A Smart Spring Fashion Tip

March 31, 2015

Last week, this Refinery29 article on dressing for spring caught my eye. In the post, Liz Adams of Sequins & Stripes, a Chicago-based fashion blog, shared looks that can easily transition from winter to spring and summer. While I’ve heard most of Adams’ tips, this one stood out to me: “To balance out the slouchy sweater and create the illusion of a midi-skirt, Adams belted it. “I tucked the sweater into the belt in the front and let the sweater drape over for a relaxed, flattering look.'” Makes sense! I’ve used the belt-your-maxi-for-a-tighter-fit-tip before, but it never occurred to me to throw on an oversized sweater and tuck in the front to give the illusion of a midi-skirt. It would look cute with booties or summer flats.

A few other tricks from Adams, a breezy skirt-and-tights combo creates the perfect winter-meets-spring vibe, swap heavier coats for light utility jackets (I’ve been wearing mine on warmer days for the past few weeks), and treat your pastels like neutrals. See the full post, here, if you’d like.

Thoughts? Would you use this trick? It’s really cute with those clogs!


(Images from Refinery29 by Heather Talbert.)

StoryCorps App Helps You Record And Share The Stories All Around You

March 30, 2015

StoryCorps App

StoryCorps App

Do you like to interview people? In high school, I took a photography class and the final assignment was to photograph and interview elders in our community. I loved the project so much and ended up interviewing two people!

The new StoryCorps app allows you to record and share the stories all around you. With a library of thought-provoking questions, the app helps you engage the interviewee in a meaningful conversation, and then it automatically records, stores, and uploads the interview. Brandon of Humans of NY said, “I’d recommend adding the extra element of using the app to interview a stranger. Engaging a stranger in a meaningful conversation can be very intimidating, and the growth that comes from the exercise can be substantial…If nothing else, it can give you ideas for prompts to make your everyday conversations more meaningful.”

So cool! I just downloaded the app and can’t wait to go through the archive of uploaded interviews and add my own!

You can download it here, if you’d like.


(Images via StoryCorps. App recommendation found on Humans on New York. If you aren’t already, follow Humans on New York on Instagram–it’s one of my favorite accounts!)

Have a fun weekend

March 27, 2015

Park Slope, Brooklyn

What are you up to this weekend? Saturday night, we’re going to a party for Dan’s work, and I’m excited for a night out. Also, it’s been so warm the past few days–I saw purple and yellow crocuses yesterday!–so we’ll be out and about! Hope you have a good one and here are some links from around the web…


5 amazing facts about Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Heinz Ketchup

What a cute spring dress!

Amazing, creative braids of Johanessburg

New York City has the longest work-week in the country (not surprised!)

This one-step, no-churn coffee ice cream recipe looks easy and delicious.

No monsters were harmed in the making of this rug: A fun Kickstarter!

18 women on what contractions actually feel like. “…gnomes squeezing my abdomen with a hot vice.”

This home decor collection by Of a Kind for Target looks so good!


Also, my thoughts go out to anyone involved in the fire and building collapse in Lower Manhattan yesterday.

How To Start And Maintain A Running Routine

March 26, 2015

How to Start and Maintain a Running Routine

Here’s a secret: I used to loath the idea of distance running. Why would you go for a run if you can round up a group of friends and play soccer or basketball for an hour? I’d ask myself any time I saw someone running down main street. But fast forward several years and…I actually enjoy going for a run and training for long distance races.

While I’m not an expert on the topic, by any stretch of the imagination, I’ve stuck with a distance running routine for nearly six years. Here are a few things I’ve learned about starting a running routine–and actually sticking with it…

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HBO’s ‘The Jinx’

March 25, 2015

Robert Durst, HBO's The Jinx

Have you watched The Jinx, HBO’s true-crime documentary examining the life and (probable) crimes of Robert Durst? After my friend recommended it last week (loosely comparing it to Serial), Dan and I immediately started watching the six-part series, and we finished it last night. It’s shocking and chilling, and the finale is jaw-dropping.

Robert Durst, the oldest son of New York real estate entrepreneur, Seymour Durst, was a suspect or thought to be involved in at least three murders–of his first wife, best friend, and neighbor. Filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling investigate all three cases and uncovers key details.

Here’s an excerpt from the Observer:

The reason that Andrew Jarecki’s  miniseries was so riveting wasn’t just because of the access to this alleged murderer, or the man’s legendarily wealthy family. No, it was Durst himself: who seemed at once extremely cogent and as odd of a duck as they come. He appeared equal parts clever and clueless: half the time his alibis were just bald-faced lies–easy to fact-check if anyone had bothered to–and the way it comes across in the show is that Durst wanted to get caught. Or was at least attracted to the thrill of it; the cat and mouse game. How else could you explain how he even got caught in Galveston after the murder, shoplifting a chicken-salad sandwich from a local chain store despite having $500 in his pocket?

Here’s the trailer:

What do you think? I’d highly recommend it!


(Photos via HBO. Top photo of Robert Durst with wife Kathleen on their wedding day in 1973. Article excerpt by Drew Grant.)

New Discovery: Dubsmash App

March 24, 2015

This might be the most random post on The City and Us, but these videos are so funny, so I figured I’d share them. When I walked in the door last night, Dan looked up from his phone with a huge smile on his face and said, “You have to watch this!” And then he played the video above for me and I couldn’t stop laughing. I think Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon would be proud!

These videos are made with the Dubsmash App. Have you heard of it–apparently it’s pretty popular? Sounds are sorted into categories like: Inspiration, Food, Hanover, Sing Your Heart Out Album, Swag, Musicals and lots more, and you can search for specific sounds too. Then, once you find one you like, you record yourself “Dubbing”/lip syncing. And share over text message or social media–if you dare. There are even filters!

Thanks, Hannah, for introducing us to this ridiculous app! And thanks, Dan, for letting me post these videos!

Update: One more just for fun (NSFW).


PS. A wine app.

My Dream Vintage Car: Jeep Grand Wagoneer

March 23, 2015


Here’s a phrase that I never really got until recently: “Let’s go for a drive.” When my grandparents would come and stay with us, I remember them inviting my parents to go for a drive after dinner, like it was a weekend pastime. This made absolutely no sense to me, which is why I opted out every single time I was given a choice in the matter.

But two summers ago, Dan and I test drove a 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer that was for sale in our hometown. There’s a vehicle that would make a (short) leisurely drive enjoyable. They’re perfect on warm summer days with those huge windows, and I can picture the passenger with her feet hanging out the window and big sunnies on sipping soda from a straw–no worries, just enjoying summertime.

jeep grand wagoneer

We weren’t really serious about buying the one we tested (worst gas mileage ever), but I love them! My favorite is the navy one, and I also really liked Skyler White’s sparkly red Grand Wagoneer in Breaking Bad. I’ll randomly spot them around Brooklyn, and recently I keep seeing this one pictured below in our neighborhood and secretly want to steal it. ; )

Grand Wagoneer in Park Slope

Thoughts? Would you ever buy one? Do you have one? If you do, let’s go for a drive!


(Top image via. Second image of Dan before we test drove the Wagoneer.)

Happy spring weekend

March 20, 2015

eclipse via NYT

Happy first day of Spring! What are you up to this weekend? This week has been bussssy for us, so I’m looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and Sunday. Also, it’s been SNOWING in NYC all day, so there’s that. Hope you have a good one and stay warm, and here are some links from around the web this week…

The Mad Men Museum in Queens is open!

Corgis racing–ha!

This blush cropped trench is perfect for spring.

Remember this snow day in Brooklyn?

My new favorite Instagram account to follow–love the red umbrella prop!

Video: It’s Always Sunny In Walter’s World.


Raised bed with storage.


PS. J.CREW is having a big sale right now–extra 30% off spring sale items with code SPRINGSALE.

(Photo of the eclipse taken in Longyearbyen in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago, by Tine Mari Thornes via The NYTimes Instagram.)

NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 19, 2015

St Patrick's Day Parade 2015

On Tuesday, the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade marched up 5th Avenue for the 254th time! March 17, 1762 was the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC, and it’s the country’s oldest Irish tradition. Here are a few pictures, if you’d like to see…

St Patrick's Day Parade 2015

St Patrick's Day Parade 2015

Hundreds of marchers wore beautiful traditional wool sweaters and caps like this adorable family. So sweet! Doesn’t the mom look chic with that wool cape?

St Patrick's Day Parade 2015

There was a group from Londonderry, NH marching!

St Patrick's Day Parade 2015

St Patrick's Day Parade 2015

St Patrick's Day Parade 2015

Have you been to the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade before? Despite it being super windy, it was so fun to see all the tradition Irish attire and hear the bagpipes. Also, this was the first year that openly gay group, OUT@NBCUniversal, marched in the parade. The organizers allowed the group to participate this year after pressure last year regarding restrictions on gay and lesbian Irish groups. Well done, NYC!

The City and Us Turns 1!

March 18, 2015

The City and Us turns 1

A year ago today, I wrote the first post for The City and Us. It’s simultaneously hard to believe it’s already been a whole year and hard to believe it hasn’t been at least two years. When I first mentioned the thought of starting a blog, I thought it would be a fun way to document our lives in a new place and stay in touch with family and friends back in New England. I thought I’d write about our adventures in NYC and the drastic differences of life in a city versus life in rural New England. My vision for the blog wasn’t crystal clear–instead, I knew exactly how I wanted it to feel: relatable, casual and real. If something wasn’t great–I wanted to write it down and share it; if something was awesome and worth telling–something I learned, a new recipe I tried, the best underwear for date night–I’d share that too. I truly believe one of the most valuable things we can do for each other is share our stories and experiences. And that’s what I wanted to do–put my thoughts and lessons learned out there and hopefully hear from my readers in return too–I love every time one of you comments. I feel so lucky to have you here!

Some of my favorite posts from the past year, if you’re in a blog reading mood:


An evening at the MET’s roofdeck bar
An unusual NYC tourist attraction
Halloween in NYC
On having a dog in NYC
Blizzard of 2015 in Brooklyn
NYC apartment hunting is crazy
The Museum on Natural History
NYC marathon pictures

How to’s, tips & tricks:

How to get the cleanest jewelry
How to feel settled in a new place
Winter survival tip
How to have a better night’s sleep
A tip for long lasting lemons
How to cultivate creative using design thinking (webinar summary)

Do or Don’t:

Emoji jewelry
Monochrome rooms
Marquee letter lights


It’s OK to be sad
On setting goals


Wedding signs
Valentine’s Day themed piñata
Fabric covered terra cotta pots
Tiny wedding flower arrangements
Simple holiday decor


My basic uniform
Periodic table manicure
Haircut inspiration
Fall loafers


The best hummus
Coconut Cake
Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Home Fries

And for fun:

Good news for Cards Against Humanity fans!
Great healthy living tips
The best smelling candle
9 unique wedding gifts for a bride
Moroccan rugs and where to buy them
Gift Blue Apron meals
Wine app


Thanks so much for a wonderful first year of blogging, and I’m really looking forward to more to come! xoxo


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