Thursday, February 18, 2016

One Year.

Photo by Patrick Moore

Someone once told me that New York will give you some of the worst days of your life and some of your greatest.
 It pretty sums up my past year. 
I made it an entire year in one city, and I'm not stopping there either.
I thought I would share some of my tips for surviving the city life, or even if you are just visiting!
+ Yelp is my bff for finding pretty much every meal or store I go to.
For example, if I get the sudden craving for ice cream I can find a ton of great places in my area, see photos of what I'm getting myself into, what time places are open until, and how that ice cream made other people feel.

+ Pay attention to empty subway cars on a busy train, DON'T GO IN THERE. I'm saving you from seeing and smelling things you should never need to experience.

+Carry your phone charger with you everyday or get a portable battery.

+Things get weird on subways when the clock strikes midnight. Not scary, just weird. It's a theory that I created and seems to be true 9.5 out of 10 times. Other then that I always feel safe riding the train so give it a try if you have never been on one!

+With all of the humans you come in contact with in a day it presents a lot of chances to make someones day better which naturally makes you feel better too. If you're strong, help people carry bulky things down stairs and through doors. If you have food with you, help someone out who is hungry. If you see someone cold, give them hand warmers or buy them warm clothes.

+Trader Joe's is your cheapest grocery store, but also one of the most stressful events you do in your week. If you have a chance to go in the late morning it's calm. Don't take it personal if you get hit with a cart or four any other time...

+When it snows in the city there is this suspicious ledge at the end of each curb, you may think it's solid snow, but it's not. It's a big ole slushy mess so don't step in it, step over it.

+If you have a gym membership, use the showers. Unlimited clean towels, wonderful shampoo/conditioners, and blow dryers. Helps with the utilities bill back at your apartment.

+The AM New York newspaper (offered in the subways in the morning on week days) has a really good crossword puzzle in the back. Grab a friend, go get some happy hour, and work on the crossword together, it's so much fun. (You're probably imagining me as a 70 year old now.)

+Your local deli most likely serves up some of the best breakfast sandwiches you will ever have.

+Bacon egg and cheese on everything bagels= NYC+


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hot Dogs.

// how cool things happen //

Lauren Goodwin: Wanna shoot something strange?
Me: Umm sure! What's strange?
Lauren: Hot dogs.
Me: Hot Dogs?
Lauren: Yea!
Me: I can do that....

So from there we shot some of the most emotional hot dog photos your eyes have seen. 
Shot on film too! Don't forget to follow her instagram for more great photos.
Shout out to our sponsors at Cook Out for serving up our hot dogs.

I spiced up this photo with some emojis in a fancy app called snapchat ;)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Thank you in Japanese!
A few months ago I challenged myself to learn some Japanese. I found this fun learning app called, Mind Snacks. They offer some other languages and available off-line too. 
Perfect for the subway rides with no signal. 
I might be able to recognize some vocab, but that's about as far as I've got.

I'm also a fan of clever graphic tees and sweatshirts. 
Madewell usually throws a few international phrases into their clothing. 
Pairing sweaters with collared shirts is another way I like to spice up my outfits.
This is my favorite boyfriend fit button down from Gap.  
Credits at the bottom of the post!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Arnold Lan

Ashten Weniger from Lantography on Vimeo.
Song// We Are The Hearts by EXGF

Fun facts about filming this sweet video:
//Arnold took a rusty metal pole to the knee (he's up to date on his tetanus shots)
//And I had to over come my new found fear of fire escapes.
Had so much fun filming on this Brooklyn rooftop.
Arnold has some true talent so keep an eye out for his future work! 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ashten's Oats

You know what gets me excited about a new day.... Breakfast.
Here is my version of oatmeal!


1.. Steal cut oats- I prefer to make a big batch for the week and keep it in the fridge.
2.. Raw cashews- Or pretty much whatever nuts I have around to get some extra protein and crunch.
3.. Ground cinnamon- I give it a few dashes for flavor.
4.. Coconut shreds- Trader Joe's is my go to spot for those.
5.. Chia seeds- Add about a table spoon of these cute little guys for your omega-3 dose.
6.. Almond butter- When the oatmeal is hot it melts nicely.
7.. Coconut milk- It's been my milk of choice lately, add about 1/4 cup.
8.. Stirr it up, little darlin, stirr it up. (Bob Marley quote) 


Washed my down this morning with a Dirty Lemon.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Dirty Lemon

Dirty Lemon's moto: 
Say yes to food. This is not a cleanse
I had so much fun with this raw detox! First I received a case of six shipped right to my apartment then I opened one up while indulging on some delicious food. Dirty Lemon helps with digestion and the activated charcoal absorbs toxins in your body. The taste is really refreshing too with the cold pressed lemon juice.

simple, functional ingredients: 
cold-pressed raw lemon juice, dandelion root, ginger root, activated charcoal.

PS- How cute is that packaging?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Falling Into Winter.

 As a Floridian, I have been thoroughly enjoying this mild weather in NYC.
I can still enjoy different fashionable coats instead of just burrowing into my one tundra coat.
Plus, the leaves have been taking their sweet time to fall too!
This outfit definitely matched it's surroundings in the park.

 I fall victim to winter dread locks in the back of my hair so to avoid using all my conditioner
 I rock out the low bun.

 This faux fur hat instantly gives me the confidence of a woman in the 1940's.

Shout out to my girl Jess at The Kissing Tree Vintage for this awesome skirt!

 Photos by Chris Schortgen

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