Weekly Mini Challenge / 01

February 4, 2016

The City and Us | Weekly Mini Challenge / 01

I have an idea. Would you be up for doing weekly mini challenges with me? Each week, we could do something fun and maybe even a little wacky or unexpected, if we’re up for it. : ) I’m thinking little things like: mail a handwritten letter, eat something you’ve never tried before, meditate for five minutes each morning, and ask a stranger a question.

What do you think? If you’re up for it, I’d love for you to join me.

So, here’s our first weekly mini challenge: share an interesting article with someone–anyone!

I read tons of articles every week. Some of them I just skim, but others will stick with me and I’ll read them a second or third time. Often times, I’ll read an article and think to myself, Chelsea would find this interesting! or Alex would totally agree with that. I’ll copy the link to a text message and then…freeze. What if Alex thinks this is a waste of her time? I wouldn’t want to do that! What if she doesn’t like getting random links to random articles? And, to be fair, I read some pretty random stuff.

But this week, I’m just going to send it! Consider yourself warned. : )

Do you guys want to play? Next Thursday, we can share how it all went down.

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Funny New Animated Movie

February 2, 2016

The City and Us | The Secret Life of Pets

Have you seen the trailer for the new movie The Secret Life of Pets? It’s a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day, and stars big time comedians like Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, and Hannibal Buress. Other big names include Eric Stonestreet (from Modern Family fame), Ellie Kemper (from The Office), and Bobby Moynihan (SNL).

It comes out this summer, but for now, here’s the trailer, above. This weekend, Dan and I watched the last scene at least six times in a row–so funny!

Will you see it? What other animated movies do you love? We love The LEGO Movie (but who doesn’t?). 

 

(Top images from The Secret Life of Pets.

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Do You Read Your Horoscope?

January 29, 2016

The City and Us | Do You Read Your Horoscope?

This week at work, I picked up an old issue of Marie Claire magazine, and by what must have been muscle memory, I flipped to the back page. The top of the page read, “April 2015 Horoscopes.” Under that was a short blurb that said, “‘Anything is possible’ should be your mantra, Aries” with a picture of a woman standing on the seats of an antique convertible and reaching for the sky…in the middle of the desert. Okay.

My eyes wandered down the page and settled on the unassuming subheading ‘Libra.’ This was months ago, I told myself. No pressure. 

It read: “The mood: Perceptive. There may be an invisible hand on your shoulder, guiding you quietly. Still, take the lead rather than allowing others to influence you. You might not understand what seems like a complex situation, though the picture will crystallize soon enough. Listen carefully and you’ll decipher people’s motives. Power day: April 15.” Hmmmmm…

The thing is, I’ve never taken my horoscope seriously. But in high school (when I actually read real magazines–the ones that you actually hold in your hands, the ones where you literally turn crispy pages, the ones that have that glossy-paper smell–remember those?), I read it religiously. Out of habit, I’d read any magazine I got my hands on back-to-front, starting with the horoscopes. I’d read mine first, and then scan through the ones that I knew belonged to family and close friends: Leo, Gemini, Scorpio, Aquarius. It was pure entertainment for me, but my 16-year-old brain couldn’t help but wonder occasionally: What does it all mean?

Fast forward many years and–whether you think it’s all bull shit, genius, or ‘just for fun’ (like me)–horoscopes are hard not to read, don’t you think? Here’s a snippet of Libra’s horoscope for January 2016 from Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone, which a fun and popular site for all things related to horoscopes:

“Tip-toe into January, dear Libra. It will be a quiet month, for Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, will be retrograde in Capricorn from January 5 to 25. It will be hard to get answers back from influential clients and bosses on proposals, and overall, key decision makers will be frustratingly hard to reach or indecisive if you do (true!). The message of the universe will be to think back to past activities you have been doing or finished and see if you can find ways to improve what you have already done. It’s also a good time to review the methods and approaches you always apply to tasks to see if you have a better way you might try in the future…” (Read the full thing, here.)

Do you ready your horoscope? Did you in high school? What’s your sign?

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Brooklyn: A Snow Globe

January 26, 2016

The City and US | Brooklyn: A Snow Globe

Did everyone survive the blizzard? How much snow did you get? Our neighborhood is buried; we got around two and a half feet! Here are a few pictures and videos from our snowy weekend, if you’d like to see…

The City and US | Brooklyn: A Snow Globe

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Links!

January 19, 2016

Links | The City and Us

Hi! How are you? How was your weekend? I spent the better part of last week working from home with a box of tissues, bag of cough drops, and cup of tea within an arm’s reach at all times. Luckily it wasn’t the flu, just an annoying head cold, but I’m excited to be–mostly–on the other side of it. I’ll be playing catch up over the next couple of days, so let’s start this (short) week off with a link roundup–here are few great posts from around the web lately…

 

I finished The Message podcast this weekend. It’s like Serial meets War of the Worlds.

Are small, ‘infill’ homes the next big housing thing?

Lots of people are raving about this new beauty product. It’s like a Clarisonic with anit-aging benefits. I’m curious to try it out.

15 affordable countries for budget travel.

An adorable His & Hers Valentine’s Day Gift Shop.

These beautiful loafers are at the top of my wish list.

Secrets to pretty gallery walls.

One-pan lemon garlic chicken pasta.

 

(Photo by Kristen.)

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A Genius Travel Tip

January 15, 2016

The City and Us | Genius Travel Tip

Are you planning any trips this year? Dan and I haven’t been on a trip–one that requires us flying somewhere–in years. We went to Napa Valley with my sister and brother-in-law in 2012, and I think that was the last place we traveled together. So I’m hoping to plan a trip somewhere fun this year. I’m looking for inspiration, if you have any suggestions. But, first, a genius travel tip…

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Winter Jackets

January 13, 2016

The City and Us | Canada Goose Parkas

The City and Us | Canada Goose parkas

I’ve had this J.Crew long puffer jacket (currently on major sale) for years and love it. Puffer jackets have long been a popular winter pick; they’re comfortable, super warm, flattering, and go with everything. Lately, I’ve noticed a popular trend in NYC: Canada Goose parkas. They come in lots of different styles, including puffers, and this style has me wanting to upgrade my winter jacket. But it’s an investment.

If you haven’t heard of it before, Canada Goose is like the Heavyweight Champion of Winter-Jackets-World. Olympic athletes and extreme adventurers, professional dogsledders and mountain climbers, and broadcasters and educators wear Canada Goose. You can read about their story here–it’s impressive.

Thoughts? Would you wear one? Do you have one?

 

(Images by Brooke and Meggan.)

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Happy Weekend & Links

January 9, 2016

The City and Us | Weekend Links

Woohoo–we made it through the first week of 2016! Are you doing anything fun this weekend? We’re going to a friend’s birthday party tonight in Williamsburg, and then hanging out in Park Slope tomorrow. Hope you have a good one, and here are some links for your weekend reading…

 

This guy delivered his baby at home in bed and then recapped the whole experience…on Twitter.

My running mantra.

Bat Dad and Dog Robin are the cutest.

Seth Meyer’s Making A Murderer parody is hilarious.

These loaded sweet potato skins look delicious and easy to cook.

Next trip: The Philippines.

The new app Peach is getting lots of attention.

Beautiful concrete ring holders.

Should you filter your water? (Interesting.)

Learning the rules of the road with a little help from Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, & Conan. Lol.

 

(Image from The Daily Frenchie.)

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Did You Make Any New Year’s Resolutions?

January 8, 2016

 

The City and Us | New Year's Resolutions 2016

How’s your week been? Are you back in the swing of things? The mornings have been a bit of a drag for me after sleeping in practically every morning over the holidays, but I’m slowly getting back on track. This made me laugh.

During lunch hour this week, my colleagues have been chatting about their New Year’s resolutions. There are some good ones, too–be able to touch my toes by the end of the year, bring my own lunch to work more often, have better posture, order only one meal on Seamless per week.

I’ve admitted before that I skip New Year’s Resolutions. But these conversations got me thinking, and now I’m in the mood to try a few. So, my three resolutions are…

  1. Make our apartment feel like home. Ever since we moved to NYC, our apartments have lacked that cozy, comfortable, home-y feel, and more importantly–they just haven’t felt like us. We didn’t even have a couch until recently, and most of the furniture we have was given to us and has never really felt like our style. We’ve made a few upgrades lately, but my plan is to work on decorating, storage solutions, etc and make our space feel like our own.
  2. Face mask. They’ve never been part of my beauty routine, but a few of my friends swear by them. This one looks promising. Let me know if you have any favorites–I’m looking for recommendations!
  3. Keep my everyday bag organized, i.e., one Softlips Cube is enough, and for the love of sanity–do not keep receipts. I’ll be organizing it this weekend.

What are your 2016 resolutions? Are you doing something big?

 

Illustration by Bianca Cash.

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Happy 2016!

January 4, 2016

Happy New Year, friends. I can’t believe it’s 2016, can you? I hope the year ahead is full of happy adventures for everyone. Thank you so much for a wonderful 2015; it has been so much fun to have you here. Let’s take a quick look back over the past year…

The City and Us | Brooklyn Blizzard 2015

Last year around this time, Brooklyn (and the rest of the Northeast) was covered in snow, and NYC shut down for a snow day. We also talked about Winter Reading Liststhe food delivery service Blue Apron (have you tried it, yet?), and annoying words.

The City and Us | How to Feel Settled in a New Place

In February, I wrote about how to feel settled in a new place, which is something that Dan and I are constantly working on now that we live in the greatest city in the world :). And there were posts on interior decor like where to buy Moroccan rugs, pretty geometric planters, and monochrome rooms. Plus, an important winter survival tip and a cute Valentine’s Day themed piñata.

The City and Us | Running Routine

The big news in March: The City and Us turned ONE year old! Also, emoji jewelry, how to get a better night’s sleep, the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and how to start and maintain a running routine.

Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge

In April, I shared our favorite thing to do when friends and family come to visit, lessons from my first year of blogging, and whole bunch of random stuff in this fun post.

Casual Work Wear | City and Us blog

In May there were a few outfit posts, and I’d love to do more posts on style and beauty this year. Any requests? There was also a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend in Vermont, the Broomfield Antique Show, and the end of an era in May.

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In June, I launched a new series focusing on career journeys and life, and it’s easily one of my favorite things about blogging. I’m excited to do more interviews in 2016! There was also a beautiful DIY Vermont wedding and a fun interview and tour of my office in the Meatpacking District that month.

The City and Us | NH wedding

There was another beautiful wedding in July. Also, the discovery of a fantastic podcast and this random and hilarious Instagram account.

Dan and Kelley Lake Sunapee Wedding

July is also our anniversary, and I shared our wedding story.

unfinished hems

I wrote about being indecisive, frayed hem jeans, the best meal I’ve ever ate, and why time flies in August.

Do or Don't: Fitness Vacations

In September, we explored the newly renovated Brooklyn Bridge Park, talked about fitness vacations, and learned how 14 readers spent their very first adult pay check.

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October was a fun, busy month. We moved into a new apartment in Park Slope, spent a long weekend on Long Island, and launched The City and Us Shop! Also, I wrote a piece on conversation starters–do you have any good tips to start thoughtful conversations?

Guest Post: Twin Stripe: Travel Like A Local: Brooklyn

November consisted of posts on gifting, the comeback of flare jeans, a compelling new true-crime documentary (it’s unbelievably gripping!), and a guest post on visiting Brooklyn.

The City and Us | Atticus the Hedgie

To wrap up the year, December featured a cute roundup of hedgehog products, a list of our favorite TV shows, my new favorite candle, and our holiday card.

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And just for fun, some random posts from 2015: the Bloglovin’ Awards night, riding the NYC subway, a tip for cleaning jewelry, and fun cake toppers.

 

Thank you so much for reading, as always; I’m thrilled to have you here! I’d love to hear what’s on your mind recently, and know what topics you’d like to see more of on The City and Us this year. Anything you’d like to see less of? Feel free to shoot me an email (kelleymacdonald19 {at} gmail.com), let me know in the comments below, or find me on social media. XO

 

PS. The beginning of 2015.

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