Weekly Vignettes

I came across the beautiful blog Lark & Linen the other day and fell in love with her mini photography posts that showed little snapshots of her week. I love taking photos and thought I would try something similar to document the small moments throughout the week.

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Views from the backseat – en route to my cousin’s blessing.

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My morning view, the Morristown train station at dawn.

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Celebrating the third night of Hanukkah with my cousins.

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This dog LOVES to hang out in my room (even if his face doesn’t show it).

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The display on the Macy’s store in Herald Square, taken from my walk to Penn Station.

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I wake up at 5:30 a.m. for work every morning and there’s nothing I want to do more on Saturday than stay in bed.

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An eggnog latte from my favorite coffee shop in New Jersey – Drip in Madison.

Photo Diary | Autumn Walk

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I’ve lived in Arizona my entire life until this fall, and living in the desert doesn’t really accommodate the changing seasons. But ever since I’ve been living in New Jersey with my cousins, I’ve experienced my first real fall season, from the changing leaves to the crisper mornings and the perpetual crunching under your feet. It’s just absolutely beautiful, maybe even more so because my family lives in a more woodsy area with farms and forests.

We went for a walk at a famous Morristown spot called Jockey Hollow, and of course I had to bring my camera to capture the fleeting beauty of fall as the weather gets colder.

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Photo Diary | Northern Arizona

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I went with three of my closest friends from college on one last hurrah in our home state of Arizona before we all went our separate ways at the end of summer. Even though all of us have lived in Arizona for most of our lives, it had been over 10 years since I saw the Grand Canyon, several years for Marissa and Rose, and just a few months for Maddie who lived in Northern Arizona last year. It may be hard to believe that with a natural wonder in our backyard we haven’t seen it that often, but not every day gives us the chance to make the trek up to the Grand Canyon.

We stayed in a village about an hour out from the Grand Canyon called Williams. The only way I can describe this little town is by saying the first thing I saw when I got out of the car to get dinner was a man wearing a cowboy hat unironically. It was the cutest, quaintest town that boasted its location on Route 66 at every possible gift shop and road sign. All we did there was sleep and eat, but what we saw was worth our stay at the Quality Inn.

The last time I was at the Grand Canyon it was covered in snow, and it definitely felt more like a postcard seeing the red rocks without any white dusting on them. Even though I didn’t get to see very much of the canyon – and my photos don’t do it any justice – I still want to go back and hike it, and eventually go to places such as Havasupai Falls and go white water rafting on the Colorado River. As far as Northern Arizona goes, there’s still so much that I want to see.

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10 Things I Love About Living in New York City

I was lucky enough to spend this summer in New York City while attending the NYU Summer Publishing Institute in June and July. After living there for over two months, I began to feel a bit more like a “local” than a “tourist,” and during one of the last nights in my dorm room – a beautiful corner bedroom in the Gramercy neighborhood – I wrote a list of my favorite things about the city. Here is what I wrote.

1. There are cute dogs everywhere.

I have never seen a larger population of French bulldogs than in the city.

2. You can practically get any food you want, any time you want.

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The best crepes come from a hole in the wall after midnight.

3. Walking and taking public transportation almost everywhere = never having to drive, park, or pay for gas.

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God bless the subway, even when it’s disgusting and packed full of sweaty people.

4. Knowing how to navigate the city is like learning a new language.

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It’s a language of streets and avenues, uptown and downtown, and becoming fluent means you’re a true New Yorker.

5. Every turn you take leads to a place unlike any you’ve ever seen before.

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And sometimes it’s a place you’ve only seen on the Internet.

6. Parks, waterfront views, beaches, museums – all accessible via walking or subway.

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And there’s more to see than just Central Park (like Battery Park, above).

7. You can window shop for you dream apartment on the daily.

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Why yes I did google that East Village apartment, and yes I did cry at the rent price.

8. PIZZA!

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The best and cheapest thing you’ll eat in the city.

9. Art is everywhere you go.

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Street art like this is just a normal part of the commute.

10. You can always find something beautiful in New York, even in the most unexpected places.

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The city always shines, even during the rain.

Photos from San Antonio

I was lucky enough to travel at the very beginning of the new year to a city I’ve never been to – San Antonio, Texas! My sister Hannah got the amazing opportunity to perform with the color guard in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, and of course we had to go to cheer her on. Aside from the weather being extremely chilly, wet, and muggy the first day, all of the All-American activities plus seeing the city made the short trip such an experience.

Exploring San Antonio

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Awards Show feat.  Super Bowl Hall of Famer Lynn Swan

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 San Antonio Day Two

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 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game

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On the River Walk

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 Heading home…

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Thanksgiving 21

In search of a cute, festive outfit that would allow for my two Thanksgiving meals, I headed to my favorite Forever 21 to find something inexpensive to wear.

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My shirt, pants, and necklace are all from Forever 21! For a semi-formal outfit, the whole thing set me back only about $55. The shoes are flats I’ve had for a while by Sam Edelman.
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I had a great day with both sides of my family. For my first meal, my family and I went to Capital Grille, and even though they had a full turkey dinner, I had to go with my carnivore side and gyet steak! After all, I knew I was going to have the full turkey dinner later on anyway.

Wendy and I shared a pumpkin cheesecake that was AMAZING, and overall it was a really lovely and fancy meal!

My sister, Hannah, and I!

My sister, Hannah, and I!

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After our restaurant-cooked meal, my sister and I headed over to my Mom’s family to enjoy a traditional home cooked Thanksgiving dinner! It was equally as delicious, even though at this point I had a substantial food baby growing.

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Hannah and our cousin Lily

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Mom and Hannah

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The three girls!

After a crazy couple of weeks at school, I was more than thankful to be home with my family. I got to see both sides of my family and I’m grateful I get a few more relaxing days at home before I have to head back to Tucson to finish up my second-to-last semester of college!

October Adventures

I was lucky enough to be able to take a long weekend in order to celebrate my sister’s senior night activities for marching band and go to her competition in Flagstaff on Friday. I packed so much into four days and I’m just happy I got to spend a day in the cooler weather up north and feel like I was actually experiencing fall, and getting to see my friends and family at the same time.

Thursday, October 16

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Hannah’s senior night (the last home football game of the year) made it hard not to get emotional that night. For one, it brought back all the memories of my own marching band days (I played clarinet and was drum major for two years). And of course, it reminded me and the rest of my family that Hannah is almost done with high school!!! How did that happen?

We made her a senior poster with pictures from childhood and the seasons of color guard and lined up to present her at half time. She got to wear a cute pink bow to show that she’s a senior, too – so cute!

Saturday, October 18

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetMy lone picture from Saturday! I drove up to Flagstaff with my good friend Austin to go to Hannah’s competition and hang out with my friends that go to school up there. I also got to spend time with my grandma at her competition which was lovely, since it’s so rare I get to spend one-on-one time with any of my grandparents. After that I hit a few bars with my newly-21-year-old friends and spent the night at my grandparent’s place.

Sunday, October 19

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I’d be lying if I’m sad to go back to the hum-drum of school/work life, but I’m thankful for my little vacation and the tiny taste of fall I was able to experience outside of a pumpkin spice latte.

Shakespeare in the Park

In my more naive days when I thought I would be spending my summer in New York City with a fabulous internship, I made a list of “Things to do in NYC.” On that list? Shakespeare in the Park. I’m a Shakespeare fan girl and took an entire year of Shakespeare classes my junior year, and it was nice  to get to see a play performed live for once instead of just reading off the page. This performance of King Lear was pretty great, as far as evil sisters and deaths-upon-deaths go.

It was the first social event of a club I’ve been a part of for a few years called Persona here at the University of Arizona, and we publish a literary magazine of undergraduate work every year. Even though only board members and friends of ours showed up, it was a pretty great time, even if our butts started to hurt by the end of it.

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Brunch at O.H.S.O.

I went home this weekend to spend some time with my family, which usually means cramming as many delicious meals into approximately 48 hours. Since my sister was both at band practice and work all day on Saturday, the only opportunity we had to meet up with our Dad and his girlfriend Wendy was at brunch on Sunday. They live in Scottsdale, so in my Yelp search for a good brunch place in between Glendale at my Mom’s house and Scottsdale, I came across O.H.S.O. Eatery and Distillery on Hayden Road. Both my Dad and Yelp described the place as hipster, and I have to agree in the best way.

You walk into a patio of dogs and orange umbrellas, and a giant bicycle inside the bar that definitely gives the place an entirely unique focal point.

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The best part of the menu was that the entire brunch menu was $10, including food and drinks. They actually call it their “Beer Brunch” and you can either get beer or a mimosa. I got a mimosa (obviously) and it was delicious (and huge!).

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I decided on the French toast, and I wasn’t disappointed. It came with a berry compote and bacon and it was overall just amazing. Considering all of our plates were all but empty, I think everyone else enjoyed their meals, too.

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Zoo Afternoon

My roommate Marissa and I decided to go to the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson on Labor Day! It’s a tiny zoo but only about five minutes away from our house, so it’s crazy that I hadn’t gone before today. I really wanted to see the hedgehogs, but those only come out for special events apparently. Despite my infinite sadness, we did get to see the other thing we came for – the baby elephant born only a few weeks ago! As far as babies go, she was pretty huge, but as far as elephants go, she was teeny tiny!

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