I know I’m a few days off (blame the food coma, great company and Black Friday sales), but I wanted to say how much I appreciate everyone who reads and responds to my blog. While it’s not always perfect, I do love sharing my life (struggles and all) as I live and work in New York City while passing along my tips and tricks – from travel and work advice to fashion, lifestyle and beauty suggestions – with all of you.
I feel extremely grateful this year because I was able to consciously celebrate another year of “trying.” I know that must sound awfully funny, or even too simplified for some, but isn’t life just a series of trial and error with success in-between? The fact that I’m trying – that we’re all “trying” – to do our best in life is something to be thankful for, because without trying, we wouldn’t get anywhere.
And what’s life but not a daring adventure?
I personally believe those moments of triumph are made especially sweet with a supportive group of friends and family behind me – much like this past Thanksgiving holiday allowed me to have. Not only did I get to celebrate with Matt and his wonderful family this year, but also my mom and step-father who drove up from Maryland. And the people I spoke to before and after – from my dad and youngest brother in Florida on their surprise Thanksgiving visit to my grandmother, to a special FaceTime with my newly engaged friend of 10+ years, and even a friend who is starting a new business venture (!), I could not contain my excitement for them all “trying” in their own way to embrace life wholeheartedly.
So thank you, readers, for another year of your support and “trying.” Whether that means going for that new job, standing up for yourself, being vulnerable with someone you love or flying solo to a new country – keep pushing forward, because nothing in life worth having comes easy. And, as always, remember that there is always something to be thankful for in your life.
Is it me, or did Thanksgiving come much quicker than it did last year?
I’ve barely had time to plan, much less pack an outfit or two. However, I did get a chance to put together a couple of outfit ideas that may inspire not only me, but you, too:
What are you wearing this year? Let me know which outfit above you prefer!
Putting together this holiday wish list for myself was actually much more difficult than I anticipated. Since I tend to enjoy experiences over things (i.e. trips around the world, getting together with friends/family for a good meal, a ticket to a beautiful museum, concert or show), it’s hard to pick out actual pieces for myself.
Or maybe it’s because of the lack of closet space I’m experiencing? 😉
In the meantime, I’ve already been asked by friends/family about what I have my eyes on this year for Christmas. While there are definitely a few reaches, I would rather any money on something that I know I will treasure for a long time.
When it comes to the gift card section, I would be over the moon to receive a gift card for some of my local “treat spots” such as By Chloe, Sweetgreen or Juice Generation. And while I haven’t found a new boxing gym since moving to Hoboken, I would love to try a class or two at Gotham.
As for the rest? You can never go wrong with a warm hat, cashmere sweater (favorites here, here and here), a dainty pearl ring, this top-of-the-line hair dryer – I dread washing my hair because it takes forever to dry/style – a Diptyque candle #swoon, classic loafers in an unforgettable color, chic sunnies and new vinyl for your record player.
What are you coveting for the holidays?