Nuts 4 Nuts
Probably the most delicious thing I ate in NYC... And I'm not kidding. Nuts 4 Nuts street carts were all over the city... And you could find them easily because they gave off the most mouth-watering aroma in at least a mile radius. As soon as I smelled the warm, cinnamon, sweet, slightly salty, nutmeg scent I had to start convincing myself I didn't have cash in my wallet so I couldn't buy any more roasted almonds!!
Confession: I once was craving Nuts 4 Nuts so badly I actually found an ATM just to get cash out to buy these stupid almonds!!! Ugh... Embarrassing.
I don't care if they were bad for me or if the hot liquid mixture they're roasted in looks like something from a sewer... They were delicious. And there was no better treat for a twenty or thirty minute walk back to my hotel. Sun shining, Pandora station playing in my headphones, and bag of Nuts 4 Nuts in my hand :)
Comfy, Light, Boho-Chic Outfits
I have to be honest, I was a little surprised at the intense humidity during the NYC Summer. I had only been to NYC during the colder months, so I had never experienced the humidity and I guess nobody ever really mentioned it to me. So... When NYC was 100 degrees outside with 86% humidity I felt like I was right back home in the Midwest. And not in a good way.
I have a really weird body temperature. Without getting much into it, I had a mild case of hypothermia once, and it seems that my internal temperature has never really been the same after that. I am always either really cold or really hot. The lovely heat/humidity duo, combined with walking... And walking... And walking... Made every day a challenge as to how I could dress to beat the heat and stay as cool as possible.
My most successful solution was a flowy skirt I bought from the Calypso for Target collection earlier this summer. I have two colors - white and navy - and they are the lightest, most comfortable skirts I've ever worn. I had several light eyelet, cotton, or lace tops by Free People that I paired with the Calypso skirts... And voilà!! Instant boho-chic.
Photo Above: Tiffany & Co. gold-rimmed aviators, Free People top, Calypso for Target skirt, ancient Abercrombie & Fitch leather belt from high school, Louis Vuitton Odeon GM bag, and Steve Madden leather gladiator sandals (which you can't see).
The New York Public Library
Tucked in between skyscrapers and tall office buildings, there's this shorter, light marble structure that looks completely out of place. Probably best known for that infamous almost-wedding between Big and Carrie... The New York Public Library is absolutely stunning. The bright green trees and majestic-looking lions flanking the front entrance create a peaceful atmosphere... I just wanted to sit on those steps and get lost in a book.
From the time the decision was made that two major NYC libraries would combine to create the New York Public Library, it took sixteen years to plan, prepare, and build the building that now stands on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street. In 1911, the library's doors opened with more than one million books on its shelves.
I love being surrounded by books, and I thoroughly enjoy spending an afternoon in a big bookstore or a nice library. One of the best parts in one of my favorite movies, Beauty and the Beast, is when the Beast gives the castle's library to Belle. Something I have always wanted in my "grown-up house" is a big, beautiful library where I can escape when life is getting a little crazy. But, until then... I could definitely imagine myself reading a novel or studying my fashion books in the New York Public Library :)