The first time I visited New York, I was a junior in high school. It had been about 5 years since 9/11 happened and the Twin Towers had collapsed. I never knew what the skyline looked like in person when they were there. I know everyone has their story about where they were and what they were doing that day and I am no different. I remember waiting for carpool to come pick me up to go to 7th grade and watching the first plane fly through the North tower on the Today Show right before I left for school. I had no idea what was happening or what the Twin Towers even were. I remember being confused and scared while sitting in 7th grade science where we were confined for the day. And I remember thinking that it was much bigger and much more important than I could understand at the time.
During my trip last weekend, we visited the new 9/11 Memorial Museum and although it was incredibly somber and sad; it was also incredibly well done and reminded you of the importance of that day and the lives that were lost. There is something otherworldly about walking through the museum, which is in the basement of one of the towers. You see walls that are stripped down with huge pieces of metal jetting out of them and crumbled staircases, all surrounded by remnants and artifacts from that dreadful day.
Visiting left me profoundly aware that freedom and love are much stronger than fear and hate. I found myself in awe of the support New Yorkers gave each other that day and the bravery of the rescue workers. I found myself feeling so deeply grateful that we have people in this country that choose love over being selfish in times where it would be so easy to be.
Our freedom is such a strong and powerful thing and something that is easy to forget at times that there are people who would like to take it away. Visiting the museum was an experience that made me proud of this country and the insanely diverse and passionate group of people that make it up and answered the call when it was in crisis. I’d highly recommend planning your visit next time you are in New York.
Logistics: Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time to reserve your spot in line. I would recommend choosing a time you’d like to visit and pre-purchasing your tickets because the lines were extremely long even when we visited on a Monday morning.
One of my favorite things about fall fashion is layering. The temperatures are constantly changing here and it is nice to be able to break apart your outfit if needed. I love this sweater for two reasons; the shade of pink is almost a neutral and the zippers allow you to show a bit of what you are wearing underneath. I paired it with a black & white grid top and distressed black denim. You can easily take all three of these pieces and pair it with something else in your wardrobe!
If you follow us on Instagram, you know that I spent a long weekend in New York visiting one of my best friends. I love visiting cities where my friends live because I feel like I see them much more like a local than I would otherwise and go to neighborhood spots instead of tourist congested areas (not that that isn’t necessary at times).
I’ve had Brooklyn on my to-do list for a while now, so naturally we spent Saturday exploring a few different areas of the borough on the other side of the water.
We started out our day at the Smorgasburg market, where we ate our weight in the type of food that makes you want to go back for seconds and thirds. The market itself is right along the water and boasts incredible views of the entire Manhattan skyline. My “main course” was a lobster roll from Red Hook, which was full of buttery goodness and lemon aioli.
Next, we spent a little time shopping at Artists & Fleas and along Bedford Avenue. Between the two areas, there are enough small boutiques, vintage stores and amazing jewelry stands to do some serious damage if you aren’t careful.
Our last stop of the day was the park that is under the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a great area to continue to take in the views of the skyline, walk through the park and pick up an ice cream or coffee (or both in our case) at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. The park also happens to have the most lovely glass enclosed carousel, where kids and grownups alike take a spin on fabulously restored wooden horses while taking in 360 degree views.
Our day in Brooklyn was amazing. I know there are so many other spots in Brooklyn I have yet to see. My one day of exploring made me feel like it is worthy of its own trip, where it isn’t a day trip from the city, but truly its own destination.
Wine Country: This month’s Austin Monthly has an extensive round-up of hill country wineries and wine bars. We’ve tried a few out already, but have so many new stops added to our list thanks to this article.
We all scream: For ice cream gelato. Here are a few of the best spots in Italy.
Weekend thoughts: Still reflecting on this talk I listened to last weekend on unity and have been rethinking how I define the word “gentleness” after hearing it explained differently than I have ever before.
Dinnertime conversation: I love it when dinnertime conversations turn in to passionate banter full of life goals and opinions. This post from Victoria on career paths made me smile (and I couldn’t agree more!).
Trading places: We’ve been following Jenny’s travels through Europe lately and then we saw this editorial of her home. We think we will just move right in, puppy included.
4 More Days: For 25% sitewide savings at Rebecca Taylor with code RTFRIENDS14.
** This week, some of our everyday adventures included **
Freaking out while watching Gone Girl. Has anyone else seen it? We thought it was great (and insane).
Taking a fantastically long walk yesterday afternoon around Lady Bird Lake
Lindsey here reporting this week’s link round up and a few of our activities for the week. I will be NYC bound in a few hours for an extra long weekend to visit a friend. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend away now for a while and am especially excited to wander around some of my favorite New York neighborhoods, eat tons of great food and perhaps check a museum or two off of the list. I’ve always visited New York over Christmas or in the summer, so I am looking forward to seeing it in all of its’ fall glory.