Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Although I rarely take part in The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges (but always enjoy looking at what others have shared), this week’s topic was one I felt I could easily dive into.  I realized that I never shared very many pictures from my trip to Amsterdam last year, and since that vacation was spent playing around with the focus on my new camera, I jumped at this opportunity to share some of my favorite shots responsive to this challenge.

The challenge reads as follows: “For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus. Depending on your skill level or type of camera, tinker with the manual settings, use the auto focus feature, or play around with an app.”

The first set of photos were taken at NDSM Werf, located just a short ferry ride from Centraal Station.  The site is an abandoned ship yard turned artist’s haven with amazing sculptures, graffiti, statues, and other art installations created from rusted remains.  I played with my camera’s focus while looking through a hole in a warehouse wall, first focusing on the graffiti inside, then shifting the focus to the brick I was looking through.



The difference is subtle, yet striking.  I can’t decide which one I like more!

Here are a few others from the ‘Dam that I took while playing around with different focus and depth of field:

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Looking through all of my photos again for the best to share really took me back.  I’d recommend Amsterdam to anyone planning a trip to Europe! Wishing you all a lovely weekend! xo


*All pictures taken on a Sony DSC – HX200V

48 Hours in Philly

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting one of my best friends in her current city – Philadelphia.  I must admit, I had this vision of Philadelphia being a bit… gross.  (I know, this from a NEW YORKER – a bit of the pot calling the kettle black, as I am the first to admit NYC is pretty filthy).  Anyway, two of our other former college roomies joined us from Boston, and the four of us had the best time eating, drinking, and laughing our way through an unbelievably charming little city.  Philly, I will be back!

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*All pictures are mine, most were posted on Instagram.


A look back through April, as told by Instagram:


  • We started off the month with a fabulous vacation in the Dominican Republic.
  • On a grey day upon our return, I snapped a shot of the Empire State disappearing into the fog.
  • Josh and I treated ourselves to dinner at a fantastic BBQ place near our home in Port Washington after spending a full day packing.
  • Packed up the U-haul, and headed to Queens (and yes, I drove!).
  • This lone yellow tulip in our yard really symbolized the coming of spring.
  • Free Arts NYC held a benefit auction last week, where Richard Phillips was honored to raise money for inner-city art programs.
  • Dimona enjoyed the nice weather when her bed was moved outside to the deck.
  • Her mother enjoyed the nice weather this past weekend in Central Park with some friends.
  • A final shot of the Port Washington harbor, as we prepare to start May in Queens. It will be missed!

I hope you all had a beautiful April, and are looking forward to May as much as I am! xo

Dominican Republic

Josh and I were fortunate enough to travel to the Dominican Republic for a long birthday-weekend getaway last week.  We hadn’t been away alone, just the two of us, since our honeymoon.  This was the perfect place to reconnect and take in some rays.  It’s amazing what drinking frozen coconut cocktails oceanside does for one’s psyche. Here are a few favorite shots from the week:








I hope you’re all enjoying a lovely weekend! xo

Doorways of the Dutch

Hello every lovely body!  It’s been so long since I have been able to bring myself back to this site to post.  Life started moving so quickly and the further in time I traveled from my last post, the harder it became to get back here.  Summer flew by in the wink of an eye, as I’m sure most of you can relate.  Suddenly fall was upon us, and for me, that meant a long awaited trip to Amsterdam with my husband, his parents, and his brother to celebrate his parents’ 3oth and our 1st anniversaries. Travel blogs have always been a favorite of mine (if only I traveled enough to be able to sustain a blog solely dedicated to travel!), and sharing memories from a trip creates the perfect excuse to come crawling back to my beloved blog.

In an effort to “organize” and somehow make sense of the 800+ photos I’ve taken, I thought I’d choose a theme of pictures – a photo essay if you will – to share.  The Dutch have this amazing habit of tiling their doorways in all different colors and styles and I was completely enthralled with the beauty of all of them.  Unfortunately I could only take pictures of a few or I would have been taking pictures of practically every doorway in the city! Without further ado, here are some of the best Dutch doorways:

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday! If you’re like me, you already have your game face on – go GMEN!  xo