Around Town // Washington Square Park

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My mom was in town this weekend, so we did a lot of walking around Manhattan. We ended up meeting a friend of hers in Washington Square park before grabbing a few drinks. The weather was a bit depressing, but there were a lot of people out and about. A man at a grand piano, boys playing with bubbles, a man creating a masterpiece out of chalk.


Music Club Monday

20121011-bruce-springsteen-1984-600x400-1350510472“Is that your Dad’s iPod?” Is a question I often hear when people go through my music. It turns out I have the musical taste of a 50 year old man, and I am pretty OK with that. So, in honor of that, today’s Music Club Monday is all about old man music.

Wanderlust // San Fran

As the weather gets warmer little by little, I keep thinking about where I want to travel. I’m actually lucky enough to be traveling a lot this year, and I’m really excited about going to all kinds of places I’ve never been before. However, there’s always those few destinations you can go to over and over again. For me, one of those places is San Francisco. Sea food, nice weather and lot of wine is basically my definition of a good time.


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My parents walking the Golden Gate Bridge. I know, it’s adorable.


I’m a huge fan of the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building during the weekends.


If you say so

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If you get the chance, take the Alcatraz tour at night. You get a great view of the city, plus you know, ghosts and stuff.


I’ve noticed that moving to New York has caused me to put a little more effort into my day to day style. Not saying when I lived in Minnesota I went out in sweatpants, but I’m also not not saying that. Since I’m a girl on a budget (and really, who isn’t) I’m training myself to work with what I have in my closet, and hoping blogging about it will help.  I forgot to take pictures this morning (and by forgot, I mean I slept through my alarm and had to book it to work) so the lighting is a little off since it was dark out by the time I got home. I was also sans a roommate, so I had to turn into a one women photo taking machine. It’s really hard to take good pictures of yourself!



My office is really casual, one of those places where if you put on a skirt people ask you whats going on. As a result I tend to try to dress down everything I wear, especially skirts. I got my chambray at Old Navy for like 15 dollars, and it works with everything. I’ve just started wearing it with skirts, and I have to say, I am a fan.

Shirt} Old Navy

Skirt} Anthropologie (similar)

Necklace} Madewell (similar)

Bracelets} Gap, Madewell

Pretty in Pattern

Now that Netflix has added Pretty in Pink to their streaming options, Ive been on a little bit of a John Hughes kick. I’ve also been a little sad that Ducky was not my best friend in high school (I totally would have picked him, by the way)


I recently redid my bedroom, and ended up adding a lot of pattern into my space. Previously I had stuck with basic colors, and steered away from adding any crazy patterns into my design scheme. Target’s 30 dollar chevron comforter quickly changed all of that, and I’m pretty happy that it did. Now that my bedroom is pattern-full, I want to start adding a few fun and funky patterns to the rest of my apartment. I have been searching around the internet for some ideas and inspiration. I’ve come across a few things I would love to have come live in my apartment (although some are waaaaaay out of my price range, so fingers crossed for that lottery win)

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rug / print / pillow/ curtain

Baby it’s Cold Outside

Guys, I have got a serious case of the winter blues. I’m not sure about everyone else, but here in New York I feel like the sun has been behaving like a moody teenager hiding in its room for weeks now. Everyday when I think I will finally get to see the sun again New York says “gotcha”, and runs away giggling. Much like that blind date you went on, winter in NYC just will not end.

As I sip my tea and foster a deeper relationship with my sweatshirts, I have been dreaming up how I want to beat the blues.

A trip here

Where I can wear this

and these

Should just about do it. Do you have any tips on getting around the cold induced doldrums?

Over the Weekend


I hope everyone has successfully recovered from their St. Patrick’s Day induced hangover. A brief recap of my lovely weekend.

1} A walk along the Highline.

2} A stroll through the East Village on a chilly day.

3} Brunch with friends.

4} A cozy new sweater.

How was your weekend?

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I’ve come down with a terrible case of wanderlust as of late. The only cure is to pack my bags and wing my way to some far-off land. As I dream of a vacation, I’ve taken to filling the travel void with photos from my last excursion.

A few months ago the boyfriend and I jetted (well we drove, but jetted just sounds more exotic) off to Montreal for the weekend.The food was amazing, the people were lovely, and the scenery wasn’t too bad either.

Our first day there, we took a tour of Montreal’s version of Notre Dame. This place is not messing around.



We also paid a visit to the Jean Tallon market. The outdoor market is full of food! (and people) I snacked on some tasty nectarines, and was more than willing to accept the free samples around.


Coffee break at Olive and Gourmando


They had one of the most deliciously dense brownies I have ever had.

I’m hoping my next adventures live up to this one.