Monthly Archives: May 2012

Summer Reading: Paris, My Sweet

17th May 2012

“I considered the world my cupcake…sweet and inviting, familiar yet new, indulgent but only modestly so.” – Amy Thomas
While not everyone has the luxury of summer vacation, we all get to enjoy in the simple please of summer reading.
With the long days and cool nights, summer is the perfect season to escape into the world of literature.
Last week when I stumbled upon a book that encompassed all of my favorite things—New York, travel, & my sweet tooth—I knew we were a match made in heaven.
Not only does Paris, My Sweet act as a memoir for writer andManhattanite Amy Thomas, it also is the ultimate guide to all the best sweets in the two greatest cities on Earth.
And even though Thomas and I cannot agree on which city is the best, we can both agree that New York has gotten to us.
 “…I could never suppress my grin when I saw the jagged skyline, the halo of light emanating from the city, the sea of yellow taxis, or the mishmash cultures of clothes and clothing swimming together…New York was under my skin.”
But whether or not New York is under your skin, Paris, My Sweet is certainly a book you’ll want to sink your teeth into—especially for us single gals trying to navigate and find our place in this bustling world.
p.s. Has anyone read a book lately they couldn’t put down? Let me know on twitter @kacyjayne!

A Love Letter to New York

3rd May 2012

Goodbyes are never easy…especially when you are unsure of what the future holds.

Close to four months ago, I picked up my enter life to move to what many consider to be the epicenter of the world. And while I had no idea at the time, this single decision has morphed into an array of life changing opportunities.

For those of you that know me, even though I have called Arizona my home for my entire life, you are well aware that I have dreamed of living in New York City ever since my first visit 11 years ago. And while some may have doubted if I could actually do it, I am always one to follow through with my extravagant life plans.

Rarely have my own plans for my life fallen so perfectly into place as they have in this crazy concrete jungle. And while the city itself has so much to do with all the things I have experienced in these short few months, it is the city’s people that have made all the difference.

Being the cheese ball that I am, NYC really is what all those songs say it is. While it can eat your soul alive and leave you forgetting why you wanted to live here in the first place, it truly is the place “where dreams are made of.”

As I transition back to suburbia for the next few months (since I will luckily get to call the city my permanent home in the very near future) all I can think about is how much my life has been shaped by the people, places, and things I have experienced here.

So here is to this city! To every crowded subway ride and every Brooklyn hipster, to every struggling artist and every street performer…don’t give up! For as the wisest New Yorker of them all Frank Sinatra once said, “If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere.”