when there's a burning in your heart

Hi friends!

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending Refinery29's 29Rooms party to celebrate 10 years of their site. Refinery29 is a blog/lifestyle website that writes about similar things to what I write about. This amazing party was FREE to the public, which was incredibly generous of them!

I tried to go Friday night. It was a trek to get there to say the least, made even more anxiety inducing because we took the subway for 40 minutes on 9/11. I probably contemplated the headline of my and my friends' death 18 times before we got to Greenpoint.

Luckily we made it out alive! When we got there around 7 (it closes at 8), they told everyone to go home because they were at capacity and couldn't let anyone else in. I was fairly bummed, but this was quickly alleviated by the gorgeous sunset waiting for us on the ferry dock.

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We then went back to Manhattan to eat. I'm going to put my notable restaurant visits from the week at the bottom of posts now so feel free to check at the bottom for some NYC food recommendations!

We finally made it to Greenpoint Saturday afternoon and were told it was a 4 hour wait before they would even let people get in line. Luckily we didn't leave, because 10 minutes later they let us in line!

We waited for 2 hours to be admitted. The Refinery29 staff was remarkably positive and brought us free waters and M&Ms. There was a tiny little girl in front of us in line with her parents who made the wait so much more exciting. She looked about 3 or 4 and sang, spoke 2 languages, found a caterpillar, and played with her dad. She made me miss the sweet kiddos I nannied all summer and all of the kids I babysat at home. 

Unfortunately the people in front of them and behind us in line still thought it was okay to smoke weed around her, which made me pretty angry. 

on that note, I learned a lot about "Brooklyn hipsters" from waiting in line 2 hours. Here are some essentials if you ever want to become one:

  1. eclectic tattoos
  2. talk about "the farmer's market" a lot
  3. blatantly smoke weed no matter who is looking
  4. John Lennon glasses with mirrored lenses
  5. talk hurriedly about the art gallery opening you're attending after the event you're in line for presently
  6. platformed shoes
  7. no bra
  8. gauges
  9. bonus: R29 was taking "street style" photos of the people they thought had good style. what this meant is that they took photos of the people wearing extremely lurid and odd tshirts that looked like they were the product of someone on an LSD trip, paired with high waisted shorts (thrifted, of course) with platformed sandals. one girl was also wearing a baseball cap with eyes on it. another was carrying a chinese takeout box bag that I believe is from Kate Spade. Carry your freak flag like it's a medal in Brooklyn, this is what I have learned.

this is what my friends and I wore:

 Ama's look - top: American Apparel, shorts: American Apparel, shoes: MIA, belt: thrifted, bag: thrifted, glasses: Eddie Bauer

Ama's look - top: American Apparel, shorts: American Apparel, shoes: MIA, belt: thrifted, bag: thrifted, glasses: Eddie Bauer

 Court's look - jumpsuit: Kohls, shoes: "I don't know", bag: Michael Kors

Court's look - jumpsuit: Kohls, shoes: "I don't know", bag: Michael Kors

 dress: Free People, shoes: Forever 21, bag: Kate Spade, glasses: Ray-Ban

dress: Free People, shoes: Forever 21, bag: Kate Spade, glasses: Ray-Ban

2 hours passed and we made it to the front of the line!!!

Each room was curated by a different photographer, artist, or brand. The only one that was out of commission the day we were there was the virtual vacation to Tulum room, which was a bummer. Enjoy the visual adventure!

Our favorite rooms were the Cloud Room, Petra Collins' Girls Bathroom, Fossil's "Calling All Curious" Room, the sticky note room, and the Minnie Mouse flipbook room!! You didn't get to see a ton of that room in this post, but we made a 7 second flipbook dancing around in Minnie ears! It was so much fun and well worth the wait.

On the way out we were handed Perrier and nitro cold brew from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Amazing!

We trekked back to Manhattan for dinner. I made avocado and cheese quesadillas with black bean soup, yay for not spending money!

We spent a couple of hours scouting for cheap last minute tickets to Death Cab for Cutie at Madison Square Garden. We eventually found some in section 105, row 13, seats 1 & 2 for $32 each! They were originally $50 each when they were sold on Ticketmaster. Ha, ha. 

Ama and I ran to MSG (only blocks from our campus, so lucky), snuck in some Jelly Bellys (thank you Iovino family for sending them to me!!!), and enjoyed the show!

They played The New Year (easily my favorite song by them, but New Year's is my favorite holiday so I'm biased), I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Grapevine Fires, I Will Possess Your Heart, and You are a Tourist, the lyrics which inspired the title of this post! I loved how they played a mix of their discography. They played a lot more than that, but those are the songs that stuck out! It was a great set, if you ever have the opportunity to see them live I'd recommend it!

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There's a new poll up on the poll page about the direction of this blog. Take a look if you'd like, I'd love your input!!

Jordan is visiting in a month and we are reading Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari to make the time pass more quickly. I'll be sure to post about it when I'm done! If you want to read along with me, I'm finishing it by October 10th and I'll be sure to have a blog post up that week about my thoughts on the book! 

As always, I'm so grateful that people read this blog!! Thank you so much for your incredible support, especially on my last post! I am starting my new job this week, but I will be sure to plan posts out so I am still consistent!

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wishing you a wonderful week!

Emily

this week in manhattan eats:

the butcher's daughter (soho) - vegetarian and vegan food. loved my tacos, didn't love my smoothie.

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snowdays (east village) - well-priced, large, unique ice cream portions

 yeti tracks with salted carmel drizzle and frosted flakes. I'm the picture of health. 

yeti tracks with salted carmel drizzle and frosted flakes. I'm the picture of health. 

veselka (east village) - 24/7 authentic polish food at great prices

 pierogis forever

pierogis forever

cafeteria restaurant (chelsea) - mac and cheese spring rolls and mocktails. enough said.

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