[currently] An Ode to February

I haven’t posted much since classes and my internship started, but I’m hoping this changes now that I have a schedule down! My arts administration courses are off to a great start – I’m rediscovering my interest in development, and law for the arts is (a little bit confusing) just like Law & Order. Just kidding. But my professor DID suggest that we watch TV law shows in order to understand how both sides of a courtroom operate. My internship has consisted of a lot of research so far, but I’m loving it! Not sure if I mentioned it before, but I’m doing a marketing internship at an Off-Broadway theater company that produces modern plays that speak to a generation.

In light of the new month, I thought I’d share some of the things I’m loving right now. Even though the sky is gray, I have a few things that could help lighten your day:

Treasure Yourself

I recently started reading Miranda Kerr‘s book, Treasure Yourself. It’s a simple read that’s full of enlightening quotes, mantras, and personal anecdotes from the Victoria’s Secret model. She’s a very spiritual person who makes it clear that her goal in life is to create happiness and positivity. I consider this book to be one of self-improvement and not in a cheesy way. The second half of the book is filled with inspirational and uplifting quotes that can be read over and over again with no loss of meaning. I highly recommend it if you’re “stuck” and need a new positive outlook to get you through this darker time of the year.

Theater, Theater, Theater

Seeing theater isn’t really anything new that I’m doing, but I’ve definitely been seeing more shows! Most recently, I saw The Glass MenagerieMachinal, Carousel (at NYU Steinhardt), Dinner with Friends, and Twelfe Night. I was also able to grab tickets to see Cabaret when the revival opens on Broadway. …I just realized that I haven’t quite seen anything Off- or Off-Off-Broadway in a while.  Hmmm… I need to change that! I really love that New York is able to provide me access to such amazing cultural offerings. I’m really lucky. I hope that wherever you are, you are able to see real-live performance. There’s nothing quite like live arts!

4Dog Creations

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My dad, Phil, has recently reopened his custom woodworking shop, 4Dog Creations. I really love what he makes because there’s such precise detail in the work, and the outcome is always beautiful. I have a charming red bowl that I use to store jewelry in (mostly rings), and it’s the perfect size for my dresser. He has an Etsy shop that lists some of the items he makes (more to come!), but he also takes custom orders. If you’re looking for new furniture, a furniture repair service, or handmade wood home decor, 4Dog Creations has what you need.

Say Yes to…

I recently changed my hair conditioner to Say Yes to Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Conditioner. I really love it. It smells pretty good, and I’m already noticing a difference in my hair. It feels healthier, and I’m happy to be putting natural ingredients in my locks. And who doesn’t love the idea of feeding fruit to your hair!?

Nirvanna Designs

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I was walking up Broadway to Astor Place, and I stumbled across this little outerwear accessory pop-up shop. There was no store name sign, and the door was wide open, letting in the cold air from outside. I went in because I’d been looking for an outerwear headband for quite some time, and I needed a break from the biting wind. After browsing around for a while (or, rather quickly because the shop was freezing!), I came across the cutest earmuffs that made my ears nice and toasty. When I finished my purchase, I learned that the “holiday market” is called Nirvanna Designs, and my purchase went towards supporting rural craftsmen and women in Nepal.

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So that’s my February [currently] list. Have you bought, used, or seen anything on my list? I’d love to know what you think! And if you have any recommendations for me, please let me know. I’m always on the lookout for new things!