I SPY: Back To School

Sep 5, 2017

Hello there!  How was your summer?  We were all over the world!  Kids got punked in Singapore.  I turned 40 in Bali.  We all had such a fun time being completely off schedule that back to school crept up on us. We weren't ready.  At 8pm last night I was standing in line at Target getting a lunch bag for that cool lil' kid with the bleached mohawk.  His image would've been burned if he had to start first day of school carrying his lunch in a plastic bag!  God forbid.  But anyhow we made it off to 8th and 3rd grade smoothly this morning, how about you?

In all the chaos I did remember to take their annual back to school photos though, how about that?!!  That shirt doesn't even look oversized on my 8th grader anymore does it?  How in the world I already have a teenager taller then me beats me!  To add to the melting pot, in five years he is off to college…2022.  Holy crap!

In a blink of an eye things have changed.  Parenting too.  It's become more mentally challenging then physically.  Bed time is no longer at 7:30pm.  Life is revolving around their sports activities.  Homework is taking longer then the usual hour.  So all the quiet time I use to have at night…GONE.  It's a struggle.

Thus I need to shuffle things around to find ME time.  First hit the blog.  I am not quitting the blog, I am refining it!  I decided over the summer that since the main interest of this blogs audience is in our travels, I will turn i Spy Candy into solely a travel blog.  Yes I can do that, because we do travel that much for projects I've been assigned to and pleasure!!  So every last day of the month get excited to be inspired, feast your eyes, and learn about a new destination.

For those of you upset over the lost of new eats and what's happening in NYC, don't be.  That's what Instagram is for!  I now defer you to @she.is.never.home because it is precisely what my username states.  Always on the go, always playing tourist in my own city, and will never stop eating because it's my favorite hobby!  A picture tells a thousand words, and Instagrams curated platform does a fine job of that.  If you need more deets please hit me up.  That's what the comment box is for!

I look forward to continuing our daily relationship on Instagram @she.is.never.home.  Plus remember to tune into the travel blog www.ispycandy.com every last day of the month.  Up next on September 30…I SPY: Austin.

I SPY: She Is Never Home

Jul 11, 2017

How is your summer going?  We have not been around much, forever on the go.  Thus I've decided to change my Instagram account to @she.is.never.home

Appropriate right?  That's it...Just a quick update and hello!  Stay tuned with our moves on Instagram to catch us in Asia in a few weeks.  Or wait for the deets when I return in September and fill you in.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

I SPY: Peace Out

Jun 15, 2017

Are your kids already on summer break?  It feels like everyone is already out of school except for us!  Mine still have another week.  We are already so DONE and ready to get out of here!  But still so much to do before we ditch town.

So I hate to do this, but I'm starting my annual summer hiatus a tad early!  I have a big project to wrap up this weekend, and feeling frazzled between work, kids, events and packing up.  Therefore, best I end on a high note then ruin my name by posting random pics of hamsters or something!  HA.

Catch me on Instagram @ispycandyblog if you want to be in the know.  Otherwise you'll get the low down when we return in September on my wanderlust trip to Bali!  Enjoy your summer.  Be safe.  Peace out!

I SPY: Jerkface

Jun 14, 2017

It's time?  Yes, it's time for famous street artist Jerkface's pop up exhibit!  I'm a huge fan of his nostalgic cartoon character works, such as Spongebob, Waldo and Star Wars themed walls I've shown you before.  His latest wall in NYC on Mott and Bleeker street is this donut number that pumps us up for his pop up solo exhibit entitled 'Donuts', that opens this weekend.

Fan of the donut? Well the word is that the first 50 people in line for the opening of his pop up gets a freebie.  Could it be donuts?  Maybe…because on National Donut Day he was giving out donuts!

The pop up opens this Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 5 to 10pm.  It only runs till June 23, 2017.  Hype is that there will be a bunch of new paintings released and a book signing on June 18, 2017 from 1 to 3pm.  If your a Jerkface fan mark your calendars and head over to his pop up located on 393 Broadway, NYC 10013.  I can't wait…it already looks super fun from the outside!

I SPY: Bang For Your Buck

Jun 13, 2017

It's my big 4 coming up, can you believe it?  Keep calm, it's just a number!  HA.  But nevertheless I've got my mega trip planned, and found my birthday suit at this place to ring in my new year in style!

Of all places I found it in the concept shop 'Trade' located at the new Public hotel.  You'll have to wait to see my vintage number!  But if you like the non run of the mill this shop has some fabulous vintage one of a kinds, along with a well curated selection of artsy home accessories.

Would you expect less from a hotel designed by Ian Schager?  The boutique hotels interior is equally hip with lots of cozy places to lounge, sip, enjoy rooftop vibes, party at the club, and eat.  Jean Georges new restaurant 'Public Kitchen' is there and on my list to try next!

Even though it looks luxe, rooms are cheap for NYC rates!  $150 a night.  Say what?!!  HA.  They believe in the philosophy that not only the wealthy should enjoy the good life.  AGREE.

The cost cuts were not made in design.  But there's no check in counter, you check yourself in with the iPads, and no room service either.  The bar and cafe in the lobby is open 24/7 to purchase food to eat communally or bring up to your room.  I can live with that!

And when your micro mini room feels claustrophobic, they've got a beautiful lush courtyard at their front entrance.

Very well thought out design.  It's location on the lower east side is also trending, and walkable to Soho too.  Bang for your buck guys!  Have out of town guests coming this summer?  Book them a room here!

215 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
T: 212. 735.6000

I SPY: Too Much Sauce

Jun 12, 2017

Have a good weekend?  This weekend was filled with friends, BBQ and drinks.  It was a merry and saucy one, with my favorite annual Big Apple Barbecue block party in town.  I will not bore you with the food, because as I say every year my #1 pit of choice is STILL Salt Lick BBQ.  My heart remains strong with my motherland Texas!  But two things different I did this year - I got a fast pass (it is sooo worth it!), and because we weren't wasting time standing in the hot sun waiting in lines for food, I also got a chance to hit the bar!

How tempting does that look?  They are build your own Bloody Mary's.  Adult Easter baskets filled with goodies!  YUM.  A meal on its own with an explosion of taste, absolutely loaded, and never too much sauce!!  HA.  Anyhow, I thought for summer backyard parties this would be a fun idea to set up a station for your friends and fam with a charcuterie board and tapas to DIY their own Bloody Mary creations?  I know I would love it if I were at your party!  And hey…you also save on plates and utensils *wink*!!

I SPY: Candy Land

Jun 8, 2017

Are you the type to browse the aisles when you grocery shop?  A supermarket run is a chore that I don't enjoy, so to make it as quick and painless as possible I always have a grocery list to get in and out as fast as I can.  But at this bodega I could browse forever.

Heard about this pop up 8 'Till Late under the Highline at the Standard Hotel?  It's a bodega convenience store, stocked with everything you would expect to find at a bodega from food, to cigarettes, and even a pregnancy test!  Only difference is it is ALL made from felt by artist Lucy Sparrow.

Seriously, how cute is this?  It's like candy land!  All the items are for sale, and the installation is open from 8am to 8pm daily till June 30, 2017.  Hurry before everything is sold out!

P.S.  Fathers Day is coming…I got my Hennessy man a bottle!  What else do you get a man that has everything?

8 'Till Late
69 West Little 12th Street
New York, NY
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