Posts tagged ‘Manhattan’

April 16, 2013

A Running Battle

Earlier, I was eager to settle in with my laptop and give you the rundown of yesterday’s kick-ass race but after today’s tragic event, I don’t really know what to do or say. I’m still speechless with a permanent knot in my throat from an afternoon of choking back tears, haunted by the news that hit a little too close to home. The sense of accomplishment I experienced as I crossed the More/FITNESS Half finish line has been stripped and the strength I felt as my legs seemed to float across the hillier-than-I-remember Central Park has been depleted. I’m stunned, disgusted, sick to my stomach and angry because a selfless act of terror has forever changed the sport’s arguably most iconic event.

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I, like so many fellow athletes, run for that sense of freedom you feel when you reach your “happy pace.” It’s a rhythmic escape from both the good and the bad with a healing power unlike anything else. After the Boston Marathon bombing, that haven has been altered…challenged. The finish line is where our family members band together to cheer us on. It’s where we truly turn on the jets to test our body. It is there where we learn if the blood, sweat and tears we endured in training really paid off before setting goals for the next–a hopeful end to a new beginning. I felt better than ever yesterday, pushing myself to shatter my 2:03:18 Vegas race for a new PR of 1:47:23 but today’s frantic texts to friends and family put everything into perspective. My heart goes out to those in Beantown. I pray for the running community’s strength and perseverance. God knows, it’s one group that doesn’t and won’t give up without a fight.

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

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April 8, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

Price Pritchett (who the hell is he? I couldn’t tell you!) once said, “Change always comes bearing gifts.” That’s why I adore spring. After months of brisk, blustery weather and corresponding drab ensembles, I welcome the turn in temps. I mean, I’ve been in heaven en route to work each day, sporting my sunnies, boat shoes and pastels, soaking up that vitamin D and taking a whiff of cheerful, potted daffodils. I feel like I’ve been a grinning goon, but luckily I’m not alone. The city is buzzing! This weekend I embraced the gifts change has already given me, alongside the exciting “presents” that await in my near future. Let’s just say they include a two bedroom with two baths, a gorgeous kitchen that will be sure to store any appliance my heart desires (wish list: juicer) and a walk-in closet Carrie Bradshaw would approve of. Granted, it will showcase my sneaker collection…not Loubs. Eeeee!

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No dotted lines have been signed just yet but I’m glad to say that after Saturday, we’re one step closer to a big move. Yes, it’s a bit depressing to think my city slicker days are already coming to an end. I’ve caught myself sulking as I savor every last Manhattan sunset and even wandering through yucky Times Square during prime tourist rush. A girl’s afternoon full of mani/pedis, shopping and lunch at Cafeteria with my gal pal, Allie, today further made me realize my love for the convenience and excitement NYC provides with its endless opportunities for all things fun. But after getting a taste of a different gorgeous view full of seagulls, sailboats and even a distant city skyline, I have a different outlook on what’s next. All-you-can-eat sushi just minutes away? That’s going to be dangerous. Stamford’s new Chelsea Piers outfitted with a FlyWheel, women’s hockey and lacrosse pick-up games, alongside tennis courts, gym, etc.? Holy heaven. Oh, and a Zara without New York State tax? Welp, see you never, paycheck. So yeah, things were put into perspective this weekend, to say the least. The city isn’t going anywhere…I’ll still be here Monday through Friday for work! Plus, did I mention some of my closest people are in that area? That may be the greatest gift of them all.
What are your thoughts on change?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

December 23, 2011

Easy, Last Minute Holiday Treats

Like everyone else, this week has been a crazy one. I’m back in New York for a month, interning and enjoying myself in the city before my LAST college semester begins. Tuesday was my first day back at FITNESS and it was great to see everyone again. I jumped back into everything like I never left! The commotion in Manhattan is unreal, especially outside Mike’s building (30 Rock) which is pure mayhem, but who can complain about Christmas in New York? Too bad I haven’t finished my shopping nor have I even started wrapping…

Before I head to Grand Central to catch a train home for the holidays, I wanted to blog about the tasty treats I made for everyone in the Neag School of Education’s office where I work: Peppermint Chocolate Covered Pretzels. Super easy if you’re in need of a last minute gift or have room in your cookie tin for another holiday sweet.

All you need is a big bag of mini pretzels, 11.5 oz dark chocolate (I used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips) and crushed candy canes. On a baking sheet, lay out the pretzels so they are close to one another, melt the chocolate in the microwave or double broiler and drizzle. Sprinkle the candy cane crumbles overtop and place the baking sheet in the freezer until the chocolate has hardened. 


Wrap it all up and tie it with a big, pretty bow and you’re all set! I ended up dipping the leftover candy canes in the remainder of the dark chocolate. Stir into a big mug of hot cocoa for a sweet snack. They can also dress up a wrapped gift for that special someone!

Well, I need to pack up and get back to Connecticut. I have some last minute shopping and baking to do tonight!

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

March 10, 2011

Mother/Daughter Time

My Spring Break has been pretty fantastic, if I do say so myself. No, I’m not in Punta Cana or cruisin’ along the Bahamas but I have been relaxing and hanging out with my family, which in my opinion trumps all. Being home grounds you and clears your head like nothing else…just what I needed. On Tuesday, I had to go in to Manhattan for an early appointment (4:50 a.m. alarm, yikes) so my mom came with and we had a wonderful time galavanting around. We shopped, laughed, ate, drank and saw a broadway show. Now, that’s what I call fun.

Time Square

We knew we wanted to see an evening show so stuck around the hustle and bustle of touristy Time Square. Before getting in the TKTS line, which opened at one, we stopped for an excellent lunch at L’Ybane Wine Bar where we shared salads and a delicious hummus appetizer. Next, my mom and I had to decide which show we wanted to see. I was pulling for Memphis, my mom Phantom of the Opera (bleh…) but we both came to a decision in my favor.

We were so cold we stopped in the M&M store to warm up

The next few hours we did what girls do best, shop. It was cold (and as you can see I wasn’t wearing nearly enough layers) so my mom and I popped in and out of stores in Times Square. The massive, 4-floor Forever 21 was where we spent most of our time. I was in heaven. The pretty florals and bright spring colors were a breath of fresh air after the rainy, miserable weather we’ve been experiencing. I am so over winter! Anyway, I bought a few things (including the scarf above), got a grande Red Eye from Starbucks so I didn’t pass out and before we knew it, it was dinner time. My blisters throbbed and the wind was howling so my mom and I settled for a Hard Rock Cafe nearby. I’ve never been to one, plus it stuck with our touristy trip so it just felt right.


Quick slideshow of the skyline at sunset, by yours truly

Before the show, we decided cocktails were a must so went to The View Lounge in at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel, which is a 360° revolving lounge on the 48th floor, to watch the sunset. It was beautiful, the drinks were great and we both of us sighed in satisfaction too many times to count. 7:00 rolled around before we knew it and we shuffled (literally, I have the blisters to prove it) across the street to the Shubert Theatre for Memphis, the 2010 Tony Award’s Best Musical!

UGHHhh It. Was. Incredible. I would see it again…and again. The music, costumes, set design, choreography and story line were all fantastic. Based in the 1950s in Memphis, Tennessee, the show follows a forbidden love story between a white DJ and a black club singer alongside the growing popularity of rock ‘n’ roll music. If you’re looking for an all American broadway musical, rich with history and culture, this is your show! I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack. Below are my two favorite songs.


Ah…it gives me chills!


Love, love, love!

So yeah, our impromptu mother/daughter day trip was fabulous, to say the least. Hopefully by the time I’m in there this summer I’ll know my way around. (Let’s hope I’m there to begin with…) Just a few more days before I head back to school. Back to reality. Ahh I’m enjoying my time off too much, I don’t want to go back just yet!

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren