Friday, November 30, 2012

Instax Post: Hiking at Breakneck Ridge

Instax: Hiking @ Breakneck Ridge
This photo is from about a month ago when I went hiking upstate at this little spot called Breakneck Ridge. It was the strangest little train stop I've ever seen-- you have to walk to the very back of the Metro North train to walk down these wooden steps when you get off the train. There is no platform, just steps.

Then, when we were hiking, the first 40 minutes of the hike, *ahem* climb, consists of climbing up giant rocks. But it was incredible. The views. The company. It was all perfect. I loved the part of the hike when the woods just opened up and I could see our little hiking troupe climbing down the hill. Good thing I brought my Instax for it. :)

Happy Friday! <3

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Influenster VoxBox Review

Influenster Box Review
Since I started working at a subscription box company, it's been really interesting to learn more about the other subscription boxes out there. The first company I learned about was Birchbox, a beauty sample subscription box. My friend Maggie would make Youtube reviews of "the things she received in her Birchbox." And she would drink some wine and then pretend to pull crazy things out like Indiana Pacers salt and pepper shakers and her cat. Yes, her cat, Wally. (Hahahaha.) :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Last night when I was walking home from the train, I saw a flower shop with Christmas trees propped up outside. Originally I was planning to find a fallen branch in Central Park and decorate it up as a Christmas tree, but when I saw this cute little guy on the street for $25, I knew he was the one. :) (We named him Chuck... Because he's not quite a Charlie Brown tree.) :)

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
:)

Monday, November 26, 2012

NYC Christmas Bucket List

NYC Christmas Bucket List
As I write this, I am sitting at home in Indiana in my bed before I fly back to NYC in the morning. I've just had the most wonderful and warm Thanksgiving with my family and I'm so tickled that it's the holiday season. Of course everyone loves the holidays, I'm not saying anything profound here, but I am especially excited because:

1. I'm a person who likes to wear sequins all year round. (And sequinned attire + bejeweled accessories are the best this time of year. (*Ahem* [Only on sale.]) I'm still kicking myself for not buying this pair of sequinned legging/pants last year.)

2. Boozy drinks, winter sausages, ham, heavy beers.

3. I've already been listening to Christmas music since the day after Halloween. I've been sneaking the Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown Christmas record onto the player every time Sean looks away. (Sean's one of those Christmas music purists... Luckily Adele is not and is a total collaborator with me.) Additionally, I can listen to Feliz Navidad on repeat in July. (And do, on occasion.)

All this aside, I'm especially, especially excited to experience Christmas in New York. In honor of my first time in NYC in December, I've made a bucket list for the roomies and I to tackle in the next few weeks.

The 12 Cliche Tasks of My NYC Christmas


  • 1. See the Rockefeller Christmas tree. 
  • 2. Drink eggnog in the NY Public Library. (We're going to have to sneak that one in.) :) 
  • 3. Make Christmas cookies. 
  • 4. Ice skating in Central Park. 
  • 5. Drink the most Christmassy drink Starbucks has to offer. 
  • 6. Ride the wooden escalators in Macy's.
  • 7. Find + make a new Christmas cocktail. 
  • 8. Decorate a Charlie Brown Christmas tree in the apartment. I'll be honest-- it might be a branch I find in the park.  :) 
  • 9. See the Barneys window display. 
  • 10. Write a letter to Santa. 
  • 11. See the Santacon. Santa parade-- whatever you want to call it. :) 
  • 12. Walk through Times Square and take a picture of the New Years' ball. 

NYC Christmas Bucket List
And of course, decorate the apartment, dance around to Christmas music, buy presents, give presents, and feel thankful and grateful for everyone around me. :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Project 365: Week 47


This post is part of my Project 365 where I am taking one photo every day for a year. Click here to see all of my photos in the series-- and if you want to join, feel free to do so anytime! :) (All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.)

Project 365: Week 47
Project 365: Week 47
319/365: 11-16-12 Office pup Frida... Love that little lady. :)

Project 365: Week 47
320/365: 11-17-12 Saturday stroll in Brooklyn Heights. :)

Project 365: Week 47
321/365: 11-18-12 Sunday trip to Rockefeller Plaza. (The tree is HUGE.)

Project 365: Week 47
322/365: 11-19-12 Holiday spirit.

Project 365: Week 47
323/365: 11-20-12 Back home in Indiana to this pup. :)

Project 365: Week 47
324/365: 11-21-12 Country road.

Project 365: Week 47
325/365: 11-22-12 Mom's Thanksgiving table decor.

For more photography tips, see this post on digital photography tips for beginners. You can also check out the rest of my photos from the year for my Project 365!

Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY Apartment: Electrical Tape Frames

DIY Electrical Tape Fram
One of the major things about living in a NYC apartment is that we have to decorate our home in impermanent ways without making everything look like a dorm room. One way we've been doing this is with an excessive use of black electrical tape. :) About a month ago I put electrical tape chevrons on the door, and now I've used them for frames. The best part is, it peels right off and doesn't leave any sticky gunk behind.

I first found the idea from Design Sponge. They used washi tape, but I didn't have any so I decided to use the electrical tape. (I love washi tape, though. It' so colorful and pretty! :)

DIY Electrical Tape Fram
Here's what the map looked like before I added the frame.

DIY Electrical Tape Fram
The first thing I did was frame the map in one rectangle of tape. (You can see Sean's artwork-in-progress above the door. The frame for that is a completely different story.) :)

DIY Electrical Tape Fram
Next I added an additional layer of tape outside the rectangle and measured in the same distance in on each side. (I used a very scientific measuring tool, as you can see.)

DIY Electrical Tape Fram
Then I connected all of the outer tape pieces with a diagonal strip. And that's it! :)

DIY Electrical Tape Fram

DIY Electrical Tape Fram
A pretty good addition to the NYC apartment. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Project 365: Week 46


This post is part of my Project 365 where I am taking one photo every day for a year. Click here to see all of my photos in the series-- and if you want to join, feel free to do so anytime! :) (All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.)

Project 365: Week 46
312/365: 11-9-12 A Friday potluck lunch with the ladies of BarkBox. :)

Project 365: Week 46
Project 365: Week 46
313/365: 11-10-12 Monon Bell game in a NYC bar. Who knew Monon comes to NYC? :)

Project 365: Week 46
314/365: 11-11-12 A Sunday walk through Central Park with our rollerblades. (Turns out it is REALLY, REALLY hard to rollerblade in Central Park. Riverside Park on the West Side is much better.) :)

Project 365: Week 46
315/365: 11-12-12 Monday evening shower curtain craft.

Project 365: Week 46
316/365: 11-13-12 Met Tumblr's Tommy the Pom at an event. :)

Project 365: Week 46
Project 365: Week 46
317/365: 11-14-12 Frida does important work at our team meetings. :) Love that pup.

Project 365: Week 46
318/365: 11-15-12 1 guess as to which desk is mine. ;)

For more photography tips, see this post on digital photography tips for beginners. You can also check out the rest of my photos from the year for my Project 365!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to Paint a Couch

DIY Painted Couch
There's a pretty specific type of couch that you can haul from Indiana to New York in a cargo van full of furniture, clothes, and stuff to furnish an apartment. There's also a very specific type of couch that will allow three roommates in a two-bedroom NYC apartment to squirrel away three pairs of rollerblades, a stash of on-sale Rolling Rock beer, an impressive collection of Mod Podge, blankets, an extra rug, and a stationary bike stand. Meet:

THE MARY POPPINS COUCH

Where an incredible amount of stuff is stored underneath a mediocre, yet well-loved, 1970s couch. : )
DIY Painted Couch

This couch was actually from my grandparents. They bought it new back in the late 70s and this couch has bopped around everywhere from my parent's little lake cottage, to the basement in our house, to the attic of my house, and now out with me in NYC. Isn't it strange what furniture follows your life around? It's never the fancy stuff. It's always the underdog armoir or the itchy Lay-Z-Boy.

DIY Painted Couch

Now, I'm not in love with this couch or anything, but I respect the thing for it's longevity and handiness. It's lightweight and easy to pack, plus, there's a lot of space underneath... If you add the little white risers that you typically see in dorm room beds. In it's original state of plaid, I couldn't really see this couch sitting in my NYC apartment. So I decided to paint it. I went through quite a few processes before settling on one that worked well.

DIY Painted Couch

What you need:

-Soft fabric paint
-Paint Sprayer
-Couch
-Clothesline of sorts

DIY Painted Couch
So the first attempt I made was with a paintbrush. This was the most terrible idea I had because the paint gets absorbed by the couch right away and it uses a TON of paint and it is not covered thoroughly.

DIY Painted Couch
Method number two was a failure, for sure, but I realized I was on the right track. Method number two involved diluting the soft fabric paint in an empty spray bottle. The the beginning stages of carpal tunnel later and a few hand blisters later,I figured that this was not a good method. Also, I would have had to spritz that couch for many, many hours.

DIY Painted Couch
Method #3 was perfect. Method #3 involved asking your dad if you can use his old paint sprayer. It takes a while to explain why you want to use fabric paint in a very efficient barn tool, but he'll come around and your project will be awesome. :)

DIY Painted Couch
First I made a diluted concoction of fabric paint and water, just enough water to make the paint really, really soupy. Then I tied a rope between two trees and hung the cushions by twisting a bit of wire to the cushions' zippers. 30 minutes later, my cushions were done!

DIY Painted Couch

DIY Painted Couch

DIY Painted Couch
The couch isn't super soft, but it's a really nice base for pillows and throws. It's a pretty great couch for being free. :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Project 365: Week 45


This post is part of my Project 365 where I am taking one photo every day for a year. Click here to see all of my photos in the series-- and if you want to join, feel free to do so anytime! :) (All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.)

Project 365: Week 45
305/365: 11-2-12 Dinner with an old, old friend who moved away in 8th grade and now lives in NYC as well. :) <3 Project 365: Week 45
306/365: 11-3-12 Snapshot from our NYC adventure up to Beacon, NY. :)

Project 365: Week 45
307/365: 11-4-12 A Sunday walk across the Williamsburg Bridge.

Project 365: Week 45
Project 365: Week 45
308/365: 11-5-12 A chilly pup @ work and a birthday celebration for a friend. :)

Project 365: Week 45
309/365: 11-6-12 Snowstorm.

Project 365: Week 45
310/365: 11-7-12 Pup loves.

Project 365: Week 45
306/365: 11-8-12 A future project for BarkBox. :)

For more photography tips, see this post on digital photography tips for beginners. You can also check out the rest of my photos from the year for my Project 365!

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