Lately: July Faves


I took last week off as a birthday present to myself, a time to think about what I want to work on and towards in the coming months. All I’ll say for now is that there’s some good stuff coming your way.

WATCHING: The Bachelorette

BachRach.jpgYou know what’s something I love? Live tweeting. And specifically live tweeting along with crazy reality television.

I honestly hadn’t watched an episode of The Bachelor since Jesse Palmer’s season (Go Gators!), and I had never watched a single episode of The Bachelorette. But I was in a live tweeting mood, and lo and behold, there’s not much on TV Monday nights.

But if I’m being honest, I was hooked pretty quickly. Rachel Lindsay, the current Bachelorette, is off-the-charts likeable, and I find myself genuinely rooting for her to find love…and genuinely wanting to punch some of her potential suitors in the face for their nonsense.

The finale’s around the corner, and I’m more excited than I should be… and also ready to tweet my thumbs off. That’s quality programming, people!

READING: New York Notorious by Paul Schwartzman & Rob Polner

NYNotoriousAnother book that was not on my beginning-of-the-year reading list, New York Notorious was gifted to me by Rob Polner… who I happen to also work with.

Imagine taking a walking tour of the city that points out the locations of well-known crime scene. Now, have your tour guide transcribe the journey around town. That is this book.

Since it was published in 1992, there are some parts that could stand a refresh, but overall this is a fun, quick read that reminds us why New York City has the reputation is does.

I do wish some of the stories went into a little more detail, but it was a really interesting overview of this fair city’s criminal past.

LISTENING TO: Adele’s 21

Adele21I know this album was released in 2011, but you guys, it’s perfection! Facts are facts.

  • It was the Album of the Year at the Grammys in 2012.
  • It was #1 on the Billboard charts for 24 weeks (and in the top ten for 84!).
  • It has sold over 35 MILLION copies worldwide.

Plus, it includes a unique bossa nova cover of one of my favorite songs – “Lovesong” by The Cure.

This album churned out hit after hit (“Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You,” “Rumour Has It…”), so if you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and start downloading. ALL the heart eye for this one, even six year later.

EATING: S’mores

food-2202400_640I. Love. S’mores. And even though you’d think cooking something over an open flame would make me think of cooler months, this classic campfire desserts will forever be associated with summertime.

It can get a little tricky, living in a fourth floor walk-up, but we have tried virtually every method of making these delicious treats. That includes everything from the microwave (not great) to the broiler (okay, but kind of a pain) to the open flame of our gas range (jackpot). We also have a few cans of Sterno on hand for those night we want some s’mores up on the roof.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way!


ClothesThe low last night was a mere 62 degrees, but the highest high this past week was well into the 90’s. Plus, my office is kept at a comfortable 45 degrees. Okay no, not really, but it certainly feels frigid. What’s a girl to do?

So. Many. Layers.

I lean casual when it comes to getting dressed, which on a day off usually translates to a tank/muscle tee or an easy dress.

By nightfall (or 8:02am in my office), I need to cover up. So, I keep a cardigan at my desk, as well as a hoodie or my jean jacket on me at most times.

The city’s weather is as unpredictable as the city itself. It pays to be prepared for basically anything.

What are YOU loving right now? Anything (including, but not limited to movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, books, theater, [NYC] restaurants, recipes, clothing/accessories, websites…) I should put on my must-check-out list?

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