hiking with spring in my step

This weekend, Ryan and I decided to spend a night in the Poconos which is our country home away from home. On our way to our little getaway, we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather (70 and sunny) and go for a hike at Mt. Tammany, a mountain seperating New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While we’ve hiked before, this trail made every other trail we’ve hiked look like a nature walk. As we climbed the mountain, we came accross lots of friendly couples who used words such as “rock slide” and “boulder climbing” as to what we should expect going up the mountain. (Embarrassingly enough, these couples made it look so easy and they were easily 40 years older than us. We, on the other hand, were struggling.) After 1.5 miles up the difficult trail, and several stops to catch our breath, we were able to enjoy the view from the top of the mountain. With beautiful blue clear skies, you could see mountains for as far as the eye could see. (Proof that New Jersey has beauty, if I may…) We didn’t have much time to sit and enjoy, because the sun was quickly setting. After another 2.5 miles down the rockiest path I’ve ever seen, we were able to enjoy the hidden waterfall, and refreshing ravine (it took a lot of restraint to not jump in and drink it all). It seemed to take a lot less time to reach the bottom, since I felt like I was running away from the furry creatures hidden in the woods. We reached the car just as the sun set, and just as we felt like our legs would collapse. All in all, it was a perfect day. Maybe next time we’ll start with a beginners trail…

layers of oriental carpets.

I know I’m a little late with posting this, since the original NY Magazine article is from May, but I felt like I needed to. I spent my summers nannying in the sweet town that Maximilian Sinsteden, a Drew University student, created an authentic living space that is anything but a stereotypical dorm. The eclectic living space is filled with thrift store finds, and thoughtfully mismatched patterns that create a space so sophisticated and artfully curated. 




I have so many photos and art pieces that I’ve run out of wall space. I love the collage of memorable items!


[all photos NY mag]

what i want now.

I often find myself looking at houses online and fell in love with this beautiful colonial. I don’t think we’d buy a house in the near future, but sometimes it’s fun to pretend. I just had to drive by, just for fun, to see what the neighborhood was like. I thought for a price that cheap that it’d be in a bad neighborhood but, to my surprise, it’s so sweetly located on a street with a canopy of trees. 



It’d too bad it’s under contract. hrmphhh.