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i went with my girlfriends this weekend to nearby cedar creek lake for an overnight getaway to celebrate #friendsgiving. with it only being an hour away, we caravaned it down saturday morning-ish, stopping at cedar creek brewery on the way for a beer and lunch and then on to chels’ lakehouse….where we get together to take our makeup bras off, snack all night and make memories & inside jokes that we will bring up for years to come. we called this trip #GirlsTripPlusTy because some of my friends have kiddos and we were allll girls, plus tyler 🙂  we each brought a dish for a homemade meal and the icing on the cake was literally the best cake i’ve ever had – it’s called yum yum cake and if you like pecans you would die! here is a similar recipe & there is a photo below, get ready to drool.

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this month has been a whirlwind with something going on every weekend and every day in between. its been crazy & crazy fun! i traveled to LA over labor day weekend for a girls adventure with my mom & sister. we love going places together since we enjoy many of the same things and go at a similar pace. (& can be totally blunt and honest with each other without anyone’s feelings getting too hurt) i wanted to document our whereabouts since we had some amazing experiences and some fun things to try. we were all over the place – read on if you’re interested 🙂

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spent 24 hours in vegas this past weekend and it felt like a whirlwind of 4 days. it’s crazy how you can lose your sense of time in the dark, smokey casinos and just being in that city, it’s like time doesn’t matter. i went with my mom, sister, best friend, her mom, her sister & aunt – we’re all like one giant, extended family so it was a really fun group.

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so, not gunna lie- i had a rough start to this day.
this first photo is a reminder of how nauseous i was that morning, as we walked, again, to zabar’s to pick up breakfast of bagels and chocolate croissants. i just could not stand any smells or sights and the hot/cold factor of the weather/ heater made me feel even more dizzy and sick-feeling. so while everyone went into zabar’s to pick out juice and breakfast i was squatting outside by the tree in the photo behind me and this nice street vendor man let me borrow his chair for the few minutes i waited. he must have seen how dizzy and hungover i was because i was facepalm at that point. and i just to clarify, i had an entire bottle of champagne to ring in the new year. no lie. nothing even exciting went down, we seriously just hung out at our air bnb apartment and watched the ball drop and made a night of it with champagne (lotsss of it) and vodka shots chased with lipton tea…i vaguely remember that part. but i am a champagne lover! could drink it at every meal and with a straw. but it makes me a mad, yet very lovey and emotional drunk and i’m gunna have to work on that this year. note to self: 2 glass maximum
anyways, here is my batch of photos for our outs & abouts on new year’s day in new york.
this particular day, if you couldn’t have already guessed, was not my day to play photographer so i did not carry my camera, but i made my best attempt to capture some of the fun things we did later on in the day, as my pounding headache wore off, with my phone.after breakfast, which we enjoyed i attempted to swallow down back at our apartment and next to the chilly window, but under a blanket (i’m telling you, hot, then cold, then hot, then cold) we ventured off to soho to find this one particular store my mom had been raving about called ‘yellow rat bastard,’ we made it & loved it! it was totally like an ‘urban outfitters‘ but raunchier. they had hilarious tees & i found this cute souvenir shirt for me & this one for dek (because his name means ‘palm tree’ in hebrew). after shopping a bit (& walking a ton!) we enjoyed lunch in chinatown. it was a funny experience in chinatown, dining, shopping, everything is so awkward and weird, but it was a great experience and amazing food! after filling our bellies, we headed to grand central station– we all really wanted to go see it in person. the subway took us right to the station and we exited into one of the confusing concourses that headed to the ‘main chamber.’ it was enormous, beautiful and very detail-oriented, made me just stand, again, in awe of architecture and artistry. it was really packed in there and there was even protesting or something going on, so it was hustle & bustle, but i’m glad we got to see it in person. plus! there is this way cool secret that we tried, hence the photo of my mom talking to the wall below.

after our visit to the grand central station, we walked around times square a bit & then looked up where to go for dinner. mirelle found the meatball shop which was a few blocks away from our airbnb apartment so we made our way there from times square. they had a dim lit setting with festive greenery hanging everywhere, meat grinders hanging on the wall and an open view to where they made their balls. and their balls were damn good! we got balls, mashed potatoes and homemade cookies with ice cream for dessert. highly recommended if you ever have the chance to go!


hope you enjoy photos from my new year’s day in nyc!

super hungover, chillin in a street vendors chair in the middle of the sidewalk

beautiful streets of soho

lunch in chinatown

grand central station

 

family photo!

the whispering gallery

 

 it’s an impressive sight

 bryant park ice skating rink;
we enjoyed a bavarian style sea salt pretzel while watching people fall skate

 times square

 panoramic view

at the meatball shop

 

the most delishious balls!

 with the birthday girl

 my friend Lauren, brother Ben & sister Mirelle

thanks for reading! 

my last day in new york will be up soon & then i’ll continue with regular posting, i just wanted to be sure to document my trip, day-by-day to share with you guys and to be able to look back on 🙂
hope you’ve enjoyed it!

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this day was a random one for us, but it was really fun having no specific plan and just walking about the city.
starting out in the upper west side, we hit up zabar’s for breakfast (i’m telling you, we were there on the daily) and from there subwayed it to soho to walk the day away.  we got lost in the streets browsing vintage and second-hand shops & we accidentally ended up at the the beautiful washington square park, which was on my list of things to find anyways! there was even a pianist, which made it feel even more magical. after resting a bit (& drinking something warm & charging our phones!) at teavana we met up with my brother ben (which i recently nicknamed him: ben in the big apple) & he tour-guided us around the financial district. the buildings are so intricate and insanely gorgeous in this area,  i kept finding myself looking up, in awe of my surroundings. after seeing a few of the sights around there, like the “charging bull” & the NYSE, we subwayed it to right across the brooklyn bridge to eat at grimaldi’s. service there took forever, like an hour plus for our pizza to come out & it really wasn’t even all that great, but my mom & ben had eaten there before and wanted to go back. i still scarfed down two slices like it was nothing though, don’t doubt. but since we were on the other side of the water, i wanted to snap a few night shots of manhattan. the wind was slapping me in the face and my eyes were watering like crazy, plus i had to be glove-less to balance my camera on a ledge in order not to shake, but i think i got some decent shots and the live view was unreal. we were “under the brooklyn bridge” and it felt amazing.
hope you enjoy my photos!!
starting out the day with a selfie
“hammerboy” street art by banksy- upper west side
  washington square park
pretty rose petals for NYE on a sidewalk in soho
teavana pit stop; we had peach tranquility & youthberry. yum!
 
 
live music in the subway
walking around the financial district
 
   
“double check” statue by john seward johnson II – financial district 
 
 the “charging bull,” so many people were crowding around to get a photo with this!
 
 NYSE
  view of manhattan from “under the brooklyn bridge”
the brooklyn bridge
thanks for reading!
more new york posts coming soon, hope you’re not sick of them yet 😉
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for new york day two, after checking out taza’s guide, we decided to venture toward chelsea to walk the highline, find chelsea market and dine at artichoke basille’s(my friend molly recommended artichoke as well & it really was amazing!) but first, breakfast. zabar’s was one short block away from us & was our go-to. they have anything you could want! it is a huge corner lot with a food store to pick up or sit on a stool & people watch bagels, danishes, lunch paninis, coffee or fresh juice while a different huge section is like a grocery store, but with fresh items, like olives, cheeses, meats, coffees, etc. this place was amazing and we ate there every morning. we stuck to the same thing almost daily, which was an everything bagel, chocolate croissant, coffee and OJ and if i lived near there i swear i would be a regular! it reaaalllyyyy crowded in there (hello, claustrophobia!) but somehow we managed to pounce right in time to grab a spot three spots each time. it was also reaaalllyyyy toasty in there! you’re so bundled up from the cold outside that a few minutes after sitting down you feel the need to undress and peel off layers just to be comfortable. i always laughed to myself at the pile of coats, sweaters and bags we had next to us or under of chairs for the duration of the trip.later on in the evening, after walking what seemed like the entire highline & chelsea market, we decided to treat ourselves to massages, which was amazing and relaxing. and after our 60-minute massages, we met up with my brother ben who lives near times square and he showed us around rockefeller center to see some of the holiday sights.

here are some photos from new york day two, if you would like to see:

this is my serious grub face

it was also reeeaaallllyyy bright!

zabars – W. 80th & N. Broadway

on the highline


all bundled up


street art

we popped into death ave. for a cup of warm liquid and to map our next move

 artists & fleas at chelsea market

the indoor marketplace is huge! lots to try and see…


beautifully decorated

we found it! & loved it!

we ordered the 17th street special, where are got to try 3 different slices

view of times square from h&m

giant christmas tree at rockefeller center
life-size christmas lights at rockefeller center

radio city

 & this is where day 2 ends.


i will try to post day 3 tomorrow, since it’s my day off. 
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you are beautiful, even though you are bone-chilling cold.
you have an unmatched feel.
you were good to us.
i’ll be back.
this first set of photos is from day 1 of our 5-day adventure.
i traveled with my mom and sister on a sort-of-spontaneous trip “to ring in the new year in a different city.” my mom’s birthday is new year’s day and she really wanted to go somewhere this year so my sister and i hopped on board for a girls’ trip. we have been lucky to have traveled together so much throughout the years and we all have a pretty laid back style and a go-with-the-flow vibe. we had planned a few things/ places to go, especially restaurants but were very impromptu for the most part.we found our apartment through air bnb, after contemplating many different cool neighborhoods we went with the upper west side, especially since one of my all-time favorites bloggers lives there! the vibe was amazing and it really felt like we were a part of the neighborhood for a few days; it looked like something straight out of sex & the city (one of my fav shows!!!).

hope you enjoy these photos & check back for more updates!

 

upper west side neighborhood; W. 80th & Broadway; view from our stoop
at the hummus kitchen for lunch after landing & dropping our bags lugging our 4 bags up a steep-ass flight of stairs at the apartment
walking into chinatown, freezing as hell!
chinatown explorations
la mela in little italy for dinner, cheers-ing with bellinis
attaboy for after-drinks
a hole-in-the-wall speakeasy that you wouldn’t know was there unless someone told you. hidden in a used-to-be tailor where you knock softly on a giant metal door for one of the guys to come check you in or get your number (like he did with us) to text when a table became available. luckily there was a starbucks nearby where we hid out for 10 minutes before the guys texted us and we walked back to enjoy a dimmed, candlelit environment with a unique, made-especially-for-you cocktail. he asked “what are you in the mood for this evening?” with a fine scottish accent which was almost difficult to understand. ben ordered something whiskey-based and with a little spice. my mom and i were feeling grapefruit, since the aroma in the place smelled of zest and citrus and mirelle ordered “something fruity with pineapple.” drinks were amazing and all different, there is no menu to even go by, so it really felt as it the bartender hand-crafted that for you and you only. the vibe was way cool and different.
after after-drinks we took the subway to ben’s apartment, near times square, where we accessed the rooftop of his place to get our first view of the city at night, which was breath-taking
 it was freezing up there, yes. but the view made it sooo worth it!
i will more of our trip throughout the week, so stay tuned!
 
 
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this past weekend dekel’s dad invited the whole fam to tel aviv. he got us all (each couple) hotel rooms at leonardo city tower in ramat gan & we stayed thursday-sunday.
it was such a nice gesture on his part and such a perfect getaway to spend some quality time with everyone all together. while there, dek & i met up with some friends, went to shook hacarmel, worked on our tan by the pool, played with his neices & also went out to a nice dinner in herzliya.
i love that city and all the hustle & bustle that goes along with it. it truly is a special place. new york-esqu, but so much more laid back. there are a few popular areas in tel aviv, the hotel we stayed in was in the diamond exchange district, aka bursa, so we couldn’t walk to much besides a restaurant called king george, which we took advantage of a few times, but public transportation is so easy in this country getting to the famous dizengoff  street was only a 10 min bus ride and when i met up with a friend at another hot spot, the namal (port), it was only a short cab ride away as well.
it was sooooo hot this weekend, i’m talking 100+ so shorts were worn and hair was up most of the time, but we sure did enjoy the trip.
here are a few photos from this past weekend:
near the entrance to the shook hacarmel.
tons & tons of pedestrians, motorists, dog walkers & street food 🙂
the entrance to the chaotic, yet loveable carmel market
 trying on some sunnies
 boxers for days
 breads of all kinds
beautiful dangling jewelry.
i love bargaining! the prices the vendors begin with are so funny because they probably think i have never been there before, but once i start walking away & speaking hebrew, the price drops by 50% !
neatly folded “brand name” shirts
starbucks tank, of course i had to snap a pic!
 live demo of a veggie cutting contraption 
 barad (shaved ice) to cool off, usually in passionfruit or grape flavor
  it was so hot, we got popsicles too
  overlooking the city
 signs for shelter, leftover on street poles and stairwells from the recent war.
one of the saddest things i witnessed this weekend was dekel’s little niece
(at 5 years old!), ducking for cover after hearing a loud boom from a car or something, she thought it was a bomb…
 ootd, walking to dinner 
 
hope you enjoyed the photos!
dekel & i took an amazing bike ride today to a natural pool (spring) today & i hope to blog tomorrow to share those photos, as they are simply breath-taking.
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to say that i’m into body jewelry & headchains right now would be an understatement.
obsessed may be a more appropriate term 🙂
i accumulated a few unique pieces before our trip & felt like the sachne was the perfect place to debut a few of my favs. even though dek may not approve, he was a great hubby to snap some shots in the almost-100 degree sun.
what do you think?
headchains…. yay or nay?
for special occasion or everyday wear?
this evening i met up with my friend basmat, whom i had not seen for almost two years. we met at adela in ramat yishay and shared a bottle of wine (gewurz is our fav) & a little appetizer of toast with ham & spicy mustard with fries on the side, which was delish. we always have great conversation and i’m so lucky to have met her and kept the connection alive, even though we don’t speak often.
anyways, again, it’s midnight & i find myself not tired, but running on the 4 hours of sleep i got last night, i guess i should force myself to hit the hay… so, goodnight from israel!
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hi there!
it is midnight here as i type this and we just got home from enjoying a beer at a local restaurant/pub near where dekel’s parents called BBB. it’s a burger bar with a few great taps and its convieniently located so we went out for a bit, but i thought since i am up and not tired at all (stupid jet lag!) i would share some photos from our travels and our first few days in israel. sorry for the low-qual photos, but we didnt bust out our camera…just opted for iphone photos instead, but i promise better photos will follow this post! 🙂
 
 dallas  —> amsterdam  —> israel
 arriving in centraal station about to start out little layover in the city
 bikes, bikes, bikes
 i couldn’t get enough of the quaint, little alleyways filled with cafes, shops & bakeries
 
people watching with an “ice cold” heineken in hand
 about to land in israel, after about 28 hours of travel
geva (dekel’s little brother) welcomed us at the airport with a huge sign & warm hugs
  at guy (dekel’s best friend since childhood) & karin’s wedding, the evening we landed 
 we had a blast! the top pic is a group shot of most of dek’s friends 
the view from dekel’s sisters house is breath-taking, 
you can see so much land & so many mountains!
at the beach with my sisters, we buried leonne in the sand. i’ve always wanted to do that! 
she wouldn’t let us put boobs on her, so shells had to suffice…
had a blast with these two!
they are 11 & 10.5 so it was fun to be a kid with them & build sand castles, throw sand balls at each other and goof around in the water…
 
 our first schwarma of the trip…there will be many more of these consumed in the next 2 weeks! 
reppin’ texas here in israel, of course, so i wore my san marvelous tank to the beach today & on the way home i had to snap some pics in a gorgeous field near dek’s parents house 🙂

 

thanks for checking in & i will be uploading more photos / stories soon, so stay tuned!
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