Camping & Vacation Homes

On Friday, I decided that after a Saturday grad school seminar, I’d tag along with a couple of friends that had planned a camping trip. I just wanted a quick change of scenery and that’s exactly what I got. I drove about 2.5 hours to Weatherly, PA (Poconos region) where I spent Saturday night roasting by a campfire, drinking beer, playing Heads Up, and just living. I wasn’t in front of a computer. I wasn’t checking off a to-do list. I was lounging in a camp chair just a few feet from a lake in the middle of the woods.

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On Saturday we woke up, the boys packed up and went home early and the ladies stayed to have brunch in a town near by, Jim Thorpe. What a beautiful little town surrounded by mountains; I fell in love! It was an incredible few hours. Dubbed the “Switzerland of America” Jim Thorpe’s full of cute little shops AND (what are the chances) a Fall/Oktoberfest festival.

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I had such an amazing time and now I dream of a vacation home there. I want a vacation home everywhere! Remember when I went to Newport? I want an apt or home there too!

Icing on the cake: we heard about the 100 Mile Free View at “Flagstaff” in Jim Thorpe from a landing on one of the mountains. Look at this view:

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The owner of the over 625 acre land (which took him over 25 years to acquire) is looking to sell the property and build homes. Maybe that’s where I’ll buy in the future; I should probs hit the lottery first though right?

The Warby Parker’s I’ll Never Have

I meant to rave all about my new 20/20 vision (thanks to TLC Laser Eye Centers) but my #gradschoolproblems are serious and I have like no time to write! It actually makes me really sad that I can’t vent and rant with the interwebs as much as I used to.

Either way, I thought I’d throw something together today because I checked out Warby Parker’s new Fall frame collection, the “Corner Collection”, and I’m kind of jealous that I don’t need glasses anymore.

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Remember that time I got 5 frames to try but none really worked? I had given up on Warby Parker a bit but some of these frames kind of got me excited again. If only I needed prescription frames again!

JK! Love my new eyes (!) but for those of you still wondering whether you should get new eyeglasses you should get your butts, and $95, over to Warby Parker for a new trendy pair. PS: especially loving the clear frame! I wouldn’t get the round ones but the rectangular “Nash Crystal” are perfection.

Thanks, Warby, for being so cool and trendy.

Speaking of cool and trendy: check out the cutest little gourd I bought today and my awesome photo styling skills.

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Happy Fall!

Top Picks from Bloglovin’

It feels like it’s been 13 years since I’ve scrolled through my Bloglovin’ feed but I finally did this morning and thought I’d share a bunch of stuff that I just loved!

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1. Decor via Domaine: since I just redecorated my bedroom, I’ve been in the mindset of finding great “pieces”.

2. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen fall fashion via WWW: everyone knows I just LOVE fall garb and fabrics. Here’s a quick overview of an Olsen-inspired fall closet.

3. Everything about this table because it’s distressed and if I had a green room or something in a house I’d totally put a table like this in there.

4. A Beautiful Mess’ “Autumn Dreaming” Sister Style mashup – wish I had the cojones to mix and match and be all fun and fancy like these two.

5. More fall fashion inspiration via Because I’m Addicted featuring Carlotta Oddi.

6. Weekend Recipe: Baked Olive Oil and Lemon Zest Ricotta – I mean, how delicious?

7. More Carlotta via Because I’m Addicted. I LOVE this coat!

8. I don’t have tats, but I always think of maybe getting one. If you don’t follow Tatooologist, you should. Awesome inspiration.

9. Wishing my hair were long enough for a braid like this; beautiful, messy … I want.

10. Kendall (drop the Jenner) and everything about her hard work on the runway this Fashion Week.

11. North West sitting front row at Fashion Week; adorable.

12. Amal Alamuddin’s Oscar de la Renta wedding dress on WWW… because I’m sad George Clooney is now officially off the market and it was mandatory that his wife be stunning.

Fall Boyfriends

Singles ladies: doesn’t the pic above just make you want to vom? LOL I’m dramatic. It’s cute – I guess – but I personally think that unless he’s the man of your dreams/marriage-material, fall is probably the worst time to meet someone new; cue holidays and New Years and V-Day (if it lasts that long).

I read about these two (amazing and witty) ladies that posted a fun ad on Craiglist (apparently flagged for removal – why?) recruiting “Fall Boyfriends” . Even though I stand by my comment above, I do think this is pretty spot-on in terms of what a GREAT fall boyfriend can be:

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2 smart, funny, attractive girls each looking for a fall boyfriend with chill group of bro friends, now is the time you must start dating someone in order to spend the holidays together/go on ski trips/have a NYE kiss you’re stoked on.

Labor Day has happened, we are saying goodbye and filtering out our casual summer, meet up at 2 a.m. hook ups and are looking for boys we might be able to stand being sober around.

Needed: 2 males interested in something steady/serious-ish as the weather fades from hot, humid, and care-free to crisp, chill Patagonia vest season. Interested parties should have a window in their bedroom and want to cuddle with the window slightly open to let the fresh autumn air in while a fall scented candle (that I’ll buy for you, babe) fills the room with cozy comfort.

Requirements

1. Chill group of guy friends (preference will be given to bros who come from the same group of friends, just because that makes it easier and more fun for double date brunching)

2. 27 and older

3. 6 feet or taller (if you’re 5’11” but have a personality to make up for the height difference, willing to consider it. Any shorter? Don’t apply.)

4. Wardrobe should include: Driving mocs, Barbour coat, Half-Zips (at least 3, please send pics if possible), Ray-Bans (Wayfarers or Clubmastesr preferred, but open to other styles), loafers, Patagonia vest(s), Vineyard Vines, basketball shorts for me to sleep in

5. College education. Ivy league preferred. Def in a frat or played a sport (lacrosse, crew, tennis, etc.)

6. Probs spent at least 4 weekends in Montauk over the summer

7. Activities can include but are not limited to:

  • Apple Picking
  • Sunday Fundays
  • Borrowing your pullover and returning it after an indecent amount of time, if at all
  • Taking selfies in Patagonia vests/taking selfies while doing all activities #fall #boyfriendweather
  • Watching football (aka me getting drunk while you watch football, and you thinking it’s so adorable when I wear jeans and Converse to the bar and get blackout in your team’s hat.) *sneakers show how chill and laid back I am < this is why it’s kinda essential for the two boys to be friends so me and my friend can blackout together and I won’t get bored.
  • Cooking – Instagramming dish with captions such as “Fall night with my babe @yourhandle *heart emoji all the fall emojis*”
  • Brunching outdoors until weather permits
  • Strange how the night moves, with autumn closing in – (If you don’t know that song, don’t apply)

Looking forward to meeting you!

 

 

#MusicMonday: G.R.L.

After doing some research on G.R.L. for this post I actually learned that one of the ladies in the quintet recently passed away; like Friday 9/5. So, first and foremost, RIP Simone Battle. I know nothing about you but your voice contributed to a beautiful harmonic group of hot and fun ladies. Although I just discovered the group, it saddens me to know the Simone would take her life.

While the group has gone through changes, replacing members and such since 2011, the official line-up of women that launched the “G.R.L” group included Simone. In memory of her, I’d like to dedicate this #MusicMonday to their jam “Ugly Heart”. Although it debuted in June, I just heard it last week on Pandora and I absolutely love it.

I was confused at first listen, curious whether they were talking about another female with an ugly heart but lo and behold they were generalizing beautiful men and how they can have ugly hearts. We all know that guy, right ladies? They’re so beautiful and handsome and make you smile so hard you might burst and then they hurt you… hard and you just can’t understand why.

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In addition to G.R.L.’s hotness, I think they have solid pipes and can harmonize like whoa (isn’t my music review writing solid?)  Kudos, G.R.L.

Maybe I’m just crazy
Maybe I’m a fool
Maybe I don’t know how to love but
Maybe I do
Maybe you know more than me but
This much is true
This little heart and brain of mine say
We’re through with you

And I wonder does it blow your mind
That I’m leaving you far behind
I wonder does it stop your heart to know
You’re not my sunshine, anymore

Okay you’re pretty
Your face is a work of art
Your smile could light up New York City after dark
Okay you’re coverboy pretty
Stamped with a beauty mark
But it’s such a pity a boy so pretty
With an ugly heart

Maybe you’ll get married
And she will kiss your feet
While I give all my rides away
I won’t loose no sleep
Maybe on your honeymoon
You’ll think of me
But if you don’t won’t shed a tear
Yeah I can guarantee

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Ikea is Overwhelming

About a week ago, I ventured to Ikea Paramus for the first time…ever. Yes, I know. Apparently I’ve lived under a rock. In my defense, I didn’t dorm in college nor have I ever had to decorate a space – why else would a twenty-something go to Ikea?

Look how happy (and awkward) I was when I first walked in!

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Shortly after taking this picture, I took the escalator up to the infamous Showroom walk-through. Before diving into this experience, I’d like to preface by saying that I’m already a pretty “all over the place” kind of person – it’s the Gemini in me, I think. I’m highly observant with a mix of an emotional brain and adult ADD (probably).

Let’s just say that walking through the showroom stunned me and not in the most positive way. I was completely overwhelmed and had no idea where to look or where to start. My lovely friend Steph (bless her soul for helping me over the past few weeks with my room re-design) even asked, “are you OK?” – it’s like I went into shock.

I went back by myself last night more prepared, or so I thought, in hopes of actually purchasing the things I needed. Much to my dismay I was even more overwhelmed (and disappointed) when I left.

I always like to think of one of the books I read last semester in school when things like this happen. It was about people and choice. The idea (and fact – I think) that when faced with too many options people tend to feel more disappointed than happy after a purchase because they believe there might have been a better choice.

There are just WAY too many choices in Ikea.

All I could think of was, “what if I make the wrong choice? What if I choose the wrong desk!” It’s already a 40 minute drive from home (2 tolls) that I don’t want to take that often if I can help it (New Jersey… ). I’d take it home, build it (what a process), and IF I hated I’d have to then take it apart and drive it all the way back.

I thought it’d be appropriate to translate the main point of this post into Swedish:

Ikea är överväldigande och jag tror inte att det är för mig.

According to Google translate, that means, “Ikea is overwhelming and I do not think it is for me”. That’s how I feel y’all!

Or perhaps I just haven’t been prepared enough? Or maybe it just sucks because it’s not closer to home so purchases feel more definitive? Or maybe it’s just a new experience that, like anything else, takes getting used to.

I don’t know. I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I was this big weirdo because I couldn’t find just the right desk (or shades or frames)at IKEA(!) THE MEGA WAREHOUSE THAT HAS EVERYTHING?!?! 

Is it safe to say that Ikea doesn’t have the solution for every thing or every one? I’m going to go with that for now to ease my mind.

 

Newport, RI in 36 Hours

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Panorama of the Newport harbor from our Sunday sail.

As you probably know by my Insta uploads and check-ins, Newport was amazing this weekend.

36 hours of New England beauty and I hate that I had to leave so soon. I literally could have spent an entire week there and not have gotten tired of the views and brisk evenings, Thames St. and the quaint and cozy wharves; swoon.

Accompanied by my hometown BFFs, we ventured north around 2PM Friday; first suggestion, leave earlier in the day – we hit a lot of traffic.

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Jumping out to take this picture was the funniest 30 secs ever.

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Claiborne Pell Bridge in all its beauty.

Friday evening was short but amazing. We arrived to Newport around 6PM and went straight to Broadway to find a restaurant near Firehouse Improv. Seems weird, seeing improv in Newport, but we were told they have the best improv ever which ended up being 100% accurate AND the shows are BYOB which is even better.

We enjoyed dinner at Fifth Element and quickly ran over to Firehouse, 2 blocks away, for the 8PM show – bottle of white wine in hand. Clad with red Solo cups from the Firehouse staff, we got 3 front row seats and literally laughed (almost peed) the night away! Highly suggest watching a show if you’re ever in the area.

Saturday, much to my dismay at first because apparently Newport is very hill-y, we spent the entire day on bicycles.

After a quick breakfast at our precious inn, Yankee Peddler (which I highly suggest staying at!), we walked down to Thames St. and rented from a dude with a ‘tude at Scooter World; the tour guide is much friendlier although I don’t remember his name. We spent the first couple of hours touring Bellevue Avenue and all the <insert any synonym of “amazing”> mansions.

The most beautiful in my eyes, because we toured it, is The Breakers mansion built by the Vanderbilt family. Lots to say about this beauty but I think I can sum it up by saying that it takes a very detailed page from Versailles. This mansion is incredible inside AND out with a spectacular view of the bay from the massive backyard.

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I mean… there aren’t words.

After a quick-lunch back on Thames, we headed back over to the east coast to check out the Forty Steps and catch Ocean Avenue to ride along the coast and chill out on a beach. We walked Gooseberry Beach which was free (not private) and family friendly.

On our ride back to Scooter World, we took in more of the beautiful (congested) Thames St. We even checked out a glass blowing class from the outside at Thames Glass – very cool for me as I’ve never seen glass blown before!

That night we had a quiet dinner and, although we planned to go out and dance and have fun, our asses were feelin’ that bike ride so we went home shortly after dessert at Ben & Jerry’s (for one friend) and crepes on Bowen’s Wharf (for me); delicious BTW.

Sunday was short but totally topped off the short weekend. One of the girls and I went sailing! Aboard the Aquidneck, mimosas in-hand, the captain and his staff gave a few short narrations on sights and schooled us a bit on sailing. It was a beautiful and smooth ride.

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Captains hea!

Diego’s was our last stop for lunch after the sail. Also on Bowen’s wharf, we ate there because we’d heard it was amazing Mexican food (I know… Mexican in New England?! It was really good though!).

36 hours was too short. If there’s anything to take away from this entire post it’s that you should go to Newport for like an entire week… not 36 hours.

P.S: You’ll be happy to know that my outfits were totally Newport-esque and inspired by my pinterest research!