Sometimes in “the Greatest City on Earth,” you go somewhere and find out that it’s (A) really really popular and (B) a huge tourist/locals destination. Enter: Strand Bookstore in the East Village.
On Saturday, I visited with my friend Glo for the first time and it was basically a playground for bibliophiles. Notice the suggestions above? Employees give you their own recommendations for books and when/why to read them. They have really thorough sections, like the Banned Book section:
They also have super dope merchandise. I have a small tote bag addiction (read: I have upwards of 10 just for grocery shopping/additional storage on-the-go), but I had to have on of their cute bags:
And then there’s just the cute journals and cards that I did will myself not to buy. They have pretty much all of the coolest stuff for writers and doodlers. I was in heaven…..
And so, kiddos, I had a great time. If you visit NYC or you live here, definitely make a trip. You’ll leave with something you need, and probably a few things you just wanted really badly. If you have been to NYC before, where do you think I should go next? I’m trying to give this whole “exploring in the coldest winter” thing a try!
This is what I did Saturday afternoon :]
My Christmas vacation is quickly coming to a close here in Kentucky/Cincinnati (yes, near where “Peeta” is from). It’s been super cold and snowy, but one thing I’ve missed more than Jay-Z misses Kanye being single is the space and the natural light. My tiny Brooklyn bedroom/apartment doesn’t really afford me any extra light or space, so it has been nice to stretch my little body out. Here are some of my favorite parts of my house:
My mom had this really big “travel” and “vintage” period, and I love these quirky old suitcases because they are simply decor. They serve no purpose aside from making the house feel like a home.
My mom has had these records since she was in high school. That peach box is real, it’s not some prop from Urban Outfitters. How cute?! I’m sure she doesn’t listen to the records anymore, but maybe one day we will.
Between the first picture and this one, you can hopefully tell what my mother’s favorite animal is. She adores elephants. There are elephants in almost every room of the house.
This has been one of my favorite things since I was a kid. My sister and I used to pretend we were the two women in this tapestry and we would make up stories to go along with it. As an adult, I just love the Egyptian influence. Very swank.
At first, being black, the idea of living in the woods seemed like we were breaking all of the horror film rules. After living here for a while I started to feel more in-tune with nature.
Almost like Pocahontas but less hot.The two decks on the front of my house that overlook the stream and my mother’s plant habit bring the outside in at every turn. I’m going to start buying plants for my NYC apartment asap.
And there you have it! All of these lovely things that I just love and plan to miss about my home.
To me, Christmas is the best time of the entire year. I’m not particularly religious, and while I love giving gifts, I always feel too old to have a list for anyone else—but I do love it. Being able to take time off work (BIGGEST BONUS EVER) to see my darling family is so nice, and as much as I knock it, I love Kentucky and Cincinnati. I like the slower pace but the ability to go to a city if the feeling arises. I like driving. I like all of that. As a kid, Christmas really did mean Santa, and not sleeping at all the night before. My sister and I got walkie-talkies one year, and we would chat room to room about how we were holding up under the supreme anticipation. As we got older, we watched Titanic all day Christmas Eve to make the hours pass faster. I mean literally back to back to back (it’s a really long movie, okay?).
I’ve only been home a few days, but I already know that it’s going to be one of the best Christmases ever, because I’m lucky to be able to give gifts and be here with my fam-bam. So whatever Christmas means to you, or whatever you’re celebrating in the colder seasons, I hope it is all you’ve wished for!
1. Watching leaves grow up and take on their new golden color in the crisper Fall air.
2. Spying on puppy dogs from coffee shop windows too early on Saturday mornings.
3. Hanging out with amazingly talented rappers on bohemian couches at friendly apartments.
4 & 5. Celebrating Brittany’s Dogtoberfest to help her raise money for the ASPCA when she runs the Disney marathon this January.
6. Seeing the contrasting-haired Brittanys together at the festive event. Too much laughing, and smiling ensued.
7. Seeing beautiful Lexi’s beautiful model face (never often enough).
8. Caturday is every day.
I’m super excited for Fall. It’s definitely officially here (the weather finally agrees), and these are some of the things I’m too crunk for//totally lusting after this season…
1. Apple Cider! I love apple everything all the time, but there’s something about cold weather and hot apple cider that goes together like hipsters and vinyl. I need to purchase a half gallon ASAP.
2. Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING. Aww yiss! Pumpkin Spice is another favorite of mine. I recently made some pumpkin spice muffins using only a box of Spice Cake mix and a can of pumpkin. They turned out absolutely perfect. Also loving pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes from Starbuck’s. I’m pretty sure I’m going to go pumpkin bankrupt, but that’s the more delicious form of bankruptcy so I’m not upset about it.
3. RENT on DVD. Everybody between the ages of 20 and 33 moved to NYC because they saw Rent and dared to live La Vie Boheme. Well I think I’m a little more secure than they are in the play, but this adaptation is so good and really feels like Fall to me.
4. Cute Little Mugs. It’s coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and hot apple cider weather. You know what that means? Accessorizing with unnecessarily cute beverage containers! I can’t wait to cuddle up on my couch with an adorable mug of my favorite drinks.
5. Big Giant Scarves. Scarves are one of the only clothing pieces that I will always buy lots of. I think this is due largely to my grandmother’s collection of Yves Saint Laurent scarves. Colder weather means colder necks, and colder necks demand lush fabrics draped about themselves. You get the idea.
6. All Orange Everything. This is a color I’ve shied away from my entire life because I was convinced it made my skin look “too yellow.” I’m happy to announced that my year-round tan looks awesome in this festive color, and to drive the point home I’d really like a pair of these UrbanEars headphones in “pumpkin.”
7. Darling Boots. I need more boots. 3 pairs is not nearly enough to satisfy the need.
8. Candy. This next week is going to be candy-palooza. Sure, I’m getting over a cold and my immune system probably needs more vitamins and minerals than I’m willing to supply, but when else is it acceptable to have Kit-Kats in your purse? Get on it, guys.