Brooklyn Bridge

Christian and I have lived in Brooklyn now for two months! Scratch that first sentence, Christian has lived in Brooklyn for two months. Between travel, holidays, and work I haven’t gotten to take in Brooklyn as much as I have wanted. So it’s no surprise that when we had a weekend home together I wanted to make my way to the Brooklyn Bridge.

In all my city visits and trips I have never been. Neither had Christian. It was truly remarkable to see the bridge. The surrounding skyscrapers, people, and cars made the trip. It didn’t even matter that it started to rain a little. It waited until we were off the bridge to down pour.

*this post is delayed as we used these photos for our Christmas card*

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(I had to snap this pic fast before the tourist group behind us caught up)

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My Outfit: J.Crew Jacket // Top – Ralph Lauren // Belt – J.Crew {old}// Pants – J.Crew {old but try these} // Bag – Forever 21 (sold out)// Umbrella – J.Crew {old, like this one}

Christian’s outfit is all J.Crew.

Belated Birthday

2014 meant that I turned 25. Twenty five. I had a quarter-life crisis upon turning twenty-five. I started to dwell on how old I was and where I was in my life. What I wanted to accomplish but that I hadn’t, where I wanted to have gone but hadn’t, what I wanted to have done but didn’t. It made me depressed. So much so that I knew I didn’t want to spend my birthday home. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing more special then spending time with family and friends and celebrating but I just wasn’t in the mood. The weather also didn’t help in making me want to stick around home. One year I had a hurricane and another year I had a snow storm over my birthday. I vowed that I would turn 25 somewhere warm and sunny.

I did my research, compared resorts, compared dates, compared flight times and finally landed on Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. {mind you I booked this before we were in the middle of moving into Brooklyn} Punta Cana was an average of 85 degrees every day with an occasional rain shower. Hey,  it’s the caribbean, that’s to be expected. We spent 5 days and 4 nights at Breathless Punta Cana Resort and Spa. Each day was filled with sunshine and drinks. Crucial for curing the 25 blues.

I was perfectly content with laying by the beach, having some drinks, moving to the pool, reading a good book, nap, get ready for dinner and do it all over again the next day. The only exception to that schedule was my actual birthday. We went for a 1/2 day excursion that involved swimming with sharks and sting rays!

During my actual birthday we woke up early to watch the sunrise like every other morning. When we got to the beach there were double rainbows and just looking at my surroundings it hit me. I didn’t need to dwell on the things I didn’t do, the places I hadn’t gone, or the accomplishments I didn’t have (yet). I had done so much in only twenty-five years on this planet. I had gone a great number of places and still have more than enough time to accomplish many things! Birthday’s are always a time of reflection and it’s best to look back on all the great things during the past year rather than what didn’t happen. Birthday’s are meant to get you excited to see what the next year will bring for you!

Twenty-five was the best. birthday. yet!

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This view every morning is what I miss most.

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By far the best picture from vacation. So jealous!

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Gifts for the Holiday Party 2014

Gifts for the Holiday Party 2014
While we tend to forget with all the hustle and bustle, don’t show up to those holiday parties empty handed. Depending on the event or the occasion plan ahead and grab a bottle of wine or champagne on your way out. Stocking up on candles and soaps ensure you have a little something special for that special host.
If it’s a party you are attending as a group or family, it’s nice to all pitch in for a gift basket that can be customized for the hosts preferences. Fun gifts like salt & pepper shakers or booze tubes for the partier are sure hits.
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Gifts for Him 2014 Edition

Gifts for Him 2014 Holiday Edition
Guys can be tricky to shop for but let this guide help you. Everyone likes a new pair of shades! I also feel cuff links are underrated! You can dress them up with a classic pair or dress them down with a playful character or sports pair. Fun gifts like bobble heads, team apparel, or a flask make for great stocking stuffers (Christian might like stockings more than me!). Treat your guy to his favorite fragrance or face products. It’s nice to gift something that might not be purchased all the time. Tickets to a movie, a game, or a play make for a fun date night out together, or a great time with his best friend! Christian loves to binge watch TV shows, give the gift of a show he hasn’t seen from the beginning that he has been dying to watch (and that might be missing from Netflix).
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Gifts for Her 2014 Edition

Gifts for Her 2014 Edition
It’s the holiday time and if you are like me, it came way too fast! Above are some of my favorite holiday gift ideas for her. For the fashion queen a statement necklace or hat make great gifts. I love getting and giving stocking stuffers like socks and make-up palettes. For the hostess with the mostess fun coasters, trays, and dishes make a great holiday gift. A favorite fragrance, delicate earrings, candle or fun art print make a nice gift for mom!
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Indian Summer Part 2

After Block Island in September Christian and I flew out to Denver, Colorado. Our reason for going was a friend of Christian’s wedding. To make as much out of the three days as possible we did our research while still remaining spontaneous.

We flew in to Denver and then rented a car to get us up to Fairplay where they wedding was held. We spent one night in Fairplay and drove back in to Denver to spend a night there and make it easier for our flight the next afternoon. This was the farthest west I have been and I can honestly say I would go again. The scenery, the weather, the air, the food, it was all so wonderful.

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Indian Summer Part. 1

The next few posts are going to be travel related! Christian and I had a relatively boring summer until September. Indian Summer’s are better than any other. We took our annual trip to Block Island and it was wonderful. This year we got to enjoy the comfort of flying over from our old town and then enjoying the beautiful ferry ride back home to the best island on the East Coast.

The nicest part of Block Island is that even if you are doing nothing, you don’t hate it. Don’t get me wrong, Christian and I went for a walk every morning and we hit the beach and did our annual paddle boarding. But it was nice to be low-key.

That’s the beauty in vacationing in the same place. After the first few times you knock out all the “we must” and “I want to go here”.

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(I took this picture on our drive to believe it or not, the dump, and I am obsessed with it. Might be the best picture I have ever taken.)

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