Friday, May 27, 2016

The Ultimate FOOD/COFFEE GUIDE to NYC (West Village & SoHo)

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I recently visited NYC. And what does Libby do in NYC? Well, I'm not going to lie, restaurant/cafe-hopping is one of my favorite travel activities. I get so much enjoyment out of exploring, trying new foods, determining where to find the best coffee in ________, and immersing myself in quaint, aesthetically pleasing environments. That being said, I get a little too excited when it comes to sharing these restaurants and coffee shops with you — sometimes, I'll feature each place individually but, sometimes, I'll compile a single post featuring multiple places. Because NYC is so rich in wonderful, whimsical, and charming cafes, I figured that the most effective way to organize this post would be taking the "all-in-one" approach. Thus...keep reading to learn where to find the best coffee in NYC; the best avocado toast in NYC; and the best foodie spots in NYC altogether!

1. Happy Bones
394 Broome St.

Friday, May 20, 2016

(Pretty) Things I Like Right Now

Sometimes, it's life's little things. That being said, I think that I owe such things some more respect. I mean, if they have the ability to make me smile on a daily basis — why not recognize them? Maybe these things will even make you smile too!

1. The Messy Heads   "Me, My Mess, & I"
I can't get over how impressive and inspiring this publication is. I've been following The Messy Heads' blog ( and Instagram ( a while now, and I've already read this premiere issue, front to back, at least five times. Truly, it's brilliant — and there's something very awe-inspiring about tangibly possessing something so special to its creators. You can expect a lengthier ode to @emmercury very soon, as my admiration for her as well as my love for this magazine cannot at all fully be captured through this small excerpt. All in all, please go do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy of "Me, My Mess, & I" (purchasable here). 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stop Seeking Security

I don't mean to come across as short or overly-direct. In fact, I'm talking to myself more than anything.
I've given myself this advice time and time again, but I truly need to start listening to myself this time:

Libby, stop seeking security.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Meet My Mom

Today is Mother's Day, which means that any and all maternal figures in one's life should be recognized and honored. I've been wanting to conduct an interview with my mom for a while now, and what better day than today. Therefore: meet Janet — my wonderfully hard-working, eclectic, strong, brilliant, and selfless mother (I could continue stranding together relevant adjectives, but the list would be far too long)...

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What's your name?
Janet: Funny (*giggles and glares*)...You know my name, Lib.

When's your birthday?
JanetI'm a Libra.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Manhatten is Magical — NYC PHOTO DIARY

I couldn't resist compiling my photos from our most recent trip to the city. Trust me, I took a lot...We only had about 72 hours in the city total (i.e. an awkward about of time that is, although surely substantial, undeniably inadequate — especially when it comes to New York City). Our trip was centered around a school visit, so about 10/72 hours were spent wandering campus. I'd say approximately 24/72 hours were spent sleeping, 17/72 hours were spent eating, and the other 21 or so hours were spend exploring, taking photos, and embracing/soaking up every moment we could. Overall, it was a glorious trip, and this cluster of photos (I hope) gives you a suitable glimpse of it.

Here are some trip details:
• We stayed in SoHo (at the Courtyard Marriott on Varick St). It's a quality hotel (nothing incredibly extravagant but definitely a nice place) with a surprisingly convenient location (within walking distance of SoHo, Greenwich Village, West Village, Chelsea, Little Italy, Chinatown, and more). I definitely want to look into renting an Airbnb in the city next time — I've heard that they're surprisingly affordable!
• We ate some INCREDIBLE meals. Just you wait — there's a whole post coming up about the best restaurants/coffee shops we visited whilst in the city.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"DO MORE" — An Ode to Casey Neistat

I fear feeling restricted by myself. I fear feeling like I'm not seizing my potential. Simply, I fear feeling inadequate — like I'm not doing enough. Oddly though, such fear hasn't induced a whole lot of active measures on my part (I say that honestly, not to put myself down). Often, I let nervousness hold me back — I let anxiety weigh down my shoes and hinder me from walking in the right direction (and, sometimes, from walking at all).

I don't want to feel stagnant. When examining where I am at in my life currently, I do feel stagnant in some ways. Undoubtedly, in the recent past, such feeling has been very present and uncomfortable. So what do I mean by "stagnant"? I mean that I feel unproductive; dull; like my life is at a standstill. Now, fortunately, this feeling isn't perpetual. However, when it does creep in — it's blanketing; crippling; debilitating. Notably, it's not the feeling that's debilitating though — it's myself.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

WHERE TO EAT IN SEATTLE — 3/3: Ernest Loves Agnes

This is my third and last post of the "WHERE TO EAT IN SEATTLE" series, so I'm wrapping things up with my utmost favorite restaurant we visited — Ernest Loves Agnes in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The wonderfulness of this quaint Italian restaurant is indescribable through words — not only is it incredibly aesthetically appealing, but also the food was nothing short of delectable. Even the people there — the restaurant staff and neighborhood attendees — largely contributed to the beautifully soft and whimsical aesthetic of the restaurant as a whole. It's evident that so much thought, creativity, and attention to detail went into the establishment of this unique spot.