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For those who have been following along my low-buy journey in 2019... I finally wrote a review of the project and whethe...
06/18/2020
A Low-Buy Year in Review

For those who have been following along my low-buy journey in 2019... I finally wrote a review of the project and whether I would consider it a success or failure! Have you done a low buy?

In 2019 I embarked on a low-buy year to try to use up all the beauty and body care products that I had stashed away in our apartment. My plan was not to buy anything unless I used up everything in …

While it may not be safe nor viable to travel at the moment as we are all combating the coronavirus, I was reflecting on...
06/17/2020
An Artsy Long Weekend in Miami

While it may not be safe nor viable to travel at the moment as we are all combating the coronavirus, I was reflecting on a trip from February to Miami with my mother. We had a wonderful time and wanted to share an itinerary as some may be planning future travels!

This past February, my mother and I went on a girls trip to Miami over a long weekend. She and I both like to look at museums, funky shops, and eat similar cuisine, so we had a blast together! It w…

Happy Memorial Day weekend to those in the US! Since I have been isolating the past few months, I don't have any current...
05/23/2020
Quarantine Cooking

Happy Memorial Day weekend to those in the US! Since I have been isolating the past few months, I don't have any current travel photos. Instead I'm sharing some recipes I've tried or invented. Let me know if you try any of these and how it goes!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!!! We’ve now been socially isolated for over two months, so I am popping on to share some recipes I’ve made recently. I’ll start with some that I can pe…

Ending the year strong by catching up on my monthly recap posts! Stay tuned for the November recap!
12/16/2019
Lens on October 2019

Ending the year strong by catching up on my monthly recap posts! Stay tuned for the November recap!

Never a moment too late, here’s my recap of October! Following a busy September, I spent October catching up with friends and family, relaxing, and some days with a cough/cold that I tried to…

Classic #charleston scenes: the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park. @charlestonparks #charlestonparks #southcarolina ...
11/16/2019

Classic #charleston scenes: the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park. @charlestonparks #charlestonparks #southcarolina #pineapple #pineapplefountain #piña #southcarolina #charlestonlife #explorecharleston #charlestonsc #visitcharleston #lowcountry #waterfrontpark #travelblogger #shotoniphone11pro #iphone11 #iphone11pro #nycblogger #travelphotographer

Earlier this month, I had the chance to explore Charleston - a historic city with a long and dark history, great food, a...
11/13/2019
The Perfect Long Weekend in Charleston

Earlier this month, I had the chance to explore Charleston - a historic city with a long and dark history, great food, and lush natural beauty. Definitely worth a visit! Read more on the blog.

With a four-day weekend coming up, my husband and I decided to hop on a plane and head south to Charleston, South Carolina. With a long NYC winter on the horizon we wanted to get out of town and ha…

Ayesha at Last was one of my favorite books this year! Ayesha meets Khalid, and while the two have very different ideas ...
11/09/2019

Ayesha at Last was one of my favorite books this year! Ayesha meets Khalid, and while the two have very different ideas of what they imagine their futures to be like, slowly fall in love. A reimagined Pride and Prejudice / Shakespearian comedy of mistaken identity, this was a fun read from start to finish. Jaluddin really brought me inside the households of Canadian Muslims, exploring love, culture, prejudice, and family. Highly recommend this one! #ayeshaatlast #fiction #bookrecommendations #instabook #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #bookreview #bookblogger #uzmajalaluddin @uzmajalaluddin @berkleypub

Our Airbnb host recommended a local seafood spot for lunch, Nana’s Seafood and Soul Restaurant, where we tried the speci...
11/05/2019

Our Airbnb host recommended a local seafood spot for lunch, Nana’s Seafood and Soul Restaurant, where we tried the special of the day, crab legs and shrimp with french fries. It was pretty good and definitely felt like a local joint, as it was a bit “out of the way”. #crablegs #shrimp #southerncooking #soulfood #seafood #nanasseafoodandsoul #nanasseafood #charleston #charlestonsc #southcarolina #weekendgetaway #visitcharleston #explorecharleston #lowcountry #charlestonfood #charlestoneats #travelblogger #foodblogger #foodphotography

Hello from sunny Charleston, South Carolina! Loving the warm temperatures here and beautiful old, historic buildings. #s...
11/04/2019

Hello from sunny Charleston, South Carolina! Loving the warm temperatures here and beautiful old, historic buildings. #southcarolina #charleston #rainbowrow #charlestonsc #charlestonphotography #charlestonlife #downtowncharleston #historiccharleston #architecture #tourist #weekendgetaway #visitcharleston #explorecharleston #travelblogger #travelphotography #nycblogger

Finally caught up on my monthly reviews after a busy summer’s end. Here’s what I got into in September, including a big ...
10/12/2019
Lens on September 2019

Finally caught up on my monthly reviews after a busy summer’s end. Here’s what I got into in September, including a big personal accomplishment—read more on the blog!

September was a whirlwind of a month. With two major events at work to prepare for, plus a number of personal commitments, I had little time to realize that the month was flying by. Restaurants Stu…

My recap of August - squeezing out the last bits of summer! Who's digging this cooler weather though?
10/07/2019
Lens on August 2019

My recap of August - squeezing out the last bits of summer! Who's digging this cooler weather though?

I’m finally catching up on the last bits of summer, now that it’s getting cold. August was the final hurrah before the rush of September and colder temperatures: enjoying being outside,…

Have a long weekend to spare and need some beach time? Head to Cape Cod! Here's what I did there over Labor Day weekend.
09/22/2019
What to do: A Weekend in Upper Cape Cod

Have a long weekend to spare and need some beach time? Head to Cape Cod! Here's what I did there over Labor Day weekend.

Over Labor Day weekend, my husband and I snuck out of busy New York City and headed east to Cape Cod, Massachusetts in search of some relaxing coastline. Since we didn’t plan the trip too far…

What would you pack for a trip during a heatwave, for 10 days, in a carry on? Read about my struggle and what ended up w...
09/16/2019
What I Packed in my Carry-on for 10 Days in France During the 2019 Heatwave!

What would you pack for a trip during a heatwave, for 10 days, in a carry on? Read about my struggle and what ended up working for me on the blog.

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to travel to France for ten days. During the first half of the week, two friends and I drove around Normandy to see historic, quaint towns, and to cross Mo…

It's been quiet here and on the blog because I've been so busy with fun summer travels! Check out my recap of July on th...
09/07/2019
Lens on July 2019

It's been quiet here and on the blog because I've been so busy with fun summer travels! Check out my recap of July on the blog. Who's glad it's cooling off a little?

A very eventful summer is drawing to a close… here’s a bit belated recap of July! Restaurants Mostly good experiences upstate and in the city. Garden Cafe (Woodstock) – had a tast…

This article is too true! Have you had the same experiences in New York?
07/03/2019
BuzzFeed

This article is too true! Have you had the same experiences in New York?

Basically, everything is 100 times more crowded than it looks on Instagram.

*blinks* It's July now? Wasn't it just June? Here's my monthly roundup... quick before August is here!
07/02/2019
Lens on June 2019

*blinks* It's July now? Wasn't it just June? Here's my monthly roundup... quick before August is here!

How is it already July??? Happy second half of 2019, y’all! I’m ready for a relaxing trip upstate for this July 4 weekend. For those who were patiently waiting to see how my 5k went …

Happy Mid-June, friends! In honor of mid-June I am posting my May 2019 recap. Hah! Well, here's lots of food and book re...
06/19/2019
Lens on May 2019

Happy Mid-June, friends! In honor of mid-June I am posting my May 2019 recap. Hah! Well, here's lots of food and book reviews, as usual. Let me know what I should read or eat next!

May flew by with fun weekend trips and packed weeknights, and at this very moment, most of June has flown by as well! But I don’t want to miss a monthly update. I don’t see my schedule …

Need to kill time before this week's #GameofThrones? Read my totally unrelated blog post about what I did in the month o...
05/05/2019
Lens by Sarah

Need to kill time before this week's #GameofThrones? Read my totally unrelated blog post about what I did in the month of April. Spoilers: lots of restaurants.

A recap of all the goodies in April, including lots of restaurants in East Harlem. Are we having a food renaissance up here? (Not yet.)

A recap of all the goodies in April, including lots of restaurants in East Harlem. Are we having a food renaissance up h...
05/05/2019
Lens on April 2019

A recap of all the goodies in April, including lots of restaurants in East Harlem. Are we having a food renaissance up here? (Not yet.)

It’s finally May, and thank goodness! I’ve been working on some big projects that finally wrapped, and with a few weekly activities (choir rehearsal, running in preparation for my first…

Some delicious meals from our trip to Mexico City last year! Since it was a belated honeymoon, we ate our way through va...
04/13/2019
Memorable Meals of Mexico City

Some delicious meals from our trip to Mexico City last year! Since it was a belated honeymoon, we ate our way through various cuisines, neighborhoods, and price points. For those who have been to CDMX, what were your favorite restaurants?

Last February, my husband and I spent a week in Mexico City as a somewhat belated honeymoon. We love to eat and tried a number of different restaurants in the city. Here’s a little review of …

What’s a New Yorker supposed to do when it’s cold? Eat at restaurants, a lot... or at least that’s what I did last month...
04/07/2019
Lens on March 2019

What’s a New Yorker supposed to do when it’s cold? Eat at restaurants, a lot... or at least that’s what I did last month. Check out my reviews on the blog and pray for warmer weather like today!

Happy Spring everyone! We’re slowly clawing our way out of the winter cold with plenty of sunshine! Flowers are starting to bloom and I’m excited to give my winter coat a break for a fe…

I've embarked on a Low Buy year and have already bought a few things!! I've been successful in using up quite a number o...
04/04/2019
Low Buy 2019 Update: One Quarter Through!

I've embarked on a Low Buy year and have already bought a few things!! I've been successful in using up quite a number of products over the past few months, but I've also accumulated some as well.

Looking back over three months of beauty trash is a challenge as it shows how much waste I create, but is also encouraging that I'm actually using my products and I hope to make better purchasing choices going forward.

Read how it's going on the blog, and let me know any tips or tricks in the comments.

We’re three months into the year, which means I am a quarter of the way through my Low-Buy year. I set out on a mindful year in an attempt to shrink my beauty/body care stash by using up what…

My monthly recap for February is up on the blog, with lots of coffee, book reviews, and my first Low Buy fail of the yea...
03/03/2019
Lens on February 2019

My monthly recap for February is up on the blog, with lots of coffee, book reviews, and my first Low Buy fail of the year.

Another month down, lots of relaxing in the apartment after our trip to Miami, and lots more great books read, and unfortunately a Low Buy fail. I still feel like I’ve been hibernating and ta…

Have you found yourself with a week in Miami but don't really like the beach? Weird flex, but ok. Here's my suggested it...
02/18/2019
A Week in Miami Itinerary

Have you found yourself with a week in Miami but don't really like the beach? Weird flex, but ok. Here's my suggested itinerary (loosely based on a week just spent there!)

Heading to Miami for a week? There’s no dearth of options in the area. However if you’re like me, a bit sun/beach averse, you may be more interested in exploring neighborhoods and getti…

Starting the year off right with some... bowling! Also a bunch of restaurants, and also an update on my low buy year. Re...
02/04/2019
Lens on January 2019

Starting the year off right with some... bowling! Also a bunch of restaurants, and also an update on my low buy year. Read more to see how it went!

We kicked off the new year with a wonderful weekend in the Hamptons with some friends, and seeing some family, (followed by a stomach bug of some sort) but the year is getting better and better!!! …

It's been so cold, I have been planning a getaway! Here's what I would do with two weeks in the DR-without setting foot ...
02/02/2019
Two Week Dream Itinerary in the Dominican Republic – without the Resorts!

It's been so cold, I have been planning a getaway! Here's what I would do with two weeks in the DR-without setting foot in a resort.

With NYC fully in the grasp of winter, I’ve been dreaming of a warm getaway to the Caribbean. If you have your trip booked and are looking to plan two full weeks, look no further! My dream itinerar…

I'm almost a month into a Low Buy year, so wanted to take stock of my bath and beauty stash that I'll be working through...
01/27/2019
Bath and Beauty Stash: January 2019

I'm almost a month into a Low Buy year, so wanted to take stock of my bath and beauty stash that I'll be working through. Check it out and let me know if you have any tips.

After Christmas and early January is the time to ‘stock up’ they say, when there are plenty of sales, but you are flush with holiday gifts. This is the “predicament” I found…

What's a Low Buy Year and why am I doing such a crazy thing? Read more about what I've been socking away and how I plan ...
01/23/2019
2019: A Low Buy Year!

What's a Low Buy Year and why am I doing such a crazy thing? Read more about what I've been socking away and how I plan to reduce the clutter.

As the new year has kicked off, I’ve been thinking of what I can do to positively impact my 2019. While I hope to continue on some self-improvement projects and planning some exiting trips du…

As the month wraps up, here's a look back on December. Happy New Years, y'all!
12/27/2018
Lens on December 2018

As the month wraps up, here's a look back on December. Happy New Years, y'all!

The last month of the year is always a bit hectic, but was also filled with lots of family, food and fun city happenings. Restaurants Some new highlights this month around the city. Cafe Ollin (Eas…

Making the most of fall in New York - see what I ate, read and did last month. Wishing you all a happy holiday season!Al...
12/09/2018
Lens on November 2018

Making the most of fall in New York - see what I ate, read and did last month. Wishing you all a happy holiday season!

Also, please comment with any podcast recommendations for me!

It was a busy month at work for me, but I still managed to enjoy lots of food, fun and even a trip out of the city (in addition to a family-filled Thanksgiving!) Restaurants A smattering of differe…

Some of the fun things I got into last month. Any suggestions for November and December to close out the year?
11/18/2018
Lens on October 2018

Some of the fun things I got into last month. Any suggestions for November and December to close out the year?

The fall seems to be a busy time for me at work – by the time I come home, I don’t want to get back on the computer to work on writing a blog post, hence this post about October midway …

How has your October been so far? I know I'm a bit behind but still wanted to reflect on September! Some fun food, such ...
10/21/2018
Lens on September 2018

How has your October been so far? I know I'm a bit behind but still wanted to reflect on September! Some fun food, such as this giant pretzel, trips out of the city, and of course, book reviews.

After many weeks of unbearably hot NYC weather in September complete with grime, sweat, and too-cool subways, it’s finally fall and boy does it feel like it. I’ve stocked up on pumpkin-…

Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. Before we get too involved in September, here's my recap of August: the month...
09/04/2018
Lens on August 2018

Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. Before we get too involved in September, here's my recap of August: the month I went to Staten Island!

With this month coming to a close, I feel the wings of fall beating around the corner! Fortunately it is still blazing hot so I don’t think summer is going to let go without a fight. This mon…

How would you describe your favorite things in #NYin25 words? Here's my list!
08/29/2018
Unique New York: My NY in 25

How would you describe your favorite things in #NYin25 words? Here's my list!

I am a proud New Yorker, having lived here on and off (mostly on) since 2012. Ever since I was in high school, I wanted to live in Manhattan, and made countless trips on the Metro North to explore …

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