Thursday Things

My soul had other plans. Reminding myself to bring back into my daily practice of being present, that I need to be tender with myself. We are imperfect beings, growing and changing everyday and a little tenderness is like water, cleanses, nourishes, and allows for the clarity to set in.

-A valuable reminder. Aleksandra Zee, woodworker, shopowner, and self-described ‘one-woman show’

  1. We finally have a healthy house here after a week of lots of coughs and boogers. I impulse bought these at CVS earlier this week and probably will never be going back to regular tissues.
  2. Spent Tuesday night watching Obama’s farewell speech and feeling all the feels (sad, inspired, helpless, enraged, proud, etc.). I sure am sad to see this family go.
  3. Yesterday was a *big* day in terms of news (i.e. Rex Tillerson’s Secretary of State Nomination Hearing, Ivanka’s Dad’s first press conference in months). I was particularly moved by testimony that was part of Jeff Sessions ‘ Attorney General hearing, both from Amita Swadhin, a sexual assault survivor and also New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.
  4. Anthro’s spring arrivals like this and this are making me v happy, and wishing for some warmer weather (and more hours of daylight).
  5. Women’s March on Washington is in just over a week! Have you registered to go yet?

fall in ireland: dublin beginnings (part 1 of 2)

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i still can’t believe our 10-day trek across ireland went by so quickly! my parents, sister and i have been planning this trip for about 6 months. after many cross country skype dates between our family, we finally had the details of our trip nailed down. we decided to start our trip in dublin and then rent a car and drive around the country clockwise, driving a full circle around the bottom half of the country.

it was quite an ambitious trip because a lot of driving was involved, but i think we did a great job of delegating the appropriate amount of time in each place. we got to see SO much of the beautiful country. according to everything we read (and all the irish people we spoke to), we got so lucky with almost no rain and beautiful 60’s-and-sunny days every day of our trip save for the last day.

  • stay: 2 days | ashling hotel
  • don’t miss: guinness storehouse, kilmainham gaol, making conversation with as many lovely irish bartenders as you can
  • skip: one of the cathedrals
  • eat: a proper irish breakfast at the queen of tarts
  • drink: like the irish do (guinness). or if that’s not your cup of tea, anything from the francisan well brewery which is on tap most places

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our trip began in dublin where we landed at 6 am extreeeeemely jet lagged, yet excited to begin exploring. the first day we set off exploring the kilmainham gaol which was a great introduction to irish history and the city in general. it wouldn’t be a true trip to dublin without exploring the temple bar area which was fun to see, but would gladly never go back again. we had our first of many fish and chips (and guinness) dinners and called it an early night.

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the second day we were feeling a little more rested and hit the ground running. we walked the entire city starting with breakfast at the quaintest little cafe, queen of tarts. next, we walked over to christchurch cathedral and crypt which is the oldest church i’ve ever set foot in. the 1,000-year old crypt/museum was incredible, but extremely creepy. after christchurch we walked through dublin castle, st. stephens green (see the birds attacking us below) and trinity college to see their library as well as the book of kells (wow).

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our daytime activities ended of course, at no other than the guinness storehouse. coming from someone who is a passive lover of guinness, this was one of my favorite parts of dublin. the storehouse is in an absolutely massive building that literally takes up an entire city block in dublin. the tour was definitely setup to accomodate masses, but it was still so interesting to read about arthur guinness and the affect that he and his brewery have had on dublin, and irish culture as a whole.

after our big day of sightseeing and walking around downtown, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for a special birthday dinner for my dad. it was a “traditional” dinner with stories and folklore at the oldest bar in dublin, brazenhead. while it was a little hokey for my liking, it was still entertaining to be a part of. they had this adorable couple of old men playing music during dinner which was the highlight for me.

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most of the photos from dublin were unfortunately taken on my iphone. i discovered on our last day in dublin that what i thought was a complete camera meltdown was actually just a little dust inside 🙂 back to regularly scheduled schmancy photos in the next post…7

on our last day in dublin, i went for a run through the incredibly beautiful phoenix park. then we picked up our rental car, explored both the grafton street and o’connell street shopping districts, and ended with a ridiculously cozy dinner of champagne and mussels at a local pub near our hotel.

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^birds attacking us at st. stephens green 🙂

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upstate new york | labor day weekend

 

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even though today is technically the first day of autumn, i always consider labor day weekend the unofficial end of summer. to ring in the end of our crazy hectic summer, zach, maribel and i took a trip to upstate for an incredibly relaxing weekend with our parents a few weeks ago over labor day weekend.

zach’s hometown is about 3 hours north of nyc, and about an hour away from the saratoga horse track. we spent the majority of saturday in saratoga (the cutest little town), walking around and seeeing the sights, while also partaking in some horse betting activities. i can’t bet if my life depended on it, but i still had a great time hanging out and doing what i do best: eating and drinking.

the rest of the weekend we spent relaxing in zach’s parents incredibly beautiful and lush backyard, catching up with our families, and having some of the best italian food of my life (this is coming from someone born and raised in philly). i definitely didn’t take as many photos as i’d hoped, but here are a few of the good ones that i did manage to snap.

happy fall, y’all!

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grabbing coffee in downtown saratoga

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apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…
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how beautiful is zach’s parents’ backyard?! i also love that they’re all on their phones in this photo 😉
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for a few races throughout the day, we watched from the tv screen back by our table

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stud 😉

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when maribel met the ocean | ocean city, new jersey

a few weeks ago, my family took a weekend trip together out to our shore house in ocean city, nj. the weekend started with my brother surprising my parents, who flew in for the weekend from san diego without them knowing. i don’t think i’ve ever seen my mom so shocked!

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can’t visit ocnj without at least one stop here

we settled in after the initial surprise and immediately took maribel to the beach. even though we’ve been back living on the east coast for about a year now, we never managed to get her to the ocean. she was obsessed with the baby pool we bought her while we were living in austin, so i was so excited to see her first experience with the ocean.

as soon as we hit the sand she took off running. i’m in decent shape, but i’m so happy my super-fit brother was there to keep up with her as she sprinted toward the ocean. i don’t think i’ve ever seen her happier! she’s still a little unsure about big waves, but we determined that we definitely have a water dog on our hands.

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a welcomed, “more healthy” alternative to day-drinking beach beers: truly (spiked seltzer)

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after what ended up being a highlight of the weekend for me, we spent the rest of the weekend doing what you do down the shore: relaxing on or near the beach, and eating and drinking way too much. we sprinkled in a few bikes rides and run here or there to keep things balanced.

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panama hat (and yes of course, i bought it in size XL #bigheadproblems)

we took our last beach trip of the year a few weeks ago and while it was sad to say goodbye for a little while, i can’t say that i wished summer lasted any longer. i feel like we properly “did” summer.

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i saw citizen cope live at the music pier, which was my first concert at that venue. it’s a beautiful location right on the water and i highly recommend seeing a show (any show) if you have the chance.

 

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clams casino at the crab trap in somers point. THE BEST

this summer i also ate my weight in kohr brothers frozen custard, rode bikes to strathmere for mahi mahi sandwiches on the bay at twisties, had one too many bud lights at the beach/back bars in sea isle, drank coffee and read books on the porch, let my hair run wild, stayed up too late watching movies, and spending time on the beach at the 5 o’clock hour (the best hour on the beach, from a pitkin’s standpoint). 12this has been the busiest season of my life with all of our road trips and adventures (i’ll be writing a summer wrap-up). i’m so thankful for the weekends we were able to spend by the water.

and now that summer has come to a close, i’m really, really looking forward a relaxing and rejuvenating fall.

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thursday things

LOVE THIS:

  1. i initially heard about fakespot on buzzfeed and put it to use while searching for a bamboo pillow on amazon. it scans reviews of a product, and assesses the reviewers of that products based on reviews they’ve made of other products (a mouthful). before fakespot, i would purchase items on amazon solely on products with over 100 [good] reviews. but i found out that a lot of amazon reviews are bullshit! (i ended up purchasing this pillow, then subsequently falling in love with.)
  2. did you hear that frosé — frozen rosé wine with berries — is taking over the world? have you had it? did it change your life? my goal is to find some this weekend.
  3. will this dress look white in photos? i’ve been thinking about wearing it to a friend’s wedding in boston this weekend.
  4. i just started watching anthony bourdain’s ‘part’s unknown.’  it’s a similar format format as his previous shows in that it mixes food, culture and history. i would still highly recommend checking it out. as a sidenote: anyone else weirdly attracted to mr. bourdain? ❤
  5. after watching weeping through obama’s speech last night, it’s even more clear why it’s so important we all promise to do this.
  6. i’m not a huge animated movie person, but we saw ‘the secret life of pets’ and it was hysterical. the movies are a great way to beat the heat, and kevin hart as ‘snowball’ in the movie will surely make you ugly-laugh.
  7. this guy is one of the most entertaining and substantive voices on twitter during this political season so far.
  8. i’m current reading maestra by l.s. hilton and all i’m going to say is that it has all the great components of a great beach read (i.e. thrills, sex, incoherent nonsense, travel, etc.)

photo via sandra juto

we cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical

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if you’ve been on the internet in the last 12 hours, you already know that michelle obama slayed last night at the dnc. her speeches will go down in history as one of the best dnc speeches…ever. while i watched live last night, on the verge of tears, i knew that this was something special. this morning, i found myself rereading the transcript and fully realizing how important these words are.

Here are some of the most inspirational parts of her speech:

“That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, who kept on striving, and hoping, and doing what needed to be done. So that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters — two beautiful intelligent black young women — play with the dog on the White House lawn.”

“Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country is not great. That somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on Earth.”

“And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

“And when she did not win the nomination eight years ago, she did not get angry or disillusioned. Hillary did not pack up and go home because … Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own disappointment. She proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as secretary of state, traveling the globe to keep our kids safe. There were moments when Hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being [torn] apart for how she looked, or how she talked, or even how she laughed.”

“In this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best, we cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. Hear me: Between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago. We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of passion into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America.”

 

 

summer lately [via my iphone]

above: my handsome date and i from a wedding in philly last weekend [dress and braid]

august will be here in just over a week and i can’t believe how quickly summer is flying by. i’m not ready! it feels like just yesterday i was sipping my first summer love of the season and before you know it we’ll be pulling out our boots and watching the leaves turn colors.

i hope you’re hanging in there. this summer has been lovely, but also quite disorienting. hug your loved ones extra tightly today.

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a peaceful afternoon drinking beers and floating down the potomac
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a beautiful afternoon spent wine tasting just outside dc
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the most appropriate favor for a philly wedding
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nitro cold brew from compass coffee is my newest obsession
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taking advantage of the beautiful weather with an impromptu wine and cheese night
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breakfast with the boys at a friend’s bachelorette
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i cried when i voted for hillary in the primary. i will cry whether she wins or loses the general election.
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the cutest vanilla bean confetti cookies i’ve made 3 times now
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soaking up summer as long as possible
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a rare crowd-less afternoon at bluejacket brewery
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work trips to austin in june call for sweaty outdoor concerts and wine

friday afternoons

a few of my favorite things to take us into the weekend

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a shot from memorial day weekend

cheers to the weekend! i’ll be sitting in a philly chapel watching two dear friends wed instead of a coffee shop in dc this afternoon. here’s what i would be perusing this friday afternoon.

have a relaxing weekend!

  • been thinking about creating a ‘wake-up routine’, too via life hacker
  • which wine goes goes with which glass via my domaine
  • 6 really helpful work tips via man repeller
  • my new gold embossed, customized mouse pad via the leather shop
  • you are what you read via qz
  • 17 apps to make your life easier via the muse
  • utilize these tips if you’re heading to the beach this weekend
  • getting lost in this blogger’s ireland photos
  • will be utilizing some of these tips this weekend
  • my first time wearing yellow this weekend via asos