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#TBTBSanta 2017

December 11, 2017

Let’s be honest: last week was a monster that none of us knew how to slay. I’m just going to believe the end of the year craze was the cause and that things will even out soon, haha. But amidst the chaos and stress, I received a surprise package at work on Friday when I needed a pick-me-up the most. Lo and behold, it was my #TBTBSanta package!…

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What Is a Weekend?

December 8, 2017

One of my favorite places to get brunch in the city is Ichabod’s, which The Boyfriend introduced me to on our first date. It’s a tiny establishment nestled in Union Square, not too far from Strand Books, with dark, soft lighting, and a brunch menu with dishes like avocado toast and, my personal favorite, fried chicken with biscuits and gravy. We stopped by this past weekend with a friend from…

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7/30/16 – 8/2/16: Montreal Getaway

August 8, 2016

Fun fact: I’ve never traveled outside of the United States. Well, unless you count the fact that I was born in South Korea, but no one counts that, right? Right. Anyway, this all changed this past weekend when I made a somewhat spontaneous decision to join the Boyfriend on his trip to Montreal. Don’t worry, I was invited, I didn’t just show up at the bus station yelling, “Surprise!”.…

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5/8/16: Book Haul and South Street Seaport

May 9, 2016

  This week was a pretty darn good one in my bookish world. I mean, look at all those beautiful books! I was lucky enough to snag copies of Caraval and Heartless from work and you bet your bookshelf I ran out to buy A Court of Mist and Fury as soon as I could. I also attended the launch party for Mindi Scott and Michelle Andreani’s The Way Back To You, which…

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The Artist Behind the Art: Kate Lichtenstein and Crystals, Coffee, Nature

February 8, 2016

I’ve had the fortune of knowing Kate Lichtenstein for quite some time now. As an artist, entrepreneur, and positive spirit, Kate has quickly made a name for herself in Michigan’s art community alongside her parents, the owners of Gallery 154. Recently, Kate released her first book, Crystals, Coffee, Nature, a mini coffee table book featuring original photos taken throughout her creative life. Today, Kate answers a few questions about…

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TBTB Secret Santa Haul

January 2, 2016
© DJ DeSmyter

This was my third time participating in the Broke and the Bookish’s Secret Santa exchange and it was just as exciting as the first time! I even managed to submit my application on time this year! Go me! My recipient ended up being someone I know, so that was a lot of fun! One of the books they requested was Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red, which is one of…

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Buzzlines: November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015

Buzzlines is a weekly round-up of articles, videos, and other tidbits you might have missed during the week.  “One Bouquet of Fleeting Beauty, Please” by Alisha Gorder (The New York Times) — I was introduced to the Times‘s “Modern Love” column a month or two ago, but only just began reading it regularly. This week’s piece is beautiful and heartbreaking, and tackles loss and love in such a simple,…

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Weekend Catch-Up: November 7-8, 2015

November 9, 2015

This past weekend I resolved to get back into blogging, so here I am with a recap. A small one, but hey, it’s a start! 🙂 First of all, I had the pleasure of participating in last month’s QUEER ROMANCE MONTH and my post, “The November Song”, was selected as the series closer. You should probably check out my post, but you really need to read all of them.…

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Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade

June 22, 2015

SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015 — Ever since Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Splash, I have loved mermaids and to this day, still whole-heartedly believe in them. Or, at least, wish I could be one, ha. So when I heard about Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, I knew it was something I had to attend. And this year, I did. First, here’s a little background on the parade. The Mermaid Parade was founded…

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Playlist of the Month: April 2015

April 6, 2015

Spring is in full swing, so it’s time to clean out our winter blues and usher in new and good vibes. This month’s playlist features Joy Williams and her new single, Kelly Clarkson, Jay Brannan, and Jess Glyne. Take a listen and let me know what songs you currently have on repeat!…

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Weekend Catch-Up: February 27-29, 2015

March 1, 2015
2/27/15 Weekend Pile

I decided to take this weekend a little easier than normal. I usually run errands or explore the city with my camera in hand, but with the temperatures being a bit too harsh for my Canon, I’ve been staying in more. Here’s what I’ve been up to this weekend: CURRENTLY READING I started Claudia Gray’s Sorceress a few days ago and finished just past midnight on Friday. This…