Remember those exciting projects I mentioned from Brooklyn? Well these are some favorite snaps from one of them. I stopped by the studio of Caru Skincare Co. to get to know the owner and brand. Her products are entirely natural, fresh, botanical, and ethically produced. She sent me home with the Rock& Rose Toner, Jojoba Oil Moisturizer, and French Green Clay Soap. I’m in love with all of them, and have to say – they really work! Her products are amazing and they’re also not super expensive. Not to mention, there is such a beautiful mission behind it all. Go read my full interview with the founder here.
I finally escaped to Brooklyn for a long weekend. It's been awhile since my last visit, and there were some friends that it was time to go see. Sometimes you just need to get away and find a new adventure, and sometimes you just need the comfort of old friends. I let all the worries of work leave my head, and just played. I was also able to work on some fun projects which I'm excited to share when the time comes!
One of my favorite stops on the visit was the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. My friend Dani took me there in the morning. We all know how I love my conservatories, but I had never to been to see the one in Brooklyn. On the plus side, theirs is free every Saturday. All that fun without spending a dime. Also, their cafe has some mighty great food. I opted for a fresh pressed juice that kicked me right into gear. I know you're thinking that my favorite part must have been the desert. It came close, but actually - the must see room? The bonsai room. Be sure to check it out. Each tree is truly a work of art.
Last weekend Adam and I were able to spend a rare entire day together. It was such heaven. We ate and walked all over the city, just happy to next to each other. We didn't even have to spend a lot of money, the day was sheer joy. The weather was strangely nice and we really enjoyed being outside. It made it possible to walk everywhere.
Things started at Philly's new best kept secret, Porto, for brunch. After being full of food and coffee, we ventured north. I had always wanted to check out the main branch of Philadelphia's Free Library. It's this huge regal building on the Parkway, and well, I have a thing for libraries. So walking by we made an impromptu pit stop. Pulling books off the shelf, smiling, and embracing - I was so happy to be right there, right then.
From there we walked up the Parkway. Adam casually mentioned never having seen Waterworks, so of course I made us walk down there. How can a man live in Philly so long, and never have seen one of its most beautiful staples? I've been there many times, but this visit huge ice chunks still clung to the water and it was a powerful site.
We could have wandered around the river for hours, but the clock was ticking away, and that Sunday was "pay as you wish" at the art museum. We quickly left the river path to check out the surrealist exhibit before closing. It sure worked up our appetite, so we again walked across the city - this time in search of Bufad's delicious pizza. It was truly our day because when we went to pay, we found out that it was buy one pizza, get one free. It was also Bufad's one year anniversary, and we were treated to surprise champagne and dessert after our delicious meal. Could we have asked for more? I don't think so.
God I love that kid. God I love this city.
The moon has made its cycle. The lunar new year is here. We welcome in the yang energy of the horse that is energetic and quickly moving. I have to admit I'm feeling a little irked. From what I read, it will be a year of headstrong individuals, not much communication, stubbornness. We all know that's not how things get accomplished when it comes to the greater good. Then again, the horse is earth and it's grounded. We're also in the year of the wood horse which eludes to something reaching and growing. Only time will tell whether this means we have a good or bad year ahead. Either way, the New Year is here, let's run with it.
If you're interested in learning more about the Chinese zodiac and the year of the wood horse, read this.