i left my heart in new york city.


so here she is. after all of that planning, posting, planning, posting and repeat... here she is. NYC.
the big apple. the city that never sleeps. (and really-truly, i don't think this city ever sleeps. i am exhausted.) this being my fourth trip though, i felt like i knew what to expect. surely this time i wouldnt be surprised by anything right? boy was i wrong. 
although i knew i loved new york, i didn't expect to fall in love with it all over again, even more than ever before. there are so many memories tied up in this city, so much emotion. at the same time, there are future chances and opportunities in the air. that combination is enchanting to say the least.
("your mother was enchanting." "yes she was, how did you know that?!" i should mention there was a lot of you've got mail quoting as well).
we arrived wednesday nite, ate shake shack and explored. we had thursday on our own in midtown, central park + the lower east side. we went here, herehere, and here with tons of wandering in between which is what we do the best. ;) we ended up at a cute little pub where we chilled with a pint on a cozy couch and people watched. new york city has hands down the greatest people watching.
friday my best friend arrived early in the morning. we went to meet friends in brooklyn.
friday was most likely the best day. we saw old friends and met new friends. i heart brooklyn, by the way. for dinner we went to jack the horse in brooklyn heights. check it out next time youre in brooklyn -- the drinks and mac + cheese are delish. lastly, we were off to midtown manhattan for a view only a rooftop lounge had to offer. the moon shone thru the high rises. it was stunning. 
saturday we went into central park and stumbled upon a autumn festival where we grabbed hot cider and meandered thru the park snapping pictures of bright orange and yellow trees as the leaves blew off the limbs by the dozens... the stuff of my dreams. we found belvedere castle where daniel and i (and others... i was just so starry eyed i barely remember that part) went when we were eighteen and fifteen (respectively). we took our picture in the very same turret as we did 12 years ago. we also took our picture on a park bench imitating another picture from that same trip of years past. we were shoulder to shoulder (touching but not touching). awwww. ;)
from there we were off to the MET for a tour that was almost four hours long and was quite mind-blowing for lack of better words (i have notes in my journal -- you know, paper and pencil. if anyones interested). after the MET we found a quaint upper eastside pub for savory pies and a scotch selection unlikely to find outside of scotland.
sunday we headed up to the upper west side to hit zabars, riverside park and grays papaya (for the first time! seriously the best hot dogs around). find @hedghogchronicle on IG for our you've got mail snapshots (including kathleen kellys brownstone). we met up with friends in williamsburg for some shopping on the street and in the shops. williamsburg is the hipster area of brooklyn, super fun. then we grabbed thai at joya (perfect if youre looking for good food at normal people prices in the city). our friend took us up to the rooftop of his neighboring building for a breath-taking (literally breath-taking it was sooooo cold) view of the manhattan skyline and statue of liberty all lit up.
our last day was definitely the monday blues. we bought bagels and strolled thru the union street greenmarket for the morning. lunch was a shake shack again in madison square park nearby our hostel. we picked up our luggage and off to the e-train and JFK.
home again, home again. la-dee-da.
 but a note to the big city:
 you really do have my heart.
//dedicated to NYC//

snippets of last weekend.


what a great time with friends working together. last weekend we volunteered on a construction project in almost mexico. here's a quick snippet (it's 11:25 pm and today kicked my butt) then off to dreamland. ;)

solitary winery time.


ive never been one to go places alone. eat at a restaurant alone? never. after today though? i just might.

i went to our local winery for a wine pick-up and thought while im here why not do a tasting? just one. how spontaneous! it was perfect: so calm. so reflective. so un-stacey like. all i kept thinking was how beautiful twilight hour is this time of year and how the sunset shimmers across the vineyard. lemme tell you, those are some fabulous monday vibes. and i discovered something! i like to be alone in a public place sometimes-- other than the mall-- that I already knew ;) 

happy monday folks. some weekend snippets to follow... eventually. ;)

a few lovely things (an ode to fall).


a candle that fills the room with a fall scent.

bennett warming herself in a pile of fresh laundry, as usual. ;)

the perfect fall day, wish just a little nip in the air.

my new york travel notebook.

a daytime fire. ahhhhhh.

snippets of the weekend (delayed).


this past weekend was such a memorable one filled with the kind of events that one keeps close to their heart forever. it's one of those things that even i, the queen of sharing and bearing it all, will (believe it or not) keep from telling all of internet land (well i guess minus IG for any who cares to sneak and peak...) some things are just too special to splash all over the place. that being said though, family dinner at my grams house sunday for all to see! 
my gram made her homemade apple sauce just for me! she still spoils me like crazy ;) what a restful sunday. hope everyone's weekend was filled with lovely things to share and maybe some even more lovely things to tuck away in your mind and heart for always. 


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