Category Archives: Night Life

On Loving Cities More Than People

The other day, my good friend Lara shared this beautiful blog entry with me. If you would like to check out the blog, click here. The entry was posted by Carrie Laski. Lara and I are both city girls — we love what New York City has to offer. The rushed pace – intimate coffee shops – tons of bars/restaurants – the autumn weather – the peace of Central Park. There is so much to learn about this irreplaceable city. I think you’ll love the words below; I certainly do — it’s a little long, but worth it.

“It wasn’t you, it was the trains we rode on. It was standing under the yellow glare of the lights and watching the cross section of humanity travel with us across town. We were pushed up against each other — you in your pea coat, me in mine — sharing a pair of headphones as the train rumbled through the underground. We may not have said a word or we may have spoken novels into each other’s ears. I can’t remember. We finally exited and climbed up the grimy stairs into the cold, starless night surrounded by traffic and people and lights. And I was in love.

But it wasn’t with you, it was with the back porches we stood on while talking about science in a language no one else understood. The spring had burst in: raw, gray, and relentless, and just before dawn we crossed wet streets in search of a refuge from the rain. Were you holding my hand? I can’t remember. I do remember that the rain never stopped, so we sat under ancient crown moldings while the thunderstorm crashed in and pelted the city with a fury not seen in decades. I watched the sheets of rain, and I was in love.

But it wasn’t with you. It was with the sidewalks we tread in summer that lead to a crumbling apartment building. It was the rooftop we smoked on while we watched the lake turn purple and empty of people. Before we went inside did you kiss me to fill up the silence? I can’t remember. I do remember it wasn’t how you laughed and put on records, but how the room looked around you: the furniture clashed, the posters peeled at the corners, and the lights wouldn’t turn up past a dusky glow. I stood in that room, and I was in love.

As you might be able to guess by now, it wasn’t with you. You weren’t solid like the high-rises or reflective like the shop windows I passed on my way to work. You didn’t let me sit for hours like my favorite cafes did, and you didn’t take me across town like the trains did. Your seasons never changed, and your skies stayed the same, unlike the city’s. I walked with you under those skies — day skies, night skies, skies with colors I never knew existed, and skies with no color at all, and I was in love.

But it wasn’t with the shirt you wore, the joke you told, or the way you put your forehead on mine as we danced. It was waiting in line outside the unnamed bar with strangers all around us. It was leaning against a sticky countertop and ordering too many whiskey-and-cokes until we were jumping up and down to 90s hip-hop songs. We would get bored, change bars, order more drinks, and repeat before finally tumbling into a cab where the remainder of an urban nightscape passed gleamingly out the window. We would fall against each other in bed while the sirens and the sounds of the neighbor’s party lulled us to sleep in the infant hours.

When I woke up next to you with the sun tearing through the blinds I was already alone. My city was outside waiting for me to put my feet on its pavement and run my hands along its concrete walls so I had to leave and be with the one I love.”

City Love:

This Weekend I..

…Decorated the apartment for Halloween and finally put pictures on Britt and I’s fridge. We have been meaning to do this for a while and finally here we have it!

…Saw Argo. Go see it. It’s incredibly suspenseful and action-packed. I was legit on the edge of my seat. Yepp, I just said legit – if you haven’t noticed I like to abbreviate words. Hence, craycray. I digress.


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..Went to my friend Rebecca’s birthday party

…Made an amazing crock pot meal. Recipe definitely to come soon 🙂

I was also able to take a yoga class, power strike class, clean, and get my flu shot! Feeling pretty accomplished over here 🙂

So tell me, how was your weekend?? Also, don’t forget to enter the Muir Glen give away HERE! Winner gets picked tomorrow night!

I’m Right Hurr

Hello peeps! No I did not disappear but I was certainly absent from this blog for the past couple of days — but I have good reason! Things have been super busy lately and I just didn’t have the time or energy to get a post up. But don’t worry, I’m right hurr. Lemme show you what I’ve been up to since my WIAW post.

On Thursday night I was lucky enough to go to the Jay Z concert with my friend Lara. I knew he was performing in Brooklyn at the new Barclay Center practically all of last week, but didn’t think I would have the opportunity to attend one of the shows — so when Lara asked me to go last minute, I was so pumped. The concert was absolutely incredible — he performed for a little over an hour and a half and I loved every single second.


Lara and I at dinner before the concert — I’ll definitely have a restaurant review of this restaurant up within the next few days!

Insert Friday where I was super tired from the concert (totally worth it) and had a very busy day at work. After work, Brittany and I babysat for a friends son — he’s the cutest little thing and we were happy to do it.

Saturday included two birthday parties to go to. But not before going to the hair salon to get my hair highlighted.. blonder! I had been anxiously waiting this appointment (I go to Bumble and Bumble, by the way!) and was really happy with the outcome:


What do ya think??? You can be honest 😉

After my hair appointment, I headed over to Hoboken to celebrate my friends, Jenn and Ashley’s, birthday at the Hoboken Beer Garden. It was so nice to have some beers and chat with my friends!

After a little while at the Beer Garden, a few of my friends and I left because we had another birthday to celebrate — my friend Krystyna’s! We went back to Krystyna’s place to freshen up and relax and then got ready for a night out.

After going to bed around 3:30 last night, I woke up at 9:00 this morning to meet my parents for brunch because they happened to be in town for a wedding. Now I’m back here and exhausted after a jam-packed few days. I’m kind of hoping for a bit of a slower week, but not so sure if that’ll happen. We’ll see! The past three days I have not exercised at all but that will be changing tomorrow morning.

Have a great night, everyone 🙂

Question of the Night: When you go out to dinner or out with friends, what is your favorite drink to order? Do you have a go to?

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Hey there everyone – how was your weekend? I enjoyed my Saturday and Sunday to the max. I’ve been taking this amazing workout class at my gym (Equinox) called Power Strike and it basically entails tons of kick boxing moves in different combinations. I’ve never had a workout leave me so sweaty yet feeling like I can keep going — and the time goes by so quickly! I was able to squeeze in two of these classes; one on Saturday and one today and feel so, so good.

Last night, my room mate Britt and I hosted a ‘Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!’ party to merrily usher in this beautiful season. We felt like we had such a fun-filled Summer and really want the mood to shift right into Autumn. Here are some pictures from the night.

It was a very successful party, I’d say! My weekend was filled with not such great eating – a few chips here and there. Some Mexican food Friday night. Ya know, weekend things. Definitely ready to start the week off right tomorrow – however, I will say that the hardcore workouts I completed on Saturday and Sunday made me feel better about my indulgences!

Before signing off, a friend of mine in Los Angeles reached out to me because she is raising money and doing a mud run to bring awareness to sex trafficking. The donations go directly to the Somaly Mam Foundation — they help rescue and rehabilitate survivors of sex trafficking (with a focus on southeast Asia). Please visit this link if you would like to donate! Thanks!

Question of the Night: Do you tend to workout over the weekends? Or do you do lighter exercising (walking, light lifting, etc..)?

Shenanigans

Last night was insane and instead of writing about it, how about some pictures? They’re better than my blabbering. Happy 24th Anthony – thanks for a crazy ass night.

Even though I was told last night by some of the guys that they don’t prefer when I write about fashion (shocking, really) I was pretty proud of the mix and match I came up with. Sometimes when you throw in a belt (my choice for the evening), a scarf, or some sort of accessory, it can change an entire outfit:

Anyway, onto the pics!

To round out my weekend, I spent my Sunday brunching with my friend Eva, hanging out with my other friend Alyssa, and walking around the city for almost two hours. By walking for two hours I tried to work off my one too many vodka club soda’s and that late night slice of pizza… well, yeah, I probably didn’t work it all off. So worth it though. Gotta let go every now and then or you’re not living.


Alyssa and I on this gorgeous Sunday.

Enjoy the rest of your night!

WIAW

It’s been so long! Well maybe not SO long — technically I did leave you with a fashion post last Thursday prior to enjoying Labor Day Weekend. Dancing, drinking, and eating were on the agenda for my LDW and I wanted to show you a little bit of that before sharing my What I Ate Wednesday eats.

It was nice to get out of the city and spend time with my college friends. Onto WIAW — thanks, as always to Jenn for throwing this together! PS – Can you believe it is officially September and the WIAW theme is ‘FALL into good habits’?! I can’t.

Breakfast was eaten around 8:15

In the mix was one cup of nonfat plain greek yogurt, a tbsp of oats, 1/4 cup frozen berries, and 1 tbsp of sunflower butter. This kept me full until 1:00 when it was time for lunch.

My salad was kind of lame, I hate to admit. A couple of slices of deli turkey with shredded soy cheese and raw mushrooms over a small bed of arugula. Lame-o. Whatevs, ya win some ya lose some right??

My snack around 4:45 was an unpictured Asian pear. If you haven’t had an Asian pear, I suggest buying one! They are super delicious and can be found in almost any grocery store 🙂

And finally for dinner, which was eaten around 8:15, was a salad which consisted of arugula, a Trader Joe’s veggie burger, some soy cheese, and crushed tortilla chips. I topped it all with a tbsp of BBQ sauce. Quick and delicious!

Have a great day, everyone!

Last Friday Night..

..Started off with ordering sushi from Delivery.com. I was super hungry from my workout so I was really glad that it was a speedy delivery. Not to mention that the sushi was delicious!

After sushi, it was time for a night out with my girllll frraaaannss..


(A night wouldn’t be complete without bromance, would it?)

Today’s schedule includes working out at Equinox — which by the way I am an official member of and couldn’t be more excited. I had once been a member a few years ago when I worked at the Equnox Spa during college and I had a free membership. While on the pricey side, Equinox is definitely a facility worth considering if you’re serious about working out and being in an environment where it’s encouraged by others!

Also on the agenda? Going for a brewery tour at Brooklyn Brewery with my friends! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while so it should be awesome considering the weather is amazing outside!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone 🙂

Question of the Day: If you belong to a gym, which gym do you go to?