Pretend Graduations.

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My family was in Orlando this weekend to celebrate what we kept calling my “pretend graduation.” I took my last college final on Friday, so though my degree audit will shortly be changing from ‘student’ to ‘graduate,’ the ceremony is not held until later in the month, and as I’ll be back in New York in just a few short days, we decided to celebrate a little early rather than skipping it altogether. My family arrived on Saturday and immediately made everything feel special… every magazine I’ve been published in, my portfolio, and cupcakes took over my dining room, while the cutest decorations hung all about my living room.

The girls took me shopping after lunch while the boys played golf, followed by dinner and wine at Dexter’s where I was given the most beautiful necklace and pair of earrings from one of my favorite jewelry lines out of New York, Vale. Looking back on these pictures, I can’t feel anything other than gratitude for the people in them, and almost utter sadness at the thought of moving so far from them.. Come visit me soon. <3

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Thank You.

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I found out some very exciting news this past Wednesday, and if my heart wasn’t already going to burst from happiness, everyone’s warm wishes have made me that much more emotional. I have always loved Teen Vogue, what they stand for and do for teen girls, the excellence every issue displays… it was a dream interning for them this past spring, going back to a full time job with them is surreal.

I should add, more specifically, the gratitude I have for the amazing staff at Teen Vogue for giving me this opportunity. I wish I could put into words the talent I witnessed daily while working for them, and how many mentors I gained.  I cannot wait to jump back in, to continue working alongside these amazing, amazing people.

So thank you. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement along the way. It has meant the world to me. ♥

Leisure in Destin.

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Chris’s family was kind enough to have me at their beach house the weekend before last. I’ve been visiting the Seaside area with another friend’s family since I was in elementary school, and yet the area still has the effect to take my breath away every time I frequent it. The company of Chris’s family left me wishing I had the leisure of seeing them more often. It was one of the most beautiful weekends of the summer… I’ll favorite it forever.

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See You Soon Teen Vogue.

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College… it’s been 4 years, moments of the most fun I’ve had in my entire life, and moments where I felt entirely alone. I’ve laughed and cried in the past 4 years more than I ever have. The times in between these events were hard… I managed the stress of these situations poorly, and I hurt some people in the process. It’s been a mix of grace and judgment, forgiveness and knowing that no matter what I do, some things will never be the same. At the end of the day, at the end of these 4 years, I’m not sorry for them. I’m grateful. But I am ready for the next chapter in my life, and as today is my last day as an intern at Teen Vogue, I have some exciting news to share.

I will be moving back to New York permanently the first week in July as my wonderful bosses have created some freelance work for me for the summer. My beach days will be cut a little short, and I will be missing walking at graduation, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. No, I’m not the prom queen or the sorority girl, but I love this industry. It has always been such a creative outlet for me throughout my life, and I’m so excited to turn this passion into a full time career.

I’m going to enjoy my next two months in Florida – savor the little things and people I’ve had close to me my entire life. I’m coming for you Florida. New York – I’ll see you soon.

 

Lately.

The flowers are fading and the color green is everywhere I look, making the fact that I will be in Florida next week a welcomed knowledge in my heart. First on the list is giving my mother a hug, who I have not seen since the first week in January, followed by every other face I’ve been missing these past 4 months. Have a great weekend everyone. xo

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East 65th.

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I began packing up my apartment last night, and felt a little heartbroken over leaving a room I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the past 4 months. I’d never realized it before, but I might be a slight claustrophobic, and this teeny tiny room drove me absolutely nuts at times. But other times, after a long day at work, the Upper East side felt like home.

I remember last fall, upon returning home from my summer with Marie Claire, feeling like I was in a daze for a few weeks. I was driving, not walking everywhere. I could see where the sky touched the ground, not being blocked by a skyscraper or building. I was sitting behind a cash register at my part-time job, not behind a computer answering a swarm of emails. It’s a weird transition… a little sad not to be in the heart of constant excitement and inspiration, a little relieving to be able to sleep at night minus the humming of nearby honking taxis.

The past 4 months have been some of the best in my life professionally, and leaving that feels scary.  Leaving anything here feels scary, even in this teeny tiny apartment. But I’m praying things will just get better from here, and bigger for my claustrophobic’s nerve’s sake.

Changes.

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Currently loving the fact that I can enjoy New York in the spring simply by looking out my window. Which is convenient on Sundays you’re stuck in bed for the better part of the morning with a terrible cold, because of said changes in season. New York isn’t the only thing changing these days though… I just hope these things, along with my cold, aren’t too long-lived, or I at least adjust to them quickly.

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NY Flowers.

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A shameless flower-holic, I cannot stop snapping pictures on my way to work every morning of the constant beauty around me as I watch New York transition into spring. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s still a little cooler than I’d prefer, but at least if I’m going to be cold I have quite the display of color before me. As homesick as I am for Florida, I can tell already I will be anxious for NY in the spring every year from now on.

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Salty Kisses.

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I leave the city to go home for the summer two weeks from today. Considering I was here interning last summer with Marie Claire, I missed my usual Florida summers spent poolside or at the beach, (though I did manage one beach trip to Rockaway,) so I’m excited to be getting back. I keep thinking of that Dirty Heads song, Lay Me Down: “It’s just tequila and the beach, that’s why its salty when we kiss.” Tequila, beach, salty kisses… dreamy. Considering it’s still infuriatingly cold here (WHERE ARE YOU SPRING?!) here are a few things I can’t wait to purchase when I get home. See you soon Florida.

1. Ray Ban Flash Lense Aviators: $160
2. Printed Crop Top: $29.90
3. Tie Dye Strappy Maxi Dress: $118
4. MARC by Marc Jacobs Skeleton Watch: $175
5. Metallic Rhinestone Sandals: $79.90
6. Photo-print Bikini Bottoms: $19.90
7. Photo-print Bikini Top: $19.90
8. MARC by Marc Jacobs ID Bracelet: $88
9. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray: $25

Smorgasburg.

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The soon-to-be Mrs. Rapson, and my last visitor during my time in the city this spring, arrived late Friday night, and we’ve been going non-stop ever since. I’ve become pretty horrible at remembering to bring my camera with me when I’m out and about in the city, but I grabbed it on our way out the door yesterday for our trip into Williamsburg to check out the flea market again. I’ve only ever been to the one on Saturdays in Fort Greene, but the Williamsburg location exceedingly surpasses it based on it’s locality alone. Lying in the grass feeling the sun for the first time in 4 months, plus the doughnuts we grabbed from DOUGH, made for the best afternoon I’ve had in a long time.

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