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Summer In The City

June 22, 2017

Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy summertime in New York. While the masses flee to the beach, those who stay behind get to enjoy shorter brunch wait times, street fairs, and seeing their street lit up by the setting sun during what I call “magic hour”. Below are some more ideas on how to spend your summer in NYC.

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Goodbye Summer. Hello Fall.

September 11, 2016

Things I’ll miss about summer:

Sunlight until 8pm.

Salt air breezes.

Brunch / Lunch / Dinner outside.

Living in easy sundresses.

Things that make me excited for fall: 

Temperatures below 80 degrees.

Snuggling with a blanket, tea and a book.

Driving out to the the North Fork with the changing leaves.

Living in jeans and boots.


Photo by Emily Barbeau

Love & Life

Summer Reading

August 24, 2016

Every summer I make a list of books I need to read that end up being almost as long as a novel itself. I have every intention of getting through a book a week but then, real life happens. Here are the books I actually made it through and my thoughts on each:

The Girls, Emma Cline

This was the most “anticipated” book that I read this summer, and it didn’t disappoint. Loosely based on the Manson cult murders in the late 1960’s, Cline’s protagonist Evie somehow manages to remain relatable. It was creepy in the best possible way. Just don’t read it right before bed.

The Magicians, Lev Grossman

I love Harry Potter and the Narnia series (nerd alert) so I really really wanted to like this series, said to be the more “adult” version of children’s magical fantasies. I just couldn’t get into it and found a lot of the teenage angst irritating.

River Of Darkness, Rennie Airth

I am a huge fan of British murder mysteries, and this one was such a page turner.I loved how it included the perspective of both the detective and the murderer and delved into the mindset surrounding the crimes in a time when the police deeply mistrusted psychology as a science.

Modern Lovers, Emma Straub

I really enjoyed Straub’s latest, which deals with the emotions and heartbreaks of teenagers and their parents as they come of age in Brooklyn. Such a fun, sweet, and entertaining read.

I’m currently working on Love & Friendship, an unfinished Jane Austen work that Whit Stillman has kindly completed. Only a few more weeks of summer left!


Are any of you reading anything awesome? I’d love to know!


Photo by Emily Barbeau


Neighborhood Tour: Mattituck, NY

August 16, 2016

This weekend in New York was hot. Like, really hot. So hot that summer activities in NYC which would normally be enjoyable, like hanging out in the park or taking a stroll, became unbearable.

On these types of weekends, I run away.

I was blessed to be able to spend my childhood summers on the North Fork of Long Island at a family beach house. My siblings and I enjoyed long days filled with swims in the bay, games of running bases, and meals made up of the freshest that the farm stand and the fish market had to offer.

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