I’m still in hibernation mode over here for at least the next month, but I recently ventured out for a few meetings. Of course, they happened to be on a day when it was 5 degrees outside, so there wasn’t much exploring to be had. But getting out helped introduce me to a new neighborhood, allowed me to wear one of my favorite sherpa jackets as part of my outfit of the day, and exposed me to a new place right in my own backyard to grab a sweet treat. Read on below for more!
1. Park Slope, Brooklyn
Once upon a time, there was a girl who thought city living would never be for her. She much preferred the quieter, more spacious life that the suburbs offered…or so she thought. This past weekend, I had a couple of meetings in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Knowing myself as I thought I did, I felt I was at little risk of falling in love with this new-to-me neighborhood. But that’s exactly what happened. Park Slope seemed to offer everything I like about city living and little that I don’t. You can walk to a local cafe, there were nice tree-lined streets, and, oh, the gorgeous brownstones. I even found free street parking. Yes, I could see myself easily living in Park Slope. Now, to return and explore more when it isn’t in the single digits outside.
2. LOFT sherpa jacket
Sadly, along with my office days, gone are the days when I put on a proper #OOTD. Now that I work from home, my usual attire is a pair of leggings or joggers (black, of course) and one of the many fleeces I own from Loft and wear on repeat. But going to said meetings last weekend reminded me how much I missed putting outfits together. Since it was a balmy 5 degrees on the day I went into Brooklyn, I decided to pull out my sherpa jacket from Loft. Trust me, it’s warmer than it looks. Also, if you’re in the market for cozy pieces to help get you through the rest of winter, I just discovered a few of Abercrombie’s latest looks. While I haven’t shopped at an Abercrombie store since I was in high school, I did peruse their website, and let’s just say, I had a major add-to-cart moment.
3. A new local favorite
As much as I enjoyed exploring a new neighborhood, stopping in at a new place right in my own backyard is pretty great, too. I recently scored some pastries from the Duck Island Bread Company, in Huntington Village, after I grabbed my morning coffee from Southdown next door. There was something about walking into the bakery and seeing the artisans working in the space that made it feel special, but it was the plethora of sweats I was presented with upon arrival that made this place an instant hit. I ordered a chocolate croissant and a chocolate chip scone, although trust me, I wanted one of everything they had out. Fortunately for them, I waited until I got home to eat my purchases, and let me tell you, this was the best chocolate croissant I have ever had in my life. Sadly, they are only open from Wednesday through Saturday, so I have been counting the minutes until I can return to try more of their delicious pastries.