Here I Go...

I'm off to New York today - eep! Preeety darn excited about it and I cannot wait to share all the fun with you next week. Can't wait till then? I understand, I'm impatient too. You better believe there will be instagramming and tweeting, which you can follow here and here. See you next week, friends!

P.S. Kate's totally got your blog-reading needs covered while I'm gone. Check back tomorrow for Shoes and Views!

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NY Wishlist: Top 5

With my trip to NY quickly approaching, I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my precious 2 days there...

... here are my thoughts so far:

1. eat an authentic New York bagel. There's a place in Denver called New York Bagel, but something tells me the bagels are just made here in Denver... and yes, this is my number 1 wish.

2. drink a cosmopolitan - I know, I know. What can I say, Sex and the City was basically my dating guide for 10 years... until I realized taking real life advice from a tv show probably isn't the best idea.

3. Brooklyn. I just want to go there, hang out, soak it all in. Omigosh if I could visit the Tattly headquarters, I would die. Even if I could just walk by their headquarters. Casually of course... while staring.

4. go to H&M. Ok I know in the city of New York there are waaaay cooler places to shop than H&M, but everywhere I travel this is where I go. It's my weird travel thing. Best H&M so far? Paris.

5. gallery hop in the city I'm pretty sure invented gallery hopping. Last week I posted a few of my exhibition picks. A few more gems I've come across since then include Interstate Projects (in Brooklyn!), The Pace Gallery, and the David Nolan Gallery. I better stop researching, I'll just keep finding more and more arty awesomeness.

See you soon, New York. I'll be the girl incessantly taking instagrams...

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Thinking BIG

Soo lately I've been thinking about dream jobs. You know the kind of job you daydream about at your current job? Yep. That's the one.

I didn't have a dream job until 5 months ago. Crazy, right?? I mean, when I was little I thought I wanted to be a vet until I found out I faint at the sight of blood. Not even kidding. My dog got in a fight, his ear was bleeding, I toppled right over into a pile of firewood.

Anyhoo... Other than my short-lived dreams of being a vet, I never knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. All throughout high school and college, any career-related questions gave me severe anxiety. By the end of college and during grad school I knew I wanted to be in the art world in some capacity... but that's it.

Thanks to starting this little blogging adventure 7 months ago, I've finally figured it out. If I could really do anything, my dream would be to travel around the world attending incredible art events and blogging about the whole experience... and in the process pin and instagram up a storm.

Now. How to get paid for such a dream job... that's the tricky part. I'm sure gonna try my best to make it happen.

What's your dream job? If you could really do anything, what would you do?

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Setting the Mood: NYC

New York City. Is there any place like it? Nope. Sure isn't. I'm so excited to go back for a visit next month! Just think, the art, the food, the cosmopolitans! Oh you know I'll have to have a cosmo Sex and the City style... It would be a crime not to. A crime against women or SATC lovers or something.

I haven't been to New York in 6 years! Wowza, an overdue trip for an art history grad, eh? Now I have a month to plan some effortlessly chic outfits for gallery hopping and art viewing. I especially need something awesome for this fab event with my very favorite little artist Allie Pohl. Time to get shoppin'.

Can't wait to get some New York into my life. What are some of your favorite places to go to in New York? I'd love to hear!

Image cred: Cosmos & New York images | Dream Big | Line poster | Polka dot shorts | Striped skirt | Dress | Polka dot pants

15,000 Miles and a Monkey or Two

Since Erin is living it up in Sea town this week I figured it was finally time for a travel recap of my own. A couple months back I hopped on a plane(s) to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Quite the destination for a girl without a single stamp in her passport. Well worth it to watch my dear friend Mali tie the knot with a fantastic fellow. And to take a couple thousand pictures. That being said - far too many pics for just one post! Addis reminded me of Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy World intermixed with roaming animals and horns before brakes race track style driving. Mali is fortunate to live in a literal tropical oasis in the midst of a very harried city scape. From within the garden walls the sounds of traffic, donkeys and calls to prayer sound throughout the day. When I was a kid, I hated quiet. I lived in a small town that completely shut down on Sundays and I always felt a little paranoid that the zombie apocalypse had taken place. I had a vivid imagination. My favorite places now of course, are the ones where the nights are so heavy with silence that they seem alive with memory - where it's impossible to be lonesome yet you are totally alone. Negash Lodge  in Wolliso has easily taken it's place amongst my favorite places on earth.

From top: 1 - 4 Mali's garden in Addis; 5-10 Negash Lodge, Wolliso; 11-12 Wenchi Crater. All images © Kate Donaldson

Guess Where I'm Going?

LA!! (Did the image give it away?) So excited to visit my bestie in Los Angeles again. I think it should be a monthly tradition, but this thing called work keeps getting in the way, what the eff... anyhoo, as I'm gearing up to leave I'm getting oh so excited to eat here and see this. And I can't wait to share my weekend of art & food with you when I get back!

What are some of your favorite places in LA?

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The Art of Traveling

In honor of Kate being out of town, I decided to write a post dedicated to the art of traveling. I have the following excerpt from Kent Nerburn's book taped to my wall. It's SUCH a good slice of wisdom, I had to share it with you... plus some sweet travel-related images.

"We need to travel. If we don't offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don't lift to the horizon: our ears don't hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting.

We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Don't let yourself become one of these people. The fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveler has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice.

To be sure, there will be moments of doubt when you stand alone on an empty road in an icy rain, or when you are ill with fever in a rented bed. But as the pains of the moment will come, so too will they fall away.

In the end, you will be so much richer, so much stronger, so much clearer, so much happier, and so much better a person that all the risk and hardship will seem like nothing compared to the knowledge you have gained."


Excerpt from: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Women, Life and Love; Images from top: Quit your job...; Not all those...; wonderlandadventures via Live and Enliven; Europa Touring/Paris; celebration of colour via Plenty of Colour