union square cafe brunch

i apparently left the flash on when i took these photos, so the quality is meh.  but i wanted to post them anyway to commemorate my first time back at union square cafe in its new location.  the restaurant has always held a special place in my heart, as the first great restaurant i went to in nyc.

the food, the service, and the overall experience was wonderful as always.

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princess shoes, part 2

remember these from a few years ago?  i ended up returning them because they were half a size too big and just a tad too fancy for my life style.  well i apparently still wanted a pair of princess shoes in my life, because i have had my eyes on these valentinos all season.  i managed to find them on super clearance before my self-imposed shopping ban, and they make me so so so happy.

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ha long bay, vietnam

we stayed at the beautiful vin pearl ha long bay resort during our first stop in vietnam.  it was probably the closest i have ever felt to living out a james bond movie.  a small boat takes you to the resort, which occupies its own island in the bay.  for some reason, the resort was pretty unoccupied most of the time we were there, so we had the beach entirely to ourselves.  i was definitely too busy relaxing to take many pictures.

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chiang mai, thailand

as i went through my asia photos, i realized that i had the most photos of chiang mai.  as a vegetarian, it was my favorite place to eat (my next post will be devoted to food photos) since there were so many vegetarian and vegan outdoor cafes.  the city was completely walkable, and there was so much to do and see nearby.

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farmer’s market brunch

to celebrate my first weekend in my newly renovated apartment (pictures to come!), i went to the union square greenmarket and picked up farm eggs, micro greens (evidently this is just baby arugula), chèvre, and fresh sourdough bread.  i made an open face sandwich, and it ended up being one of the best brunches i have had in a while.

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phuket, thailand

i spent an amazing 2.5 weeks at the end of january traveling through southeast asia.  as with my trip last year to italy and malta, i plan to devote each post to a different city.  we started the journey in bangkok, but since we were so jet lagged and only had a day, phuket was the first city i documented.

we stayed right on the beach, and took an amazing tour to the islands to see the sights.

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carine gilson set

one of the points marie kondo makes in “the life changing magic of tidying up” is that you should have a different set of clothes for rest and sleeping than what you wear during the day.  while the idea seemed nice, i wasn’t quite sure how pajamas were really that much better than a soft rumbled t shirt.

of course that was until i laid eyes on this beauty during the winter sales.  the purple silk is so vibrant, and the handmade black lace is both feminine and strong.  i also plan to wear the cami under a black blazer for a night out.

now, i still sleep in my rumpled t shirts 90% of the time, but on that night i want to feel extra special, this fits the bill.

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