WILW {1/8/2014}

hellllllooo from Antarctica!!

i may or may not get in trouble for posting this, but i just can’t help myself…

like daughter, like father.

like daughter, like father.

and for the record, that’s my hat. he just poses.

so maybe NYC isn’t quite Arctic status yet, but man, it’s frigid here! however, despite the fact that it was all of 5 degrees here when i awoke this am, my day is off to a fabulous start. let’s do a little “this is what i’m loving lately,” shall we? because i’m loving a whole lot.

*thoughtful friends. i probably could write a whole blog devoted to how amazing my friends are. this is certainly a favorite topic of mine. having friends who make me feel so loved and appreciated by their thoughtfulness just beats all. this week, i’ve had three very similar surprises from three different friends who all know me so well. let me explain: i have a thing with anchors, for several reasons, and they’ve become my “symbol,” so to speak. and my friends certainly pay attention.

on Monday, i received these adorable Kate Spade earrings in the mail from my sweet friend Hanne:

photolove these, and have been wearing them ever since. {thank you, love!}

then, i received a text from my friend Lauren on Monday morning with this picture below, saying she saw this on the sidewalk in NYC this past weekend and had to snap it for me:

photoso sweet!

and to top it all off, one of my bestest friends Alex surprised me with this incredible homemade Christmas gift last night, which absolutely blew me away:

it’s a shadow box of sorts and revolves around one of my favorite Bible verses, and it’s absolutely perfect. {she’s considering selling these type of pieces in the near future, so i’ll be sure to keep you posted if you’re interested!}

needless to say, i’m feeling very loved this week by some incredible girlfriends. love you ladies.

*the new digs. i came into work today to find that i’ve been moved into an office (i’d previously been in an open floor setting with no windows). now i’m in an office by myself, with a view of the World Trade Center buildings and the river in the background. not sure quite how this happened, but i’ll take it.


don’t be fooled. it looks wayyyyy more serious than it is.

*Nature Box. i’ve dabbled with these boxes of healthy treats in the past and always been impressed with what i’ve received, but never committed to more than a 3-month subscription. however, my best friend gave me a subscription for Christmas, which i can’t wait to start receiving! if you’re not familiar with Nature Box, definitely check out their website. for $20 a month, you receive a box of healthy, yummy, smart-snacking foods, which you can customize on their site and choose your treats (love this option!). it’s a perfect gift for one of your health-conscious friends as well! i’m a big fan of these “random boxes of goodness” companies that have been springing up in the past few years, and this one also has a charity component. nicely done, NB.


*making nice with treadmills again.
so we’ve established that they aren’t my fave things in the world, but considering the cold and dark mornings lately, i’ve made peace with the fact that if i want to run comfortably, i’ve got to play nice with them. sooo, back into the gym it is.

Photoso far the workouts this week have consisted of:

  • Monday: boot camp (totally needed and appreciated)
  • Tuesday: four mile run on a treadmill and 20 mins of abs
  • Wednesday: 6.5 mile run on a treadmill

tomorrow will be another boot camp, and Friday back to a run. i’m gearing up for the NYC Half in March and hopefully won’t have to train for the whole thing indoors.

*La Villette. it’s been a bit since i’ve posted about any new places i’ve gone to, so i figured i should get back on that wagon. i had dinner at La Villette (formerly 10 Downing) in the Village on Monday night, and it was quite charming. very French brasserie-style with the tiled walls, red seats and and dark wood, and both food and service were very good. worth tucking into on a chilly night if you’re looking for a cozy little atmosphere.

hope you’re finding some things to love about your week already!


Any favorite pieces of winter clothing you like to sport on the chilliest days?

Do you have a “thing” that you love (aka, me with anchors)? What’s the story?


where’d all the running go? & gosh i hate treadmills.

i realize that i haven’t been talking so much about running on RTA lately, and i’ve sort of had a back-and-forth with myself about this. while running is a huge part of my life and i obviously wrote more about it when i was training for my first marathon in October, let’s be honest: i don’t want to bore people to tears with a million running pictures of the same route or constantly log my mileage like it’s a measure of self-worth.

reality check: running doesn’t make people like you more. you should only do it if it makes YOU like you more.


yes, i run, but i also do a lot of other things, and i want my blog to reflect a holistic approach to my life and interests…as well as a healthy dose of nonsensical ramblings, just because i can, and honestly — isn’t that why most of us who have a true passion for writing choose to blog anyway??


so,  running. i’m still doing it. as in, i’ll hopefully be doing it my whole life, God willing. i’m just not as crazy right now about my mileage as i was previously, and i’m loving all of my strength workouts just as much. i’ve had a lot of convos with my girlfriends about “finding your thing” in regards to exercising, and i know for a fact that running will always be my thing. i just don’t need to talk about it, like, every day.

right now, running and i are in a bit of a fight because of a little problem i’m having called the treadmill. (dun dun dun.) i maybe ran on the treadmill about 3 times this whole summer, and hated every single second of each run. once you really fall in love with outdoors running, it’s just not the same in a gym. unfortunately, two of my runs this week were on a treadmill: one 2-miler before a bootcamp, and a 6 miler on Tuesday. neither were that enjoyable, and i much preferred my 8-miler outside in the cold last Saturday. that was quite lovely.

speaking of outdoor cold runs, i’m totally digging these Nike running tights:

probably need to hunt those down immediately…and then try not to buy them for myself during a time when i should be buying stuff for all the people i love. anyone else have this problem at Christmas, that when you go out to shop for gifts with the best of intentions, you suddenly find everything you’ve ever wanted in every store? and i’m not even a big shopper! ridiculous, i tell you.

Question: what’re some good gifts on your list to buy for people this year? i’m totally behind and kinda stuck!