NYC has been amazing this week and with an afternoon free, I wanted to explore The Garment District since I haven't spent too much time in the neighborhood. There were a few spots I wanted to try out since I already had a favorite in the area, Culture Espresso, who make some of the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever tried.
The Garment District has evolved so much lately and I started my morning out trying a new coffee shop called Ramini Espresso bar & Cafe.
Ramini was the first stop of the morning with some pretty delicious lattes and pastries. It was similar to Turkish pastries I miss so much. Not to mention, the banana bread slices are more than enough for two people to share and it's one of the best I've tried.
My next stop for lunch was on the rooftop of the Refinery Hotel. I fell in love with its charming aesthetic as soon as I entered. It felt like an open garden with a beautiful view and bright lit seating area.
Some of my favorite picks: truffle fries, meatballs in a yogurt tomato sauce, and a kale cashew salad.
I continued to explore the surrounding streets and even a bit of Times Square.
I can't wait to be back to try more places around the city. Be sure to check out these spots in the area if you're visiting :) Hope you enjoyed!
Photos: Elizabeth Catalano
Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend so far. As you can see, I've done my usual coffee run with my favorite avocado + egg toast combo from a new coffee shop I discovered, Paramount Coffee Project. Talk about some quality time with good food + rest. I loved finding new places to go and explore around on the weekends.
On top of having a fun weekend, I wanted to share some habits I've found to make a Sunday successful. Why just a Sunday? Often times I feel like Saturday's get thrown into the pace of the week where unfinished errands happen, as well as other busy activities. That only leaves Sunday to fully rest before another week begins and I know for me, they're pivotal to unwind and prepare for my week in a way that leaves me refreshed.
1. Seek Productivity Away From Work
It's important to recharge and reenergize without straining yourself before the week starts. This could look like pursuing a hobby or passion that you normally don't get to do throughout the week. Even if you are pursuing your passion throughout the week, take time to do something else on the weekend that you normally wouldn't do. This could be hiking, exploring new places, building something– anything that's unrelated to your business.
2. Get Some Exercise– This Means Several Different Things...
It's no secret that physical activity helps us feel great physically, as well as mentally and emotionally. You may not have time to do it throughout the week and this could be great alone time to get away whether it's in a gym, hike, or a walk somewhere you've always wanted to go. Find the type of exercise that sounds exciting to you, instead of one that feels like a burden. It'll also help clear your mind and give focus for the upcoming week.
3. Updates And Maintenance
This could represent a lot of different things– but surprisingly the kind of "work" that stimulates instead of stresses. It could mean organizing your home or office, getting the car cleaned, personal grooming with hair and nails, etc. It could even be catching up with friends and family you haven't been able to talk to over the week. Handling small tasks and chores that you couldn't get to throughout the week and keeping a list of them will help stay organized.
4. Socialize And Network
Everyone's idea of what this looks like is different. I know for me as a blogger, part of my job is socializing and networking, so it can be exhausting. However, I love to have quality time over a coffee or Sunday brunch with close friends I can simply have fun with, without thinking about needing to 'network.' Getting out and socializing is also a great way to process your week with a friend and share the things you're looking forward to in the next week.
5. Plan The Upcoming Week
A big part of Sunday should be devoted to planning the upcoming week. Meetings, appointments, dinners, errands, etc all should be written or logged somewhere in plain sight to see. There should not only be practical things planned, but even physical or emotional goals for that week, whether it's with fitness or something you're dealing with. It's also a great time to write out a grocery list and meal ideas to make throughout the week.
While there's many more, I hope these few reminders can help move your Sunday along a little more smoothly. Have any other Sunday rituals? Feel free to share below! xx
Wireless freedom, as Sudio puts it, is the next best thing. Sudio is a Swedish company that creates studio quality earbuds that can be used for not only listening to music, but taking calls. Since they operate from bluetooth, I never have to worry about the proximity of my phone but I'm free to roam with everything still in tact.
Not only is the functionality wonderful, but the design is modern, simple, and elegant. Mine is the Vasa Bla, rose gold and white. Each box contains a leather pouch to keep the ear buds in, extra sleeves, quality assurance card, metal clip, charging cable, and battery. Each detail is thought of, not to mention, they have multiple options as far as colors and design go. Plainly put, I'm in love.