an August evening on the High Line

an August evening on the High Line

August 8, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc

Golden hour. Good any time of year, but in summer? The light is stunning. The harsh shadows from the day dissipates to soft, warm light and the city glows as the sun bounces and reflects off buildings. Now that the High Line has finished its last phase of construction, the bend where it veers towards the Hudson before it wraps its way back down to street level is a great place to watch sunsets from the city. And we had a great sunset last Saturday.   When the sun went down, nobody wanted to go home. We hung around the High Line till the last bit of light, and even though we had already walked a couple of dozen city… CONTINUE READING

the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

July 31, 2015 |  Category:   friends life outings

Summer wouldn’t feel like summer without a trip to our friend’s lakehouse an hour and a half north of the city. It’s pristine waters, good company, good food, and a chance to escape everyday life. It’s a secret pocket tucked away that remains hidden from time. No running water or electricity; there is phone service, but it’s pretty much the only thing that connects you to modern life.   It was a good way to cap off the month as we headed into the last week of July.   Wow. July. It’s almost hard to process. So much packed into this month. And while it’s pretty unbelievable that we’re facing August tomorrow, July felt long, like we lived through a… CONTINUE READING

the new whitney

the new whitney

July 22, 2015 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

Took a morning off last week to visit the new Whitney Museum, a much delayed visit after we unsuccessfully attempted to go on opening day. I love how the city is as much an integral part of the museum experience as the artwork it houses. There’s something about the architecture of the new building that blurs the outside with the in. There are outdoor spaces that connect each floor with an exterior staircase, and couches line up opposite large windows for expansive city views on some of the gallery floors. The move from the Upper East side to the Meatpacking District where the High Line ends was a great move, and the new Whitney feels just as airy as the… CONTINUE READING

summer calm

summer calm

July 16, 2015 |  Category:   life

I look at these photos taken in upstate NY last weekend and think how serene these images look. Summer calm. They encapsulate what Northeast summers feel like – hazy and green, the air kissed with humidity. We’re experiencing the season in handful of moments like these and doing the best we can to savor it because the truth is, when you’re in a retail-based business, you’re already thinking and preparing for the next season ahead. Holiday inquiries are starting to come in. It’s a weird head space to be in sometimes because I’ve always had a hard time focusing on the present. This doesn’t exactly help 🙂   But if it’s only pockets of time that we have at the moment… CONTINUE READING

July 4th in DC

July 4th in DC

July 9, 2015 |  Category:   holidays life travels

I wouldn’t recommend taking a trip to DC during the 4th of July holiday. Whoa, the crowds and heightened security. We didn’t really think it through and missed all the fireworks that we had planned on seeing. We decided not to stick around for the big display at the National Mall, and instead waited for fireworks that was planned for the end of a minor league baseball game near my cousin’s house where we were staying. The thing is, you never quite know when a baseball game might end. Of course this one went extra innings…and it kept going…and going…until we finally gave up at 10:30 when thick fog started rolling in. No fireworks this year, but it was a… CONTINUE READING

the start of summer

the start of summer

June 30, 2015 |  Category:   life

And just like that, another school year is over and summer vacation is here. Where does the time go, we all ask ourselves. I see it on the Facebook posts of my friends and in the school yard at pick up on the last day. The faces of some of the 5th grade girls – tentative, a little bit vulnerable, clutching on to their friends (some for the last time, I’m sure) – was a bit heartbreaking. I felt for them because we’ve all been there and I still remember what it felt like to transition from one school to the next. In those transitional years, the arrival of summer vacation is mixed with celebratory relief, but also some anxiety… CONTINUE READING

The balance between control and letting go

The balance between control and letting go

June 17, 2015 |  Category:   life parenting

It’s a pretty great thing when you witness for the first time, sheer joy from your child when she gets something that she really really wanted. Not talking about toys or material things, but something that she worked for or achieved. It’s like the first peek into adulthood, really, and a next level of pride that you maybe haven’t experienced before as a parent. Why this, why now? Because it’s her achievement and victory, not yours, and she gets to share it with you and not the other way around.   There’s only 7 more days left in the school year and you know by now that when June rolls around, it always bittersweet around here. Another grade, another chapter… CONTINUE READING

Some things I’ve learned after one year on the job

Some things I’ve learned after one year on the job

June 11, 2015 |  Category:   life me

More than ever before, I feel quite split into multiple work personalities. If I’m feeling critical, I might say that I’m avoiding a commitment one way or the other. If I’m feeling generous, I might say that I’m just making sure that we’re not putting all of our eggs in one basket by pursuing all opportunities. Jobs, the economy, clients, customers, trends – they can all be fickle, so it’s hard to say no while opportunities still manage to come my way. It’s that freelance mentality. When you’ve created this life supported by hobbling together various businesses and freelance projects for so long, it’s quite scary to cut the cord and jump all the way in.   But I think… CONTINUE READING

a new website, and some thoughts on web design

a new website, and some thoughts on web design

June 6, 2015 |  Category:   art + design the biz

It’s a full year later than when we originally intended to launch a new site, but it’s now live. Since Google announced about a month ago that it’ll rank mobile-friendly sites higher in search results, it was critical to do so (I need to get this blog on the mobile-friendly program soon too). Our old site was already suffering from poor SEO due to some of the typographic design decisions I implemented when we launched that site years ago that have since made it outdated as far as SEO goes, so now that we’re back on the search results grid, I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting our site to rank higher for certain keywords. I think this new… CONTINUE READING

the last days of May

the last days of May

June 1, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc

We haven’t had too many city adventures lately, mostly because we’ve been escaping to various gardens and parks outside the city to take advantage of Spring in all its flowering glory. Commuting to an office a few days a week has also dampened my desire to take a train into Manhattan on the weekends to hang out. But now that the trees have shed all its petals and bursts of color in exchange for a canopy of green, we found ourselves in the mood to stay local this weekend.   On Friday after school, we all jumped in the car when Mark got home from the kitchen to make a delivery in Dumbo. Walking around the cobblestone streets, we counted… CONTINUE READING

one year

one year

May 26, 2015 |  Category:   life

I wrote a post about the one year anniversary of my brother’s death and birthday today, but I decided to delete it. Seems like that’s how it’s been going these days – second guessing everything. I’m too tired to write clearly, but maybe it was also too soon to write the post that I’ve been wanting to write.   In time.   Mostly what I’ve been thinking is, how can it be one year already? What’s in a year? Everything, nothing, all of it in between. It feels like a long time, but also like no time has passed. Angry, sad, and every contradiction in the book. It also reminds me of when I was little and how death seemed… CONTINUE READING

Wave Hill in Spring

Wave Hill in Spring

May 20, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc outings seasonal

I’ve been pretty quiet, I know. But sometimes you need to be quiet, you know? Just to balance out the “loudness” of life and all that comes with being alive. But I wanted to share these photos of our recent visit to Wave Hill in the Bronx. I suspected Spring would be a nice time to come, but I didn’t expect such a spectacular display of flowers. Seriously, this magnolia tree; it was magnificent. I had never seen blossoms like these before. It looks like a Saucer Magnolia which is everywhere in the city, but these blooms were fuller and luscious with a deeper, vibrant shade of pink, plus the blossoms were still very much peak when most of the… CONTINUE READING

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