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Hi.

Welcome to my blog. I'm 20-something crafter, active explorer,  and memory keeper, currently living in New York City.

looking back at 2014

looking back at 2014

2014 in review
2014 in review

Along with everyone else, I can't believe 2014 is already gone. In January, I remember thinking 2014 was going to be a great year. I just had this crazy, calm feeling that things would fall into place as they were meant to. Boy, was that feeling proved right this year. Through all the ups and downs, it's been a remarkable year. I'm finally at a point in my life where I've accepted myself, not only learning to accept my body (which, has definitely taken some time), but to truly accept and love myself for who I am, where I want to go, and what I want to do. I don't think I've ever felt quite as at peace with myself until this year. I can't pinpoint one exact thing that helped me feel this way, but I think it's just the simple step of truly loving yourself. Which, with all simple things, is not really a very simple thing at all.

Here's a quick list of my favorites from 2014, as chronological as possible.

Best Book Read: Outlander Series by Diana GabaldonBook 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Best Pretzel: Harpoon BreweryMade with beer, and comes with 3 different dipping sauces. So good!

pretzel at Harpoon Brewery
pretzel at Harpoon Brewery

Best Celebrity Citing: Tina Fey Tina is the new spokeswomen for Garnier skincare. I was lucky enough to attend her print shoot when I worked for Garnier.

Tina Fey for Garnier
Tina Fey for Garnier

Best Work Experience: SXSW I've been lucky enough to have a lot of amazing work experiences in the past couple years, but SXSW is a conference I've wanted to attend since 2010, and I was finally able to seize the opportunity. I can't say enough great things about the SXSW experience.

Instagram booth at SXSW in Austin
Instagram booth at SXSW in Austin

Best Reading Spot: Riverside Park around the uppers 60's in Manhattan 

Favorite reading spot
Favorite reading spot

Best Day at The Park: Easter 2014 These people are not only my New York family, but just awesome, great people in general. So blessed to have them in my life.

easter in the park
easter in the park

Best Day of Remembering: Bloomsday 2014 for Grandpa Borneman My grandpa, Barney, passed away in late April. For the past umpteen years, he's always walked Bloomsday, and it happened to fall a couple weeks after he passed. We were lucky enough to walk it in honor of him.

Bloomsday in Spokane, WA
Bloomsday in Spokane, WA

Best New Purchase: My new apartment! Okay, this technically isn't a purchase, as I'm renting. BUT, since a lot of my paycheck goes to this little bungalow, it's definitely my best monthly purchase.

new apartment
new apartment
New apartment
New apartment

Best New Haircut: by Tommy Buckett I cut off 6 inches earlier this year. It's the shortest it's been since graduating high school!

new haircut
new haircut

Best New Summer Restaurant: North River Lobster Company It's a boat that serves buckets of beer, lobster rolls, and goes out on the River every hour. Best. Place. Ever. If I could live here, I probably would

North river lobster company
North river lobster company

Best Holiday: 4th of July with these crazy fools

4th of July
4th of July

Best Oysters: Bell Book & CandleOysters are my new favorite summertime food. I crave them like someone craves peanut butter. Bell Book & Candle has a great happy hour with $1 oysters, and $6 wine at the bar.

bell book & candle
bell book & candle

Best Tacos: Oaxaca

oaxaca tacos
oaxaca tacos

Best Thing I Made: My Own Bookcase

how to make a bookcase
how to make a bookcase

Best Change: Starting work at Mustela

Mustela
Mustela

Best New Foreign Cuisine: Chiles en Nogada

Chiles en nogada
Chiles en nogada

Best New Adventure: #DancingMan

#dancingman
#dancingman

Best Concert: NEEDTOBREATHE

Needtobreathe
Needtobreathe

Best New Place Visited: Inverness, Scotland I promise, a blog post will be coming soon!

Clan Fraser in Scotland
Clan Fraser in Scotland

Best Trip: London & Scotland with Anna Blog post coming soon!

Scotland w/Anna
Scotland w/Anna

Best Sunset: Dorres, Scotland #CoriLovesSunsets

Scotland
Scotland

Best Backyard Experience: Carving Pumpkins Yes, my friend has a backyard in Brooklyn. And yes, you are seeing the beginning and end of it from right to left.

Carving pumpkins
Carving pumpkins
hiking bear mountain
hiking bear mountain

Best Fall Day in NYC: Central Park on November 2

Fall day in NYC
Fall day in NYC

Best New Sweater: Gold Heart from H&M

H&M Heart Sweater
H&M Heart Sweater

Best Pie: Mom's Pumpkin Pie Also, this sweater is a very, very close second to the above.

mom's pumpkin pie
mom's pumpkin pie

Best New Apartment Item: Christmas Tree! 

Christmas tree
Christmas tree

Best New Outfit: Sparkly Gold Skirt & Sweater From Brina Box

Best outfit by Brina Box
Best outfit by Brina Box

Best Holiday Decorations in NYC: Bergdorf's Windows

Windows at Bergdorfs
Windows at Bergdorfs

I cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring!

How was your 2014?

2013 here.

happy new years eve!

traveling from nyc during the holidays