my current reads!

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as of lately, i’ve had a major kick for reading and have been flying through any book i can get my hands on. it hasn’t always been this way… i used to HATE reading and wouldn’t have been caught dead with a book in my hands. my little sister, on the other hand, has always love loved reading and when we were younger she would BEG me to read a book she had just finished and thought was so good. and i was always the bratty older sister who refused each and every time (i’m so sorry emma, i really am!!)

anyways, nowadays i am hardly ever without a book (although i will admit, sometimes i will buy one, read a few chapters, then buy another book that sounded great too, forgetting the past book altogether… i’m trying to work on this, haha). but when i intern in the city, i usually get in pretty early and love to start the day with a coffee at starbucks and a chapter or two of my current read (i know, i know, i’m in new york city and i choose to get STARBUCKS of all things, but the gold points keep me coming back, haha). i’m bummed that i get so carsick, otherwise i would spend my hour commute each way reading too!

i thought i’d share some of the books i’ve read recently below, as well as a few others that are on my “must read” list!

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things to do this fall!

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first of all, the above photo is from last december when my sister came to visit in nyc and we had the greatest weekend ever! but it was so funny because we were in total christmas mode and the leaves were JUST changing!! (actually let’s be real, i’m already in christmas mode now haha, but the warm weather staying throughout em’s visit was a total bonus!)

anyways, it’s officially the first week of fall and i could not be more excited for this season to come! the weather this week has felt extra fall-like, which has been a nice change from the hot and humid weather we’ve endured for the past few months! this season on the east coast is especially gorgeous, with the leaves changing and pumpkin patches and the fact that everyone here gets 10 times more enthusiastic about halloween than anywhere else. also, i could seriously spend every day of fall at the halloween store or the halloween themed section of target… seriously aren’t those the best?!

below i’ve included a bunch of ideas for things to do that are especially fall-related. some of them you can do anywhere, while others are specific to the new york/new jersey area. however, i’ve included links to other options for my colorado people at the end, too! because shout out to colorado for having such a beautiful fall as well.

enjoy:)

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a sunny weekend in new york city

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this post is a collection of photos from friday and saturday in nyc this past weekend! like i said in my last post, my dad and i had the absolute best time and squeezed in so many things during our short trip there.

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top of the rock and much much more!

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in case you missed the millions of snapchats and instagrams of mine, you should know that this past weekend my dad and i spent a few days back in new york city! i wasn’t able to move in to school until sunday so we had the perfect idea of preparing with a few days back in the big apple. we fit in as much as possible in the quick little trip, which was filled with walking, delicious food, amazing views, and lots and lots of blisters!

our friday started at 3am when we woke up to catch our flight and didn’t end until 1am at serendipity! and in between was a whole lot of fun. a bunch of photos below!

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pineapple summer!!

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alright so if you follow me on instagram or facebook, you’ve probably seen quite a few pineapple photos. this summer was deemed “pineapple summer” and it was one of my favorite summers to date. and i always get asked why it was the summer of the pineapple and figured i might as well explain it once and for all here-with a bunch of fun photos too!

i really can’t take a ton of credit, as one of my best friends, lindsey, is the one who thought up pineapple summer. she’s always thinking of fun and silly things like that and when i first saw her after flying back from school, she so graciously informed me that the theme of the summer would be pineapples. and i laughed and went with it. but then, as i was walking around the paper source store in cherry creek one day (which side note has the cutest things ever, all the time) i saw two pairs of pineapple sunglasses!! so i of course had to buy a pair for each of us and then surprised lindsey with them. and those sunglasses have gone with us pretty much everywhere this summer. we also got matching pineapple floaties because why not?!

as usual, may thru august has already come and gone and it feels like just yesterday i was on my flight home from new jersey. but it was so so great to be back in colorado for the past few months! even though i am most certainly excited to be back in nyc:)

also a special thanks to all my glenwood girlfriends for adopting me while i was back home and always being the greatest friends. i’ll miss you all bunches this fall!

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em and i’s last week in pictures

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today there was a sale on hydrangeas at the store and i about died!! hydrangeas are seriously my favorite flower ever and i literally buy them all the time. anyways, this was a busy week with nannying and interning and getting emma packed for college, especially as i try to spend practically every waking minute hanging out with her, lol. however, we managed to have a couple fun moments here and there! so below are some pictures from the week and i hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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sister date ideas!

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okay so sisters… if you have one sometimes you wish you didn’t and if you don’t sometimes you wish you did. for those of us lucky enough to have a sister, or two, or even more, you know what it’s like to love someone so much than you could seriously crush them with a hug and at the same time despise them so much that you think this time you’d actually be mean enough to cut off their hair in their sleep. my sister is the only person i know that can drive me so crazy i can’t even look at her and then 10 minutes later be dying laughing about some inside joke we have together. but let me just say right now, 11 times out of 10, i couldn’t be happier to have a little sis.

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canvas and cocktails!!

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emma, my mom and i went to canvas and cocktails in cherry creek north for the first time yesterday and had seriously such a fun time!! in case you haven’t heard about it, at canvas and cocktails they have a schedule of different paintings they do each day and then you can choose which painting you like best and sign up for a step by step class where they show you how to paint it! all three of us are very type A and not creative like at all so to have someone telling us exactly what to paint and when was right up our alley! plus they have fun music and cocktails and if you happen to be far more creative than 80 percent of the people there, you’re free to paint whatever you want on your blank canvas too!

anyways, it was 2 and 1/2 hours of pure dancing, painting, and laughing and i would HIGHLY recommend going there sometime! they have tons of different locations and you can find them and their schedules HERE. more photos of the afternoon below!:)

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another day, another festival!

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earlier today, a few of us headed over to cherry creek for the cherry creek arts festival to spend the day wandering around some gorgeous collections and grab a bite to eat. the festival is located in cherry creek north and is going on through tomorrow so if you have the time, i would recommend going! not only are there a bunch of exquisite artists and pieces at the festival, but there are also soooo many places to get food and shop too (like lululemon, francesca’s, and kate spade)! plus, everyone was all dressed up in red, white, and blue today so i can’t even imagine how festive people will be tomorrow!

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places to eat in nyc!

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alright so as promised, this next post is all about places to eat in manhattan! (first post on things to do in nyc HERE). i’m thoroughly convinced that you could live in new york city all your life, eat at a different restaurant every day, and still not try all of the places available! so i’m just going to start this off by saying that there are seriously sooooo many amazing places to eat and i’ve just barely begun trying them all. plus, once i find a place i really like, i tend to go there often which also doesn’t help me in trying to constantly eat at new places. but i make an effort to not go to the same restaurants too often. that being said, there are some places that i would eat at again and again everyday for the rest of my life and never get bored.

one of my favorite things about new york in general is the fact that there are so many different options, for every meal of the day. while it makes narrowing down somewhere to eat extremely difficult at times, it also allows for so many possibilities. i think food is such an important part of life and trying new things always helps to understand and appreciate how different every culture and cuisine is.

that being said, below, i’ve included a long list of my absolute favorite places to eat in manhattan, including brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert options. if you ever end up checking any of these places out, let me know because i hope you’ll agree with me in how wonderful they all are!:)

MEGAN’S ULTIMATE LIST OF PLACES TO EAT IN NYC:

BRUNCH:

1. Café Henrie

i first visited cafe henri just a couple weeks ago after hearing about it from multiple sources. it’s an adorable little coffee shop/diner where you can sit and chat with friends or read or work on the computer. the place is also decked out in cute pink accessories, making it a girls dream. menu

location: 116 Forsyth Street, New York, NY 10003

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