Category Archives: nyc

twin apt

love this inspirational wall next to the computer desk -- a great DIY idea and very lululemon, no?

love this inspirational wall next to the computer desk — a great DIY idea and very lululemon, no?

Last week my sister decided to agree to do Teach for America for two years after she graduates this June. Her ultimate life goal is to obtain a PhD in theoretical physics and pursue a career in academia, but when faced with the option of either diving into graduate school right away or taking a few years to give back and learn in a real-world setting, she chose the latter. I am so, so proud of her! Not only will she be nobly (and I think quite successfully) helping disadvantaged students, but she will be doing so in the best city in the world WITH ME! I can’t even express how excited I am to have Julia down in New York with me for two years. When I signed my job contract in the fall I did so knowing full well that my twin city plans might ultimately fall through and, to be honest, for quite a while it looked like they were going to do just that! But now the fates have favored us yet again and its seems that maddening and majestic Manhattan will continue to be our twin thing. I, of course, can’t help but already brainstorm ideas for our apartment… I know searching for something within our just-out-of-school budgets will be a pain, but a girl can dream!

these windows are just fantastic -- definitely a charming little feature that we could find in older apartments

these windows are just fantastic — definitely a charming little feature that we could find in older apartments

realistically, rooms will not be so much "rooms" as they are "spaces." this artful closet-made-wall-art next to a super comfy bed is a practical idea for a studio space

realistically, rooms will not be so much “rooms” as they are “spaces.” this artful closet-made-wall-art next to a super comfy bed is a practical idea for a studio space


wish list: lululemon

While my personal Christmas wish list was primarily items from Lululemon (see here), I think it is important that I do a separate Lululemon Christmas Wish List (like I have done for other beautiful brands here and here. Oh, and I’ve wish-list-ed Lulu before here…) to highlight their magnificent items. If you’re wondering what’s lovely from Lulu lately, here you go:

Base Runner 1:2 Zip

Base Runner 1/2 Zip — $98

(I just treated myself to this baby last week. Worth.Every.Penny. I’m so serious — I am going to live in this top this winter.)

Run- Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve

Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve  — $68

(My sister bought this for herself during Black Friday. Not fair! I have been lusting over this top for months!)

Boogie Short

Boogie Short — $42

(I get really hot during yoga so I think these shorties would actually be perfect for my practice. Also, bare legs make tree poses SO much easier…)

Sweat Once a Day Bag

Sweat Once a Day Bag — $128

(This bag definitely isn’t cheap, but it is so beautiful! I can just see myself toting it through New York City after work on my way to the yoga studio. Sigh!)

Knit Happens Leg Warmers

Knit Happens Leg Warmers — $58

(My mom is going to make so much fun of me for this, but I think these things look fantastic. Especially with the cold weather upon us, don’t extra layers on your legs sound perfect??)

What do you have on your wish list for Lululemon right now?

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Having “borrowed” The Boy’s Netflix account, I’ve been watching a lot of movies recently. Last week I re-watched “I Don’t Know How She Does It” with Sarah Jessica Parker. The movie hit home even more this second time around as I now know that I will be headed into that crazy world of banking. SJP’s life is a little further from mine in that movie seeing that she has a family and kids, but it was interesting to watch and think about what my life might look like in the future. Will my relationships suffer because of my job? Will I be able to hold it all together? Will I be happy? I know there’s no such thing as a guarantee, but I really wish there was a how-to book for the next stage of my life. Anyone have any tips? Any other good work/life movie or book recommendations out there?

wish list: anthropologie

I’ve done a number of shopping-related posted recently (see here, here, herehere, and HERE…), but the holiday season is fast approaching and that calls for some major wish list brainstorming! Here are some of my top pics from lovely Anthropologie:

parfum drops

Parfum Drops – $188.00

mason jar sippers

Mason Jar Sippers – $48.00

(One of my housemates (Emanuel of Scratch) uses mason jars left and right for everything from a drink mixer to storage for delicious leftovers – you can’t have too many!)

monogrammed filigree keychain

Monogrammed Filigree Keychain – $18.00

stripes abound apron

Stripes Abound Apron – $36.00

(I have an apron from Anthropolgie and I absolutely adore it! It was super inexpensive given Anthropolgie prices and it’s probably more fashionable than any dress I own!)

cityscape necklace

Cityscape Necklace – $108.00

(Maybe it’s because I know I will be headed to NYC after school (see here), but I am really loving this adorable upside-down necklace.)

mini latte bowls

Mini Latte Bowls – $20.00

(I love little bowls and dishes (it’s a thing…) and these are no exception! I have a mini latte bowl from Anthropolgie that I use all the time. Plus, I’m pretty sure Dan Humphrey uses one for breakfast in Gossip Girl, so that’s reason enough to add it to your list!)


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As of 1pm on Friday, November 15, 2013 I became officially employed come July 2014. I will be headed to my favorite midtown Manhattan to work in Sales and Trading at a notable bank.

Getting here has been quite the process. Between myriad phone calls, Skype interviews (see tips here), trips to New York (see here and here), and countless frantic meetings with my school’s career center (see here), somehow it all came together. It was not an easy decision in the slightest and the thing I struggled with the most was not whether or not I wanted the job (I’m pretty sure it’s going to be perfect for me), but coming to terms with taking the next step in my life. Coming to terms with change.

I still have 5 months left in college, but something about my time here will not be the same now. It’s easy to say that everything’s all set because this — this job — is what I was working towards this entire time, but this — this time to appreciate school and my life and every amazing person around me — is what I’ve been working towards my entire life. Sure, I am employed post-grad and that is incredible, but more incredible will simply be soaking it all in!

cat classes

cat classes
Woohoo! Union’s fall term is finally under way and I am happy to say that I am psyched about all of my classes this term! Here is what I have on my class schedule:
Monetary Economics — We will be spending the term reviewing major macroeconomic events that have occurred throughout history, learning more about the intricacies of how the Federal Reserve handles monetary policy, and studying how the idea of “money” around the world affects real things in the economy like growth and unemployment. I am excited about this course because it is almost exactly what I did this summer. How cool is it to sit in a class and be able to say, “Oh yeah, I directly affected those markets.” Too cool!
Culinary Chemistry — I really think this course is going to be awesome. The professor seems outstanding and who can complain when the “lab” requirements entail baking and beer tasting? Not this gal. Plus, it will be neat to tie this course work into my involvement with the Culinary House on campus!
Senior Thesis — EEK! Just in case you didn’t get it: EEEEEEEEEEEEK! See, I really thought I’d walk away from this summer with a brilliant thesis idea, but that didn’t happen, so now it’s back to the drawing board! And of course I put a lot of pressure on myself, not just in a I-hope-I-nail-this-and-get-a-super-awesome-grade-on-this way, but also in a what-the-heck-am-I-doing-with-my-life-this-thesis-needs-to-be-the-most-incredible-job-securing-piece-of-writing-this-century-has-seen kind of way. Do I worry about almost everything? Neverrrrrrrr!
I hope everyone else is psyched about their classes and is pumped to be back! Anyone taking anything particularly intriguing??

9/11 memorial

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During my last week in the city, I had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial downtown. The memorial, albeit not entirely finished, was absolutely outstanding. The two pools where the North and South buildings used to stand were horrifyingly breathtaking and the vast number of names stenciled out of the surrounding panels left one awestruck by the myriad individuals killed that day. Perhaps the most lasting experience I had during that visit was stumbling upon a name on the southeast corner of the North Pool; it read “Dianna Lynn Galante and her Unborn Child.” As time inevitably moves forward from that day, it is important that memorials like these are available to teach children who weren’t even alive in 2001 that tragedies do happen and the undeserving sometimes suffer.  Today we not only remember those who died in the 9/11 attacks, but the countless individuals whose lives were forever changed that day.

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