Friday, June 17, 2016

Butcher's Daugher (aka my new alter ego)

I think if I had a new blog name, it would be The Butcher's Daughter. Doesn't that sound like a grand name for a restaurant??


But oh wait, it is, and it's delicious. I went with one of my apartmentmates, sweet Lauren, and her mom, and we had a great time. It's right in SoHo area-ish (I think).











THE BEST AVOCADO TOAST I'VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE.




Are these shirts not the cutest?! I want the one that says, "We sell designer kale." Too perfect.


Here's to more NYC summer adventures!

xoxo,
Meredith

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My dad's journey to better health (and a 50+ weight loss)


I've written about my past with an eating disorder, body image issues, being vegetarian, being healthy, and many more health-related issues. Parts of these things are natural and just part of being a 20-year-old girl with control issues, but part of it comes from being a part of a family that loves food and loves good food. And I've never been as proud to publish something as I am to publish this post by my dad. 

Over the past few months, he's lost so much weight after never being able to think he could do it, and I'm so stinking proud. 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

NYC: Just as beautiful

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I think to stay sane, you have to find the little moments of beauty. I come from a very typically beautiful place of rolling green hills and beautiful horse country. It's so photogenic and so easy to find wonderful moments where you realize how gorgeous it is. It's Kentucky, y'all.

But New York City isn't one of those places people love because it's just so beautiful. Busy and exciting- yes, but people don't go here for the peaceful and simple photos, and I think that finding those moments are crucial to staying sane. People here are moving and looking down at their phones and being efficient, but to not sound cheesy and cliche, you have to take a few moments to appreciate what's beautiful. And New York City is.




These two photos are in Brooklyn! I really loved Brooklyn because it felt so much more residential and homey than Manhattan does. There are families and schools and little shops and it's so much more friendly feeling.


When I took this photo, my friend turned to me and said, "A photo simply can't capture this city." And he's so right.



These are the views from the top of an apartment on the Upper West Side.





And I think Manhattan sunsets can be just as beautiful.


Even in the hustle and bustle of somewhere as crazy as Grand Central Station, you have to take a minute to admire the beauty of a building like this.



Columbus Circle? Gorgeous.


Slightly embarrassing story-- I had no clue I was walking past the Empire State Building literally every day on my way to work until I saw people stopping to take photos and others handing out tickets. 



And the parks are wonderful. These were views from near Union Square and Bryant Park.



And at night? It stays just as stunning.

It's about seeking out those times where you can appreciate the city even if it's crazy. And I love it.

What's your favorite way of feeling peaceful in the midst of craziness?

xoxo,
Meredith

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Happiness Boutique

I received these new earrings from Happiness Boutique and I absolutely love them. They're such a fun way to spice up any casual outfit and feel a little bit fancier. And with phenomenal prices! I mean, how could you not love something with 'happiness' in the name?!









Which pair is your fave??

xoxo,
Meredith

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