summer in the city

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At the end of the last week, my cousin and I took a semi-spontaneous trip to New York City.  We visited (so many) friends, took in some incredible contemporary art, and tested out our fair share of rooftops and rosé.  A bit of a photo diary below, if you’d like to see…

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We laid our heads down in Columbus Circle at night, but spent most of our days in Brooklyn.

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The first rooftop stop was perhaps the most charming, a little French-style bruncherie (just go with it) in Williamsburg called Juliette.  The service, omelettes, and infamous cobb salad were so refreshing after a 4 hour bus ride.  Highly recommend.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Williamsburg without a stop at Catbird, The Bedford Cheese Shop, Awoke Vintage, Beacon’s Closet* (which provided my wardrobe for the entire weekend- no exaggeration), and the rest of the charming boutiques scattered from Grand Street to Division Ave.

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I was really itching to see the Please Touch The Art exhibition since reading about it on Joanna’s blog.  Created by Danish artist Jeppe Hien and dotted throughout the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the collection consists of modified social benches in bright fluorescents, “appearing rooms” of skyward shooting water, and a “mirror labyrinth” reflecting Manhattan’s scape from across the river.  We also got to check out Tom Fruin’s gorgeous stained glass house, which I couldn’t seem to stop photographing, as evidenced above.

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I’m convinced it’s truly impossible to visit DUMBO without stopping into at least one hip coffee shop (we chose Brooklyn Roasting Company) and a quirky art gallery for good measure (Smack Mellon was a treat of a little exhibit set in a restored mill building whose gorgeous windows alone are worth the wander in).  Another fun discovery- when the line at Brooklyn Ice Cream Company seems daunting, opt instead for the basil-infused lemonade from Lizzmonade.  Holy delicious.
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Neither M nor I had ever walked the Brooklyn Bridge, so naturally it was high time to cross that off the bucket list.  As we traversed the iconic structure drawing together Brooklyn and her big sister, Manhattan, I couldn’t help but reflect on the connectivity beneath and around us.  We spent that walk marveling at our luck to be gifted with the presence of a cousin who feels more like a sister.

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Which brings me to the topic of family, and friends that feel like it.  Reveling in the blissful moments that spawn, seeing old friends you’ve met and immediately loved in so many mediums- through your best friend, as wild 19-year-olds at a RISD Halloween party, 7 years ago in a 2-week summer program at Jacob’s Pillow- friends who reside in cities from NY to Copenhagen, whom you catch up with on occasion and very seldom see- these moments are what make any trip worth taking.

Annnnnd cheesy mushy gush session, concluded.

*If you haven’t seen the Beacon’s Closet episode of Broad City, you’re missing out.

the ballerina collection

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My all-time favorite jewelry brand, Catbird, has just launched a new line of dainty earrings and bracelets inspired by ballet.  Each “long, lean, and graceful” piece evokes the delicate nature of a prima ballerina.  Checking out the collection in their charming store in Williamsburg the other day, I immediately pictured each and every piece with pointe shoes and a bun.  I’d had my eye on the opal teardrop ring (pictured below) for quite some time, so none of the ballerina-suited baubles came home with me this time, but now I’m really lusting over those rose gold “barre” earrings and the matching barre bracelet.

I did pick up the opal ring and also a rose gold threadbare for my pointer finger…

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…and I’m loving the way they look with the turquoise ring my boyfriend bought me at one of my favorite boutiques in Paris.  Oh and with the lovely tan line on my middle finger…ha.  Happy Sunday!

summer in the city

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Apologies for my unannounced absence from the blogosphere, I was busy hanging out in nyc!  When a few of my lovely friends from RISD invited me to come up and visit for a few days, I couldn’t say no.

We actually ended up spending a fair amount of time in Brooklyn, which was fine with me.  I’ve always wanted to explore the up-and-coming artsy neighborhood of Williamsburg.  With a pizza dinner out, (check out Juliana’s– my friend’s older brother did all of their signage! ….oh and their pizza is delicious), a (nonnegotiable) stop at Catbird for some new ring a ding dings, a spin around the infamous Beacon’s Closet thrift store where hipsters of all spectacle-shape and and crop-top color flock like moths to a flame, a visit to The Bedford to nosh on a kale-heavy lunch, a walk around The Bedford Cheese Shop, and a few minutes of ogling the cluttered constellation-like lights of Manhattan from across the East River, we covered a lot of bases.

Back in the city, there were fancy craft beers to drink at Proletariat, and fun shopping to be done around Soho (check out Artizia).  It’s been a while since I’ve seen the summer in nyc.  Refreshing, in a sweaty, too-many-people, two-days-is-more-than-enough, kind of way.