I think that every single person I’ve talked to in the past week has been just as blown away by the fact that it’s already August as I am… But seriously, how are we already eight months into 2017??!
I was in Atlanta last week on a business trip and then spent the weekend in New York City with my boyfriend and his family, so I’ve spent the past few days doing very little other than relaxing with wine in hand and a face mask on. I am looking forward to this weekend though because my birthday is on Saturday!
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve unabashedly been a huge bookworm and voracious reader. I used to start and end every day from elementary school all the way through college with a book in one hand and a pen in the other so that I could write down quotes I liked or character’s names that I found unique. In fact, I actually somehow managed to read the first three books in A Song of Fire and Ice series (love me some Game of Thrones!) over one summer a few years ago because I couldn’t bring myself to put my Kindle down.
Despite my love for books, I have to admit that ever since I started my full-time job two years ago that I’ve become more likely to turn on a reality tv show than pick up a book once I get home after a long day. There’s just something about reading financial statements all day that makes me want to turn off my brain and indulge in the trashier side of life… To counteract this in the hopes that my brain won’t turn to total mush one day, I made a new year’s resolution this year to read at least 15 books in 2017 and I’m happy to report that I’m already over halfway to my goal!
It’s not exactly a secret that New York City is incredibly expensive. Just this past weekend while out to lunch in the Financial District I actually said, “Wow the wine list here is so cheap! All of the single glasses of wine are only $10!”… Which is crazy but really shows how warped New York can be price-wise.
To counteract this, I love looking for free activities on the weekends to indulge in that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Whether that be a morning at the Met or an afternoon picnic in Central Park, there’s something for everyone.
You know what’s even better than scoring that expensive moisturizer at a Sephora sale or finally finding the purse you’ve been lusting after for half-off on Ebay? A weekend away in the mountains, where life just seems to fade away and the most difficult decision you’ll have to make all weekend is what book you want to read by the fireside and whether you want a glass of red or white wine to sip along with your book.
Matt and I took the perfect retreat up in New York a few weeks ago and let me tell you, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is the place to go if you’re looking for the perfect weekend getaway in the upstate area.
As I’m sure is the case for many of y’all, I’m the kind of person who takes approximately a million photos while on vacation. I like to think that I have somewhat of an artistic eye, so I spend a decent amount of my vacations squatting and angling my body in an attempt to perfectly capture each moment. While I’m sure it can be annoying for those around me, I can’t help but want to try to capture the beautiful moments that I might otherwise forget (i.e. the way the sun shone through the cherry blossoms or how perfect the streets look after a rainstorm).
After a long winter filled with snow and freezing winds that made me want to curl up in bed and never leave my apartment, I’m really loving spring. Although the pollen makes me sneeze like crazy, I always look forward to all of the blooming flowers and the sunny days to come. If the sun is out, you’ll probably find me going for a run, hanging out on my porch, or finding new restaurants and/or rooftop bars.
So Smorgasburg is one of my favorite things to do on a sunny Saturday in Brooklyn when I want to indulge in some of the best new and innovative food items New York City has to offer–a few of these include the ramen burger, boozy popsicles, and spaghetti doughnuts.