Sometimes Low-Key is Just What You Need

I am undoubtedly a thrill-seeker, an adrenaline and endorphin junkie. This is why I live in the most high-energy city in the U.S., where the possibilities are endless.

But lately, I’ve found joy in the simple. In the weekends with a few or even no plans at all, that truly recharge my batteries, and that’s what this weekend was all about. No big events or races or jam-packed calendars.

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A nice little run through the park with my Junior League ladies…

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Followed by brunch at the Boathouse.

It’s funny, as I trotted over to meet the girls in front of the Boathouse, I thought about how just a few years ago, I was terrified to show up to run club. I didn’t know a ton of people in the League, I didn’t run very fast, but I showed up and now some of these women are my closest friends, and I feel completely at home walking up to meet the running group.

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I walked back to Columbus Circle to get on the subway…and saw one of my favorite views in the city. These stars and this view never cease to take my breath away and make me so happy to live in this crazy city. I wandered around aimlessly for a bit, browsing through C. Wonder (which apparently is closing many of its retail stores) and then stopping to look at Wolford tights. I’ve heard they’re amazing, but I was not ready to drop that kind of dough on tights.

I got a much-needed mani/pedi and decided to go for this luscious color. I stopped by Lacey’s for a glass of vino and we headed out for two birthday parties—a 30 year old’s and a 25 year old’s. Stop #1 was for Daria’s birthday at The Wren, where they had SUPER cute cocktails, including a “Wren-Quila” delicious tequila drink.

From there, we went to Kat’s birthday at Whiskey Town. She’s one of the Uplift instructors, and the irony of having several drinks with fitness instructor buddies is never lost on me.

I slept in this morning until the sun coming through my windows woke me up, and I lazed around until brunch at noon. An old friend from DC had emailed me a few weeks ago that she, too, lived in NYC now and wanted to see if I wanted to get together. I headed out to Brooklyn to meet her at Prime Meats, a cute farm-to-table restaurant in Carroll Gardens. As we talked about D.C., I realized for the millionth time that moving up here nearly 7 years ago was the best decision I ever could have made.

The weather was FREAKING gorgeous today, so I got off the subway several stops early and just meandered my way home, stopping to sit in Madison Square Park to finish Andie’s book. I need a little more time to think about it and digest my feelings about it, but DAMN. Her writing is beautiful, and she’s incredibly open and vulnerable about her issues with food. It was the kind of book I never wanted to end. As I sat there in the park reading, I ran into Melissa and her sweet little pup. I love Bailey to death, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little bit of puppy envy any time a sweet little muffin bounds over to me and gives me lots of kisses and smothers me with energy.

I’m prepping some Brussels for our Friendsgiving at work tomorrow, and I’m really happy to go into this (short!) work week nice and calm. Self care is not overrated, it turns out!

How do you recharge on the weekends?

 

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Friday Favorites: Travel

Happy Friday AND happy almost Thanksgiving!

As I was walking through the Geneva airport to board my flight last month, I thought of a few creature comforts that either made my trip easier or more enjoyable, or just helped me feel like I was traveling like a put-together adult and not a shleppy kid in an adult’s body.

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FUZZY SOCKSI can’t live without fuzzy socks for travel, especially really long flights like the eight-hour flight from Geneva to New York. The SECOND I boarded and pulled out all my tech toys, I immediately took off my boots and pulled on my fuzzy socks, which keep my feet warm and comfy for the flight.

Evian Mist: This one is totally not necessary, but is a fairly cheap little luxury. When I can remember, I love to buy a little bottle of this spritzer to keep my face from feeling really dry during flight.

C. Wonder Makeup BagI got this on double sale last year, and I love it. It’s the same fabric as more luxurious makeup bags at a fraction of the cost. It’s big enough that I was able to fit all the makeup and toiletries I needed for the trip. (It helped that I was staying with a friend who works in beauty, and I totally mooched off her products but I usually travel fairly lightly on the beauty products anyway.)

C. Wonder ClutchThe day before I left, I stood in line at the C. Wonder sample sale on the verge of a panic attack. How in all hell would I get everything done before boarding? I reminded myself I would get everything done but that these sales would not wait, and I bought two clutches: one for me, and one as a gift for Ashley for TWENTY DOLLARS EACH. So well worth it. It worked as a good medium-sized bag during the day when I didn’t need to carry a whole ton, and I just wore my camera total tourist-style on my shoulder.

Wrap SweaterI’m sort of addicted to wrap sweaters, or “wine sweaters” as Kimra calls them, but they are The Best for traveling to snuggle up in. I wore a SmartWool one out to Geneva and a New Balance wrap on the way back. Some people bring scarves for the same reason, but I usually feel like I’m being choked in a scarf, so sweaters for the win.

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The Tech I Can’t Live Without for Travel

iPad MiniFor reading books and magazines, obviously, and watching TV? (Long-time readers know I don’t really do TV but Ashley got me hooked on Scandal, and I downloaded some episodes before boarding my flight.)

MacBook AirLast year I switched from a Pro to an Air, and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t travel a ton, but it’s still nice to have such a light laptop. I don’t find the lack of CD drive or slightly diminished processing power a problem at all. I can use my work laptop for any of that real heavy-duty stufff.

Canon Rebel T3iFor a hot second, I considered only bringing a point-and-shoot, but why have a D-SLR if I’m not going to bring it on vacation? Sure, it’s heavy and annoying sometimes, but the photos are well worth it. I used to have a Nikon, but I find the Canon a lot more intuitive.

SolRepublic EarbudsI’m in the market for a good set of noise-canceling or bigger headphones, but for now, these SolRepublic babies do the trick. I received them at an event a few months ago, and I use them for everything from running to work to travel.

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The Travel Bags

Ironically, my suitcase is the cheapest of these…

Samsonite 25″I’d had the same old terrible Ralph Lauren luggage since I graduated college. It was so cool then, but it’s showing its age as well as making me look like I have the taste of a showy little thing from NJ, not the refined lady I am. (Ha.) I scored it at the Samsonite outlet up at Woodbury just a few weeks before I left for about $200. If you have time to get up there before a trip (or even proactively), it’s worth the madness, I swear. It also looks like there’s a great sale going on right now on Samsonite.com.

Longchamp Expandable ToteWhen Ashley came to visit me last year, I thought this was such a cool bag. Unzipped to its full potential, it’s a great sized weekender. BUT THEN, YOU CAN ZIP IT UP AND IT COLLAPSES to about 2/3 of its size. But really, did I need another bag? (The answer is still no, but I had a gift card from a blog project and thought it was a nice little treat to buy before my trip.) Ashley’s apartment in Geneva served as our home base for the week, but for our overnights to Lyon and Italy, it was a solid size to fit what I needed for a short trip while still looking stylish/not standing out as an American.

Louis Vuitton SpeedyI got this as a 30th birthday gift, and it’s just such a classic bag that will forever be one of my favorites. It fit in well in Europe, and can also hold my camera when I don’t feel like having it out like a tourist or don’t want to forget it at a bar or restaurant.

What do you love having with you when you travel?

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