pin-spiration: SPRING

Spring has sprung! Well, kind of. And Happy Easter to everyone who’s participating! I’m so excited to celebrate the end of Lent by getting to eat ICE CREAM again. Since warmer weather is in the (hopefully) near future, I wanted to round up some colorful, spring-y images that are keeping my winter spirits up.

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pin-spiration: easter brunch

I can’t believe Easter is this Sunday! Like Thanksgiving, this is one of my favorite holidays because it’s mostly food-based. No buying or wrapping gifts, just spending the day with your family and eating chocolate. For this week’s pin-spiration installment, I thought I’d share some of my favorite brunch pins. Easter Sunday is the most brunch-able day of the year, so you’d better be indulging!

1. This tasty (and healthy!) egg white frittata. How festive are all those fresh greens?!


2. Having a crowd? Set up a mimosa bar so people can pour their own bubbly. Put out fresh fruit & different juices for custom cocktails!


3. Serve these Brown Butter Bruleed Doughnut Holes while they’re still hot! Get the recipe from Joy the Baker.


4. This handy template for setting an informal table is perfect for brunch.


5. Every brunch (especially an Easter brunch!) should have plenty of beautiful, springtime flowers. Tulips & hydrangeas are my favorites!

Happy Easter, everyone!

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weekend mornings in NYC

Sunday is such a bittersweet day. The weekend has come to an end, but since you can’t go out drinking, you can stay in your yoga pants all day, bake cinnamon rolls, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. Since I went to brunch on Saturday this weekend, I actually got to do all of those things today. Even though it’s still freezing here in New York, there have been some signs of springtime…beautiful flowers have started popping up at corner bodegas, I get glared at less for drinking iced coffee, and I’ve started wearing Birkenstocks around my apartment in eager anticipation of warmer weather.

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a piece of paradise in the bronx

One of my favorite discoveries is The New York Botanical Garden. The garden is extensive and ranges from paved to dirt paths, making it a popular spot for joggers, photographers, and Fordham University students like myself (As an added bonus, we get free admission!). I usually just wander around the grounds with a friend, almost always getting lost, but never really minding since it is so beautiful.


The Botanical Garden is also a great place to look for wildlife. Aside from the hundreds of varieties of trees and plants growing, there is an incredible amount of squirrels, chipmunks, ducks, geese, and other birds. One of my favorite places to take a walk is the waterfall trail, and there are always ducks milling about in the river.



The greenhouse, which offers several shows throughout the year, currently has an orchid show that I’ve heard wonderful things about. It’s amazing to me that such a huge piece of nature has been left untouched in the Bronx, a less popular area for tourists, but I am eternally grateful that the garden is so easily accessible to me.