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Frames From The Weekend 4/24/2015 – 4/26/2015

May is upon us! Can you believe it?!? Because I can’t.

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May is a big month for me – a visit from a friend this upcoming weekend, parents’ birthdays (both of them!), the Brooklyn Half Marathon (which I probably won’t run…), a visit back home to Chicago (yup, again), friend’s baby shower, and the start of school! Speaking of which, I owe you all a major life update on school. This is the month to share that blog post too, so stay tuned because now that I wrote the promise it obviously has to happen.

Friday

{Friday: I got my Mophie in the mail and immediately put in on my phone. For those who don’t know, the Mophie is essentially a portable charger in the form of an iPhone case. It does add a lot of bulk to the already large iPhone 6, but having an extra charger on hand is proving to be incredibly convenient! Other Friday favorites include an at-home manicure with my confidence color, way too much chocolate + cranberries + almonds (my favorite combo as of late), a delicious smoked salmon sandwich with a side of ‘bucks, and MRI #2 (this one with contrast) on my right knee. I had to miss the Bruce Jenner interview because of that MRI! I swear, only in NYC are imaging centers open until 11PM.}

Saturday

{Saturday: Party brunch at Bagatelle for a friend’s birthday! I went to Bagatelle 1.5 years ago (!!!) but didn’t get to stay for the “party” portion of the brunch. Not this time! The brunch started out calmly and quietly, which gave us the chance to all catch up with each other over champagne, delicious food (I got the salmon burger), and a decadently huge dessert! Gotta love drinking bubbly at 1PM. My poor bank account though, yikes (pun intended).}

Saturday

{Saturday: The party at Bagatelle got started 3PM when the DJ arrived. The music slowly got louder and louder until 4PM struck and the blackout curtains were pulled across the floor-to-ceiling windows. Suddenly, day turned to night and we found ourselves immersed in strobe lights and bass pumping through our bodies. People were dancing on chairs, ordering bottle service, dancing like it was the middle of the night. It was crazy! An epic NYC party brunch (check out the video on my Instagram). And it was even crazier stepping out into the daylight a few hours later. So much fun! We chilled for a few hours afterwards at a friend’s nearby apartment, ordered in dinner, and then headed out again for a few more hours. Needless to say, I was completely and utterly drained after being out for 12+ hours!}

Sunday

{Sunday: I slept in, made myself a scrumptious breakfast with coffee, and then went to see a few apartments on the UES before stopping into Whole Foods for groceries. See that beautiful sandwich? I’m officially obsessed with sandwiches these days, specifically with freshly baked bread from Maison Kayser. It’s crunchy on the outside and luxuriously soft on the inside. So good! Half of the loaf is now gone… I hung out at home for the rest of the day, ate waffles for dinner, and watched mindless TV. I also got electrocuted while trying to fix my lamp, which was honestly totally terrifying. It struck my pinky finger (which kept on hurting hours later), and led to some minor heart pain. Now my apartment is dark and I have a newfound fear of getting electrocuted and dying alone in my apartment. So that’s that!}

It’s going to be a busy week! In between volunteering, wine night with my chicka, the wait for MRI results, and a visit from a coworker/friend from Argentina, the days will surely fly by!

Who watched the interview with Bruce Jenner? Thoughts? I caught the first half hour of it and was really struck by his honesty and bravery.

Have you ever been electrocuted?

♥ Irina

Frames From The Weekend 4/17/2015 – 4/19/2015

And I’m back in New York! I’ve been struck with the (expected) homesickness but spring has sprung here in Manhattan and it’s doing a great job in improving my mood.

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My week at home was fantastic, busy but so much fun! I wish I actually took the time to blog about it because I had some pretty stellar highlights including hanging out with the parentals (always a joy…yes I’m a child for life), spending an evening & staying overnight at my sister’s apartment in the city, and spending an entire day shadowing surgeons!!! Yup, I got to see two actual surgeries. In person. Five feet away from the operating table. It was easily the coolest thing I’ve done in a while. Grey’s Anatomy has nothing on real life.

Friday

{Friday: I casually worked from home in what turned out to be a very busy day due to my day off on Thursday. My mission for the evening was simple – pay a visit to my favorite mommy friend (who is pregnant with #2!) and her precious baby girl, who just turned 2 years old a few weeks prior. The weather was perfection! We walked around the neighborhood and stopped by a park where I couldn’t resist unleashing my inner child on the swing set.}

Saturday

{Saturday: I finally slept in for the first time all week, enjoyed some coffee with frothy whole milk, and then drove into the city to meet up with my lovely ladies for brunch at Beatrix in River North. The food was delicious and our endless conversation about life and our upcoming trip to India was even better. The bride-to-be had already asked me to be a bridesmaid but she made it official with a lovely bridesmaid gift filled with photos and other goodies! If you thought I was excited about visiting India before, please imagine that excitement now amplified x1000. I seriously cannot wait for the wedding! Afterwards, we all drove to Evanston for a BBQ for a bit before parting ways. Up next on the agenda was a quick trip to Bloomingdales with my mom. My mission was to try on a Canada Goose coat, which I intend to buy in the upcoming months in preparation for January in Europe. I ended up buying the cutest black Marc New York jacket for….$45!!! It was originally $250 so I think I win at life. My parents and I ended the evening hanging out on The Bed (AKA my parents’ gloriously comfy king bed) watching The Imitation Game. The movie received mixed reviews from my mom and dad, but I decided that I liked it.}

Sunday

{Sunday: I flew back to lovely NYC after one last breakfast at home with my parents and Dasha (who looks quite unhappy that I attacked her with endless kisses). I was welcomed back into bustling New York City with blooming trees and colorful flowers. I unpacked and immediately walked to the grocery store to stock up on essentials and non-essentials including ice cream and chocolate. Oops. Whatever. My evening = couch + Kardashians + tea.}

I’m certainly looking forward to getting back into the groove of things. This includes minimal dessert and a few attempts at running. I ate allllll the cookies and candy and sweets at home, and even snuck in a few more yesterday. It’s time to get rid of this vengeful sweet tooth once again (yea right…) I’ll do my best to actually blog this week, but no promises. Who knows what’s in store for all these lovely spring evenings!

Good luck to everyone running the Boston Marathon today!!! I’ll be watching live somehow, cheering you all on!

♥ Irina

Frames From The Weekend 4/10/2015 – 4/12/2015

Oops I did it again, I neglected my blog, got lost in the game my busy days. As I always say: better late than never!

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I flew back to Chicago on Sunday morning. I actually had a 4-mile race that morning but obviously had to skip out because of my knee. Yes, it still hurts. No, it’s not improving. I have no idea what to do about it, it’s truly tragic.

Moving on to happier things, let’s quickly review last weekend before we actually start this new one today!

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{I worked from home on Friday and snuck in a quick shopping trip during lunch to a local boutique to pick up a shirt I’ve been lusting over for weeks – a classic Saint James striped top. It’s so chic, so French (made in France, duh), and so flattering despite being unisex. Totally worth the splurge! All I wanted to do after work was cuddle up on the couch with a movie, but instead I hopped onto a cross-town bus and made my way to the Upper West Side for a quick apartment viewing. My dream still came true afterwards though – I arrived back home, made a huge bowl of popcorn, and watched Interstellar. Oh my gawd you guys, this movie was phenomenal!!! I love love loved how accurate it was with all the physics (wormholes, “time travel”, black holes, time as a dimension, multiple dimensions, etc.). It was basically my nerdy physics-loving dream come true and I found myself completely engrossed in the entire movie wishing it would never end.}

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{All I remember about Saturday was volunteering at the free clinic in the morning. Seriously, I don’t think I really did anything else? Sunday was much more eventful – I sadly skipped out on a race thanks to my bum knee and made it bright and early to LaGuardia for my flight back to Chicago. It’s so nice to be back home! We had a fantastic traditional Orthodox Easter brunch with the entire family – dyed eggs, cheese and deli meat appetizers, rack of lamb, Russian stuffed peppers, piroshki (my fave), and dessert. I missed my mom’s cooking so much!}

I’ve got some really crazy exciting news: I’M GOING TO INDIA!!! My close friend is getting married and my lovely group of ladies and I (bridesmaids!) are heading to New Delhi during Christmas for a 2-day wedding, followed by a few days of touristy activities. After New Delhi, I’m flying out to Amsterdam and staying in Europe for two weeks and eventually flying out from Barcelona! It’s going to be crazy awesome….three+ weeks of traveling! I’m thinking Amsterdam > Brussels / Bruges > Paris > Barcelona. Epic.

And with that, I’m out for the day! Just a few more hours before my weekend officially starts.

Have you seen ‘Interstellar’? Thoughts?

All recommendations for India and Europe are welcome!

♥ Irina

Frames From The Weekend 4/2/2015 – 4/5/2015

Oops…this post is coming up quite late in the week but I’ll take full responsibility for this procrastination. I’ve been a super lazy blogger and that’s that.

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My sister flew in last Thursday and we had a stellar weekend together! Delicious food, a trip to Coney Island, Russian brunch at Brighton Beach, and so much walking. It was perfection!

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{My sis arrived on Thursday evening and we immediately set out in search of food. After strolling around the UES for half an hour, we stumbled upon a cozy French restaurant. Dinner consisted of steamed artichoke as an appetizer and a delicious seafood paella for the main course. I don’t even remember the name of the restaurant but it was delicious! We promptly passed out from exhaustion after arriving back home.}

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{Rainy Friday weather did not stop us from making the hour-long trip to Coney Island and Brighton Beach! We were on a mission to visit Little Russia and dine on some authentic Russian food. Needless to say, mission accomplished! We skipped out on the many fun rides at Coney Island and instead spent the time strolling through Russian stores and sneaking into bakeries for freshly baked desserts.}

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{Food glorious food! We settled on having lunch at Skovorodka, a Russian restaurant in Brighton Beach that my parents and I had previously been to. And then we ordered sooo much food! Pickled mushrooms, borsht, fried potatoes with mushrooms, meat-filled crepes, and cherry dumplings. Everything tasted freshly-prepared, authentic, and oh so delicious. Despite our full stomachs, we couldn’t resist stopping into one of the many bakeries and picking up our favorite Russian desserts. Gimme gimme gimme!}

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{Saturday morning started bright and early – my sis and I were supposed to run the Scotland Run 10K together in Central Park, but my knee was (is) still bothering me so my sister ran it for both of us instead. It was difficult watching all the happy runners line up in my beloved park, and I was really looking forward to running a race alongside my sis, but thus is life. Instead, I was Sasha’s #1 cheerleader and cheered her on multiple times along the course. Sadly, my knee hurt worse than ever after all the walking and continued bothering me the rest of the day. But this didn’t stop us from making our way to The Fat Radish for a delicious brunch – French-press coffee, celery root pot pie, and a tomato + chickpea skillet with eggs. We stopped by Doughnut Plant on the way back for three mini doughnuts. I’m actually not a fan of doughnuts but decided to give them another chance….and once again decided that I really dislike doughnuts!}

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{After a few lazy evenings of staying in, my sister convinced me to dress up and enjoy NYC nightlife. We hopped into a cab and made our way to Dear Irving, a beautiful speakeasy near Gramercy Park. I sipped on the most fabulous Old Fashioned I’ve ever had while we chatted. A short visit to Rose Bar, an old favorite of mine, followed. And then we returned home for another great night of sleep. Everything was closed the following morning because of Easter, so we walked around the UES for a bit before a sushi lunch at Haru. My sis left in the early afternoon and our awesome staycation came to a close… Come back soon sistah!}

This is my last week in town before I head back to Chicago for Russian Easter and many reunions with family & friends. I’ve got a lot planned for the full week I’m home, it’s going to be a busy one!

♥ Irina