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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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…

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Happy November, Looking Back at October

November 3, 2015

Madewell Vintage Denim Recycling Truck

Happy November, readers! How was your October? Is it just me or does October always fly by? I blinked and it was over. I managed to document a few moments over the month. Here are the highlights…

Madewell hosted a denim recycling drive and drove their rad 1963 Ford ‘Pop-up Recycling Truck’ over to the Meatpacking District. They setup shop right outside my office, and I recycled three pairs of old jeans that will be made into housing insulation–how cool is that?! Also, I got to “drive” the vintage truck! If you know me, you know I love vintage vehicles.

Sunset in Park Slope | The City and Us

We moved into our new apartment in Park Slope at the beginning of the month–our view is definitely the best part!

Ipsy NYC 2015 | The City and Us

I picked up a few new beauty tricks–like how to best fill in eyebrows–at a work event with Stephanie.

Kelley | Rock n' Roll Half Marathon

I completed my third half marathon, the Rock n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon, with approximately 15,000 other runners!

Picnic In Prospect Park | The City and Us

After the half marathon, we met a group of friends in Prospect Park for a picnic.

North Fork Getaway | The City and Us

Dan and I escaped the city for a couple of days and explored the North Fork of Long Island. I hope more weekend getaways like this one are in our near future. It was such a treat.

Blood Manor with Bloglovin' | The City and Us

The Blood Manor haunted house is the real deal! Highly, highly recommended!

Mail Order Bride | Halloween 2015

Lastly, I dressed up as a mail order bride for a Halloween Costume Party at work. It was 100% inspired by my very creative cousin, Sara (thanks for the inspiration, Sara!). A lot of hot glue was used to keep that FedEx skirt assembled, haha.

October was a good one. Now on to November. As always, thank you for reading! xo


Madewell truck picture by Morgan. Picnic picture by Cassandra via Shelby. Mail order bride picture by Joey.

A View of the Manhattan Skyline

October 7, 2015

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Last weekend we moved into our new apartment in Park Slope, and it looks like Hurricane Joaquin came for a visit, so I won’t be sharing apartment pictures any time soon. But this morning I snapped these pictures of our view–the Manhattan skyline!–which still feels surreal for these two country mice, even after a year and a half of living in the city.

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Hope you’re all having a good week!


PS. When we first moved to Brooklyn.

Exploring the Newly Renovated Brooklyn Bridge Park

September 9, 2015


This past weekend, Dan and I wrapped up our month long house-sitting stint in DUMBO. But before we moved out, we took advantage of the long weekend and soaked up as much of our adopted neighborhood as possible.

On Sunday, we strolled through the newly renovated Brooklyn Bridge Park and explored the waterfront under the Manhattan Bridge. Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…


Before heading out, we mixed up some rosemary lemonade to take on our walk. We followed this recipe, which is quick and simple and the hint of rosemary makes it feel a little extra special. (It’d also be great as a cocktail mixer.) We used our new Cuppow drinking lids, simple adaptors that allow people to upcycle canning jars into easy travel mugs.

I was thrilled to discover Cuppow, a New England-based company, that develops everyday products that help us live a low-impact life. Cuppow started by developing a product that would help decrease our environmental footprint, and they continue to design products for utility and simplicity. I’ve also been using the BNTO canning jar lunch box adaptor for yogurt and granola parfaits and sliced veggies with hummus.


Then we headed to the Brooklyn Bridge Park. We strolled through the newly renovated section of the park and by Jane’s Carousel, stopping often to admire the incredible view of the NYC skyline.




Finally, we checked out the new home of the Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center. A former NYC Department of Environmental Protection maintenance building, the Environmental Education Center is now home to a number of exhibits and modules that showcase the birds, fish, insects, plant life, and geology of Brooklyn Bridge Park, including a nine-foot scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park. We decided to leave a visit to the center for a different weekend, but you can read all about it here.




If you’d like to visit the Brooklyn Bridge Park, check out this site. I’d definitely recommend it!


PS. Subway art, how to feel settled in a new place, and a beautiful stained glass house in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

(Photos by Dan O’Brien. I received product in exchange for creating this content in collaboration with Cuppow, a company whose values and mission I believe in. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fun and original stories!)

Images of Endangered Species Projected Onto the Empire State Building

August 3, 2015

Endangered Species Lion

On Saturday night, artists Louie Psihoyos and Travis Threlkel projected images of endangered species onto the Empire State Building. Using 40 stacked, 20,000-lumen projectors on the roof of a building on West 31st Street, they projected a looping reel of images showing endangered birds, manta rays, fish, snakes, insects, along with a whale, snow lepeord, and Cecil the lion. The art event was meant to draw attention to the creatures’ plight, as well as provide footage for their coming documentary Racing Extinction. “We lit up the Empire State Building with the world’s most beautiful — and threatened — species to show the world what’s at stake…”

This was the first time moving images have ever been displayed on the Empire State Building, and with clarity of 5K resolution, the images were clear up to 20 blocks from the building. So, on Saturday night, Dan and I made our way to 23rd Street and Broadway, right near the Flatiron Building, and saw about an hour of the incredible show. Although my iPhone clips don’t do the show justice, I thought I’d still share a few…

You can read more about Psihoyos and Threlkel and their efforts on their Documentary website, and here’s a great article by the NYTimes. Here are 13 stunning images from the show, and this video has amazing, high-quality footage of the event.


(Photo by Craig Ruttle/AP, via Buzz Feed. Quote via Racing Extinction. And thanks, Dave, for tipping us off to this cool NYC event!)

Happy Weekend & Links!

July 17, 2015

Weekend Links | The City and Us

Any plans for the weekend? We’re house-sitting in DUMBO for a couple days, and I’m looking forward to strolling around the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Guaranteed we’ll get the best hard ice cream I’ve ever had at least once this weekend. Hope you have a good one and here are some fun links from the web…

A delicious summer daiquiri.

How Did You Know Your Partner Is the One?

One of history’s greatest badasses; put her on the $20 bill.

Attention travel bloggers: Japan wants to send you on a one-month adventure!


Moody landscape photography gets me every time.

Weekend With Bernie.

Nordstrom’s anniversary sale is happening right now. They have everything!


(Photo by B. Anthony Stewart, Lake George in New York, 1945)

NYC Taxi Cab on Airbnb

July 15, 2015

NYC Taxi Cab on Airbnb

A few days ago, I was looking through Airbnb listing for an inexpensive rental in Brooklyn, and I found something random: A retired NYC taxi that’s been converted to sleeping quarters! The taxi van is parked on Long Island City, near the East River waterfront promenade, and will run you $69 a night, which includes a bed, pillows, sheets, and a portable wireless air-conditioner.

Although guests aren’t allowed to drive the taxi around NYC, a sleepover in an authentic NYC taxi would make for an adventurous night. Also, you could take some fun pictures! Imagine a hilarious holiday card posed as the driver of your very own bright yellow NYC cab. And how fun would it be to throw a toddlers birthday party with the taxi as the main attraction?!

NYC Taxi Cab on Airbnb

NYC Taxi Cab on Airbnb

What do you think? Would you ever stay in the NYC taxi? The only issue I see is needing to shower–cause city grime is the real deal. But I’d totally do it for one night!

(Photos from Airbnb.)

Sweet Summer Perfume

July 1, 2015

Summer Perfume by Kenzo | Flower in the Air

What perfume are you wearing these days? During the warmer months, I like to wear a light, fresh scent. I wore Miss Dior Chérie for years, but by the end of last summer, I had used it all up. The other day at work, I scored this Flower in the Air by Kenzo for free(!), and I really like it. It has this wonderful rose scent, is light and feminine, and doesn’t seem too girly. I’ve worn it to work and out for date night, too. Bonus: The bottle and poppy graphic are super cute and look pretty out on display on the bathroom self.

Summer Perfume by Kenzo | Flower in the Air

Do you wear a signature summer perfume? I’d recommend Flower in the Air if you are on the hunt for a summery scent!

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