February 3, 20213 Comments

play it again: volume 8

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3 minute read May I present, the Marquise of Havenshire.

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January 29, 20213 Comments

friday favorites: the one for cicely tyson

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4 minute read "I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something, then there's nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it." ~ Cicely Tyson

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January 27, 20212 Comments

play it again: volume 7

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2 minute read A playlist perfect for your next wintertime soak. Slightly melancholy, overly romantic and just the right amount of ruminative, ideal for daydreaming. 

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January 22, 20215 Comments

33 IG accounts that use their platforms for social good

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4 minute read "We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace..."

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January 20, 2021No Comments

play it again: volume 6

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3 minute read A soundtrack for shattering that glass ceiling.

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January 19, 2021No Comments

mlk day: a few thoughts

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2 minute read Honoring the man, the legacy and his call to action for us all.

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January 15, 20212 Comments

friday favorites: the one for nancy pelosi

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4 minute read The official impeachment suit, two movies we're watching this weekend and a Langston Hughes poem you should read today.

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January 13, 20211 Comment

fran lebowitz appreciation post

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4 minute read “Sarcasm: what they have in New York instead of jacuzzis.”

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January 13, 20212 Comments

play it again: volume 5

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2 minute read Cue the orchestra -- it's time for tea in the parlor room.

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January 10, 20212 Comments

january 6, 2021: my thoughts

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4 minute read I wish we could say we didn't see this coming. But we saw this coming.

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January 6, 20213 Comments

when harry met sally

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2 minute read Ephron, Ryan, Crystal -- and a love letter to my favorite city.

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December 18, 20203 Comments

friday favorites: the one for joyscrolling

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OUTFIT DETAILS: Paco Rabbane dress (similar style here) // Clive Christian perfume 

Earlier this summer, I was introduced to Clive Christian — a brand with deeply rooted British heritage, with none other than Queen Victoria herself as perhaps their first true ambassador (her crown-likeness sits atop each bottle, in fact!).

Their scents — drawing from the ethereally light and floral to the heady and rich, have quickly become some of my favorites; delicious notes that have undeniably punctuated a strange, and at times, blurry year. But that's the thing about memories, isn't it? We spend so much effort romanticizing the good times — crystalizing them in our minds — that we forget the harder ones can be just as pivotal, just as sweet, just as worthy of remembrance. A reminder of what we overcame and how we forged ahead.

A few weeks ago, their team sent me their latest fragrance — Crab Apple Blossom — and I was immediately taken by the blend. Top notes infused with marine bergamot, bitter yuzu, lemon tree and citruswood, balanced with softer, quieter heart notes of neroli and water lily, grounded with just a touch of sandalwood and moss. It's an elusive mix of opposites that I think serves as a fitting ending tribute to this whirlwind of a year. A blend that balances extremes in a beautiful way — the whimsical with the grounded. The bitter with the sweet. The ingénue with the femme fatale. The out of focus with sharp clarity. Take the crab apple itself for instance, arguably one of the most sour apple types around and rarely eaten straight off the tree — but when prepared the right way and paired lovingly with the right ingredients, its counterparts? It sings. Oh, it sings.

ONE // Joyscrolling vs. Doomscrolling

Did you know, the average person scrolls through 74 feet of bad news each day? So now, Iceland is helping you scroll through the same distance of positivity and it's positively, well, postive!

TWO // The dangers of toxic positivity

Anddddd on the flip side, when too much positivity becomes a negative thing -- I found this article to be quite interesting. Here's a succinct pull quote:

"When people use or demand positive emotions or optimism in a way that causes people to feel oppressed or disregarded, that's toxic positivity,” Stephanie Preston, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Michigan explains. “It ranges from people actively trying to maintain their own spirits or sticking their heads in the sand, to forcefully preventing others from voicing uncomfortable concerns.” No matter how well meaning, such blind positivity can feel “repressive or invalidating to others,” Preston adds.

THREE // 5 ways to help New York City restaurants this winter

Let's not kid ourselves, this winter is going to be hard, especially for small businesses and restaurants in New York. I found this list to be quite easily actionable -- please pass it on!

FOUR // Paloma Elsesser on the cover of Vogue

I met Paloma once at a party here in New York right after seeing her in Leon Bridges' music video for "Bad, Bad News" and I fan girled, HARD. Such a delight seeing her on the cover of Vogue, where she belongs!

FIVE // Meet Rep. Deb Haaland, Biden's pick for Secretary of the Interior

If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, would be the country's first Native American Cabinet secretary. Read more about here!

SIX // What the vaccine's side effects feel like

The COVID-19 vaccine will make some people feel sick. But they’re not actually sick—that’s the immune system doing its job.

SEVEN // The stories that got us through 2020

Wha a year! I found this roundup to be quite on the nose when it comes to making sense of the strange time warp that was 2020.

EIGHT // 3 things making me smile

Luke Millington-Drake -- i.e. the Keira Knightly guy. Man, 2020 is certainly the year of great impressions, isn't it? // Loved this nighttime photo series from Grece -- definitely felt inspired to try something similar with my photos here. // Looking forward to watching the new film "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" this weekend -- the set and costume design look divine and it's also Chadwick Boseman's final role.

Photos by Allie Provost

December 18, 2020No Comments

play it again: volume 4

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2 minute read Simon & Garfunkel, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and more.

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December 17, 20203 Comments

documentaries to watch next

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6 minute read Some of my favorite documentaries as of late...31 to be exact to add to your list!

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December 11, 20202 Comments

friday favorites: the one for clover delicatessen

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3 minute read "If you live in New York long enough — and it doesn’t have to be very long — it gradually becomes unrecognizable. And maybe, you begin to realize, it’s for someone else entirely, someone new or from somewhere else, someone perhaps with more money, more energy: someone circumstantially or possibly constitutionally ignorant of what you took to be authentic about this place when it felt like it was yours. (Nothing makes you feel old like listening to someone talk about what you know to be an upstart as iconic.) It’s too big a city to live in all of it, so you find your corners, your go-tos. Sometimes they are long-running, but mostly they come and they go. It’s part of the Darwinian, self-alienating thrill of the place: More often than not, you outlive your landmarks."

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December 9, 20203 Comments

play it again: volume 3

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2 minute read All your favorite holiday songs in one master playlist + sharing all my favorite green dresses, perfect for the season.

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December 4, 20203 Comments

friday favorites: the one for the chrysler building

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2 minute read Operation Santa, The Prince of Quarantine Comedy, The Nutcracker and more...

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December 3, 20202 Comments

play it again: volume 2

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2 minute read Spotify wrapped up the 72 months of 2020. Here's what I learned..

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December 1, 20202 Comments

a few ideas for giving tuesday

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3 minute read Let's pay it forward this season.

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November 27, 20202 Comments

friday favorites + my top black friday sales

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4 minute read An edited list of what I'm eyeing this year + some shops in New York City you should definitely check out, some of which ship across the country.

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November 20, 20205 Comments

friday favorites: the one for the botanical garden

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3 minute read Tips for traveling this holiday season during COVID, the most beautiful AirBnB I've ever seen, sleep training methods for adults and more!

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November 18, 20203 Comments

play it again

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2 minute read A weekly playlist of new and old favorites on repeat lately...

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November 13, 20205 Comments

friday favorites: the one for the crown

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3 minute read Your weekly internet cocktail. Bottoms up!

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November 9, 20205 Comments

november 7, 2020: where were you?

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5 minute read A celebration and a commitment to the work that needs to be done still.

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November 6, 20204 Comments

friday favorites: the one for joe biden

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2 minute read So close. We just have to stay patient.

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November 3, 20204 Comments

the why behind my vote

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3 minute read "The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society." ~ John Lewis

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October 30, 2020No Comments

friday favorites: the one for pete souza

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4 minute read Halloween, Dwight Schrute and the final weekend before the election.

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October 23, 2020No Comments

friday favorites: the one for norman rockwell

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4 minute read Category is: Norman Rockwell bucolic escape.

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October 2, 20203 Comments

friday favorites: the one for chrissy teigen

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4 minute read Also, is anyone else still confused from that debate?

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October 1, 2020No Comments

romanticize your life: a playlist

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3 minute read Go for a long walk and put this this playlist on. You can thank me later.

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