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06.30.17Friday Finds

White Lake, NC

Fridays before a holiday weekend are always extra exciting! I happen to love, love, love the 4th of July. We’ve got a lot lined up between visits with family and soaking up summertime fun with friends. Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have a happy 4th!

Ambassadors selected the one book you should read before visiting their country.

Where to take out-of-towners visiting NYC, broken down by type of guest.

I’m a sucker for soft pretzels and want to try this recipe asap.

Eagerly awaiting Dan Brown’s newest book, to be released this October.

Podcasts are really having a moment. Here are some of the year’s best.

Put this on your “Summer in NYC list” of things to do.

Eyeing this adorable gingham top.

I love straw bags for summer, and this Etsy shop knocks it out of the park.

I finished this entertaining read this week, and I’m eager to get to the rest of the series.

06.21.17Summer Fun List – 2017

Happy summer solstice! In honor of it being the first official day of summer, I thought I’d share our summer fun list. Each season, we come up with a list of things we’d like to do. This summer, we printed it out and put it on our refrigerator. We’ve been having fun crossing things off our list together! What things are you looking forward to this summer?!

  • US Open with Steph and Rob
  • Day trip to Rockaway Beach via ferry
  • Movie in a park
  • Picnic in Central Park or Carl Schurz
  • Rooftop at the Met
  • NYC Philharmonic free concert in Central Park
  • Friday night cocktails on our roof deck
  • Host a dessert and cocktails night on our roof deck
  • Smorgasburg
  • Cha Cha Matcha for matcha soft serve ice cream
  • Lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster
  • Mostly Mozart Celebration (Lincoln Center)
  • Summer Swing Party in Damrosch Park (Lincoln Center)
  • Central Park Garden Party
  • John Legend concert at Madison Square Garden
  • Celebrate our anniversary in DC
  • See the Great Comet
  • Make fruit pizza
  • Make frozen strawberry lemonade
  • California trip!
  • Bike ride
  • Visit Riverside Park
  • Baseball game
  • City Winery on Pier 26
  • Make s’mores over our stove
  • Day trip to Montauk lighthouse (LIRR)
  • Jazz & Chihuly Night at NYBG

06.19.17Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

This spring when the New York Botanical Garden announced a new exhibition featuring Dale Chihuly, Rob and I knew we’d be making at least one trip to the world-class botanical gardens in the Bronx to catch a glimpse. Chihuly’s colorful blown-glass work can be described as “breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form.” For years, I’ve loved seeing his work at various museums. I first saw a piece as a massive chandelier-like fixture in the lobby of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Then I saw more of his work on display at the Mint Museum in Charlotte. And just recently, Rob and I came across one of his sculptures hanging above the second floor rotunda at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

We made our first trip to NYBG’s Chihuly exhibition on my birthday when we attended the annual Daffodil and Wine Festival. On that trip, we checked out some of his quirky, gorgeous glass sculptures sprinkled throughout the gardens, as well as the more museum-like display inside the library. We wanted to save the sculptures inside the conservatory for another planned visit! So last Friday night, we took a picnic to the Jazz + Chihuly concert on the lawn of the conservatory and then went inside to see the sculptures with all the greenery and flowers. I had never been through the conservatory at dusk, but it was spectacular. The Chihuly sculptures were all lit up and truly breathtaking.

Whether you go at night or at day, whether you visit the sculptures in the conservatory, the library, or around the gardens, just make sure you go! The Chihuly exhibition is running through Sunday, October 29, 2017.