Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Date Passport

Valentine’s Day is dreadful to some people (most likely if you’re single…although I spent Valentine’s Day in Vegas with 3 girlfriends a few years ago and that was one of the best years to date!) but even when you’re in a relationship, it can be hard to think of gift ideas.  This year, I’m hoping to do a cooking class with my boyfriend, because we wanted to try something a little different and special!

Those who know me know that one of my FAVORITE things is to give gifts!  I look for any excuse to give gifts to people- birthdays, holidays, just because, you name it and I’m planning months in advance because it makes me so happy.  I also love MAKING gifts, because I think it’s so much more personal (and fun!)

Over the years I’ve made many gifts for my boyfriend (from photobooks to calendars to framed pictures with a map of the city we lived in) and this year I wanted to share a new and fun idea I did- and that’s easy enough for you to do, too!

I got some inspiration for a “Date Book” and “Restaurant Passport” from Pinterest, but of course I added my own touches.  You can do this for not just boyfriends, but friends and family members, too.  If you’re like me (especially being in a new city) you always think of new places you want to eat, visit or attend.  I used to keep a running list in my iPhone notepad, because I’d hear of all of these places and then when it came time to making a reservation, I forgot them all.  Also, my boyfriend and I are long-distance, so when we spend weekends together, we already like to know some of the things we want to do!

Here’s the Date Passport I made and how I did it:

I started with this Chevron Journal from Paper Source (it comes with 3 for $18.95) because it was simple enough (and not too girly!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I bought Vintage stamps from Anthropologie.  These I bought a year ago to use for crafting, but I’m sure you can find some on Etsy or eBay as well.  They were on sale for $8.40 for the pack!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a gold paint pen marker and wrote out the inside cover page first (and added some ribbon for a little extra detailing), followed by the city then restaurant, bar, attraction, or name of the place.  I also added the address so it took one less step when looking up directions!

A peek inside!

A peek inside!

Restaurant Info and address, then I added a stamp once we've been!

Restaurant Info and address, then I added a stamp once we’ve been!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I added all of the items on our list, and then glued a cute envelope to the back inside page to hold the stamps in!

I started with NY but added other cities as well.

I started with NY but added other cities as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started with 10-15 places, but I’m sure we’ll continue adding along the way.  We’ve already “stamped” five of the places in just two trips!

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m Back! (And in a new city!)

I realize that it’s been WAY too long since I’ve posted on here! I have had a lot of major life changes over the past few months (which is not an excuse but led me to stray from updating more often). But I’m happy to say I’m back and going to make more of an effort to keep this going.

So here is what’s happened over the past few months:

I left my job, apartment and relationship in DC and packed up and moved to NYC! I have wanted to live in New York since I was 12 so I finally felt like now was the time to do so! It was such a huge leap of faith but one that I couldn’t be happier about!

This city is truly one of the most spectacular places in the world. I have only been here a few months but I think I fall more and more in love each and every day.

I have a new job which started as a freelance event producer for different companies (I got to work with Bose and The Brooklyn Children’s Museum in the first few weeks of being here) and now I’m working for an Event Production company. It’s been so great (and challenging in a good way) and also has allowed me to do quite a bit of traveling since I can work from anywhere a lot of the time.

I felt for so long that I was missing something and I think it turns out that New York was what I was missing. So here’s to a new chapter of my life (and a lot more posts to come!)

(And here are some of my favorite NY pictures so far)

New York 1

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My Best Friend’s {Moving}

When I moved to DC two and a half years ago, I knew I was going to love it immediately.  I figured I’d make new friends but I didn’t realize the extent of some of those friendships.  I met Ally (via social media and some mutual friends) and we instantly became pretty inseparable.

Over our friendship the last 2 years, we’ve traveled the country together (Vegas, Coachella, New York, the Hamptons, Charlottesville, Ocean City to name a few) and have had countless happy hours, dinners, sleepovers (yes, as adults) and been through career changes, break ups, holidays and so many more things in between.  She’s the best “plus 1” I’ve ever had for events, including ones with Adrian Grenier or Hayden Panetierre.

I can honestly say that she has kept me sane for the past two years (and also even swung me to become a little bit more of a tequila fan) and taught me that setting your own style is only done by taking risks (like floral pants, velvet slippers and furry “pimp-like” coats that only SHE could pull off).  Friends like her don’t come easily…but they do go (just physically) to New York, in her case.  I had some of our friends together last night to celebrate Ally’s next chapter, which I know she’ll be great in!

Good luck Ally, to such an amazing friend, and partner-in-crime.  Love you!!

Just a few of the MANY photos we've taken together! :)

Just a few of the MANY photos we’ve taken together! xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(I am also now accepting applications for replacement best friends…jk)

 

Travel Tuesday: New York City for the Holidays

It’s no secret that I think New York is one of the most amazing cities in the world.  I have had aspirations of living there since I was little (and hopefully I will soon enough) so of course I jumped at a last minute trip there this past weekend.

It’s bittersweet because on the way there, you see so much devastation from Sandy (and my friends volunteered with Relief efforts on Sunday because they’re amazing).  But I have so much going on between now and the end of the year so I wanted to get one last trip in to see some friends, and of course the magical city at this time of year.  I have had the most incredible year and I am so very blessed and this trip just reminded me of that so much.

I went to brunches with new friends and old friends, went out to some new (to me at least) bars and clubs, and walked several miles on Sunday exploring all of the Holiday decor, and soaking up one of the most beautiful days left of the year.  Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

Rockefeller Center Ice Skating, the Plaza hotel, Macy’s “Believe” and the Empire State Building on my walk around town.

Times Square at night, Macy’s Michael Kors Shoes in the window, The Grey Dog, an Fendi with festive and sparkly lights!

Lunch at Sarabeth’s with John and Amretha (some of my oldest friends) 🙂 Dinner at The Mulberry Project, Los Caminos, Flowers for Jaime for hosting me (Who says you have to have guys to buy flowers??) and Mike and I on the train ride back to DC after a great weekend!

 

 

Travel Tuesday: New York City

Over Labor Day, my mom and sister came to visit me in DC and then we took a quick trip to New York.  I absolutely love New York all times of the year, but especially now because the weather is absolutely perfect!

We haven’t been to New York with just the three of us in over 2 years (when they drove me out in DC and we stopped along the way) so it was a fun opportunity to go again.

We went out to dinner in SoHo, went to a Broadway Musical (Mary Poppins), and shopped for an entire day (of course!)

Here’s a recap of our trip:

My mom and I at dinner at RSVP in SoHo, Times Square at night, Our “Mystery Wine” sent at dinner, Nat and Mom before Mary Poppins, and Nat and I at Mary Poppins on Broadway

Lunch in NoLita, My amazing New York purchase, and leaving the city on our way back to DC!