Aaheli Indian Cuisine

You know how good it feels to find something new, that you know is good? That’s how we felt about Aaheli in Hell’s Kitchen when we first went two years ago. And every time we go back. It’s the tiniest little hole in the wall on 9th avenue but it’s so warm inside, the people who work there are lovely, and the food is delicious. I’ve been a few times, and it has yet to disappoint. Also, it’s BYOB which makes it very budget friendly (and there are a few liquor stores on the same block).

Even though they only have a few tables, we never feel rushed. This past weekend, we ended up eating pretty late – I blame you fresh direct – so there weren’t people fighting for tables, which meant we were allowed to sit and talk (read: drink).

The tables are covered in rose petals when you sit down, and they brought our bottle of wine out in a pitcher of ice and flowers to keep it cold, which made a pretty center piece! Our meal started out with a traditional papadum with three different dipping sauces: all of which are addicting.

For the main course, we opted to share three different dishes. Chicken Tikka, Saag Paneer, and Chicken Korma. We also got an order or rice, plain naan, and garlic naan. Honestly, they were all amazing. It was so cold and rainy when we went, and this was classic comfort food. The chicken was perfectly cooked, and the sauces were so flavorful and delicious. When we were done, they brought out a plate of complimentary kheer (rice pudding). It was sweet enough to be a satisfying dessert, and savory enough to act like a palate cleanser.



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There’s a place in NYC called STORY. It’s a concept store, so the physical store changes every few weeks based on sponsors, themes, and the time of year. This time of year, the theme is Home for the Holidays, and the whole store is set up with excellent gifts for family, friends, and co-workers. It’s a one stop shop for all of your holiday shopping needs. I bought the prettiest candle for a friend of mine, and a really cool coffee table book for another friend.

Their Instagram is really cool: @thisisstory I love following along to see when the new stories will be told. Story is located right near the highline and Chelsea market. It’s definitely a great way to spend a Saturday – for locals and tourists!



10 things I learned from graduating, moving to a new city, and starting a new job


1. Emotions are normal. It’s okay to be homesick even if you haven’t lived at home in years. It’s okay to have a mini breakdown from time to time, like in the bathroom on your first day of training. It’s okay to call your parents just to say hi. And it’s okay to facetime your college roommate during your lunch break.

2. When looking for an apartment, it’s important to make a list of things you’ll need to accomplish. Including, checking how far away public transportation is, asking if there’s a club on your block that will be loud at night, testing the water pressure in the shower, asking if the windows come with shades, counting the outlets, and checking where the cable jack is.

3. Command strips are a girl’s best friend. And I don’t say this to be sexist. I can honestly say that it’s easier to hang 26 pictures in a gallery wall with command strips than it is to drill 26 holes in the wall. Your landlord will agree.

4. Budgeting can be fun if you use a cute font. And it’s actually really helpful to track how much you spend on coffee and clothing each month. While it isn’t fun to cut back, it’s much better to see your savings grow than to realize you’re bankrupt.

5. Credit cards are really helpful if used correctly (hello cash back perks), but they can kill your funds and your credit score if abused.  Credit is not the same as cash, and interest accumulates much faster than a plastic card newbie may expect. Even small loans can accrue about 5 meals worth of interest in one month

6. You’re expected to know how things work without actually learning about them, like all of this knowledge about how to adult just appears in your mind as you receive your diploma. Do some research on things like health insurance, retirement accounts, reimbursement accounts, tax forms, and how to find an apartment before graduation.

7. Putting a blazer over a dress that you wore to a house party in college does not count as business attire. People won’t take you seriously if you don’t dress the part. You can still look great while looking professional, find pieces that fit right, not tight.

8. A lot of people turn down free money. If your employer agrees to match a certain percentage of your 401k contributions, you better be taking full advantage of it. Set it and forget it before you get used to seeing it in your checking account. Also, if your company reimburses you for transportation expenses, fitness costs, or your cell phone bill, be on top of submitting the claims. Again, who wants to turn down free money!?

9. Ask for what you want. No one is going to hand you a silver platter, you have to work hard and make yourself heard. It’s okay to ask for things as long as you prepare and prove you deserve it.

10. You’re doing just fine. No matter how stressful it is to make life decisions, work in a job where your career is literally on the line, pay your bills, maintain your social life, and stay healthy, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be and everyone else is in the same boat. Even if they look put together on the outside.

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Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Okay, so, I know in my last post I said one of my goals for the month was to go to the tree lighting.


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Well, starting December off strong and missing my first bucket list item. However, I did watch the tree lighting. I just did it from the comfort of my warm and cozy apartment and couch. It was raining outside, and I was in a meeting until 6:30 so I wouldn’t have even been able to see the tree (or the performers). This way I got the best of both worlds! I got to watch the event, I was warm and cozy, and I got to blog. Win/win/win situation, right? And we already have plans to go see the tree (and get hot chocolate) this weekend.

The performers tonight were amazing. If you missed it, I definitely recommend finding some of the replays online. The Pentatonix, Sarah McLachlan, and Josh Grobin were my favorites! And the tree is just magical – even on TV!

December Bucket List

I can’t believe November is over. I also can’t believe there’s only 1 month left in 2016! It’s absolutely insane how quickly time flies when you’re not agonizing over homework. I always want to jam pack everything into December so I feel accomplished for the year (because graduating from college, moving to a new city, and starting a job isn’t enough for 1 year). Here are my top 10 things for December:


Capes aren’t just for Superhero’s

About a year and a half ago, C Wonder went out of business, and my suitemates and I single handedly bought their entire sale. I think we went about 5 different times, and I spent a good amount of my checking account. But the clothes I walked away with are gorgeous, and all things I’ve worn repeatedly. One of my favorites is this cape. I know these photos are silly, but we just couldn’t stop laughing while we were taking them!


Cape: Old (Similar – Here, Here, and Here), Jeans: Gap, Bag: Longchamp, Shoes: Old (Similar – Here), Sunglasses: Old (Similar – Here)


Financial Faux Pas: Missed Payment

So… basically I’m an idiot.


Over the summer, I went shopping with my Mom. I currently have an Ann Taylor credit card, because opening one gave me a killer deal on a huge purchase I made before my first internship. Think: I had one professional outfit for interviews, but I needed enough to work full time. I buy a lot of my clothes (professional and personal) at Ann Taylor and at Loft, so it’s worth it to have. I’m also really good about paying it off like it’s a debit card because it’s not an account I obsessively check every hour (truth). I also make a point not to use the “credit” portion of this card (or any of my cards) for an array of reasons, but mostly I just don’t need THAT many new articles of clothing.

Anyway. Beth and I went shopping, I bought 3 dresses for work, and I waited to make the payment until closer to the due date because I was spending so much money moving. I got an email saying it was due in November and misread the (very deceiving ) part about the $25 late payment. So basically my payment was due in October, but they didn’t tell me it was due in October, they just told me it was due in November and lumped in the late fee. I wrote down the due date, and didn’t think anything of it until I went online and looked at the bill. Dumb.

I had recently read an article about how most people accept their mistakes, and don’t usually do anything about them, but that some companies will actually help you out if you explain your mistake and aren’t a repeat offender. So I figured it was worth a shot, and I called customer service and told them what happened, and although they couldn’t “refund me,” they credited my account. Which was very nice of them, but I basically ended up giving Ann Taylor an interest free loan until I go shopping again.


For years, I’ve been saying that my favorite day of the year is the Friday after Thanksgiving. Not because of Black Friday (although the deals are fabulous) but because Christmas is my favorite holiday and we eat my favorite food at Thanksgiving, so the weekend following is a perfect mix between the two. And this year did not disappoint! Call me crazy, but I’m a sucker for the corny Hallmark Christmas movies, and “Thanksgiving on a sandwich” is better than just about any 5 star meal. I spent the weekend hanging with my fam, cuddling with my dog, and stuffing my face with leftovers (pun intended), and it was a welcomed break from the busy city.


My brother had a football game on Thursday morning, they won! and he had a bunch of great plays! I love being home to see him play, and I was so happy to be able to catch the last game of the season. Yay Jack!



We went down to Fairfield to have dinner with my extended family. I love big family gatherings, especially with people we don’t see very often! And then we spent Saturday doing it all over again with my immediate family, as well as a few friends. As you can tell, I really do love this blanket scarf!

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” – Psalm 69:30

Even just having an internet connection and a phone or computer to read this post means we’re more fortunate than so many people in this world. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend filled with love, laughter, and food comas!


Subway Series: November 22, 2016


There’s nothing worse than being stuck on the subway with nothing to read. So in addition to downloading my spotify playlists, I always take a few minutes to open a few things in the web browser on my phone, download my emails, and screenshot a few articles to make sure I’m always prepared.

Here’s what I’m saving to read this week:

  1. 8 Things All Successful Women do on Sunday
  2. Natural Remedies For When You Aren’t Feeling Your Best
  3. 6 More Vocab Words I Learned In The Professional World (That I Never Heard In College)
  4. Notre Dame Football Team Placed on Probation Following Academic Misconduct
  5. Just How Much Money Do You Really Need for Retirement?

Regular Reads:

  1. The Skimm – A quick, easy, and entertaining way to know what’s going on in the world, emailed to you every morning. Sign up here.
  2. New York Times Morning Briefing – A more in depth overview of the daily events, also emailed to you every morning. Sign up here.
  3. Mashable – A news source that focuses on technology, digital content, and entertainment content while also publishing articles about global news.
  4. The Corner Office – A New York Times column that is published every Friday, and showcases interviews with leaders in the business world, and covers valuable lessons about leadership, management, and working in a business environment.
  5. Modern Love – Ugh guys. This is another NYT column that publishes a love story every Friday, and I just can’t get enough of it.

My Favorite Thing in the World

Guys. Blanket scarves. Okay and also the chocolate chips I’m munching on while writing this post because I just took one of those dead person naps and when I woke up I was so disoriented and I couldn’t move – haha. My Mom used to get so mad when we ate chocolate chips because there wouldn’t be enough when she wanted to bake something. But I think they always taste better than other chocolate, and they’re in bite sized pieces, and you don’t have to unwrap them! Also, they were on sale so I have another (unopened) bag for when it’s time to bake. Who’s with me?!

Alright, back to the scarf.


Blanket Scarf: Shein, Jeans: Gap (On Sale!!), Jacket: JC Penny (Old – Similar here), Shirt: (Old – Similar Here), Shoes: Nine West (Old – Similar Here), Bag: Nordstrom

I found the scarf through Liz’s (*perfect*) blog and am linking her tutorial on how to tie it. It’s perfect for fall, amazing through winter, and fabulous to wear to work and wrap around you like a blanket (literally – hehe). Is anyone else’s office ice cold ALL THE TIME? I swear, they keep the air conditioning on even when it’s 40 degrees outside. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend wearing it to a client meeting, but when you’re sitting at your desk!? Instant comfort to wrap it around you.


How cute is my sweet roommate!? Fun fact: last weekend we hit our 500 day snap chat streak. I wore this scarf to the movies the other day, and ended up using it as an actual blanket because it was so cold in the theater. Anything with multiple functions is an A+ in my book.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!