Tuesday, August 30, 2011

in the house + lately

A bedroom should be peaceful and serene, a room to escape the craziness of the rest of the house. You all should know by now I'm a sucker for brick, and let's face it, what's better than brick in your bedroom. It adds an interesting element in the room don't you think?!

Could you imagine a nap in this bed?! Heaven!!!

Now this is my favorite! Simple, sophisticated, yet elegant.
I love the rustic wood headboard!

In other news, here are some pictures from the past couple weeks you might enjoy!

My brother Josh played in his high school jamboree in just so happened to be in Tuscaloosa! Luckily I was off from work and school hadn't started then, so I went with some friends to show some support! Can't believe he's that much taller than me . . . I think he grew a foot over the summer!

Celebrated Chelsea's birthday last week! Remember when we had our first roomie pic taken?! , not to mention my first blog post! Crazy that was 3 years ago!

Sweet friends!

At Tara's going away party . . . she's off to Spain for the semester studying abroad!!!! Incredibly jealous and can't wait to hear all about it when she gets back! Visit her blog to see her amazing adventure overseas!

Our good friend Tyler hosted a huge cookout this past Saturday. Unfortunately he was being perfect host and couldn't get him in the photo, but here is the only one I took. Seriously have got to get better about taking more pictures this year, I mean it is our last year all together! Please forgive the two boys in the back, they are Auburn friends, Blake and Brent.

Friday, August 26, 2011

day 4

Yep that's right, Jess and I woke up at 6am to get to GMA! I have to admit, I've only seen the show just a few times, but my sister is an avid viewer. So we woke up bright and early, walked the 4 miles to the studio in Times Square. Lucky us, but we were up front and our parents back home in Birmingham saw us! It was well worth the early morning and long walk.

Walking towards Chinatown and Little Italy again.

This time we really found the heart of both! It was definitely a sight worth seeing. Especially in Chinatown where the locals go grocery shopping. I saw some very authentic foods that I particularly will never eat {weird shaped mushrooms, saw a chicken hanging in a window}!

We made our way down to the financial district which had some of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen!

We made our way to the Brooklyn Bridge!

Even met this couple who had just gotten married in the courthouse and were taking their wedding pictures on the bridge!

Last stop was the Trade Center Memorial Site. Definitely touching.

"Dedicated to those who fell and to those who carry on."

"May we never forget."

Not pictured is our wait at the airport home. We were scheduled a flight that left LaGaurdia at 8pm. Due to weather our flight was cancelled to the next day. Need less to say, Jessica and I "slept" in the airport over night which based on our experience, one should never do!

This trip although short, was well worth the early mornings and late nights! I think we packed a lot of sight seeing and shopping in the short days we were there! I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

day 3

Sunday we had rain all day long, but little did the it know, the rain wouldn't stop us from going outside! We walked towards Chelsea and found this great Japanese place that gave us TONS of food! One of my favorite things about NYC is that most restaurants are open. So we sat on the outside and people watched throughout our meal!

As we were walking a monsoon started to pour so we caught a cab to Time Square. On the way we passed the Houndstooth Pub. ROLL TIDE!

No pictures were taken in Time Square, but we did go see a Broadway! I've never been to one so it was definitely an experience. We went to see Follies which was alright. Don't get me wrong, it was great and the songs and actors were fantastic, but I don't think Broadways are my cup of tea. I would prefer a movie.

Next stop, and one of my favorites, 5th Avenue! A shopaholics dream!

Miu Miu, Chanel, and Dior! Not pictured is one of my favorite places to browse through on the web, Zara. I am completely obsessed with the store! I can't wait til September 7th so I can purchase online!

New York Public Library!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

day 2 part 2

Our visit to Central Park was very relaxing! After walking past all the hecklers and declining rented bikes and bike rides, we found an open bench to watch a local baseball game.

Next stop was Top of the Rock. The most breath-taking views of New York City!

Inside the Rockefellar Center, Swarovski made a stunning "Crystal Waterfall".

On the way back to the hotel we walked by this really cool drummer. All he used were a couple of buckets and drum sticks. I have a video of him playing but had trouble uploading.

NYC pizza . . . to be completely honest, it was delicious but definitely not the best pizza I've ever eatten. So far, that belongs to a place in my hometown called Salvatore's.

Saturday night entertainment was brought by Broadway Comedy Show. I've never been to a show before and definitely didn't know what I was getting myself into, but needless to say, we had a fun time!

We ended the night by walking through the crowded Time Square. I believe it was more crowded than during the day time if you can imagine! Look at the sea of people!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

day 2 part 1

Day two in the morning/afternoon was kind of like a "get to know the city". This first photo is of my sister Jessica walking through SoHo to get to Time Square. This trip is about 4 miles, which we did 4 times that day. Nothing like a little cardio!

On the way near Chelsea there is this beautiful fence of art done by children after 9/11. Each tile has some sort of patriotic phrase.

Madison Square Garden! Seeing a concert here is on my to do list for 2012!

Although Times Square was my least favorite {the crowds were just enormously big} it held the best pictures.

Jessica and I in the heart of Times Square!

Day 2 Part 2 will be tomorrow, which is filled with Central Park, Top of the Rock, NYC pizza, and a comedy show.

let the trip begin

Sorry for the lack of posting last week. I am fully recovered from NYC {well almost} and am ready for the week ahead {which includes the beginning of my senior year}! I've decided to break this week into each day that we were there so here is Friday.

It was my first time on a plane in a really long time, so I was anxious on the way up. But I called window seat so I got this beautiful picture looking out over the Atlantic ocean.

We stayed in SoHo, which quickly became my favorite area of the city. It was very low key with a city vibe. I fell in love with all the little shops and restaurants.

Nick Arrojo's salon from What Not to Wear was located right across the street from our hotel.

This was the first store we went into in China town. It was b-e-a-utifully decorated {not}!