WILW {6.11.14}

good morningggg and welcome to What I Love Wednesday. 🙂 i’m all over the place with this one so basically be prepared for a random dump of things!

*these perfect push-up handles. i’m a big fan of push-ups (my trainer always used to tell me i had the best push-ups of any of his female clients which may or may not have been true, but i’m going to believe it anyway because i’m a glutton for workout compliments and i’ll take what i can get!) and try to add variety: regular ground push-ups, against a bench, claps against a bench (because i’d face-plant if i did them on the ground), tricep push-ups, and these prop-assisted babies:

these are tooouuughhhh but burn oh so good and really force you to do some pretty darn perfect-form push-ups. and if you look at yourself in the mirror while doing “the perfect push-up,” your shoulders and arms look amaaaazing. it’s quite the nice little morning confidence booster. 🙂



i can only eek out about 10-15 of these (as opposed to 20 regulars) but i definitely can feel it and would recommend getting your hands on a pair of these if you can. good way to challenge yourself and switch it up.

*my new Kate Spade purse. i’m totally not the girl to spend a lot of money on purses but i managed to snag this Southport Avenue Linda during a 75% off sale and am loving it for the summer. i have about 4,326 things to throw into a purse to jaunt around the city on a daily basis (not the least of which are shoes because who wants to commute in heels??), and this bigger tote-size is perfect. plus i just love the yellow accents — anything summery makes me a happy girl.


*Wild by Cheryl Strayed. i’ve been tearing through books like a banshee lately — this is the 4th in 2 weeks — and i love how entirely different they’ve all been from one another. i just started this book and already know i’m going to thoroughly enjoy it (despite the heart-wrenching beginning that basically encompasses my worst nightmares). the author embarks on the daunting task of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) entirely solo at age 26, and i’m so stoked to read about her crazy adventures and live vicariously through someone who is as utterly outdoorsy as i wish i could be. a young girl brave enough to take on the wilderness and hike a 2,663 mile long trail with no guides or companions? so stinkin’ epic. i definitely couldn’t do this without friends or a great boyfriend or like superhuman powers that made me suddenly not scared of things that creep and pounce in the night.

wild*first book club tonight. some girlfriends and i decided a girls’ book club was definitely in order, and i’m excited about our first meeting tonight! we’re pairing a different novel with a wine bar each month, so this way we get to expand both our literary horizons and our knowledge of adorable vino locales smattered throughout this city. considering how much i love both wine and books, this is pretty much my idea of an ideal pairing.

tonight we are meeting at Lelabar in the West Village, which i’ve posted about before and which has awesome happy hour specials, to discuss The Book Thief. some of us had already read this (either solo or for other book club type purposes) and everyone else wanted to, so we figured it was a good starter book. i’ll keep you posted on what we’re reading next, in case you want to join in remotely and talk via blogosphere. 🙂

*this quote. for every reason in the world.

what if we dared to lead such full lives, such lives of intention and purpose, spent chasing all that we love and all that we dream of being and doing, that people were taken by our very passion in our everyday living and found us inspiring, found us fascinating, found us unprecedented?

just the very thought of that sends my little heart soaring.

What’s something you’re loving lately?
Push-ups: yay or nay?
Tell me a good book for our next book club choice!


WILW {6.4.14}

it’s been a minute since i’ve done a “what i love Wednesday” post, and i can’t lie — i’ve had better Wednesdays in my life, and got some upsetting news this morning that makes work a little bit of a meh place to be today. nevertheless, there are always things to brighten life up a bit regardless of the storms, so i’m trying to focus on those, and i’ve had some smile-worthy things happening in my week already.

*a gorgeous morning sky on yesterday’s run along the West side/Hudson River

*one of the best Bloody Marys i’ve ever had, at Cowgirl Seahorse at the South Street Seaport

Photoeverything is better in Mason jars.

*time in my life to read for fun again now that the semester is over. i’ve read two books in the past two weeks: The Book Thief and The Fault in Our Stars. i really enjoyed both…

and i have a feeling this line from The Fault in Our Stars will be staying with me for, like, ever:

i love when a line you read once in a book or hear once in a song just lodges itself underneath your skin and imprints into your mind like stark black type on a white page, and you feel like you’ve discovered fire for the very first time. and i’m thankful the world isn’t my personal wish-granting factory — it makes dreams, and prayer, and working hard toward something you really want all the more precious.

*trying a new church. i alluded to this briefly in a previous post, but on Sunday night i visited Liberty Church in Union Square for the first time. i always enjoy trying a new church, as there are so many different worship styles and preacher personalities. i’d been attending Hillsong for a while on and off, and i still really enjoy it — it’s just huuuuge, and a completely different experience from the smaller, more intimate services like Liberty’s.

i thought Liberty exuded a great vibe: casual, comfortable, friendly, personable, and small enough where it seemed like everyone was just hanging out with their friends at a worship service. the worship team was awesome, and i really liked the young pastor’s message as well. i’d totally return to this church and left with a very positive impression and a happy heart. it’s been a while since i’ve felt truly connected to a church community, unfortunately, and i’m hoping to change that here in NYC very soon.

*simplicity. i’ve been thinking about this lately, and what it would look like to really just focus on the most important things in life and try to push the proverbial “fluff” to the periphery. on nights when i’ve chosen to stay in bed reading rather than go out on the town, i’ve found myself reflecting on what is really important, and what it looks like to lead a simpler life and be more content with less.

to do what i most want to do with my time. to love the people i love as best as i can, no matter where they live or how often i see them. to say even a few words that contain entire worlds within them. to step out in faith, in courage, when my little heart beats wildly inside me from the sheer uncertainty of what might happen.

to make do with less, and free my heart up for more of what i can only dream might be possible.



What are you loving about your life lately?


i love everything lately

this has been my first full week of summer vaca from grad school and i am totally making the most of it and loving everythinggggg. such a nice little shift, to be able to have so much more free time for a bit! i didn’t get to post a What I Love Wednesday post this week so i’m just going to carry that right over into today.

*my new sneakers. they’re the same model i’ve been wearing for the past year +, the New Balance 750s, but these rainbow sherbert looking guys are just wayyyyy too much fun:

277321_990_ss_01i’ve only run in them once so far and i swear it was like a party on my feet. i couldn’t stop looking at them. runnerd alert. i don’t want these babies to ever die.

*The Book Thief. now that my semester is over and i can finally return to reading for fun (hallelujah), this was the first book on my list — and i was hooked from page one.

one thing i really appreciate in a novel is a unique writing style — and this one certainly has that. the storyteller’s persona is entirely intriguing, and he lures the reader in by addressing him directly, adding little asides and “let me explain this” tidbits.  it’s raw. it’s creative. it’s captivating.

i highlight parts as i read. here’s one i that spoke to me so far:

“somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. he was afraid of what might come leaking out.”

what a commentary on humanity; on how afraid we are to expose our deepest vulnerabilities and “scratch the itches in our hearts” until our rawest, truest sentiments come leaking out before another’s eyes — or even before our own, if we’re so cloaked in comfort of denial — that we often choose to bury those itches beneath all sensible reasoning and leave the darkened corners unexplored.

i like to read into things. i like words to challenge me, and change me. i like a book to find me one way, and leave me another, and embed itself into the core of my being long after i’ve closed the back cover.

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*good cocktail bars.
the only thing better than drinks with the girls after work is stumbling upon an adorable new bar in which to have fun & unique cocktails with the girls after work. we lucked into not one, but two fantastic hidden-gem cocktail bars in Midtown last night.

the four of us met at Lantern’s Keep in the Iroquois Hotel, a charming, cozy little French-style salon tucked in the back of the main floor of the hotel. it only has a handful of tables (30 seats total) and a very tiny bar and boasts a Prohibition-era heavy menu of unique cocktails. there are no flavored alcohols —  all ingredients are fresh and homemade and pure, and we were all really happy with our choices.

i definitely ordered well, as i liked mine the best: it was called Sutter’s Mill and was bourbon, honey, lemon, pineapple and cinnamon, served “on a rock” — one of those massive ice cubes that make any drink better. i can honestly say this was the best drink i’ve had anywhere in a long time, and i am far from a bourbon drinker. it was so well-balanced and perfectly spiced and like nothing i’ve ever tasted.

i really must get my hands on one of those big ice cube trays.

after one drink at Lantern’s Keep, we flounced directly across the street to Forty Four at the Royalton Hotel. who knew W44th St btwn 5/6th Aves was such a happening street? this was one hip hotel lobby bar: spacious, sprawling (dare i say massive?), sort of modern chic with a lot of dark wooden touches. and it had an impressive cocktail list to boot. i had a Chai Manhattan, which was a chai-infused version of a Manhattan, and i really enjoyed it.


quite the night of fancy-pants cocktails for me. i like it.

*because life is really that good, after all.

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