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July 31, 2017

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Dear Frances shoes
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Nothing like home sweet home. A place to rest my head at night, after a long train ride home. Soon I will be saying goodbye to a place that has been my home sweet home for three years. For me, that place is Bushwick. A size heavy apartment that made up for the fact that it had thin walls, a creaky staircase and a broken stove (that my landlord took two years to fix). I’ll miss the epic bakery and deli right next door, literally attached to my building. I’ll miss my favorite burger spot, AP Cafe, right off the Jefferson stop. I’ll even miss the gritty corners and every other imperfect corner of my stop. And yes, I think I will miss that heavy sigh of relief after finally getting home after a longer than normal commute home at night. Because no matter what, no matter where, home feels like home when you are finally tucked in bed at night. Excited to make a new home soon . . . a real home, and in a more adult state of mind. I will always be thankful for my time in Bushwick, a significant part of my NYC process and growth. I wouldn’t be the same without the extra long subway rides (especially when the L was malfunctioning), Spanish music blasting from the 24 hour delis and the Chinese laundryman who folded my clothes oh so perfectly. Bushwick, in it’s own little way, was a part of my NYC hustle. And I hustled my entire way through (that’s the non glamorous side you don’t often see of my life). That subway sweat and tired feet, not matter what, felt worth it at the end of the day. I still subwayed my way home and didn’t complain an ounce, because I got to wake up going to a job that I loved and truly cared about.That’s the real NYC. I love you, and I know I’ll visit you again Bushwick. 

It was perfect timing that I got to spend an afternoon at Jonathan Adler and Simon Donnan’s Shelter Island home for a summer brunch to celebrate his collaboration with Clinique. Man, did his home blow me away with its 70’s-modern aesthetic that very much reminded me of a summer house in Venice, California. It’s tones were warm and rustic, and every piece of furniture had a distinct shape to it. I felt like I was walking into a very chic playhouse. Certain pieces oversized in cartoonish ways. Others subtle and slight. It was an array of texture play and color coordinating that made me feel so at home. It’s a house one would never be bored living in. And the ocean right in the backyard. The view of the home from the back was very zen feeling, minimal and rectangular. Japanese in a way that felt complementary to the peaceful and simple Shelter Island lifestyle. I left the island with fresh perspective on home decor. This home is a true example that there are no limits when it comes to creating the space you live in. I felt inspired to take bits of Jonathan Adler’s home to apply to my own that I will be creating very, very soon. 

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A Few Little Rituals

December 7, 2016

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STRETCHING

Stretching is one of my favorites things to do. Right when I wake up, before an intense workout class, at the end of the day. It helps clear my mind, and takes away all the tension in my body. I had back issues growing up do to my scoliosis, and ever since my surgery, stretching has become such an important part of my life. It keeps my body feeling free, and when it feels free, I feel like I can do anything. It’s easy to overlook on a daily basis until the end of the week and your back is killing you. I just remind myself that it is the best way to get things flowing in the right way each morning. Now body craves it on the regular. When I’m not stretching, I love taking classes at B Studio, Flex Studios, Fly Barre and Physique 59. Here I am wearing a workout top by Outdoor Voices, and leggings and sneakers by Nike.

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BRUNCH

New York City isn’t New York City without brunch. Brooklyn and the West Village are two of my favorite places to hunt for a good brunch spot. It’s a cozy feeling walking into an inspiring space where you can get delicious food to fill your tummy with. I love food that is made well. Food that I can analyze every taste and appreciate the work that goes into it. The presentation, as well. This day in particular we checked out Bluestone Lane and I got the Green Baked Eggs. It is my favorite dish on the menu, but I was also eyeing my friend’s Bacon & Egg Roll. Damn, that egg is cooked perfectly sunny side up. Just thinking about it running is making my mouth water. Those Australians know how to do brunch, that is for sure.

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EARLY EVENING WALKS

Because a sunset is my favorite color. Hehe. I don’t mind taking a little break near the end of a busy day to enjoy some fresh evening air and a hint of sunset. Maybe I’ll spend even more time out to catch that sunset all the way. And I love to watch everyone else out on the streets, those in route to the subway, tourists taking photos around every corner, people walking their dogs . . . stop as well to watch a little magic in the sky happen. Deep down inside, I know that no one can pass on a good sunset. It’s one of those experiences that we all love unconditionally. At least we can say we agree on one thing. Here my coat, purse and shoes are all by Kate Spade.

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END OF DAY UNWINDING

Another one of my favorite parts of the day! I look forward to this time so much, because I can finally kick back! Organizing my room, even the things on my bedside table, relaxes me. I just light my candles and get at it. My bed becomes my late night work space when I have slow evenings with nothing else on the itinerary, so I take advantage of the extra time to fit in some editing work, which doesn’t actually feel like work at all. As you can tell, I like to light as many candles at once as I possible can. A little lamp lit up in the other corner, and my room is light enough to read another chapter of my book, but it is dark enough to feel soothed. I very much savor my time alone at home, since with my busy schedule, these times are rare. And I make sure to make the environment as calming as possible to make the most of it.

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