Countdown to the wedding!

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 8.53.07 AMT minus one month until Matt and I get married–whoa! Time flies. Last week, we popped by City Hall in Brooklyn and applied for our marriage license. Heavy. (Kidding!) But it’s true: Through all the planning and the details and the late night Pinterest searches, I’m always amazed at how humbling the little wedding-related moments are. Walking into City Hall, for example.

We went through the metal detectors and told the security guard we were here to get our marriage license. He immediately started grinning and sent us to the appropriate floor. We waited in line behind and in front of other couples getting hitched right then and there. (We just got the application which our officiant will sign after our ceremony, but so many couples were there to get married that day.)

The couple in front of us was chatting about going to see a movie together–maybe Batman vs. Superman–afterward. The couple behind us was there with their kids, both dressed in their finest flower girl and ring bearer attire. As their parents filled out the paperwork, the kids played around going up to the other windows without tellers and pretending they were getting married, too. It was funny because the room–completely bare and bank-like–felt completely filled with love.

I’m keeping my name. (Hello, Bowie is awesome). But I loved the Brooklyn lady who verified our information: When she asked if I was changing my name and I said no, she responded with a subtle Mmm-hmmm, that’s right while glancing at Matt. We both burst out laughing, reviewed the paperwork, and got on the subway to go to work. Just another day in New York.


The nicest New York thing


Recently, some very close friends invited us over for a home-cooked dinner on the Upper East Side. It was after work on a Friday night and they told us to bring….absolutely nothing. (We brought wine.) As I strolled up there from work–it used to be my old ‘hood so I welcomed the walk–I couldn’t help but think: The nicest New York gesture is inviting friends over to dine in. Here’s why:

1. We live in a city where we’re constantly go, go, go. A night in is a treat, but a night in with friends that lets us channel our inner homebody on somebody else’s couch? Bliss.

2. Our apartments are tiny, but super cute. One of the most fun things about living in New York is peeping other people’s apartments. Space is at a premium! I love seeing how people make use of it…and entertain. (My friend positioned a super comfy chair at the entrance to her galley kitchen and kept refilling my sauv blanc so we could catch up while she cooked up a storm.)

3. There’s no wait for a table. Nope, you just walk right in and a glass of wine (and apps) are served.

4. You can actually hear your friends talk. Ah, I’m an old lady, but being able to have a scintillating conversation without shouting is kind of the New York dream. (Reminder: You’re still sitting on that comfy couch.)

5. It takes a lot of New York effort. New York is all about life on demand. If you don’t have it, you can order it…food, booze, dessert, anything. A homemade meal takes a lot of prep. And timing. And cleaning. It’s such a thoughtful invitation–and one Matt and I can’t wait to reciprocate soon.

The weekend is here!

a7e0db1c0d3de41bbd5ff48b09e02a76Happy Friday, my darling readers! What do you have planned for the weekend? I’m excited because I have my hair and makeup trial for my wedding — which, eek, is about four weeks away! Definitely in the home stretch now. Wishing you a lovely and relaxing weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

Painted macarons are the prettiest.

This lip sync battle made me LOL.

Hamilton stars in training.

How to vacation with friends.

Doggy portraits taken 10 years apart.

How to apply foundation with your fingers.

Love this dress.

The easiest dessert in the world is also the prettiest.

When do I move in?

An April showers playlist. (Fingers crossed it doesn’t turn into snow.) ;)

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Books Page: Spring Reading

books2Lately, I’ve been getting so much reading done on the subway. (There’s nothing better than spotting an empty seat on the F train.) These three books are on my spring reading list:

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. This title was endorsed by Amy Poehler, but the story is what caught my eye: It’s about a dysfunctional New York family who is in for a great inheritance when a major mistake happens that knocks the sum from $500K to $50K per kid. Whoops.

Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson. This book is also set in New York, but the story follows an aspiring 1977 ballerina who’s trying to break into the cutthroat New York City ballet. No easy feat–especially when the girl’s parents are simultaneously going through a brutal divorce.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. This novel (Straub’s follow-up to The Vacationers) follows a Brooklyn couple and their friends as they settle into adulthood and watch their kids–and their now gentrified neighborhood–grow up and evolve at the same time.

What’s next on your reading list?

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2 (delightful) signs of summer

Quick-Fresh-Tomato-and-Goat-Cheese-Pasta-5Sure, Boston got snow this weekend and the temperatures in New York dipped back into the 20s (yikes), but it was all spring/summer in Brooklyn, mainly due to my favorite warm-weather pasta dish and bottle of rosé.

Let’s discuss the first: This recipe for Pasta with Five Fresh Herbs is one of my favorites. It used to be one of Matt’s go-to’s that he found in Cooking Light before we met. There’s something about the way the goat cheese mixes with the warm pasta and tasty, fragrant herbs. Also, when you sautée cherry tomatoes, it’s basically like you’re snacking on summer in a bowl.


Second, this 2014 rosé from Stobi Winery in Macedonia. I discovered it last year at my local wine shop and it is crisp and dry and delightful — and crazy affordable, too. I stashed a bottle in my fridge after stocking up on the blend last year and was so happy to crack it open this weekend to enjoy with my favorite seasonal pasta dish. It was just as refreshing as I remembered it.

Are there things like this that cue your brain that spring/summer is coming? What are they? Would love to know!

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