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Pique-Nique

One of my favorite things about warmer temperatures, and the activity I miss the most in an arctic climate, is the ability to dine al fresco. I’m a little particular about temperature anyway, as I despise utilizing central air conditioning unless absolutely necessary and prefer fresh air even if it’s sweltering outside (I am often guilty of turning my sweet Honda SUV into a “ghetto convertible” by driving fast with all of the windows down). The divinity of basking in the sun’s glow while enjoying a feast among friends really makes the experience memorable for me, particularly because of all the sensory engagement. When my friend Patrick extended the invitation to my friend Jen and I to a crab and crawfish boil in Central Park, we couldn’t help but oblige!


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Gal pals meeting up (We are SO excited to be half of my bestie’s bridal party next year!)

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I was starting to get hungry and poor Chewy looked delicious!

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The many ingredients for a delicious boil!

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The chef himself with his incredible spread! Even the neighboring picnics were jealous!

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Up close and personal into an amazing meal – it was my first time learning crawfish technique!

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The Great Lawn – Central Park, NYC

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I’m rocking a vintage dress and belt, hat from Marshall’s, $5 sunglasses from Claire’s, snakeskin bangles from Loehmann’s and shoes by Jeffrey Campbell.

Posted by Olga Turka at 2014/06/26 10:00 AM No Comments
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Anchors Aweigh!

Today, we are taking it back to Memorial Day Weekend when my DC gal pal Jenny Goff was in town for a couple days of fun! With the promise of hundreds of sailors convening on the rough shores of the Hudson, we embarked on a nautical adventure.

We began the day donning our finest stripes (and maybe me taking it to the extreme as usual) and imbibing unlimited Mimosas at a Mediterranean restaurant Taboon. After fueling our travels, we made our way on foot to Pier 92, where ships of seamen and seawomen awaited.

Living in the NY Metro area for some time, I never actually made it to the events of Fleet Weeks past, despite annually passing by the participants. What seemingly appears to be an admitted excuse to bat your eyelashes and flirt with a handsome stranger in uniform had so much more to offer.

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(I’m rocking a Gap dress- a $10 find!, vintage hat and belt, and Jeffrey Campbell shoes)

As we made our way onto the gargantuan ship, we met many service men and women, all of whom were having a fun break from it all posing for pictures with strangers (they even had the hastag #selfiewithasailor for the event). Jen and I remarked, albeit embarrassingly, about how this is the most patriotic we’ve ever been for any national holiday, not only because of the obvious premise, but due to the fact we were actually able to thank these selfless individuals in person who choose to protect our freedom.

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Being given free reign to explore, we paroused every corner of the ship, viewing weaponry and even touring helicopters.

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Later in the evening, there was celebration at one of my dive favorites, Hogs and Heifers. With all of the continuous instability there is in the world, it was an especially memorable Memorial Day Weekend actually celebrating the limitless courage and bravery that these men and women give forth daily to protect their fellow citizens and saying the words “thank you” in person.

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