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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What's Goin' Down

Oh hai, trip to New York. You're sure sneaking up quickly... What have I done to prepare? Umm... I bought a new dress. Yikes, I need to start researching a bit, eh? There's so much art to see and I'll only be there for a couple days... Reading this article about the 10 most inspiring young artists in NYC right now, made me just a tad excited to go check out the scene.

Here's part of my NY to-do wishlist. I doubt I'll get to do everything, but srsly it's ok. I'll be in NY. That's enough.

Brooklyn Museum: Keith Haring: 1978-1982

Can it get more New York than a Keith Haring show? I think not. Oh and in honor of this exhibition, the Keith Haring Foundation is posting Haring's journals to Tumblr. One page each day for the duration of the show. So. Awesome.


Gagosian Gallery: Richard Avedon

According to The New York Times, Richard Avedon's fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century. Kind of a big deal? I'm gonna say yesss.


James Cohan Gallery: Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday

Who doesn't love abstract art? Ok actually a lot of people. It's usually weird, I get that. But that's kind of what I like about it. Hear me out... no matter how weird the work is, there's always a story behind it, a tangle of personal, societal, and/or political references that make even the most ridiculous pile of contemporary art relevant in the history of art. Ok enough arty talk.

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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

The Other Emerald City

Ever been to that place that frequently has you a. spinning in circles like a lunatic exclaiming THIS! (as if that explains something specific) or b. makes you excited about running ten miles in the rain? Do you live there now? Oregon is this place for me. Love at first glimpse of ferns growing from tree branches. The husband and I recently forayed back to the 541 to see some fantastic and hospitable (hi Lindsay) old friends, eat a lot of breakfast, run in the rain and spend a few hours on the coast at the inn where we got hitched. Yes, that is a rainbow. No, I did not see a unicorn.

Slow Down

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in the mountains with one of my very favorite families. It made me realize how important it is to get away from the routine, slow down, eat well, and surround yourself with positive people. Now how do I hang onto this feeling after the weekend... that's the tricky part. Pinterest, help a sista out.

Pinterest is the best site for inspiration ever. Fact.

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Hello from Seattle

Hey there, friends. You know I couldn't stay away from the blog for a whole week! I just had to pop in to say hello and share some Instagram action from Seattle town.

So turns out Seattle is full of deliciousness and sunshine... or at least that's how it's been for the last few days. And ohmygod, guys, Blogshop was amazeballs. I'll be sure to write a full report this weekend when I get back to the frozen tundra that is Colorado.

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

1 Day Until Blogshop

The time has come, friends! I'm off to Seattle. I can't wait to tell you all about the two day party/learn-fest that is Blogshop. And after Blogshop, I'll have a whole week of relaxin' with the boyfriend in Seattle-town. MUCH NEEDED. See you when I get back, dear readers! Oh who am I kidding, I'll be blogging from Seattle.

And I'll probably be posting pics like this to Instagram... and other cramazing things.

Image by Olivia Larrain Heiremans. Found via Miss Moss.