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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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Our Holiday Card

December 24, 2015

The City and Us | Artifact Uprising Holiday Cards

Happy Holidays! What are your plans over the next several days? Doing anything fun for New Years? I hope you have a relaxing holiday and soak up time with your loved ones.

The City and Us | Artifact Uprising Holiday Cards

Do you send holiday cards to friends and family? I didn’t get around to sending one the past couple years, but this year, I tried Artifact Uprising for the first time. I love their selection of simple designs, and their photo gifts are great, too.

The design we picked is part of their 3-in-1 card series.  With perforated seams, recipients have the option to tear away the ‘happy holidays’ piece and repurpose as a gift tag, and keep the photo for year-round display. Cool idea, right?

The City and Us | Artifact Uprising Holiday Cards

XO

 

PS. This post is *not sponsored by Artifact Uprising. I just really love their products and mission.

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9 Cute Hedgehog Products

December 21, 2015

The City and Us | Atticus the Hedgie

Joining the lot of Random Posts on The City and Us is this roundup of cute hedgehog products. Maybe you’ve noticed the Internet’s recent obsession with all things hedgehog, maybe you haven’t (maybe you have a hedgehog?). Either way, they seem like sweet, delightful little critters, and there are plenty of hedgie products online these days. This roundup is inspired by my friend Stephanie’s hedgehog, Atticus, pictured above…don’t you just want to (gently) squeeze him?! Click or tap each picture for details…

The City and Us | Hedgehog Washi Tape

The City and Us | Hedgehog Pendant Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

The City and Us | Hedgehog Table Lamp

Rubber Stamp

 

 

 

 

 

The City and Us | Hedgehog Christmas CardThe City and Us | Hedgehog MittensThe City and Us | Hedgehog Bristles Doormat

 

 

 

 

 

Which is your favorite? I like the toothpick holder and table brush. For an overload of cuteness, follow Atticus on Instagram.

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Happy Weekend & Links

December 19, 2015

The City and Us Christmas Links

How was your week? Doing anything fun this weekend? It doesn’t seem possible that Christmas is this Friday, does it? I don’t feel like I’m ready for the holidays at all, but we’re spending the weekend getting organized and hopefully checking a few things off the To-Do-Before-Christmas List. Hope you have a good and productive weekend. The web was full of great links this week, here are a few…

 

Have you seen this lumberjack, plaid cake?! Awesome.

A Christmas-themed Billy on the Street featuring Will Ferrell.

The happiest dancing Boston Terrier ever.

Smart: DIY Netflix socks pause your show automatically, so you never miss a moment.

Hey, U.S.A., let’s do this asap.

Smart packing tips.

It’s time to upgrade our pans, and this pretty one is top of my list.

How the State Street Ballet spent a 5-Hour layover.

Cinnamon hazelnut butter sounds wonderfully indulgent.

House plants for low, medium, and high light.

Lastly, tomorrow is the final day to order one of these delicious candles for 15% off. Use the code ‘TheCityandUs15’ at checkout, if you’d like.

 

Have a great one, and I’ll see you back here on Monday. xx

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Pretty Dainty Rings

December 17, 2015

The City and Us | Luna Skye by Samantha Conn Rings

The City and Us | Luna Skye by Samantha Conn Rings

The City and Us | Luna Skye by Samantha Conn Rings

I have a soft spot for dainty rings. Ones with thin bands and pretty center stones are my favorite. This ‘floating’ style by Samantha Conn is beautiful, don’t you think?

 

PS. More beautiful rings.

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