Christmas: Stars at AOL Time Warner Center

I spent several holidays in Manhattan while my sister and her family lived there, and I always loved walking through the AOL Time Warner Center. The view is awesome and the star decorations are lovely. This photo is a few years old, but the stars Рand the view Рremain pretty darn special.

stars at the AOL Time Warner centre, photo by Jordana

Design: Manhattan Home on Style Me Pretty Living

I’m thrilled to announce that my sister and brother-in-law’s Manhattan condo was featured on Style Me Pretty Living yesterday! Can you believe it? SMPLiving¬†is¬†such a well-curated, well-respected¬†online¬†blog¬†and it is ridiculously cool that the SMP team decided¬†to feature my family’s city condo. Crazy cool, in fact!¬†Even though I knew the post¬†was coming, I was¬†still kind of surprised to see it online yesterday afternoon. Just. Too. Much. Fun.

Here are a few photos¬†of their place, but I encourage you to read¬†the full story and flip through all the photos. I’m so impressed with¬†my sister and brother-in-law’s approach to art and design (and, yes, they like white¬†too).

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Thanks to Caroline Frost for taking such lovely photos and to Jacquelyn Clark for putting this all into motion.

Travel: New York City

I was lucky enough to spend this past weekend in New York City. My trip was off to a rough start because my 3 hour drive from Waterloo to Toronto (3 hours…instead of 1.5 hours) meant that I missed my Porter flight to Newark. I sucked it up and paid the $150 fee to get on the later flight which was delayed an hour. I was seriously on the verge of tears when I found out about the change fee and the delay and I was so completely frustrated from my 3 hour journey in traffic that I ended up hating my very first experience with Porter. I ended up getting into Manhattan at midnight after an 8 hour journey (8 hours!).

The rest of the weekend made up for my flight. I met my 3-week old niece, played with my three nephews, caught up with my sister and brother-in-law, and went shopping with my mom. I also spotted white all over the city.

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Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

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Dean & Deluca

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Fishs Eddy

Photos by Jordana.

Pop Up! Life in NYC

Corie and I often have lengthy conversations about the cities we each live in, what they have to offer, and how we engage with our communities. Sometimes we really do believe that we should trade places – I move to NYC to live the busy city life √† la Carrie Bradshaw while Corie’s family of five move to low-key London, Ontario to enjoy the great schools and parks (and space for three kiddies to run!). Living in any city has its ups and downs, of course. Here’s a peek as to what Corie dealt with a couple of weeks ago (and more often than not, truth be told)…

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The daily debate about what to do and where to live continues and it is always just a mix of ideas. I had a great day yesterday taking the boys to the Central Park zoo and I was so happy to just be able to leave the condo and go. Completely convenient. We walked up 5th Avenue and because it was fashion week we saw lots of photographers and the fashion crowd. So fun. Then, coming home, we were crossing 8th Ave. and we saw two RATS scurry from the sidewalk into the sewer right in front of our corner Starbucks. In the daytime. What does that mean? Where do they live? My latest fear – that they are setting up camp in our storage unit area?! Life in NYC. Sigh.

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Do you ever wonder if you’re living in the right place for you? Are you ever surprised at the contrasts that you see in your city? Corie and I often joke about how fancy and expensive NYC is yet it can also be so grimy and gross. Compared to NYC, the sidewalks of London, Ontario just sparkle! Kind of.

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