Gallery Mondays: Spa

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We got our first snow in NYC over the weekend, but I wasn’t even mad because I had a reservation at Russian and Turkish Baths in the East Village.

I went with Karina, who has been to a few other bath houses before the one we went to on Saturday. It was my first time going to a bath house and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the aromatherapy rooms. It’s perfect for a cold day!

The mural above is on the wall in the hallway outside of Russian and Turkish Baths. I love how the entire painting has a steamy vibe to it, making it look so relaxing and dreamy.

If you’re thinking of going to a bath house or spa in NYC you should definitely check out Russian and Turkish Baths for a couple of hours this winter!

2015 Winter Chill Playlist

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So this is going up a week after winter officially started because the last few days were too warm to actually feel like winter. Up until, like, yesterday.

This year’s winter playlist was curated for those cozy moments where you just want to relax and curl up with a good book. I hereby present to you the 2015 Winter Chill Playlist—17 songs for what is probably going to be a long winter since it’s already a week behind…

1. The Boy (Spada Radio Edit), Emma Louise. Let’s start this playlist with something to warm up your cold little limbs.

2. Cirrus, Bonobo. What a melancholic delight this song is.

3. Moonrise, Zimmer. Such are the cries of winter.

4. You There, Aquilo. Time for a little bit of winter mourning.

5. Seance of Light, Jape. The soft ‘oooh’s throughout this tune are sure to relax your stirring mind.

6. Landslide, Oh Wonder. This landslide will most definitely not be bringing you down.

7. White Smoke (feat. Marina Price), Manatee Commune. Bask in the glory of winter relaxation.

8. Slow, Henry Green. Because winter can be painfully slow…

9. Corner, Night Beds. Don’t hide out in the corner all winter.

10. Divine Sorrow, Barfalk. Let’s not have the synth infused vocals on this track make us too sorrowful now.

11. Cocoa Hooves, Glass Animals. Pair this one with a cup of hot cocoa (hold the hooves) and your good to go!

12. Heartless, Kanye. “Cold as the winter wind when it breeze, yo.”

13. Snowbird, Aris Kindt. I can just imagine a bird shaking off the snow to the sound of this.

14. Out Alee, Hundred Waters. Those piano chords are sure to send chills up and down your spine.

15. Better, William Fitzsimmons. “Relaaaaaaaaax.”

16. Dawn, James Booth. Doesn’t this one make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

17. Cloud Generator, Tycho. This one is the soundtrack for the long stretch of time that passes as you wait by the window for the  clouds to generate snow.

Happy winter!

Fall 2014 Study Playlist

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So I know it’s not technically fall yet but once school is back in session it might as well be.

And I couldn’t just let my last first day of classes as an undergrad go by without giving something back, so here is a playlist of my favorite study jams!

These songs have the most relaxing repetition and soothing vocals to get you in the zone. Whether it be a homework session or a long stretch of hardcore exam studying time, these tunes will be there for you when the pressure starts to build.

1. Hemisphere, Paradis: The light bell sounds throughout the song combined with the groggy French-speaking male voice is just what the doctor ordered for your study session. Also, the inception-like music video is the perfect thing to watch right before you begin studying, because it will unwind your brain into pliable mush in order to absorb all the knowledge necessary to pass. (Don’t ask how. It’s probably because your brain expands to explain the unexplainable events of the video.)

2. Parodia Flare, Tropics: Let the beautiful guitar chords immerse you in studiousness.

3. Electric Counterpoint – Fast (movement 3), Steve Reich: Train sounds just have a way of relaxing you, so let this instrumental sink you deep into your chair (or bed, or couch) and just keep on studying.

4. Nevermind, Foster the People: Nevermind whatever else is happening around you. It’s just you, the textbooks, the highlighters and the post-its. Nothing. Else. Matters.

5. If I Ever Feel Better, Phoenix: You will feel better once this test is over! You can get through this!

6. Tereza, Trails and Ways: This song will have you longing for summer again…and it will come once the school year is over!

7. Hearts a Mess, Gotye: Let the study notes occupy your mind, because your heart might be a mess, but your brain will be the most organized organ on you when you’ve finished studying.

8. Show Me, Touch Sensitive: This song is like a slow-mo cheer-on. It’s very groovy on the synth, and the recurring baby chipmunk voice saying “oooo, yay” throughout the song will be your personal cheerleader.

9. Deezy Daisy (Oxford Remix): You have full permission to take a dance break to this number. But only for this number and then back to studying!

10. Island, Yuna: “And if you drown [in all your study notes Yuna will] help you keep your head up to breathe.”

11. Rescue Song (RAC Remix), Mr Little Jeans: This lovely lady will also rescue you from your fear of failing. You won’t fail, don’t you worry!

12. Just Go, Shindu: They’ll just go on and turn your brain on so just go study!

13. New Theory (RAC Mix), Washed Out: This is one of my personal favorites. Washed Out is just so laid back and chill that there’s no way your brain will be inhibited by anything else but what you’re supposed to be studying. Just let them brain juices flow and create some new theories! (Don’t stray too far from the lesson notes though…)

14. No Work, All Play, Hilary Duff: Because we all know what a mistake that is. There will be no crammin’ here, just study jammin.’

15. Clocks, Coldplay: It is time. Go forth and pass with flying colors. “You are,” ready.

Happy studying, and have a great school year!

High Line NYC

Yesterday I went to the High Line in NYC with a few of my girlfriends from high school!

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The High Line, an urban linear elevated park located along 10th Avenue,  is quite the interesting sight. It used to be a street level railway in the 1840s. Too many accidents occurred between the trains and the traffic, causing 10th Avenue to became known as Death Avenue. Later the train became an elevated rail to prevent anymore accidents.

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In 2009 the railway was transformed into a lovely park complete with statues, flowers, and grassy areas to enjoy the summer sun. The view is fabulous!

You can still see some of the rails. It’s so cool!

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Three highlights of our time at the High Line yesterday:

1. The Goshka Macuga bust of Colin Powell. The following pictures should explain why.

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2. The flowers!! They’re so gosh darn gorgeous!!

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IMAG18003. And the grass. I could lay there forever.

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As my friend Xiran said as we all lay on the grass, “Nature is perfect.”

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Indeed it is, my dear. Indeed. Especially at the High Line.

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

*(As you can tell, Xiran cannot take a normal picture. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.)*

If you’re ever in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan near 10th ave and 14th Street, you should totally visit the High Line. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful!

Check out the official site for the High Line.

Enjoy some of the footage I took while there!!