As 2015 was NOT a year full of blogging (apologies! excuses! regrets!), you may be wondering what exactly I’ve been up to. From fun fashion test shoots to editorial and advertising clients, it was a busy year. I did more travel writing than ever before, with stories about Hawaii such as the new-found popularity of taro and the best food trucks on the North Shore, and got out and about to Miami, Iowa, Kauai, New York City, and Uruguay. Those photos will just have to be shown in the nuevo año!
So here’s to a rollercoaster year of professional ups and personal downs – a year I must say will be difficult to leave behind. Though all one can do is move forward, sometimes all I want is to rewind. Looking uncertainly at the horizon of 2016 ahead, the only thing I can be sure of – and excited for – is it will be full of TRAVEL. Pack your bags!
I hope you properly enjoyed a day full of dining and wining for Turkey Day. Whether you’re preparing for Black Friday or just lazing about on the couch, I thought I’d bring you some seasonal fashion inspiration. Fall seemed to have been buried under layers of snow for some, so maybe my newest cover story for Tantalum Magazine‘s November issue will bring back the fantasy of that fall feeling.
As the temperatures drop, it’s time to start dreaming of hot pot. There’s nothing better than sharing a pot of spicy broth and mountains of meat, seafood, and veggies with friends on the coldest of days. If you haven’t tried this Chinese specialty yet, get your belly ready. Our favorite in the city is Shanghai Tide, where we believe all-you-can-eat hot pot with all-you-can-drink Budweiser is worth the trip out to Flushing. Bottoms up!
Shanghai Tide, 135-20 40th Rd, Flushing, NY 11354
If you’re a New Yorker you might only know Red Hook from the rare Ikea pilgrimage, but there’s a lot more going on in this southern Brooklyn ‘hood. A few weeks ago I introduced you to my friend and fellow photographer Zack DeZon and shared his picks for what to see, do, and drink in Red Hook, and today I thought I’d share my pics. Who doesn’t want to know about the next soon-to-be-discovered-but-still-secret Brooklyn hotspot? I told you I’d keep you in the loop.
Because it’s summer and it’s time to be outside. Because summer in New York City is THE WORST (…and also the best). Because it’s only a short train ride from the city. Because it’s nice to feel like you don’t always live in a concrete box. Really do you need more reasons to finally do the Breakneck Ridge hike?
When we lived in the city this was by far my favorite getaway. Hop on the Metro North Hudson Line to Cold Spring for a short-ish and scenic ride. If you’re organized enough to catch the morning train on the weekend, you get to get off at the Breakneck Ridge station, which isn’t a station at all but rather a tiny wooden platform on the tracks for you to jump onto. And so the adventure begins!
While this hike is not long – only 3.5 miles – the first part starts with the “rock scramble,” so you should probably not be totally out of shape (or at least you will be in shape by the end of it). The rest of the trail meanders through the hilly greenery and out you’ll pop at Cold Springs, a delightfully quaint town full of oldies and small children, delicious ice cream, and the best antiques shopping in the area. (Last time we went I hit up the antiques first, came across a set of dishes I JUST HAD TO HAVE, and we had to leave them at the local bar for safe keeping – and to ensure a drink on the way back.) Here are some pics from our last camping adventure at Breakneck – which is totally not allowed but totally worth it. Happy trails!