Month: March 2017

My Favorite Places: Grand Vin, Hoboken

One of my absolute favorite places in Hoboken is Grand Vin, a quaint restaurant and bar located on the corner of 5th Street and Grand Street. I stumbled upon it accidentally when I was (hangrily) searching for a brunch place that had little to no wait – a rarity in Hoboken on a Sunday afternoon. As soon as I saw its beautiful rustic exterior, I had a feeling this place was right up my alley (only figuratively though, since it was a decent walk from my apartment). The inside was even more beautiful; its repurposed decor, organic textures, and soft lighting provided a natural warmth and welcoming atmosphere. I felt instantly at ease in a place so full of charm and character (which may be even more rare these days than a brunch place with no wait). The food was excellent, too. I had never had avocado fries before, but I can confidently give them a 10/10 and two thumbs up (especially paired with the chipotle aioli sauce, yum). Every meal we got looked and tasted delicious, which increased my love for this newly found …

My Favorite Places: Wynwood Arts District

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to go on an all-expenses-paid (well, most-expenses-paid) trip to Miami, FL for my company’s annual offsite. Although the offsite only lasted Tuesday through Thursday (at the Eden Roc Hotel, nonetheless), we were given the option to extend our stay through the weekend and adjust out flight to Sunday. My friend, Alex, and I jumped at this opportunity and found a little Airbnb in South Beach for the remaining three nights. It was great spending a few days with my company at such a beautiful hotel, but Alex and I were excited to do some exploring on our own come Friday. Our first night at our Airbnb was lovely, and we decided that the next day rather than going straight to the beach we would journey to the Wynwood Arts District, which had been strongly recommended by one of Alex’s friends. In case you haven’t heard of it: The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, eclectic bars, and one of the largest …

Get the Look: My Bedroom

There are few things I love more than coming home after a long day at work and crawling into bed in my beautiful, cozy bedroom. Something that I might just love even more than that, however, is decorating that bedroom to make it so beautiful and cozy. One thing I was most excited for when I first moved out of my childhood home was the opportunity to create a living space that was all mine. Although the process certainly took time (it’s been over a  year and a half and I still say my apartment is a work in progress) I like to think it’s coming along well. Today I’ll be taking you on a virtual tour of my bedroom, and touching on a few specific pieces that I feel really tie the room together and help to make it into a space that’s just right for me. I’ll also include direct links to where you can get the look, too.   I like to keep my bedding pretty simple and play up other aspects of the room …

What No One Told Me About Post-Grad Life

Life after graduation is a lot harder than anyone lets on. No one warns you about what it’s like to be taken from the protective bubble that is your college campus, away from your best friends (who, for the past four years, have lived just across the hall), and be thrust into this new life in which you are expected to immediately become a fully functional adult. If I could go back in time and tell my past self anything, it would be to better prepare for this transition period in my life. Wait, I take that back. If I could tell my past self anything, it would be to eat literally all of the carbs in the world before you lose your fast metabolism and have to go to the gym every day and feel guilty about finishing a pint of ice cream in one sitting. Eat all of it while you can and ENJOY EVERY BITE because it will NOT last forever. But I digress. Anyway, as I was saying, life after graduation is hard. Granted, at first it just …

10 Must-Try Restaurants in the NYC Area

I love food. I love food that is good for you, I love food that is bad for you but tastes good for you. I even love food that is bad for you and makes you feel bad afterwards. I love eating until I’m painfully full and can’t walk and all I can do is complain about how full I am. And I especially love carbs. Carbs are just the best. Now, I am by no means a New York City food connoisseur. In fact, one of my goals in life is to become said food connoisseur and know all the best places with the best hidden treats (specifically fried mac and cheese balls, which are, for the record, a food that makes you feel bad afterwards). But for now, I’m just a regular girl who occasionally goes out to eat and takes six or seven almost identical photos of her food from slightly different angles. Now, it’s time for (you guessed it!) me to show you these photos and talk all about the mouth-watering,  decadent meals I once …