Middle of night, I wake, not sure the time. Would guess, weighty-eyed, before 3 from the sound of taxis honking impatiently; trucks exhausted, dirt-huffing through the throat of the Queensboro bridge, their heavy groans trek over, echo under Roosevelt trams.
I am currently obsessed with all things ombré. Ombré Hair. Ombré Shirts. And now Ombré nails a la Refinery 29. When I first tried this nail trend at home it looked as though a blind three year old had some how gotten ahold of my nail polish and went to town. My mother laughed and promptly handed me nail polish remover. So on this rainy thursday, I set of for the nail salon with iPad in hand to ask if I could have a professional do my digits. After much debate my nail lady gamely tried to give me a purple (in honor of my HS reunion this weekend) version of the Refinery 29 DIY. Here are the results:
Sorry for the poor quality iPhone pictures. Now that I have seen her do it I am excited to try it again at home. What do you think?
Being a recent college graduate I have been looking for jobs all over the country. What better way to say you are genuinely grateful than these adorable thank you notes. I tend to be a freak when it comes to “Thank You” notes so maybe it isn’t for everyone but something about a handwritten note just conveys a message, wether it be thanks or love or a simple how are you doing, better than an e-mail or facebook. If you mean it break out the pen and write it out!
Smock offers a great variety of green, sustainable and cute cards for every occasion. I know I will be getting some stationary in the very near future. Should I go the french & pink route or indulge my current beach obsession with some sea foam green and blue?
“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” - Don Williams, Jr
Like life this blog has been more of a journey than a solid destination. I blame my lack of concentration or ability to stick with anything. This blog was first discussed as a fashion blog over dinner with the ForkandI’s Samantha Iovino, before I realized I wear jeans and flannel to pretty much everything. Fashion blogging just wasn’t my calling. Fast forward a couple of ideas and it became a picture a day blog for my mother of my last semester living abroad. Graduation has come and gone and so has this blogs momentum. While I still am passionate about photography I thought that blog could regain some life with more than just the boring instagram pictures of my daily life- which really isn’t that exciting.
While I don’t know where I am going with this blog or even with my own life, I hope the daily dose of inspiration, anecdote, destination envy and most likely food keeps you entertained.
Yesterday evening I went to my first ever meetup.com event in NYC with Oceanblue Divers at the White Rabbit Lounge. The meetup featured a talk by underwater photographer Mike Rotschild. His images of recent dive trips to BonAire and North Carolina were amazing! Check them out here! His pictures not only brought back memories of diving with my father, but of countless times snorkeling in some amazing places. I thought, since I am no position to be jetsetting to amazing destination to get my fins we, I would share with my dream list of dive spots!
Blue Hole, Belize: Having only been to Costa Rica and briefly to Brazil, Central and South America are top on dream list of any sort of travel. However, diving off the coast of Belize would be an amazing experience! This famous underwater sinkhole is over 100 meters deep and the nearby reefs are home to several types of reef shark!
Great Barrier Reef: Such a cop out, I know! But, come one, who doesn’t want to go there? People who hate fun and awesomeness, that’s who! Plus, I really want to dive with both hammerhead and whale sharks. Added bonus: “Finding Nemo” was filmed there! (kidding…)
Sharm el Sheikh: Whale Sharks, duh! Fun fact: I always type shark el sheikh by accident. Oops!
Last but not least the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia (pictured at top). While I have already spent time exploring these magical islands I wasn’t able to dive. However, snorkeling with some friends near the famous Shark Point proved to be adventurous after I was brutally attacked by a giant clam. I swear the clam touched me, not the other way around!!! There was blood and sharks nearby. The locals might not be excited to see me again but I sure am looking forward to seeing them!
Do you know of any awesome dive spots? Can you take me with you if you go? Smuggling me into these places is an option, I cant fit into tiny boxes and/or suitcases. Just let me know via that fun little “secrets” tab on the left side of this page!
Up until now this blog has been a way to 1) get my mother more digital 2) attempt to participate in a slice in project 365 and 3) have a nice little scrapbook of my last semester of college and in Europe. So, there have been lots of pictures, at the request of my mother, and not so much writing, thanks to immediate family skype calls upon returning back to campus. It was a really fun project but as I look to apply to jobs it has become blatantly apparent that I don’t have any sufficient writing samples or way to consistently work on my writing (constructive criticism is greatly appreciated). So here I am, re-evaluating my life.
Having relocated to NYC, with no job to speak of and, therefore, no money to travel with the idea of putting a renewed effort into a travel blog seems a little crazy. However, crazy has worked out for me in the past (Seriously, who lives on a cruise ship and gets school credit?!). Please bear with me as this travel blog goes local (#trendy) for a while. Expect coverage of free events, instagram awesomeness and a fourth of July mini-adventure to North Carolina! Hopefully, a camping trip and Niagara falls will be thrown in there sometime soon!
“Look at you. You’re young. And you’re scared. Why are you so scared? Stop being paralyzed. Stop swallowing your words. Stop caring what other people think. Wear what you want. Say what you want. Listen to the music you want to listen to. Play it loud as fuck and dance to it. Go out for a drive at midnight and forget that you have school the next day. Stop waiting for Friday. Live now. Do it now. Take risks. Tell secrets. This life is yours. When are you going to realize that you can do whatever you want?”