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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

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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

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Hey, everyone! Sorry I haven’t been keeping you all up to date! Work and my life have been really hectic recently. I’m in France, though, so it makes it all better! I can’t even begin to tell you how much weight I am gaining! All of the cheese, chocolate, NUTELLA, breads, ugh! C’est magnifique! Every morning, I tell myself to remember throughout the day to brace myself. By the end of the day, I know there’s always tomorrow. Hopefully one of these days I will learn some self-control.

By the way, I know I posted this before, but I’m so happy about President Obama. It feels like such an honor to be alive during such a historic time and being able to call Barack the president. One of my high school friends contacted me and we were just fawning over it. I don’t know a single supporter of Obama that when watching the inaugeration, didn’t have tears in their eyes.

Some of you have taken the poll a few posts ago asking me to talk more about my high school experiences. So I thought, I’m in France so why not talk about my first experience there! It’s not exactly about my high school experience, seeing as it wasn’t exactly school. But, it was the summer going into junior year that I had my first romance, whiskey and coke, trip to France, and bite of nutella. All of which would change my life forever.

I should start this out by saying that in school, I wasn’t exactly in the “in-crowd”. There was one group of about 10 girls always buying designer clothes, not caring about grades, and having amazing social lives. Then there was where I fit in. A group of about 5 girls who loved each other equally. We were each others best friends, but we were also friendly with the rest of the grade. I don’t know if this is making sense. The most important part of this fact is that you understand that going to an all-girls school and not having the best social life, my experience in France was dynamic.

I did a summer program in Paris. I went with “Miranda” the year we went into our junior year of high school. The drinking, the smoking, the partying, the friends, the history, the Seine, the shopping, the independence, the no school aspect! It was all a dream come true! I took Photography as my major and Cuisine as my minor. “Big”, a guy from L.A. was in my Cuisine major. I remember sitting down at my desk, looking up, and seeing his face. I was shocked that people that good looking were in my cooking class. But I guess I was staring. I looked up at me, caught my gaze, and gave me the “guy nod” and a half smile. I remember the second thing he did that caught my attention. We were going around the room talking about why we decided to take the class, my reason being that my mom loved to cook so I wanted to share her passion. When it came to him, he said basically he just loved to eat, and this class seemed like a good excuse to eat french food and pasteries. This got the whole class laughing. I looked at him, he was staring at me, making sure I heard his joke.

It was the start of something new.

To be continued…

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Hey everyone. So, I was looking at my blog, and I realized that I haven’t been talking about something I was going to talk about from the very beginning: life on the Upper East Side. I’ll explain to you about my life. I went home this weekend to see my one of my sisters, brother, and parents. I went into my room and found a box full of my books, including my old diary. It got me thinking about my childhood and teenage years. The school work I had to do, the shopping and partying I took part in, and the luxurious life I wanted.
To show you what the real life of a Gossip Girl was, I made a list of ways you know you’re from the Upper East Side:
1) SCHOOL: Going to a top rated school on the Upper East Side. Getting tons of work and studying your ass off so you can go to the college of your dreams. Speaking of college, your parents on your back since the 9th grade talking to you about what college you want to go to.
2) PARTIES: Going out with a group of friends to bars and clubs, other peoples houses, getting drunk making mistakes.
3) GUYS: We don’t have the hot quarter back to fawn over. It was more of the musicians I liked, but there are also the smarter, sweet guys (for example Dan Humphrey), the rich guys who love drugs and get easy girls (Chuck Bass), and the sensitive athlete… usually a soccer, basketball, or baseball player (I guess Nate…).
4) GIRLS: The typical cliques apply in New York. There are the super rich, beautiful, skinny girls, most of whom don’t care at all how they do in school. They waist their money on cigarettes, alcohol, and designer clothes. Then, there is the group where I fit in. The girls who did pretty well in school, had interests, and weren’t easy with guys. I mean, of course I partied and smoked and drank, but school was an important part of my life. Then, there was a majority of the grade who were basically just study-holics and didn’t care that they didn’t have social lives, as harsh as that may sound. It’s the truth. Oh, and there’s also the girls who love Bob Marley and have sex and do drugs at way too young an age.
5) SUMMER: Most people went to their Hamptons houses over the summer or got internships in the city. If you didn’t have a house in the Hamptons, you most likely had a friend that did. You’d go out there for the beach during the day, and the amazing parties at night.
6) LUXURY: Benefits, Fashion Shows, Designers, Park Avenue apartments, personal shoppers, drugs and alcohol, summer houses. All of these things come with the territory of being on of Manahattan’s elite.
But what if you are not one of Manhattan’s elite? Your family isn’t as rich as all of the others? You aren’t allowed to party as much as the other girls? Your parents are strict? You aren’t allowed to buy designer clothes? You’re not a stick thin girl just like all of your friends? You want so desperately to fit in with the status quo but you just… can’t?
Welcome to my life.

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