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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travel series: nyc

Hello & happy summer! Hopefully, if you are reading this, you are already done with school or almost finishing up with finals.

 

photo with text that reads, "travel series: nyc"

 

If you follow along with my personal insta account, you know that I have been doing quite a bit of traveling (a lot for me, that is). We recently went to new york city for Memorial Day Weekend. We spent four days in the city and explored various areas, such as brooklyn and soho.

 

I decided I would make this post more photo based, because, what better way to show our explorations on this trip than through photos! This post is the first of a travel series, as I will continue to share my favorite spots / moments after various trips.

 

Keep reading to see more of my trip to nyc…

 

D A Y  O N E

ballerina sculpture

// we practically walked into this sculpture. This awesome art installation is in Rockefeller Center. Read more about it here. (We didn’t have much time to explore our first day since our train got in later that afternoon)

 

D A Y  T W O

pressed juicery storefront

// day two was spent exploring the streets of soho. Pressed Juicery is a quaint and trendy shop with yummy pressed juices. Two words = fresh and simple.

 

up close of bulb lights

// it’s basically inevitable that we end up eating at Shake Shack at least once during our trip. However, my brother and tour guide in one led us to Soho Park – a hip, trendy, and delicious burger find. Better yet, they are much cheaper than Shake Shack!

 

ivy and lights strung in walkway

// if you’re looking for the perfect photo-op, head to Nomo Soho. This hip and trendy hotel has the coolest spots for photos. Their archway is ~ magical ~

 

mirror pic of girl with peace sign

// I always love going to Brandy Melville, so I had to include this pic! They are pretty strict with taking photos in the store so I snapped this mirror pic instead. Head to their online store to see their clothing selection.

 

soho buildings

// always love the buildings of soho

 

girl taking photos in crowded side street

// shoutout to mama auer for taking this shot! One of our favorite parts about soho are the unexpected finds within the side streets. There are so many photo-ops if you just remember to look up at the buildings.

 

storefront - by Chloe.

// before leaving soho we stopped in by Chloe for a quick bite to eat. I had been wanting to go here for so long because all of my bloggers and youtubers always rave about this place. It’s hip, trendy, and has plenty of healthy options to choose from. My dad isn’t the biggest fan of vegan style foods so he got a smoothie while my mom and I got avocado toast. TBH I enjoyed my dad’s smoothie more than the avo toast. The toast came with seasonal veggies on top, which happened to be peas and pickled onions. It wasn’t even photo worthy (and that says a lot!) The morale of the story is, I wish I had opted for a smoothie or one of their other options, but it was still tasty. I will def try again…

 

D A Y  T H R E E

girl walking on brooklyn bridge

// this is the second time that I have walked the Brooklyn Bridge, and it seems like each time just gets better and better. It was an overcast day, but the views were still breathtaking.

 

FEED storefront

// this coffee shop – FEED – was basically my mom’s dream store. She had been looking at it on insta and was so excited that we happened to find it. Check out their site (linked above) to learn more about their mission and story.

 

One Girl Cookies window

// my DREAM – One Girl Cookies…literally so good – if you happen to go here while in Dumbo, try one of their whoopie pies. They are delicious and totally worth every calorie. Of course, you can get coffee too, or a cupcake…or one of each! 🙂

 

whoopie pies and cupcake

// nyc eats at One Girl Cookies

 

D A Y  F O U R

the high line

// we spent our last morning in the city walking the High Line. It has plenty of photo ops and awesome spots to sit and relax.

 

// views from the High Line…

 

madewell storefront

// almost immediately after walking across the High Line, we managed to find Madewell! I always love Madewell’s décor and storefront, but this particular store was amazing. I think I was focused more on the interior of the store than the clothes!

 

seflie

// selfies !

 

I hope you enjoyed this post ! Let me know about your thoughts on the layout of this post. I wanted it to be more of a travel diary with a greater focus on the photos and less on the text.

 

ALSO check out my friend Maddy’s blog! She recently started it and I loooove it. Seriously so cute.

 

xoxo,

madauer

ps – you should really check out Glossier. I went to their showroom while in soho and it was one of the coolest experiences. All of my youtubers (it should be noted that “my youtubers” = beauty and fashion vloggers / bloggers) rave about Glossier. Also, their packaging is beautifulllll. Probably gonna blog about them soon.

 

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