Good bye 2017 – you were full of surprises and taught me so much but I’m so looking forward to 2018 and all of its opportunities to travel. I already have a three day trip to Paris booked for March. It’s my third time in the City of Love, but my first visiting with someone I’m in love with. How exciting!!

Of course, I’m already thinking ahead and dreaming about where else my passport will take me to in 2018. So far, I’m thinking:

Loft faux fur coat, Zara jeans, Sam Edelman backless loafers, Quay sunglasses

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Locanda Verde brunch

  

Louis Vuitton has a dope exhibition going on right now in Tribeca. “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” pays tribute to 163 years of classic luxury and features everything from decadent gowns to old time luggage. I had originally planned on getting up at 8am that day, expecting the usual NYC wait of 1-3 hours for anything with an expiration date, but I luckily saw a coworker’s Instastory of the exhibition the night before and asked her how long she stood in line. I was a little shocked when she said there was no line and she walked right in, but I guess I went during the onset of the holiday season when most New Yorkers flee the city.

We ate at Locanda Verde beforehand and my boyfriend got shrimp and grits while I ordered lemon ricotta pancakes. My appetite was really low that entire week and I was praying that it was the result of going off birth control. But nope. It’s back and in full force just in time for Christmas. Thank you world for blessing me with the appetite of a bear before hibernation.

 

My roommate asked me about my taste in famous dudes the other day and I explained that I’m attracted to actors based on the roles they’ve played and the talent they exude. I’ve never been into “pretty boys” like Channing Tatum and Chase Crawford but I love rugged, unconventionally hot guys who play very serious roles. My boyfriend jokes that it only took him 7 years of friendship and 2 tattoos for him to win me over.

My favorites include:

Tom Hardy, especially because he’s regularly casted by Christopher Nolan who’s one of my favorite directors

Alex Skarsgard, even when he played a psycho husband in Big Little Lies

Christoph Waltz, mostly because he plays Tarentino’s quirky roles so well

Viggo Mortensen but only as a Russian gangster in Eastern Promises

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My boyfriend turned 26 this past week and I planned an entire day of activities to celebrate. Our last event was a fantastic dinner at Amelie in West Village. We consumed a whole bottle of Cabernet, plus rich dishes like coq au vin, buttery escargot and steak frites. French food never disappoints.

I rarely drink anymore so of course the next day, I dragged myself out of bed at noon for an 11:30am brunch reservation at Cafe Altro Paradiso. Oops. We had their famed Wagyu burger (worth it) and cacio e pepe that turned out to be gnocchi instead of the classic spaghetti (not worth it). While taking photos of the restaurant, the maître d’ told me clients may not want their picture taken, to which I responded, “Can I just take one more?” #anythingfortheblog We stopped by Tibi afterwards and I drooled over their current collection. Also white walls and gold accents have always been my thing.

By the way, the city is dreadfully cold right now. I’m glad I live in a climate where fall and spring last approximately four days every year. New York, I love you.

 

  1. Drone camera so he can get those awesome aerial shots of you when you travel #instaboyfriend
  2. Dear Evan Hansen tickets because finally you won’t be the only one crying during a show
  3. A sassy card that he will (or will at least pretend to) appreciate
  4. Common Project sneakers that give his t-shirt and jeans uniform a sophisticated edge
  5. Tom Brady jersey because let’s face it: he really is the G.O.A.T.
  6. Bedsheets from Brooklinen because no boy ever has ever owned an extra set of sheets
  7. Tray table plus breakfast in bed. Feel free to Seamless because who are you kidding when you say you’re going to cook
  8. Apple TV so you can spend even more time Netflix and Chilling
  9. Harry’s subscription service even though you love his stubble
  10. All Saint’s sweater so he can stay warm when he’s doing #1 above