24 Hour Tour of NYC

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My last round of photos to share with you all over my weekend in NYC. I got to spend some time with my two best friends from college, Molly and Liza. They are like family to me and since we all had summer birthdays we decided to make this weekend one we could celebrate together.

These photos range over a 24 hour span of our time adventuring the great city. We witnessed a race in the streets (pretty common place I am sure), I chased down a guy after church that I wanted to set up with Moll;);), spent time in Central Park on a perfect May afternoon with Liza’s adorable fam, explored Chelsea Market and the area surrounding, tried on specs at Warby Parker, checked out the view on the High Rise, cookies from Levain (a must), birthday dinner with old friends, etc.

Highly recommend getting time with your closest friends who know you best. The ones that care about you know matter what, who invest in your life, and enrich it for the better.

*Anna

*Also: The Brand Market NYC and Local Notes NYC edition

6 Years of Marriage + 6 Ways to keep the Flame Lit.

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6 Ways to keep the Flame Lit | In Honor of Design

When you first starting dating and enter your first year of marriage, there is a “fire” and excitement that is often called the Honeymoon Phase. I can honestly say that Anna and I, thanks be to God, have not lost this excitement after 6 years. It has changed and matured, as all things should overtime, and as such that fire has grown, not diminished. I think this is due to a commitment to seek the happiness of the other person before yourself. I believe that this is best made apparent to her through consistent and small ways throughout the week. So, here are six practical things I try to do to let Anna know I love her…

1. Give one honest random compliment daily.
This does not mean things such as “thank you for this great dinner” or “you are very beautiful.” Although these are very important, a compliment such as “I love how your hair curls in the summer” or “That top looks great on you” or even as silly as “Have I ever told you how cute your ears are?” Show her that you are being attentive and notice and appreciate subtle nuances about her.

2. Regularly set a good drink in front of her. (wink wink)
This could be a cocktail she really likes, or in Anna’s case a fresh cup of coffee or homemade glass of fresh lemonade. (Or as of late, a homemade microwave s’more works well also.) The key is that the drink is something that you put effort into just for her enjoyment. 

3. Clean the kitchen and high traffic areas, especially if she is out of the house.
I have noticed that Anna truly appreciates this, especially on days where the kids where, lets say “overly energetic”. I want her to know that I appreciate her efforts and that I am her support and partner in the challenges of life.

4. If you have children, or if she has had a long day, give her some quiet time to decompress.
Take the kids to the park, or take the dog on a walk when you get home from work so she has some quite time, even if you have had a hard day. An act of loving self sacrifice rarely returns void. This would also be a great time to provide that drink mentioned above.

5. Frame your words carefully when in a discussion.
Few things can cut deeper, than ill placed reactionary words. We try to avoid criticizing each other and using words like “always” and “never” because they can make the other feel less of themselves and immediately bring out defenses. The habit of discussion over accusation ensures the other person you still care deeply for them and want to talk through an issue.

6. Just grab her and dance, just for a moment.
Whether there is music or not, it tells her that she is desired and still pursued. Or course, a little pinch on the rear never hurts either.

- Gabe

*Also, Dating through your Marriage and One habit we commit to.

Local Notes: SoHo NYC

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When I was in NYC for The Brand Market, I got in town a little early on Friday and was able to spend the afternoon with Brynn Elliott Watkins, Sara Kerens, and my friend Marisol. I wanted to just enjoy the unusually perfect weather and pop in and out of spots that looked inviting. When else would I have the opportunity to spend an afternoon in NYC, with absolutely nothing to do but explore? So here’s where we landed…

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We walked into Clic Gallery and were immediately sucked into the giant art prints and photos on the gallery wall. This place was filled with work from varying artists from across the U.S., and I even recognized the work of my friend Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb studio. Remember her? I concluded I probably couldn’t fit my Laurie Victor Kay artwork in my suitcase home so I snatched a postcard instead:)

La Esquina NYC
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In an attempt to find an available lunch spot we ran into La Esquina which happens to be one of the best taco spots in NYC (and after tasting, I wholeheartedly agree). It looked like an airstream with minimal space inside and a constant stream of people waiting in line to get a hold of a taco made for the mexican food lover’s dream. There is a nicer sit down portion to the restaurant right next door, and from what I hear the basement is even grander. Worth a peek if not a taste!

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We did a little shopping in Topshop and ended at Little Fox Cafe coffee spot for iced mochas. What I really love about NYC is the different styles and stories from people’s lives that merge into it’s own culture. The sweetest barista let Sara take photos of her serving customers. I loved her style!

Had such a good time with these gals. You have got to check out their sites! You will be overwhelmed by their talent! Maria de los Soles (a long time friend who started Beauty Found) Brynn Ellitott (Being Elliott) and Sara Kerens (fashion photographer who took all of these photos! Sara Kerens Photography)

Can’t wait to get back to this city someday soon. I am taking note to visit in May when the weather is much kinder than February;)

Wearing: Romper: Love Sadie (on sale!) // Sandals: Just Fab // Hat: Shop Sosie c/o // Bag: Wink & Winn c/o

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