Fashion Week SS18 was one of my favourite parts of the year.

A Letter to Myself: 25 Things I Learned in 2017

It will soon be 2018, a year that somehow still feels futuristic. For another five hours, it feels like the faraway future rather than the indisputable now. Ends and beginning always inspire me to write some sort of thoughts on where this is all heading. Ends and beginnings always leave me scrambling to tie inherently… Read more »

I was treated to this lovely view on a flight from Madrid to New York.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko.

Preparation or Lack Thereof: Dealing With Emergency Situations on Planes

Picture this: a plane is flying 36,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. A passenger falls ill and faints, causing half-asleep neighbors to jump up and frantically scream for help. The scene draws a crowd, part those who just want to help and part those who just want to look. Those who try to help do… Read more »

This is Miami, kid.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Literary Ambitions and Lack of Execution

It was a two-week hiatus that went on for almost two months. The end of the summer was hard and not writing was just that much easier. But yes, I have officially opened the Word Document with the 120,000-word “pet project” (at this point, I am comfortable enough to say that I am fairly deep… Read more »

The Eclipse, Flatiron District.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Notes on the Eclipse.

“Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him.” ~Annie Dillard   And I, today, saw a total eclipse. I had, to be honest, fully expected to be disappointed. Heat, crowds, and jutted elbows used to secure spots obscured by two rather than… Read more »

I sketched these mountain landscapes the other day.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Negativity Is A Boring Cycle

No other person can carry you through unhappiness. Most people will nod and say the right things but, ultimately, get tired of your negativity. Even when they are the people closest to you. Even when you have every reason to feel down.   I have, recently, been dealing with an onslaught of issues — professional,… Read more »

Long Beach is outrageously expensive in the summer.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Summer Heat Or How Have I Not Melted Yet?

I may be forced to write quite a few posts about the New York heat this summer because, well, it has overwhelmed me to the core. It is overwhelming to feel like you’re melting every time you go outside and, even when inside, if you don’t turn on the air conditioning. It’s overwhelming to walk… Read more »

Brooklyn at night.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Not The Best Day

I had meant to write about the summer heat today but… life got ahead of me, I suppose. Life got ahead of me in the sense that I was walking home from the subway station, witnessed an emergency situation, and ended up having to dial 911 for the first time in my life. There will… Read more »

This is what you see when you cross my door.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Decorated!

To switch up what I see when I cross my bedroom door, I decided to tack some of my favourite postcards up on it. As you may see, I struggled to keep the lines straight a little bit, but… I think there’s something for the diagonal line as well.  

Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Weekly Internet-ing: Sparkly People, Links, and Things

It is the middle of July even though, in my head, it still feels like June just started yesterday. But alas, most people are already writing about the day when they’ll be able to turn off AC. This was, I feel, yet another busy week for me — I once again put this list of… Read more »

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  • Women

    On Catcalls: No, It’s Not A Compliment

    Today I feel like broaching a somewhat awkward subject — catcalls, street harassment, and the general ubiquity of both in big cities. Catcalling or, as Dictionary.com puts it, the practice of making “a whistle, shout, or comment of a sexual nature to a woman passing by”  is a subject that goes from media outlets to… Read more »

  • City

    Reading About A City While In The City: Some Recommendations

    Whenever I visit a new city (or return to an old one), I make a point to pick up a book set in that place for the trip. No exceptions. It may seem like a weird and somewhat ritualistic approach to visiting places, but I feel that it makes me appreciate wherever it is that I’m… Read more »

  • Foodie

    The Diary of a Foodie in Recovery

    I never considered myself a foodie until people started pointing out that I talk about what we’ll have for dinner a lot. And have more than one eatery where staff know me by name. And can rattle off the similarities and differences between raclette, fondue and bagna cauda. And read recipe blogs religiously despite not actually, well, cooking much. So yes,… Read more »

  • Flowers

    On Inspiration and Days When It’s Not There

    The writing part comes easily. It’s finding the ideas on days when I’ve hit a block and nothing in the entire world seems inspiring that makes me want to tear my hair out on the regular. Those days when the spinach salad that I had for lunch suddenly seems thought-provoking and the screen in front… Read more »

  • Writing Box

    What Are You Reading?

    I’ll often wish I were the type of person who wakes up, reads The New York Times cover to cover before breakfast, and then casually drops mentions of articles they read throughout the day. Instead, I am the type of person who wakes up, hate-reads the posts of journalists I don’t agree with, and then spends an… Read more »

  • Bottles

    The Shy Journalist

    If you say that the title of this blog post sounds too much like an oxymoron, I will not argue with you. The experts tell us that good journalists are supposed to be tough, persistent and not afraid of coming up to anyone with hard-hitting questions. They are supposed to be ruthless when it comes to… Read more »

  • Coney

    Through The Gif: New York

    It’s hard for me to imagine that, as recently as a year ago, the mere mention of something along the lines of video or design or even gifs would make me feel nothing but gut-wrenching panic. I still do not pretend to know much about any of those things because I’ve spent almost all my… Read more »

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    Central Park Snow Scenes: A Photo Essay

    Although I will often share my deep and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will care to read them, photos are different. I do not feel entirely comfortable putting the vast majority of my photos out there for the internet to see because… I do not feel entirely confident in my own photo skills. I’ve recently started getting more and… Read more »

  • Blizzard

    The First East Coast Blizzard: Snow Stories

    In a blizzard, everything takes longer. Getting dressed means pulling out the thermal tights, extra jacket and second pair of socks. Walking a few blocks feels like a genuine workout because taking each step also entails pushing aside lumps of snow. Even for those who have wisely chosen to stay within the confines of their own homes, plans to do things like answer… Read more »

  • Books

    Things to Read: January 2016 Recommendations

    While I will often make sweeping plans to read more during each passing break from school and work, this year I actually managed to follow through on them. Time spent in planes, cars and the comfort of your old bed will do that to you—in between mid-December and mid-January, I read a grand total of seven books. While some… Read more »