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Our Two-Year Anniversary

I can hardly believe it – Matt and I have been dating for two years! In truth, it feels like longer than that (and not just because we were “together” for a few months before officially dating). It truly feels like I’ve known Matt for my whole life, but also our time spent together has gone by in the blink of an eye. Our anniversary last year was spent on a staycation at the W Hotel in Hoboken, so it felt fitting to be on an actual vacation for this time around. Matt’s work trip just happened to match up with our July 8th anniversary, so we did some research ahead of time and chose a dinner spot to celebrate at that night. We spent the day of our anniversary in Malibu, and after going back to the hotel to rest and clean ourselves up, headed downtown. We found ourselves at The Craftsman Bar & Kitchen for a pre-dinner drink. This spot is a gastropub with a cool rustic-chic vibe. As per usual, I got …

#SohoSummerHouse

One of the best perks about our new apartment is the pool deck, also known as the Soho Summer House. This past Friday was the grand opening and the building management threw a party for residents, complete with open bar, free food, and live music – what more could you ask for to kick off the summer? The pool deck is complete with lounge chairs/beds, cabanas, grills, a bar, hammocks, corn hole, fire pits, a movie lawn, and – of course – an infinity pool. It also offers great views of the Jersey City skyline, and overall feels like you’re on a tropical vacation. As Matt and I sat with our friends Lauren and Justin drinking Narragansett Del’s Shandies, we felt complete and utter disbelief that this is now our life and that we are fortunate enough to be able to live here. We’re so excited for the rest of the summer and to take advantage of the Soho Summer House as much as we can!

Move-In Weekend!

After over four months of anticipation, the day had finally arrived – the day we moved to our new apartment in Jersey City! Although I certainly had plenty of time to prepare and plan, it’s still super stressful to make sure everything goes smoothly. Between changing locations for the utility bills, cancelling wifi service at one apartment and starting it up at another, arranging for movers and “no parking” signs, changing your address… it starts to add up after a while. So, needless to say, I was counting down the days until May 31st. Matt moved all of his things to my Hoboken apartment so that the movers could just get all of our stuff from one location and bring it over to the new place. Since my other apartment was super small (less than 500 square feet) it was definitely pretty cramped for a few days, but totally worth it to have everything consolidated. That meant that Matt wouldn’t have to be driving his things back and forth from Queens to Jersey City on …

A Weekday Adventure to Brooklyn

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since entering the full-time-working-professional-life, it’s that you need to find fulfilling things to do outside of work – regardless of what day of the week it is. Far too often, at the end of a work day I find myself rushing home to sit on my couch and mindlessly watch TV. Granted, there are definitely days where I need some time to rest, relax, and unwind after a day at the office – but at the same time, if you’re wishing your whole week away just to make it to the weekend, you’re wishing away a big chunk of your life. (I could probably present you with some impressive calculation around said chunk of time, but I think that might be super depressing for the both of us.) Recently, I’ve been trying to be more cognizant of the fact that, yes, the next forty-some years of my life are going to be spent working – but more importantly, if I spend my whole adult life feeling like all I …

Back to the Bronx

With the move coming up, Matt and I have been trying to be more frugal in our spending – eating out less, going out to drink less, etc. In line with that effort, we also decided to hold off from going to a Yankee game so far this season. Although tickets aren’t always too pricey, it’s the rest of the experience that gets expensive – the beers, the hot dogs, the snacks… all that good stuff. But now that spring weather is FINALLY here, we found ourselves itching to get to a game. Earlier this week, I decided to “just look” at the Stubhub ticket prices for the Yankees Red Sox series. Low and behold, grandstand tickets (aka nosebleed seats) were totally reasonable. So, we decided to go for it – not only was the weather supposed to be gorgeous, but it was YANKEES RED SOX, the greatest rivalry in baseball between the (current) two best teams. The weather did not disappoint – it was a beautiful evening for game two of the series. The …

How We Met

If you’ve been following my blog and/or life to any degree in any capacity, you most likely know about my boyfriend, Matt. He is the sweetest, kindest, most caring person I know, and he’s also my best friend. But what you may not know is the story of how Matt and I met – and let me tell you, it is quite the tall tale! Okay, so maybe that’s a (weird) exaggeration. But it definitely is interesting! Personally, I love stories about how couples met because I think it’s so difficult to meet people in this day and age. After graduating college, I was pretty much a lost puppy. I would go out in the city with friends, but I felt like any guy I met in a bar was super creepy. Why is it that nice, normal people are never the ones to come up to you in bars? The answer is, because nice, normal people already have friends and friends-of-friends to hang out with and date! I, like many before me, fell victim …

My Favorite Places: Smorgasburg

Spring is (almost) here! And with the warm(ish) weather comes the opportunity to emerge from my winter-long hibernation on my couch and take advantage of all the fun outside activities the city has to offer. One of my favorite places to frequent in said warm weather is Smorgasburg – an open-air food market that pops up in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays. So, with empty stomachs and high expectations, Matt and I made our way to Brooklyn to indulge in a day full of decadent dishes. Not only is the food out of this world, but the views don’t suck either. It’s fun to see the skyline from the other side of the East River – I’m so used to the view from across the Hudson in Hoboken. East River State Park has both grass and beach areas, making it a great place for a photo opp (or several). Brooklyn is always a fun place to visit in any case – although I usually don’t feel like I’m cool and/or trendy enough …

How I Edit My Instagram Photos

People often ask me, “How do you edit your Instagram photos?” Now, I’m by no means Instagram famous – I only have about 5,000 followers and I don’t think the photos I post are anything spectacular, but I do keep a pretty consistent theme. First of all, let me say that I edit my photography differently than the photos I post on Instagram. When I use my Canon digital SLR, I edit those photos on my laptop on Photoshop. Most of the photos I post on IG I’ve taken with my iPhone 8+, so I typically edit those on my phone. Since this post is simply how I edit for Instagram, I’ll walk through the steps I take and apps I use when editing the photos I take on my phone. I’ll use the photo to the left as an example. I actually don’t have the original saved, but it was quite a bit darker when I initially took it. The first step I take to edit my photos is to adjust the curves. In …

Easter Weekend Photo Fun

Ever since I went to college, I feel like I’ve slowly lost touch with some of the things that I am passionate about – and things that make me who I am (or rather, who I was). Two of the things I miss the most from my childhood – and teenage years – are horses and photography. For me, the two went hand-in-hand. I would spend every day after school at the barn, and all day on weekends. Although I would ride my horse (and several others) while I was at the barn, the majority of my time was actually spent taking pictures. By discovering my love for horses, I also discovered my love for photography – and in a way, I owe my entire career to that. Without my relative success as an equine photographer, I would not have taught myself how to use Photoshop, how to code, how to build websites. In a way, that brought me to where I am today. But, regardless of my progress in terms of my professional career, …

Saturdays are for the Tourists

Or, rather, Saturdays are for *the residents pretending to be tourists. Matt and I played tourist today at the Hoboken Waterfront – which has always been one of our favorite places to relax on the weekend. With the coming of (slightly) warmer weather, we headed to there today to take advantage of the sunshine and fresh air (both of us are slightly sick, so we felt it would be good for not only our minds but also for our nasal passages). I made Matt model for me, and – although he thinks he looks “scruffy” – ended up getting some cool shots of him. Thanks for unleashing your inner Zoolander for me, boo!