Around here…

Enjoying a bright bag I snagged during Zara’s big summer sale.

Just a few quick snaps of things I’ve been up to lately…


We’ve slowly been buying some pots and plants for our little space outside. First to be potted: a basil plant that’s taken to it’s new stone planter quite well (the all day sun doesn’t hurt either).


We found this little teak bistro dining set at a hardware store for an absolute steal. Virtually ever night before bed, we’ll sit outside and enjoy the summer breeze, along with a nightcap. Such a nice way to unwind (and without anything digital in sight). 

 time capsule

While unpacking, I found this ‘time capsule’ some of my closest friends and I made on December 31, 2009. From what I remember from the exercise (after several glasses of Champs, natch), we each wrote down how we envisioned our lives in ten years. I can’t remember much of what I wrote on mine, but I do remember it involved Joe…so at least that part is on track!


We overextended ourselves a bit in the grocery delivery department and ordered wayyyy too many fruits and veggies. A bad thing? Not really — I’ve been throwing everything into smoothies to use it all up (and seen a corresponding bounce in my energy and skin tone!). Most days I’ll add in a little greenery, but actually, when I snapped this pic, we had used up all our kale. Pat on the back!


I never get bored walking around New York City. So much to look at and admire — especially in the architecture department. This building wowed me with its intricate detailed cutouts, all over the facade. I’m a regular Ted Mosby. 


Bucket Bag, Zara | Bracelet, Bauble Bar | Denim, Rich and Skinny | Basil Planter, Crate & Barrel (on sale!) | Blender, Vitamix (yes, they’re worth it)

 {Image Credits: First image by Lydia Hudgens; all other images by Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese}

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  1. 8.6.13
    Caroline said:

    Love the HIMYM reference :) And sitting outside in the evenings this time of year (well, now that we’re experiencing this “cold snap”) is the best.

  2. 8.6.13
    Maryn said:

    Looks like you carved out your little slice of paradise in NYC!

    Love the nightcap ritual, might have to start one myself ;)

  3. 8.6.13
    kendall said:

    love these snaps! x

  4. 8.6.13
    Phoebe said:

    I love your jeans in the first picture! Where are they from? The wash is pretty.

  5. 8.6.13

    Great bag!! I’ve been putting my Vitamix to good use lately, too. Love the way smoothies make me feel!

  6. 8.6.13

    I love your little outdoor area! We have a tiny balcony too, but we have yet to buy any furniture for it. The other day, I did spy some awesome deals at our local hardware store, though, so I may follow suit and get a tiny bistro set too. It’s too nice not to enjoy these perfect summer days we’ve been having!

  7. 8.7.13

    YES to the Vitamix. I can’t wait to get home to mine.

    Also, love the Ted Mosby reference. I do the exact same thing, much to the chagrin of Sri.

    I think we need another s’mores and game night soon!

  8. 8.7.13

    Loving your pictures, and having major jealousy over the Zara bag. Even cuter in person!

  9. 8.7.13

    I absolutely love the pictures! and that bag!

  10. 8.7.13

    I love the bistro set! We still haven’t bought any outdoor furniture…that is on the to do list when the Fall sales come around.