Life Lately (25).

I can’t really believe how bad I’ve been about posting. I guess real life (or something like it) gets in the way sometimes. Alas, here are some of my moments lately.

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A trip to Rockaway for a sunset stand up paddle boarding lesson was all kinds of new to me. An empty, clean beach? In Queens? Surfboards? What is happening here?

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I quickly ditched the queries for this refuel. All the goodies at Rockaway Beach Surf Club, a must must must try if you’re in NYC–and willing to make the lengthy trip. Expect stellar tacos, watermelon margs, and the coolest clientele you could ever imagine.

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Shot from the window of a 7am pilates class at my favorite studio that overlooks a corner of Union Square.

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A little bit of the Greek islands in NYC, thanks to Souvlaki GR.

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A quiet corner doused in natural light. As seen at a work event I attended at Hotel Eventi.

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Life Lately (24).

College makes one accustomed to having a mere three hours of the day occupied. With some two classes a day, I had a freakish number of free hours at my disposal. How I spent those hours continues to stump me, but I had them nonetheless. So now that I have a 9-5:30 internship schedule, I’m far more conscious of the time I have for myself and how I can best spend it. In short, I’m attempting to make the most of my far less open days. Here’s how.

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I’ve found myself in a committed relationship with my local Yoga to the People studio, where I head for quick vinyasa practices when I can.

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I continue to walk my way through the city’s diverse ‘hoods. From the pristine Upper East Side, pictured above, to Prospect Park.

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I’ve wandered over to the Met to check out the Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibit, Manus x Machina. The show, which examines the contested intersection of handmade and machine-made, as well as haute couture and ready-to-wear, fashions made me wish I was famous, could attend the Met Gala, had reasons to regularly wear blue-sequined gowns, etc. You catch my drift.

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As usual, I’ve also found myself in the kitchen, where I’ve made super simple staples that take minimal time, but pack maximum flavor (and health benefits). Winners included the homemade hummus and fruit + nut granola featured above.

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And when the concrete jungle has felt a little claustrophobic, I’ve spent time elsewhere. Pictured above is my favorite hiking trail in Connecticut, where the lush woods makes me feel a wee bit calmer than midtown Manhattan. Go figure.

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Life Lately (23).

A little look into Life Lately. Scroll on.

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“Enjoyed” doesn’t quite capture how hard I fell for my recent meal from Vietnamese brasserie Le Fat, in West Midtown. The awesome interior paired with food I’m still salivating over made this place an ATL must-try. Order the “clay pot chicken” for one of the better meals you’ve tried lately.

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A weekend walk in the hood, en route to hot yoga.

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A gracious friend hosted an afternoon tea at Candler Park’s very own Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party to celebrate our upcoming graduation. Because what better way to end on a sweet note than by sampling scones and red velvet cupcakes?

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 Swoon-worthy skies, as seen from the Belt Line on a recent evening walk. My favorite way to end the day.

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Life Lately (22).

lifeWith just five weeks left in Atlanta (for good!), I’m trying my best to attack a bucket list of sorts. Scroll with me?

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I fell in love (hard) with Inman Park’s new seafood mecca, Beetlecat. With a stellar space and unforgettable food, Beetlecat made my favorites list. The lowdown: the restaurant’s first level is Pinterest-status polished, while its lower level boasts a more relaxed, 70s feel, with weathered leather couches and rope chandeliers reminiscent of surf shack décor.

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Equally important, the food was on point. Friends and I shared salt and pepper squid, complete with crispy, spicy peppers, to start. With temps in the 70s here, I decided to welcome summer with a lobster roll for my main. Beetlecat switched up the classic by putting the sandwich on a hamburger bun — lightly toasted and heavily buttered to perfection. No complaints for the non-conventionality, though. This roll was everything and more.

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In between eating all the things, I’ve also been walking up a storm. Running has kind of fell to the wayside for me, so I’m logging (slower) miles in parks and on trails. I try my hardest to stay off ATL’s main roads. Because I prefer to look at trees, not strip malls…

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Friends and I recently stumbled upon Twigg & Co.’s Chocolate by Design in Inman Park. Owned by the same people behind Cacao in Virginia Highlands (remember it from here?), the quaint storefront allows customers to create personalized chocolate bars and chocolate-covered frozen bananas.

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I opted for the chocolate-covered frozen banana, since the bars take about 15 minutes to set, and picked crushed pistachios and chocolate crumbs as my toppings. Other options included pretzels, goji berries, and shredded coconut. Note: the chocolate here is super high-quality and super dark, so Hershey’s fans won’t be thrilled. I loved the chocolate’s deep flavor, though, and I figured it was basically a health item, thanks to all of cacao’s antioxidants.

So there’s a taste (ha) of what I’ve been up lately. Check back soon for more of Life Lately, including yoga outdoors, cheeseburgers and popsicles, and lengthy hikes. Because it’s all about balance, right?

Life Lately (21).

It’s been a while since I gave a glimpse into my Life Lately, mostly because it has felt inundated with midterms madness. Nevertheless, I’ve tried my best to take meaningful breaks. Here are a few of them.

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A mid-week walk along Atlanta’s Beltline, where a friend and I stopped in vintage furniture and décor mecca Paris on Ponce along the way:

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With an itch to try something new, I volunteered to plant trees on the farm at my university’s sister campus. Though we planted Japanese persimmon shrubs, this photo features the farm’s lacinato kale plants, prospering in February.

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And because it’s my very last semester in school, I’m trying my best to take advantage of all that my university has to offer. So, I signed up for an event called “Dinner With 12 Strangers,” which pairs students and university affiliates with alumni who host the group in their home for dinner. The evening was more of a cocktail party, with h’ors doeurves on deck and an open bar. Note the ceviche in shot glasses and bite-sized shrimp ‘n grits below. Mini chicken and waffle bites, crab cakes, tomato soup / grilled cheese shooters, and the outdoor s’mores bar (!) not pictured.

Even more surprising than the smorgasbord provided was our hosts’ offer that guests take turns riding the zip line that ran across their backyard. No joke. Obviously we “strangers” lined up one by one to take wine-fueled (for those of age) rides, despite it being nighttime and an apparatus primarily meant for children. Go figure.

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For now it’s back to the library for one last cram session before I finish midterms and head to the West Coast for spring break. Counting the hours, but until then I’ll be here:

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