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My Summer Vacations / According to Instagram

8 Jul

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here lately. This lucky girl got to go on not one, not two, but THREE extended weekends in a row so far this summer.

The first weekend I went with two of my friends to Vermont to attend the Wanderlust yoga festival. The following week, Jim and I had a wedding to attend in Philly so we hit up the city of brotherly love for a few extra days. Lastly, over July 4th Jim and I did our now annual trek to Boston to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. We love Boston during July 4th because majority the historical sites important to our country’s independence are right there and we are big time history nerds.

I’m finally back in Brooklyn with no joke, around 800 photos to sort through.  I suspect that’s going to take me a while, so for now I wanted to share some of the highlights of each weekend via Instagram.

Wanderlust Instagram

Left to Right, Top to Bottom // The lodge where we took our first yoga class / Vegan, gluten-free pizza by Pizza for the People / Our pre-hike “hydration” / Gorgeous view at the top of Stratton, which made the difficult hike worth it!

Philly Instagram

Left to Right, Top to Bottom // The Philly skyline on our first day / Eastern State Penitentiary, by far one of my favorite highlights of summer so far / Vegan ice-cream at Little Baby’s Ice Cream / The Sphinx at the Penn Museum at Penn University

Boston 2013 Instagram

Left to Right, Top to Bottom // The Old State House in Boston, where the Boston Massacre happened (our hotel was across the street! / The Museum of Fine Arts / Brunch at North Street Grille in the North End on July 4th / The Cheers Bar!!

Are you on Instagram?  If so hit me up!  My handle is @BrooklynBliss.

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I’m Going to Wanderlust

4 Apr

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IMAGE CREDIT // AbbeyLey

My friends Glenna, Sharon and I have been talking about going to the Wanderlust Festival since early this year.  We all met years ago doing marathons with Team in Training, so to say we’re all pretty active and athletic is an understatement.  While we all enjoy yoga, I wouldn’t describe us as die-hard yogis.  I haven’t been able to go as often as I used to now that I’m Crossfitting.  Glenna and Sharon however both practice yoga as supplements to their current race training.

This past week we finally booked the trip and made it official.  I’m so excited!  We all went out for dinner on Monday and decided on activities to book together, which include Ashtanga (my personal favorite style of yoga), paddle boarding, sunset hikes, lectures, and even hip-hop yoga!  There also should be some yummy vegan eats according to the event’s website.

We’re making it a long weekend and leaving Thursday evening after work, doing the festival on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday exploring the town and later leaving that afternoon.  The weather in June should make for a perfect road trip, and from what I hear the scenery in Vermont is not to be missed.  I’ve never been to Vermont so I’m really looking forward to it.

Are you going to Wanderlust?  If so, let me know.  Maybe I’ll see you there!

Yoga

15 Oct
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{Chambray Shirt: Old Navy; Striped Dress (worn as tunic): H&M; Leggings: Forever21: Boots: MIA via After 6; Camera Bag: THEIT; Sunglasses: thrifted}

I wore this last weekend to go to yoga and brunch with Tracy.  I knew we were going to head out to eat immediately after class, so I needed to wear something comfortable, yet put together for going to a restaurant.  For yoga, I obviously left the boots in my locker along with the chambray shirt and put them on again when class was done.  It worked perfectly!

Now I’m on the hunt for more work out gear I can wear immediately after a workout without looking like a gym rat/slob after.  If anyone has any suggestions, throw them my way!

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Half-Year Resolution

10 Jul

I am completely and totally obsessed with these shoes!

I had searched high and low via the internets trying to find a pair of clogs (the hot, “it” shoe of summer, duh!) that I could actually wear.  It was near impossible to find a pair that was vegan, which is kinda funny when you think about it being clogs are considered to be somewhat hippy dippy.  I also wanted to find a pair that was a peep toe style that had a little bad ass to it as well.

Oh, and did I mention this pair was a mere $25?  Score!

I woke up this beautiful Saturday morning with no ambition to do much of anything.  Figuring there was no excuse not to get dressed considering some amazing person who I have yet to meet and personally thank invented jeggings.  Hello?! As comfy as sweats but looks presentable?  Sign me up.  Paired it with one of the hubby’s short sleeve button downs, a belt and my fab new clogs and I suddenly had motivation to get my arse out the door!  I went for a nice, leisurely walk where along the way I signed up for yoga classes, had my nails done and grabbed a few items to make dinner this evening.

On the walk I finally had an “aha” moment on what I wanted my “Half-Year Resolution” to be.  What’s a Half-Year Resolution?  It was my hubby’s idea.  Being we’re past the half-year part of 2010 he figured it would be a great idea for us to commit to new resolutions being we had already completed our resolutions we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year.

In January of 2010 I had resolved to become a vegan again.  I had been a vegetarian from age 12 through college, then a vegan for 2 years in college (which was when I had met my husband, he thought it was mad sexy though he himself is not a vegan).  After being tempted with some cheese quesadillas I was again a college vegetarian, and then somewhere along the line in my 20’s decided to give chicken another go.  I have no idea why I even did that now thinking back on it.  Hey at least I haven’t eaten beef or pork since I was 12.  So going into 2010, I decided to go back to being vegan.  I’m so happy I did!  I’ve been so much happier overall not to mention healthier.  All that’s material for another post though.

So for my half-year resolution I feel the best thing I could do is become a “real” vegan.  Granted, by diet I’m all vegan now but there are a few things I use on a daily basis leftover from my past life that are not.  For example, I have a ton of leather, designer purses and shoes.  I also wear Neutrogena makeup which I’m not sure is tested on animals or not.  So, for my half-year resolution I resolve to veganize all of my daily routine products. Clothing wise most everything I’ve purchased or thrifted since the beginning of the year has been vegan anyway so I’m good on that front.

Oh that reminds me another thing I’m resolving to do is to purchase most of my new clothing second-hand.  I love thrifting anyway plus it’s better for the environment so again win win.  For the whole of 2010 I’ve been trying to live a greener lifestyle, hence the veganism and stuff.

I also resolve to get back in shape.  That was the only January resolution I failed to meet.  I used to be a marathoner but lately running just doesn’t interest me.  So I’m going to try yoga (hence the class sign up today).  We’ll see how that goes.  I’m thinking it fits more in line with my new life outlook so it’s worth a shot.

Time to make dinner all this writing has made me hungry.

What I’m Wearing:

Shirt: The Husband’s from H&M
Belt: Gift from friend
Jeggings: Hue from Bloomingdale’s (best investment ever!)
Clogs: Qupid
Purse: Yard Sale Find