October 25th was this blog’s first birthday.
I have been having a wonderful, leafy, beer-y, apply fall this year which is why the blog has been just a wee bit quieter lately on the book and fashion fronts…so in lieu of not posting anything, I thought I’d share some highlights of my autumn with you all.
On my birthday weekend I headed upstate again to Glen Brook Farm with my sister, brother-in-law and friends, and autumn had arrived there so much more quickly than it has down here in the ‘burbs. Everything was a lush orange and red, and the ground was covered in fall foliage. Even the misty mountains turned red. It was Oktoberfest weekend, so there was lots of barbecue and plenty of great beer and great friends. It was such a fun weekend and a perfect way to celebrate my 23rd birthday (ouch!).
Then today I went apple picking with my family and broke the “no climbing trees” rule, except I’m a wuss and only went up like three feet. But my sister and I sat on a low limb and pretended to be wood nymphs or something (wearing jeans). It was a lot of fun! We nearly killed each other and other people with that ten-foot apple picker stick, but it was definitely an experience! I haven’t gone apple picking in three or four years, and it was something I used to do every year when I was a kid, so it brought back some memories.
This past weekend was also my sister’s bachelorette party! A group of like 15 cousins and friends came out for the event, which was so much fun. We went on a vineyard tour of Long Island, got our faces painted at one of my favorite spots in the city, Riff Raff’s, and had an amazing taco-and-margarita dinner at Teqa. I also snapped a few photos of my sisters and me on the balcony of my cousin’s apartment in Chelsea. She has a pretty awesome view:
What have you all been doing this fall? Any fun festivals or beer-oriented activities you’d like to share?
Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m just a picky person. Or maybe I’m just too damn poor for Stitch Fix.
I took a chance signing up with the service which, if you’ve never heard of it, sends you five items of clothing and jewelry once a month, or as many times as you wish. You can choose the buy the items once they arrive or send them back and pay nothing but a $20 styling fee. If you do choose the buy at least one of the items, the $20 becomes credit toward your purchase. Not bad, right?
So I signed up, fully aware that the items were in the $50-$100 range, whereas I usually spend no more than $30 for a single pair of pants or a top, for example. I’m pretty poor. But still: if there’s something I like then I can use the $20 as credit and maybe splurge a little.
Here’s my first Stitch Fix box:
I received a pair of maroon corduroy pants, a black and white shift dress, a knit striped sweater, a patterned top, and a black swing cardigan. I tried them on only briefly so I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures of the fit.
All of the clothes were high quality and beautiful, but none of the items really fit my style, or if they did, I already owned something similar (like the maroon pants). They also didn’t fit well at all. I’m pretty small, especially on top, and even though all the sizes were XS or S, they were all huge! I sent everything back and didn’t sign up for a second box yet. I don’t know when—or if—I will. Oh well! I guess it’s back to haunting clearance racks for me.
Last weekend I experienced what was one of my favorite things in the world: a beer tasting on board a 19th century replica schooner on the Hudson River. This day was perfect in so many ways and I wanted to share my experience with you all. If you’re ever coming to New York in the summer, this is a must, especially if you love beer. And pirates 😉
I found this company on Groupon; it’s called Manhattan By Sail / Clipper City and they organize these kinds of events all over the city. Each week the boat departs on Saturday and Sunday for two hours, from noon to 2 p.m. Each week sees another brewery featured, and our brewery was Captain Lawrence. Being from Westchester, Captain Lawrence is a staple and they brew some of my favorite beers so while I didn’t get to try anything new, it was still awesome having my favorite beers while riding on this amazing 19th century-inspired ship!
The view was sick. I’ve been on Circle Lines before but never like this. I can get really sappy about America and about New York, so this view was just to die for, in my opinion! The beer helped. Everything was also organized really well. There were appetizers served aboard the ship like meats and cheeses, and five brews were served every fifteen minutes! They also had other brews for sale by the pint.
It was also really cool seeing the ship (even though it had a motor) being “crewed” by the employees, who worked the helm, lowered the sails, and did all these other shippy things. Everything was organized really well and it was the perfect day! I loved spending time with my sister and brother-in-law, and luckily we had a clear day and smooth sailing…
They took us right up to that pretty lady, the Statue of Liberty, and then we had this just amazing panorama of lower Manhattan and the Freedom Tower.
This post isn’t sponsored or anything, but I feel so compelled to endorse this event anyway, since I just had such a great experience. Check out the Manhattan By Sail / Clipper City Beer Tasting and seriously do this if you’re ever in New York for the warmer months!
Hey everyone! I was recently a “featured blogger” on the Made in the Shade Blog (check out Becky’s amazing blog) and I thought about doing something similar here. So many of my fellow bloggers, whether they’re food, fashion or book bloggers, have inspired me so much and I wanted to institute a monthly feature to highlight their stories on this blog. The feature will appear in the first week of every month, as a regular blog post. I would like to tell the featured blogger’s story and include personal photos and a summary of what their blog is about. I think this is a great way to connect with other women (and men!) and hopefully make this space even more inclusive. So, if you’re interested in participating, here’s how:
Send me an email at email@example.com telling me why you would like to be a featured blogger. Tell me about yourself, your story, your blog, and what sets you apart from the crowd. Ideally I would like to feature women but obviously men are more than welcome. On this blog there is an emphasis on community and feminist ideas so I’d like to keep it positive.
To participate, follow me either here on WordPress, on Bloglovin, or on Twitter/Instagram. Links are on the right side of this page. I’ll support you also and follow all of your accounts right back.
I’m eager to meet many more of you amazing bloggers, and I hope we can work together!
In the meantime, check out the tab on the top right of my homepage, where you can access all this information and more.
Working from home obviously requires a lot of power and constant connectivity. That’s why I was so happy when Lumsing approached me to review a product for them. I chose a mobile power bank, which allows me to keep my devices charged and working while I am. I chose the Lumsing® 10400mAh Harmonica Style Portable Power Bank in champagne gold.
Working from my desk at home gets tiring, so like a lot of other writers/those who work from home, I frequent Starbuckses, cafes, Barnes & Nobles, to get my work done. I love my little Lumsing power bank because I can keep my iPhone, Kindle, and sometimes my mom’s iPad fully charged and working perfectly.
The Lumsing packaging was very careful and cute! I loved the sturdiness and quality of the unit itself, and the fact that it came with a little drawstring carrying case was an extra bonus. The unit came almost fully charged, but I plugged it into my laptop to give it a boost before I started using it, just to make sure. The four blue dots told me the unit was fully charged and ready to use.
I plugged my nearly dead iPhone into the power bank and it charged as fast as you would expect if the phone were plugged into a wall unit: about an hour or so. After the full charge, the power bank hadn’t lost any of its charge, so that’s awesome. I brought it with me for a long writing sesh at Starbucks and it was really helpful, not taking up any USB ports on my laptop and allowing me to work freely and stay connected.
I think a power bank is a great thing to have for any office, but especially for anyone who wants to remain mobile. It is another thing to carry, but instead of plugging into a wall outlet at work and taking up space, or sapping power out of your laptop, now I can use the power bank to charge all my devices and make my work a lot easier. The bank provides like five or six full iPhone charges and it’s just another line of defense in the business of trying to stay connected!
I also took it outside while I worked and kept my iPhone charged. I think this power bank can actually replace my wall charger. It’s certainly a lot more convenient.
So, thanks Lumsing for the power bank. It’s so cute, and I really love it!
You can get yours at this link for about $20 now, which is an insane deal.
Power Bank c/o Lumsing
A couple weeks ago I wrote an article about how Modcloth had signed a pledge promising not to Photoshop their ads. The “Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge,” organized by the Brave Girls’ Alliance, sets out terms and conditions limiting the Photoshop practices of those who sign the pledge. By signing, Modcloth has agreed to “do [their] best not to change the shape, size, proportion, color and/or remove/enhance the physical features, of the people in [their] ads in post-production.” ModCloth also agrees to label any photoshopped images with a “Truth in Advertising” label to ensure that “children and teens do not confuse an advertising ‘ideal’ with what’s real.”
Modcloth is the first official clothing retailer to sign the pledge! When I heard the news, I was happy, but it also seemed to me kind of a no-brainer. I think the time for Photoshopping women’s bodies has passed, honestly. Society has changed to the point where so many women would rather see diversity in their ads, diversity that shows their different types of bodies represented in a positive light. This brings me to Modcloth’s “Truth in Fashion” campaign.
Modcloth’s campaign is built on the results of a study proving just how much “the fashion industry is out of step with what women are looking for.” Modcloth has a point, as big-name fashion retailers and magazines continue to Photoshop their models to fit into an ideal that so many women are learning to reject. There is no ideal body type for women. And Modcloth has not only embraced that, but they have been promoting it since the establishment of their company.
The Modcloth “Truth in Fashion” campaign gives power back to women, to the consumers of fashion, to set the standards for what they see in their ads and magazines. This is a huge shift in perspective from the fashion industry, because we’re all so used to seeing one type of woman represented in our magazines. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with being skinny (I’ve been rail-thin all my life and have sometimes been mocked for it, so that shows you no one is immune to body-shaming) but obviously, all women are beautiful just the way they are. Modcloth celebrates this.
So I will be participating in their “Truth in Fashion” campaign, and so should you! To join the “movement,” take an outfit photo or selfie and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag “#fashiontruth.” Your photo will be posted on the Modcloth blog! I’ll be participating as a Featured Blogger, and I hope that the little I’ve done to promote healthy body image will make a difference.
Photo from Modcloth blog, links to source.
Today I wanted to share with you all a project I’ve been working on for the past few months: redecorating my bedroom. Since high school it’s gone through many transformations, but now that I’m an adult and working from home, I really needed a space all to myself, that I loved and wouldn’t mind spending hours in.
I painted one wall red and the other ones gold; I love bright, dramatic colors and this was perfect. Can you tell I’m obsessed with mermaids? And John William Waterhouse!
All the pieces of furniture in my bedroom were white before the redecoration: kiddy white furniture I’ve had since I was young. To redecorate, I scoured thrift stores, Home Goods, and estate sales and found some pretty awesome pieces for absurdly cheap, like $15 to $20 dollars! I also love decorating with souvenirs from places I’ve visited. My cousin calls me Ariel, because I hoard junk like The Little Mermaid.
All of my clothes are in a wardrobe in my sister’s old room, so my bedroom feels more like an office now! Except for the shoes, which are the focal point, of course 😉 It was also a challenge finding places to put books. I had everything organized and perfect, until a B&N shopping spree left me with no room again! Maybe under my bed?
It also took me a while to find the perfect chair, one with the right height and comfort level, without being ugly. I got this one from Pier 1, and I’m obsessed with it. It has three different patterns. The desk is my old art desk from high school that my art teacher let me keep when they got new furniture for the art room. So that was free! It’s chipped and has paint stains all over it, and I love it so much.
I’m kind of attached to my old dolls, and semi-afraid that if I move them into the attic they’ll get mad and kill me in the night, so they stay in my room.
I’m so happy with the finished product and I just love my room now! What do you guys think?
Here are some pictures from a vacation I took a couple weeks ago, to a magical place called Glen Brook Farm in upstate New York. We go every year in July, and for a week, we act like lunatics and do strange events like mini golf in costume, pretend horse racing, really bad karaoke, costume contests, and a fair amount of alcohol. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the week, plus an awesome double photo shoot. It’s really the best place on earth.
Caesar salad costume. Impressive, I know.
And a dramatic golf photo shoot:
Can’t wait for next year!
I’m excited to share some photos of my recent trip to Portland with you all! The things I loved most about the trip was exploring Old Portland and visiting the Head Light Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth. I loved the combination of city and country and the energy Portland has. I’m a city girl at heart, but there’s a sense of rejuvenation that comes from being close to nature.
I also loved the beer 🙂 Portland’s craft beer is pretty awesome, and I tried as many different brews as I could! And of course, the delicious lobster. The Bite into Maine food truck was one of the highlights of our trip! We also went kayaking, which completely kicked my ass.
Beeer! And lobster. I had such a great time with my friends exploring this new town. I wish I could travel for a living. Is there a place you instantly fell in love with when you visited? Is there a place you’ve always wanted to visit?