late afternoon blog

White Heat

I really connect with the writing of Anais Nin, and these words in particular are certainly striking a chord at the moment... I try very hard to be an optimistic person. I think that, for the most part, I am. I look for the good in people and I see the good in things. I am frequently disappointed and sometimes pleasantly surprised. Occasionally I feel really sad for no reason. And when I do, I feel guilty about feeling sad. I say things I don't mean because I am angry for the "wrong reasons" (or maybe they aren't even wrong!?). [...]

By |2015-04-09T01:44:16+00:00March 29th, 2015|LIFESTYLE, OnTheRacks|8 Comments

Rainbow In A Snowstorm

In 23 days I will be leaving New York and moving to Paris. Everyone I tell keeps asking me why I made this drastic, somewhat random decision. My answer is "Why not?". I have been in New York City for a little over three years now...maybe I will come back, maybe I wont. What I do know is it has been the most amazing, difficult, eye-opening chapter of my life. The first real chapter. I also know there is no sense in making long-term plans, because life is insane and will basically never, ever roll out how you expect [...]

By |2015-03-23T12:09:47+00:00March 23rd, 2015|LIFESTYLE, OnTheRacks|8 Comments

May Flowers Always Line Your Path

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through. (Irish Blessing) If you can't tell by now I spend a lot of time reading and am somewhat obsessed with poetic phrases. Here is a fun little gem (or...pot of gold?) I came across -- decided it would pair perfectly with my very green ensemble, in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Better late than never, [...]

By |2015-03-19T13:14:57+00:00March 19th, 2015|LIFESTYLE, OnTheRacks|2 Comments

Whiskey In A Teacup

For the REAL ones. Those friends you knew you'd connect with from day one...even if you met under circumstances so random as being recruited for the same blogger reality show that neither of you would have actually gone through with. << true story Hats off, and flower crowns on, to the people you can laugh and cry and drink and not give two fucks about anything with...sometimes. Here's to the friends who keep you in check and serve as constant reminders - through tough love, encouragement and example - that you you can be simultaneously insane and successful. You can be fun, [...]

By |2015-03-13T09:12:15+00:00March 13th, 2015|EXPERIENCES, LIFESTYLE, OnTheRacks|5 Comments

Sole Traction

It may look all bright and sunny in these photos, but I have never been so freezing cold in my entire life! I must commend myself on becoming a layering pro thanks to my three year stint in NYC, though. Fairly certain that looking "stylish" is nobody's first priority during the months of January and February around these parts. It's safe to say that I put on at least 15 pounds of clothing every time I leave the house these days, in fact. But, c'est la vie. Seasons are awesome and, for the most part, I embrace the [...]

By |2015-03-01T07:47:19+00:00March 1st, 2015|LIFESTYLE, OnTheRacks|8 Comments

Throw Like A Girl

"Yes, I kick like a girl and swim like a girl and I walk like a girl and I wake up in the morning like a girl because I am a girl. And that's not something that I should be ashamed of." I might not be winning any snowball fights, but that isn't because I am a girl. I just happen to suck at being in the snow and don't enjoy when my fingers go numb. If I actually cared about winning a snowball fight, I would win that damn snowball fight. Yes, the title of this post is [...]

By |2015-02-17T13:32:36+00:00February 17th, 2015|EXPERIENCES, LIFESTYLE, OnTheRacks|11 Comments

Stronger Than Blood

I like messy people; people who don’t fit in a box or stay between the lines, but whose integrity is greater than any rule book and whose loyalty is stronger than blood. — Jim Wern This month marks 3 years for me in New York City. And oh, what a long, short, incredibly bizarre journey it has been! I can genuinely say that I treasure the life I've built for myself here. It hasn't always been pleasant, but I learn important lessons daily, and good times have been plentiful.  Not only have I managed to grow into a semi-independent woman [...]

By |2015-01-26T12:09:16+00:00January 26th, 2015|LIFESTYLE, OnTheRacks|8 Comments