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Spring Favorites

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Life / Odes / Style

In the spirit of appreciating #thelittlethings, I’m going to take a page (steal a scene?) from my favorite Youtube vloggers and start documenting the products, books, shows, music, etc. that I’ve been loving. Without further ado, here are bits and pieces of my spring 2017 ☼ 1. Supported Fish Pose—What I do before each yoga class; it’s the perfect antidote to scrunched-up-chained-to-the-computer-desk shoulders. 2. Nature Republic Herb Lotion (Bulgarian Rose/Peach)—Both smell so good, but more importantly, it […]

Making Instagram Productive

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Every new Instagram feature makes the news—an especially big splash if it’s lifted from Snapchat. But the new Instagram feature that’s giving me life isn’t one that approximates Snapchat, but one that’s more of a low-key Pinterest. Yep, I’m talking about “Collections.” When Instagram added a save-for-later/”bookmark” feature, it was already a good way to differentiate stuff you liked because-you-had-to-because-you’re-a-good-friend from stuff that, well, you might actually want to look at again. The newer “Collections” feature […]

K-Indie for Spring

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Spring to me is synonymous with Korean indie…K-indie! The bands I like the most—10 cm, Standing Egg—all have that addicting acoustic sound, with whimsical instrumentals and some SERIOUSLY. GOOD. VIBES. Which is all I want to feel for spring, when the weather is getting better, days are getting longer, and more fun is begging to be had. So I made a playlist. I suppose for a singer/band to be considered “k-indie,” they can’t be signed under […]

Beekman & Augustine

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I had the chance to check out Augustine—a new-ish brasserie in the Financial District—with some company peeps today for a rare non-sad-desk-lunch. Augustine may be No.1 on Eater’s heatmap of hot NYC restaurants right now, but I definitely went in with more interest in sneaking a peek at the newly opened Beekman Hotel, which takes over a landmarked 1890s building with an incredible nine-story atrium. And wow oh wow oh wow! It was jaw-dropping (defined […]

My Bullet Journal Experience, 3 Months In

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Life

I‘m an unabashed notebook hoarder, with 5 or 6 actively in use for specific purposes (e.g. “work,” “health,” “projects,” “church,” etc.) and many more blank beauties waiting in the reserves. So when a deluge of trend pieces on something called the “Bullet Journal” flooded the web over the last year, I was viscerally intrigued and responsibly hesitant…am I really going to do this? Add another one? Especially something that seems to come with the expectation of “being […]

A Tradition

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Since 2010, I’ve been keeping a playlist every year, adding songs I listened to way too much during each season (so I can do that thing where you listen to it later and instantly get transported back to the swirl of thoughts, emotions, and circumstances that defined a particular time…the coolest thing!) Spotify whips up a “Your Top Songs 2016” playlist based on your listening history as well, but it’s not the same! Spotify doesn’t know me…yet. […]

5 Best Buys of 2016

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For whatever reason—writing more market stories for Curbed? Getting hooked on NYMag’s The Strategist? Being older and wiser about money? The KonMari/”Spark Joy” cultural takeover?—I became more passionate and intentional about shopping this year. In contrast to a traditional retail therapy where happiness and thrill come from spending money and acquiring new stuff in themselves, my shopping M.O. now concerns buying things that work really well (ha), extend beyond the realm of clothes, and can […]

NYC after 9-5

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One of the things I lament about having a relatively typical office job (especially during these fall-winter days when the sun goes down right after 4 pm) is the lack of opportunity to snap photos in glorious daylight. I know, #firstworldproblem, but entertain me. When I think of on-point Instagram accounts, I think of endless grids of dreamy things shot in natural light, blending together to form one crisp, clean aesthetic. It’s hard to get […]

Inbox Zillion

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Email newsletters are the new social media are the new website homepages? In a weird, anachronistic way…that’s what it feels like on the Internet right now. Indeed, when social media feeds were busy growing too overwhelming and homepages too static, newsletters emerged to offer some desirable blend of exactly what you want (assuming you signed up for them in the first place), in regular but manageable installments. I get newsletters from publications, content blackholes like […]