we'll take this city

in the far, far reaches of my memories... back in the oh-so-distant month of June... I had the pleasure of spending my second-favourite time of year with one of my dearest friends. 

the time of course was my birthday (second favourite to Christmastime!), and as usual it was pretty much the same time as hers. her being the fantastically beautiful, kind-hearted, high-sea sailing Emily. 

we celebrated our 27th birthdays exploring the Big Apple together. I already shared pictures from my big day with you, and now I'd like to proudly present a few from the rest of Em's visit. that will pretty much catch me up on this blog, adventure-wise. uh, at least for the summer... 

we sassed it up with Lady Liberty at the Brooklyn Flea...

and stopped by The Pink Teacup for brunch, and to get out of the rain.

I had chicken and waffles! yummm.

later we got to do the most wonderful thing in the whole entire world... see Wicked! Em's first time, my fifth. gets better every time. ♥

can you believe it, she still couldn't get a cab...

Brando joined us for a day out on the town and delicious, delicious burritos at Blockheads. he likes to make faces. he's kind of a blockhead, too.

just two pals, bein' cool in New York City.

we paid a nighttime visit to the Brooklyn Bridge, to enjoy the view and do a little spontaneous yoga. like you would.

she's a beauty.

not a bad view. 

I could squish that adorable face. you don't look a day over 21. 

we spent a hot afternoon in Central Park before heading downtown for more material pursuits... mainly donuts and shopping.

this was my first visit to Chelsea Market, and I'm kind of in love. it's beautiful and full of yummy food, and I could spend all day in the flea market. I've been back a few times since then!

after the market it was pretty much a hop, skip, and a jump (or a little green elevator) to the High Line. I did not act my age and cooled my feet in the water like a toddler. the only way to live.

I know this is just a picture of local beer, but I love it. Emily took it at this amazing little Thai place we discovered because we were too lazy to walk any further away from the subway for dinner. it was a splendid evening, and also I like the lighting. so there!

can I get your hand to write on?

it's a funny thing, this business of blogging. 
not that I consider my blog in any way a business, mind you. but the whole idea of posting snippets of your personal life on the interweb is rather convoluted. 

recently I was tagged in a post by Kelly Del Valle on the process of blog writing, and it posed some questions that I found really difficult to answer! but hey, introspection can be very healthy. so I rambled on with my "answers" anyway, and now you all get to read them. 

What are you working on?
hmm, well, in terms of writing, I am currently just working on my day-to-day blogging. I've had this blog for a long time now but I really want to start taking it seriously as a creative outlet, and as potential career bait. I haven't had a writing job since graduation, so blogging is the only thing preventing my brain cells from slowly dying off (as hard as that may be to believe with the quality of the content sometimes!). I want it to be the very best representation of me that it can be.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?
honestly, I have no idea. there are millions of style/lifestyle bloggers out there who are more interesting or more fashionable or more inspiring than me. but everyone is different, right? the only answer I have to what makes my blog different is that I'm me, and everybody else isn't.

Why do you write what you do?
I started my blog because I was obsessed with fashion, then obsessed with fashion blogs, and even though I was always squeamish in front of a camera (well, after the age of six- apparently I was quite a ham as a child) the progression seemed natural. I'd had an online journal before, and I missed the catharsis and sense of creativity that came with it. basically I look at blogging as a big, digital memory box, a way for me to look back at my life, or parts of it, and really see it. I guess I write what I do to remember, and a little for self-discovery. looking back is often really helpful in planning to go forward. 
I'd like to think that what I write means something to other people; to entertain, to inspire, or identify with. but realistically I'm in this for the fun of it. :)

How does your writing process work?
again, I have no idea. I usually choose photos I want to share and see what I want to say about them. sometimes I have nothing to say. sometimes it's just a recap, or a silly little caption. right now I'm kind of struggling with inspiration and finding a voice, so my writing doesn't really have a process. I'm just trying to stick with it! 

so that's that! you're supposed to tag three people, but I'm just going to ask anyone who wants to share their answers to link to their post in the comments. it will be fun to read how other people approach blogging. cause clearly I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing, haha. 

thanks to Kelly for the tag and the post idea! 
happy blogging, pals.