welcome 2018 // recap

hello and welcome back to four floors up!

(I truly thought I would never hear those words ugh!)

 

I honestly have never been more content to sit down and write out a blog post than I am right now. I don’t know about other bloggers, but once I get out of my routine, it is so hard for me to pick back up where I left off and begin again.

 

With the new year here, (shout out 2018!) I really want to dedicate more of my time to the things that I truly love and enjoy. I don’t know about you, but I find new year’s resolutions pretty daunting and intimidating. I was reassured in my vibe that I get from daunting resolutions after reading some similar words from other bloggers, like @chrissyjpowers on Instagram.

 

So, I decided to take it day by day and spend my time doing the things that make me truly happy – I realized I really do love taking photos and documenting my life on a platform, like WordPress and Instagram. For a while, I kept telling myself that I need to live in the moment more and put down my camera. But what I realized was that taking photos is something that I truly love, and what I love even more is having photos to look back on so I can relive those memories once the year is over.

 

ANYWAY, I am so sorry that this blog is a slightly jumbled mess, but I felt the need to do a little recap of where I have been and where I am going in the new year (not physically, but mentally)

 

In light of loving photos, I wanted to share some recent content with you all from my nyc trip! Two days after Christmas, my family and I went to nyc for a couple days. While it was absolutely freezing, we had the best time exploring all over, spending most of our time exploring the streets of Brooklyn (especially Williamsburg).

 

So, here is a brief little nyc travel diary…

 

girl in subway b&w

This is me, actually freezing my butt off on the subway. It was so cold that the subway was one of the ways that I found myself warming up before going back out into the cold. Also, shout out to my brother for being able to navigate the nyc subway system.

 

bean boots

Would it be a madauer trip without a font inspired pic featuring my feet?

 

egg store front

Okay, so this was my first time eating at egg, and oh my goodness! SO good. Like, so simple but so good. My mom and I split a plate of eggs, home fries, bacon, and a biscuit and it was the best brunch I have ever had. The pancakes were also delicious and the vibe of the whole place was so on point. If you are ever in Williamsburg, this is a must stop.

 

graphic brick wall

This was a cool wall that we found while walking around in Brooklyn…wish it had more meaning but it was just very photogenic and needed a photo.

 

ochre store front

Of course it wasn’t a proper nyc trip without shopping in SoHo! SoHo is always one of my favorite areas to explore – there is so much shopping and I just find it so fun to go into stores that you have never even heard of before, even if it’s just to look around and window shop. Some of my top SoHo stops are always…

 

girl taking photo in snow

beanie

Even though it was so freezing cold, it was awesome to see the city in the snow. We had so much fun walking around Williamsburg and snapping some photos of the neighborhood all covered in white.

 

building b&w

I always love taking photos of the cool buildings and street art in nyc…

 

come freely...

I’d say this is some perfect new year inspiration 🙂

 

Even though I don’t have photos from these stores, here are some of my must see Williamsburg stops…

 

I can’t wait to go back and keep exploring Williamsburg. It truly was such a cool area with tons of shops yet to be discovered. If you love thrifting and finding amazing deals, you should definitely check out Beacon’s Closet.

Let me know in the comments below if you have been to any of these places or what your fav stops are when you head into the city!

As always, follow along with me on the daily through my instagram – @madauer (it’s also linked in the sidebar)

xoxo

-madauer

ps ~ stay tuned for more new content in the coming weeks & let me know if there is anything specific you would like to see on the blog!

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