black tee and shorts Sometimes when you’re wandering around NYC, you’ll stumble into pockets of space where the hustle and bustle of the city fades. The streets are quieter, the sidewalks are less crowded, and the air is cleaner. It feels like a world apart.

That’s how I felt when I met up with Jessica in the West Village on Saturday. I’d started my day with a cup of coffee at home, then I met up with my godsister at the Greenwich Village location of Umami Burger. After lunch I had a bit of time to kill, so I sat down a in a little park off 14th street and 8th avenue. The weather was great- it was a bit overcast, but still warm, and the humidity wasn’t too bad. There was a fountain in this park and the background sound of the water was soothing as I listened to a podcast and enjoyed the weather.

When Jessica arrived, we found a quiet little street to take pictures on. The West Village is full of lovely stoops and picturesque streets, so it really wasn’t that hard. Afterwards we walked about and admired various charming shops, although most of them were too expensive for us to actually shop there. We also stumbled onto Magnolia Bakery, so naturally we had to get cupcakes.

On this lovely afternoon, I kept it simple in a black tee with some lace detail and my relatively new cut-off shorts from Gap. This summer hasn’t been too horrible weather-wise (so far), but let’s all cross our fingers that it stays that way!

jeans shorts outfits Outfit Details: H&M top, Gap shorts, H&M sneakers, H&M sunglasses, Fossil Erin Satchel (via Macy’s), Lips- Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout | photos- Jessica

Window Shopping I’m trying to save money for a potential vacation in August, so that means no actual shopping for me right now. That doesn’t mean that I can’t window shop though, right?

- It was so hard to resist shopping when I saw J. Crew’s new arrivals. This silk sleeveless blouse seems like something I’d wear over and over again.

- This star necklace- *insert heart-eye emoji here*.

- I think this colorblock chiffon shirt is so pretty. It’s another top that could do double duty- for work and for weekends.

- Give me all the starry things, including this button-down shirt.

- Pineapple print is the novelty print of the season and this mini-skirt version is so cute.

- Scallop-hem shorts? Yes please!

- Say hello the summer version of the chambray shirt.

Tell me: What’s on your wishlist right now?

 

Pico de Gallo Okay, it’s confession time. Up until a few months ago, I used to be pretty good at cooking meals to take to work for lunch. I’d gotten to the point where I cooked meals during the week and limited my take-out meals to the weekend. It took me a while to work myself up to that point and I was proud of my progress.

Then one day, I slipped. I ordered food during the week and it was just so. freaking. convenient. All you had to do was click a few buttons and within 30-45 minutes, someone brought food directly to your door. Then I went from ordering food 3-4 times a week to ordering food every single day. I didn’t have to go to the grocery store (which I really dislike doing here in the city) and I didn’t have to come home tired from work and then worry about cooking a meal- hooray!

If you don’t live in New York City, this might be very surprising to hear. There are so many sites here that offer free food delivery, you can pretty much find any kind of cuisine you’re looking for, and these sites are constantly offering discounts. I think there’s a joke about ovens in NYC apartments being used for storage, rather than cooking. Of course, that’s not everyone, but I think it’s more common than you might guess.

Anyways, all that is to say that I stopped cooking regularly and started ordering all of my meals. I’d still take lunch to work, but I’d carefully portion and stretch what I ordered to last throughout the week. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against ordering delivery and in some cases the cost/meal can still be pretty cheap. However, I would like to start cooking again for a few reasons:

- It will help me save money, which is always a good thing.

- Variety. There are certain things I don’t like to order because they don’t travel well and/or I prefer the homemade version.

- I do enjoy cooking from time to time and it can be really satisfying to make a meal that turns out well.

So I’m starting slow. Last night I went to the grocery store for the first time in months and I picked up a few things. I started with a simple chicken and orzo salad and I also made some pico de gallo, because last summer I discovered that homemade pico de gallo is the best. My goal is reasonable- I’d like to work back up to cooking about half my meals and ordering the rest, because I know I can’t quit Seamless cold turkey.

I’m really curious to hear other people’s thoughts on this topic. How often do you cook- a lot? a little? Are you shocked to hear my confession? If you do cook regularly, what keeps you motivated? If you have any tips for me, I’d love to hear them!

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It’s been a little while since I shared what was happening in my life, so I thought I would just write today and fill you guys in. Nothing terribly exciting has happened, but there have been a few fun nights with good friends!

On Thursday I…went to my roommate’s annual company party. Sometimes our friends joke that we’re like an old married couple because we bicker like one and then we do things like go to work functions together. It was my third year going with him and I dressed up a little and headed there straight after work. The weather was absolutely perfect that night- warm, but not humid, with a soft breeze blowing over the water. There was an open bar and free food and I was chatting with some of his colleagues outside when we witnessed one of the loveliest sunsets I’ve seen recently.

On Friday I… headed to work in the morning and got out around 1.00pm thanks to Summer Fridays. Then went back home and took advantage of the natural light to film a video for my youtube channel. After a few hours of reading, I was rather hungry, so I texted my roommate. It turns out he was planning to have dinner with a work friend at the Thai restaurant across the street from our apartment. Five minutes later I was dressed and meeting them downstairs for a cheap and tasty meal.

On Saturday I… was rather tired. I’d been tired all week and as a result, I took a nap on Friday afternoon for about an hour. Well that totally screwed up my sleeping schedule and I wasn’t able to go to sleep until around 5.30am on Saturday morning. Somehow I still woke up at 8am and got started with my day. The daytime involved a lot more reading (I was aiming to finish book six for the read-a-thon), and watching some TV, as well as youtube videos. In the evening my roomie and I headed to Central Park to meet a couple of friends. We shared a bottle of wine in the park and then headed to a restaurant in the Upper East Side called Cilantro. There I had a very large and very delicious mango margarita, along with an order of calamari. Afterwards we headed to a nearby bar where they rang a bell every time a keg was finished, and from there to our friend’s apartment to chill.

On Sunday I… had a lot of reading to do. This was the last day of the read-a-thon and I’d saved the biggest book for last. One of the challenges was to read a book-to-movie adaptation and watch the movie, and for that I’d chosen The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I’ve seen the movie several times but I’d never read the book. I can now happily say that the book is as delightful as the movie and I really enjoyed rewatching the movie just after finishing the book. Other than that, I worked on some stuff for the blog, filmed a couple more videos, and painted my nails (a key part of my Sunday rituals).

Now you’re all caught up! I hope I didn’t bore you with these little life updates, but I enjoy reading posts like these and I hope you do too. Now it’s your turn…

Tell me: What’s been going on with you lately?
What’s something you did recently, or something that happened in your life?