Follow @mrslaurenbrown i keep waking up in a city that never sleeps

April 13, 2014


springsprangsprung?

yesterday was a perfect saturday (except for the fact that i had a dentist appointment in the morning). after leaving the dentist, i stopped in at whole foods for some lunch that i ate in central park. i then decided to walk all the way home, because it was such a beautiful day and i had my camera with me to snap some pictures. 

^^the very bottom of central park, along 59th street. trees are not quite blooming yet, but getting closer every day…^^

^^somewhere alongside the park in the west 80’s^^

^^very north part of Central Park. i made it all 51 blocks through the park and felt like i needed to take a selfie, apparently. ^^

also, last night, we had dinner with our friends, the desrochers, at Maison Harlem. it was a new place in our ‘hood that we wanted to check out. it was pretty fantastic and as we were walking out  Clif said “did anyone notice Marcus Samuelsson sitting at the bar?” sure enough, there he was with a  friend. i’d say we’re doing okay on our dining choices if we’re picking the same places as Master Chef Samuelsson. 

1 note
Leave Note / Reblog
spring central park saturday in the park

April 10, 2014


SPRING, IS THAT YOU?!?!

my gosh, the past few days have been pure bliss around here. i knew it was a long, hard winter and that everyone was feeling it. but i didn’t realize how much until at church last Sunday our worship pastor literally prayed “Lord, thank you for bringing us the warmer weather. It was a long, hard winter.” AMEN. 

i have not been great about taking photos lately. though i will say, there is something very freeing about not worrying about capturing every little thing and just enjoying the moment. 

image

^^sunny, blue skies are making me so happy all day long.^^

image

^^last friday I took a tap class (!!) and then met Clif at “our place” - Lolita’s, in our neighborhood.^^

image

^^on saturday night we had dinner with Andy & Courtney at spice market. pretty neat place and delicious food. we love our friendship with the Raymond’s so much and will be SO SO SO SAD when they move in a month to Houston. it feels like 2014 is truly the year for everyone to leave the city. *sad face* speaking of friends leaving, tomorrow my friend Liz packs up her suitcases and flies off to San Francisco. it’s been so fun to share a city with her for the last four years and I will miss her so much.^^

image

^^one night last week Clif made these amazing things: ricotta pancakes with lemon curd on top. Y-U-M and yum.^^

image

^^Tuesday was BEN & JERRY’s FREE CONE DAY. you may also recognize it by its other name - “BEST DAY OF THE YEAR.” i usually do a “save the date” on my blog but time got away from me this year. i hope nobody missed out on their free cone on account of me. if so, i’m sorry.^^

happy (almost) weekend, everyone! 

Leave Note / Reblog

April 4, 2014


“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” | Tracee Ellis Ross

Leave Note / Reblog

April 3, 2014


was told that if you’re looking at my blog on an iPhone or iPad this video is just showing up as a big, black box. here is the link to the website: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2014/04/walmart_living_wage_if_the_company_paid_its_employees_more_how_much_would.html

(also, no political statement here. just thought the numbers were telling) 

Leave Note / Reblog

April 1, 2014


currently reading: The Goldfinch {really interesting book! it’s LONG but such a page-turner; i’ve been flying through it. there’s a lot of art history references throughout and every section makes you think the book is about something totally different. it’s written in this really bizarre time-warped way so, even though it spans a period of almost 30 years, it seems like it’s all taking place in this one moment in time. i definitely recommend it!} 


currently listening to: Sam Smith, y’all. i caught him performing on SNL, which was apparently his first US TV appearance ever. he is sort of the male version of Adele but such a haunting and beautiful voice. 


currently enjoying: stinky bleu cheese stuffed in dates with a glass of red wine. looking at fun rehearsal dinner invitations for my brother’s wedding in June. waking up early a few days a week (crazy for me, no?) to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee and sitting with Fred. 


currently dreaming about: long, leisurely summer bike rides in warmer weather. sunshine on my shoulders. being near the ocean in Cape Cod and Newport, RI over Memorial Day weekend with friends. 

Leave Note / Reblog

March 29, 2014


Alice’s Ski Trip Bachelorette Party | Killington, Vermont

earlier in the month I went to Killington, Vermont to ski and enjoy a quick weekend away for my friend Alice’s bachelorette party. it was a great weekend and Vermont is so beautiful! i’d never been and was happy to check that state off my bucket list. it was super fun to celebrate Alice (& the non-present fiancé Kyle) and i loved getting to know some of Alice’s good friends. 

image

^^there were 11 girls on the trip and 6 of us skied. from L to R: Liz, me, Alice, Ashley, Meredith & Emily.^^

image

image

image

I went skiing for the first time in about 5 years. fun to be back on the slopes though my legs were pretty shaky. skiing is such a blast but so exhausting! the weather was absolutely perfect for skiing - seriously couldn’t have asked for a better day to hit the slopes.  

the “bachelorette” portion of the trip begins. Alice’s co-maid’s of honor (Ashley and Liz) did a great job of planning everything. first we all had to get blinged out with crowns, plastic beads and of course a sash and veil for Alice, the bride-to-be! 

image

image

image

image

image

image

^^this will be Alice’s choice for the wedding night :) ^^

image

^^gifted to her from Liz, one of her maids of honor!^^

image

^^bride to be on May 24, less than two months away now!^^

image

^^i taught these girls a little “emote-photo,” a fun game we used to play all the time in college. i can’t even remember what the prompt was but this one was pretty fun! from L to R: emily, colleen, alice & janelle. all friend’s of Alice’s from college.^^

we played some fun games and opened gifts. afterward we went out for dinner and to the only cool bar in Killington, VT called … wait for it… the Wobbly Barn. that’s right! though I will say they had an awesome cover band and it was a really fun night with these gals! thanks for a fun weekend, Vermont. 

Leave Note / Reblog
vermont ski trip bachelorette party

March 21, 2014


dreaming of summer today.
(image via) 

dreaming of summer today.

(image via

Leave Note / Reblog

March 20, 2014


on to the next season!

welcome, spring!

here are a few things:

1. as always, free Italian Ice’s at Rita’s from noon to 10pm today. they’re delicious - if you have a Rita’s near you - RUN, don’t walk. 

image

2. Did you hear? They might have found debris from the missing Malaysian flight. off the coast of Australia and north of Antarctica - in some of the harshest and coldest waters in the world. phew, such a sad and mysterious story and i’ve gotten SO into it. here’s a good article from Reuters. also, have you read some of the other theories? this Atlantic article is interesting, though not to make light in any way what the families of this terrible tragedy are going through right now. the waiting and the not-knowing…must just eat you alive…

3. March Madness also begins today. anyone else going through Bracket madness? I’m in a survivor pool and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. i made two different brackets (one with FL going all the way, the other with Virginia). I got Clif into it, too. Here’s a shot of one of my two brackets…. now I just need Syracuse and San Diego St. to win today so I live to see another day (last year it was Kansas State that took me down - I’ll never let them forget it). 

image

4. last weekend I took Clif out for his special birthday treat - dinner at Morimoto. guys, I don’t exaggerate when I say this - BEST MEAL EVER. the entire dinner from start to finish was just perfect, with the wagyu beef carpaccio being actually the best thing i’ve ever eaten in my life. there is something truly magical about that wagyu, guys. 

image

top to bottom (L to R): toro tartar, tuna pizza, wagyu beef carpaccio, king crab legs, rock shrimp tempura, uni, mori-monkey bread for dessert. 

that was the meal of a lifetime. 

5. lastly, if you haven’t yet, go ahead and follow Fred’s new Instagram account @fredthefatcat. You’ll get a good chuckle, I think. He’s a pretty funny dude. 

Leave Note / Reblog

March 14, 2014


get out of here, winter.

i’ve been feeling pretty blah about my blahg (see what i did there?) lately. but i think it can be contributed to the fact that everyone in the world, exceptforcaliforniathosejerks, is feeling blah about weather and life in general right now. 

anyway, i decided to use the A Beautiful Mess app to spruce up some of my photos because it’s just more fun that way and also because #idowhatiwant. 

things that happened:

Leave Note / Reblog

March 12, 2014


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MAN I LOVE, Clifton Brown.
Celebrating the BIG 2-8 today. So thankful for him, his witty sense of humor, his creativity, his kindness toward others and his servant-hearted way of serving me. Grateful for another year together - cheers, sweetie! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MAN I LOVE, Clifton Brown.

Celebrating the BIG 2-8 today. So thankful for him, his witty sense of humor, his creativity, his kindness toward others and his servant-hearted way of serving me. Grateful for another year together - cheers, sweetie! 

1 note
Leave Note / Reblog

March 10, 2014


this past weekend I went SKIING in VERMONT (for my friend Alice’s bachelorette party). tons of fun to ski again after 5 years and a beautiful day in Vermont to hit the slopes. i’ll share more photos from the weekend soon! for now, back to the grind… 

this past weekend I went SKIING in VERMONT (for my friend Alice’s bachelorette party). tons of fun to ski again after 5 years and a beautiful day in Vermont to hit the slopes. i’ll share more photos from the weekend soon! for now, back to the grind… 

Leave Note / Reblog

March 5, 2014


Lenten Studies

Lent, a time in which we anticipate the victory of the light and life of Christ over the darkness of sin and death. It is, to borrow a phrase from C.S. Lewis, a season of a kind of “happiness and wonder that makes you serious.”

http://www.redeemer.com/lent/devotionals.html

Leave Note / Reblog

February 28, 2014


so long, February! this month flew (though being cut short by 3 days always seems to make such a huge difference). 

here are a few things that have happened in the last week:

WE SAW JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. did you read that correctly? let me type one more time… WE SAW JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, in concert, at Madison Square Garden. and it was AMAZING. unfortunately, all of my photos are not. but rest assured, Clif and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. what a performance, just non-stop for two hours, and his dancing? can we just talk about his dancing skills for one minute. i was just so impressed, he was definitely AS GOOD as his dancers, which is normally never the case. what an entertainer, thankful to have gotten to do this, for sure!

last weekend I worked on both Saturday and Sunday. we’re in the middle of our Don’t Walk By campaign, which is a pretty neat thing we’re a part of. it was written up on the NY Times blog this morning so I’ll let you read about it THEREI am doing the same thing tomorrow, but look forward to catching up with friends on Sunday while watching the Oscars and then having a day off on Monday. thankful that we receive “flex time” for working on weekends in this job. 

in other (of the same) news, it’s 12 degrees here today. what’s that saying about death & taxes. nothing is a sure thing, except death and taxes? AND A MISERABLE, COLD, FROZEN WINTER IN WHICH IT SNOWS EVERYDAY. yes, this is still happening. I think we might thaw out by August…but the jury is still out on that. 

as always, click the photo to enlarge and see captions. all for now! 

Leave Note / Reblog
weekly update

February 24, 2014


a february weekend with some best friends!

Saturday with the girls began with a delicious brunch in my ‘hood at Red Rooster. i had some amazing french toast and the bloody mary’s there are some of the best. we thought it was not supposed to snow until much later in the day, but - alas - by the time we started eating it was already snowing and when we left brunch the ground was completely covered. thankfully our afternoon plans kept us mostly inside… 

image

image

NEWSIES! I had been wanting/waiting to see this show for so long. it was so fun to get to go for the first time with my friends. we all loved it a lot. 

image

image

afterward we made the trek in the snow to the Ace Hotel to warm up with Stumptown coffee and Momofuku Milk Bar truffle balls. YUM. 

image

image

image

this is what we walked through to get to dinner. just completely spitting snow ALL. DAY. LONG. (luckily the next day was very sunny and dry and I don’t think the girls minded too much)! i have to say, i am pretty proud of the photo below of the three of them in front of the Flatiron. turned out pretty cool if I am allowed to say so myself… 

image

image

(Rachel, Kristen & Catherine. all my Texans braving the elements!) 

image

oh charming Flatiron, how I love you.

i didn’t take any pictures at dinner mostly so i could just enjoy the experience but, man!, ABC Kitchen did not disappoint. right off the bat we were struck by how beautiful it was…such a gorgeous aesthetic. i have a friend that works there who generously made the reservation for us. either the restaurant was just feeling charitable that night or my connection to a staff member helped, but we were treated to TWO amazing dishes “compliments of the chef.” we also shared the cheese platter, a ricotta ravioli dish, the fried chicken and sea bass entrees, a side of brussels sprouts and finished it off with the sea salt & popcorn sundae. WOW - talk about a piece of artwork. definitely in one of my top ten meals in NYC. 

after dinner we met up with clif for an improv show at UCB and finished the night at a divey bar in midtown, because…when in midtown. 

image

on Sunday I took the girls to church in the morning and then we wandered out to Brooklyn for lunch at this place. kristen bought some new rain boots to replace the ones she was wearing that sprung some leaks and somehow we all ended up buying barbour jackets at 60% off. it was a rather curious afternoon. we then found ourselves with a bowl full of rice pudding at my favorite, Rice to Riches, in SoHo. 

image

image

image

since the next day was a holiday, my community group had a little get together at a bar on the UWS. we decided we would drop by and then ended up staying for a few hours. it was so fun to introduce some of my college friends to come of my closest NY friends. everyone got along so well and it turned out to be a blast! we then walked around the corner to Cafe Lalo (where else?!) for a very late dinner and some fondue. and, one of Kristen’s friends ended up being in town with her husband for the weekend, so they came by and it was fun to met her. her name is Lauren, too. 

imageimageimage

oh Lalo, we love you so!

image

Monday was a shorter day but we ran down to Chelsea Market and met up with Liz, who was just back from a west coast trip the night prior. it was fun to see her and get some time together as a group and have some delicious lunch from Num Pang sandwich shop. 

imageimage

image

image

image

image

image

chelsea market really is the best! after we left and said goodbye to Liz, we quickly wandered onto the Highline. everything is dead and covered with snow so admittedly it’s not the best time to visit, but there’s still something just so charming about it. we got in some fun pictures before heading back to the apartment so the girls could get their luggage and head to the airport. 

image

image

image

it was such a great weekend with some of my favorite girls here. love y’all and thanks for making the trek to the frozen tundra that is new york city to spend time together. xo!

Leave Note / Reblog
girls weekend

February 23, 2014


currently on repeat (over. and over. and over. and over.) 

Justin Timberlake - only when i walk away 

Leave Note / Reblog