Holidays in the City

Unless you find yourself amidst the holiday markets in Europe, there’s no better place to be during Christmas time than New York City.  From the countless trees decked with lights to the window displays along Fifth Avenue to the ice rinks found around the city.  Hey, most of the time we even have the crisp air that allows you to bundle nice and warm, because who isn’t about that boots and scarf look?

Having lived here now through four Christmas seasons, I do agree that the Big Apple does it best – it’s been a treat to wear jeans, sweaters, and scarfs on a regular basis but I also have been fortunate to go home for a sunny and 70F Christmas morning.  I have made it my goal to experience as much Christmas cheer as possible and have a list of things that you certainly should check out one or many years down the road.

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Friday Favorites – December Edition

Cleaning up a local park with fellow November Project peeps.  Who knew that digging and mulching would be so exhausting?

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As I was cleaning out my room this weekend, I stumbled upon a few gems.  First up, a Fabletics coupon from the Blend Retreat back in May.  Fabletics is an online subscription program that sells women’s athletic gear and accessories.  The outfits mimic Lululemon and Athleta with lots of tank tops, comfort-fitting sports bras, and yoga pants galore.  They even have you answer a questionnaire about the types of workouts you participate in most or lifestyle habits and offer personalized outfits based on this information.  Becoming a VIP member also has its perks –> 1) personalized activewear, 2) up to 40% off complete looks, 3) 20% off all separtes, 4) free shipping on orders over $49.95, and 5) easy returns and exchanges (always a winner).

I completely forgot about this coupon card and nearly tossed it into the trash.  How many pieces of athletic gear do I really need?  No, don’t answer that please.  One thing led to another and I was signing up for a Fabletics account and just so happened to find this beauty.

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 6.29.44 PMNow I’m not sure I should be signing up for any monthly programs right now but one more pair of capris can’t hurt, right?  For a more detailed blogger review, check out A Foodie Stays Fit’s take on Fabletics fun.

IMG_7107Just helping out as a seat filler for CNN’s annual Heroes show at the Museum of Natural History.  This truly was an inspiring event.  Each year, 10 or so individuals are selected as heroes for the causes they created or support.  This year’s host (and maybe every year) was Anderson Cooper and the place was filled with oodles of other celebrities and everyday people who change the world.  Be sure to tune in on Sunday December 7th for some inspiration and as a bonus, you might spot me at one of the front tables!

IMG_7127 Of course getting tickets for the first showing of the Hunger Games.  #teamgale

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Client dinners call for one epic 20-layer cake (note, even with 12 people, this could not be finished!)

While this was chocolate and peanut butter concoction was absolutely delicious, the super rich treat my have have contributed to the poor sleep I got last Thursday.  Well, it may have been that plus the cheese + salami place, wine, and other oodles of dessert but what can you do?  Let’s just say clean eating during the week doesn’t really prep you for those splurge meals and my stomach was not too impressed.

IMG_6791(I seemed to have drafted this post a few weeks back, so the view of the park is obviously a little different…I’ll check in with an update – far fewer leaves and if we are lucky, a bit of white)

IMG_7168Spending a fun-filled Saturday with my mom and some old family friends. Nothing like spreading the holiday cheer in Rockefeller Plaza.

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
– Andy Warhol

Life is a Dream

Well hump day is over and here we are on a fabulous “Thinking Out Loud” Thursday morning (midday, afternoon, evening…or whenever you happen to stop by).  I adore joining in these weekly parties every so often just to “e-meet” up with some fabulous new faces and personalities.  Plus I had some fun putting together this week’s edition of Thinking Out Loud and so here we go.

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  • My sparkling water addiction may be worse and more costly than my coffee habit. True, I could invest in a bubble maker (otherwise known as a SodaStream) or infuse lemon slices in my water or simply suck it up and deal with plain water.  But it’s not harmful to my health, doesn’t make me poor (yet), and makes me happy.
  • When should I publish my posts?  There’s the whole “social media” time zone between 3 and 5 when people are obviously oh so productive at work (but really…that whole post lunch “2:30” feeling)  But then if you post in the morning, you catch all the productive peeps who get up and read blogs and emails before they start their day or on their way to work.  Blogger problems.

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  • When in Brooklyn ~ Apparently the hipster population makes their own rules.  Totally fine, just plop down a field of grass in the middle of the street and it’s like you are in the great outdoors.
  • With so many people in the city and so many things to do, I’m rarely lonely or homesick.  Sure everyone encounters the occasional bout of loneliness but I definitely think I’m happier here than I was ever in college.  Not that I don’t miss my family or that time in my life, but I feel so much more confident and this is an opportunity in my life to explore the unknown and do what I want and when I want.  I’m blessed to have such a supportive family and it helps that we are all in different places in our lives.  Many are surprised to hear that my parents were absolutely pushing for me to move to New York and explore a new part of the world, but it’s true and I love them for it.

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  • How can you pass up an opportunity to see free concerts in the park?  Pass by the iconic Shake Shack or just view all the craziness on a daily basis?  There’s always something to ponder and I feel that this city keeps me on my toes.  You could say New York is my ongoing education…of life.  Corny but true.

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  • One of the many moments where I realize I live in one of the greatest cities.  I like to think that I thrive in the constantly moving city and am in awe of all the activities and opportunities that are held here on this island.  I was stretching at the gym last week and happened to see an Instagram post announcing Train’s visit to the Today Show.  Now I could either go to the gym Friday morning or go to the Today Show.  Not even a question!  Off to Rockefeller Plaza I went!
  • They are coming out with a new album, Angel In Blue Jeans, which I am very excited about.  Of course I’m still partial to their California 37 and Save Me San Francisco albums.

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  • For those who know me well, you know that I adore Train.  It’s a band I grew up singing without really realizing it.  When I put two and two together, I was hooked.  I soon saw them in concert up at Berkley and later in Irvine.  So pair that bit of knowledge with the fact that I’ve always been obsessed with the Today Show and have dreamt of being a part of that fabulous cast, so it was a dream come true Friday.

Do you have a favorite band?  What’s your dream job?