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Apple Slices

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From the apparent lack of posts, you can probably tell that work has been taking over my life here in NYC. Things can get a pretty stressful by the end of the week but, thankfully, the city offers a few carefully manicured retreats (and I’m not just talking Central Park!). The vast and tranquil grounds at Brooklyn Botanical Garden are open almost every day of the week with discounted $5 tickets for students. Just steps from busy bridged borough (990 Washington Ave.), it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon walking, napping, and getting back to nature. So I pulled on some flats and a comfy weekend outfit to make the trek.

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Apple Slices

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So I’ve finally made it to NYC, and I couldn’t be more excited. Since I don’t start my internship till next Monday, this week has been full of sight seeing, restaurant hopping, and all other kinds of general exploration. The walking part is exhausting, but it’s worth it knowing that I’ve already found quite a few treasures I’m sure to return to throughout the summer. I have a serious weakness for bake shops, coffee houses- particularly anywhere that sells sweets! One of my new favorites is Billy’s Bakery.

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So it begins…

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I was going through some desk drawers recently during a move out from my dorm (packing becomes a nasty habit in your 20’s- one that I’ve been all to familiar with lately) and I came across an old date book. A year old, I suppose I held on to it for a couple of months because it said something about cupcakes on the cover (another concept with which I am too familiar). I was about to throw it away before I noticed a small post it note stuck to the inside cover: “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. It was a quote from Life of Pi, a required reading book I was required to read for last year’s modern literature course. Although I only managed to cram in certain excerpts amidst a mountain of required readings and general procrastination, this particular line had stuck with me.

It’s on my mind now because summer always feels like a time for mobility. Last year I traveled, almost on a whim, to Shanghai, China, where I studied, explored ancient ruins, met some amazing friends, and generally stuck out like a very tall, blonde, mandarin-botching, sore thumb. This summer, I plan to travel to an even more exotic and befuddling land- New York City. Even more, I’ll be working at one of the scariest yet wondrous places I could think of- the art department of Teen Vogue magazine!

Quite simply: I have no idea what I’m doing. And there’s a lot of doubt that comes as a natural companion to that. I’ve never been to New York, save one short trip in which I spent the majority of my time hiding fan-girling tendencies from the kind people I interviewed with at Conde Nast. But in approximately one week, I will be re-packing my bags full of retro finds and discount designer for a tiny room in Tribecca- ready to take eon the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s a scary proposition, but I’m a big believer that throwing yourself into something new, like fish oil pills or empire waist dresses, are good for everybody.

So why blog it? Why not! Yes, friends and family have expressed their interest in my summer exploits. And since I already spend the majority of my time trolling blogs, Pintrest, style sites, and tutorials, and bother my friends with impromptu photo shoots (“Look candid guys!”), I figure I should be pretty use to the visual diary concept. As I tout in most cover letters, I think paying attention to the aesthetics in every day is essential. It inspired my style, my design work, and now- my blog!

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