Sunday, August 21, 2016

Satur(daze)

The notes app of my phone is full of 1000 lists. Places to go, things to do, stuff to buy... when Apple added the check box feature, I got ridiculously excited. Last weekend, I had a free Saturday for what felt like the first time in forever, and while normally I like to jam pack my weekends with activities, sometimes you just need a day to recoup. To plan for this day, I made a to-do list of course!

I understand that for some,  "a day off to-do list" seems like an oxymoron, but I find that without planning, a day off quickly amounts to zero productivity and leaves me feeling more anxious than well rested.  For me, planning creates a more perfect day, one where I can relax while focusing my energy on things I love and projects I wish I had more time for. 

Below is my last Saturday to-do list:


1. Drink Iced Coffee

I live above a coffee shop in Astoria and I also have an espresso maker in my bedroom. Lacking the foresight to make and refrigerate coffee the night before, I relied on the former for my Saturday caffeine fix. 


2. Eat Breakfast in Bed

I sipped my coffee while making an omelet and then climbed right back into bed for a little breakfast with Netflix. 


3. Blog

Working on Whale & Wishbone is something that doesn't happen nearly as often I would like. I sometimes think people believe blogging is easy: take some photos, write some words, done. Honestly, though, it's an incredibly time intensive process. It takes me hours to put together a single blog post, from planning, shooting and photo editing to writing and revising. Often weekdays leave me too exhausted, so I loved being able to dedicate a few hours to it on weekends.  

P.S. I'm always in awe of bloggers who make it look easy: Courtney, Sarah and Tiffany, and Izy are a few of my favorites.  


Monday, August 8, 2016

Shakin' up the Summer


Recently, Stephen, Alex and I went on a quest to try the famous Black Tap milkshakes -- You know, the ones that look crazy and giant and impossible to finish

When you stand in line over an hour for a milkshake, you might find yourself in a "look at your life, look at your choices" type situation. In my mind though, we were really waiting for a crazy insta opportunity plus a milkshake, so... worth it right?  



After waiting about an hour and a half to get inside, we found ourselves in a basement of half empty tables. This had us seriously wondering whether they purposely keep a line outside just maintain the hype. #sneaky #everythingisalie


After eating a standard burger joint dinner, we were ready for the main event. That brings me to...

5 things to know about Black Tap milkshakes:


1. There are four flavors: sweet n' salty (above), the cookie, cotton candy and sour power


Do yourself a favor and get the sweet n' salty or the cookie. They're both crazy good. I haven't tried all four flavors, but honestly something about a cotton candy milkshake makes me hesitant. Plus ugh sour. I mean you do you, but if you order anything else you're wrong. 

Below is Stephen and I taking in the glory that is the sweet n' salty milkshake. 




Friday, July 29, 2016

Whale & Wishful Thinking

Whale, hello there. (too much?) 

After a relatively quiet week as far as any social channels are concerned, here's what's been taking up some brain space for the last seven days. 


1. Planners

You guys, I just ordered a planner. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm hoping it makes me into an all around better and less stressed human being. When I was in college, I used to stay organized solely using my laptop calendar, but now that I'm "adulting," it's a little more complicated. Currently, I have all my plans scattered across my work calendar, my phone calendar, my home calendar and my mind palace, and somehow they're all never in sync. So, I'm taking a page out of the good old high school handbook (#mandatoryplanners) and bringing my schedule back to never fail pen and paper. 

As a bonus, whenever I use my new planner I plan to sing (in my mind or out loud) "planning for the future, see him now as he stands on the bow of a ship heading for a new land..." Spontaneous Hamilton outbursts are my life.


2. The Sold Out Museum of Ice Cream

This is why I need a planner, people. The pop up museum dedicated to everyone's favorite frozen treat (get out of here, snow cone lovers) is for real 100% sold out. It officially opened today, complete with edible balloons and a chocolate room. It will be in New York's meatpacking district for just over a month. 

Seriously though, who are these people who are crazy on top of their ice cream museum ticket game? -- I only dream to be that good with my schedule. I guess, for now, I'll just have to enjoy my ice cream minus a pool full of sprinkles.


3. Creative Projects

Sadly, I haven't been feeling very inspired as of late (see my recent 11 day Instagram lull for proof). A lack of inspiration is borderline unacceptable when you live in New York, so I've been making a list of creativity sparking activities -- visiting Blick and learning new skills are at the top of that list. My awesome friend Alyssa recently gave a quick class at work on how to make animated gifs using photoshop, and it was seriously the coolest thing I've seen in a while. TBD on what my new project will be, but I'll keep you posted. 


4. This Weekend

Weekend adventures are always top of mind as I approach Friday. This weekend's plans include a double dose of brunch (I mean who are you talking to?) and some Astoria adventuring. Both Saturday and Sunday, my friends have committed to making the long trek to Queens from other boroughs just for me! It's extra exciting because my Saturday brunch is with Alana who I haven't seen since this little adventure


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Picnic in Pink


Last weekend Stephen and I made the first dent in our summer bucket list!

Honestly, I don't even know where to start with Pinknic. It's essentially a huge 6 hour long pink picnic on Governor's Island. You eat, listen to music, and drink lots of rosé, all while wearing pink and/or white. 


Our day started on the Governor's island ferry. Waiting for it was seriously one of the highlights of my day for two reasons:

1. The outfits. Having a "pink and white" dress code leaves a lot of room for interpretation and boy, did the guests interpret. Outfits ran the gamut from super dressy to incredibly casual, and it was so fun to see what people chose to wear as we waited to leave for the island. 

2. Stephen had me laughing the entire time... primarily because there was a VIP and a non VIP line to get onto the ferry, and we did not spring for the VIP tickets. VIPs had priority boarding and we actually missed the first ferry that left because of it. It was hilarious.



I have to say, the set up was pretty adorable: hundreds of picnic blankets in various shades of pink, a cotton candy booth, an ice cream truck, bars full of rosé,  and a stage for entertainment... don't ask me who performed. 


Similar to a school lunch, picnics were buy or bring your own. So, I packed us a bag full of goodies: peanut butter sandwiches, chips, chocolate chip cookies and salt water taffy were on the menu. Minus the bottle of rosé, we literally ate like 2nd graders. 



I wore a dress that I rented from Le Tote (which if you haven't heard, is my new obsession). I honestly don't think I own one article of pink clothing, so renting a dress was an ideal situation. This one from Cupcakes and Cashmere was adorable. 


If you live in New York and have never made it out to Governor's Island, I highly recommend it. On a non Pinknic day, it might just be one of the most relaxing places in the city. You can walk around or rent bikes. It's so beautiful with gardens and hammocks, and the views are unbeatable. 





Some serious lounging.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Positively Medieval

When I say "it's a hike to the cloisters," I'm speaking metaphorically and literally. The Met's medieval branch is not only located at the very top of Manhattan (which means an hour and 15 minutes on the subway for me), but it also requires a 10 minute winding walk up a hill in Fort Tryon Park to reach the entrance. Was all of this worth it? Absolutely.

This gorgeous museum is something out of a fantasy land and spending a few hours there yesterday with my friends Shay and Astrid was magical.







The gorgeous grounds of the Cloisters are truly a photographers dream. There are so many alcoves to explore, incredible lighting and crazy beautiful details.



A sleeveless dress and floral kimono are a winning summer combo in my book, but in 90 degree weather, I'm not going to lie, I was still so hot. 


Of course every view from the museum was gorgeous... I expected nothing less since I for real hiked up a mountain to get there. #dramatic




Sunday, July 10, 2016

Seas the Day

After a week of family fun at the beach it's "back to life, back to reality" as my mom likes to sing. She's right, if "back to reality" means attending a pink party with Stephen, because that's where you'll find me today! 
I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had in Avalon this week, but the fact that I took over 1000 pictures might say something. I've included a selection here of some of my favorites and I think together they capture a week full of Wawa runs, Isabel's breakfast sandwiches, boardwalk rides, ice cream, family dinners, and of course the sound of the ocean. 



Climbing on this Jetty is probably the most rebellious thing I do every summer.









It's honestly not summer until I eat a chipwich on the beach super fast while it melts in my hands. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

How to Pack the Perfect Beach Bag

Hello from the shore and Happy 4th! 

If, like me, you're planning on never leaving the beach today, you'll want to make sure you're fully prepared for hours of relaxation. That's why, I'm sharing my beach bag must-haves with you today. Pack these, and you'll worry less that you're forgetting something, and focus more on forgetting everything. 


Above is a beautiful diagram of yesterday's beach bag.... let's all just get over the fact that I made a diagram in my spare time on vacation. The important thing is that these are the items that make up a perfectly packed tote! 

Want more details? Well since you asked...


Start with a hilariously adorable bag. This one is from Old Navy and was a birthday gift from my sister Alexandra. 

Then add the following: 

sunglasses: 

Remember when I told you I lost my sunglasses (*she said through tears*)? Well, this is a new pair from Madewell that I'm obsessed with. They have a vintage vibe and are super flattering for round faces like mine. They also have them in a ton of colors (pssst: some are on sale!)

book:

I'm currently reading the New York Times Best Seller Modern Lovers with the rest of the world. I'm still at the beginning. I'll report back when I finish.


cover up:

Livinggg for this nautical striped cover up by Old Navy -- Another birthday present from Alexandra!

headphones:

It's not a beach day without music. Don't forget to prep your perfect playlist before you go!