Wednesday, January 30, 2013


I'm a little late to the game but I joined Go Mighty and added a few of my life list goals. This story was posted under this goal.

My entire life I've always been that person who always jam-packs her schedule. Being able to juggle a demanding job, relationships and friendships as well as a very active social life on top of several interests and hobbies was a point of pride for many years. As I've gotten older I've been able to recognize which elements of my life should be a priority but I still like to keep busy. Since moving to New York I've found that I wholeheartedly love exploring this city. The first couple of weeks after I first moved here I made a point to leave my familiar Brooklyn neighborhood in order to explore and to acclimate as quickly as possible to my new city. I did a lot of "New York" things and over the years have had some amazing adventures but I feel like there's so much more that I have yet to experience. 

One of my favorite things to do is to head into Manhattan and to just walk. It had been months since Jon and I had been able to do this and during brunch with friends in our neighborhood we got on the subject of the doughnuts from Doughnut Plant. To give you a little background here, Jon currently commutes to Columbus, OH two days out of the week. He takes an overnight Chinatown bus there and back (crazy, right?) and upon returning from Ohio he goes to Doughnut Plant on the Lower East Side, purchases a few doughnuts and then returns to Brooklyn to share these sweets with me. Our friends are die hard Peter Pan Donut fans but they were curious about how these other doughnuts would compare. I suggested heading into the city to see and after we payed the bill we did just that. We went to the Chelsea location that happens to be located right next to the Chelsea Hotel! I had no idea. We then walked all the way back to the Williamsburg Bridge and over to meet some of our friends in Williamsburg. Along the way we discovered a huge antique shop, a charming shop full of Tibetan wares where my friend bought a very large and elaborate lock in the shape of a fish and the frites shop that Jon and I love and that our friends wanted to try.
Experiencing the city doesn't always require a grand event or itinerary. This kind of weekend meandering is my favorite kind of exploring. I'm grateful that the weather gave us enough sunshine to be able to walk the city.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Paper Heart

There are a few paper heart garlands up in the shop just in time for Valentine's Day. If you're into that sort of thing, of course.


I've always been fascinated with the secret world of New York City, the parts that you're not aware exist. To see them would give you a fresh perspective and a deeper understanding of the city. This video helped quell some of that curiosity for me. Via Swiss Miss.


Monday, January 28, 2013

New Beauty Favorite

I was sent a couple colors from Julia's Lip Tint to try and it has been quickly added to my daily makeup routine. For years I've been using Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey but have never liked how often I've had to reapply throughout the day. I've never been one for regular lipstick for the same reason. I also have an unreasonable fear of lipstick bleeding and smudging around my mouth without my knowing it. This lip tint does not bleed and is long lasting, something that is perfect for my busy work days and evenings out.

I tried two different colors, Caribbean Rose and Terracotta.

Caribbean Rose is described as a soft rosy coral. I love this hue of pink and how it works with my complexion.

Terracotta is described as a deep brick red with a brown base. This red has been a great pick me up for the cold grey winter days that we've been having lately in Brooklyn.

I absolutely love this lip tint. I was a little nervous about how it would work because I've never used this kind of product before but it's extremely easy to apply. I first use a nude lip liner to line my mouth. Then I use a cotton swab to apply the lip tint, first applying some in the middle of my bottom lip and then pressing my lips together to spread the color. From there I apply more of the lip tint to my top and bottom lips, layering the color until I get the hue that I want. You can use a small amount for a subtle bit of color or layer it a few times for a brighter pop of color. The lip tint pretty much stays strong for the day. I typically reapply only after my morning coffee or after eating a meal.

Julia's Lip Tint is created from a rosewater glycerin base colored with a mix of natural dyes and the same FDA approved colorants found in commercial lip products. It's very inexpensive and will last for months and months. This product has made me a lip tint convert and I use it every day.

Thank you to Julia's Lip Tint for allowing me to try out this awesome product. You can order directly from their website and follow them on Facebook.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Full set of our weekly self portraits can be found here.

Jon and I had brunch with a friend today and we got on the subject about relationships. I remembered reading somewhere about how all fights in a relationship usually revolve around two things - autonomy within a relationship and if you feel loved enough. This is something that I have tried to be conscious about in my own relationship. I've seen couples who are codependent and even identify themselves as such. I've also seen couples who are at the other extreme, leading lives that are almost completely separate. Striking that perfect balance within a partnership where both individuals feel secure while preserving their autonomy is clearly an ongoing endeavor.

My friend mentioned a book his friend recommended that basically says the responsibility of each person in a relationship is to help cultivate and encourage their partner's independence. As a couple there will always be instances where you are together, not just physically in the same space but also working together to make decisions and plans. According to this book, true and passionate love comes from and is able to be maintained through celebrating each others independence while still working together as partners. This is a concept I can get behind and wholeheartedly agree with.

I just wanted to write this down as a reference for myself early on in our marriage. I feel like this is something that will need to be revisited from time to time because, like I said, it's definitely an ongoing endeavor. It's important to never stop working on a partnership. I think it's most important to do the work when things are good instead of waiting for a moment of crisis. It's like exercise, right? You strengthen a muscle or increase your endurance so that if the time comes when you need to do some heavy lifting or are required to run 10 miles you can do it because you've been training for it all along.

And of course, it's always important to have some fun together so that the work doesn't ever feel like work. I think we have that part covered.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mile a Day

If you've been following my Instagram feed then you may have noticed daily photos of my feet in my running shoes. I've committed myself to running at least one mile a day for one year. I was inspired by this post from Emma and decided to try it for myself. I see this as a small exercise in self-discipline for the year. I am hoping that as time goes on and the weather starts to get warmer my mileage will begin to increase again. I'm taking it slow to try and avoid any serious injuries akin to the last time I was running regularly. The weather has been great up until recently and I'm wondering what strategies I will have to use when it's less than ideal for a run outside. I'll probably just layer up and head out hoping for the best. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Weekend

I'm making good on that challenge to get out of the apartment this weekend. Tonight Jon and I are headed to Brooklyn Bowl for a friend's birthday celebration and then on to dinner at one of our favorite Polish restaurants in the neighborhood. Saturday we're heading out to meet a friend at Prospect Park for a run and then will be heading to a friend's housewarming party. Monday Jon and I plan on getting up early for tickets to BAM's Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy your weekend! More soon.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

So This Is The New Year

Detail from my childhood bedroom.

I am in a weird transitional space and have been since right before the new year. I'm waiting on paperwork to be finalized to start a new job and have cut my full time working hours to only two days a week. This has left me with a lot of time on my hands.

I'm doing things and keeping myself busy but part of me feels like I am squandering this time. I guess I should be taking full advantage of the city while my days are free and the weather continues to be mild, right? But I'm happy spending these days in my neighborhood and apartment with the company of my husband and cat. Is that so wrong? I am happy to say that I have not turned into a hermit and continue to see my friends and to go out in the evenings. The hours of my social life are the same but the hours of my free time have expanded considerably. I guess that's the thing I'm struggling with. I suddenly have all this time and I feel (self-imposed) pressure to spend it on fantastic adventures in the city instead of boring things like laundry. 

You know, now that I think about it this has always been a struggle - to strike a balance between doing the homey-nesting thing and the adventurous city-exploring thing. In previous years it was making sure that I had enough down time at home to recharge and relax. These past few weeks it's felt more like the other way around. Is this a cyclical thing? Maybe I'm getting soft in my *old* age.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New In The Shop

Felt flower hair clips are listed in the shop. Several sizes and colors are available. I don't know if it's the weather we've been having lately or what but I've been loving the contrast between the Charcoal Grey and Deep Pink hair clips when I wear the two together. Something about that bright pop of color next to a deep and rich grey makes me feel better about these long winter nights.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Number Two

Our living room is a high holy mess thanks to the odds and ends that have accumulated from Jon's move, the wedding and the holidays. We're slowly but surely going through and finding a place for each item but in a small Brooklyn apartment with limited storage space it takes some time and creativity. At one point Jon remarked "This apartment is like Tetris." He's totally right. Things have to fit just *so* or it is not going to work. 

As always, we're working on it.

This week's portrait was taken today a couple of hours after my first root canal (!!!). The procedure was actually not painful at all and apparently that molar was tricky, having four roots instead of the normal three. 

I hope to never have another one again.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New In The Etsy Shop

I've listed some new items in the Etsy Shop. If you have a moment please take a minute to look around. There will be more garlands and felt flower items listed very soon.

Monday, January 7, 2013

What I Saw: The Transit Museum

The first museum Sunday excursion of 2013 was to the MTA Transit Museum. It was full of kids and parents and once we got in my friend asked "Are we age appropriate for this venue?" Cue the sad trombone.

Aside from dodging the wee ones and their slightly manic parents it was an enjoyable experience. The first few exhibits showcased the history and construction of the New York City subways - lots of reading and lots of interesting old photos. There was a collection of portraits of several former Miss Subway winners. I think that was my favorite part of the entire museum.

"Still a babe" - I love that.

The lower level held several vintage subway cars that were open for people to walk through and explore. There were signs everywhere that said that it was still a working train station and DO NOT TOUCH the third rail.

It was an interesting museum but I honestly don't know if I'll ever stop down again. I was a little disappointed but I think that's partly because I had built up such expectations for the museum over the last couple of years. It is a nice way to spend an afternoon and is probably one of the more kid-friendly venues I've been to. Admission is very cheap, only $7 for adults, so even if you spend less than an hour there you don't feel like you've wasted your money. That's always a good thing in my book.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Project

Jon and I decided to attempt a project for 2013 - a portrait a week for 52 weeks. I'll be uploading the weekly photos to my Flickr account.

The Year In Review

(Photo courtesy of Christa Kimble)

I would have to say that 2012 was an amazing year. I am incredibly thankful and humbled by the richness of this life.