Friend Trip 2014-940
Adventuring, New York City, Places, The North East, Travel

new york. new york.


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the above images are from my time photo adventuring around the city while visiting my dear friend Amanda. my two favorite things from this trip were walking the highline & attending a mortified show. the highline  is a “public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.” it is a truly unique way to experience the city. exploring the highline spoke deeply to the photo adventurer in me as i was surrounded by the juxtaposing harsh city skyline and beautifully gardened greenery that guided you along the city.

mortified is a live show in which adults bravely step on stage to share entries from their childhood diaries. thus the name, mortified. luckily it is more hilarious than it is mortifying. i was first introduced to mortified through their documentary, made available on Netflix titled Mortified Nation. as someone who themselves has many a mortifying journal entry (an entire box full to be exact) filled mostly with the woes of middle school crushes in excruciating detail, i was mesmerized by this concept. it’s an amazing thing to watch as adults vulnerably bare their souls and stories as they were written by their teenage selves.  following watching the film i curiously looked online for live showings. to my delight, there was a show happening the very day i would be in nyc. coincidence? i think not. i coaxed my friends to go, and i can’t speak for them but it lived it up to my expectations. i laughed for three hours straight. stories included reading aloud one person’s mickey mouse club fan fiction, she wrote as a fourteen year old. it was hilariously risqué as she described her life as fellow musketeer, who not only invented the forwards running man, but also had a riveting and sensual relationship with one of her fellow musketeers. it was perfectly passionate & confusing in the way only a 14 year old could portray such a fantasy life. no matter what the topic, each story carried a familiarity that left the audience completely engaged & entertained.

do yourself a favor and watch Mortified Nation & if you have the chance go see a show. unlike some of those journal entries, you won’t regret it.


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Adventuring, Friends, Personal, Places, The North East, Travel

niagra falls

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the older I get the more grateful I feel for these two friends and for deciding ten years ago to, despite living in different states, and having families, and busy jobs, to make sure to get together once a year to just spend a few days together catching up and adventuring and laughing and retelling our many stories dating back to elementary school. unfortunately, the older we get the more time there is in between seeing/talking to each other but it doesn’t keep it from feeling like no time has gone by when we get to come together again.

cheers to many many more stories!


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tenth annual friends trip + hudson valley

 {beginning our journey through the beautiful hudson valley we made a stop at the storm king art center. as we walked the rolling hills of the outdoor exhibit we were enamored by the juxtaposing beauty of nature with the unnaturally large modern sculptures placed brilliantly across it’s landscape.}

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{we spent the evening soaking up the vibe of woodstock, ny}

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{we woke up the next morning in the charming town of chatham, ny to the sounds of horns and trumpets streaming through our open windows. to our delight we discovered that the sounds came from our front yard as they were preparing to take their places for the labor day parade. as we walked along side the deeply symbolic procession and made our way to an equally quaint coffee shop, we soaked up the nostalgia of this small town & couldn’t imagine being anywhere more perfect.} Friend Trip 2014-472Friend Trip 2014-172B10M Split elevenB10M Split TwelveB10M Split Thirteen


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{the fisher center at bard college designed by the amazing frank gehry}

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after our adventure through the charming and gorgeous hudson valley we headed north to cross the border and stand in awe of the massive falls…

{photos of the falls up next…}


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Baby, Children, Family, New Haven, Personal, Places, Siblings, Travel

the east clan

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the last couple years one of my favorite parts of getting together with my two childhood best friends for our annual trip has been starting it off by catching up with the every growing east clan at their home in new haven, ct.  this year kate and i were introduced to the youngest & newest member of the family, sir rowan david. (i added the ‘sir’) hopefully these pictures speak for themselves, but rowan & big brother sam are two incredibly special little gems. and i grow more and more respectful of my dear friend katelin & her fabulous husband brad as they pour their hearts into these two sweet souls.

cheers to you east’s. here’s to years and years of sweetness amongst you.

{stay tuned for photos of our 10th annual friends trip as we journey through the hudson valley in new york & then together, for the first time we cross the border to view the niagra falls on canadian soil. }