Author: Jenny

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 […]

Chip and Joanna Gaines for Target…

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Style

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 […]

Riding the Roosevelt Island Tram

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Travel

On a moody Saturday last weekend, I visited Roosevelt Island for the first time via the tram, which is legit the coolest mode of transportation in the whole of New York City. The trip only lasted about four minutes, but the thrill was not lacking, since you, er, pretty much get to float over Midtown East like a drone! What? I tried to capture the whole ride back to the city in this video…

Hay: Designs to Upgrade the Everyday

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Odes / Style

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

June

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Life / Travel

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…