Hello from New York!
The last few days have been hilariously random with many firsts: a rave, a personal training session, and an epic blizzard (in that order).
On New Year’s Eve, I made a promise to myself: to travel more in the new year, just for fun. To kick things off, I booked a ticket to New York in January, ignoring the obvious: snow would be very likely.
New York is my home away from home since most of my close friends live here and I had another important reason for making the trek: closet cleaning. Yes, really (more on that in a minute.)
As soon as I touched down and took a cab straight to Gala’s place on Thursday, the fun started. First up, we headed to a rave in Brooklyn complete with a massive disco ball and people typing up haikus on request (mine was about Palm Springs — no surprise there!)
Post-rave: Indochine for dinner. I’ve been obsessed with the place since my first visit in 2002. Think palm wallpaper, a soundtrack of David Bowie and Duran Duran and a feeling that the 80s never ended. Warhol, Madonna and every downtown art star dined there and not much has changed as New York constantly morphs around it.
After Indochine, I hit up Three Of Cups till the wee hours — nothing beats Journey, Van Halen and Iron Maiden tunes cranked up.
On Friday, I had my first personal training session ever, feeling ever so slightly hung over from the night before and sporting a shirt reading LOOK BETTER NAKED with metallic gold sneakers.
Rumor had it that a blizzard was quickly approaching so Gala and I hit up the Container Store (a Virgo’s dream) for closet organization goods and headed home to get to work. We focused in, cleaning out her main closet by midnight with 100 items easily gone.
After tossing and turning, I woke up at 2 am to look out the window and the snow storm rumors were no joke — it was piling up fast. By 2:30 in the afternoon, the snow was over 2 feet deep and the city officially shut down. The scene was surreal — literally the most snow I’ve ever seen in person.
The blizzard was the perfect opportunity to stay inside and finish Gala’s closet project — another 100+ items hit the floor and we made such good time, we were able to clear out her entire spare room AND organize her books by color. Mission accomplished!
By Sunday, we were truly stir crazy and braved venturing out in the 2 feet of snow for photo booth fun, an adventure at ABC Carpet and Home (the mecca for stylish interior designers) and hot chocolate at Caravan of Dreams.
Today, I’ll be out exploring even more — and plotting how I can come back again soon. I’ve missed being here so much and reconnecting with so many of my close friends has given me renewed energy and artistic inspiration.
New York, I love you. For even more snapshots from this trip, check out my Insta. And stay tuned for more New York-related posts coming up soon!
These are my favorite links gathered from around the web this week. There’s always a mix of design, business and life tips topped with a dash humor. Enjoy!
• What happens when blogging and social media take over your life? Such an interesting read!
• 57 small things to do for yourself this year.
• If you want to get something done, follow the manifesto of a doer.
• An interesting history lesson about swearing in movies — I had no idea it was banned from 1930 to 1968!
• 10 warm weather movies to watch while you’re snowed in!
• I’m looking forward to the new Michael Jackson documentary produced by Spike Lee.
• Made me laugh: absurdly challenging recipes from actual cookbooks!
• If you’re interested in learning more about the Flatiron Building, here’s a brief history.
• What happens when the people of Myanmar are newly exposed to cell phones and Facebook?
• 10 female writers share their big ’aha’ moments.