Becoming a Morning Person, Part I

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Life

You know how sometimes somebody says something and you like the sound of it and you end up not only believing it but also sticking by it for maybe the rest of your life? For me, one of those nuggets of timeless “wisdom” came from my high school tennis coach, who, at the beginning of one fall season, challenged us to not complain for 30 straight days, because that’s how long it takes to establish a new habit (the exact number, if it exists, is up for debate, according to the internet.)

With this idea loosely in the back of my mind, I embarked on #projectmorningperson at the beginning of September, buoyed once again by the back-to-school spirit and its promise of New Beginnings.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines for Target…

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Today on Curbed, I updated our news post about Chip & Joanna Gaines’s upcoming collection for Target to reflect the fact that the whole product line (pricing included) is now available for preview (ahead of its November 5 arrival in stores and online)…and well, I’m very, very intrigued.

Intrigued is maybe not the right word, because there’s nothing exactly groundbreaking here. But as any Fixer Upper fan would understand, everything is just so freakin’ cute, cozy, and/or Generally Pleasant. And then there’s the consistent palette of greens and earthy tones playing to my color preferences. Hoping to preview the collection in person soon…

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Hay: Designs to Upgrade the Everyday

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I first heard about Hay when Kelsey Keith, our editor-in-chief at Curbed, wrote about the Danish design brand’s “pop-up” Mini Market at the MoMA Design Store in SoHo in 2015. Well, it’s 2017, and the Mini Market is still there—and I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve stopped in to find a gift for a friend, and sometimes, for myself.

My first Hay purchase was a Kaleido tray by Clara von Zweigbergk for Hay (as seen in the photo above). My most recent Hay purchase was the green Time hourglass seen in the gorgeous ‘gram below—I saw it on my feed and couldn’t resist. At this point, I would like more of both, in different sizes and colors. But there are already new temptations.

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My Favorite NYC Spots, 1 Year In

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October 1 marks one year since I began living in New York City. In that time, I’ve come by plenty of must-see landmarks and even more Instagrammable sights. But today I want to take a moment to appreciate the corners of the city that I find myself returning to again and again—not only to ‘gram but also because of how they make me feel.

These are the places where I go to find my chill, in all senses of the word. These spots are mostly in Manhattan—and uptown—because I live in Harlem and that’s just what’s convenient. In this next year, I hope to venture out farther…

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Summer Favorites, aka A Season of Comfort Shoes

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I bought four pairs of shoes this spring/summer: Two have velcro closures, one pair are slides, and the last has a strap with elastics so it basically functions as slip-ons. This is me diving feet first into glorious Comfort Shoe Land. And it feels! So! Good!

In this process, I realized that to find comfortable, well-made shoes that aren’t boring, it’s well worth checking out brands that, well, er, specialize in shoes, like Cole Haan and Camper.

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Shopping on a Budget: an Ode to Old Navy

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News came out this week that Gap Inc. is shifting focus to its more profitable brands Old Navy and Athleta, while closing hundreds of Gap and Banana Republic stores, which have both been struggling to find themselves over the last several years.

As an accidental Gap Visa cardholder (Naive College Me thought I was just signing up for an innocent store rewards program), none of this is surprising.

While I regularly browse Gap/BR/ON to see what’s new and what’s good (gotta use up those credit card rewards!), recent wins have almost all hailed from the most basic of the sister brands—and I mean “basic” in the best way.

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Paris and London, for the First Time

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I knew I’d go to Paris someday, but I didn’t necessarily think it would be a family trip, let alone one involving, uh, the Rubik’s Cube World Championship. But that’s how life works and I’ll gladly take it.

The trip was jam-packed, really jam-packed. My brother had his cubing competition for three full days and I had to work three half days. Thank God for Paris’s 10 p.m. summer sunset, which gave us three-to-four hours of evening daylight to pack in as much sightseeing as possible.

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June

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Usually at the end of another month, I find myself thinking, Wow, where did the time go? In June, time flew by per usual, but each week was accounted for: There was my first taste of Scandinavia, there was the long-awaited Curbed IRL offsite, there was a belated birthday dinner, and there were a few things that sprung up along the way, leaving huge impressions. I can only begin to explain in pictures…

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