Thursday, July 31, 2014

twin out of the city.

 top & shorts: francesca's closet shoes: dolce vita necklace: f21 clutch: italy
i have to be honest and say i have no clue what to name this blog, now that i'm out of the city. oh yeah...i moved home! not really sure if that's a shocker. my head and heart have been pulling me different directions when it's come to where i think i should be right now and where i know i belong. new york has been a wonderful and inspiring place that has set the tone for my career, but the north shore of massachusetts has by far won the race in every other way. this place has always been home to me.
for the past four years, i've assured myself that if i want to be a designer or in the fashion industry at all, new york is where i need to be. i'd sit on a bus that would sometimes break down, and i'd get back to boston after midnight on a friday knowing the weekend would pass in a blink and i'd soon be going right back to that life i convinced myself i wanted. the life of icky street corners, fast walkers, monthly bill worries, and an apartment that was just way too far from work... but somehow consumed my entire paycheck. i've always been the type of person to focus on the positive, and believe me, that's what i did for four years. that skyline at night, the out-of-this-world bagels, neighborhoods that stole my heart, and friends that changed my world. there are so many memories that pop in my mind in an instant that make my heart flutter, and honestly make me question for a moment if i made the right decision. but then i wake up to the fresh new england air, walk that familiar boardwalk, take in the sunsets and vibrant marshes, and see twin's smile... and i know this is right. this is right for me.
i've always said if you want a dream bad enough, you can make it come true anywhere. i truly believe that, now more than ever. this is a new and unexpected chapter in my life, but sometimes those are the best ones. the ones that you can't help but read over and over.
i'm currently obsessing over bold patterns, textured shorts, and comfortable wedges. the fit of this top is so effortless yet chic... i may have bought it in two patterns. :) high-waisted shorts are a great update on a summer staple, and i love the way they can instantly elongate your legs, especially paired with the right heel.

what trends are you swooning over this summer?
(all photos by twin)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

baby blue, bridges, and bittersweet goodbyes.

as i sit down to write this post, i have an uncomfortable lump growing in my throat. this is the post i've been avoiding. this is the truth i've been avoiding. last week, twin packed up her things and left me as a solo twin in the city. this change has been both eye-opening and painful, something i knew i'd have to face sooner or later. we've spent the past six years practically sharing a bedroom, after i switched colleges to be with her, and we made new york city our very precious home. with her boyfriend graduating, it was the perfect time for the two of them to tackle their dreams back in boston, together. twin was offered a design positon at a company she's always dreamed of, and it was out of the question for her to say no. she had to take it. and even though the "congratulations" turned into a two-hour sob, i had to let her go.
our final weeks in the city together were full of picnics, central park strolls, midnight dancing, morningside eats, rooftop views, and a lot of couch cuddles. we celebrated her boyfriend's graduation and i helped the two of them kiss nyc goodbye.
here are some photos from the past few weeks in the city. i couldn't have pictured a more magical goodbye.
 a sunday funday brunch at harlem tavern. after levain cookes, of course.
  margaritas. and lots of 'em. (photo by best friend, mel.)
    and this is me and best friend mel, obviously ;)
 such a proud day.
 probably my favorite photo we've ever taken :)

dumbo views.

oh, hey empire state. you're outshined at the moment.

city lovers.
and laura, i'll always be your twin in the city. for however long it lasts.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

the place where everything's safe.

 home. those four little letters symbolize the biggest, most refreshing exhale for me. comfort, ease, family, crickets, stars, delicious food... can i go back right now? i feel so lucky to have grown up in this little corner of new england, and to be able to reflect on it everytime i hop on the bus back to new york city. this past weekend was one of those extra special ones, where the sun didn't stop shining and spring's warm air stayed with us while we slept with the windows open. twin and i spent the weekend with our family, perusing antique shops, stopping for giant scoops of ice cream, indulging in local delicious eats and exploring our mom's favorite nook of new england for mother's day. here are a few photos snapped along the way:
mom and megan rose.
mom and laura theresa.
twin snagged these vintage mason jars at oldie's antique shop, newburyport ma.
a candid moment with mom after mother's day breakfast. this photo makes me so happy.
an afternoon spend in the breathtaking ogunquit, maine. probably my favorite tradition of the whole year.
local picturesque homes.
i love seeing what twin finds when she steals the camera. i love seeing how she sees the world.
and i even got a little sunburn :) what a nice little getaway from those nyc horns. until next time, home.

Monday, April 21, 2014

easter weekend.

 i'm a day late but... happy easter! and what a beautiful celebration it was. twin was lucky enough to have the week off from work, but that didn't mean she was going to finish all the fun before i arrived thursday night. we have an unspoken "home checklist" that normally consists of: buffalo chicken, a drive down by plum island, a grateful dead at the local bar, a visit to our favorite restaurant downtown (for more buffalo chicken), and an entire play-through of fleetwood mac's "rumours" on vinyl. i'm happy to report that we didn't skip a beat, and i may have even had buffalo chicken more than twice! ;)
a picturesque moment on state street, easter afternoon.
taking in the salty ocean air after a trip to the maine diner.
some days, this beats the city skyline. okay, everyday.
old building reflections.
homemade mojitos. ingredients: three muddlers, extra sugar, and a million laughs. best part of the whole weekend.
 did i mention my friends are insanely talented in the kitchen? this cake followed a carefully crafted cauliflower soup and an apricot and blue cheese stuffed beef tenderloin on mashed potatoes.
i hope your weekend was filled with candy, bunnies, and plenty of pastel! 
{all photos by twin and me}

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

stopping to smell the roses.

the past few weeks have kept me on my toes.... between puddle jumping, spring cleaning, and ignoring that impending tax deadline, it wasn't until this evening that i had a second to stop and smell the roses. okay well, they were actually tulips and daffodils...but nonetheless, it was one of those absolutely perfect nights all by myself. there's something about spending time with just yourself. walking with your phone tucked far away, grabbing a new york treat, thinking through things all on your own... i've really come to love it. today when i stepped out of the office, the sixty degree weather had left behind a comfortable chill and some pink clouds, and i felt an undeniable pull down the street, rather than into the dismal subway. there were too many potted plants and refreshing smiles to just end the day right then and there. so i moseyed down broadway, with the flatiron building as my guide, making sure to pay extra attention to the recent blooms, lively city buzz, and skyline that seemed ever-so-crisp against the pale sky. 

an hour later, i had peeked into a number of quaint restaurants, admired shadowed brownstones, and taken in some of new york city's most breathtaking cityscapes.

and then the "ah hah" moment came. life is good. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

jay peak.

last week, as a friendly way to say goodbye to winter, some friends and i packed up our toastiest socks and some wine, among other beverages ;) and headed to the stunningly beautiful mountains of jay, vermont. we rented out two condos, but the thirty-five inches of snow came for free! i'm a total sucker for long car rides, especially ones with views of frozen lakes, sky-high mountains, and snow-sprinkled farmland.... so the four hours up and back were a real treat. i'd like to think i could trick people into thinking i'm some sort of super-skilled, avid skier, but...oh, no. ohhh noooo. i haven't mastered a graceful turn, i'm too scared to pick up speed, and getting off the chairlift gives me a mini heart attack.

 i "skied" one of the days, and spent most of what was left of the afternoons in that big hotel bed, eating turkey sandwiches with extra potato chips and falling for another spooky tv show. (bates motel, anyone?!) i don't think i'm alone when i say...that is vacation. when everyone came in and de-thawed, we played silly games and ventured to nearby restaurants for some vermont cheddar and undeniable burgers. here are a few photos taken over the week:
i had no trouble spotting these two on all those black diamonds ;)
twin's boyfriend kept both of us warm in the four degree weather.
...but it's easy to tell which twin makes him extra happy.
oh hey guys! 
lunch at the foot of the mountain.
twin pointed out how cozy her boyfriend and i look in this photo, but i blame it on the alcoholic hot cocoa's ;)
chicken carbonara and spicy maple syrup pizzas.
"oh... that's not a mountain?"
a "not so friendly" snow ball fight. ben: 1 twins: 0
this trip was a chilly, delicious, snowy, unforgettable one.