Saturday, June 17, 2017

Outside of My Comfort Zone

Today my parents were coming to New York to enjoy a whole day of fun activities and Father's Day celebrations.

For my outfit, I decided to do something outside of my comfort zone. When I tried on these items, I definitely liked how the outfit looked, but my instant reaction to seeing myself in it was "Gosh, I look like a barbie doll. People definitely won't take me seriously." However, the more I was walking around outside, the more I was realizing that people were actually admiring my choice. 

I have been giving a lot of thought to figuring out what my style is. The more I analyze my style, the more I realize that I have a very eclectic way of dressing. I always go for unique, sometimes "weird" pieces. You may not agree with me though - not because what I am saying is not true, but because you don't see me wearing those pieces. They rarely make it out in public. Even through I gravitate towards those out-of-ordinary items, I usually just bring them home, hang them up in my closet, and go for something more low-key, something "normal". My unique pieces end up staying in my closet for months and sometimes years while I am waiting for the right moment to wear them. The problem is that while I love how those pieces look, I always feel too self-conscious to actually wear them in public. 

I'm realizing now how sad and wrong this is. I live in New York City, the capital of fashion, self-expression and living outside of one's comfort zone, and I feel self-conscious following my internal fashion instincts. This needs to change, and I am definitely working on that. I am now trying to wear those items that have been in my closet for a while. And I am now trying to really embrace those "weird" items. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Good Hair Day

This post has some pictures of me the day after my friend's wedding. The only reason for it is that I really liked how my hair looked in these pictures. I am the laziest person when it come to doing my hair, so since I got a chance to get it done professionally, I did not want to miss a chance to capture it on camera. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Governors Ball

This year, I decided to finally do the things I have been planning to do for a long time. I always have all these ideas of going places, doing things, attending events which tend to remain just ideas. There have even been a few instances where I purchased tickets but ended up just staying in. Wasteful, I know. This summer, I am trying to change that - I am buying tickets and I am attending the events I buy them for. 

This weekend my friend and I were planning to attend one of New York City's biggest music events - the Governors Ball. Located on Randall's Island, an island in the East River that is situated between Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens, Governors Ball is a three-day music festival allowing its attendees to see their favorite bands, walk around, meet people, eat, drink and have fun. It is not cheap, but it was supposed to provide our money's worth. 

We had tickets only for one day of the festival, so on Sunday we took the Manhattan ferry and headed over to the event. It was raining pretty much all day, but regardless, the experience was amazing. This was my first big music festival, and I can say that the event is definitely worth the money. The atmosphere of the festival was just so inspiring and motivational. To think that all these musicians are world-known and we get to see them perform right in front of us. They are the people who once had dreams and made it a point to pursue their passion and make it into something big. Great lesson to us all to not give up, to continue working on achieving our goals and dreams, and one day who knows where we will end up... The opportunities are limitless. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

This year, my Memorial Day Weekend was filled with fun activities. On Saturday and Sunday, we had a Bachelorette party for one of my best friends who is getting married in mid-June. The plan was to do a dinner on Saturday night, followed by 'Painting with a Twist', a boozy painting event in Philadelphia. Sunday morning consisted of brunch and casual hanging out with the girls, followed by meeting up with my parents and spending the rest of the weekend with them. 

We had so much fun just exploring Philadelphia, walking around new areas, trying new restaurants. I am finally starting to see just how beautiful this city is! For the longest time my response to "How did you like Philly when you lived there?" was "I really do not like it there and do not see myself ever going back." Only now I am realizing how incorrect that response was. Philadelphia is a beautiful city with its own character, culture and history. My biggest mistake was not taking advantage of exploring the city when I was getting my Bachelor's degree at Temple University. I definitely missed many opportunities to get more familiar with the city. Now every time I visit Philly, I fall more and more in love with it. Of course, it is not New York. It is not as big, as busy, as dynamic, but it has its own beautiful character which is starting to look more and more appealing to me. I even started thinking about a possibility of moving back here in a couple of year, when I am ready to move out of my presently favorite city.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy 27th Birthday!

This year, I decided to spend my birthday with my parents in Philadelphia. Since it was a Wednesday, I took a day off work, and planned a one-day trip to Philly. The plan was to have a tour around the Eastern State Penitentiary, and then have a nice lunch at a restaurant in the city. 

I know this was a very strange choice for a birthday (meaning the penitentiary, not going home), but honestly, I enjoyed every since second of it. That's what life is all about, isn't it? Learning something new, exploring the world, taking it all in. Be curious, be noisy, discover new things and make your own assumptions. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Trip to Boston

Anyone who knows me knows that I fall in love with every city that I visit. It is not a surprise that Boston was not an exception to this rule. A few months ago, a couple of my friends and I made a plan to go to Boston to explore a new city. I heard a lot of good things about the city and the people who live there, so my expectations were quite high. After a five-hour bus ride from New York City, we finally arrived to the South Station in the heart of Boston (ok, it may not be a heart of Boston, but let's just go with it). From the moment we exited the bus station and I laid my eyes on the familiar East Cost architecture, I was in love. As we walked through the streets of this beautiful city, my fascination grew more and more. There was so much history, so much grandor! The architecture, the cleanliness of the streets, the spirit of the people around us brought on so many positive emotions. Boston reminded me of New York and Philadelphia combined plus a touch of something new, something I have not seen or felt before. I don't know if it was the knowing that Harvard University is right next door to the city, but something about it just screamed education and intelligence. 

After this trip, I can say that I came back a changed person. This trip helped me put many things in perspective and it helped me to finally get my priorities straight. Yes, there are a lot of things that I want to achieve in life, but frequently I end up giving up on my dreams before I even start working on achieving them. The idea that "the time is running out" had been keeping me from getting into the things that I love. I feel different now. I can finally see that there are so many interesting things I would like to learn about, and there is also so much time that I can contribute to learning about these things. The time is not running out, the time is going as a normal pace, and it is up to us to spend it wisely on learning something new or to waste it on watching hours on hours of useless YouTube videos.