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Memorial Day weekend travels / new york

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travel / peekskill, new york / photo by long cao
So my first trip of the summer entailed getting my phone stolen. Of course, of all places it would be in Vegas…I should’ve known. I spent a few days without a phone which actually felt very liberating and eventually ended up with a hand-me-down iPhone 4. Talk about first world problems – I’m very unsatisfied + frustrated with the camera quality on the 4, so my posting on Instagram became sparse. Like I mentioned yesterday, I spent the past week+ in New York working and galavanting through the semi-empty streets over the holiday weekend. I went to a few places worth noting and stole my guys’ phone to snap some pics so bookmark away!
new york travels
Donostia is a quaint Basque tapas restaurant in East Village, Manhattan with map-covered walls and bar seating for small parties. Amazing tapas at a great value. Don’t worry, I didn’t understand the menu either but they explain it well!

I went to the Hungry Ghost coffee shop nestled in a busy Park Slope, Brooklyn intersection and was stunned by the greys on greys and unique furniture. They serve Stumptown and apparently have delicious chocolate chip cookies which I’ll have to go back for.

Freemans, oh you are charming. Located in a SoHo alleyway, this little gem is well worth the experience – I mean just look at it. I recommend getting an entree + appetizer/salad to split with a friend.

The boyf and I took a day trip up to Peekskill, a small town about an hour north of Manhattan by train, and browsed through the shelves at Bruised Apple Books. It’s a legit, used-book-smelling, creaking floors kind of bookstore. The best kind of bookstore.

Overall, it was a very chill and low-key holiday weekend which is exactly what I needed. Who knew a city like that could be relaxing?

[ photo by Long Cao ]

wanderlust / travel essentials



My calendar looks pretty daunting right now in all of it’s color coded glory, but there are lots of things to be excited about [mostly weddings and all the related events] and a lot of traveling ahead of me starting in two weeks. This summer is gonna be p-a-c-k-e-d [pun only partially intended], so here’s where I’m headed and some of my travel essentials.

1 / Las Vegas means shows, buffets, and day clubs for a semi-joint bachelor(ette). I have a feeling we’re going to need some Help Remedies which I’ve found at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Let’s see if I can survive that weekend to participate in all the others, hah!

2 / New York City – this will be my third time at the National Stationery Show [woohoo!], but I seriously can’t go any place now without some wet wipes. They beat hand sanitizer and pack flat so they can slip right into your clutch or small crossbody. My favorite ones are the ones with witty sayings from Blue Q.

3 / Cayman Islands – my first destination wedding! I always travel with one of these Flight 001 laundry bags. They conceal odors and are small + washable, perfect for your undies. Thank goodness for barre classes keeping me in shape for this!

4 / Texas, you’re home. I can’t wait to go back for my best friends’ wedding. I’ve been using the Trader Joe’s Vitamin E oil in replacement of body lotion after showers and it’s worked like a charm through the harsh winter. It comes in little bottles so they’re airport security safe – what a relief.

5 / Charlottesville – so perfect for a vineyard wedding! These Baggu duck bags have been my best travel companion for weekend trips. It fits my laptop, changes of clothes, and makeup bag so easily. I just sling it on my shoulder and go.

6 / LA – oh, it has been too long and I’m glad to be going back for wedding #4. My favorite crossbody purchase has hands down been the Cuyana saddle bag which sadly is no longer listed on their website [for now at least]. And you can bet it fits a pack of those wet wipes.

What are some things you can’t travel without? I’m that girl browsing the travel size section of drugstores and Bed, Bath & Beyond, so I’m always looking for something new. But seriously, there is absolutely no coincidence why my Twitter handle is @iamtravelsize – just sayin’.

travel / weekenders

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weekender travel bags
Who’s up for a weekend trip? I’d love to road trip down to the Carolinas or finally make it to Philly for even just a day trip. Pack up your car, buy a train/plane ticket and get out of town for some breathing room when you need it and don’t have any PTO. If you pack light, all you need is one of these weekenders and you don’t even have to check anything in [who likes to do that anyway?].

Grab a friend and one of these beauts and hit the road:
1 / Baggu duffel bag in chestnut
2 / cuyana canvas and leather overnight bag
3 / Everlane reverse denim weekender
4 / Muji water repellant polyester bag
5 / Herschel Supply Co. packable duffel bag
6 / Kate Spade Saturday weekender in steel blue signature zig zag

warmth and wanderlust



Cabo | Vicki Grafton Photography
I’m so ready for warmer weather. Every week has been snowy and windy [rinse and repeat] and I’m just ready for Spring! Thank goodness the sun’s out today to melt away the snow that’s piled up from the past week. Anyone else over it, too? Love these gorgeous shots that make me want to escape to Cabo or Bali right about now. This winter has been brutal for my Southern + Singaporean self. I could go for a good dose of humidity and weather above 30 degrees. Get me outta here!
Bali | Vicki Grafton Photography

[ photos by Vicki Grafton ]

DC restaurant discoveries

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dc restaurant discoveries
Pardon my iPhone photos, but I’ve got to share these new DC restaurants with you! The first restaurant has a mouthful of a name – Menu / MBK [market/bistrobar/kitchen] and is brand new as of a week or two ago in Penn Quarter. The multi-level space is a comfortable mid-century modern, and there is in fact a reason for the lengthy name. The bottom floor is the market, where you can buy meat, cheese, bread, imported and local munchies, and deli sandwiches. The second floor is the bistrobar – great for drinks and mingling. The half-floor is limited seating for 6 for a fixed price menu, and the top floor is for normal seated dinners. The food is as amazing as the ambiance!

Blue Jacket DC has been open for a few months now and is a great industrial space in an old manufacturing warehouse. This bar and restaurant is chock full of local drinks and foods presented well and brewed to perfection on site. The seating on the upper level overlooks the whole space and was a real treat on a freezing night! It’s definitely worth the trek out to Navy Yard even if you don’t live nearby.

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