING NOTES} WEEKENDING SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US...

One of my favorite things about living in New York City... Is leaving it. Coming from the West Coast, I am still impressed by how easy it is to reach places that feel worlds away from Manhattan, even if it's just Washington, D.C. or Boston. If you've got 3 hours and access to a train or a car, New England and much of the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic is at your fingertips.

Thanks in large part to GM's Drive the District program and my bevvy of friends with adventurous spirits, I've really stepped up my weekend travel game in the past few years. From July jaunts to The Hamptons to 36 hours in Niagara Falls and ski trips to Vermont—I'm all about making the most of my days off and exploring NYC's (rather expanded) backyard. 

With spring temperatures kicking into gear (finally!) and summer looming in the not-too-distant future, true "weekending" season is basically here. Forget trying to stuff giant down coats into backpacks and wondering if you can use bungee cords to strap a pair of skis to the roof of a car—this is the season of "throw some dresses and stuff in a bag and get the hell out of town." Whether you're traveling with friends, lovers or a gaggle of fellow bridesmaids, I still think there's something so romantic about weekend travel and the idea of stealing away for a few days with only a single bag... and perhaps a really great hat.

In my perfect world, I'd have the space in my apartment and the budget to have a wide selection of weekend bags to suit all kinds of destinations. Like, Splendid's 'Monterey' bag would be exclusively for long weekend escapes to Mexico or California, Baggu's affordable striped weekender for The Jersey Shore and The Hamptons, and then a cool canvas option for rustic getaways in The Catskills or the Adirondacks.

With neither the space nor the budget to have a wardrobe of weekenders, I'm left with the reality that what I need is a classy, sturdy, versatile weekend bag that will look great anywhere I take it—and support whatever persona I've packed inside it. In that regard, Madewell's Transport Weekender shoots to the top of my list, along with Longchamp's oversize tote in navy. Both have the benefit of handles and a shoulder strap—cornerstones of the ideal weekend bag.

Whether you're looking for a catchall carryall or have the flexibility to build your getaway bag collection, I've rounded up some excellent and relatively affordable options below: 
DO YOU HAVE ANY GREAT ESCAPES PLANNED FOR THE SPRING?

[Image credit: KJP]

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: MYAMI

Australian songstress. Thumping beat. Catchy hook. I can almost guarantee that you'll be hard-pressed to find anything not completely enjoyable about under-the-radar artist Myami's debut single, "Soldier," produced by Wayfarer

This song is crazy good—which makes it kind of hard to believe Myami has just 78 Twitter followers and somewhere north of 700 fans on Facebook. My intuition tells me that as she releases more music—and if it sounds as kickass as this does—this won't stay the case for long. Her vibe reminds me of the dark undertones of MS MR with a dash of Little Boots' energy.

I found this song via Pigeons & Planes last week, and have had it on constant rotation ever since. I have a feeling it's going to make the perfect edition to our summer rooftop party soundtracks and maybe even a running/fitness playlist (you know, if you're into that kind of thing...) Give "Soldier" a listen below and let me know your thoughts!