This Week in New York City

If I haven’t said it before, never in my life did I imagine New York City to be on the map of “places I’ve lived”, but it indeed happened, and I’ve been making the most out of it since my husband and I moved here unexpectedly over a year ago! Although the city can be very busy, loud, and quite overwhelming for me at times, I have been trying to embrace this change by using my camera (or I should say more recently my phone camera) as much as I can to capture the things that make it so great.

While there are those iconic shots that first come to mind like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, or even one of my favorites, the expansive skyline as seen from the DUMBO waterfront; I have found that what has captivated me most in the short time I’ve called myself a New York transplant, is the simple moments of beauty that stand out in the hustle and bustle of my daily life. Whether it be on a quick walk to the Union Square Greenmarket during my lunch break, from my ride home on the Q train, or on my evening walk with the pup; I have been challenging myself to step out of my day-to-day routine to capture moments that inspire me and that I otherwise take for granted.

Similar to Kate’s recent post on finding a #quietmomentinrome, I will be sharing a series of simple and inspiring moments from my daily life as a New York City resident. Here’s a look into what inspired me this past week:

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Chinatown at sunset as seen passing by from the Q Train.

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Baby heirloom tomatoes from Cortelyou Greenmarket in Brooklyn.

This girl walked by me on 3rd Avenue while on my way to work one morning. I really loved her style.

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Cotton candy skies from an evening walk with the pup in our Brooklyn neighborhood.

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xo,

Jamie

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Traveling through Europe in Photos

I spent two weeks this summer traipsing around Europe. From Italy, we visited Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. What a whirlwind!

We chose to travel by bus and train only, (with the exception of one ferry ride to Croatia) because it would allow us to chat with people and see the countryside go by. We met some interesting people along the way, a German PhD candidate studying dams and waterways in Amsterdam, a Frenchman who used to work on movie sets in Hollywood, and an Austrian brandy maker in traditional lederhosen, just to name a few.

Right before the trip, Anthony surprised me with an early birthday gift. A Polaroid Instax Mini 8 to use on our adventure. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gift and we defiantly got good use out of it during the two weeks on the road.

I also brought along my Cannon and switched between that and my phone to snap some photos along the way.

These pictures are just from my Cannon, though. I’d like to post some phone shots later.

Sunsets in Zadar, Croatia are the best.

How we spent our 5th wedding anniversary.
Swimming under waterfalls in Krka National Park.

Enjoying Salzburg, Austria. We constantly had a pretzel or sausage in hand the entire time.

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Notre Dame in Paris.

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French kids.

Eating a Nutella crepe in front of Notre Dame and a Paris ferris wheel.

Brussels buildings.

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The French countryside.

A few things I noticed after coming home and looking through my photos:

1.I really would like to improve in my street photography skills. I find myself feeling embarrassed or a little slow when snapping the one in a million moment of a stranger. Does anyone else get self conscious when they try to take on street photography?

2. I need more candid photos of Anthony. He turns completely goofy whenever he notices the camera pointed on him. I love that, but often I want to catch the sweet or serious or amusing moment right before. I should work on my quick draw camera skills.

3. I’m much more comfortable with my phone. It’s much easier to pull out my pocket, less bulky, and less noticeable. When I do take a good shot with my camera, it surpasses the quality of my phone photos. Still, the sheer number of phone shots I took this trip doubled my camera. I want to be more comfortable and quick with my camera.

Does anyone else feel this way when taking photos? Any advice?

xoxo,

Kate

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Summer in New York City

From hot dogs, parks, and ice cream to beaches, bubbles, and sunsets; New York City in the summer time is no doubt one of the most entertaining places to be. Even if you don’t live here and are only visiting for some time, you can bet that there’s always something to look forward to at any point during the week (rain or shine)! To keep up-to-date on current events going on, I always make sure to pick up the latest issue of  New York’s TimeOut weekly magazine (you must definitely give it a look too if you haven’t yet).

Since moving here over a year ago, this was the first summer that Scott and I were able to enjoy in the city from start to finish, and I must say that it was jam-packed with mostly outdoor activities…so much that I forgot to apply sunscreen one day and got a terrible sunburn! But I’ll save that story for another day. Instead, I’m just going to share with you a round-up of some of our favorite places, eats, and things to see from this past summer.

  • Views of Coney Island Beach on a hot summer day
  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and eating contest
  • Frozen yogurt from Culture (aka: my most favorite place to grab some)

Now that it’s the first day of fall (woohoo!), I can only imagine and cannot wait to see what this next season in the city will bring. What are you looking forward to most about this fall?

xo,

Jamie

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Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

This past weekend, Scott and I went on our annual camping trip to Shenandoah National Park to celebrate our 7 year anniversary and enjoyed a wonderful two days together up in the mountains. If you follow me on Instagram, then you also know that we are now engaged! He caught me by surprise, and got down on one knee to propose while we were taking pictures for our upcoming Christmas card (or so I thought at the time)! I am still in absolute awe over how much thought he put into this moment. Below is a round-up of some of my favorite snapshots from our mini-weekend getaway:

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Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + Engaged

Shenandoah: Camping + EngagedOh by the way, that was definitely a peanut butter cup smore that you saw up there…and it was flippin’ amazing! I highly recommend subbing these bad boys in from time to time.

I am so ready to go on my next adventure/mini-getaway trip; if all works out with our schedules, Kate and I are hoping to make this happen for the both of us soon!

xo,

Jamie

Double the Instafun!

Our lives were paralleled last week as Jamie was invited to explore the U.S. Capitol with several other D.C. grammers, and I ventured out to meet some locals in Anchorage, Alaska. We both went on instameets that took place only one day a part from each other but on opposite ends of the country! Even with the distance, we still kept each other posted throughout the day by sending snapshots and text messages of what we were up to! We decided to share of few of those snapshots below:

Jamie’s Meet-Up | #capitolmorning

#capitolmorning | Our Sweet Somewhere

#capitolmorning | Our Sweet Somewhere

[ Pictured above: @justin11511 + @phil.martin ]

Kate’s Meet-Up | #walkalaska

#walkalaska | Our Sweet Somewhere

#walkalaska | Our Sweet Somewhere

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[ Pictured above: @theyoungkiimosabe, @mikeyhuff, @williedalton, @patrickroman, @jayguzman, @jovell ]

Be sure to check out more photos posted from both of these instameets by searching for the hashtags #capitolmorning and #walkalaska. If you ever get the chance to attend one near you, you’re in for treat! Not only will you have the opportunity to fill up your camera roll, but you’ll also meet some pretty amazing people. This really is a perfect example of why Instagram is such a wonderful community!

xo,

J&K

P.S. If you are interested in going to an Instagram meet up soon, there is one coming up on October 5th! Where? All over the WORLD! Be sure to check out the hashtag #WWIM10 to find one near you!