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This Week's Top 10: Ukraine, Home Finds, and more

1. Happy Friday! It feels almost wrong to write that given everything going on in our world as of yesterday morning... for the latest updates on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I've found CNN's updates to be easy to understand and very up-to-date. As we all pray for peace and safety for Ukranians, my friend Sasha (whose parents emmigrated from Ukraine) share this non-profit that we can donnate to. 

2. In brighter news, I feel like I have so many updates to share! First off, a huge thank you to all of you who are following along here on the blog and on Instagram! I was so excited to wake up to 10,000 of you yesterday morning <3

3. If you've been following on IG, you've probably seen that I have been on a bit of an interior design inspiration kick lately. It all started with this Brooklyn apartment tour! (pictured above)

This Week's Top 10: Life Updates, Art, & more!

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1. Helloooo! Ok, I have so many updates for you... this week just flew by for me! Of course, Valentine's Day was on Monday, but after that, I had a few fun things planned, like a dinner for a new brand on Tuesday, book club on Wednesday, and pilates yesterday (which I'd missed since I hadn't been in so long!). Joe visisted me last weekend for Valetine's Day and left on Monday morning, so we celebrated Valentine's Day Saturday night! I am planning to write a full recap of our weekend because it was just so fun. 

2. The brand dinner I went to was for Den XYZ, a new home brand with a highly curated selection of home decor, art, and more. The dinner was very small (just 6-7 of us) and I really enjoyed it! I don't get invited to that man influencer events, so I was so grateful and excited to be included. The dinner was at the founder's gorgeous apartment, she cooked for us, and it was such a cozy, unique way to be introduced to a new brand. It definitely had me inspired to finish up decorating my apartment after living here for almost a year!

3. On Sunday I am heading to Dallas for 10 days! My dad lives in Dallas and he just had foot surgery (he's fine!) so I'm mostly heading there to help him out, but I'm also really looking forward to the warmer weather, exploring Dallas, and hanging out with him! I'm excited to cook and go for a bike ride and try new workout classes... I just think it'll be a nice change of pace! If you have any Dallas recs, I'm all ears! I think we might be going to a jazz concert next Saturday which sounds so fun to me. 

Fun Home Decor Finds

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Can you believe I've lived in NYC for almost a full year?! The time has truly flown by. I am SO excited to share that a couple of months ago I was able to renew my lease and I'll be staying in my apartment for another year. I am absolutely thrilled because I love my apartment, and it's truly an amazing deal for what it is (wonderful location, natural light, dishwasher, decent size for an NYC apartment, molding on the walls lol). Rent prices are crazy in the city right now, and I feel grateful that my rent, which was already a great deal because I moved during Covid, was raised only 10%. I was honestly so worried it would be raised up to the pre-pandemic price, which was like $1200 more than my current monthly rent. Thankfully, that did not happen, and I am thrilled to be staying in my apartment for another year.

This Week's Top 10

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1. This week was a pretty standard workweek for me. Not much to report, but the highlight, of course, was the February mood board going up! If you're looking for a new desktop or iPhone wallpaper, download the mood board here.

2. This week I went to two Mile High Run Club classes, which has quickly become my favorite workout in the city. While I still love pilates at Bodyrok, there's something that feels so "my truth" about being on a treadmill just running for 45 minutes and being pushed to improve. It might have to do with the fact that I just haven't run consistently in so long, but nonetheless, the workout and the vibes are fabulous. I sign up through ClassPass! If you want to try ClassPass, here's my link. I think it's just the best thing ever. 

3. Yesterday on the blog I shared so many cute pink pieces, perfect for Valentine's Day! Check out the blog post here.

Valentine's Day Inspired: Pretty Pink Things

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I got a targeted IG ad yesterday for the cutest matching set I've ever seen (for just $40!) and immediately ordered it. I don't think I've ever done that before, but this was too cute to pass up! It inspired this whole round-up of pretty pink pieces for Valentine's Day... whether these items end up as little gifts for yourself, your best friend, your girlfriend, your sister, or whomever else, I hope you find something you love! 

February Moodboard (Desktop & iPhone Wallpaper)

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It's a mood board miracle! LOL, truly, I don't think I've ever gotten the mood board up successfully on the first day of the month, but maybe things are looking up for me in 2022. I find the February mood board to be one of the easiest to make because, in my mind, my vision of February is clear... everything pink, flowers, and love!