I'm enrolled in a month-long summer course which means my days of leisure reading are on hold until July. For those who know me well, this is super painful (especially because I'm in the middle of a pretty interesting book)! Because I'm already a little nostalgic for my 'fun' books, I thought I'd list a few of the favorites I've read recently in the hopes that some of you may do some pleasure reading on my behalf. Note: I'm not a book reviewer so I'm not going to do the whole commentary thing. I would, however, love to connect with you on Goodreads, which is my current favorite for tracking and sharing recent reads with friends. Happy reading and be sure to share any old or new favorites!
You may be wondering where the heck I've disappeared to? (Or maybe you're not, in which case, you should be!) Well, ladies and gentleman, I mentioned a few posts ago that my life has taken on a rather dramatic shift. I've left the corporate world to become a teacher for the little guys. So I've been commuting to Brooklyn much earlier than I care to think about and spending my days with wonderful, hilarious, exciting, mind-boggling preschoolers. After six years in the business world, it was quite a shift from Blackberry to potty duty but it has been the most amazing experience and I couldn't be happier. You may notice a slow down in my blogging while I work to figure out my new schedule and start taking classes towards my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Waking up early to blog isn't as easy as it used to be! But fear not...quality posts will still be rolling in. Hope you'll hang in there to see how this journey unfolds! Wish me luck!!
Catbird is one of my favorite online stores. I can 'window' shop for hours on the site. I follow them on Instagram and Twitter. I even applied for a job there once. But for whatever reason, I hadn't made it to the actual brick-and-mortar store in nearby Williamsburg, Brooklyn until last week. Due to a recent career shift (more to come on that!), I've found myself in Brooklyn a lot recently. And in between interviews, meetings and jobs, I've had a lot of time to kill. So when I knew I'd be heading out to Williamsburg for a meeting, I gave myself extra time to be sure and visit. The store was everything I imagined and more - packed full of gems and treasures in every nook and cranny. From candles and cards to the abundance of amazing jewelry I've admired online, my only disappointment was my severe lack of funds rendering me unable to make any purchases.
One of Catbird's signature styles is the ring stack. They sell a crazy assortment of rings - from delicate to chunky - and I saw more than one salesperson helping excited patrons create stacks of their own. One day, Catbird...
Besides their jewelry, Catbird is just full of cool STUFF. 'Stuff' stores tend to be my favorites because you can dig through for hours and each time you visit, you're bound to find something new. I tried to legitimize purchasing just about everything in the store, including the "party in a bag" full of glitter and confetti for an impromptu celebration. (Had I known SOMEONE was getting engaged soon I would have been all over this purchase...). While I work on saving funds for more 'practical' purchases (I guess rent and food are pretty important), I'll continue to admire Catbird from afar. And one day when I'm rich and famous, I'm buying two of everything.
Enjoy this exciting time and let the celebrations begin!!! xoxoxo
*Animation by Shop Ban.do
* Tomorrow night, my mom and I are going to see Orphans with Alec Baldwin. I'll admit I don't know much about the play but it was nominated for a Tony (Best Revival of a Play) and I'm a big Alec Baldwin fan so I'm excited!
* One of my oldest friends and bridesmaid is featured in this awesome article from the Earth Institute. Congrats, Megan!
* I want to go back to Spain.
* I am SO excited that Oh Joy's wallpaper designs are available in apartment-friendly, removable tiles now! I picked the wrong time to stop spending money!
* This designlovefest post about Salvation Mountain is insane. How cool is this!? Has anyone ever been?
Manhattan has all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore. You could probably spend an entire lifetime wandering through 'The City' and come across something new and exciting every day. But every once in a while, it's nice to step away and check out what the outer boroughs have to offer. And with an unlimited metro card, borough hopping is as easy as a subway ride (and maybe a transfer or two).
This past weekend, we made a snap decision to head out to Brooklyn Heights, a neighborhood neither of us is very familiar with in a borough we continue to explore. Without knowing much about this Brooklyn neighborhood (other than the Huxtables 'lived' here!) we were pleasantly surprised by the quiet, tree-lined streets; small but bustling brunch scene and the insane view of Manhattan along the waterfront. We took a walk over to Brooklyn Bridge Park where we snapped this oh-so-touristy shot in front of downtown Manhattan. (Please ignore the wrinkled shirt and ugly construction below me!)
For an easy lunch, we walked over to Iris Take Away, the to-go annex of Iris Cafe. Full of adorable 'rich-hippie' families, you could tell this was a local favorite. As we ate our sandwiches and $6 bag of specialty chips, we talked about whether we'd ever consider moving out to Brooklyn - maybe as a stopover to full-on suburban reality. The jury's still out on that one but a beautiful sunny day in Brooklyn sure gave us something to think about...