NYC: January 2017

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Another NYC trip in the books! I took the train up right after work last Thursday and got back to DC Sunday afternoon. I got to see a bunch of college friends + a couple blogger friends, and finally made it to Inslee + Roxy’s studio. It was productive and fun and was just really nice…walking around solo for most of Friday between appointments was refreshing. I expected to have my camera out a lot but ended up leaving it (along with my phone), in my bag while clocking 12 miles–hence why most of these are iPhone pictures!

Sharing lots of photos and what I did are below, followed by a summary/more detailed rundown of the dining establishments (there were a lot this time around!). This is sort of a new format but I figure it could be a good way to start compiling restaurant recommendations/mini reviews in travel posts.

Around Here Vol. VI

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A few random thoughts and happenings from around here…

– I spent the weekend in NYC visiting friends (a glimpse over here) and intentionally came home yesterday afternoon since I have today off and want to be productive (first job I’ve ever worked post-grad that observed MLK Day). Not going to lie, I didn’t go into 2017 feeling completely organized and refreshed…not really sure why, but a few bigger to-dos didn’t get done and are currently just looming. Not a good feeling, but some work + brunch are on the agenda today :)

Meg has the best vintage finds (like seriously, the best) and picked up a desk yesterday that is now high up on my to-find list. It’s posted in her Insta-stories so go see it in the next 24 hours! And if anyone in the DC-area knows someone selling an antique piece like that, hit me up, please!

– Does anyone have any basic, versatile, yummy homemade salad dressing recommendations? There are so many around the internet and I’ve found that taking recs from others in areas like this is usually the best way to weed out the not so good stuff. Ideally something that works on a variety of salads!

– I’ve donated a bunch of clothes lately–as an aside, highly recommend this book if you’re trying to declutter in the new year…it’s hyped for good reason–and a few friends have asked how I did that without trekking to a donation site sans car. The Salvation Army schedules pickups! It’s super convenient and I’ve even been able to have them pick up one large bag (even though the minimum is listed as higher).

Club Monaco is having a huge end of the season sale! Their stuff is pricey before markdowns, but things are up to 65% off right now and while the selection is going fast, there are still quite a few goodies. I picked up a couple of sweaters a few weeks ago and have been wearing them non-stop (unfortunately they’ve since sold out!)

Photo by me

Friday Things

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Greetings from NYC! I took the train up last night and am in the city for some exploring + quality friend time. Despite the relatively short trip, I definitely don’t make it up here nearly enough. So when I do, it’s packing in as much fun stuff as possible :) Follow along on Snapchat and Instagram throughout the weekend!

As an aside, did you guys watch This Is Us this week? Grandma over here watched it on Wednesday night because staying up till 11pm was late but eeee! So happy it’s back.

SHOPPING: A bunch of good sales! Some picks and other things I’m loving…

OF NOTE:

Lots of good links this week, especially from around the blogosphere!

Homemade strawberry chia jam with three ingredients and just 30 minutes? Sign me up!

– Hitha also shared her Winter Edit! Anyone else love a good hot toddy this time of year?

– 1) This makes me want to go to Hawaii and 2) Krista’s words are real, inspiring, and a refreshing read, especially this time of year when everything seems to be about losing weight, diets, and working out.

– I’ll take two blueberry moscow mules, please :)

– I mentioned jojoba oil in Wednesday post (it’s the best)…while I still have a ways to go before fully jumping onto the face oil bandwagon–though I’m itching to try Vintner’s DaughterGrace breaks it down and answers all your questions.

– So much goodness from Julia this week! I want to make this homemade kale caesar, and her post on marriage being a team sport is a must-read no matter what your relationship status.

Loved Lindsay’s post on her “gamechangers” in years past, so knew 2016’s would be good, too! It finally got me to sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights, too.

ICYMI:

Things I rely on in the winter, from clothing to a $7 “beauty” find.

Been wearing this turtleneck on repeat since picking it up in Zurich! A rainy outfit post + weekend recap.