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A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

26 May

midtown, girl, walking
Hello SLH readers! I wanted to pop in before the weekend and say a quick hi.

Memorial Day is the official start for summer and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Normally I’m a fan of fall/winter but I’ve changed my tune! I’m ready for sunny days, warm weather, beach vacations, and most of all, plenty of time with close friends and family.

Speaking of which, I’m actually jetting out of town tonight to spend this holiday with my lovelies in California.

On my agenda: parking it on the beach, late-night drinks with friends, time with my family, and lots of guacamole & chips. Oh, and I fully plan on putting my camera to good use so get ready!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend… See you next Tuesday :)


Please give

14 Mar

There is nothing more frustrating than the events in Japan. Sitting in my small room thousands of miles away, I feel hopeless, empathetic, and saddened, to the point that the television must be turned off. The barrage of images and stories is too much for at this moment, when I’m fighting the urge to on a plane to Japan.

Instead, I channeled my restless energy in to finding ways to donate to Japan. With the death toll rising and thousands left stranded without food or clothes, it is important to open your hearts and wallets to this nation. I did some research and these were the options I’d recommend if you feel the way I do.

American Red Cross:
Obviously, this is the main charity organization to donate money to. They have created a special Japan Tsunami Relief fund and all of your money goes straight to those efforts. You can either go on to their website or donate via text. For more information click here.

Save The Children:
One of my favorite charities, Save The Children (STC) works to ensure the safety and well-being of children all around the world. STC not only assists with providing food and shelter, they also provide long-term recovery programs to ensure that the country can stabilize. In lieu of the Japanese disaster, they sent emergency response teams to the affected area and are assessing the needs of the children who have been affected by this disaster. What is easy about donating through STC is that they will use PayPal or credit card, making it easier for you to share your wealth with those who need it. For more information, click here.

Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army has a long history with providing relief efforts during natural disasters. Mobilized and ready to help, the Salvation Army has sent employees to help provide basic necessities to the victims. Are you ready to make a donation? Simply Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. For more information click here.

Doctors Without Borders
When the Haitian earthquake happened, the charity I donated to was Doctors Without Borders (DWB). This organization helps. While DWB isn’t allocating specific funds to Japan, they have already sent mobile clinics and doctors to assess the damage and start recovery efforts. For more information click here.

Winter Silence

28 Jan

A quiet week here. I will be back on Monday. Happy weekend.

On the red eye…

7 Jan

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By the time you read this, I will at JFK, bleary-eyed but excited to be back. Talk to you on Monday!

The First Day

3 Jan

When planning my trip home, I decided to stay in town to ring in the new year. I couldn’t imagine a better way to start of 2011 than with my friends and family.

2011 started in the best way possible:

  • Tiramisu Cake & coffee with my loveliest friend at a Sacramento hotspot
  • A thrilling movie that had the best costumes and acting I’ve seen in a while
  • The sweet taste of a Champagne Cocktail in a dark bar
  • Some light shopping from my favorite jewelry store
  • A quick cuddle from my furry boyfriend

I leave for NYC in 4 days and while I’m sad to leave, I am ready to get back to my NYC routine. The cafes, bars, museums, parks.

Christmas in the City

14 Dec

Last Thursday, I ventured out with a friend to see the giant tree at Rockefeller Center. Seeing the sparkling lights and pretty snowflakes made me feel like a little kid. I’m such a sucker, I know but on this chilly night, I could feel the Christmas spirit. Actually, it would be nearly impossible to not feel festive in the city. New York is practically aglow with the holidays. Sure holiday shopping can be a pain and the subways are more packed than ever.

But I decided at the start of December to remember what Christmas is all about. Family, love, friends, health, and peace.

Lights in Chelsea Market

Some big things have happened n the past couple of weeks. I’ve (almost) completed my first semester of grad school, left my beloved job, found another one, and m gearing up for a trip home. Yes, I leave for California on Thursday and CAN. NOT.WAIT. I’m literally jumping for joy. I’ve got friends to catch up, cakes to bake, and christmas carols to sing. Ok, I’m kidding about that last one unless you count singing in the shower. I just need these next three days to pass FAST!

How are you all doing? Hanging in there? Scrambling to find your last minute gifts? Overdosing on eggnog?

Home Away from Home

20 Sep

Amidst the skyscrapers...


First off, your response to my last post was so sweet. I got so many emails saying how they perked up reading my little soapbox post and it made me feel all warm and giddy inside. Your response is what keeps me going here. To know that there are people who think just like me or appreciate the randomness that is me is pretty awesome.

Second, I should be honest. A huge monster wave of homesickness has hit me and refuses to let me go. I miss hearing my mom laugh, being with my friends, seeing the piercing blue sky, talking with my old grocery clerk. New York is such a fabulous place to live but a little part of me still lives in California. I won’t return until Christmas and I’m not sure how I can make it till then.

The High Line

View from the High line

View from the High Line

What has helped me get through this pretty rough couple of days has been new friends. The kind that don’t care who you, where your from, or what you do. To find those kinds of girls in NYC is pretty rare and I’m really lucky that I can be myself around them. Last weekend, we ventured out to the High Line park which is an interesting outdoor park in New York City. The view of New Jersey makes me a little misty-eyed (unless you aren’t impressed by such things which begs the question why are you here?!) I also visited Williamsburg and went to this really cool Bar/Arcade. I got some cheap beer, played vintage Pac-Man and people-watched. It was awesome.

Even though I’ve been a little down the past four days, I know I’m in a good place. And when I’m in doubt, I close my eyes and can almost feel the warm California breeze on my skin.

I also want to say congrats to the amazing Robin! She just got married and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Can’t wait to see you in person, lady :)

Holiday Weekend in D.C.

7 Sep

This weekend, I jumped on a train to our nation’s gorgeous capitol. The sun was bright, the breeze was blowing, and people were out in full force. I managed to squeeze in all the major sights (White House, Capitol, Library Congress, Arlington National Cemetary, National Archives, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, FDR Memorial, the Smithsonian, and the Lincoln Memorial) in two days. Phew, I get tired just thinking about all the walking I did, but I was a determined girl. Being a big historical geek, I soaked up as much as possible and ton numerous photos.

Not only did I get to see all of Washington D.C.’s major landmarks, I got to walk around the downtown area and admire all the beautiful architecture. After spending two weeks in New York, you can imagine how a night without sirens or honking horns spoiled me. Plus, I had a huge king size bed all to myself! I definitely lived it up.

I hope those American readers had a lovely holiday weekend soaking up the last bits of summer. For the rest of you, I hope you relaxed a bit as well. Stay tuned because later this week I have a super summer recipe that will make you swoon. Seriously.

Happy Labor Day Weekend

2 Sep

A quick photo post before I sign off for the weekend. I’m heading out to Washington D.C. and am so excited. It’s strange that I’ve never been to our nation’s capitol so I’m glad I get the chance now.

I hope you all get a chance to soak up the sun, eat some of the leftover watermelon, and relax with friends.

See you Tuesday!

Bon Voyage!

22 Aug

My bags are packed, and I’m off to NYC. Hopefully I can update the blog once I get there. I’ve got some important business on Monday but after that, I have a week to explore my new area.

Talk to you soon!

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