needs | nature

I love the great outdoors.

Last Fall, S and I hiked Yosemite, and I have been daydreaming about more hikes ever since. We watched The National Parks documentary series by Ken Burns all winter long, and I’m so inspired by the men that made these places happen.

John Muir is often quoted throughout the series, saying things like, “I am never fully myself, nor have I ever more clearly seen God, than when I am among the trees and in the mountains.”

This quotes says it nicely:


I love that, and it’s so true. I just finished my first oil painting class, and I painted Yosemite from a photo I took right after we climbed up the four mile trail. I can’t wait to hang it up at home and be reminded of that day every time I see it. (I’ll share it soon!)

For now, I’ll just have to work on bringing the outdoors in until I can get back outside.


In a pinch, flowers always do the trick.


But I could really use a patio (and a cat!).

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I’ll take these gorgeous bookends…and as many potted plants as I can manage to keep alive.


Have you been on any amazing hikes? I’d love recommendations in the comments!




new year | new thoughts

Happy New Year!

I’m ready for 2014. Last year was a whirlwind of big events all across the spectrum. One of my best friends moved away, I got a new job, two of my closest family members passed, I got engaged…the roller-coaster-of-a-list goes on. Through all of it, I’ve felt everything from completely lost to humbly thankful to a greater understanding of what life’s about. 2013, I bid you goodbye with a fond but ready heart.

In the coming months, I’ll be continuing to plan S and I’s wedding (August 2nd will be here before we know it!), working my wonderful job in Brooklyn, and striving for better peace of mind. Among my other goals are a few more regular features right here on cityclectic (coming soon!), daily yoga, and continued art from yours truly. It’s going to be an incredible year, and I’m thankful for your support on this journey. Keep following!

For now, I’ll leave you with some images that inspire me or just put a smile on my face, in the hopes they’ll do the same for you. Cheers.
















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coffee break | tunes, words and recipes for july

Hello, July!

Do you have a few days off for Independence Day?  I do, and man, am I looking forward to the long weekend.  Until then, here are some fun things to read/stare at/listen to/browse to get you through the next few days.

To me, there’s no such thing as too much good music.  This morning, I’m entranced by the emerging UK singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin.  She has amazing style, and her songs really hit Home.  Don’t miss The Power of Love.

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Traveler of the Year.

Super cool beach paintings.

A pretty great guy.


transformed space.

Love this little poem.

S and I made these on Saturday – YUM.

Some 4th of July recipes.

And I think I’ll make these for our rooftop gathering:

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Image by Stanley Wong on our office rooftop last year.  In three years of living in NYC, I have yet to experience the fireworks live.  Can’t wait!

What are you doing for the 4th?



fashion friday | 25th birthday!

I know, I know.  It’s Monday.  Some outfits just can’t be revealed before they’re worn.  In this case, that outfit was my birthday dress!

Last Friday, I celebrated turning 25 (which happened two weeks ago, but that’s beside the point) at Tavern 29 with my friends and family in the city.  It was so special to have everyone in one room and it meant a lot that so many people came.  What an awesome reminder of how blessed I am.

Anyway (didn’t mean to get sappy there), here’s what I wore.  The dress is a steal from ASOS, and it’s officially been added to my favorites – you can find it here.  When I came across it, I had to have it, and I knew right away what I’d save it for.  It’s bold but elegant, classic but modern, and sophisticated but unique.  Who doesn’t want to look  like that at 25?  I paired it with my favorite peachy-nude pumps and a few small gold accessories.

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Here’s a snapshot of S and I before the party.  He even pulled an old-fashioned tie match with the perfect amount of subtlety…aw.
What did/would you wear on your 25th birthday?