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The best of times, the worst of times, the understanding of a day’s spectacular opportunity for growth…life is so much in so many ways. Be in the moment, learn from the past, set goals for the future, stay inspired, and just simply do a little somethin’-somethin’ for yourself. My week is looking a lot like this…

miami skyMiami Beach nights warmed my heart and a handful of early morning swims in the sea completely lifted my work-is-so-crazy-right-now mood. Warm ocean air is a cure-all.

adoreSpeaking of heart. This little diddy sums it up. And, really, it’s all about being inspired, isn’t it? I do not have the exact words to express how grateful I am for the readers of this blog. Sometimes moments come out of nowhere and this is one special group I am honored to be a part of…

moAnd let’s be honest. Sometimes it’s just fun to be a girl and treat yourself to a spa or salon or yoga or something-like-that-kind-of-day, right? Well, I saw this on Instagram and I can’t wait to get all pretty in pink by Jin Soon Choi as soon as possible.

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P.S. Also: Never, ever forget to laugh your way through each week.

Image Credits: JBD / Pinterest / Mandarin Oriental New York / JINSoon

Friday Frock & Fizz

I fall, you fall, we all fall for Tom Ford’s Fall 2014 collection. He can do no wrong when it comes to creating fashion for those of us alive on the planet. Go ahead, rock out with his current frocks. While Ford revealed his line in London, I had a birthday bourbon cheers in New York City at the fantastic Bo’s Kitchen & Bar. Highly recommend this eclectic-and-know-themselves-spot for the food, atmosphere and a few sips of the Antebellum.

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Images via Style.com

HEY HONEY

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Brooklyn based artist, Scott Campbell (+ husband of actress Lake Bell), has an exhibition set to open on February 20th dedicated to the theme of love. J’adore the title: “The Smartest Things I Ever Did Were Foolish Things For Love.” Galerie Gmurzynska will host this body of affection which includes paintings, watercolors and sculptures. I heard there is a site-specific installation of large fuse paintings, depicting roses, which is to inhabit the entirety of the gallery’s ground floor. Now if we could only hop a jet to Switzerland

Sunrise

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I’ve missed you. How’s life? I hope it’s been one swell sunrise after the next, just like this beauty I caught in Iceland. The past week was chock full of activity, including New York Fashion Week, a major press junket for my day job, a reunion with my nine college roommates (yup, nine), plans to help my parents with a myriad of things, especially their move out of my childhood home (happy new beginning for them, still emotional!), and oh did I mention my crazy demanding movie studio day job? Yeah, well none of it happened because I came down with the flu. For the first time in almost three years it stopped me in my tracks. Nature knows when you need to slow the F down. I’m listening to my body and hope to see a sunrise soon. In the meantime, here’s some link love. Cheers my dears.

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Pie, pie, pie! I plan on hitting up Four & Twenty Blackbirds at week’s end to celebrate my birthday.

xx, JBD

buy the ticket, take the ride.

road tripWe were standing on a balcony, boots in a bit of snow, gazing over a glorious skyline. It was my last day in Reykjavik and I was going on and on about my adoration of Iceland, to this perfect stranger, when he cut in and said: Yoko Ono loves it here. I laughed aloud, silently recalling a random run-in, just weeks before in Manhattan. I had sat beside Ms. Ono at a downtown sushi spot. Seeing her had prompted me to reminisce about my first cassette tape, a gift from my Uncle Joe, the song: Imagine. As a result, I had that soundtrack on repeat during my first flight to luminous Iceland. Of course, I see connections in everything. Call it a habit, call it whatever you want. But in that moment I knew I’d be back. And guess what? JBD is on a little break, just for a week or so. I bought the ticket. I’m taking the ride.

(p.s. buy the ticket, take the ride ~ quote via Hunter S. Thompson)

Trial & Error

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I’ve been working on a written project. It takes time. Lots of time. The process is different than blogging. Inventing a much longer form is all about trial and error. I’ve noticed my best writing comes from the same position I utilized in college, as a Political Science major, hatching lengthy research papers. That is, lying on my bed, propped up with a gaggle of pillows, papers strewn around me, door closed, no music, sunlight filtering in. It may sound bizarre, but I am certain stranger things have happened. What I do know is if you don’t get your hands dirty and give it a try, well, you’ll never get to the good stuff, where the sparkle shines. 

P.S. Do you write? Where is your best work created? Is it anything like this? Weird Writing Habits of Writers.

Image via Charcoal Alley