bestest birthday everrrr. like ever ever.

when you have the best family and the best friends, welp, it’s not hard to have the best birthday.

i always love June 16th, not gonna lie about that, but yesterday’s was just absolutely perfect.

it started with this view from my parents’ deck:

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followed by a boat ride with the fam and a lovely brunch at home with all my favorites: yogurt, fresh berries, these quinoa banana pumpkin raisin walnut “hippie bars” my bff made for me, and rosé champagne mimosas. fruit, yogurt and champagne = <3. never said i was hard to please.

i then zipped back to NYC mid-afternoon for the other equally wonderful half of my bday: out to dinner at a restaurant i love with some of the best girlfriends a girl could ever ask for. so, so thankful for these darlings, who make my life in NYC such a wonderful one to live:

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we went to Market Table in the West Village and although i failed to take pix of our choices from their lovely seasonal menu, everything we had was delicious. such a fan of this place and will totally keep returning.

Photo oh, and that flourless chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse and banana gelato? yeahhh, get that, if you go. you need that in your life.

it was an absolutely perfect day in every way, and i couldn’t be more thankful for my amazing family and girlfriends, and everyone else who sent me lovely messages or calls throughout the day. thank you all, my wonderful friends.

i haven’t taken any time to reflect upon the past year and do any dreaming or scheming for what i hope the next year looks like yet. maybe i will soon — or maybe i won’t, too, and that’s okay. because it’s days like yesterday that make me feel so blessed and so lightheartedly happy to just be alive in my little life and love fiercely those who love me back — that, to me, is what makes my life so very wonderful, indeed. it’s not about where another year will take me but more about how i spend each single day, and with whom. i won’t claim to be the best at planning for the future, but i sure think i do a pretty decent job of loving the moment i’m in.

cuz that’s all we really have, after all. ❤

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it’s june and i like that

well heyyy, friends. anyone else happy that it’s June?

Hello june wow movingi love this month. it’s my birthday and Father’s Day and the official beginning of Summer, and everything about June has just always felt so right and sunny and blue sky-ed and lovely and it makes me endlessly happy.

so, i hope your June has started off as well as mine has! i kicked off June 1 in the best way possible: after a morning workout with my bro (who was visiting for the wknd), we grabbed some salads from Whole Foods and jaunted off to have our first Central Park Picnic of 2014. it was the absolute most ideally perfect day invented for picnics.

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a lot of other NYers felt the same way, too, as Sheep Meadow in Central Park was certainly abuzz with picnickers and tanners and frisbee-ers and Kan Jammers and even some bachata dancers (yes, i managed to get a dance in).

it was quite the loveliest of days; one of those where you’re just so overjoyed to be alive and can lay back and feel punch-drunk off the very blueness of the sky and the moment you’re in. life, after all, can be that good.

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i then tried a new church for the first time last night at 5pm in Union Square called Liberty Church, to which i was invited by Miss Gracie over at girl meets life. i really enjoyed the service; the worship was wonderful, and a young pastor delivered a really personable, relevant, conversational message, and the whole atmosphere was intimate and laid-back and welcoming. it was a great way to close out my weekend, and i would definitely return.

so today also brings me to the end of my “10 days of you” challenge:

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1 picture — and actually, this is quite an easy one for me, as this picture was taken yesterday and was instantly one of my new faves:

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me and my best friend in the world (aka my brother Ryan), chilling in Central Park and lovin’ life in our wayfarers. doesn’t get much better than this in my world.

hope you all had wonderful weekends, friends. ❤

Tell me something great about your weekend!
Who’s your fave person to hang out with?