3 Great Podcasts

March 31, 2016

The City and Us | 3 Great Podcasts

What podcasts are you listening to these days? I listen to at least one episode every day during my commute, so I’m always looking for recommendations. Here are three great podcasts I’ve recently discovered and love…

Women of the Hour

Hosted by Lena Dunham and produced by BuzzFeed, this miniseries covers everything from friendship, to love, to work, to bodies, and features guests like Emma Stone and June Squibb. “Please subscribe if you like bad-asses, deep questions, giggling, sexual healing, Gaia life force, style, summer-camp, cute kids, the Internet and feminine power,” said Lena. I don’t know how I missed this when it was first released last winter, but I’m so happy I found it.

The City and Us | 3 Great Podcasts

Modern Love: The Podcast

This podcast brings to life some of the favorite essays from the NYTimes Modern Love column, read by familiar voices such as Jason Alexander, Emmy Rossum, Dakota Fanning, and Judd Apatow. Here are four episodes I loved: ‘Seesawing Libidos,’ ‘One Last Swirl,’ ‘A Millennial’s Guide To Kissing,’ and ‘Mom/Not Mom/Aunt.’

The City and Us | 3 Great Podcasts

The Intern

Allison Behringer tells her honest story of navigating New York City and a new career in tech and media in this new podcast. Until recently, I worked in the same office as Allison in the Meatpacking District, and funnily enough, our stories in NYC are similar in many ways. Allison explores what it means to find your place at startup, which can be challenging if you’re coming from a career that’s not related to startups (Allison worked non-profits before moving to NYC), the instability of startup jobs, and negotiating salaries. I’d recommend this for anyone interested in startups and NYC.

What podcasts do you love? 


PS. Another favorite podcast.

Etsy Find: Dinosaur Planters

March 9, 2016

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

What quirky little decor things do you have around your home? Any random colorful things on your shelves, hanging from your walls, lining your windowsills? The ones that add character to your space, spark conversation when friends are over for wine and cheese night?

We have two antique brass birds that catch the attention of visitors. I use one as a book end and the other one hangs out with the succulents. We also have a tiny gold-spray-painted unicorn figurine in one of the succulent plants that gets a lot of questions.

We’re loving these dinosaur planters from the Etsy shop Two Tress Botanicals. They’d be fun displayed on a coffee table, don’t you think?

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

The City and Us | Dinosaur Planters

Thoughts? Which is your favorite? I love the gold Triceratops and Stegosaurus.

See the whole collection of dinosaur planters, here.


(All images from Two Trees Botanicals.)

What Are You Reading These Days?

March 2, 2016

What Are You Reading These Days? | The City and Us

I’m looking for book recommendations. What are you reading these days? Anything good? On Valentine’s Day, Dan and I randomly popped into a thrift shop in Park Slope on our way back from brunch and bought this copy of Withering Heights. It was only $3.27! Have you read it? I know the storyline, of course, but have never read it.

My friend raved about The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. The plot summary has me intrigued. Another friend, who recently made a bold career move, highly recommended YOU are a BADASS by Jen Sincero. My copy came in the mail this weekend, and I’m excited to start it. Dan is reading Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow and loving it.

What are you reading? Any good recommendations? 

Sorry for the radio silence…

February 26, 2016

One of those days... | The City and Us

Hey guys, sorry for the radio silence; it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Hoping to catch up this weekend, and we’ll get back to our Weekly Mini Challenges next week as well.

Hope you’re all hanging in there–it’s Friday! xx

An Office Space After My Own Heart

February 18, 2016

The City and Us | Homepolish Greenhouse Office

NYC-based interior design firm, Homepolish, is headquartered in a 5,000 square-foot office loft in New York’s Flatiron District. The space is bright, open, and filled with beautiful decor. But the coolest part about the Homepolish office is the three greenhouse conference rooms…

The City and Us | Homepolish Greenhouse Office

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Happy Weekend & Links

February 12, 2016

The City and Us | Weekend Links

What are you up to this weekend? Any plans for Valentine’s Day? We’re doing some kind of exercise and then headed here for boozy bunch. I haven’t done a Friday link roundup in a while, so I added a few extra links today. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Vermont beer for the win.

Alternatives to resting bitch face (haha).

A cute deck of cards with romantic date night ideas.

Great news for Orange is the New Black fans!

The Geek Hierarchy.

New York weddings during the blizzard.

How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster and Master Other Simple Pleasures.

Love Ain’t Dead Yet.

The magic of lavender essential oil.

Guests stay in geodesic domes at this gorgeous hotel in the Swiss Alps.

Boston Terriers are the best.

Yeezy 3: is this fashion?

The most famous brand from each state. Do you agree?

The real story of The Revenant.



PS. Join our new Weekly Mini Challenges, and alternative to Valentine’s Day date night, if you’re looking for ideas.

Weekly Mini Challenge / 02

February 11, 2016

The City and Us | Weekly Mini Challenge / 02

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, so to celebrate let’s ‘show’ our loved ones we love them with little, nonverbal displays of affections. Sometimes it’s the seemingly insignificant acts–small favors here and there–that hold the most meaning and communicate our feelings the most accurately.

You know the saying ‘actions speak louder than words’? My mom ingrained this lesson in my head from a very young age, and there’s so much truth in it, don’t you think?

So, to get us started, here are a few ways to say “I Love You” without saying a word…

  1. Do their weekly chore. Does your roommate usually clean the shower and you usually vacuum? This week, do both and give her a week off.
  2. Leave a love note where you know your significant other will find it before work.
  3. Serve breakfast or coffee in bed.
  4. Have a glass of wine waiting. If you know your roommate is on her way home from a rough day at the office, pour a glass of wine and have it waiting for her when she comes through the door.
  5. Start their car before work. If it’s the dead of winter where you live, you’ll get why this is a nice thing to do!
  6. Dog ear a page in his book with a great sentence or good reminder.
  7. Leave a dry towel out after you shower.
  8. Backup his phone. Because he has the best intentions of doing it, but never does.
  9. Take garments to the drycleaners. That random dress or suit that’s needed dry cleaning since last summer–you know the one–drop it off, finally.
  10. Listen. Sometimes that’s all they need.


PS. The first weekly mini challenge, and how it went, if you’re curious.

Weekly Mini Challenge / 01 Recap

February 11, 2016

The City and Us | Weekly Challenge / 01 Recap

Last Thursday, we started a weekly mini challenge. The first challenge was to share an interesting article. How’d you do? Did your shared article spark an interesting conversation? Here are the four articles I shared over the past week…

How To Get Rid of that Damn ‘Not Enough Storage’ Alert

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and Daily Creative Routine

Oh My God The GOP Debate Had The Most Awkward Introductions Ever

Gymnast Whips, Nae Naes, Dabs And Flips Her Way To An Almost-Perfect 9.925

What articles did you share? I’d love to read them!

The next challenge is coming right up…

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.

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.


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.


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.


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}, let me know in the comments below, or find me on social media. XO


PS. The beginning of 2015.

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