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

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

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

Read More

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

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.

LOL.

 

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

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

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.

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

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…

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

7 Alternatives to Valentine’s Day Date Night

February 9, 2016

The City and Us | Alternatives to Valentine's Day Date Night

Valentine’s Day is in six days. Do you have anything fun planned this year? One thing we’ve learned about Valentine’s Day in NYC is that it can be a pricey, prix fixe menu madhouse. So, if you’re looking for alternative date night ideas this year, here are seven…

  1. Cook a meal together. Families often serve the same main dishes for major holidays meals–at Christmas we always have prime rib with my dad and ham with my mom, so why not start a meal tradition for Valentine’s Day? Set the mood with fancy napkins, candles, and a vase filled with fresh flowers.
  2. Take a cooking class together. How fun would it be to learn to cook something new–like empanadas, gnocchi, or Baklava–on a Valentine’s Day date? My mom recently sent me a picture of herself at King Arthur Flour taking a pizza-cooking class, and I instantly thought what a fun date-night idea!
  3. Valentine’s Day boozy brunch. Because who doesn’t love a boozy brunch?
  4. At-home wine tasting. Buy a few bottles of wine–one of your favorites and one or two that you’ve never tried before–cheese, crackers, nuts, and some fruit. Put this on the tv and chill.
  5. Go to a museum. If you’re up for a low-key afternoon or evening out, try wandering around a museum. I’ve also heard good things about these (have you done one before?).
  6. Take an exercise class together. There’s nothing like getting the endorphins pumping before heading home for a steamy shower for two (amirite?). ; )
  7. Go out to dinner the night before or the night after Valentine’s Day. It’s less crowded, and if you’re not the prix fixe menu type, you’ll enjoy your meal more.

Which would you pick? What do you usually do on Valentine’s Day?

 

PS. Watching this would also be a fun way to spend the evening.

Photo by Mef Hamilton.

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

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 this winter? Each week, we’ll do something fun and maybe even a little wacky or unexpected, if we’re up for it. And the following week, we’ll share our experiences. I’m thinking little things like mail a handwritten letter, try a new-to-you recipe, meditate for five minutes each day, and ask a complete stranger a question.

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

Here’s the 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. 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 with every intention of sending it, but then I’ll get distracted or second guess myself (nevermind, it’s not that interesting). But this week I’m just going to send it!

Who’s in? Next Thursday, we can share how it all went down.

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

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.

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

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?

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

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

Read More

Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
SOCIALICON

Blogmilk | Brandi Bernoskie