Escape the Room NYC

escape the room

I’m very fortunate to work with such wonderful people at my job. Whether it’s someone in my department who I sit next to every day or someone who I can bond with during happy hour, my co-workers rock. This past Friday we planned a little co-worker outing to Escape the Room NYC.

Sounds scary, right? I had never heard of Escape the Room prior to signing up for the event, so I’m here to inform you all. Escape the Room is a fun, interactive game taking place in a building in New York City. While it looks like any other ordinary room, it’s actually a mystery puzzle. Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and “Escape the Room.” You have 60 minutes, so be quick! Each room has a theme and can fit a certain amount of people. Ours was “The Theater”, which was a room decorated to look like a theater, puppets and auditorium chairs and all. There were clues hidden all over the room, codes you had to figure out to open locks, and singing puppets.

The hour went by so quickly, but was a lot of fun. Escape the Room is a great outing for friends and co-workers since it’s all about teamwork. So did we “Escape the Room”? YES! With 12 minutes left to spare, our team successfully solved all of the puzzles and clues and opened up the exit door to escape the room.

Apparently only 17-20% of teams actually escape the room, most with 30 seconds to a minute left to spare. So I’d say we’re a smart bunch, right? If you’re in the NYC area (they have both a midtown and downtown location), I highly suggest checking it out. Tickets run around $30 a person. To see if it’s for you, check out their Yelp reviews or this Daily Beast article.

Have you ever been to “Escape the Room” or a similar event?

 

 

Fall Home Decor

In a perfect world, I would have the budget and free time to decorate my home and turn it into a freaking pumpkin patch. But the truth is, I live in a tiny apartment, my cat would probably eat the floral decorations, and decorating my home is the last thing I want to do after a long day of work. But this is the internet, where we can pretend things.

One thing I do love about the change in seasons is the change of scents in the candle stores. It seems like fall has the best ones- pumpkin spice, apple pie.. They even have some cool ones at Bath & Body Works that I’ve never seen or smelled anywhere else, like “Sweater Weather”, “Tail Gate” and “Autumn Sky”. I plan on going back and buying a whole bunch and turning my apartment into a warm cinnamon-y heaven.

 

fall home decor

Yankee Candle Pumpkin Ginger Bark Candle  |  Threshold Set of 3 Decorative Pumpkins  |  H&M Velvet Cushion Cover  |  Threshold Acorn Napkin Holders  |  Pier 1 Imports Faux Dahlias & Pinecones in Glass Vase  |  Smith & Hawken Putka Leaf Dried Fall Arrangement  |  Yankee Candle Apple Spice Candle

Mindy Kaling “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” Review

mindy kaling book

While on my beach vacation back in August, I finished a book I had been meaning to read for a long, long time- Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. I’m generally a fan of the books female comedians put out (I loved Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Chelsea Handler’s collections have me almost peeing my pants), so I was looking forward to this one.

Although there are things that Kaling and I don’t have in common, like our ethnic background, high school experiences (hers sounded terrible, while mine was enjoyable), and our various jobs prior to and after college, I still found myself enjoying her stories. Sometimes, it’s even more interesting to read about people’s lives that are different than yours rather than too similar. Mindy and I share the same sense of humor, stubborn ambition, and love of pop culture. And sometimes that’s all that matters.

But then there are the stories and sentiments Kaling describes that fit into my life a little too well, like the chapters “Men and Boys” and “I Am Not an Athlete”. Amen, sister. Whether she’s telling the tales of her babysitting adventures for a rich family (where she gossiped about N*Sync and ate all the Bagel Bites in the freezer) or the hilarious excuses she has used to leave a party (the classic “Irish Exit” which I clearly need to master), she does so in a way that makes you feel embarrassed for her- but in a good way.

I ended up finishing the book in 3 short beach trips, which means it definitely kept my attention even in the hot weather. Her highs and lows showed just how far she has come from her days as a chubby child to one of comedy’s best writers and actresses. I now truly wonder, “why was everyone hanging out without Mindy”?

Denim for Fall

fall denim

I’ve always been a denim girl. In the summer, I love wearing denim shorts, despite the fact that people say they are ugly and call them “jorts”. I think that a simple pair of dark skinny jeans looks good on just about anyone and that there are so many ways to dress them up or down. And while I’m not on board the denim overall trend currently, I wore the shit out of them during my childhood.

Over the years I’ve went from wearing bell bottom jeans, skinny jeans, light-washed jeans that somehow don’t look good with any color expect white, and even jean skirts. Yuck. Luckily, denim and jean items are still in style, but in so many new ways. I fully embrace chambray shirts (my favorite is from Target a few seasons ago) and have taken an interest in printed denim as well.

The good news? You don’t have to look like Miranda Kerr or Olivia Palermo (above) to rock denim this fall. You just have to work to find the right wash (light, dark or somewhere in-between), the right fit (baggy boyfriend jeans or jeggings) and a confident attitude. What is your favorite way to wear denim?

denim for fall
Modcloth Lovesome and Thensome Dress  |  J Crew Vintage Denim Jacket in Melrose Wash  |  Gap 1969 Legging Jeans  |  Topshop Denim Look Flippy Skirt  |  J Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt  |  Kate Spade Indigo Denim Clutch  |  Aerie Denim Baseball Hat  |  Topshop Moto Utility Denim T-Shirt Dress

The Perfect Work Tote

I really miss back-to-school shopping. I loved picking out my outfit for the first day of school, stocking up on fall clothes and- oddly enough- shopping for school supplies. Working in an office allows me to still shop for most of those things, but just in a different way. Instead of shopping for the coolest backpack, now I shop for the perfect work tote. It needs to be large enough to carry my essentials- keys, train pass, wallet- as well as larger items like my lunch or any books or papers I need to bring home.

My current work bag is the Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote, and I love it. It’s still holding up after a year of wear-and-tear and it matches any outfit, so I’m sticking with this one until it falls apart. But if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect work tote or bag, here are a few to look into.

perfect work tote

Top:  Madewell The Transport Tote  |  Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote  |  Sole Society Faux Leather Tote

Middle:  Kate Spade New York Small Cedar Street Harmony Tote  |  Tory Burch Small York Saffiano Leather Buckle Tote  |  Michael Kors Large Jet Set Reversible Tote

Bottom:  J Crew Downing Tote in Perforated Leather  |  Modcloth Triple the Charm Bag