Camille Styles Office Style!

June 9, 2015

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

This past week, the Austin, TX-based lifestyle blog Camille Styles posted an interview and office tour featuring Bloglovin’. The post was part of the Camille Styles Office Style series that gives readers a look behind-the-scenes of their favorite creative companies and the stylish people who work there. We were so excited to be part of an amazing series highlighting some incredible brands like TOMS, SXSW, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and Darling Magazine.

I worked with Chanel at Camille Styles for a couple of months to coordinate and put together this shoot, so it was so fun to see the final product (and on a blog that I’ve read for years and love!). Here’s a look at the feature, and you can see the rest of the photos and interview here, if you’d like.

(Photos by Belathée Photography.)

Brooklyn in Bloom

April 30, 2015

Brooklyn in Bloom

Brooklyn is covered with blooming magnolia and cherry trees. It’s such a beautiful time of year in the city. We’re planning to check out the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend and I can’t wait! But, until then, here are a few photos I took around our neighborhood yesterday…

Brooklyn in Bloom

Brooklyn in Bloom

Check out my Instagram feed for a few photos of blooming magnolia trees, and here are some photos from our trip last year to see the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, if you’d like to see.

A Brooklyn Sunset

April 27, 2015


One thing we love about our apartment is that we have access to the roof. If we’re feeling cramped or simply want some fresh air, we grab a sweatshirt and head up to the roof to gaze at the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. It was a big selling point for us when we rented this apartment last summer. We’ve watched the sunset from our roof a handful of times, and last night was the first night we took pictures of the beautiful, pink sky. Here are a few, if you’d like to see…

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Bogota Latin Bistro in Park Slope

April 21, 2015

Bogota Latin Bistro -- Patio

Dan and I are slowly working our way around the many great restaurants in Park Slope–there are lots! A few weeks ago, our friends recommended Colombian-inspired Bogota Latin Bistro on 5th Ave, and it’s easily one of the best restaurants we’ve been to in the neighborhood. The lively yet casual atmosphere and bright decor make this spot perfect for Friday night dinner and drinks. The empanadas are delicious–try the sampler empanadas (my three favorites are chicken, vegetable, and  goat cheese), and the spinach and mushroom quesadilla and guacamole appetizer are great choices too. They make tasty margaritas and serve plantain chips and dipping sauce before dinner. Yum. Tip: For brunch, try their Bloody Mary–the star of their brunch drink menu–and sit out on the patio for a fun afternoon outing.

Bogota Latin Bistro

Bogota Latin Bistro

Bogota Latin Bistro -- Empanadas

 If you have any restaurant recommendations in Park Slope or anyway in NYC–I’d love to hear!


(Bloody Mary photo by Sara, bar and empanada photos via Bogota, patio photo by me during brunch last weekend.)

Rain in NYC

April 20, 2015





It was windy and rainy in NYC today. Everyone shlepped into the office this morning, jackets damp and umbrellas dripping. Here are a few rainy day photos of NYC. See you back here tomorrow for a more lively post. xx

Photos 12 / 3 / 4

Are You Wearing A Blue Shirt Today?

April 2, 2015

Today is the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Have you noticed lots of people wearing blue? To celebrate the awareness event, people from all over “light the world up blue.” Global landmarks go blue as well! Here’s a sneaky selfie I took this afternoon of my blue shirt! 😉

This Q & A animated short by StoryCorps of a son interviewing his mother is so sweet. I’d highly recommend taking a few minutes to watch it. Here’s the description: “In early 2006, 12–year–old Joshua Littman, who has Asperger’s syndrome, interviewed his mother, Sarah, at StoryCorps. Their one–of-a–kind conversation covered everything from cockroaches to Sarah’s feelings about Joshua as a son.”

Our Favorite Thing To Do With Visitors In NYC

April 1, 2015

Brooklyn Bridge

Since moving to New York City last spring, Dan and I have had many friends and family visit us in the city. We love having visitors, and it’s so exciting to take people around the city and explore together. We’ve wandered through museums, taste-tested burgers on the Upper West Side, rode the carousel in Central Park, walked the High Line, enjoyed drinks on the Met’s roof deck, plus lots of other fun activities in and around the city. But the one thing that stands out as a favorite for everyone is…

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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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Vanilla & Fig Candle

March 5, 2015

Vanilla & Fig Candle

Dan and I burn candles regularly, and I love how they can make our apartment feel clam and cozy especially after a long day at work. For my birthday last fall, my friend gave me this Vanilla & Fig candle (seen here). And I love it. From Minnesota-based fragrance label Illume, the scent is “a perfect blend of lush vanilla, orchid petals, figwood and black mission figs.” How could you not want your home smelling like that?!


All Illume candles are hand-crafted from all-natural, food-grade ingredients like coconut wax and essential oils, and the ceramic containers are so pretty. Doesn’t this one look cute as a recycled utensil holder?

What are your favorite candles?


PS. Unique gift ideas including a travel candle.

(Images via.)

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