Tuesday, July 22, 2014

hamptons beach house

ed and i escaped to amagansett a few weeks ago (just like last year) to stretch our country legs and get knocked down by pre-hurricane waves. ok, mostly just myself and small children were taken down by the waves but just go with it.


we shared a beach house with friends complete with cool breezes, an outdoor shower, and a sandy path leading directly to the beach.


the food scene in the hamptons is ever changing (and mostly fantastic) but i'm certain that grilling fresh fish in the backyard and beach picnics surpass all restaurant establishments. 

townline bbq

that being said, a few standing favorites include ruschmeyer's in montauk (it's a young crowd but the food is so fresh), coffee and muffins at jack'stownline BBQ, and ice cream from scoop du jour in east hampton.


in the afternoon we'd warm up from the icy cold water and drive into east hampton for coffee and window shopping.

ruschmeyer's in montauk

and real-estate snooping! admiring gorgeous hamptons homes from afar is half the fun.

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Monday, June 23, 2014


the majority of june has been spent working and staying outside until the last second of daylight. night walks for strawberry banana pinkberry are in full force. also meandering through the park with this guy, freshly shaved with a summer cut.

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rooftops nyc

the view out our office window, just before a summer downpour.

midtown manhattan

cold brew coffee on the regular… 

cold brew coffee

and trips to smorgasburg for lunch and gigantic ice cream sandwiches.

the good batch ice cream sandwiches

 albeit a brief update, but hey, it's summer-- get off the internet and go outside!

 ps: speaking of summer cuts, a few tips on going short and growing it out.

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the best ice cream sandwiches in nyc.

Monday, June 2, 2014

the best ice cream sandwiches in the city

our after dinner walk led us to magnolia's bakery this past weekend (as it often does) and i'm here to tell ya'-- forget the cupcakes! ice cream sandwiches are where it's at. try the lemon bar or the blondie.

i have yet to get my hands on the sandwiches from melt bakery (pictured above), though for now i'm sticking with coolhaus as a personal favorite. see the full list here.

photo by kymberlee fajardo.

strawberry pickin' in virginia.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

strawberry picking virginia

we kicked off summer over the long weekend by pickin' strawberries and grilling burgers on the rooftop. fresh strawberries go funky in a second so i've been happily inhaling them for every meal. this recipe is on the menu as well.

strawberry picking virginia

caught red-handed eating more than i picked. who doesn't?

hey, so you think you can dance this week! get on it. 

ps: strawberry pickin' last year too.

spring in the west village.

Monday, May 19, 2014

west village nyc

ed and i got back into our warm weather routine this weekend with a long bike ride down the hudson waterfront. we always end up in the west village on our bikes because it's easy to hop back on the river bike path when it gets dark after dinner. not to mention the food options in the village don't disappoint. i had a craving for mermaid inn's fish tacos and since the upper west side location couldn't squeeze us in before 9pm, downtown we went.

west village nyc

mary's fish camp is another go-to for noteworthy seafood.

mary's fish camp
west village nyc
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van leeuwen ice cream truck
west village nyc
west village nyc
west village townhouse
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sevilla west village

a lovely monday to you!

ps: christmas in the west village and fish tacos in california.


Friday, May 9, 2014

the daily muse

i have excitedly taken on a new job and as i'm sure you've noticed, been a bit absent in the blog department. above all, i have made the most amazing friends, met new people, and used the blog as my creative outlet over the past several years. i'm not going anywhere and neither is the blog, though my intentions have certainly changed.

my friend amy wrote a post earlier this year about quality over quantity, and i wholeheartedly agree with her mantra as it relates to the blog. i know once every six months someone writes a new post about being present or whatever, and now you can add mine to the list. i've gotten older, and in turn my relationship towards the blog has changed over time as well. that's perfectly normal and i'm not going to beat myself up over it.

if i happen to bring my camera along to our new favorite restaurant (abc cocina, i'm obsessed) and snap some photos-- great! and if not, that's fine too. i admit it's not a priority for me right now, but at the same time it's also something that i very much enjoy doing.

that being said, i've had an itch to walk through the park and take a crap ton of flower photos that you've already seen, but haven't found the time to do so. rather, i prefer to spend that free time taking sam wiggins for a long walk instead.

it's a balance and over time i will find a new rhythm that works for me.


Monday, May 5, 2014

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sunday is always a day for getting crap done, followed by eggs on toast. on a similar note, i finally joined quinciple and my grocery shopping excursions have been cut in half. highly recommend! 

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saturday afternoon we dusted off our bikes and hit the park for a long ride and lunch at yura. i also admittedly had too much fun testing out cordless upright vacuum cleaners at bed bath and beyond. lest you think i'm a total loser, we sat adjacent to reese witherspoon at abc cocina for dinner. i went home afterwards and took the new vacuum for a test run, but hey, star sightings and such.