Exploring Central Park in Spring + Some Photos

Hi all! When spring rolls around all I want to do is be outside. Since spring has gotten warmer I’ve been planning a lot of outdoor events, even if it’s as simple as having a drink outside in Bryant Park. Last Friday I had the afternoon off from work for Easter weekend, so I went up to Central Park (a pretty short walk from my office, which is so nice) and took my camera along with me. It was a bright and warm day, and the park was pretty full. I took some photos, and here they are. I hope you like them. transitioning to spring outfits-2

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A Poem about Spring, by Rainer Maria Rilke

One of my favorite poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, did indeed write a lot about spring. A few weeks ago I shared a poem he wrote about early spring, but now that the season has finally come around, I want to share another, one I love even more.

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Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.

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A poem about early spring, by Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy Monday! Or is it happy? 😉 Today I wanted to share a poem by one of my favorite authors/poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, a German poet who was famous at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. He wrote one of my favorite poems, The Duino Elegies. Here’s a simple one he wrote about spring!

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New beginnings & my new year’s resolutions

Oh my! It’s been a crazy year already for me and it’s hardly been two weeks. I’ve been posting a little less than I have in the past because there have been some exciting new events in my life that have kept me busy in a very good way. I thought I’d reflect on them here, and think about my goals for the upcoming year.

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Holiday Gift Guide: for the bookish fashionista

Here on my blog, I get to combine some of the things I love the most, like books and fashion and travel. I like to emphasize one’s ability to enrich their life through art, travel, and self-expression, and I also like to rate and review the things I’ve loved and hated. So here’s my Holiday Gift Guide for girls like me: those who love a good book, an amazing pair of shoes, a new destination, and an optimistic attitude. 😉

Most of these things on my list are things I’ve bought or been gifted, but some of them are on my real life wish list this season! I hope you find some inspiration for the special people in your life, or even some new things to put on your own wish list this year. The holidays aren’t about giving/getting presents, but there’s no harm in wishing for a few nice things in your life. So here’s my Holiday Gift Guide:

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On being 25…

Today is my 25th birthday, a huge milestone for all of us, and milestones like these always make me very introspective and thoughtful and goals-y, so I thought I’d write a little bit today about how I feel to be a quarter of a century old!

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Alice in Wonderland quotes to laugh and live by

Alice in Wonderland is one of those books everyone has read, and a story that everyone knows. The story has been changed and reinterpreted so many times and that’s lovely, but it’s also the absolute best to return to the original book and get lost in its zany wisdom. I’ve always been in love with Alice in Wonderland quotes and their brand of ironic truths and hidden meanings in the ridiculous, and these quotes are no different.

“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”

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Featured Photographer // Alex Marcano

Happy Monday, all! Today I have a special feature on a New York photographer friend of mine who has recently shot some amazing, professional photos for me for The Most Happy. I’m really excited for some professional photos here (in case you didn’t know, I don’t have a “real” photographer—my mom usually takes my photos for me 🙂 ) and wanted to take the chance to highlight Alex’s amazing work. He shoots weddings, portraits, engagements, families, and the most stunning landscapes. This is his story:

“I’m a 23-year-old photographer with a bachelors in psychology and music, currently taking pictures of paintings as a 9 to 5 job, or in my case a 9 to 6. Plans changed a little over time and I found myself gravitating away from the thing I studied for four years. I felt more comfortable behind a camera capturing a wedding day than I did working in the psychology lab at Stony Brook. I guess you can say I have the typical story of shooting with my dad’s old camera and taking pictures of lawn chairs and fences in black and white for my high school photo class.

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Snapshots // Midsummer

“I wish I could find words—serious, beautiful words—to describe it in the afternoon sunlight; the more I strive for them, the more they utterly elude me.”

I’ve been having a lovely summer so far, with friends and warm nights. The quote above is from one of my favorite books I Capture the Castle, a book my sister made me read when I was a young teenager. It’s still one of her—and my—favorite books. Summer and spring always make me happier and feel more alive and more at peace, and this year, I’m looking forward to new beginnings, new challenges, new adventures, and putting into motion some big things so I can get some goals met. It’s scary, but I’m really looking forward to it.

I’ve been filled with anxiety this year because of a job, so finding some days and moments to do what I love and be with people I love means the world to me. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

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