nyc 2017

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so I went to new york city back in September! I never blogged about it because I haven’t been much of one for blogging lately, but I feel like it needs to be written somewhere, so we’re doing it! I figure I can’t go to nyc and not say anything about it because I spend so much time talking about that place here on this blog. just giving the people what they want!

mostly this’ll probably be a photo dump for posterity’s sake. but still kinda fun!

[for context, I went with a bunch of kids and professors in my program here at school (advertising). we visited ad agencies, attended some industry-related panels, and also did a bunch of other random stuff in our free time. we were there for a week (the longest I’ve ever spent in the city), and it was glorious.]

a bunch of us girls got an airbnb in brooklyn that was conveniently a couple blocks away from the J train that we took every day into manhattan. the apartment had a great view of the rooftops of brooklyn, and I discovered at the start of the week that if you looked really hard into the distance there was one building that had “BELIEVE IT” graffitied onto the side of it. so rad. (hi, thank you new york gods!!)

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some of the other best moments:

one night a few of us were wandering around the Village and stumbled into Washington Square Park. we’re walking around toward the fountain and the arch when I hear piano music coming from somewhere.

and not just any random piano music. classical piano music.

there’s a freaking grand piano sitting right in the middle of the park by the fountain. stopppp.

so we sit down and listen to the guy play “moonlight sonata” and a bunch of other good stuff. and just soak in alllll the vibessss.

but then! but then! it doesn’t stop there!

then a man and a woman (probs in their mid-20s?) get up by the piano and start dancing. gorgeous, ballet/acrobatic dancing.

and then!

then they get on top of the piano. and keep dancing on the piano.

tbh at that moment I was maybe 65% concerned that they were going to break the piano. or fall off. but they didn’t break it, and they didn’t fall off, and it was beautiful.

NEW YORK CITY, KIDS.

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later that same night we discovered this little coffee shop called “the uncommons.” except it wasn’t just a coffee shop. it was one of those places where you can pay $5 in addition to your coffee (or hot chocolate, ha, mormon!) and they have their walls covered with board games that you can play for as long as you want to. which I guess is a thing now, provo? well we didn’t know it was a thing, so we all vowed to start a place like that in provo, because provo would eat that kind of thing up.

ha and then we got back to provo and legit 2 weeks later that random game place on center street pops up that is the exact same thing. (except decidedly lacking in the vibes department) ah well. logan, anyone?

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fearless girl! advertisinggggg!!!!

near the end of the week we went to a yankees game, which was so. cool. I love baseball and the yankees and I fangirled a little about actually being there. (can you fangirl at a baseball game? does that count as fangirling? or is it just being a fan?)

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random firsts (touristy places I’d actually never been to before) (this is a posterity blog post, remember?):

  • grand central station
  • chelsea market (too many food options in one place!)
  • the high line (this was actually so good. we went at night when it wasn’t very busy and just strolled (like a real, leisurely stroll) and caught the feelings of what it would be like to actually live there. and also had a semi-deep chat about how advertising is so good.
  • NY public library (didn’t go in, but hey! we took a picture on the steps! …on someone else’s phone, so sorry friends, I don’t have it, but it happened!)
  • Magnolia Bakery

aaaand here’s a dump of all the random photos that don’t have a real story associated with them!

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(do I look like a new yorker yet?? ^^^)

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(those last 2 were from the high line^^^)

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nyc 2017 was killer. and now the blog knows all about it!

the end.

(also, if you care to read something kinda fun about my NY obsession, click this!)

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39 hours in the best city ever

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So one time I went to New York City and fell in love. And even though I had to leave and go back to normal life, I kept the love up with pinning all the New York pictures on Pinterest, and listening to songs about New York on repeat, and writing all about New York here, and reading all the beautiful books about New York in the world, and I knew I’d go back.

And then somehow I ended up on the east coast for the summer, and when you’re on the east coast for a quick moment, why not venture down to the best city in the universe? It was a quick trip, but it was so, so, so fantastic. I didn’t get to see everything that I wanted, but I figure I’ll be back again eventually, so I have plenty of time to finish my bucket list up, right?

And now prepare yourself for the most photo-heavy post I’ve ever written, because I WAS IN NEW YORK CITY. {Give me a minute here first, though.}

We are now the masters of public transportation…well, almost. There were about fifty times that we almost didn’t make it, but everything worked out in the end. For example, on step number 1 of getting there, we just about missed the ferry to the mainland because this is Martha’s Vineyard and this is summer and I swear the whole world wanted to ride the bus that day and take their own sweet time doing it, which resulted in an arrival at the ferry after the final boarding call, and a crazy sprint with our suitcases to the boat…but we made it! So that’s good. I would have been severely depressed if we missed that darn ferry.

After the island bus, and then the ferry, it was the bus again to Providence, Rhode Island, and then finally New York City. One of my favorite parts of the entire time was that drive right before we arrived. It was nighttime and we kept passing office buildings and I was pretty sure we weren’t to the actual city yet but the promise of what was so close to me – something that I’d been dreaming of seeing again for three years – kept me on the edge of my seat and my eyes glued to the window to catch the first glimpse of my city. And then there it was, in all its nighttime glory. And I couldn’t stop smiling. Also, everyone else on that bus was so quiet, and calm, and collected, and I swear no one else was freaking out, so the five us had a silent little freak out session in the back two rows because how can you arrive in New York City and not freak out?

The bus took us right into midtown, passing the temple, and skyscrapers that got increasingly taller and fancier. When we got off and took the escalator upstairs, we walked out the doors, straight into midtown, with all its flashing lights and taxis everywhere and we were in the city air and it was lovely.

That night we walked around a bit, ate some street food, and took a taxi (!!!) to our Airbnb apartment in Brooklyn that was so nice and air-conditioned and quiet and right next to the M train and in a sketchy part of town but it had a fire escape right outside our bedroom window, and that charming fire escape made up for the neighborhood in my heart.

The next day and a half was crazy, and wonderful, and full of the Guggenheim, the 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, Century 21, Urban Outfitters, bartering in Chinatown, gelato in Little Italy, bomb Italian food for dinner in Midtown, 4-story Forever 21 in Times Square, the M&M store for a quick moment, Central Park, the Met, the upper east side, Shake Shack, and then a hurried taxi to pick up our luggage and get back to the bus terminal in time to leave at 2 pm. And now here are all the pictures that I promised, so I’m going to mostly be quiet while you enjoy them.

subway life
subway life

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Frank Lloyd Wright did a decent job on this one
Frank Lloyd Wright did a decent job on this one

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the time I got us on the train going the wrong direction and we took a visit to the Bronx for a minute before going alllll the way back down to Wall Street
the time I got us on the train going the wrong direction and we took a visit to the Bronx for a minute before going alllll the way back down to Wall Street

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I have a thing lately with cool mirrors. So the mirror in Tiffany's? Sure!
I have a thing lately with cool mirrors. So the mirror in Tiffany’s? Sure!
back to the place where I first fell in love with the city
back to the place where I first fell in love with the city

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swooning over Urban Outfitters. I got a rad hat here. also, photo charging stations are my favorite.
swooning over Urban Outfitters. I got a rad hat here. also, phone charging stations are my favorite.
Times Square for the win. Also, HAT.
Times Square for the win. Also, HAT.

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dead-tired at midnight in Forever 21 while my phone charges so I can figure out how to get us back to Brooklyn.
dead-tired at midnight in Forever 21 while my phone charges so I can figure out how to get us back to Brooklyn.
on the steps of the Met. not pictured: the acapella group singing right in front of us.
on the steps of the Met. not pictured: the acapella group singing right in front of us.

Then Mikelle and I skipped the Met in favor of a stroll through the Upper East Side, on the hunt for unique doors and elegant architecture and Shake Shack.

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And then just as soon as we got there, we had to go back to the magical enchanted island of Martha’s Vineyard. But you better believe I’ll be back! New York City, I love you, thanks for a swell time, and I’m not done with you yet!

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photo adventures // part 1

So today I got around to sorting through the photos that Caroline and I took last weekend. Or at least the first day of the photo adventure weekend. We’ll leave day 2 for another time. Prepare yourself for the most photo-laden post I’ve ever published on this blog. Be proud.

Thank goodness for mountains, and neighborhoods with character, and fields, and warm spring evenings.

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Happy Sunday, y’all. Let’s hope we can survive finals week.

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favorite bits of life lately

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-Thinking back to this weekend when I was in possession of a DSLR for a brief smidgen of time, and we took magical pictures on a mountain.

-Don’t be deceived by the above picture, which was taken on Sunday, but it snowed lovely, huge, fabulous flakes here in Provo starting last night and continuing until this afternoon. Everyone else in the world here was complaining but I was in heaven because snow is fabulous. And it’s supposed to be back to 70 degrees again in a few days, so I’m not too worried. After having the lamest winter in history {hear that Utah?! get your act together next year!}, a little bit of snow is good for my soul. {Side note: huge blowing flakes look harmless enough, but try running up a large hill with those shooting into your face and it’s a different story. But still an adventure.}

-Classes are OVER for the year! Now the trick is going to be getting my brain to stay turned on for the next week enough to get through finals…Right now it just wants to float away to an island on the east coast, or a forest, or a mountaintop, or New York City…

-I discovered THIS beautiful musical goodness today. Josh Groban + Kelly Clarkson + Phantom of the Opera = something absolutely wonderful. Listen and behold.

-Also, THIS article about Frank Sinatra is just great. He’ll always be my favorite.

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those corn mazes

Ever since the weather took a turn for the chilly side of things a few weeks ago, the itching for all things fall-related has been real, let me tell you! I didn’t realize I had such a thing for pumpkin foods until fall started acting up, and now I have this need to pin ALL THE PUMPKIN THINGS on Pinterest. It’s a struggle. I know, I know, the pumpkin thing is a bit of a bandwagon fad, but I’m jumping in wholeheartedly because it’s all so good that I just don’t care. Go ahead and judge, I’ll just be sitting here with my pumpkin french toast having a grand old time.

So yeah, there’s pumpkin. But! Even more than the pumpkin craving, the corn maze craving has been going full-force, which is a bit of a problem when you’re stuck without a car, and with roommates without cars (although I would say I’m far from being “stuck” with those lovely people), and the nearest corn maze is definitely far enough to require a car. But it’s not fall without going to a corn maze at least once or twice, am I right?

Guys. Good things happen when you mix fall cravings and dating deprivation. And people with cars. Also, guys need to man up and quit complaining about how difficult it is to pull dates together, because a group of us girls set up a 6-couple blind date in a matter of hours, no problem. So just sayin………Actually, I would hate to be a guy and have to ask girls on dates….it’s a piece of cake to just be the person setting up two people.

Anyway! The corn maze inkling was satisfied tonight on a group date of adventurous proportions. There were pumpkins. And corn. And a corn gun. And gelato at the end. And even though my Idaho instincts got all fired up at the shorter-than-normal-corn, it was enough to get me through fall without feeling completely deprived.

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^^^Pumpkins, guys! Do you see them?! Yes, they look yellow from the lovely floodlight just behind me, but they’re pumpkins!!

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^^^This is called a hey-I-found-a-cute-gazebo-Caroline-take-a-picture! There are benefits to having a roommate with a photographer sister, and at the moment I’m working on the grasp-the-moment-and-take-pictures-all-the-time concept, with Caroline as my guide! So yeah…gazebo!

It was a good night, with new friends, and lots of laughs, and isn’t fall just great? Those corn mazes, man!

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