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My Post-Baby Reading List

First, I want to apologize majorly for being gone so long! I realized that I tried to get right back to blogging after Hannah was born and that just wasn’t feasible. So I took a break. But I promise I am back now. Thank you for being understanding!

Now, let’s talk reading. I have been reading a lot. When Hannah naps I really look forward to relaxing, even if it’s just for five minutes, with a book. It’s therapeutic and it makes me feel like ‘me’ again — even if my nails are chipped and there is spit up on my pants.

Here’s my post-baby reading list:

Modern Romance

The first four Game of Thrones books: It’s crazy to me how something can start off so strong and get so terrible so quickly. The first three Game of Thrones books are awesome. They provided a level of detail and character development that the show simply can’t provide due to time constraints. I am a huge fan of the Game of Thrones show, so reading the books was like truly getting to know the characters on a deeper level. I realize that last sentence sounded insane, but it’s true.

Then book four happened. Now let me remind you that the GoT books are LONG. Like, longer than Harry Potter. When you read Game of Thrones you are making a full commitment of your time and your life. Another thing to note about the GoT books is that they are detailed as fug. George R. R. Martin describes everything, especially food and clothing. In the first three books this added a great layer of color to a great story. In the fourth book it was like reading a boring medieval, fantasy cookbook. Seriously. There were pages, and pages, and pages describing what people were eating. This would be fine if there was also some action. There wasn’t. There were just pages of freaking food descriptions. I forced my way through book four and had to move on.

The Girl on the Train: I will admit that I only read this book because everyone else was reading it. It was good. It wasn’t great. I felt like it fell apart a bit at the end. I liked the effort though. The concept of the book is rad, and the main character was really interesting. However, I do find it strange that people are comparing this book to Gone Girl. This book is not Gone Girl — not even close.

The Good Neighbor: I sometimes read the ‘recommended for you’ suggestions on my Kindle against my better judgement. This book was a recommendation from Kindle. The folks at Kindle must be smoking something because this book was not my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, it was entertaining. Especially if you’re looking for a quick vacation book that you can read in a day. I personally recommend reading this book on the beach after two to three glasses of wine.

Modern Romance: For the record let me say that I am obsessed with Aziz Ansari. I was hesitant to read this book because I love Aziz so much. I was so disappointed with Amy Poehler’s book, Yes, Please, that I was nervous this book might make me think less of Aziz the way Yes, Please made me think less of Amy (I’m sorry Amy, I still love you deeply. Parks and Recreation is THE funniest. You were robbed at the Emmy’s this year.). Modern Romance was not a typical comedian book. Instead of being a moderately boring biography, Aziz wrote a hilarious, in depth study about dating in the digital age. He partnered with renowned sociologist, Eric Klinenberg and actually did a crap load of research and focus groups to put together a really informative book that is also laugh out loud funny. If anything, this book made me love Aziz even MORE. Get. This. Book.

The Martian (in progress): I am only about fifty pages into this book but I am hooked. It is so smartly written. It’s so smart, I am learning about space stuff. I don’t even care that much about space stuff! That’s what makes this book so great — it somehow juggles the sciencey, nerd stuff with really great writing and creates a totally readable story. This is really hard to do. I am looking at you Devil in the White City with your boring history chapters! Anyway, read this book. I bet the movie will be really good, too!

30 Things I've Learned in 30 Years

You guys, I am THIRTY today. Thirty years old. That is old. Seriously. That is the age of a real adult. You can put off adulting all through your twenties because, hey, you’re only 22, 25, 28, you’re still learning who you are! Thirty, on the other hand, is the real deal. It’s time for me to stop shopping at Forever 21 now (Ha, just kidding. I’ll never stop shopping at Forever 21.).


Since I have lived such a loooooong life, I wanted to share thirty things I’ve learned in thirty years.

  1. Don’t compare your real life to someone else’s social media life. For example, my social media life is AWESOME. But in reality I’m sitting on my couch in sweats and I may or may not have just eaten an entire box of Cinnamon Chex.
  2. Dogs are the best kind of animal. Giraffes are the second best.
  3. If you are dieting, don’t be one of those people who says, ‘I am never eating carbs again.’ That is insane. You deserve better! Carbs are the best type of food. Eat the carbs, just don’t eat an entire loaf of bread.
  4. Don’t respond to texts from boys after 1am. Nothing good can come from this.
  5. After college, find a big girl/big boy drink to enjoy. You can’t drink Natty Light and Arbor Mist forever.
  6. Don’t spend a lot of money on trends. You will regret spending $250 on a designer crop top next season.
  7. Learn to cook at least one dish really well.
  8. Don’t allow yourself/your child/your friend to be one of those people who arrives at college not knowing how to do laundry.
  9. Underpromise and overdeliver.
  10. Be nice, but don’t let people push you around.
  11. Live somewhere other than your home town for at least a year.
  12. Not all of your life dreams will come true, but make sure at least one big dream of yours comes true. Making dreams come true usually requires a lot of work on the dreamers part, but it’s always worth it.
  13. Work to live, don’t live to work.
  14. Replace every soda you drink with sparkling water. You’ll feel so much better.
  15. Travel.
  16. If you’re about to have a kid, don’t stress yourself out reading a lot of parenting books. They will make you go crazy. Also, 99% of them are super boring and more than a little useless.
  17. Try not to use your phone at meal times.
  18. Have one thing in your life that you do just for yourself.
  19. Eat your vegetables.
  20. Floss daily.
  21. Go to the movies by yourself.
  22. Shopping with a friend pretty much guarantees you will come home with something you don’t actually want.
  23. Read classic literature. Most of that stuff is reallll good.
  24. Working out with a friend is a million times better than working out alone.
  25. Take care of your skin.
  26. You don’t need a reason to wear something fancy.
  27. Take lots of pictures.
  28. Eat healthy, but don’t be annoying about it.
  29. It’s better to have a few good friends than lots of mediocre friends.
  30. Laugh loudly and often.

30 Things I learned in 30 Years

I’m sure you’re wondering where Hannah is in these photos. “What kind of selfish mother doesn’t include her baby in her milestone birthday photos?!’ you might be asking.

Well, I had it ALL planned out, y’all. Hannah was going to be in these photos looking all cute and fresh and shiny and new. We were going to laugh and bond and hold balloons. But the tiny boss lady had other plans…

IMG_3554She was not to be disturbed during her slumber. So hopefully she’ll want to participate in my 40th birthday shoot. Maybe. Probably not.

A Month with Hannah

one monthHannah turned one month yesterday! It has been the longest and shortest month of my life. I am obsessed with my daughter (seriously, I don’t know what I did before her), but being a new mother in a new city is tough cookies! I miss the familiarity of my old life and surroundings. Also newborns are tiny little tyrants. Who knew something so small, sleepy, and cute could stress you out so badly. Hannah is the toughest boss I’ve ever had — and she doesn’t even make me go to meetings!

However, being cooped up with this little lady all day means TONS of picture-taking parties. I think Hannah will grow up thinking my face is an iPhone.

Here are a few favorites from the month:

baby gym

sleepy baby

bath baby

momma and baby

sleeping baby


newborn babyHello friends! I think this is the longest blogging break I have taken. I missed my little corner of the Internet dearly.

My life has changed a LOT since we last spoke. I moved away from NYC to Richmond, Va and I gave birth to my sweet daughter, Hannah. These past few days with her have been some of the best and most challenging of my whole life. I can’t remember life before her and I think she is just the best.

Also, I wanted to thank EVERYONE for the outpouring of kind words over my previous post. Leaving NYC and becoming a mom in a few short weeks was definitely an emotional roller coaster. I found myself coming back to the post and reading your comments for reassurance :).

newborn babyI am slowly going to begin blogging regularly again. Hurray! And yes, I will be posting tons of photos of baby Hannah. You’ve been warned. In the meantime, if you are looking for more real time updates, please follow my Instagram. I post there almost daily.


Winter Check In

Friends, I am so sorry I’ve been away so long! It is almost inexcusable. I have been traveling for work like crazy, and it has been so cold, I have been snuggled up in my house wearing sweats and dreaming of summer.

I hope you can forgive me. I promise to start posting more regularly again this month! I swear! Anyway, here’s a quick check in so you know what I’ve been up to.

winter style

wearing: Warm things! It has been so cold, I have been wearing layer upon layer of everything. You guys should have seen me at Fashion Week. Everyone was dressed so cute and I was over in the corner looking like a snow beast. Warmth over beauty, that’s what I always say!
listening: I actually need some music suggestions. I have been listening to my same old tired playlists. What have you guys been listening to?
reading: The Red Tent. I actually just started it. I am only about thirty pages in. So far so good, though!
watching: My husband and I watched Whiplash over the weekend and really liked it. Great movie with wonderful acting. Now we keep asking each other, ‘Are you rushing or are you dragging?!?!’ just like J.K. Simmons character. I also invented my own take on the question: “Are you a Russian or are you a dragon?!” Don’t ask… It literally makes no sense whatsoever. But I can’t stop saying it and thinking it is the funniest thing ever.
doing: Reading, watching TV, cleaning. Anything that involves me staying indoors :)
loving: The fact that, because of my work I have been able to travel to Miami and LA. I needed a change of scenery and a break from the cold weather and those little trips really helped. If only NYC had LA weather and LA palm tress. Then it would be paradise!!
hating: Ok this is weird, but because of the weather I have been wearing tights under my jeans/pants. But for some reason my tights do not want to stay up. It makes for an awkwardly saggy pants situation, which is not a good look.
wishing: Hmm I am not really wishing for anything at the moment. I am pretty content.
wanting: Some cookies from Insomnia cookies. Have you guys ever tried those cookies? Insomnia is pretty common in college towns. It is basically a place that delivers fresh, warm cookies. Seriously! It is the GREATEST invention of our modern world.

Your last minute Valentine's Gift Guide

Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is this weekend. Personally, I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to just send flowers to yourself and move on.

However, if you want to give a small gift to friend or lovah, but you accidentally/on purpose put it off until the last minute. I have compiled a few great last minute gifts that are sure to please:

If you feel like giving something sweet, but don’t want to spend all darn day in the kitchen because Netflix is waiting:

Blooms! (I happen to love flowers. I think they are a great gift for any occasion. But they are especially special on Valentine’s Day)

The Perfect Accessory:

Happy almost Valentine’s Day! I love all of you :)

Your holiday gift guide (If you don't always want to give a bottle of booze. But a bottle of booze is always fine, too.)

Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 5.53.56 PMIt’s that time again. Christmas time! Which means you gotta give people gifts. I have compiled a few unique and lovely gifts that are sure to please.

The pop culture enthusiast/movie buff

  • My coworker discovered this Wes Anderson coffee table book. It is the best. You should get this book even if you have only seen one of Wes’ movies because it is just that good. Also, if you’ve only seen one Wes Anderson movie, you should really watch more.
  • Since we’re talking about Wes, these prints are amazing. A perfect way to put posters on your wall without looking like you live in a college dorm.
  • And who doesn’t love a sassy tote?
  • Okay, and who doesn’t want to lounge around in a Glen Coco sweatshirt?

For the girl who likes cute art and fun things:

For the girl who is all about hosting the cutest party:

For the gal who can’t put her phone down:

For the recently wed:

For the new mom in your life:

What fun gifts did you score this year? Share them in the comments below!

The Books I've Read This Fall (So Far)

You know that my first love is a great book. I compiled a list of the books I read this summer and I thought I would keep the tradition alive by listing the books I have read so far this fall. These books are in no particular order, but hopefully you’ll find some reading inspiration. Screen shot 2014-11-16 at 5.41.21 PM This is How You Lose Her: Junoz Diaz is one of my new favorite writers, and this might be my favorite of his books yet! The book is a series of short stories about women, and how the men in their lives affect them either positively or negatively. The book is written mostly from a man’s point of view, but Junoz still writes beautifully and compassionately about the female experience.

The Dinner: This book was super weird and I am still trying to figure out how I feel about it. Basically it is a short book about two sets of parents who go to dinner to talk about a horrific crime their sons committed together. The book takes place entirely in a restaurant over four courses of dinner (though the narrator does illustrate points through flashbacks). Overall, ‘The Dinner’ is pretty messed up in a totally crazy, wtf, kinda way. It is also really slow until the end, and most (wait, no, all) of the characters are pretty unlikeable. So yea, I wouldn’t say to skip this one entirely, but I also wouldn’t say it is a must-read.

Help for the Haunted: This book follows a teen trying to navigate her life after her parents, who used to work as mediums, are killed. ‘Help for the Haunted’ is really good, beautifully paced and thoughtfully written overall. It is fairly easy to get through and just suspenseful and spooky enough that you don’t want to put it down. However, I will note that it is a bit silly in places. But part of me thinks maybe that’s the point?

The List: Don’t judge me. This is 100% a teen book, but it was actually really good. It was discarded on the Barnes and Noble must-read table and I picked it up not realizing it was written for a 14-year-old girl. Whoops. But seriously, I loved this book. Here’s the scoop — there is this fictional high school that publishes a list of the prettiest and the ugliest girls in every grade. The book examines the impact the list has on the girls voted prettiest and ugliest. ‘The List’ is kind of like Mean Girls, but not funny. It is definitely worth a trip to the young adult section to pick it up.

Reconstructing Amelia: First, let me say that this book is described as being similar to Gone Girl. This could not be further from the truth. Reconstructing Amelia is nothing like Gone Girl and I am confused as to why that was approved to print on the cover of this book. So know that when you read this book, it will bear no resemblance to Gone Girl. Okay, now that I have said that I will say that this book is really great. Reconstructing Amelia explores a mother’s quest to find answers after her smart, focused teenage daughter commits suicide (or did she??). The book bounces back and forth between the mother and her daughter, Amelia, a few days before she died. Like ‘The List’, this book tackles the sometimes heartbreaking effects of Mean Girls in high school.

Diary (in progress): I haven’t finished this book, and I must say that it is the weirdest book ever, however it is by the same guy who wrote ‘Fight Club’ so what do you expect? I am sticking with it and it is getting sort of good. It is still beyond weird, but who doesn’t love a little crazy? What books have YOU read this fall? I am always looking for a good book recommendation!

Happy Halloween! Love, the Lobby Boy

IMG_9250_1Have you seen The Grand Budapest Hotel yet? If not, you really should. It is such a great movie. I loved it so much I am dressing up as a Lobby Boy for Halloween. I even made a (really, really) short film about how important a Lobby Boy is below:

Happy Halloween!


Tourist in Boston

Acorn Street, BostonMy husband and I went to beautiful Boston this week and we stumbled across Acorn Street. Fun fact, Acorn Street is the most photographed street in the country. So despite my commuter clothes I had to get some photos with this gorgeous street!

fall preppy style

fall preppy style

preppy detailsOkay, basically everything I am wearing is J. Crew. Except the sweater which is H&M