Sunday, May 31, 2009

{ city saturdays }

I never thought I'd get excited about not having plans but these days, it's my favorite thing ever! I was going to go camping and be away yet another weekend but I decided to be smart and stay here and just see where the weekend took me. Good thing I did because it was the perfect weekend in the city. The day started off at Friend of a Farmer (delicious! if you need a new brunch spot) with my favorite blondes then Whit and I spent some time walking around the Union Square farmers market and bought the most beautiful of my favorites although the tulips were gorgeous too. It was so nice to just wander and catch up. Next was a quick stop at Anthro and off to Rosa's for the best guac in the city and time to catch up with the Loucks...whom I haven't seen in forever. My only goal was to spend as much time outside enjoying the city and that I did. Later that evening was filled with more gab time with my favorite blondes and then off to Cassis for a late dinner (the burger was AMAZING!). Sitting there with some of my favorite people, dining al fresco on a perfect summer night, I couldn't help but think how lucky I am.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

{ oh duck }

oh duck.

the infamous memorial day mecca for the mormon and single.

say what you will but I always have too much fun.

for those of you not in the know...

duck is a weekend spent with 600 of your oldest and newest friends, in a gorgeous oceanfront beach home with nothing but flirting, dancing, beach, bbq's, and most importantly nightly and morning duck beach crush updates with your favorite girlfriends.

what more could a single girl want? don't answer that.

...and we even managed to make time for a little history tour of the Wright Brothers Memorial...yes, I walked to the top in heels, in the rain. I'm such a trooper.

...if you must know, I came home with not 1 but 3 duck crushes. I'd say that is duck success.

until next year...???

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

{ brooklyn gardens }

There are so many things in the city that I want to do that I just don't make time for. That's why visitors are so perfect. I get to play tourist for a day.

I really have lived in tourist destinations practically my entire life.


...don't quite know how I got so lucky.

Back to my current state of NYC:

I explore a lot but sometimes saturdays have to be spent doing laundry, cleaning and whatever else the week didn't have time for.

not this Saturday...I finally made it out to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the Cherry Blossom festival.


I still have yet to make it to DC in the spring but this was a close second.

I've always loved Cherry Blossoms. Maybe because they sort of remind me of plumerias and well, you should all know they are my absolute favorite smell.

I loved walking through the rows of blossoms scattered everywhere.

and the gardens are masssive! I had no clue we'd be on an all day nature walk.

It always amazes me how much is packed into this crazy place that I call home. There really is a little bit of everything here.

Ask can even find basil in Central Park!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

{ $20 M }

I'm paying over $1000K a month for a room in a 5th floor walk-up which isn't bad (really - see note) but thanks to J.Faulkner I'm ready to upgrade. All I need is $20M. Anyone want to spot me?
I've seen a few nice apartments since I've lived here but this one beat them all. JF was in town visiting and we ended up staying at his sisters friends friends place. Got it? It was like a huge home packed ever so nicely in a building on cpw...not just a sweet 6 bedroom apartment like what I've seen previously. I'm fine where I'm at but I could get used to waking up to windows overlooking Central Park every morning.
 For $20M it's all yours...I believe it's still on the market.

For now, I'll wish for small upgrades.

Someday, an elevator, and maybe even a doorman if I'm lucky.

baby steps.

note: 5 floor walk-up comes with private rooftop access, great roommates & cute neighbors

Monday, May 11, 2009

{ mamacita! }

mom flew out to NYC for the perfect Mother's Day weekend...(minus the hair piece!)

FRIDAY night started with the nyc ballet...the four temperments, la stravanga and chaconne. 
I'd been a few times but nothing compared to this. I've been to the Nutcracker, Midsummers Nights Dream and other more theatrical performances, which were brilliant but this ballet was much more my style. 
 Just a simple backdrop and the dancers. I have to admit I was even moved to tears on a few of the jumps. 
 I definitely need to attend more often!

SATURDAY morning was spent making cupcakes for that evening's joint birthday party, then we ventured up to the Cloisters in Ft. Tryon Park. It was quite a hike up there but I'm so glad we made the trek. Definitely go if you've never been! Then it was party time...the perfect night for a rooftop party.

SUNDAY started off with a delicious brunch...jalapeno & feta frittata and buckwheat pancakes with berries and whipped cream...yum! Then church and a gorgeous bike ride through central park.

At the end of her trip, she even gave me her heart...literally!
 A cute mini gold heart necklace that she'd been wearing all weekend.