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the crisis

No, this isn’t about the economic crisis. But actually…it kind of is… So I did some spring cleaning today and I’m having a really big problem: I have like no clothes! Seriously, though, I’m not the type of person who has like millions of things in their closet and says they have nothing. This is where it leads to the economic crisis…I need to do some serious damage at stores while not doing too much damage to my bank account. I already look at Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Bloomingdales, Saks, and Barneys pretty much religiously but does anyone have any suggestions of where to shop that’s not that expensive!??! I could really use some advice.
Thanks!
Zoe

Happy Spring!

The tulips on Park Avenue scream spring to an Upper East Sider, even if the weather today was reaching 90 degrees. Here is a picture I took on my blackberry. Enjoy!
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Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been on recently. I know probably seems like a pathetic excuse, but seriously: work has taken over my life. My one relationship that I had going with “Mr. Big” completely just is over. I find him becoming more and more like Justin Bobby every day: He seems so interested in me, and then when I try to make a move, or when I try to make plans, he just backs out. Whatever, you know I’ll keep you updated. By blog is my #1 venting place.

But basically life has been fine. My sister who I’m really close with is starting to make it in the acting business and I’m so pround of her. We’re 4 years apart but we’re so close. So I’m really proud of her and I hope that her talent brings her luck!

For any of you who read A Vogue Idea, written by my best friend Meg, I just wanted to let you know that she’s doing great! She’s kind of stepped away from all leisures, and has been really focused in her work and her acting. She had a little bit of a set back today: she didn’t get the lead in a major motion picture. But I know that she’s so talented and that she’ll pull through.

Anyways, it’s starting to be allergy season which means spring is coming! When I was in high school, all spring meant to me was summer was just around the corner. I go for walks in the park and once its 3:00 PM, I see all of the school girls in their skirts, which makes me miss how easy life used to be when it was so routine: wake up, school, work, sleep. Weekends were for partying. Your parents grounded you. But anyways, back on track, I wanted to do a little piece on prom! I know that my prob was in May, but all of these sights are putting up dress options, so I’m going to share my favorites with you! Enjoy! PLEASE be sure to comment! You have no idea how helpful comments are! xoxox Zoe

I had such a great yesterday with Carrie in our beautiful New York spring weather. It was so great to catch up after I had been gone for so long. We cleared through some of the drama that was lingering from before, and we rekindled, making our friendship stronger than ever. She’s been so busy lately with filming, her love life, some family issues, and new friends that it’s been hard to just get a moment alone with her. But, I’ve got to say, being with her yesterday felt just like our high school years. Yes, it’s been a few years, but we used to be the fashion forward girls in love with two things: our city and each other. Yesterday, I felt like we were those two, young, carefree girls again. Life was so much simpler before sex, work, taxes, and other things came into play. Yesterday, we not only rekindled our friendship, but we also revisited places we had gone when we were little. Central Park is a place of wonders. To the New Yorker, it’s the only hint of nature in sight. I didn’t know until the beginning of high school that the park isn’t actually nature, since it’s technically artificial. But to the New Yorker, it’s an escape from the craziness. That’s one of the things I love about New York: there are always streets you’ve never been on, corners you have yet to explore. But also, you have the best memories in places that will never change. If you are ever in New York, visit our closest thing to the outdoors and do the following things:

Central Park Snack Stop

If you go to central park, you absolutely HAVE to try one of the authentic pretzels or hot dogs. A pretzel with mustard or a hot dog with mustard, ketchup, or both is an absolute necessity if you want to be accepted by a New Yorker. If it’s spring or summer, you can also treat yourself to a King Cone, Firecracker, or Chocolate Eclair ice cream…all of those three are my favorites.

Imagine Mosaic at Strawberry Fields

After John Lennon was shot, they dedicated a section of the park to his musical and songwriting brilliance. In Straberry Fields, there is a famous mosaic that says “Imagine” after his song advocating peace. This touristy spot represents so much not only in musical history but also the history of the United States. If you want to pay your respects, this is the perfect place to do so.

Belvedere Castle

For a great view of bits of Central Park and part of the city, go to Belvedere Castle. This fairy tale setting is perfect for kids. So cliché, but when I was little, I used to play here with my friends and we’d make believe we were princesses. It’s a great walk, with a great reward as a view.

Bethesda Fountain

Speaking of princesses, in Enchanted starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey, the catchy number “That’s How You Know” is filmed here. This fountain is a right next to part of the pond, and is great for relaxing. With benches, the edge of the fountain, and stairs crowded with people taking a seat from a long walk, this is a great meeting place.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

For all of you who don’t know what a reservoir, its basically a large pond-esque body of water, artificially made, as a water source. The Reservoir is known by Upper East Side private school kids as death…as we had to run there for gym class in school. Even though I hated running then, the view was worth it. The pond is surrounded by a tar running lane, and below that, there is the bridal path, where you can walk, bike, run, etc. by yourself or with your dog. This part of the park is great for excersize, and at night, has a beautiful 360 degree view.

Bow Bridge

The Bow Bridge is one of my favorite views of Central Park. Usually holding  many tourists, locals, brides, and grooms, this bridge has a view of the water, trees, and buildings. It’s gorgeous on a warm spring day, and is the perfect hint of city with nature. It totally does it for me.

Central Park Boat Rowing

If all of that walking is making your legs tired, give them a rest and let your arms put in some effort. Rowing boats on the water is a fun activity for kids and adults. Bring a camera, if you have the courage, to take pictures with your friends during this fun activity. Try not to tip over, an embarassing event I’ve never witnessed while here. Neighboring the boats is the fancy Boathouse restaurant. I wouldn’t recommend going there in your boating clothes, but it’s a great restaurant used for many weddings hidden in Central Park.

The Carousel

There isn’t really much to say about this one, except for the fact that I have many memories here with my family. This fun ride is cheap, and will get “Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious” stuck in your head for the rest of the day. 🙂

The Mall

Unlike suburbia, we don’t have shopping malls in the city. Instead, our mall is a long, wide walkway through the park. On either side, there are benches with musicians. It’s the perfect place for roller blading, skateboarding, etc. It kind of has the essence of the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris if any of you have been there before. With this fun, lively space, you can stay here for hours just people watching.

I hope you enjoyed my guide to New York! Of course there are many more sections and activities I love that I didn’t add, but you should! Comment and let me know what your favorite parts of the park are. If you have any questions, requests, or advice, also let me know! I’d love to hear what you have to say. xoxoxox Zoe

the missing

Hey everyone!
So I’m back on this side of the world…:( I’m missing France so much! It was such an amazing experience and it went by soooooo quickly!! But anyways, the traveling was fine. Except for the fact that the airline lost one of my bags! I’m so furious. It had all of my sheos and work materials and my favorite pair of jeans!! And all my makeup!! American Airlines better find it fast or else I’m going to have a hissy fit. This is my first time loosing luggage…I got back yesterday at like 2. So its been 22 hours. When do you think they’ll contact me if they find it? Ugh it’s so obnocious.

But anyways, if anyone goes to Belgium or Northern France, I suggest going to Lille, Bruges, and Brussels, as those were my favorite places. So much culture. So much food. So much fashion.

Post later!! Love you!