Travel Dilemma: Chicago vs. D.C?

I’m planning a little getaway soon and am trying to decide between D.C. and Chicago. I’ve never been to either place, but both sound like they have just enough to see on a quiet long weekend. So I’ve been trying to cure my indecisiveness by trolling Instagram all evening for photos of the two cities:

If I make it to D.C., I’ll have missed the cherry blossoms, which peaked this weekend. But paddle-boating across the Tidal Pond sounds like a good consolation prize..

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A Few Good Reads {March 2015}

I took a break from regularly scheduled photo inspiration this weekend to share some recommended reading from around the Internet this month. Enjoy the links below when you have a moment of quiet this weekend!

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Photo: Qingqing Chen / BuzzFeed

– Have you heard about Brother Orange? It’s one of the craziest, most random stories I’ve come across in a while. Basically, a guy loses his cell phone and manages to track it all the way to China, where he gets swept up into a life-changing adventure and bromance. Go check it out at Buzzfeed!

– WNYC did a great multimedia feature on “Being 12.” Their adorable Tumblr round-up took me right back to my 12-year-old days, complete with the ambitions, angst and awkwardness.

– Here’s what America looked like 50 years ago (via The Atlantic). A couple of the images look like they could have been taken today.

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Talking Whiskey with Kings County Distillery

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Whiskey has been having a moment lately. From recent reports of record sales to the proliferation of whiskey-themed bars across the country, it seems like people just can’t get enough.

When I first noticed that some of my friends, including quite a few women, were huge fans of the spirit, I kind of rolled my eyes and wondered if this was the newest fad, like pumpkin spice lattes or avocado on everything.

I just didn’t get what the fuss was about. For years, I thought of whiskey as an old man’s drink. I could tolerate shots of vodka or tequila or rum, but whiskey was the one thing I couldn’t stomach. To me, the taste was like a cross between furniture polish and burnt rubber, and I hated how it overwhelmed any cocktail.

But if everyone was so crazy about whiskey, I figured I had to be missing something. So I decided to find out more about the spirit, and what better way to do that than to stop by Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn for a tour of the facility and tasting of their products? The distillery, which specializes in bourbon, moonshine and a special chocolate whiskey blend, was founded five years ago by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell. And while it wasn’t quite in my backyard, the short train ride to Dumbo was perfect for a weekend excursion.

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Friday Photo Inspiration (vol. 4)

This week’s photo inspiration is inspired by the natural world, and the ways we find our place in it. Hope you enjoy!

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Photo: Emma Y. Young

Though it’s a seemingly simple vignette without much action, this photograph kept pulling me back in – partly because of the abundance of the trees, which seem to envelop the man, and also because of the anonymity. The banana leaves, the worker’s tanned skin, and the slow pace suggested by the photo remind me of being back home in Jamaica, but truly, this could be a scene from any number of places. And that mystery intrigues me.

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Life on Instagram Isn’t Always Real

Photo: @satiregram

As a blogger and someone who reads a lot of style, travel and lifestyle blogs, I’m keenly aware of the way that people romanticize their online personalities.

On the most basic level, this actually makes sense. After all, no-one wants to share or see a photo of you when you’re in a depressed funk and at your worst or when you just woke up (looking nothing like Beyonce). It’s kind of like how they say ‘dress for the job you want, not the one you have.’ Why not Instagram the life you want?

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Friday Photo Inspiration (vol. 3)

Is it me or did this Friday come around rather quickly? Who am I kidding – the weekend can never come soon enough. Here’s to the first day of spring and the promise of better days to come for those of us in the Northeast enduring today’s forecast of snow and rain!

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Photo: Documentation of ” I Drivhuset (In the Greenhouse)” from Galleri Tom Christoffersen

I love the Alice-in-Wonderland feel of this striking installation from 1980 by Danish artist Suzanne Ussing. The female figure, made from newspapers, wood and metal, comes across as both God-like and childishly vulnerable. What woman doesn’t feel like that sometimes? ;)

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Why Being Busy Is Not An Accomplishment

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Photo: ShaylaLilian.com

Doesn’t it always seem like there’s never enough time in the day? It’s gotten to the point where “I’m so busy” has actually become a legitimately acceptable answer when you ask someone how their day is going.

At first, I wondered if this was simply a function of having becoming an adult with a full schedule and real responsibilities. But then I remembered that even kids are over-scheduled these days. (Plus, did adults in the ’50s feel this way?)

There has been quite a lot written about our constant search for more time – which often manifests itself in the form of an epidemic of busyness (almost to the point of narcissism), overflowing inboxes and national discussions about work-life balance. 

Maybe people have been feeling swamped for as long as productivity has been a part of life, but it seems to me that there has been a very real cultural change in our attitudes toward time.

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Friday Photo Inspiration (vol. 2)

TGIF! I had a really productive and fun week, but still Friday could not have come sooner. Here are 5 photos to help get you inspired for the weekend..

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Photo: Dave Bledsoe

Spring is (almost) finally here! At the first sign of good weather in NYC this week, I could feel a weight lift off my shoulder. Now, I’m looking forward to longer days, lunch in the park, leather jackets – and  cherry blossoms. They bloom in April at the Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn.

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A Hockey Love Story in Montreal

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I don’t know what you think of when you think Montreal, but when you live with a hockey-obsessed individual, you inevitably come to associate the city with the Canadiens: Montreal’s uber-successful and long-standing hockey team.

So naturally, when we decided to visit last month, a game was one of the first activities we booked.

Not being a major sports fan, I was skeptical when my boyfriend, Alex suggested we spend Valentine’s Day at a hockey stadium among beer-soaked fans. But I decided to be a sport (no pun intended) and I can’t say I left disappointed.

To understand the significance of hockey in Montreal, you have to go back to the history of the game. Which is exactly what we did. At the Bell Center – home of the “Habs,” as they’re lovingly called by fans – ticket holders for that evening’s game can stop into the on-site hockey museum an hour and a half before the puck drops.

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Snapshots: Winter in Montreal

Old Montreal-3244I never thought I’d be happy about 20-degree weather. But after five days of sub-zero temperatures and bone-chilling winds in Montreal a couple weeks ago, even this unusually snowy New York City winter has been looking really good.

As an islander and lover of all things tropical, Montreal in February was not an obvious choice. But somehow, with its French vibe (appealing for me) and its storied hockey history (appealing for my boyfriend), the city snuck its way onto our list of places to visit.

From the moment we exited the airport and felt our lungs physically adjust to the shock of the frigid Canadian air, it was clear Montreal was going to be experienced on its own terms.

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