Goodbye New York City

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After living in NYC for almost 3 years, my time has come to an end. I started this blog talking about how bored I was of Miami and needed a challenge in my life. And boy, did I get that. I’m going to start off by saying I do not regret living there one bit. I’m very thankful it happened. Would I do this again? Nope.

I suffered a lot in NYC. All because I had a specific lifestyle I wanted to live, and I found this out by going through these obstacles. As everyone knows, NYC is a monster within itself. It is difficult. I thought I could prove it wrong with working hard. There are a lot of things that I didn’t know and now I know by my own experiences.

I came here to get better. To get rid of my fears. To become stronger. And I feel I got what I wanted with my career and personal goals. I have a wider perspective on life and came out with new goals. In terms of my career, I got exactly what I wanted. I got to work at my dream studio and got to work with many different types of people. I started off working with a small amount of people and grew to experience a diverse group of coworkers. I’ve met some of the shittiest and sweetest people ever.

NYC is such a high contrast. You either love it or hate it. It’s either freezing or like a sauna. You encounter very rich people, to people who work so hard and don’t get paid much. More than one paycheck went into my rent. After living with roommates, I realized I have to live alone or with people that I love. I can’t deny that I’m a homebody and my home is very important to me because as an introvert, this is where I recharge. I did not sleep in those 3 years I lived there. It is the city that never sleeps. If I don’t get 8 hours of sleep, I do not function.

My ultimate dream was to live a few years in NY and then move to Europe. But this whole terrorism thing going on changed everything. That’s when I felt I needed to come home. It made me realize how important my family is to me. They have worked so hard to help me succeed and I couldn’t continue seeing them grow old without my help. I couldn’t have done this without their support.

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I was homesick. I wanted to get a dog but I lived too far away. I couldn’t go out with people because I lived too far away. It was all I can afford on my own. I missed the sunshine. I missed my people. Being back home, I’ve never felt so much happier. I hugged my washing machine. I hugged Publix. Miami has changed since I left. I was so focused on my career after graduating, that now I can focus on the people I love and care about. Graphic Design can chill out.

I didn’t expect to come home this early, but I found an opportunity here in Miami that I couldn’t pass. I’m excited for this new chapter that I will confront with new knowledge and perspective, thanks to NYC.

 

Brunch & Art Hopping

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I feel like I haven’t gone on an adventure in a long time. It’s hard to go out in the winter and explore freely without thinking are my fingers going to fall off. Since I finished my 100 days of colors project, I had to create a mission to explore in another way. I’ve learned to appreciate indulging in quality food, art, beauty, and style. It makes my soul feel refreshed. I’m the type of person that needs positive and forward-thinking things around me at all times. It feeds to my productivity. I know if I’m not productive in some way, sadness starts creeping in and I try not to let that happen. This makes me feel good and want to continue doing good things for others. That makes me happy.

So I headed to Nickel & Diner this morning, taking advantage of the 50 degree weather. I’ve always wanted to try Eggs Benedict. It was incredible. I actually passed this place last week while heading to By Chloe, which is delicious as well. Their interior design is on point. They took something vintage and made it look fresh and spacey~

I then finally got to visit CW Pencil Enterprise. Y’all know how much I love and use pencils. The place is adorable and the girl that worked there was very friendly and informative about everything. She recommended the coolest things to me like her favorite erasers and pencils that go super dark and creamy. I bought a couple of things and it came out to be like $7! And the way she packaged it! Attention to detail always wins. What was also cute were these two older ladies talking to us about how these pencils brought memories to them when they were in primary school in eastern Europe.

Matcha. Everyone goes crazy for it here. Honestly, the colors are pretty but the taste is super weird. It takes like seaweed sometimes. I don’t mind seaweed in my sushi but in a drink, I said wut every time I sipped. After I ordered a matcha latte, I noticed the coconut flavored one. That prob tastes better. Cha Cha Matcha’s pink and green brand colors are basically my childhood. I would play with my mom’s sewing spools and make them into ‘couples’ or ‘teams’. My favorite combo was pink and kelly green. I had no idea what complimentary colors were at 6 years old, but it just felt so right.

Canal Street Market  was my last stop. There was this cute little studio set up where artist, Kristin Texeira, makes her work there. Even though she wasn’t there, I felt her cute personality with the notes she left behind. She had a note asking people to leave their weird dreams behind so that she can make pieces about them. Inspiring chic.

 

Fall Favorites

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Lush has made a comeback into my life since 2006. I know, a really long time. But I’ve gotten into this ‘taking care of myself’ routine that keeps me sane in this dirty, smelly ass city. The best I can do is be clean and smell good myself to not let it get to me. Plus, they’re just so fun to use!

 

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Silky Underwear smells incredible. It’s like a powdered lotion you can apply anywhere. I like to put it on my feet before going out so that my winter boots don’t make me sweat. It made me realize how much I love the smell of jasmine. Reminds me of a plant we had in our backyard when I was little.

Happy Happy Joy Joy is a head turner. At first I didn’t feel it detangling my hair but it grew on me. Now I can’t go without it. I sometimes catch whiffs of it when I turn my head and it smells amazing as well. It does make me feel happy at 6:30am when I’m showering half asleep.

Twilight is a cute lil bonus shower gel that came with Sleepy. Sleepy is the lotion I was looking for to relax at night. I love it to pieces. It make me feel warm and cozy and gets me ready to sleep. Lavender is truly calming.

The green mask, Love Lettuce, smells darn good too. I love face masks cause I get to feel like a monster for 10 minutes. When it starts getting dry on your face is my fav part. This has lavender as well, going with my relaxing theme.

Last but not least is Pumice Power. My sis recommended it to me so I gave it a try. I do like it, I am a huge fan of oranges, it makes my feet feel extra clean. I think it will be even better if I were to use it during the summer where I use sandals more.

 

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Ok, the internet is not how it used to be. Which I think is a good thing. When I was in school, I’d spend HOURS scrolling forever. Learning the most I can about life pretty much. I don’t regret any single minute of it but I do feel happy that I don’t do that anymore. It’s not particularly healthy. So to continue my learning, print has made a comeback that makes storytelling a bit more special. 

I went to Kinokuniya, one of my favorite bookstores, and found these magazines there. They don’t feel like magazines at all. I love reading personal stories with an interview format. B is a branding magazine that highlights one brand per publication. It talks about the good and bad things each brand has by interviewing different people who use the products. Her. magazine interviews different women and their creative pursuits.

I also like reading these with jazz playing in the background so I feel like I’m in Barnes and Noble/Dean and Deluca. Pinky up.

 

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I was looking to get some sugar at Whole Foods when I saw one of my favorite logos sitting below me. FHK Henrion is forever a genius to me. Such a beauty ~ Plus, I get to bring home a lil bit of England  😉

 

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I’m gonna try to keep this short and simple. Katniss Everdeen is me living in NYC. I’ve never felt so connected to a story before. I read through all three of the books so quickly. I did see the first movie before, but it was a while back so it was kinda new to me while reading it. After finishing each book, I had the biggest urge to see the movies to refresh my visuals. The books def have more visuals and details that the movies couldn’t cram in. So sad when it was all over but glad it happened.

 

Music has been so scarce omg. Shoot me in the foot. Sunni Colon came to the rescue with this new genre of alternative rock and disco. Bless him.

 

 

Museum Expedition

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Every weekend I try to have some sort of plan in mind in order to experience something new. I say some ‘sort of plan’ because nothing goes as planned here. 

 

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As you probably know, I’ve been trying to finish up my 100 Days of NYC Colors project that has been going on for quite some time. I do some crazy weird things in order to get something that feels satisfying. I was down by that path when I saw loads of people on top of a rock. So I went and found the path and climbed it with my platform heels and SLR camera dangling on my neck. Very smart. And this was the view from that rock. Very cliche touristy pic as you can see. Don’t follow the crowds.

 

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But on my way down, fighting really hard not to twist my ankle, I get a glimpse of this rock texture I was holding on to dear life. So glittery and glamorous these billion year old bedrocks are.

 

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Central Park wasn’t really in the plan for this weekend. It was actually visiting The Met Breuer. Hence why I was struggling with my heels and spontaneous rock climbing. But since the subway has many crazy changes during the weekend, it’s unpredictable where you’d end up. So to my benefit, I had the option to walk through Central Park to reach the museum.

 

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What’s a post without some food? I was starving by the time I walked a mile to get here. I grabbed a sandwich and this lil guy, a savory scone. Sorry too hungry had to take some bites before the pic.

 

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Kerry James Marshall’s work stood out to me the most. The way he makes his figures so dark that you only see their eyes is incredible. So many stories and feelings behind each piece. I found it interesting that the majority of people viewing the pieces were caucasian. Makes you think a little bit more than what you see in the frame.

Poké & Posters

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I have a new food fav. Poké bowls. I first tried it at Pokéworks and changed my life. So I find out it’s a pretty common dish in Hawaii. Now it’s so popular here, that you have to arrive at the place right when it opens to avoid a 30 min wait. I tried the bowl above at Chikarashi and it was very good. I love that the rice had its own touch of garlic flavoring to it. I hate eating plain white rice without anything else in it. So this was good. Pokéworks still holds as my favorite poké place though. The logo may or may not have something to do with it. 

 

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If you wanted to know what pure bliss for me is like, it’s this. Phillip Williams Posters is an incredible collection holding 500,000 pieces of art. The cool thing about this place is that they have the posters on rotation so when you visit the next time, you see a new set. They also have the collection online to browse through. While I was in school, posters lit up a fire inside of me. I almost cried when I entered this place. I told one of the workers there how overwhelmed I was and then he offered to show me more in their computers. I had to pass that for the moment. I was flipping out.

 

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The fact that they didn’t have computers to do this is what makes them so beautiful. There was no technology to advertise a place or event. You had to try really hard to make sure this one piece was eye catching and unforgettable. So much care and effort.

 

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I was amazed how well the colors were holding up. Some of these dated back to the 1800’s.

 

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Before visiting that poster museum, I remember passing by this sign a few times in the past. I thought it was a modern take of a vintage sign and kind of disregarded it. BUT, it isn’t. It actually dates back to 1910. There are some ghost signs around the city that continues to intrigue me. Like seeing those posters above, it does feel like I’m going back into that time period when I see them. I start picturing what it was like at that time. So now I’m starting a personal project where I’m bringing these signs back to life. 

 

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I can’t get over this. It doesn’t help that I want a dog badly.

 

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You know how they say New York is magical. Well sometimes it is. I was just taking a quick snapshot and this adorable girl ran across dressed up as Princess Leia and ended up in the shot. 

July/August Favorites

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This pic has a cluster of favs. The first is my blush pink jumpsuit from Zara! Look at that thing. I feel so fab in it that I had to grab my toe. I’m also proud that I can finally do that yoga pose. I also can do crow now. It’s been 4 months of yoga so far and I still love it. Can’t wait to do pretzels in the sky. 

Second, is the table!!! I struggled to get that thing home! But it was so worth it. I ordered it online from Urban Outfitters and had to get it delivered to work, got an uber, and swayed it to my apt. NY struggles! I love building things so it was rewarding in the end.

Third, is the Colorplan book on the middle shelf. Their papers and presentation is fab as always. Print will never be dead to me as much as people say.

Fourth, is my wallet from The Horse. I wanted a square zipper wallet in that red-brown leather so it now matches my key and card holder. I have a watch of theirs and love the quality of their products!

Fifth, is the black and white polka dot sunglass case. You have no idea how long it has taken me to find something decent to store my sunglasses that always break somehow. Thanks to Madewell, I found it! Bless them and SoHo for having easy access to shops!

Last but not least is that cactus card from the lovely Steph. She sent me the cutest package ever. Love you friend! And go check her blog out, she just had a beautiful baby girl named Mila! I can’t wait to meet her ❤

 

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My buds have grown so much! My first plant was actually a Calathea and I killed the poor thing. It’s a beautiful and delicate plant that needed indirect lighting and I gave it too much shade. I decided to stick to succulents for now as I have the perfect windowsill for it. The far left is an Aloe Vera, good to have in case you burn yourself! Which is why the tips are cut off 😉 The middle plant is a Kalanchoe. It was about three inches high when I bought it. I didn’t think it would grow that tall! It goes way beyond what you think. It throws out these long whiskers so it can grab moisture. The avocado pot plant is a Mother of Thousands. Yeah it’s pretty alien as its babies grows from the edges of its leaves. Love that thing. It amazes me every time.

Having happy plants make me happy! I found this couple that hunts greenhouses and they said it beautifully. “We can’t imagine our home without houseplants; they make us happy, surprise us with new leaves and fill the corners (or in our case the whole house) with energy and life.”

 

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There’s something that attracts me to enter & Other Stories. But the times I’ve went, it was hard to find anything that resonated with me. I gave it another chance and I found this ring. My sis said it’s very Fifth Element. Best compliment I could receive. 

 

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This pic may seem random but I have to talk about it. I tried that B.E.C sandwich at the Egg Shop and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Absolutely amazing. I’ve never eaten a bacon that completely melts in your mouth. And there’s this sauce on top of the bottom bun. I don’t even know what it is but hello you are welcome.

 

 

Songs that gave me goosebumps. Roosevelt swooped me away in August and Jamie Woon swooned me in July. 

Goodbye Summer, hello Fall! Some personal projects are coming to an end soon!