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slip-on sneakers, from where I stand

April seemed to breeze by but somehow May felt like it passed even quicker. It was a good month and I might have gotten out more if not for my allergies going crazy at times. Here are some highlights of the month which have been previously posted on Instagram. This is just 13 of 47 photos I posted in the past month so to see more please click on over here. And you can always follow @rolalaloves. I promise I don't spam and I also don't post every single photo from each of my blog posts cause that's kinda spammy as well. The above photo was taken at the Time Warner Center. I thought the green marble floor tiles there looked like water and this juxtaposition almost made it look like I was standing on a ledge over it.

Battery Park City Esplanade
Some real water... a lovely view of the Hudson River from the Battery Park City Esplanade which is one of my favorite places to hang during the warmer months.
NY Supreme Court, 60 Centre Street
The cherry blossoms came and went in the city pretty quickly. Always makes me a little sad when they fall but it's so pretty at the same time.
The Flatiron Building in Chelsea. I used to live in this neighborhood and still miss it sometimes.
I attended a brunch with Woman's Day magazine at the very photogenic Hearst Tower which was the first green commercial high-rise building in the city. This was one of the projects we DIY'ed while I was there and we also learned how to make body scrub.
Empire State Building Red White and Blue Lights
A view of the Empire State Building lit up in red, white and blue in honor of Memorial Day.
The One World Trade underpass looks so cool and futuristic.
A few cool watch styles from the Timex Fall 2015 collection preview.
Takahachi Bakery Macaron
A cherry blossom macaron from Takahachi Bakery. The taste was quite delicate and similar to a rose macaron.
Margherita Pizza
Artichoke Basille's margherita pizza is probably one of my favorite slices in NYC.
sabich platter and falafel sampler
The sabich platter and falafel sampler at Taim Falafel never disappoints.
Jajangmyun, black bean noodles
On the home cooking front, Korean Jajangmyeon (black bean noodles) is a dish that I learned to make years ago cause we would see it in Korean dramas and it always looked so good. I hadn't made it in awhile but husband recently requested it and this was so tasty. I really need to learn to make the Chinese version as well. Here is my recipe btw.
Coral Charm Peony
I always love peony season and Coral Charm peonies are my favorite lately!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Rowena,

What beautiful photos you have taken and yes, I can't believe how fast the year is going too.
I really thought you were standing near the water in the first one and love the cherry blossom carpet.
Happy new week

Emmylou said...

Just lovely images, Rowena:) You have a great eye. And OMG! I did think you were standing on the ledge of a pool or something in that first shot!

Lilli said...

You are right, seems it passed even quicker and is a shame as is my fav month! Your IG photos are always so beautiful and relaxing to see Rowena, looking at the pizza and the falafel plate I hear my tummy rumbles!:) The cherry blossom macaron is beautiful, as well as the peony. Happy Monday! xo

Marcela Gmd said...

Wow beautiful photos and post, dear Rowena!!!
Have a good week!!! g+ and like for you!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Stanislava E. said...

I really enjoy your IG feed! It always has beautiful photos, in most of the cases minimalistic. I love the variety of your profile and I am happy to see you're enjoying it too! The food is quite exotic to me but it's always interesting to read about it. The first photo is the best, btw. I thought it was real water. And those slippers are very cool! Have a nice Monday, Rowena!

The Dainty Dolls House said... many beautiful the flowers and all this food, I need it, haha!! Happy week doll xx

Jackie Harrison said...

Perfect images the skyscraper is my favorite.

Ivana Split said...

First of all, let me say that your cup cake decoration skills are pretty cool. I really like that green icing that looks like grass and the little bee is adorable- I tried to comment but I don't have an insta account so no luck....and great you learned how to make body scrub, it seems that this women's brunch was such a lovely event!

I must say I really like all of your photographs but especially the first and the last one. The first because there is something so relaxing about it..the movement of water captured...and the sneakers also seem to indicate dynamic.- you know I like sth when I get philosophical about it.

The flower on the last photo is absolutely beautiful....and I immensely enjoyed the photographs of the buildings. I love the urban aesthetics -they can be as fascinating as nature itself.

all the food looks super yummy....beans and noodles- there is a rustic vibe to this dish that I really like.

May Cho said...

Such lovely pictures! The cherry blossom shot and your architecture shots are stunning!

May x •

Paola Lauretano said...

What beautiful pics Rowena.... I love the cherry blossom!
Happy June!
Kisses, Paola.


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Pooja Mittal said...

how beautiful those cherry blossoms look

Elle Sees said...

always love your photos!!

miss b said...

I know exactly what you mean about the photo of the green marble floor. It really looks like the water's edge. Sadly the wind here very quickly blew away the blossom but it was exceptionally pretty this year. I shall pop over to Instagram now!

Anonymous said...

You take the most amazing pictures, Rowena, seriously! You are one of my favorite IG'ers.

Anonymous said...

That cherry blossom photo is way too gorgeous and you have us craving macaroons now! Love all of these photos, thanks for sharing love

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Shireen L. Platt said...

Oh wow, I swear you were standing on the ledge of a pool or ocean and only to read it's marble floor? You have a damn good eye for photography, Rowena. I still remember that bridge picture that you posted on IG and got many people folioed into thinking it's high rise. LOL! And recipe BOOKMARKED! I can't wait to make it!

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Yes, I loved some of your images from Instagram. City pictures always makes me happy, and I love the architecture too. <3 Take care, Madison
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Lena L said...

Beautiful pictures as always, Rowena! It is really lovely to have you in my Instagram feed.
I used to be more passionate about posting pics but it is still a big part of my SNS sharing. It motivates me in a strange way, too.
It is chilly and ridiculous today. Hope you're staying warm! :)

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

amazing images...and I'm always drooling over the food photos! =)

Effortlesslady said...

Beautiful photos. I love those slip on!!

A Very Sweet Blog said...

That marble DOES look like water! I assumed it was until I read your post. Such a cool effect Rowena. You did a lot. Love the pic of the empire state building. Love the naturalism of those timex watches.

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy seeing your photos Rowena, you are so talented!

Lenya said...

I have fallen in love with the pic of the peony, Rowena. I cold look at it for hours. It's pure beauty, so ethereal.............beautiful. Wonderful post and pics, honey. Happy new month.

Beauty Follower said...

Lovely images!

Happy June :)

Corinne said...

What stunning photos! Those cherry blossoms!

Corinne x

Kelsey&Kenecha said...

Amazing photos!! The last one is so nice!!


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Sunstreetbymonica said...

Breathtaking photos as always, love it! Thanks for sharing Rowena!:)

Margaret Dallospedale said...

Instacool ;) Rowena. I like these pictures
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ALLIE NYC said...

Such lovely photos of some iconic spots in the city. I so have to get down to Battery City Park. That brunch sounds fun.


Unknown said...

Gorgeous photos! The one of the fallen cherry blossoms is my pretty!

j said...

I actually thought you were standing on a ledge over water but when I looked after reading your description I see the tiles. :) The cherry blossoms are really pretty on the ground as well as on the trees, at least it gives you another way to enjoy them. You know I have yet to have good, or even mediocre, pizza in NYC?

Margarita Bloom said...

Such beautiful photos..hope one day I can experience it first hand! I want that cherry blossom macaron and pizza!! heehee...

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sonia // daring coco said...

How quickly has this year flown? I can't believe it's already June. Damn! Your photos are super dreamy, loving the cherry blossom mess, I just want to sit in the middle of that square and make blossom angels.


My Garden Diaries said...

I read your post earlier today but got interrupted during commenting by the beans! Everything is so rich through your lens Rowena! Those cherry blossoms don't even seem real and how cool is that workshop you attended! That noodle and bean dish you made looks to die for!! Yummy!! And can I just say that you photograph blooms in the most amazing 3 dimensional way with your lens! Just stunning!! Here is to more outstanding inspiration this week! Nicole xo

Unknown said...

Your photos are so beautiful and bright! What apps do you use to edit them? The last shot of the peony is particularly stunning. You've got me craving some NY pizza now :)



Haha! You've fooled us with your first pic, Rowena! :D And your IG photos are not spammy at all! Thank you for sharing those beautiful things of life with us! I love the mix of nature and archictecture here! Yummy food btw! <3 <3


Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

The city shots look breathtaking! x

Diana Mieczan said...

May flew by for me too and I love your feed:) Have a great morning, love.

MITCH said...

Love the first picture! It does look like water :P Btw, may I know where did you get your slip-ons?

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Unknown said...

Such gorgeous photos.

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Fantastic post! Very lovely photos too. Happy Wednesday dear! :)

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K / House of KTS said...

I love the flat iron section as well. And I just love all of our photos. It's almost like taking a trip in the city that I love and see all the time :). I gotta check out your instagram page.

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NotJessFashion said...

The pictures look great! Love your flats. It looks fab!

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Gabrielle said...

I genuinely thought the green marble flooring was water in a swimming pool - what a trick on the eyes! The cherry blossom looks beautiful and you can never post too much food on your Instagram for, Rowena, do continue - yum! ;)

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Color Me Kiki said...

All of your photos are simply gorgeous! I love the ones of the yummy food, they're making me soo hungry! I'll definitely have to try out your black bean noodle recipe soon!
xo Kiki

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That piece of pizza looks so good! Pics of the Empire State Building never get old. What a fantastic building :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

I love your pictures. You make me crave a trip to NYC.

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Your IG photos are amazing. Loving both the cherry blossoms and underpass shots! Not sure if we're following each other, but I'll definitely start following you now. You can find me @ohtobeamuse

Jane said...

That Flatiron building! I used to literally work right there!

Vanessa N said...

WHY DO ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END?? Magnolia trees, cherry even most lilac trees are coming to an end.
I never cared much for 'flower-y' flavoured macarons--the first macaron I ever had was a rose flavoured one, and it gave me the wrong impression of macarons. I thought they were dull/overrated until I tried tastier flavours such as pistachio :p
All your Instagram shots are making me seriously want to visit New York :3

jhony said...

good post

Anonymous said...

Keep on working, great job!