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#gaspingforspring

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Life / Odes / Photography

Dare I say it’s finally, finally spring? Blooms are everywhere and Jason’s allergies are kicking in, so evidence is mounting. Over the last few months, I’ve been casually keeping track of our journey towards this moment, when recurring bouts of “last snow” have actually ended and flowers are truly free to take the spotlight. Behold, #gaspingforspring…

Wedding Planning & the Longitudinal Project

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Life

Last year I started thinking about the idea of the “longitudinal project”—defined as an endeavor that you work on long term, incrementally, and like the research method it’s named after, doesn’t really pay off until significant time and resources have been invested—so, way into the future. I started thinking about this as an antidote to the kind of “projects” I’ve been doing lately—blog posts that take at most three to four days to pull together, […]

2017 ♪

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Life

Another year, another playlist of my most memorable songs of the year. (Also realized my dream of going to a concert among a sea of lights this year at Coldplay. 😀) This is 2017….

Capital Gaines

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Books / Life

Over dinner recently, my mom made a comment to the effect of: Life feels both long and short. I quickly chimed in with a I’ve been feeling the same way! She didn’t like that. You’re too young to feel like that, she said. But oh well, I can’t help what I feel. Like many people privileged enough to “want to do something” with their lives, I’ve been thinking about the question of, er, what is the meaning of my […]

On Skincare

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Life / Style

Somewhere between me going to college and joining the workforce, “skincare” has turned from something I’ve casually observed my mom doing (using a simple suite of drugstore products) into this Whole Big Thing—physically and psychologically, economically and culturally. In 2017, skincare is at once: self-care, retail therapy, a hobby, potentially a medical treatment, source of entertainment and community, billion-dollar industry, and just another routine of daily life… Today, I’m only writing about my personal experience […]

The Sketchbook Project, a real #TBT

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Art / Life

A few weeks ago, I got an email that told me “Emily just viewed your sketchbook” at the Brooklyn Art Library, which, as it turns out, has been storing some 36,000 sketchbooks completed for the Sketchbook Project so far. I’d totally forgotten about doing this in 2011 (this = filling up a light Moleskine sketchbook and sending it back to the Sketchbook Project  for a roving exhibition around the country). I recall getting an email […]

Fall at Storm King & Bard College

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Life / Odes / Postcards / Style / Travel

📍 Storm King Art Center and Bard College | November 4-5, 2017 Last year, I visited Storm King for the first time and was floored by the autumnal beauty on display. My first thought was Wow. My second thought was I want to bring my family here (especially my mom, who has a rather visceral appreciation for trees). Earlier this month, it happened, and I’m so thankful. This time around, we visited a couple of weeks later in the […]

NYC Day Trip: Beacon, NY

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Life / Postcards / Travel

📍 Beacon, NY  | October 28, 2017 It was one of those fall weekends when it seemed like everyone in New York City went to an apple picking farm, Storm King, Breakneck Ridge, or somewhere else along the Hudson River. Jason and I wound up going with that last one. As a sucker for convenience, I picked Beacon, because the Metro-North train station is walking distance from both Main St. and a few parks with trails […]

Instagram for Nostalgia: Finding Home Via Location Tags

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Life / Odes

Ever since my colleague pointed out that I can check how many hours I spend on a particular app in a day or week on my iPhone (under “Battery” in Settings), I’ve grown more cognizant of just what I’m doing on Instagram—by far my most used app and, as a visual person, my preferred online community.  I’ve written once about how I think Instagram can be productive, namely by using the “Collections” feature to track […]