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02. Well, hello again.

It's been too long, friends! A lot has happened since List 01, including my 30th birthday and getting engaged and buying my 1st mustard colored item (hint: the color looks good on everyone). It's been a wild ride of happy emotions over the past few weeks, to say the least. But I'm back, and I have some new things to share. First things first, I *think* I can finally say transitional summer is here? We've had some 40 degree days, and some 80 degree days, and that averages to 60, so sounds about right. Hope your days are getting warmer too. Now, let's get on with it.

VISIT

As I said, it's finally getting nice out, which means that half of your summer weekends immediately need to be taken over travel plans (as if that wasn't already the case). If you have a spare one at this point, I'd suggest an easy weekend in Woodstock. I got back recently and it's still one of my favorite towns upstate. Small, quirky, and full of great food. You can't go wrong. Renting an Airbnb is the way to go, and make sure you check out Shindig, Cucina and Silvia for great meals. Hikes are abundant too. The Comeau Property (right off the main road in town, Tinker Streeet) is a nice easy loop, or try the Overlook Mountain Trail for a more challenging uphill walk with a rewarding view. And treat yourself with a trip to Woodstock Brewing in nearby Phoenicia for the ultimate #summer2018 weekend.

COOK

If you've ever watched my amateur IG stories, you know this spaghetti squash pad thai is in my regular weeknight rotation. But seriously, this recipe is a game changer. It takes some prep work and ingredient hunting, but once you get the hang of it, I promise it is 100% worth it. You can definitely cook the spaghetti squash in advance and the easiest, quickest method is the microwave. I've found that a 9 x 9 glass baking pan is the way to go here. 

Also, most specialty spice stores have the tamarind paste they call for (and if you're in NYC, Dual Specialty on 1st Ave in the East Village definitely has it, along with really inexpensive lentils, grains, and almost every spice you'd want). You should definitely check that place out. Anyway, the tamarind paste lasts for a long time, and (be forewarned) smells pretty strong, especially once it starts mixing around with the fish sauce in the recipe. But trust me, it mellows out completely once it's cooked. My other suggestion is chopping everything in advance (seriously, do it) and following the recipe instructions closely (i.e. pour the sauce along the sides of the pan, not right into the middle of the spaghetti squash pile, tempting as that may be). The crushed peanut topping + lime slice garnish are musts, along with a healthy squeeze of sriracha. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MISS THE NOODLES, IT'S TRULY A MIRACLE.

SELF-CARE

Have you tried or heard of Heyday? Short story: relaxing, affordable facials. Go see Chrissy C at the Nomad location. But more on that another time. What I want to share today is a moisturizing mask that I found there that literally feels like a snuggly blanket for your face. (Btw, do we need to invent a face snuggie? Maybe?) Anyway, the Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask from Alchimie Forever is an amazing weeknight treatment that you can choose to leave on and rinse off, or if applying a thinner layer, you can even just doze off in it. Every time I put it on, I just feel like I am rubbing a soft, velvety skincare friend onto my face and it makes me feel instantly relaxed. It's also super hydrating and my skin always feels softer after I use it. I've also heard that you can wear this mask on flights to save your skin from the dry cabin air. I'll need to try that and report back, though I believe it'd be great. Let me know if you try it, and what you think. 

BUY

All denim everything. My new favorite thing is just wearing denim from head to toe. This jumpsuit does the job nicely. It feels comfortable and easy, and denim is a very forgiving fabric. Even better. I polled my guy and he confirmed that the denim look is not "just girl cute" but "actually cute." Double win, and denim for days.

And one more thing. If you're looking for basic tees & tanks, my go-to is Madewell. Priced under $20, their v-neck pocket shirts are going to get me through the summer heat, and then some.

Don't miss...

  • If you're booking Airbnb's for summer getaways, make sure you take advantage of their partnership with Delta to earn 2x Delta SkyMiles points on every Airbnb purchase. Just click through from this site to hook up your SkyMiles account and make your booking. After all, I have to stay true to my motto: ABHP = always be hoarding points.
  • This NYT magazine feature is so special. Celebrating love of all kinds across NYC in 24 hours on a Saturday in May, it's fascinating, exciting, inspiring and just makes you feel good and even more in love with NYC and its people.
  • Spring is great for rosé and it's also great for chilled red wines. I love Lambruscos (sparkling red wines, best served chilled) but also recently discovered this other affordable, natural red wine by Les Foulards Rouge at Marlow & Sons. And at $21/bottle, it's a solid choice for your next bbq or park picnic. Get it at Discovery Wines, which also happens to be THE BEST bottle shop in the East Village.
  • There are so many great newsletters these days. I feel like I discover a new one every week. Some recent favorites in the rotation include Girls Night In (1x/week on Fridays, featuring a round-up of reads, a book club and generally cool things), The Newsette (daily, featuring news, shopping and lifestyle content) and Le Culture Club (1x/week, skincare focused). Happy reading!
Ok, that's it for now! #ttys
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