Just when I had declared autumn in New York as the most beautiful season, Central Park blanketed in snow steals its thunder.
My favorite part was the live music and dancing. I think before next year, I need to learn the Charleston.
The view of Manhattan from Governor’s Island was gorgeous.
I love cities in the summertime!
Last weekend my mom flew in and helped with all the fun new apartment tasks like IKEA trips, AC installation, and multiple delicious meals to replenish energy levels. I wish there had been more hours in a day.
With a sturdy birch table and the return of my beloved coffee maker, I feel like I can resume my morning blog routine. I still haven’t ventured into recipes but my kitchen is becoming stocked and I might attempt to make something tonight.
Here are some cute work blouses I’ve stumbled across. I need more blouses. Dresses always steal my attention when shopping.
Diane von Furstenberg | Rina Sleeveless Blouse $245
Vince | Stretch silk top $225
J. Crew | Silk ruffle cami $88
My room is bare bones at the moment but I’m looking forward to making it a home! Getting the West Elm bed frame and headboard was super fun! My delivery window of 3-6pm turned into a 10:30pm delivery with phone call holds from hell.
Hopefully the rest of this process runs more smoothly. Doubtful.
NYC loves ABC | Mr. Boddington
I move into my new place June 1st which means for the past month, I’ve made due with the cooking basics– salads, easy stir-fries, and Trader Joe’s. Rather than begin to stock a kitchen with pantry essentials, I’ve relied on simple, no-recipe meals. Here are a few of my Trader Joe’s staples.
1) Steel-cut oatmeal
I ate a lot of this stuff in college and I’d forgotten how much I love it. It’s $1.59 for a carton of two servings. The oatmeal is steel-cut (my favorite!) and lightly sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup, which means a quick 3 1/2 minute microwave and it’s ready to eat!
A recent Trader Joe’s discovery I made was the frozen falafel. I love falafel. I’ve never made it before and I hopefully will someday but for now, you can’t get much easier than this. Buy some pitas, lettuce, and a carton of whichever TJ hummus suits your fancy (I love edamame and chipotle pepper) and you’ve got a delicious lunch.
3) Quinoa Duo
I have a quinoa obsession and this frozen dish includes two of my favorite veggies: zucchini and sweet potato. A friend introduced me to this in college and now it’s always in my cart. Try eating it with plain greek yogurt!
4) Lite Kettle Corn
I love these portion-controlled mini kettle corn bags.
5) Nonfat Plain Frozen Yogurt
Since moving to NY, I’ve been faced with the night-time dilemma that Pinkberry is only a mere 4 blocks away. Forget about my waistline, I’m more worried about my wallet. While I admit the chain fro-yo is better, this is a delicious alternative. It’s creamier and perhaps a bit tarter.
(And if you feel like splurging, I recommend Mango Mochi or Molasses Chews!)