In Need of Inspiration

After an extremely long week here in the city, I found myself in need of inspiration instead of offering it up this weekend. There’s nothing like a long walk in the village to clear your head. The street art, incredible stores, people out and about, and proximity to my favorite view of the city (Brooklyn Bridge park) makes me smile every time. Here are a few photos from my village exploration and Brooklyn Bridge area:

Hope you had an amazing weekend.


{Valleys of Venus}


Nobody Allowed, Stay on Roof

Thanks to our foreign landlords, we can twist the meaning of the sign posted on the door to our apartment rooftop. Yes, we understand that frolicking on the roof makes us a liability, but hey, the sign could suggest we are granted permission. Even though we’ve almost exhausted our awesome 360 degree city view, we found some ways to make use of our illegal rooftop once more! 🙂

With the commencement of October comes pumpkin flavored everything (beer is our favorite), crisp strolls through central park, and warm fabric tones.  Since fall weather can be a bit bipolar, find ways to make seemingly summer pieces work by throwing on tights, a beanie, or adding boots. This ensures that you are season appropriate but also unlikely to have a heat stroke on the warm days. At night, add a leather jacket, blazer, or cardigan to deal with the chill, and your outfit is officially fall-proof. (click to enlarge photos)

Get the look: Dress-BCBGeneration (try this one); Boots-Steve Madden (similar here); Beanie-Zara; Leather Jacket-Zara; Bracelets-Mixture of Vintage, Forever 21, and Target


{Valleys of Venus}

Weekend Inspiration

It’s finally Friday! As everyone’s busy week comes to a close, take time for adventure and inspiration this weekend. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Find something artsy to spark your creativity. Whether it be a new exhibit, art fair, or just a walk down the street in your neighborhood, get out of the house and discover something that inspires you. If you’re in NYC, take a trip to Dumbo for their annual art festival. (Dumbo Art Festival)


2. With the changing seasons, we find ourselves needing a change in home decor as well. Create a gallery wall from art you have around your home or purchase something new. For a more DIY’d look create one out of magazine pages, old book covers, record albums, or any other material you find interesting. (Gallery Wall)


3. In honor of fall, bake up some pumpkin flavored goodies. Try these amazing Pumpkin Fritters with caramel sauce from Simply Delicious. (Pumpkin Fritters)


4. Experiment with this fall’s fashion trends, and go for a look outside of your norm. Whether it be the wide brim fedora or leather pants, make a statement. You never know what you can pull off until you try it out! (Wide Brim Fedora)


5. Since it’s time to pull out last year’s winter clothing, give your old sweaters a face lift with this DIY by a pair & a spare. Everyone could use a little sparkle. (DIY Elbow Patch)


Have an amazing weekend!


{Amber & Maria}

Auspicious Autumn

With the promise of an amazing fall in the air, we have officially begun digging out our winter’s finest. We’ve always loved a well balanced mixture of men and women’s wear with subtle pops to add character. Pairing bold prints with a bit of an oversized men’s sweater creates a not-too-casual look that’s good for any occasion. We complemented the blue in the pants with a soft pink and added a nice feminine flat to finish off the look. (click to enlarge photos)

Get the look: Sweater-J. Crew Men’s; Pants-Forever 21 (Similar Here); Flats-Dolce Vita; Necklace-Forever 21; Tank-Forever 21

Don’t be afraid to browse the men’s section next time your in a store. You never know what you’ll find!


{Valleys of Venus}

From the Smokies to the Big Apple

I finally took the plunge and moved to NYC with 3 roommates (Maria being one, of course), next months rent, a college degree, and a whole lot of hope. Thus far my experience has been an uncanny mix of awe and panic. The potential beauty of life here in the city is limitless, but getting there is definitely stressful. For now all I can do is email, email, email and apply, apply, apply while hoping this Hail Mary doesn’t place me in a premature grave. I already find myself looking forward to future times when I can reminisce on the days my gypsy soul encouraged me to take tremendous risks and stretch my boundaries. I have no doubt that things will fall into place–after all, I am a persistent person with the belief that all good things come in time–but patience has never really been my virtue. Being the first in your family to graduate college and leave your home state makes for an interesting tale, and I hope to have an amazing story and enough experiences to last a lifetime by the end of this crazy journey. As my first week as a New Yorker comes to a close, I’m excited to see what adventures are in store!

 Granny and Zane 



{Valleys of Venus}

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Take a Hike!

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” 

– Henry David Thoreau

ImageImageImageImageAs June approaches, the weather has been getting hot, hot and hotter.  Most people enjoy laying by the pool to sunbathe but I personally find solace in higher altitudes, where the air is still a little crisp (my preference for cold weather makes me an anomaly down here).  With my time in Tennessee trickling down to its last days, I couldn’t think of a better way to appreciate this land than to hike the Smokies!  These pictures were taken at Clingman’s Dome and Abrams Fall. There are an infinite amount of trails. If you’re ever in the Smokies, check out and find a good hike!



{Valleys of Venus}

Getting Lost Along the Way

With the foreboding demise of our college career and inevitable plunge into antiquity that comes with turning 23 in the rearview mirror (or almost for me-May 28th), we decided to make our last summer as “college students” one that helps heal our post graduate malaise through an abundance of adventure. My summer was initiated with a week long road trip through Washington, British Columbia, and Idaho. Mother nature was at her finest, and I enjoyed every moment of exploring the city streets of Seattle and Vancouver and getting lost in the back woods of the west coast. Unlike most college graduates who move so quickly to find a job and figure out what’s next, I hope to use the next couple months not only to figure out what I’m meant to do with my life, but also to get lost a few times along the way. Sometimes it takes risk to find your true calling, and before I set myself on a solid path, I aim to ensure I’ve explored my options-In the end we will only regret the chances we didn’t take!

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Where will your Summer adventures take you?



{Valleys of Venus}