What is it about getting older that makes time go so much faster? I've always assumed it's because the distance between a single year to the span of your entire life gets wider and wider as time goes on. Whatever it is, isn't it kind of scary? I feel like I've blinked and this year is nearly over! Anywho, here's what I was up to in November:
Where I was:
NYC!!! No travel whatsoever! I could've have been more thankful to have a break from travel. As much as I love visiting new places and having new experiences, I found myself in major burnout mode by the end of October. This respite couldn't have come at a better time for me and I took full advantage of my down time.
What I did:
Had the pleasure of meeting @tylerhenrymedium today at his book signing in Brooklyn! He is just as sweet and genuine as I expected. Tyler, you have a true gift. Thank you for sharing it with the world! ❤️ excited to read your book! 📖 PS- wasn't it so nice of him to make the cover my favorite color? 😂 #tylerhenrymedium #hollywoodmedium #betweentwoworlds
Went to Tyler Henry's book signing. As an avid E! News watcher, it was only natural that I discover Tyler Henry and his E! show, Hollywood Medium. I'll be the first to admit I didn't believe in psychics or mediums at all. I kinda figured that anyone selling themselves in this way was a scam artist, but I was completely blown away by Tyler. He has such a genuine and kind spirit and he seems to have a heart for truly helping people connect and heal.
The show is completely fascinating and I hardly ever finish an episode without crying. I've seen every one and have been hungry for more (like all of his fans) so when I heard he was coming out with a book I knew I had to read it. I was so thrilled to see Tyler was doing a signing at a book store in Brooklyn, so I made the trek out to attend. I'm so glad I did! He was so kind and generous to each person who showed up — giving each of us a hug and chatting for a few moments. I really enjoyed this chance to meet him and really loved the book, Between Two Worlds, as well. I love that living in NYC gives me access to so many fun events like this!
Attended a blogger conference. I was invited by the team at Simply Stylist to attend their NYC conference in early November. It was a fun day of learning and connecting with new and interesting people doing really awesome things! I enjoyed hearing from E! correspondent Cat Sadler, as well as Lauren Bushnell from The Bachelor. This conference was more focused on fashion and beauty than others I've been to but I always appreciate the opportunity to connect and meet other women who are pursuing their passions! You can see a video recap of the conference here.
Voted. And at this point that's all I have to say about that. 😑
Got a massage… in my apartment! I received a gift card for Soothe in my conference goodie bag, so I jumped at the chance to book a massage as I was long overdue. Their service is like Uber for massages. You use their app to schedule a massage appointment, and a certified therapist comes to your home or hotel room with a complete massage table, oils, lotions, and more to give you a relaxing massage wherever you are. It was actually really, really cool. I got lucky that my noisy and annoying neighbors seemed to be out for the day, otherwise, my treatment might not have been quite as relaxing.
Soothe has on-demand massages available in dozens of US cities. I definitely recommend it! Living in NYC, sometimes just getting to the spa to get a massage can be stressful. Fighting crowds, delayed subways, or inclement weather can undo the work done in a spa appointment. I love that I can now have a massage in the comfort of my own home without having to deal with the stresses of going out in the city.
Went to the Bronx Zoo. Last year, we registered for NYC IDs, since they came with quite a few perks. We ran all around town registering for free memberships at the various Museums, Zoos and more. So we finally decided to take advantage of some of this access since I finally had some down time. The Bronx Zoo is huge! It looked really beautiful in fall colors with brightly colored leaves and trees, but many of the exhibits had already closed for the season. I hope to go back sometime in the Spring or Summer when we could see and experience more of the park! We were able to see lots of the big stuff like Lions, Giraffes, Tigers, and Polar Bears. We particularly enjoyed seeing the Madagascar exhibit as well as a Sea Lion feeding. Next on our list will be Central Park Zoo!
Saw Kinky Boots on Broadway. My friend Sara came to town and the two of us decided to take in a show. Per usual, I was on a budget, so we nabbed some great Orchestra section seats for less via the TKTS booth! I'd been wanting to see Kinky Boots for a while, so I was glad to finally cross it off my list. It was a special surprise that Todrick Hall was playing the lead character, Lola. He. Was. PHENOMENAL. If you have a chance to go see Todrick in this show I highly recommend it! It was joyful and uplifting and I could not stop smiling. Even Taylor Swift says to go.
Went to the Cloisters. In our quest to check things off our NYC bucket list, we also decided to make a trip up to the Cloisters Museum. It's an interesting place, filled with medieval art and architecture. My favorite aspects were the gardens and the incredible view over the Hudson River. Definitely worth a visit!
Went to the Met. Along with our NYC ID, we received a yearly membership to The Met, so we decided to spend a Sunday afternoon visiting this epic Museum. We saw as much as we could in a few hours, but it would take weeks to see everything in this massive place. Hopefully, we will make time to head back sometime soon!
Other than that, we spent HOURS binge-watching Gilmore Girls. We just wrapped up Season 5 and are making our way into the final two seasons. I did cheat and skip ahead without Eric to watch the revival because I simply couldn't resist and wanted to avoid spoilers. Overall, I really enjoyed it even though it wasn't what I was expecting. I'm still savoring the journey of rewatching all the original seasons and I have a feeling when it's over I will feel the same void I felt after rewatching FRIENDS last year.
Dyed my hair. Earth shattering stuff, I know. I love to go a shade darker in the fall and winter months and I decided to color my hair with the help of Madison Reed once again. I really love their products! In case you're interested in learning more about them, you can see my Madison Reed review over on BSB.
Of course, we also celebrated Thanksgiving with my extended family here on Long Island. It's always fun to be surrounded by family on the holidays, and I'm so thankful to have some close by since I couldn't be with my parents and sisters.
As for December, I'll be back on the road again! I'm heading off on a Press Trip to Costa Rica next week, which I'm really looking forward to. Later in the month, Eric and I will be making a long drive home to Tennessee for the Christmas holidays. I can't wait to spend time with our family and friends from home. I seriously can't believe how quickly this year has gone by! Hopefully, I'll sneak in at least one other regular post here before the end of the year, but just in case I don't… I'll see you in 2017!