Mornings O U T: DIA: BEACON

December 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Last weekend, Ashley and I ventured North for a BFF Day away.  We chose Beacon, NY because we’d both never been, it’s not too far from the city, and we’d heard good things. UM. BEACON IS GREAT. But Beacon’s jewel, DIA was really, really great.

Pulled from their site: Dia was founded in New York City in 1974 by Philippa de Menil, Heiner Friedrich, and Helen Winkler to help artists achieve visionary projects that might not otherwise be realized because of scale or scope. To suggest the institution’s role in enabling such ambitions, they selected the name “Dia,” taken from the Greek word meaning “through.” « Read the rest of this entry »

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Mornings Out: Elizabeth Street Garden

June 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

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If you’re looking for ways to spend a morning in the city, consider visiting the Elizabeth Street Garden tucked in Nolita. It is the perfect oasis between shopping and brunching.  Bring a blanket and spend an hour reading (conveniently located near McNally Johnson, if you’re empty handed) underneath a trees or quickly stroll through the .46 acres of green space if you’re pressed for time.

New York City parks and gardens are magical in the summer, but it’s little ones like these that make turning a corner on a crowded neighborhood incredibly rewarding.

The garden offers various events throughout the week and weekend, which you can read about here.  Unfortunately, housing construction plans are a threat, but by signing this letter and spreading the news you can make a difference.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday morning? Any favorite parks? Let me know.

Now get out there! It’s summer.

S U N D A Y in Paris

July 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Last Sunday I was more or less ready to lug my blongings (brocante purchases really weigh down a carry-on) to and fro Charles De Gualle….but at 8am, word reached me that my flight had cancelled. Tragedy! A whole day in Paris! Mine! To be had! On a Sunday! Too good to be true. « Read the rest of this entry »

More Prague

February 9, 2015 § 5 Comments

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetI’m still day dreaming about Prague mornings. Everything should start with pastel streets and sculptures (even if the ones on the Charles Bridge are actually just really old replicas) and wool coats. We don’t have an excess of pretty winter wear in SC, and I’d rather not make any other compasrisons between Prague and the faux-rural mostly suburban city I live in.
Let’s just say I was happy. « Read the rest of this entry »

Edinburgh

November 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Unsure if anyone in Edinburgh actually lives there. The city is built on the grounds of natural disaster. It’s gorgeous. You can’t really blame it for being full of tourists. The architecture, the lights, that park, a castle, the leaves in November. These are all good, justifiable things drawing everybody in. Too many people wearing cameras (including me, let’s be real) but too many pretty things to look at. Balance, maybe. And many, many uphill steps.

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Two Days in Glasgow aka Gotham City

October 19, 2014 § 2 Comments

How I didn’t expect my short trip in Glasgow to go:                       faking an immediate bereavement at midnight with my Swedish coworker, Johan, insisting we had to fly to Stockholm in the morning– receptionist doing his best to seem concerned but implying there was no unbooking in our future. Our accommodation was truly bad, but we survived. Twenty minutes after our stunt, we giddily took to the streets, grief-less, hungy, drunk.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIt was a blast. It was dark. It was gloomy. The archictecure! The history! The art! The cafes! The easiest metro in the whole UK! We met up with our other coworkers, engaged and now on their way to Thailand (Alice: “Do you blog about us?” Me: Yes. Here. Now. I hope you’re safe.) who introduced us to their friend from Auckland, now living in G-Town, who did a seriously good job of showing us the city. I’m doing a lot of nationality and name dropping here, but all I’m saying: there is something better than exploring a good place—and that is exploring it in good company. In the words of Johan himself, it was a proper good time.

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Super Good

January 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

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This Monday morning was a bit of a party-crasher after spending my weekend celebrating art, music, and some of my dearest and best friends.  Between a new exhibit opening at Redux downtown Charleston and Octopus Jones “Phantasmagoria” album release show in Columbia, I was a little bit in love with everything. Except for the Grammys.

Along with good times, good people, and a little too much food (i.e.,french fries from both Rarebit and Thirsty Fellow), there was liquor to be had. Sunday morning, I nursed myself back to health with a half-bottle of Cherry-Chia Kombucha and a jar of juice (kale, cucumber, celery, orange, ginger, lemon + wheatgrass) I had made Saturday afternoon and, by the grace of God, left in my car (aka makeshift refrigerator) overnight. Later, I used seeing Danny as an excuse to indulge in expensive chocolate pastries and a latte.

Delicious treats aside, I definitely needed to readjust this morning. I juiced brussels sprouts and followed that with a smoothie.

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Brussels & Berries:

  • small bowl of brussels sprouts
  • two carrots
  • two granny smith apples
  • 1/2 banana
  • handful of raspberries
  • some chia & flax seeds

* First, I juiced the carrots and apples. I didn’t end up using all of the juice.  In fact, I saved about half of it. If you don’t want extra, only juice one carrot and one apple. I added that straight to blender and threw in the banana, raspberries, chia&flax seeds, and some ice. Not difficult.

* I juiced brussels sprouts into a separate glass. Drank it in one big gulp. Somewhat difficult.

Happy Monday!

One of Kimberly Witham's sculptures.

One of Kimberly Witham’s sculptures on display until March at Redux Contemporary Art Center.

Photo cred: @clint_daryl

Photo cred: @clint_daryl

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Too cold for outside cafe seating// romantic car eats

Too cold for outside cafe seating// romantic car eats

The.Best. Listen to "Super Good", "Stanky Toes" as many times as necessary. I can't seem to stop.

The.Best. Listen to “Super Good” & “Stanky Toes” as many times as necessary. I can’t stop. And I won’t stop.

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