Posman Books: visit before its gone :(

You know it’s serious when the title has a sadface.

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posman books in grand central

Posman books is a bookstore I discovered just recently. I found myself at Chelsea Market waiting for a friend and wandering around to kill time, because I was early per usual. I stumbled upon Posman Books and found myself thoroughly entertained- the time passed by so quickly! Before I knew it, my friend showed up and I left wanting to visit again. I was happy to discover that they have a location in Grand Central Terminal- the largest of their locations. Unfortunately, due to transportation related projects in Grand Central Terminal, Posman books’ last day of business will be December 31st.

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Stop and Think

I just renewed my domain for another year. I guess you’re stuck with me writing at inbusinessandlife.com for the year ahead. I’m not giving up on this blog :)

With this renewal I’d like to share something with you- a secret-that has guided me in writing blog posts.

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a random (and rare) photo of me (thoughtfully) eating. Not really related but i do like the photo :)

Before I publish a post, I always ask myself, “Did you THINK?”

Here is how it was described on Quora where I read it (one of my favorite websites/apps).

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HFI? What’s that?

If you google “HFI” you’ll get a couple different things: Hereditary fructose intolerance. Health facility institute. Also there’s er…..Hepatitis Foundation International.

None of these are what this blog post is about.

What I’m referring to is what my friend called me: Highly Functioning Individual. I had no idea what it was when he said it either. He kindly explained it to me:

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This Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving travel madness I passed as I stopped by the apple store 11/26/14

Thanksgiving was different this year for me. It was the first time I was staying in the city and wasn’t spending the holiday and days off with my family. I didn’t mind it so much at first but after seeing everyone else with their families or traveling to see their loved ones, I couldn’t help but think about what was missing. But then I realized how thankful and lucky I am. I started to replace all of my thoughts of lack with thoughts of abundance. While doing so, I was reminded of something I witnessed not too long ago.

I have written in my iphone notes:

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kindness matters

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spotted when i was in New Haven a few weeks ago

 

Today was quite a strange day. Eventful, but strange. I’m at home now, recounting today’s activities and there seems to be the overarching message of kindness. I just had to blog to share with you. Continue reading

Morning Special

Not too long ago, I saw someone’s post about a “morning special” in Manhattan’s Koreatown. Since I found myself awake at 5 AM this morning, I figured today would be a good day to take advantage (and make an adventure out) of this morning special. I took my time getting ready, had a leisurely and comfortable commute into the city and got to New Wonjo in Ktwon by 7:30 AM.

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A whole new world

Today, I had one of those “Ohmygosh that can do that? that looks like that? WOW MINDBLOWN” moments.

I was at work emailing one of my counterparts in the London headquarters, when she casually asked how everything was going here in New York. At one point of the exchange I mentioned, “all is well, it’s getting chillier and to be honest, I’d rather be in London.”

She said that she would rather be in New York especially because the holiday season was approaching, “Could we switch places?” she asked me, “It’s pouring over here and I might have to swim home.”

I went onto google to see what the weather in London was like and somehow found myself in google maps.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used google maps for subway/directions but I did NOT know that you could look up a place, and place yourself street level, so that you can see images of the storefronts and streets!! On top of that, you can spin around, look up, and float down the streets using directional arrows.

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Once I realized this, I started googling every address I could think of and started clicking around. Needless to say, I had too much fun zooming through the streets; it was as if I had traveled there myself, if only for a few minutes. I even started discovering places I had never even heard of, and got excited by the possibilities.

Now I just have to go to London and experience the real thing.

It’s amazing what you can do with technology, isn’t it? What I love most about it is that it can expand your mind within just a few minutes and a few clicks. It can take you away and out of whatever situation and thought process you were just in. It opens a world of possibilities.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you already knew about google streetview but I challenge you to look up a place you have always wanted to visit, or learn more about, and web-explore.

Don’t know where to start?

Start here.

Oh the little things in life. Those random moments of discovery. Gotta love them.

Here’s to the weekend.

-AndreaM

“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”- unknown

Editorial of the week: couture dreams

Ling Yue is a model I’m not too familiar with, but I quickly forget that upon scanning these photos from the October issue of L’Officiel China. Aptly titled couture dreams, the editorial entrances with dreamy haute couture looks from the Fall collections of Armani Prive, Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture and Chanel Haute Couture, just to name a few. Every photo is like a work of art: perfectly composed, dramatically lit and seductively moody- it has me dreaming of China, if not couture. I can’t decide which photo I like the best! My desire to visit China has only grown.

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LOI (letter of intent)

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street art i spotted

When I look at the date of my last blog post (August 4 for the record), I cringe a little… Not blogging for 3 months is basically committing “blogger suicide”:
You’re no longer relevant because you’re not as social or active. You’ve basically given everyone a reason not to care anymore. As a matter of fact, I haven’t posted in so long that I am no longer a part of the blogger network I once was a member of- I just didn’t cut it. My monthly visitors have dropped and my views have become inconsistent. I’ll even admit that when I logged back in to post this just now, I almost didn’t recognize the dashboard! Even WordPress had gone through a makeover during my absence. Eek.

But to tell you the truth, if I had blogged at any point in the past 3 months I believe it would’ve only been for the sake of posting and not because I wanted to or truly felt like it. It would’ve felt forced and not authentic to myself and let’s face it: you are smart enough to be able to tell if it’s disingenuous. Quite frankly, I think that’s the worst type of writing out there: disingenuous creation. To write because you feel obligated to and not because you feel compelled to? Why, that’s a waste of paper and/or post. 

I’ve been getting emails lately about whether or not I’d like to renew my wordpress account. For awhile I thought I’d just let this domain die and let my blog slowly fade away. But when I think about why I started my blog, with this name in particular, I just can’t seem to let go.

So consider this a blog post a letter of intent. (I’ve been drafting a lot of LOI’s at work lately (they’re legal documents), so why not a LOI in my own life?)

I intend to come back and blog weekly if not daily. There are just too many things I see and think about that I would like to share with you in hopes that it opens up your mind and brightens up your day a bit more. I’m also reminded of a conversation I had with Clarissa awhile back during her visit to New York. Although we hadn’t spoken face to face for quite some time (she had moved to the west coast after graduation about a year ago), when we reunited in person we had a random but meaningful and inspiring conversation which led me to realize that we, everyone in general, need to have more real, honest and meaningful conversations. Less about celebrity’s butts, and more about the things that truly fill us and make us think.

 Whether or not you’re a millennial like I am, we all need to think more and feel more. Be allergic to average and apathy, remember that?

So thank you for reading. Whoever you are, wherever you are. Tag along for exactly what I promise you on my side bar over there:

“the things I love, see, do and wear inBusinessandLife. I talk and write about what I like and think about, all within the context of my adventures as a 23 year old millennial living and dreaming in the one and only NYC.”

I might lose followers because I might talk about unpopular topics, who knows, but what you can always expect from me is complete and total honesty.
I’m putting the personal back into “personal blog.”

Another thank you to Clarissa for mentioning me in one of her blog posts. She is a friend I personally look up to (yes, in business and life) so for that I am grateful.

Talk to you soon.

-AndreaM

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Editorial of the week: Modern Day In the Mood for Love

Oh boy do I love a great fashion editorial. I came across this editorial on a blog, rolala loves (who seems to share my love for fashion editorials), and was instantly wooed, especially because it pays an elegant tribute to one of the most aesthetically beautiful movies I’ve seen: In the Mood for Love.

Whether or not you’re familiar with director Wong Kar Wai’s work, you’ll love this atmospheric editorial.  Models Li Xiaoling and Zhao Lei stylishly channel the roles played by Maggie Cheung and Tong Leung, making longing and elegant restraint look not only fashionable but also effortless. Here they are with the supporting cast of designers Tom Ford, Armani, Jason Wu, Rodarte and more.

There is also a gorgeous short fashion film  that accompanies this editorial.  If you’d like to get the full In the Mood for Love experience, I’d recommend you play this song from it’s soundtrack while you view these photos:

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Without further ado:

 

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