welcome to new york.

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“Walking through a crowd, the village is aglow
Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats
Everybody here wanted something more
Searching for a sound we hadn’t heard before

And it said
Welcome to New York

It’s been waiting for you
Welcome to New York, Welcome to New York.”


Alternately titled: My Mom’s Retirement Trip!

Ahh, retirement! Such a beautiful thing, I can only imagine!! And although I’m light years away from experiencing it myself, my mom is in the thick of it! What bliss. When summer was upon us, my sister and I were all up for helping her celebrate. My mom chose the place– New York City– and naturally I was excited from the very beginning. We decided to go for for a few week days in August. I set us up with an adorable AirBnB in the West Village {SWOON!}, scoured Pinterest for all the greatest, and we hopped on the train and took off! Three glorious days, three ladies in the city.

Here’s the rundown on day ONE:

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The first day we arrived in the city around lunch time. We took an Uber from Grand Central Station straight to our little street in the West Village. It was the perfect street in the perfect location.

Look at those doors! Look at that European-esque hallway! It was all just too good.

And the apartment!

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Our place was so cozy and just the right size for the three of us {a queen bed and a pull out couch}. Small, but that’s all we needed!

{ If you’re looking to stay in NY, let me know and I’ll send you the AirBnB link to the place! Very highly recommended and the location can’t be beat! :) }

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Right away we walked the streets of the neighborhood. I have blogged about the West Village before and I still think it’s ABSOLUTE MAGIC. We had lunch at Tartine, a little french bakery bistro right on the corner W 11th St and West 4th Street. Usually I come to New York for a day, or for a weekend, which is all wonderful and good, but also always so so busy. A jam-packed-full-of-action-don’t-stop-for-a-minute kind of experience! It was so nice to be able to sit and know that this city was ours to soak in, enjoy and explore, even if just for a little while.

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Magnolia’s Bread Pudding = ONE THOUSAND YUMS.

Oh my dear, this is not the only time we would eat this during the trip!

{Bread Pudding for breakfast, anyone?}

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The shops in this area of New York are endless, and perfectly unique. My favorites were Sockerbit {sweedish candy!}, Goorin Bros. hat shop {I wanted that one in the photo, but decided in the end to leave it on the shelf!} and Greenwich Letterpress {because, PAPER. Forever paper.}. Every store is so different and it’s fun to step inside them all!

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After all the wandering, we headed into Washington Square Park, where summer in the city was most definitely in full swing. New York might not have the lakes or oceans, but they do have live music, plenty of great people watching, and fountains {if you’re into that sort of thing}.

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I love this photo so much. Bleeker Street in all it’s glory.

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We ate at Rosemary’s in Greenwich Village for dinner on a recommendation from a friend. The rooftop garden was wonderful and the atmosphere was just what I was looking for. I love a place with bistro lights and this place had it all. An emphasis on fresh homegrown herbs and produce {SO INTO IT} The homemade focaccia bread and homemade pasta were great highlights, too. Traveling is half about the adventure, and half about the AMAZING FOOD!

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Gah, I love New York! And these two beauties, too!

the great hut to hut.

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At the very end of August, when the days were still hot and blissfully free, Zan and I, and almost his entire family went on the most amazing 3 day adventure in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. We hiked during the day and spent the afternoons and evenings in a few of the Appalachian Mountain Club Huts, which run along the parts of both the Presidential Traverse and the Appalachian Trail. The entire experience was completely amazing and something that I feel so lucky to have gotten to do! We packed all our snacks and lunches ahead of time, kept our backpacks full of the essentials, and breathed in the most incredible views you can imagine.

Do you know what it feels like to be five thousand and twelve feet above sea level?

I T   F E E L S   G L O R I O U S.

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The first night we stayed at the Mitzpah Spring Hut. All of the AMC huts have one main dining room {pictured here} and then bunk rooms or cabins. It had been raining on our way up to the hut so upon arriving I was both excited and relieved. It felt so cozy and with so much of Zan’s family there hiking the trails and being together– like something special was going down in the history books. And I was glad to be a part of it.

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Black Bean Soup! Foccacia Bread! Alpine Salad! Chicken Parm!

{These hut crew members did NOT mess around with dinner.}

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The gang’s all here.

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Our bunk room!

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Mapping out plans…

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And the weather was perfect. Early morning blue skies and a just a little bit cold, which turned to warm, of course, the minute our feet hit the trails. We ate oatmeal and pancakes and bacon for breakfast {another hut meal!} before gathering up our belongings to head out for our second day in the high mountains– 6 miles across the ridge to the Lakes of the Clouds…

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All 17 of us!

{And Zan’s sister and her boyfriend were joining in later that day. That’s 19! Party!}

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There she is! The Lakes of the Clouds Hut!

{And not a moment too soon.}

Also, Mount Washington straight ahead! Which I did not choose to climb, but much of our group {including Zan} did!

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Relaxing in the hut was more my speed at that point of the day… :)

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There really are lakes in the clouds, in case you were wondering!

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And they are stunning.

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As is the view from the hut!

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Hiking is hard, but it’s also incredibly fantastic. I would not say the actual act of hiking is “a walk in the woods” for me, but everything I feel at the end of the day is worth all the hard miles and steep hills and sore knees. It feels so free to be on top of the world like this looking out at all the layers, feeling like you just accomplished something big. And my favorite part was always the hot chocolate waiting for me in the hut, and when I was finally able to climb into my jams and sit down with my people, and enjoy a good meal AND a sweet sunset, all after a summer day’s work.

on my weekend in pictures.

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It was one of those good weekends that was full in every way.  My parents came into town, which was the best best best— we spent Saturday strolling around Harvard Square, Saturday night at the Red Sox game (a win!), and Sunday walking our toes through the sand at Good Harbor Beach. September is still very much summer in my eyes and these few days proved it. Oh, I wanted it to last forever. I always do.

The weekend favorites:


Harvard Square: Daedalus + Shake Shack

Fenway: The Lower Depths {dollar hot dogs!}

Goucester, Ma: Sugar Mags {BEST}



Anthropologie {always!}

Harvard Book Store


America’s BEST Ballpark ;)

Good Harbor Beach

It was H O T on Saturday. We hopped from air conditioned store to air conditioned store looking at this that and everything. Mostly, we walked the stairs up and down at Anthro just eyeing all the goodies. That place! I can never get enough of it! In the late afternoon a storm rolled through, with dark skies and lightning, but luckily not much rain. We were still able to go to the Red Sox game and I loved it. I just kept thinking the whole time I was sitting there, THIS IS MY CITY! And I was proud. Then of course, Good Harbor Beach is always our choice for a beach day. It’s just the prettiest there. We spent the morning in the sun and the sand, and then came back in the afternoon and worked more on setting up our new place. Zan and I took a trip to Home Depot and Costco, before coming back to cook up a chili dinner for both our families.

Good and full in every single way.


this post was inspired by
my great friend Colleen.
Get your groove back
soon girl, ya hear? xo

all good things.

good things

So much good lately, I wanted to write it all down…

// I had honestly, the BEST August. I went to New York City, home to Syracuse + Skaneateles Lake, took part in an amazing blogger overnight in the Catskills in New York, spent a week in Cape Cod and a day in Martha’s Vineyard, and hiked 3 long glorious days in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. It may be September, but I feel like I’ll be riding high on my sweet summer for a good long while.

// We have been working like mad on our house these last few weeks and this past weekend we really hit a good stride and got SO MUCH DONE! Projects include: setting up our two porches (check), getting rid of old clutter + furniture we don’t use or have space for anymore (check, check), painting white— the trim in our bedroom, the kitchen cabinets, a few book shelves, an old wooden ladder (check, check, check, check), setting up the turn table (CHECK!), and I also went to town spray painting a new to us filing cabinet GOLD this weekend. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND. (Check.)

// We’re simplifying a lot with our new space and I’m feeling super good about it. The space itself is bigger, but the closet space is smaller, which means less room for all my junk/old clothes/papers and stuff that don’t matter NO MORE. I’m still a clutter-free work in progress, but I’m into it, and hopefully I’ll get there eventually.

// Gearing up for another Whole 30 in the coming weeks! Whoop! This time I really want to strive for long term commitment. It was going pretty well until our move in July, and then OUT THE WINDOW. Bagels for lunch. Pastries for breakfast. Once we get our kitchen fully set up though, I’m jumping back on the train. It just feels too good not to, you know?

// School has started and I am feeling GRAND about it. I spent a lot of time organizing my classroom and getting everything set up so my year can run smoothly. Plus the kids are so stinking cute. Summer be my jam. but this class is going to be a great one. Best ever, maybe? I can feel it.

// Speaking of home/school, they are now only 10 minutes away from each other! I don’t have to drive on any highways and traffic is a thing of the past. GLORY BE TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND PEACE TO HIS PEOPLE ON EARTH. If you know how much I hate commuting, then you understand that this is H-UGE.

// My parents are coming this weekend! And we are heading to a Red Sox game on Saturday, my first in a few years! (I can deal with the heat, but fingers crossed the rain stays away.)

// Lastly (for now!), my friend Jolie (from Brim Papery!) and I are collaborating together to create a 2015 calendar! My photos + her amazing lettering + beautiful inspiring words. We are giddy giddy at the thought of it! The both of us! I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the release date, but it’s Jolie that’ll be selling them in her shop so you’ll want to follow along for the latest and greatest news on that front. Plus, and I mean this in the BEST way (because you know I love you, Jolie!), she’s the WORST at keeping secrets and will prob show off all the months before it’s released. HA! So give a follow and purchase one come October! YAY!!!

… A pretty good happy list for a Wednesday, I think. What’s new and good for you?!? XO