Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cycling & Coffee Are Better Together

With college graduation around the corner and my time in Boston quickly coming to an end, I've been taking advantage of any opportunity to visit my favorite local gems around the city. One of my personal favorites is the Bostonian-famous Tatte, which luckily has one location just a short bike ride away from campus. As the weather continues to warm up, I guarantee there will be even more trips to Tatte on my Schwinn Sivica to enjoy a leisurely afternoon filled with good cycling, coffee, and company. If you happen to stop by on a visit to Boston this summer, be sure to try their seasonal lattes and a pistachio croissant!

Ride of the day: Schwinn Sivica
Outfit of the day: T-shirt: Schwinn Schwag (Use #schwinnschwag on your next Instagram post to win a Schwinn Schwag box!) | Shorts: Madewell | Sandals: Forever 21

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Travel Tyro: Parisian Art Museums

When hashing out the details of our trip to Paris, it came as no surprise to my friend that my must-see, non-negotiable picks revolved around art (Versailles included, which you can read about here). While every street corner in this beautiful city is like a piece of artwork in its own right either in the form of an ornately carved filigree door, Art Nouveau-style metro entrance, or the creamy neoclassical facades of Haussmann designed buildings, no visit to Paris would be complete without witnessing some of Europe's greatest masterpieces in their native domain. 

Most tourists begin and end their Parisian art experience at the Louvre to see the iconic Mona Lisa, which certainly does live up to the hype in spite of the inevitable hordes of people and bulletproof glass separating it from the viewer. Unfortunately, most of our time was spent trying to navigate our way out of a maize of Egyptian art, although we somehow ended up in the beautifully restored apartments of Napoleon III that still have me in awe. As one of the largest art museums in Europe let alone the world, the Louvre pretty much has it all with over 35,000 pieces of art spanning from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century; however, there are two smaller art museums a stones throw away also worth a gander. 

The Musée d'Orsay has some of the finest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau masterpieces including Van Gogh's Self Portrait, Renoir's Ball At the Moulin de la Galette, Manet's Olympia, and Degas' The Ballet Rehearsal on Stage. It is also home to the Instagram-famous clock every visiting Millennial is likely to snap a photo with. In contrast, you will find one artist's work most prominently displayed at the Musée de l'Orangerie, a former winter shelter for Napoleon III's citrus tress at the Tuileries Gardens. Eight of Monet's Water Lilies paintings hug the curved oval walls of the intimate museum, each showing a different perspective of the gardens at his Giverny estate. It is no wonder really that Paris has over fifty museums solely dedicated to art. If my stay had permitted it, I would have gone to them all. 

Musée d'Orsay


Musée de l'Orangerie

When: I highly recommend going to the Louvre early in the morning to avoid any lines. 
What: The Louvre has art ranging from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century while the Muséd'Orsay and Muséde l'Orangerie have art focused on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.
Why: Paris was and still is one of the art capitals of the world. 
Tyro Tidbit: Have a hot chocolate and pastry in the Louvre at Angelina's, one of the most famous tea houses in Paris. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Travel Tyro: Spring Break in Naples

As the familiar aquamarine ocean flickered outside my window seat, I drew a deep sigh of contentment. It had only been about 80 days since my last visit home, but after some frigid snow days and sleep-deprived study nights, I was ready to shed my midterm fatigue and bask in the familiar comforts of home— aka sun, salt, and sand. 

While I'm always keen for a new adventure, being home was just the laid back change of pace I needed as I start the inevitable rapid transition to post-grad life. Even though I now have a large sunburn that has finally faded from fire engine red to peony pink, a fresh dose of vitamin sea was truly some much needed soul soothing medicine. As I currently write this a mere four days post-spring break, snow pellets the outside of my bedroom window as yet another blizzard has uninvitingly showed up in Boston. 
How many days until summer?

ootd 1: shirt + shorts: j.crew 
ootd 2: dress: gap
featured places to go & things to do: naples pier | baker museum

Friday, March 10, 2017

Saying Goodbye to the Winter Blues with Schwinn Bikes

After spending a week of Spring Break basking in Florida's warm weather and sunny skies, I'm ready to shed any of those winter blues and welcome in spring with new adventures out in the city with my new Schwinn Sivica. A bold and colorful new take on a traditional cruiser, the Sivica's relaxed geometry position design makes braking a bit easier so you can put your feet on the ground for added balance when stopped. For recreational bikers who frequently hop on and off their bike, this feature is perfect for city explorations (and fellow Instagramers!). 

Last year, my biking adventures led to more discoveries of Boston's hidden gems, but with college graduation around the corner, I'm thrilled to see what new places I will be exploring this year as I continue my journey as a Schwinn Bikes Ambassador. Be sure to also check out the Schwinn Red Blog to follow along on my rides and the other ambassadors across the country as we share our adventures for 2017. It's sure to be a wild ride!

ootd: vest: Ralph Lauren | shirt: J.Crew | jeans: Lucky Brand | boots: SOREL
bike: Schwinn Sivica | helmet: Schwinn