Living in a new city can make you miss the little things you cherished back home. I’ll miss all the quaint, local shops I’ve come to love over the years (including Witherspoon Bread Company’s adorable hedgehog bread pictured above), but I also know this is just another opportunity to discover new places to love.
These orchids are from one of the last trips Lucas and I took together before our respective moves. We visited Duke Farms, a beautiful old estate in New Jersey that now serves as a model of local environmental stewardship. If you ever visit (and you should), make sure to bring a bike. It’s over 2,000 acres of rolling country filled with fountains, sculptures, greenhouses and nature trails.
Part of moving meant that I had to sort through
literal tons of clothing that I’ve hoarded over the years. Most were either garbage or donation ready, but every once in a while I would find hidden treasure, like these beige and mint polka dot/heart pumps that probably haven’t seen the light of day since sophomore year of high school.
I love that this move has given me opportunity to sort both literally and physically through my past and dream about my future.
It’s been a relaxing few weeks for me, and I’m loving soaking in all of the goodness that summer has to offer. Hydrangeas are blooming all over my neighborhood and putting me in such a good mood. I think they’re such gorgeous flowers.
We’ve been having a couple cookouts, and while I love burgers and ribs, I can’t get enough of grilled veggies (these ones were prepared by Lucas’ mom) – they’re so bright and delicious.
With my birthday approaching, I’ve been test driving some potential cocktails to serve. This one is super simple and tastes exactly like an orange creamsicle. Just mix one part whipped vodka (or vanilla – but I love exotic flavors) with two parts San Pellegrino aranciata. It’s light, sweet, and nostalgically delicious.
What’re you excited for this summer?
The view from my window in the snow. Sometimes, when you’re bogged down by work and stress, you forget to notice the details. I sometimes hate this window, because it’s the only one in my room and it’s so small (and I love natural light), but it’s such a beautiful architectural detail on the club’s front. Every once in a while I remember to stand at my window and gaze out at the street and be thankful that I’m surrounded by so much beauty.
I want to make a concerted effort to be more positive in my daily life. Part of that is letting go of negativity and instead focusing on what makes me happy. Today, that is getting started hanging my paintings in frames I spray painted. I chose Gum Drop (lavender) and gold as my paint colors because they are both so fun and beautiful.
What makes you happy?