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2014!

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve had time to sit down and write a post on here! I know I’m not the only one to say the holiday season fills up everyone’s schedules, with work parties, holiday shopping, and family gatherings. You basically can’t take a breather until after New Years Day! With that being said, I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas and New Years.

Christmas in upstate New York will always be so special to me. Growing up here, I know nothing different during the month of December. I can’t imagine spending Christmastime in a warm or tropical climate! I’m so used to freezing cold temperature, and lots of snow! That’s how I like my Christmas and luckily that’s what we had this year. It was the perfect time to be cozy with my family, and an excuse to stay in and eat, drink and be merry!

I had an extra special New Years Eve this year. My best friends older sister got married on New Years Eve, to the wonderful man she met seven years earlier, at a New Years Eve wedding! I haven’t been to many weddings, but this was by far the most unique, special and beautiful wedding I have ever been to. A wedding is supposed to be all about the bride and groom, and this ceremony was so perfectly attuned to this couple. It was so wonderful being surrounded by love on a night like NYE. The positivity and joy that filled the reception hall brought out the best in everyone as we made the count down to 2014.

It has been a very relaxing, and much needed, winter break so far. I am lucky to have a job here at home to keep myself busy over this seven week break. I work as a busser/food runner at a local fine dining restaurant. I enjoy the food industry because its fast paced and you’re really able to develop your people skills without really realizing it. I only have about 2 weeks left on my winter break. It’s always bittersweet saying goodbye to my family and friends and heading back to the city, however, I’m extremely excited for my spring semester and all that it brings.

I wish everyone a happy, healthy, successful 2014! Cheers!

xx, Brendan

Ho, Ho, Ho.. A bit Later

Hey guys, Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a feast (and got those shoes they were secretly hoping for). Even though Christmas is technically over (here in DR it isn’t over until January 6th ) there is still plenty of Christmas spirit going on in the streets. If this is your favorite holiday and you are still in NYC take a stroll outside down Madison Avenuenutcracker Radio City Music HallTrainReindeersChristmas LightsChristmas  Balls(I understand it’s freezing but quick snap chats to make your friends jealous will make it worth it). Every block is nicely decorated with lights, trees, nutcracker and so much more. Downton Abbey truckThere is also a Downton Abbey Truck giving out free tea and biscuits (in my worst English accent) right by Bryant Park. You could also proclaim your love in the snow for fun as I usually do (although, I’m not sure this car owner would agree haha).Car Snow

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand you could sit at home, and upload pictures of all your gifts and brag about them (like I will do in a few). Well, first I’m really proud that I got my mom two pairs of Manolo Blahniks (yep, you heard right and on a student budget). Manolo BlahnikSeriously no joke, it is one of the perks of being at a fashion school, your friends get to work at sample sales and shoes like these are at a special discount price for them such as (GUESS… nope.. LOWER.. nope…LOWER) ok, I’ll tell you $25 a pair.

 

 

 

Second, I’m delighted with the pearl necklace my boyfriend got me (delighted is an understatement, I have fallen in Love).Majorica Git bagPearl Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to brag about your gifts :) , can’t wait!

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

O Christmas Tree

And just like that…I’m back in upstate New York, and this past semester was all a dream…

Just kidding! However, I might as well fallen asleep in September and woken up this week because where did the time go?! I’m currently writing from my couch in Saratoga, New York. I’m surrounded by blankets, cable TV, yummy food, and the most festive Christmas decorations. I made it through all of my finals, alive and unharmed! Tell me that two weeks ago and I would have thought you were crazy, I felt there was no end in sight. But I must say it feels pretty darn good to have finished this semester strong.

Being home for winter break is different than any other, because who doesn’t look forward to being home for the holidays?! All of your friends slowly but surely make their way home from school and you can’t wait to hear all of their stories. There’s an urge to gather with your friends and family, and celebrate the spirit of the season together! I am so excited to be reunited with some of my long time friends, and like always it seems as if we just saw each other yesterday.

There was one thing I had to do before I travelled back upstate…I had to see the tree. No, not some random tree in Central Park, but the majestic Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center. Now I know many New Yorkers are probably over the hype of this annual tree, but I’m still pretty fresh to the city and I don’t think I’ve said it enough but I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Last night a few friends and I bundled up and started the journey to 49th street to see the main attraction. I saw the tree last year for my first time in years, and to be honest I couldn’t see much of a difference in this years tree BUT I still was in awe. Immediately when you turn the corner and see the gigantic, twinkling tree – it takes your breath away! After taking multiple pictures at different angles of the big beaut, my friends and I stopped to watch the ice skaters beneath the tree. Boy, I could have stayed their for hours. I hate to say it, but I can’t keep myself from laughing when someone falls – it just comes right out! If you want some pure entertainment, spend a few minutes watching the ice skaters at Rock Center!

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But as I was standing there, watching the skaters and appreciating the tree, I felt happy, grateful and proud for the semester I had officially completed earlier that morning. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the semester in the city than by seeing that tree. I was given so many opportunities this semester, through the FIT Blog, my internship and my job. I think that Christmas tree brings the best out in people, you could just feel it in the air. However cold it was, everyone had a smile on the face and were with someone they cared about. The joy was infectious.

So as I sit here in my childhood home, looking at our christmas tree, I look forward to a relaxing winter break with my friends and family. It’s always a great time to reboot and prepare to take the city into your hands next semester. I hope my blog doesn’t bore too many these next few weeks, upstate New York is V E R Y boring…big surprise!

I wish you all the happiest of holidays!

xx, Brendan