Leather leggings, where have you been all my life? During our time in SoHo we stopped into the Aritzia store on Broadway and I had some fun with their staff, styling a few cold weather looks for NYC. These faux leather leggings, thick knit sweater, and bomber jacket were the perfect pieces to layer with over a plain tee while running around the city that day. Lunch and a sweet treat at Maman hit the spot before shopping around a bit more and meeting with friends for coffee. For the most part it was a pretty laid back day and the chill in the air reminded us why we loved New York this time of year so much. We ended up heading back to Long Island during rush hour for a family dinner, and in true New York fashion dashed from our cab in the middle of bumper to bumper traffic to catch our train. Running through Penn Station definitely brought back some memories for us. Haha! READ MORE
With a new year, comes a new perspective. Something we both decided we really wanted to be conscious of this year is sharing more of those “in-between” moments here on the blog. We chatted a bit about it as far as our home renovation and projects go, but the same goes for fashion and our everyday outfits. Here’s a look at an outfit I wore yesterday for meetings in the city and then lunch and shopping with friends. It was sooo much colder than I remembered NY winters to be, but a few layers kept me warm while running in and out of cabs. READ MORE
A few weeks ago we planned a surprise trip to NY to visit friends and family. A relative of ours was sick for quite some time, battling cancer for several years. Over the last few months her condition had escalated. We wanted to be there and spend some time together with family. We had planned the trip, flights were in place, secret pick ups from the airport were arranged, and we couldn’t be more excited to see everyone. Five days before we were set to leave AZ, we got a call from the east coast that our loved one had passed. Those next few days were a whirlwind of emotions.
We hurried to move our flights up, finished some projects we had been working on over here, and got things in order for the trip. We took the red eye Tuesday night, arrived in NY on Wednesday morning at 6am, and attended funeral services by 9am. We felt like walking zombies with full hearts and cold hands. The first few days were rough, but being in a house full of our closest family and friends was so comforting.
We visited some of our old favorite places on Long Island and a few new ones too, before the big snow storm Jonas hit. We spent some time in Huntington Village and Long Beach, getting our coffee and macaron fix. Some places worth checking out are: Southdown Coffee, Kiss My Cake, and Gentle Brew.
The day before the storm we went to a local grocery we used to frequent when we lived there, to pick up a few things, and it was a mad house! We forgot how crazy everyone would get before a snow storm…stocking up on groceries, especially bread and milk. 😉 Saturday we were snowed in so we spent the day playing in the snow with our nephews, making paninis, and cozying up with some Netflix. If you follow along with us on snapchat, you also might have seen a pretty intense Pluto and Mr. Potato hide-and-seek session with the kids. Haha 🙂 It was nice to just take it easy and relax together with everyone. We caught up with a few friends over lunch the next day at a local pizza place.
After the snow was cleaned up a little, we headed into the city for some good coffee at Happy Bones, shopping in SoHo, and lunch at The Butcher’s Daughter. So good — get the green juice. That night we took the train into Brooklyn to meet with our friends from Bridge & Burn who were in town for a trade show. It’s no secret we’ve been fans of their company for quite a while now. We have partnered together quite a bit over the last year, so it was nice to put a face to the name after all this time. We can’t wait to go visit these guys in Portland soon! We had such a fun dinner full of good conversation and a lot of laughs at Maison Premiere. (If you’re a seafood lover — definitely check it out!)
We spent our last day on Long Island with family and then a quick lunch in Long Beach with Steffy and her husband Matt. It was so great meeting after being friends on social media and chatting for so long. It’s amazing how instagram and blogging has connected us with some of the sweetest people. It’s nice to know we have two new friends on LI when we go to visit.
We got back into town early this morning. Given the circumstances, we tried to make the most of the trip and stay surrounded by our family and friends. It was definitely hard to say goodbye to everyone, but it feels good to settle in to our home again for the next few days. In just two short days we’ll be packing our bags again and heading on a Caribbean cruise! We can’t wait! We’ll be snapping a lot on the trip. In the mean time, be sure to follow along with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more updates and photos!
Last week we spent a few days in NY, with our time split between the city and Long Island. It was a busy week filled with birthday celebrations, wedding festivities and catching up with friends and family, with a bit of work mixed in. It was the first time we had been back since last July, so we tried to pack in as much as we could in those few short days. It definitely felt like a marathon at times, but we had so much fun revisiting some of our favorite old spots, like the park we got engaged in and our go-to coffee shop, meeting up with friends in the East Village for some tasty treats, and strolling through Chelsea. One thing we definitely underestimated was how drastic the temperature change was. From AZ to NY, temperatures dropped almost 30 degrees and our bodies definitely weren’t ready for it. We’re still nursing some colds we picked up along the way. Wish we had snapped a few more photos, but we really just enjoyed our time catching up on life with those close to us. Until next time New York!
While we were back in New York, we had the pleasure of meeting up with photographer, Whitney Hayes. For so long now, we have been gushing over her work, so when she contacted us about shooting some photos around NYC, we were so excited! Whitney has a special way of documenting life, and catching light in such a powerful way.
We met in SoHo at this awesome little coffee shop/board shop called Saturdays Surf NYC. If you walk through to the back, you can sit out on the deck and enjoy their beautiful garden. To our surprise, Whitney introduced us to the lovely, Niki Csanyi, who came along to shoot some photos around the city as well. It was so fun for us to see the same moments captured through two different perspectives and styles. Stay tuned for part II of this shoot!
Last week we headed back to Long Island for the first time in a year. We had so many plans…people we wanted to see, food we wanted to eat (that we can’t seem to find in AZ), and places we wanted to visit. One of our must-go-to places was a little park not too far from where we used to live. It’s where we went on our first dates together, shared stories, laughed and, where we got engaged. We were happy to see the park didn’t change a bit and were so glad we were able to spend the afternoon reminiscing. It will always hold a special place in our hearts.
We are Robert and Christina: husband and wife, photo takers, adventurers and best friends. We like to laugh too hard, dance all night, and explore together. Here is a little glimpse into our lives in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.