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)
This weekend, I went to visit one of my sorority sisters, Ashley, who moved to Philadelphia in November. Ashley and I went to college together, and also studied abroad in Barcelona, so when our friend Luke suggested a visit to surprise Ashely for a visit, I immediately accepted.
I haven’t been to Philadelphia since I was in 7th grade but I had high expectations, as I’ve heard it’s a really fun place. It’s less than 2 hours, via Amtrak, so the convenience was a huge factor. Here’s a look at my trip:
Ashley and I at her apartment for her Wine and Cheese party, the view of the city from her rooftop, hanging an IU flag outside, and the four of us at Tressle Inn!
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! xoxo
(I am also now accepting applications for replacement best friends…jk)
This weekend I went to Miami with four girlfriends. My best friend Stephanie, from college, lives in Chicago so we don’t get to see each other that often. When she invited me along to her Florida trip, I was so excited! I haven’t been to Miami since I was 21 and I think I quickly became addicted.
There are few things more fun than weekends away with the girls. I love getting ready together, meeting new people, going to clubs, and getting to catch up. And sleepovers never get old, no matter what age you are! Here’s a look at my trip to Florida:
Dinner at Nobu in Miami, and Hyde Beach at SLS with Stephanie, Amanda, Colleen and Nicole.
Making new friends at Wall (I love W Hotels so I had to check out the one in South Beach), some tequila shots to start the night (me ordering tequila is very rare but I was on vacation!) and outside of Shore Club.
Our day at the beach included Amanda’s Packers obsession, a trip to Ben and Jerrys when my sister got in to town, and a relaxing day at the pool!
I know I’m a week behind but a few weeks ago, my little brother Grant came to visit me in DC. He had never been to DC before so it was extra special for both of us. We also have another brother and a sister so we rarely get to spend time just the two of us when I go home.
Grant and I are so similar in so many ways, so I love getting to catch up with him (he’s also 18 and will be in college next year so I know my days are numbered where he’ll choose to visit me rather than go somewhere with his friends!) The weekend went way too quickly but we luckily packed as much in as we could in two days. Here’s a look at Grant’s weekend in DC:
The White House gingerbread house, Grant and I at the White House on our tour, a view from POV at the National Monument, and the two of us after our Flight Simulator Ride at the Air and Space Museum
Just “Monkeying around” at the Museum of Natural History, our visit to the American History Museum, and the house where Lincoln died (and some of the 15,000+ books written about Lincoln). Also “Kilroy was here” written by someone in a letter at the Air and Space Museum (which made me very happy!)
Last weekend I went back home to Indianapolis for Thanksgiving. I’m always excited to go home and get away for a few days, but for some reason (likely the stress of work with so many events lately) I was wayyy more excited about this trip! I even started a countdown of days and my mom and sister both thought something was seriously wrong.
I thought the five day trip would be long enough but it went too quickly (we went to Dayton for a few of the days so maybe that’s why) but it was so great to see friends, family and get to spend some time back at home.
I also started a new project (called Project 365 where you take a photo a day!) It’s been so fun and I’ll definitely share some of that soon.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
Got to spend time with High School friends, College Friends, and some of my best girl friends! (Out to Broad Ripple of course) — And finally made it to Kilroy’s (for breadsticks of course)
Lots of time to catch up with my brothers, sister and mom. I seriously have the best family ever…I am so lucky!
On Sunday, I went to the Colts game with my whole family. We had so much fun (as you can see by my little brother and I jumping with excitement!)
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!
Last weekend my Alma Mater, Indiana, played Navy in football in Annapolis. It was the perfect excuse to reenact a weekend of college. I started the weekend with a girls night with two of my best friends Friday night (complete with IU nail painting) and even had a sleepover. Who said 26 year-olds are too old to have slumber parties?
We took buses from DC up to Annapolis on Saturday morning (complete with Jello shots we had made the night before) and got to tailgate for a few hours with the IU Alumni group (including some beer pong and flip cup, naturally).
The seats were “standing room” only (but definitely the way to go, because it was an amazing view). The weather was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with a great group of friends. The only bad part was IU losing at the very end 😦 but it was still a great time! Here’s a look:
Some of the girls during the game, my “IU” logo nails, a tablecloth (that I think later became a blanket), IU Alumni (and loyal fans) and our Red and White Jello Shots
The view of Navy stadium, Flip cup, Erica mixing and chilling shots, and some Pi Phi/Kappa/Chi Omega IU love ❤
A few weeks ago I took an impromptu trip to NYC to visit one of my best friends, Jaime. We had some other friends in town, another friend’s brunch and it was the perfect last minute getaway to my favorite city. There are few better things in this world than a weekend with girlfriends.
A few of the highlights from my trip include dinner at Mexican Radio, La Esquina, Drinks at The Box and Jane Hotel, Dinner at Cafeteria and watching the Colts game with some IU friends. We packed so much into a 2-day trip (and I even stayed another night to stretch it out a little longer). Here are some highlights from my trip:
The most beautiful city ever, The girls at dinner at Mexican Radio, Drew’s Birthday Brunch, and our light night excursion to The Box
Reunited with some amazing girlfriends, Drew’s Champagne brunch, My “Welcome” plate from Jaime, and Bar Hopping (and walking a mile) in SoHo
Clearly I’m losing it because I swore I had already done this post, but I guess not! Oh well, it’s fun to go back and think about how great this weekend was.
My best friend, Scott, from high school (whose Bachelor Party I went to the month before) got married in Columbus, Ohio last month. I wasn’t sure what to expect of Columbus (I hadn’t been there since I was little) but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s actually a pretty big city and the wedding was one of the most perfect weddings I’ve ever been to.
The wedding was at this amazing church and the reception was at the Westin Columbus (a perk being that’s where we stayed so we didn’t have to travel far). The ballroom, the band, the food, and everything in between was incredible. It was the first time our group of friends were all together in years and I really couldn’t have asked for a better time.
Congrats, Scott and Ashley!
Just like the old times! All of us at the cocktail hour and then reception, and the Beautiful Couple!
My best friend is married! The boys and Mrs. Schussler on the dance floor (the band was absolutely amazing)