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I'm Tara.

I'm just a silly little girl who likes to go places and tell her silly little stories.

SLK documents the adventures I've had across 5 continents & who I've become on my journeys. 

You can read my full story here!

strolling in the Flatiron District

strolling in the Flatiron District

A few Sundays ago, I woke up early at the Marcel Hotel and spent my last morning in Manhattan with the city almost entirely to myself {and my mother!}. I could stand in the middle of almost every street without fear of becoming roadkill. Our accommodation was only a few blocks from the Flatiron Building, delicious coffee shops, and the New York Public Library-- all of which are among my favourite New York City 'things.' So, I went for an early Sunday stroll. 

Amidst all the chaos of trying to meet up with a certain someone during Summer 2015, they suggested I visit the Flatiron Building while staying in New York. Forward to my most recent trip to the city, I was still as in awe as ever of the Renaissance Revival architecture of the 22-story building. Almost a sort of reflective analogy for other feelings I've been feeling. 

photography for sale in Argo Tea 

photography for sale in Argo Tea 

outside of Birch Coffee

outside of Birch Coffee

soy latte at Toby's Estate

soy latte at Toby's Estate

The morning was cold, as April in New York is, which called for lots of coffee stops along our stroll. We nipped in for tea at Argo Tea {touristy chain} at the bottom of the Flatiron, black drip at Birch Coffee on East 27 Street, and a soy latte at Toby's Estate on 5th. My preference was Birch for atmosphere and Toby's for taste {try their croissaints}. Also, for those who have asked, the jeans are Neuw Denim {a sustainable denim brand!! whoop!}. I'll link it in the 'Shop' tab. It's overdue for a reno anyway. 

My mother, like me, loves to read. I was named after Tara plantation in Gone With the Wind, though also after a character from All My Children {I kid you not}. Although the NYPL doesn't open the afternoon on Sundays, I wanted to show my mother the stunning building which houses 53 MILLION items. It's a bookworm/history buff's dream come true. Can everyone remember when Carrie Bradshaw was going to marry Big here? Wouldn't that have been absolutely everything?! Yes, it would have. And that's coming from someone not at all into big nuptials. Regardless, it's a beautiful building worth checking out even if you can't visit its remarkable insides on Sunday until later. 

Time goes by quickly in a city that moves so fast, but there was something slower about Sunday morning spent strolling around Manhattan. Time seemed as frozen as my fingers that morning. I can't say I was ready to go return to allergies and 'real life' in South Carolina, but I definitely appreciated the flowering trees and Poppytart snuggles that welcomed me back. 

As far as future plans and where I'll be strolling next, I have a few trips mapped out before I move {stillllll pendingggggg paperworkkkkk}. If I can make a crunched timeline work, however, I look to be making my way to London, hopping around to a few new stops in Europe, then hitting my sixth continent, then stopping on an island high on the 'bucket list' for being frozen in time, and then, hopefully, on to my new home base for a while with a new job offer and a new country on the horizon. 

4 reasons I couldn't live in NYC

4 reasons I couldn't live in NYC

a quick guide to DUMBO

a quick guide to DUMBO