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The Best Things To Do In Astoria and Why You Should Visit Now

I moved to New York a little over four years ago and found myself living in Astoria for the better part of my time in the city. It wasn't until I moved in with my boyfriend a few years ago that I traded in my Queens address to try out other neighborhoods in New York. It was a bittersweet decision and there are things I absolutely miss about my first home in New York. Some...more
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A New York Country Bar Turned Into My Favorite Bar in The City and Here’s Why

When I found a New York country bar three years ago I knew I could make this city home, because the only real positive connection I have to my childhood is country music. It’s one of the few constant things that have defined me my whole life and one of the only things I’ve inherited from my family. I got my first pair of cowboy boots when I learned to walk, and I danced around...more

I Want to Tell You All About My Big Move to the Upper West Side

There is a lot to be said about change, especially since too many people are resistant to it. Letting the universe shift even just a little means being shaken, unsteady and it takes a minute to regroup when the rumbling stops. Maybe it’s a bit unusual, but I am slightly addicted to this feeling, constantly looking to upset the routine, shake up the monotony, and carve out new patches of sky to marvel at. As...more

Is Anyone Still Working on Their New Year’s Resolutions, Or Is It Just Me?

With January coming to a close and Times Square's New Year’s Eve confetti all but lying in a pile of last year’s trash somewhere in North Carolina, I’m compelled to think about New Year’s resolutions. The all too comforting and overly shamed idea that a new year means we can embrace new possibilities. Out with the old and in with the new. It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? It has become a cultural stigma to...more
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The Best Bars in Chicago No Matter What Your Going Out Style Is

When the drinks flow faster than the river running through the city, I know I’m in my kind of place. Chicago is filled with great food and endless cool things to do. But as a bartender, I always appreciate a great place to have a drink. Having a guide to the best bars in Chicago is a must for your visit. I'm not very picky when it comes to bars, as long as it’s approachable....more
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Wondering Where to Eat in Chicago on Your First Visit? Here’s A List of the Best Restaurants

Eating is what I do best. I go everywhere armed with a list of places for the best food and drinks a city can offer. Usually a list too long to get through. When I first started planning my trip, I had a list a mile long of where to eat in Chicago. I love cute cafes, I can consume more meals a day than I’d like to admit, and I’m a sucker for a...more

How To Spend the Perfect 3 Days In Chicago If You’re Visiting For the First Time

I got off the flight in Chicago like I already knew the place. Have you ever been somewhere brand new and have it feel as familiar to you as a second home? Like the way you know your way around your best friends parents house? That's how my 3 days in Chicago began. I walked in, opened the fridge, grabbed a drink and sunk myself comfortably into its worn in sofa. I only had a...more
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Where To Stay in Sintra and Why it’s More Than Just A Day Trip

Sintra is one of the most magical places I have ever visited. Back in 2012 I spent just a few hours there for the first time and fell in love with it. Since it’s conveniently placed just an hour train ride from Lisbon, it is the easiest and most popular day trip from the city center. However, I recently went back to explore this medieval wonderland again and decided to spend a few nights at the...more

Why I Am Never Moving Back To Southern California

You can’t go home again, or so they say. I never really understood what that meant until I finally left mine, and I want to tell you why I'm never moving back. But before I begin, I need to clarify that this is in no way a hate letter to California. On the contrary, California has a huge place in my heart and always will. But for the sake of writing this, California could easily...more

Everything You Must Do When You’re Visiting New York For The First Time If You Only Have the Weekend

New York City with its ever growing neighborhoods, impressive museums, historical sites and limitless restaurants, can never really be seen in one trip. When you've visiting New York for the first time, planning your trip may seem overwhelming. Especially if you just have a few days to see the city. It's amazing though, how much you can actually squeeze in to one weekend in New York if you're willing to not waste any time and...more