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pin-spiration: tile

I LOVE TILE. When I was in Morocco I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the tiled doorways and gardens. So beautiful, so thoughtful, so precisely laid. From simple subway tile to colorful mosaics, I’m constantly inspired by images like these ones.

Photos sourced from Pinterest. 

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anxious allison

When I get anxious, I write. I always have, and I probably always will. I don’t know whether it’s the act of writing itself or the public sharing that makes me feel better. But there’s about leaving it all on a page somewhere in a journal or on here, my corner of the world wide web.

I’ve been anxious for as long as I can remember. Not butterflies before a recital or first date jitters, but nail-biting, vomit-inducing, near-crippling anxiety. Go to bed at 8pm and sleep for 14 hours anxiety. Watch a movie that I know will make me cry so I can feel like I’m releasing something anxiety. Laying in bed unable to sleep, heart beating three times as fast as it should anxiety.

Anxiety over everything and anything. It goes up and down, of course. Stable relationships help. So does regular income. Reassurance from loved ones. Regular exercise. A routine. Basically, anything that makes me feel like I have some control over my life.

But often after I get a mixed signal, whether from someone in my personal or professional life, I start to spiral. I think about how little I really do have control over. I start to question every little thing I’ve ever done and fixate on all of my mistakes. I ask why I’ve done so little (traveling, socializing, corporate ladder climbing) compared to my peers.

I take a deep breath. Or four.

Close my eyes. Imagine all of the possibilities of what my life could be like this time next year. In five years. In ten years.

I fight through the bad. Unemployment. Aloneness. Loss.

I imagine the good things. Another stamp in my passport. Another degree. A healthy body. A home. A walk-in closet. A baby. Two babies. Happiness.

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travel vignettes: PARIS

baguette
kinderbueno
versailles
nutella
pasta
sacre coeur
moulin rouge
light
flea market
marais
metropolitan

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instagrammable food orders

I post a lot of food photos on Instagram. You may or may not know that I LOVE to eat, and I really enjoy checking out new restaurants and hunting down trendy foods. When I go out to eat with other people, I like to coordinate orders with them so we get a good spread – both for budget/taste practicalities AND Instagram reasons.

Here are some of the prettiest and most photogenic foods to order at any eatery.

Avocado toast

I know, I know. So basic. So overdone. But SO DELICIOUS. And so pretty. You literally can’t go wrong.

big breakfast gal 🥑 @bluestonelanecoffee

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A gooey cookie.

Something with melty chocolate, ideally.


Pizza.

The love I have for pizza is truly endless, but I love the stuff even more when the pie is particularly instagrammable. Ask one of your friends to hand model for extra depth.

ILYSM ❤️❤️❤️ @lilfrankies

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A smoothie bowl.

Another trendy brunch item that I just can’t seem to quit. Big fan of this one, with candied orange slices and perfectly arranged toppings.

wish my personality was this vibrant

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Ice cream.

It’s a lucky coincidence that my favorite ice cream flavor is M&M, which almost always has a colorful, tie-dyed look. Perfect for the ‘gram, and my belly.

not not breakfast 🍦

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pin-spiration: tacos

Birds are chirping! Flowers are blooming! I am sneezing!

In short…warm weather is here. As temperatures heat up, literally all I want to eat is Mexican food, preferably outdoors, accompanied by a margarita (or three). So this installation of pin-spiration is all about tacos. Spicy chicken. Crispy fish. Lime wedges. Homemade salsa. You get it.

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images sourced from pinterest. 

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travel vignettes: THE BRONX

mugz
pizza
BYOB
white castle
botanical
reggaeton
arthur avenue
lime-a-ritas
cigars
estrellitas
bliss

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illustration by Marilena Perelli

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an official unoffical ranking of the best cookie flavors

I’m aware that the opportunities for cookie innovation are pretty endless, so in this round-up, I’m sticking with the most classic and typical homemade varieties.

Chocolate Chip

It just doesn’t get better. Buttery batter, melty chocolate, and flakes of sea salt on top…sigh. I love my mom’s classic recipe, but lately I’ve been super into this trendy shortbread version.

my kinda story research 🍪

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Frosted Sugar Cookies

The frosting is key. Also, A LOT of vanilla. Bonus points for crisp sprinkles and bright colors.

Cowboy

Not everyone has the same definition of Cowboy cookies, but in my book, they’re oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, too.

Snicker Doodle

Another standby of my mom’s. I tend to favor chocolate in cookies, but these guys are one of the exceptions. I used to bring Snicker Doodles into elementary school all the time and my classmates went nuts.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Do these have an official name? This is what I’m choosing to call them, but I’m betting you’ve tried these before. They come in last of my favorite cookies because unwrapping all the Hershey’s kisses is extremely annoying, and though they taste AMAZING, they’re awkward to eat in public.

Bonus: Stroopwafels

Not sure if these are technically a cookie, but they’re delicious and I wanted more than one photo for this blog post.

I'll miss u most of all ❤️ (there's 6 bags of these in my carry on)

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