ON THE ROCKKS

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Weekend On Instagram | 5.15.16

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend! My work schedule was really light so I had a lot of time to relax and explore. No matter how comfortable I am here, I love that there is still always a new place to see. 

I recently started to build an Instagram for this blog, in hopes of adding a more visual component to it. And to introduce the Instagram, I figured I would show you all my weekend through my Instagram! @ontherocks.me

First, I took a trip down to the West Village to CHALAIT to try their matcha iced latte. I had never had matcha before and was so excited to finally try it. It was well worth the trip. My friend grabbed a latte as well and raved about it all afternoon. 

We walked around West Village for a while until the weather turned a bit stormy and I headed home to relax and do some work. 

Next, Sunday morning I woke up and headed straight out to meet a friend for coffee down in the East Village. I hardly ever spend time downtown, as most of my life is uptown but, it was so fun to get out of the rut. I was running a little late so I threw on my Birkenstocks thinking that it was sunny and warm. I was so wrong! But, I was already running late so I just stuck it out. 


We headed for The Coffee Project on 2nd Ave & E 5th St. They are famous for their Deconstructed Latte, which I’ve had before and love. This time I tried their cold brew Nitrus Flight. The coffee is affordable, excellent, and the baristas rock. We grabbed turkey and ham croissants as well for a nice brunch. 


Lastly, I came home and drew a bath for myself on Sunday while I had a couple of hours before heading to work. I used my Guardian of the Forest bath bomb which smells like green tea. I relaxed a while before heading into work. 


Be sure to follow Instagram @ontherocks.me for all of the on-the-go snaps of life! 

Until next time. 

Xoxo, 

Kat 

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What I’m Reading | A Little Life

Hey guys!

So, I wanted to do a different post today and talk about what I am currently reading! I had this book recommended to me and wanted to share it with all of you. The book is called A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It was published in 2015 and boasts 832 pages.

A summary of the book that I have quoted from GoodReads.com (to be sure I don’t release any additional spoilers):  “When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.” 

It’s a very long read that you can very easily fall into for hours on end (perfect for a long flight). It is complex, compelling, and explores the levels and layers of friendship forged over decades that is rooted in the deepest of loves.

I am so in love with this book and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a book that really will pull at your heartstrings.

Until next time.

Xo,

Kat

 

SITE UPDATE: NEW NAME!

Hey guys!

Since this blog is so new for me, I am constantly making changes and developing my direction. With that I have decided to change my site title from LEMONADE to ON THE ROCKS. Same style of content, just with a more stylish name!

Xoxo,

Kat

Where I’d Rather Be… 

 

Ring of Kerry, W. Ireland

 

Life Update

Hey everyone! 

I haven’t posted in so long because I’ve been crazy busy! But I wanted to give you a little update about what I’ve been up to. Besides being at Lush and working there (which is so bomb, product reviews are coming!) I’ve been selling old, loved clothing/shoes/accessories and more on Poshmark! 

Poshmark is a resell website that is SO easy to use, you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it before. All you do is: 1. List your item, 2. Ship your item (they pay for shipping), and 3. Earn cash! 

Use the code JGVEF when you sign up for a $10 credit right away! There are excellent finds from high end brands like Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, and more. I can’t stress how easy this website is! Not to mention, resell and shopping resell is a very green practice.  

  

Be sure to check out my closet as well, I have brands like Free People, TOMS, and LeSportsac in my closet. 
Check back soon for product reviews and other exciting things! I finally got a new memory card for my camera so I can really get down to making quality posts with solid pictures (and maybe videos)! 

Until next time, 

Kat 

Morning Views…

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The Coffee Project (New York, New York)

Brunch Review: Poco on Avenue B

Ahhhh brunch, my favorite time of the week. A time filled with bubbly, benedict, & ….. friends? (what’s a good b word to tack on? Bitches, maybe? Haha!) Anyway, this week my tastebuds took a trip to Alphabet City to try to the $30 Bottomless Boozy Brunch hosted every Friday-Sunday by Poco, a local Tapas Bar.

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Immediately on walking in you are greeted with a very rustic-meets-industrial vibe that is very clean, current, and pleasing on the eyes. I had been told to definitely make a reservation but because it was noon on a snowy Friday, it was a bit less crowded than a weekend.

We got strawberry mimosas, mango mimosas, the “Poco Benedict”, and “Lobster Benedict”. The $30 cost is a flat fee that covers endless drinks and they were delicious! Appropriately strong but, mixed very well and tasted fantastic. There were other mimosa options and sangrias available but, we were so happy with what we got that we stuck to them! They were very good about re-filling our glasses as well, super on top of it.

Each of the plates came with a side of potatoes as well as a house salad. The “Poco Benedict” is chorizo, manchego cheese and poached eggs on arepa (made of ground maize dough or cooked flour) with pimento hollandaise. The “Lobster Benedict” is fresh lobster and poached eggs on arepa with pimento hollandaise. These dishes were so good I’ll have dreams about them for weeks (or until I head back). Served quickly, hot, and fresh as could be these plates were well worth the trip from Harlem to Alphabet City.

We were not rushed to leave, and felt very comfortable sitting and chatting with our drinks after they cleared our plates. Servers were friendly, attentive but not overbearing, and I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable brunch. Coming back as soon as I can!

Hope you all enjoyed this review!

Until next time.

 

Xoxo,

Kat

 

Where I’d Rather Be…

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Lake George, Colorado (view from the plane)

Life Update

Hi! I realize it has been almost ten days since I’ve last been able to get on here so I wanted to write a quick post to let you all know I am still here lol!

Training for this new job has had me busier than ever (which is such a good feeling) and I am also starting to revamp and re-do my closet so stay tuned for that post coming soon!

The weather here in Manhattan has been so touch-and-go, one day its pouring and the next it’s a warm Spring day. It’s impossible to outfit plan! So far it’s been a lot of layers and an umbrella handy in my bag.

Sorry there hasn’t been a ton of content on here but I promise I am working so hard to make real, quality content and balance my new schedule.

Until next time (aka soon),

xoxo Kat

 

Saturday Brunch 

If you are ever in Morningside Heights around 122nd & Amsterdam you MUST stop at this adorable restaurant, Flat Top. I was here earlier today for brunch and it exceeded all expectations. While NYFW has had everyone running all over the place, be sure to take time to check out this yummy and adorable place!