A Few of My Favorite Things: June
If you follow me on any social media channel I've probably annoyed the hell out of you so far, but you'd know I moved to New York City for the Summer. For those of you who don't follow me on any social media channel, I now live in the Financial District of Manhattan and work as the Functional Analyst Intern at Razorfish. I love everything about it so far. I love my job. I love my co-workers. I love my roommates. I love my apartment. I love the city. So, this month's favorites will be overwhelmingly New York. Sorry.
1. Being 21
There are few more satisfying things than walking into the Trader Joe's wine store in Union Square, walking out with 4 bottles of wine for less than $20, popping one open on your rooftop terrace, and enjoying the #views.
Ahhh yes Summer 2016, the summer I learned to love salad. My wallet is definitely not happy with the proximity of my favorite salad place to my office, but my tummy is. I always get the Chipotle Cowboy (minus the onions, plus corn and tortilla strips). Each salad costs about $10, which isn't feasible for everyday, but they are so big they usually serve me for lunch, and an afternoon snack.
I love Black and Tans (no, not the layered drink of pale ale and stout). La Colombe has cold brew coffee and lattes on draft. The combination is cleverly named after their alcoholic look-a-like.
4. Strappy Ballet Flats
I am a very klutzy person. I trip over anything and everything. I constantly wake up with bruises. No lie, I walked face first into a wall last week, completely sober. That being said high heels tend to be my worst nightmare, but ballet flats constantly slip off my feet. These shoes from Primark conveniently lace up for less trippin' and slippin'.
This restaurant has given me a whole new appreciation for vegetables. I believe there are few Manhattan locations, conveniently one is located a block away from my internship. My recommendation is getting the Market Plate, where you get to pick a selection of 4 of their super fresh, super tasty produce options. They have a standard 10 or so daily, but a few extra rotating specials. During my most recent visit I ordered the honey dijon brussel sprouts, parmesan asparagus, salad with watermelon, feta, and mint, and a caprese bowl. I was basically in healthy heaven. This healthy kick was probably destroyed by both of the $6 drinks ordered as part of their wonderful Happy Hour.
6. Stone Street
The Financial District isn't really know for being the most hustle and bustling place to go out in. The area really dies down after the Stock Exchange closes and on the weekends. Though, there is one place that you can always go for an overly priced drink and great food ; Stone Street. The restaurants and bars put out tables and umbrellas in the street when the weather is nice and it is the best places to go for a bite in FiDi. I believe there are about 7 or 8 different restaurants, and my personal favorite so far is Mad Dog and Bean, a Mexican place with an entire menu of Margarita options.
7. Chelsea High Line
Okay it's a cliche touristy thing, but I really love it. It's within walking distance of my work and I really just love the Chelsea area as a whole.
8. Showering At Night
For a long time I was an avid morning showerer. Towel time, post shower was a very important part of my morning routine. Since moving to the city and getting back on a 9-5 (....or 10-6 if we're being realistic here) schedule, I've come to appreciate the beauty of a night shower. 1. I feel a little gross after a summer day in the city, riding the subway, and sweating my ass off. 2. I can wake up later.
9. L'Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray →
Anytime I am on a subway platform for more than 5 minutes or walking around a crowded area in the city's mugginess my makeup proceeds to literally melt off of my face. This product is definitely comparable to its more expensive counterpart, the Urban Decay setting spray, but I think it works just as well. I no longer look like a (literal) hot mess the moment I step out of my apartment.
I am tired 99.9% of the time, and it shows. You could pack for vacation in the bags under my eyes. This weird gel tube has caffeine and a bunch of other good stuff to make you look more awake. Its cool to the touch so its also helpful when you're feeling a bit clammy and want to be refreshed. I usually apply it under my eyes in the morning and down my neck when I am feeling gross.
Do you have any recommendations of places/things/concepts you think I'd enjoy for July? Let me know in the comments!