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. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

just around the corner.

happy spring! today i put on a dress i've been waiting months to wear, only to find out the weatherman lied. or maybe fifty-five degrees plus wind actually equals freezing. i can't help it though... i'm so eager for sparkling sunsets and warm walks with twin and trips home to the ocean. summer is the one thing to me that is always worth the wait. i've currently been consumed in work, catching up on sleep, vacationing in snowy vermont (photos to come!), and obsessing over the hunger games (i know, i'm a little behind on that one.) 

here's to that day when it switches over to warm, and stays that way. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

happy monday.

normally, i would never think to call a monday happy, but this one really was. it was my first day of work at this brand new job that i'm kind of super excited about. it's my first "real" job that i can actually afford to live off of in this crazy expensive city, and it falls within the realm of my dream career. being an assistant designer means so many things to me. back when i was tucked into the woods of new hampshire studying business, i remember dreaming of this day. did i apply to a design school? yes. did i apply for design? no. did i graduate with a degree in fashion? yes. did i graduate with a degree in fashion design? no. was design my biggest dream? yes. did i think i could do it? no. but here i am. i didn't give up. that moment when someone or something or even y o u tell yourself you can't, you need to let that propel and fuel you. you're destined for so much greatness, so many big and unbelievable things, if you just believe it. and sometimes fear is the best thing to channel into success.

i know my responsibilities aren't exactly that of jenna lyon, but you always have to start somewhere. and i'm incredibly happy to start right here. right now. today. monday. i'm a designer?! i'm a designer. woah. meg, you did it. 

oh, and the fact that this little blog was featured on pubslush today makes it a very happy monday. (thank you, nicole!)

follow your dreams. don't look back. don't let anyone tell you you can't.


Monday, February 17, 2014

dear twin...

for no particular reason, date, time, or milestone, i just want to say... i'm proud of you. we're twenty-four years old now, and lately i have seen such an adult and role model in you. you get up for work each morning without a complaint, you find the time and energy to exercise after work (when all i can think of is eating indian take-out and watching netflix), you cook, and you only let me put a couple treats in the grocery cart. but what surprises me the most is your ability to do all this while juggling the love of me and your longtime boyfriend who lives wayyy uptown. you work a full-time job in which you completely shine, you're a rock star photographer, you respond to all my long-winded text messages within minutes, and you still find time to think up amazing, creative valentine ideas that melt his heart, and mine too. i don't know if you're able to stop and take a second to realize it, but... you really do have it all together. you do. and i'm so proud.

yours, twin.

(photo taken in cinque terre italy, two years back. those were the days.)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

winter by the seacoast.

 even when it's iced-over, slippery, and terribly plowed... newburyport, massachusetts still takes my breath away. its magic has a way of overcoming you, no matter what time of year it is. a little lunch date with my dad happened this past week, followed by a sun-shadowed stroll through my favorite cobble stoned streets. although the frigid temps keep me inside most days, a walk around this charming town always warms my heart, and reminds me of the summer months to come.
so june, july, and august.... please don't be shy. and don't get me wrong february, you're still beautiful. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

snow white.

jacket: zara pants: zara shoes: bobbles & lace bag: h&m necklace: f21
 this bone-chilling vortex that has taken over the city has overstayed its welcome and can seriously go home. i don't mean to be as negative as the temperature outside, but a winter THIS cold is really something. commutes to and from work have been dreaded, layers on layers can't seem to fight the chill, and twin and i can just forget about lunchtime hugs until spring. i looked into the forecast for the weekend, and between two ten-degree days was a twenty-five degree one, and with my excitement you could have sworn summer started tomorrow. i quickly assured myself that twenty five is plllllenty warm for a shoot, thus making it out to central park saturday afternoon. well, a dusty snow shower turned into a windy not-so-wonderland within minutes and this was the serendipitous result.
although this coat color isn't one i'd usually go for, i'm all about trying new things in 2014, and that goes for my style as well. i'm a little worried about it getting scuffed up in the subway, but twin told me i look like a snow bunny in it and that's pretty much the cutest compliment i could imagine. i also enjoy its juxtaposition with the bright pop of these plaid skinnies.
how are you bundling in style this winter? or are you somewhere warm? if you are, let's please switch. please. :)
as always, the stunner behind the camera is my twin sister, laura golden.