Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Life: Traveling and Staying

Since mid-April through mid-July, I am/have been traveling every other weekend. While it's fun to travel and either explore a new city or revisit the familiar, I was happy to give the suitcase a rest for the much needed three day weekend. On Friday, we were allowed to leave when scholars left which meant I was lunching with Margot at Sarbeths by 2:00. I LOVE Sarabeths for breakfast, especially with my Dad because he lets me order like half the menu, but I've never been for lunch. They had this chicken ciabatta sandwich that we definitely should have split but we each ordered our own. This sun was shining and the bubbly was delicious so it was an ideal kickoff to MDW. I also discovered that the Rooftop Garden Cafe at the MET is open again for the season. There's a new instillation which we didn't quite understand but it's better than last year's house recreation and the views are just as spectacular as I remembered after a long winter away. This will always be my favorite spot in the city so I definitely want to try to go again before I leave in ONE MONTH!

Speaking of moving, this week has been so stressful with trying to secure movers. Apparently, the last week in June is the busiest week of the year for NYC which makes for one hectic process. When I moved up here, we drove the truck ourselves and hired movers on both ends. I thought we could do this again but getting a truck out of the NYC area costs three times as much as Charlotte and then I couldn't find anyone who was available for a labor only move in NYC. Literally, I contacted 30 moving companies. I counted. I had two movers give me an estimate for them owning the entire process door to door, but I don't like the 14 day windows they give for my things to arrive in Nashville. As of the past 24 hours, I may be on to something though... still ironing out the details of getting a certificate of insurance and securing the date (multiple folks I have to gain permission from) but hopefully, I can secure movers, find a truck in south Jersey, and then find movers in Nashville. Oh my goodness, moving is stressful! Here's to hoping before next week's update, I have it all sorted out.

I'm headed down to Tybee Island this weekend for my best friend's bachelorette party. I'm so excited by slightly bummed that I'll miss our first ever Senior Signing Day back at school. I've been working so hard the past two years for this moment specifically, but I already know where they are going and I got a sneak peek during rehearsal today. During the bachelorette planning when the I noticed the conflict, I asked myself which one I would want to remember more in ten years? I feel like so often, I choose work and I wanted to choose my friend. The signing day is really about my students and their families and a time for them to celebrate. This weekend is about me celebrating my best friend! Can't wait!

Snap of Henry from one of our long walks through Central Park this weekend. By walk, I mean Henry laying in the grass just like this! 

I'll be back next week! (This is already by second post in one week - I meant the comeback!) 

xoxo,

Danielle 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hi! Hey! Hello!

Hi! Hey! Hello! I think all of my most recent posts have begun with some variation of it's been a while since my last post and well, it's been more than SEVEN months so yeah, it's been a while. I think when I first started, I wanted to be my own variation of the countless of other blogs floating around the internet but Elle Paige and Henry never turned into professionally photographed posts and sponsored links that funded my wardrobe. I found that this became a space for me to share my authentic thoughts and I enjoyed writing more than I anticipated and much more than I cared about putting together outfit posts - thought shooting fifteen outfits in a day around Charlotte with Emily was a hoot and I'll definitely cherish those memories of our friendship. I wanted this to be an honest, transparent blog but then, I was simply too busy (ugh, I loathe that phrase) but I was also not in a space to write.

I felt like when I would run into people, they would comment on how "perfect" my NYC life looks via the blog and Instagram and while I understand people perceive things the way they want to, perfect simply wasn't true. The truth is, I don't love New York. It's not always sparking rose on the rooftop of the Met and it's typically more showing up to work soaking wet because the wind and rain were so fierce on the twelve block walk to work that my umbrella turned inside out four times. It's less Milk Bar b'day cake milkshake and more PB&J everyday for lunch because shockingly I don't have loads of dispensable income working in education. That's not to say NYC doesn't have it's lovable moments but for me, I couldn't write about my fabulous NYC life because I felt like more times than not, it's not that fabulous.

I'd been pondering a blog posts for months now but never worked up the motivation until the past month, when two separate people (neither one my mom) asked me about bringing back blog posts. So, last week I attempted to give the blog a face lift. I like the new title font and the all white, but I think I need to watch some Youtube videos to figure out the other fonts - they are a bit messy. While I wanted to stress over making everything look perfect before sharing, I decided to leave it because that's my new approach with the blog to let it be perfectly imperfect. I'm hoping to find it more meaningful to be present and posting instead of perfect. My goal is to post two times a week but I did choose a pretty hectic time to make this commitment (I'm moving at the end of the month) but I've never been one to shy away from a challenge so let's do this!

For now, enjoy these photos that a photographer took of my apartment for the rental listing. Though NYC has been tough, I have LOVED this apartment and will miss it (and the doormen) dearly.




xoxo,

Danielle