Sunday, February 26, 2017

a week of wear: vol 1

It's funny that this little space initially started out as a style blog because I didn't share a single outfit of the day last month. And it's looking like this month will be the same. I assure you that I haven't been running around naked, but there are two big reasons why I haven't been sharing OOTD's lately.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Climbing Coba

Yep, we climbed this! 
Still can't believe we followed in the path of thousands before us by climbing the tallest Maya pyramid in the Yucatan of Mexico. 
climbing coba maya ruins
Figured that it was a good time to warm things up around this little space by sharing more on our time in Mexico. It was the quickest trip, but we managed to explore several sets of Maya Ruins. While Coba is the least popular of all the ruins we visitied, it was also a favorite of ours, so I thought I'd start the recaps here. 
climbing coba maya ruins
Coba truly was a city and the paths we walk there today are the original scabe (white roads) that the Maya people followed. Most of the complex has yet to be excavated, which adds to the wonder of this gorgeous place. Because what you can see there just scratches the surface of the world that was once here. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

husband's birthday in a box!

The hardest part about being in a long distance relationship isn't that we miss out on daily dinners or morning kisses goodbye. It's missing out on the special occasions…that's what I hate most. Yesterday was my husband's birthday and I couldn't be there to celebrate him. And while I am thankful that I will get a chance to see him this weekend, there is nothing like being celebrated on your actual day. So I sent Tom this "birthday in a box" filled with a few small gifts and treats. 
birthday in a box

Thursday, February 16, 2017

central park in the winter

I like to think of myself as a relatively well-traveled person, but I had never been to Central Park. Hard to believe it I know. I've been to New York more times than I can count, but when I lived up North, I didn't appreciate it fully. Now that I don't live so close, I'm realizing there are too many iconic NY spots that people travel the world to see, yet I've been up the street and didn't bother. So I desperately need to remedy this starting with Central Park. 
I was hesitant to visit during our Valentine's Day weekend because well it's winter time. I figured everything would be dead and no one would be out. And that's not the way I wanted to remember the famous Central Park. But we ventured there anyway and so glad that we did because Central Park is stunning in the winter.
 The park is just as lively as ever during winter time with children sledding, couples skating, and an army of snow men greeting you at every turn. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

a rainy day at MoMa

Rainy days are my all time favorite! 
So when I woke up to the pitter-pattering of lots and lots of rain on our last day in New York, I was one happy girl. The snow and hail from the night before had mellowed into a rainy day, which made it a perfect time for a museum visit. And since we visited a fine arts museum last Valentine's day (here), we figured we would see some modern art this time around. 
a rainy day at moma
While we're not normally the biggest fans of modern art, MoMa is so well done. It's massive with six floors and each floor is organized into a time period/style of art. Plus, MoMa features quite a few of the modern classics with artists like Van Gough, Dali, and Picasso. Add in a few Jackson Polluck's and a little bit of Andy Warhol, and you've got yourself a fun date for a rainy afternoon. 
rainy day at Moma

Monday, February 13, 2017

My NYC Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!
 Unfortunately, I won’t get to see my Valentine on the actual day, but we more than made up for it by celebrating a little early this past weekend. We gave each other the best gift possible for Valentine's Day by spending a bit of time together in New York. 
new york valentine's day what to do
Thanks to all the snow storms that hit the northeast last week, we were worried that this Valentine’s Day wouldn’t happen for us. With living 700 miles apart, the plan was for us to fly into New York separately and meet up for the weekend. But things were looking pretty grim. We both had lots of delays and complications, but somehow both made it to New York safely late Friday night early Saturday morning.
winter central park

Sunday, February 12, 2017

101 in 1001: Update #1

Popping in and linking up with some fabulous ladies to share a little update on my 101 in 1001 list. This is the first time that I've really scrutinized my progress since I made this list way back in September. Let's just say, I've got some work to do. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

when jasmine finds Aladdin

this Jasmine has found her Aladdin! 
Celebrating a special occasion with a broadway show seems to be our thing (here & here). So gifting each other tickets to Aladdin while in New York for Valentine's Day totally fit us.The unlikely story of two people from very different worlds coming together and falling in love....sounds all too familiar. So we had to see this show! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

a Year of Free Flights

With the husband and I being in a long distance marriage, every time we see each other, it requires a flight. Add in the fact that we love to travel together and the flights really add up. In fact, I did the math and Tom and I took $5000 worth of flights in 2016. But that's not what we spent.
how to get cheap flights

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Winter Love Letters

Dear Winter,
I'm falling in love with you. It's true that our relationship hasn't always been the greatest. Well, things are different this time around. I'm sorry that I haven't always appreciated you, but now I'm realizing how truly beautiful you are. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Life Lately: January

What a month this was, thanks to kicking off the New Year in Barcelona…then rushing back to the States to make it back in time for the start of the semester. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Love & Travel

With love day right around the corner, I've been thinking a lot lately about all the reasons I love to travel with my husband. But more than that is how traveling together has improved our marriage and helped our communication. The skills we've picked up while traveling together have truly translated into our everyday lives. So in honor of Valentine's Day, here are just a few reasons to travel with your love