Tourist for a Day… by Gloria

~the 59th street bridge~

I think it’s easy to sometimes take the everyday things in life for granted. This weekend, we decided to play tourists in our own city and do a couple of things we’ve never done before. I’ve lived in NY my entire life and I have to say that there are a few things that I’ve always wanted to do or see but never got around to. This weekend, we managed to check off 2 of those things by riding the Roosevelt Island Tram (something I’ve driven past hundreds of times but somehow, never got around to riding) and visiting the Intrepid Air and Space Museum which I highly recommend- and it’s great for kids too! Here are a few of our pics…

~the roosevelt island tram~

~street view from the tram~

~inside the “growler”- a cold war era submarine at the Intrepid~

~vintage  helicopters~

Lago di Como… by Gloria

I’ll admit I’ve been a bit of a slacker lately. The truth is, I have been out trying to enjoy every inch of summer before it’s over! In the mean time, we’ve been busy planning our upcoming trip to Italy. My little cousin is getting married in September and I can’t hardly wait to see my family. The plan is to see family in Milan, spend a few days on Lake Como, and finally head down south to see more family and friends. I’m super excited to be going with my boyfriend since he’s never been and I’m totally looking forward to a much needed vacation. Here’s to weddings, spending time with amazing family and friends, and gaining a few pounds along the way…! If any of you have any recommendations for us while we are in Como, I’d love to know!


Montauk… by Gloria

~ lounging poolside at sole’ east~

Recently, I decided to take an impromtu trip to Montauk with my best friend and my mom. We booked last minute at Sole’ East (my absolute favorite montauk hotel) and we were off! We arrived super early, hung out at the beach, popped into my favorite winery, Wolffer Estates, and enjoyed some delicious food. Here are just a few of our pics:

  ~fresh lavender~

 ~cute outdoor bikinis for sale~ 

~ interior restaurant shot at sole’ east~

~Wolffer Estates Vineyard~

~beach toes painted with essie’s “fear or desire”~

Coney Island… by Gloria

Last weekend, we decided last minute to hit up the New York Aquarium at Coney Island. I have not been to Coney Island since I was a little girl, so I was super excited to share this tradition with my boyfriend. The aquarium at Coney Island is pretty awesome and the sea lion show was so much fun. We (of course!) stopped for pizza and spumoni ices at L & B Spumoni Gardens and ended our day by taking a spin on the world famous Cyclone which, by the way, was the scariest roller coaster ever (in my opinion). I hope you have all been enjoying the summer!

Port Jefferson… by Gloria

~sunny port jefferson with its beautiful mountainous terrain~

This past weekend, I was able to enjoy the perfect balance of work and fun. I finally managed to swap out winter shoes for the strappy summery ones in my closet and do some serious spring cleaning. We met with friends for dinner and drinks at Malatesta in the West Village on Saturday night and on Sunday, we enjoyed a fantastic day trip to the quaint town of Port Jefferson where we went fishing for fluke! Here are a few pics from the boat-

~seagulls chasing the boat~

Weekend Wanderlust… by Gloria

~the perfect complement to a lazy sunday brunch~

Although the weather in NY was chilly and rainy this past weekend, we managed to squeeze in some time away from our apartment. Here are just a few of our weekend highlights:

~amazing sky in mid afternoon~

~cozy fire pit~

~delicious mushroom and truffle oil croquettes at Macao Trading Company- in Tribeca~

A Walk in the Park… by Gloria

~bright blooms in the park~

The weather in NY was wonderful this weekend. We spent Saturday at my friend’s engagement party and enjoyed a lazy Sunday that included sleeping in, a walk at the park, a delicious breakfast at our favorite local cafe’ and best of all, a fantastic dinner at home with my mom. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

Girls Night… by Gloria

~ Jalapeno cocktail at Fish Tail (check out the awesome wave wall in the background)~

Last night, I decided to keep plans with an old friend despite the rainy weather and rush hour craziness in NY. With no set plans on where we were going, we popped into an unexpected place in a less visited part of the city solely out of convenience and a desire for some catching up. We ordered up a couple cocktails, shared some lite bites and called it an early night. Sometimes, it’s just what a girl needs…

~Delicious spicy tuna~

~ Pretzel encrusted crab cake~

A Place in the Sun… by Gloria

~ The beautiful sunset from our vacation in Aruba~

Lately, the hustle and bustle of NYC has me feeling down.  I find my mind wandering to the possible destinations life will lead me to this year and this leaves me craving a little getaway so much more. In the mean time, my pictures from past trips will need to keep me energized and excited until the next…

What secret getaway are you daydreaming about today….?

I Love NY… by Gloria

~ Fresh lavender at the Union Square Farmer’s Market~

There are so many things to love about NY. From the amazing restaurants and the high energy to the truly unique mix of cultures and best of all, the unexpected. Yesterday, I was craving some farm fresh fruits and veggies and so I dropped by the Farmer’s market in Union Square. It made my day that right in the middle of my busy afternoon, I could drop into a little haven in the middle of NYC. Check out a few of my finds.

~ Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms~

~ Tulips in all colors~

~ Yummy beets and carrots~

~Potted plants~

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