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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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Book Thoughts: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

December 12, 2016

When I first heard about Stephanie Garber’s upcoming debut, Caraval, I heard it was similar to The Night Circus, which is one of my absolute favorite books. Now, I’ve come across quite a few books that didn’t live up to the same comparison, but Caraval seemed promising. Fortunately, and in full disclosure, I work for Macmillan, which houses Flatiron Books, the publisher of Caraval, so I was able to get an early…

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Book Thoughts: The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss

December 5, 2016

When a coworker first told me about Theodora Goss’s The Thorn and the Blossom, I thought it sounded interesting, especially the accordion-style format and dual narrative. But when they brought in their copy for me to borrow, the book got lost in the TBR pile shuffle. Finally, wanting to set the book free, I brought it home—and devoured it. I definitely recommend picking up a copy! Here’s what I…

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Book Thoughts: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

November 30, 2016

Full of action, exciting twists, and smooth writing, Empress of a Thousand Skies is a rousing debut by an author to watch. Everything from the descriptions to the alternating points of view work seamlessly together to create an evenly paced story with diverse characters who are as complex as they are endearing. Some twists I saw coming, but that didn’t make them any less satisfying. Now, when can I get…

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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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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…