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Art + Miami

April 9, 2014

We visited Miami a couple of weekends ago for a wedding, and, it being my first time there, I had no idea what to expect. All I had ever heard was, “it’s Miami…” But what does that mean?

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It means sun, warmth, especially to us northerners at the end of March. It means cheesy hotels and restaurants named after American cities. It means palm trees and beach bodies constantly grazing the sidewalks. And men in tank tops, women in leopard body suits carrying puppies on their hips. White buildings with mint trim and curved windows.

And art. Graffiti, sculptures, fountains, music; all surrounding us.

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We visited the Rubell Family Art Collection in a particularly artsy area of town called Wynwood, based on recommendations from friends. The current exhibition, 28 Chinese, focuses on an eleven year research project in China which included visits to 100 artist’s studios throughout the country. To say the least, I fell in love and took a million photos, if you’d like to see… 28 Chinese

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To see more of the Rubell Family Collection, visit here. And if you ever make it to Miami, just know it’s Miami and appreciate it for all it has to offer (especially the humidity; apologies for my hair in the above pictures)!

 

 

 

Can’t and Won’t

April 8, 2014

Lately, all I have wanted to do was read snippets and stories instead of long, enduring novels. I no longer seem to find the time to cuddle up in bed on a weeknight with a book full of deep characters and philosophy, as much as I dream of doing just that. So I’m reading short memoirs, non-fiction and short novels.

Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis is especially appealing right now. Short stories of everyday happenings explained with what only can be called astuteness and wit. With titles like “I’m Pretty Comfortable, But I Could Be A Little More Comfortable,” and “The Cows,” I cannot wait to pick this one up (it came out today!). And since quickly catching glimpses of my books on the subway is the only way to continue reading, her chapters only being one sentence does not hurt. (see: “Bloomington”)

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(Plus, check out that awesome title:)

What books are you reading lately? I’m always looking to add more to the never-ending list.

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Good Mood Monday

April 7, 2014

{A collection of sweet things and moments that made me joyful this week.}

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+Naked Lady Party. Yesterday, a group of women took all the clothes that they don’t wear anymore to one apartment and shopped through all of them, swapping and stripping and switching, bringing new life to pieces that may have been shoved in backs of closets for months. All the pieces that weren’t chosen were then donated. We ate too, obviously.

+The Funk. Josh tried on a light blue mock-up of his suit and happened to bring a light pink shirt to try underneath. Not only did he match with the Easter season perfectly, but “We’ve Got the Funk” started playing in the warehouse, so dancing was a given.

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+Being Productive. We are at a point now, four months out, that planning becomes consuming. And we want to stay on top of everything; productivity is key.

+Writing. But, as you’ve probably noticed, being productive at work and in planning, my writing has decreased immensely. I will continue to try to balance everything but bear with me. Relaxation is important too.

+Frozen. I finally watched Frozen this weekend, after singing Let it Go over and over in my head for months. It really is a beautiful movie — proving that sisterhood is quite the special bond.

+Bitter Cold. It’s gone. For real; there are no more days this spring where I wake up to sub freezing temperatures. Bring on the rain and flowers, April!

+Flinder’s LaneOur new restaurant of the weekend was nestled in the East Village with an Asian flair and mouth-watering avocado and seaweed salad, crispy tofu and flaky red snapper. I am so happy for this new find!

+Just MarriedThe best wedding photos of the year.

+NCAA. The tournament is wrapping up and for the first time ever, I came in second place. I would say that isn’t bad out of 125:)

+Music.

Good Mood Monday

March 31, 2014

{A collection of sweet things and moments that made me joyful this week.}

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+A Quick Break. Getting away for a weekend can make all the difference. While today was full of work and errands, just going into the week well rested and relaxed gives me hope for the busy months ahead.

+Weddings. I happen to see a lot of weddings, but no matter the decor, the music, the food or the venue, nothing can beat watching two incredible, witty, smart and beautiful people that we all love get married. Congrats Adam and Jess!

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+Miami. It did not hurt that the destination of their wedding was Miami with sun, exploration, art and warmth.

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+March. The weather was unpredictable but the ease and quickness of the month has led us to April, with rain and new beginnings. I’m so excited for spring!

+Snapchat. With your sisters all night, pretending to be part of a birthday party 500 miles away.

+Registry. We are started to receive gifts and I have made an executive decision that we need a bigger apartment. Until that dream comes true, boxes will accumulate until I decide to clear out room in our kitchen. (Everything new is so lovely!)

+Love + Elvis. Just some graffiti for your week.

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+Favors. Our favors are DIY and at first I was unsure about them. Now that we are finishing them up, I’m love their simplicity and functionality. (You’ll have to wait and see what they are:)

+New Dress. I have been trying my best not to shop this Lenten season, but I gave myself a little room for a bridal shower dress. And I love it!

+Music.

Palo Alto

March 25, 2014

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While I have yet to read the book, I’m really excited to see Palo Alto, which comes out in May. It’s based on James Franco’s latest book, and focuses on seemingly normal teenagers who begin a bit of trouble in their California hometown.  I’ve added the book to my list. Have you read it? Will you see the movie?

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