meet me in miami

Hi everyone! FINALLY I am getting around to posting all of my photos from my trip to Florida in January. As one does on a vacation, I took way too many photos and therefore it took me a really long time to sort through all of them, edit them, and get them organized so that I could put this post together. I’m really happy with how a lot of these photos turned out, and I think this is probably the most colorful and happy (and probably longest) blog post I’ll ever put up. Hope you enjoy!

january 11, 6:30 am. warwick, ny.
I was lucky enough that my best friend Ariel invited me on this trip and that her grandparents let us stay with them for the time we were there. Even though it was a short 3 day trip, it was super fun and unforgettable. I drove to Ariel’s hometown the day before our trip (and we went on a super cool hike, but that will be a whole other blog post).  Her mom dropped us off at the airport in New Jersey and we were off, and luckily we caught a nice sunrise on the way.ppetmpdup

8:00 am. newark liberty international airport, new jersey.
We had to wake up super early to catch our plane, but we didn’t mind so much to be going from the frosty 30 degree mountain winds to warm and sunny 80 degree Florida. This was a super fun experience for me because it was my first plane ride. I loved going on the plane and I can’t wait to travel by air some more as soon as possible!

3:30 pm. hollywood beach, florida
Obviously there’s a little break in time here where I didn’t take any photos that involved us flying, frantically catching multiple ubers, and eventually finding our way to the beach. We decided to rent some cute bikes and ride up and down the boardwalk to the various shops and restaurants. You can tell from these photos that it was super windy and wearing skirts to go bike riding probably wasn’t our best idea. ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup

january 12th. 12 pm. fort lauderdale, florida
The next day, we decided to make ourselves breakfast then head off to Miami for the beach.

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3 pm. south beach, florida
One of the fun little stops we made was this super cute smoothie/ acai bowl cafe in Miami called Under the Mango Tree. The smoothie bowls were delicious and very photogenic.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupAfter that, we hit the beach for some sun. ppetmpdupppetmpdup

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5:30 pm. miami, florida.
We wanted to take a walk around South Beach and check out some more shops and restaurants. We accidentally ended up spending way too much money on a fancy drink at The Sugar Factory.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup

january 13th. 11:30 am. fort lauderdale, florida.
This day, we took a really cool boat tour around the Fort Lauderdale waterfront. There’s tons of beautiful houses around there, so it was cool to see.ppetmpdupppetmpdup3:00 pm. coconut creek, florida.
I think this was my favorite part of the entire trip, or at least the part that I found most photo-worthy, as you can see. We went to Butterfly World, which is this beautiful enclosed garden full of amazing butterflies. It’s like a little fantasy world, and it was just a wonderful and fun experience. I’ve always loved butterflies, so second grade me was dying a little inside. Also, I hadn’t seen pretty flowers like this in months, so it was nice in comparison to the frigid New York setting I’d gotten used to. 6243751952_IMG_0964ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup6243751952_IMG_0939The garden had a beautiful little waterfall and stone bridge with water spraying from it, which looked absolutely amazing in the sunlight.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup6243751952_IMG_09846174565056_IMG_09886243751952_IMG_0962Outside of the garden was this really beautiful pool with fountains and a suspension bridge over it.ppetmpdupppetmpdupThese parrots were really chill.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupAriel also got to feed some cute tropical birds.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup

february 9. 7:15 pm. loudonville, ny.

Ironically, I got to finally finish this blog post because we had a snow day and classes were cancelled. I’m snuggled up in bed avoiding the frigid winter winds and three feet of snow outside that all of New York is currently covered with. And avoiding the essays I should be writing. And wishing I could be back at the beach in 80 degree sunshine.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, it was really fun for me to make and look at all of the photos I took while I was there! I hope you liked how I put it together, I was trying out a different kind of writing style too!
More posts (especially fashion ones) coming soon!

xoxo,

emma

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the tang

Hi everyone! FINALLY I am going to be back doing regular blog posts again!!! For today’s post, I’ll be going back in time a couple of weeks to a rainy day I spent with my friend Erin at the Tang Museum in Saratoga. I have a lot of photos I took over winter break that will be perfect for many upcoming blog posts, so it’s just a matter of organizing, editing, and compiling them into the posts. Now that I am back at school, I feel a lot more inspired to get working on my blog. Which doesn’t seem to make much sense because now I have other homework assignments to do on top of it, but time crunches work for me so I’m just gonna go with it.

I’m super excited because these are really the first photos from my brand new camera (Canon Rebel T6) that I will be posting on my blog. Mind you, these are not amazing because I still have a lot to learn about photography and editing. I am currently taking a Digital Photography class so I will be learning a lot more about photography from that class and also just from practice, so I think it will be cool to see how my photos/blog posts improve over time.

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If you live in the Albany/Saratoga area, I highly recommend checking out The Tang. It’s a pretty small museum located at Skidmore College, but it’s always a fun quick trip for a cold rainy day (plus it’s free). Erin and I really wanted to check out this new exhibit, which features this really awesome chalkboard-wall piece called Drawing Memory by artist Victor Ekpuk. A bunch of the walls inside the exhibit were painted with black chalkboard paint, and then the artist drew all these complex designs all along them in chalk.

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This exhibit is called Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science, so all of the pieces are inspired by scientific, mathematic, and technological principals. With my own background in studying Biochemistry (and just my overall fascination with science), I found this exhibit to be extremely interesting because I personally also like to integrate scientific ideas and principals into my own creative writing and art. Seeing these connections throughout all of these pieces made the experience of the exhibit really intriguing, and I think a lot of people would enjoy the exhibit whether they are more artistically or scientifically minded, because it’s a good mix of both.

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(this one was my favorite, I love how the light play worked with the mirrors/metallic surface and how new designs are made from the reflections and shadows of the piece. so cool)

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I think my favorite part about the exhibit is kind of the “perfection” of it. If you’re the type of perfectionist who likes to always have things symmetrically organized into patterns, measured out perfectly, and balanced, then I imagine you would appreciate this type of art. A lot of people probably look at patterns in art and think of them as basic or boring, but there is a lot more that goes into a pattern or perfectly symmetrical design than you would probably think. The complexity yet perfection of such designs and art pieces is very intriguing to me. I find it to be extremely calming and satisfying to look at this type of art, and psychologically it’s kind of nice to have a sense of order inside this isolated space among a world of chaos.

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Also, if you do go check out The Tang, I highly recommend going in the elevator (sorry I don’t have any good pictures of it). The building is only 2 stories high so it may seem really unnecessary, but there’s funky music and bean bags in there so you might even end up going up and down a couple extra times just for fun like we did.

Also s/o to Erin for the fun day and also for taking some of these fabulous photos for me… you know we really worked the aesthetic. If anyone is curious what I am wearing:

black turtleneck: idk
(fake) leather jacket: Forever 21
grey bodycon tank dress: Forever 21
fishnets: Forever 21
over the knee socks: Forever 21
shoes: Payless
(wow I honestly didn’t mean to wear that much Forever 21, # not sponsored but like if you wanna sponsor me I’d be down)

Song of the day: Verona by Geographer
I decided I want to add in a “song of the day” that I think is appropriate to go along with the blog post for whatever reason, because I love music and integrating it into all parts of my life, and also being able to share my favorite music with others. For today’s post I thought of this song mostly because the album cover is all geometric and symmetrical looking so it made me think of the art at The Tang, and the sound just kind of reminds me of technological, science-y kind of things. And it’s also just one of my faves.

I can’t wait to get some more blog posts up very soon! I will probably keep working on them today before I start really getting bombarded with the school work. I hope everyone else who is going back to school this week has a great syllabus week too!

xoxo,

emma

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weekend in oney

This weekend I got to go visit my best friend Sofie and her roommate Abby at their college in Oneonta. They go to a really tiny college in the mountains called Hartwick, and I kind of fell in love with it. They gave me the grand tour of the area for the day, showing me around their school (peep Abby’s adorable succulents) and also around town.

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My favorite part about Oneonta was obviously the gorgeous mountain views (I’m sure everyone knows by now that I’m obsessed). There’s a little dirt road you can take up the back of their campus that opens up to this field with a beautiful view, and we happened to be able to catch the sunset there and get some nice photos. I’m sure you can see why I’m in love with this place!

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After our little adventure, we headed to town for some dinner. We went to the cutest little coffee shop called the Latte Lounge that I was absolutely in love with, and it also had the coolest book store connected to it too! It was so nice to see what a college town like Oneonta is like because we don’t really have anything like that where I go to school. I also just love being able to visit my friends like Sofie that I’ve known for years and get a little glimpse of their college lives.

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(S/O to Abby and Sofie for letting me visit this weekend, you’re the best. I’ll be back soon!)

xoxo,

emma

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my favorite place on earth

arms-up-view Last week, one of my best friends from home, Sofie, came back to town for the long weekend. We thought we would just hang out for the day, but it turned out that her car needed some miles put on it for an inspection. When her dad told us we had to find a way to put about 100 miles on her car in one day, we immediately took up the opportunity for a mini road trip. We decided to drive to Bash Bish Falls, on the border of NY and MA. We went there over the summer and absolutely loved it, and we knew it would be even more beautiful in the fall. mountain-viewtrees-over-mountainpathway-with-yellow-trees
The drive itself was absolutely gorgeous, as the leaves on the trees were at a perfect point where there’s just a rainbow of color all across the mountains. According to our road trip tradition, we blasted strictly T-Swift and sang every lyric at the top of our lungs. It reminded me of all the amazing adventures we had over the summer, and it was really nice to be back with my friend that I hadn’t seen for a couple of months, especially for a mid-semester escape from college life.
Once we got there, there’s a really gorgeous overlook of Mt. Washington, which requires a slightly treacherous climb straight up some rocks, but the view is worth it. Ever since this summer, I have a newfound love for mountain views, and this one is no exception.
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Once we made it to the waterfall, I honestly teared up a little bit. I loved going here over the summer, but I wasn’t prepared for how breathtaking it would look in fall. Immediately, I realized that I have barely ever been so happy, with my best friend on a day off from school, driving through the mountains to one of the most beautiful little places I had ever been. I told Sofie while we were there, that this is my favorite place on Earth. I realize that there are plenty of places and views all around the world that are more astonishing and more beautiful than here, but to me, it’s all about the context. The couple of times I had been to Bash Bish Falls, I was so happy and content with my life in all aspects. Any problems I was having at the time were just set aside once I got there, like it’s truly a little slice of heaven on Earth. For that reason, this little waterfall represents my favorite place, both physically, in time and space, and emotionally. (Side note to my future husband, if you ever read this: I would like to be proposed to here, in fall of course).
sitting-by-waterfalldownstreamThese pictures were taken on my low-quality phone camera, which don’t do it any kind of justice, but you can kind of get an idea of how amazing it is. I’ve actually been really stressed out the past couple of days, because the phone I used to take all of the pictures decided to completely stop working, and I thought all of my photos were gone. Everything I had taken pictures of this summer, all of my Snapchats, texts, everything, just disappeared like that. I was really upset because I had such a great summer, and I felt like without that evidence my memories just weren’t real anymore. Luckily, I recovered a lot of the photos that I had, including the ones from this day that I’m posting (I did lose a lot though too), but I also realized in the process that photos aren’t everything. My “favorite places”, all of those amazing memories I have made, will always be with me. I always say that photos don’t do them justice anyways– you can never truly capture a feeling. All of my favorite memories, people, places, and things have ultimately changed me and molded who I am as a person. Even if I don’t have physical evidence of them anymore, or if I can’t remember them that well, they’re still with me.

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I hope you guys liked this post, as it was a little more life/writing based than on fashion like usual! Let me know if you liked this kind of post and would like to see more of it.

xoxo,

emma

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metropolitan

 

 

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This weekend, I took a little road trip downstate to visit my best friend Molly at college. She’s lucky enough to be super close to New York City, so of course we took the opportunity to take the train there for a day (and of course that also means we had to wear our best city outfits).

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I’m not super big on taking photos of the art, so I just got a few shots of the the amazing architecture there. We also walked around Central Park and went up on the roof of the Met, which is an absolutely amazing view.

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Molly said that the hot dog and Coca Cola really fit her aesthetic so we had to capture that of course.

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Outfit details:

Emma (Black dress):

denim jacket- Old Navy (from the 90’s)

vest: Target

dress: Brandy Melville

purse: Michael Kors

sunglasses: Boutique in Saratoga- Lydia

Molly (Grey dress):

dress: Forever 21

socks: Target

shoes: Express

sunglasses: boutique in Saratoga- Lydia

xoxo,

emma

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