The last two months have been quite a whirlwind.
A minor lower back injury started the year off a bit rocky, and although I haven’t healed completely just yet, I’m on my way to being back to normal.
It’s been brutally cold! I mean, REALLY cold in NYC. I grew up in a very tropical, sunny climate, and have never lived in a place with winter until this year. It’s been quite an adjustment, and I’m not sure that I will ever fully enjoy it – but it’s almost over! Feels pretty neat to have survived, and on the days it snows, it can be very quieting and beautiful. However, the freezing sideways sleet rain, that, I can do without.
February brought many birthday celebrations! And a trip home to Florida, to spend it with my best friends and family. Visiting Vero was much needed, and the sunshine helped revitalize before returning to the frozen city. It was great to have a little break from all the stresses and cold, and soooo nice to spend time with best girlfriends. I also got to celebrate in NYC with my friends up here, and the Hamptons too, with my boyfriend and his family. So much birthday! Even a little celebratory trip to my favorite vineyard snuck its way in.
Work definitely picked up, and many hours outside of work were spent working. Some nights and mornings I felt very, very down, and a bit confused if I was in the right industry. But, some big changes are on the horizon, and I will be sure to update the blog when those are finalized. :)
Today is March 1st, and I’m deciding it’s time for a little alteration in my perception. I am looking forward to these next few weeks, and all the positive changes ahead. I know that good things are a comin’ (Spring, sunshine, and flowers!), and the creative juices are finally flowin again. I have a few projects in mind, that I will likely share on here, and others that may take some more time to figure out. Looking forward to seeing the seasons change once again, and wondering around the city that never sleeps without a big ole puffy coat. March, I’m coming for ya!
See below for a few Candied moments between January and February
One Year Anniversary painting with my love
Absorbing every possible second in the sun while in Florida
My three best girlfriends celebrating my 24th together in our hometown
A Candied-Life inspired birthday cake, “to a girl who is going places” :)
the one picture I have from celebrating my birthday in NYC, at Gemma in the Bowery Hotel, yummy molten chocolate cake followed by drinks with friends at the bar
my absolute favorite glass of wine in Sagaponack, NY, Wolffer Vineyards blanketed in snow
The fourth and final birthday cake! At Dylan Prime in Tribeca last night
my handsome prince charming and I, tan and healthy again from all that needed sunshine
girl talk and beach walking with my best girlfriend
favorite breakfast in NYC – Ess-a-Bagel
favorite place to grab a lazy late weekend brunch, Babette’s in East Hampton
my first hockey game, front row cheering on the Rangers
a pause in a busy morning to capture the pretty new snow on old stoops in the Upper East Side
keeping warm and celebrating a girlfriends February birthday at Chalk Point Kitchen and The Handy Bar in Soho
a fabulous weekend brunch with a friend at Lafayette, pommes frites were a must
My bed in Vero adorned by Sassy Boutique gifts from my mom, I forgot birthdays meant presents!
waking up to a cookie cake delivered at midnight to celebrate 24 by the most thoughtful guy I know
smiling through the crazy cold and inhaling some beautiful morning light before heading to work