coffee adventures

The familiar scent of coffee. The quiet jumble of voices. The warm, faded colors. There is something about a coffee shop that is a sort of sanctuary in the winter months, a perfect harmony of the senses safe from the cold and snow. A couple days ago, I ventured to one of my favorite little coffee shops in the village, Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters, to spend some time de-stressing and hopefully gain some inspiration before a busy next couple of weeks. I spent the afternoon drinking coffee, writing, and exploring my favorite areas of the West Village (which basically consisted of walking up and down Grove Street admiring all the cute townhouses). Here are some photographs from the day’s adventures:



february inspiration

Ah, February… I tend to have a love-hate relationship with this month. In the dead of winter, I start to lack inspiration around this time because it’s way too cold outside to do anything but stay under the covers and drink endless coffee, mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest wishing I was somewhere warmer. However, this year I decided to actually get off my butt and get inspired, and I attribute this entirely to music. If there’s one thing that never fails to give inspiration year-round (especially when you’re stuck inside because of the weather) it is music. What I have been listening to lately has inspired a serious travel bug in me that longs for misty walks on the beach, Parisian rooftops, and quiet hillsides…if only it weren’t so damn frigid outside. Without further ado, here’s what I have been listening to this month.


Red Eye – Vance Joy
Forest Fires – Axel Flovent
Amsterdam – Gregory Alan Isakov
In the Wind – Lord Huron
Down to the Sea – Elephant Revival
Tompkins Square Park – Mumford & Sons
Conrad – Ben Howard
The Fear – Ben Howard
Get Low – James Vincent McMorrow
Wicked Game – James Vincent McMorrow
Girl from the North Country – Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash