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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 […]

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 […]

My Favorite NYC Spots, 1 Year In

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Life / Odes / Travel

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 […]