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Fall at Storm King & Bard College

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📍 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spring Favorites

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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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Life / Odes

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 […]

Instagram Tour: China’s Tier 2 and Beyond

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There are specific moments when I think, Damn, it’s pretty cool to be Chinese. Like when China infallibly dominates at Olympic diving. Or anytime someone mentions “China’s 5,000-year history” (a point of contention, to be sure). Or! When I see stuff like the photo above, shot from Fubo Hill in the southeastern city of Guilin. I’ve been to five Chinese cities so far—Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Chengdu—all of which are basically Tier 1 megacities familiar to the […]