Re-Decorating and Reflecting <3

What is your favorite season? I find that the spring is special because it’s a transitional season, and therefore it is full of change. It’s now mid-March and I’ve been in New York for nine months. I can hardly believe how much my life has changed, and how much more self-aware I’ve become since I moved.

You see when I moved here, I brought no furniture, appliances, or even a pillow. Thanks to the generous help of some of my friends who sent me gifts and helped me acquire necessities like a coffee table and dishes, I was able to make this little studio into a cozy home.

But it’s time now to spruce things up a little bit. For example, my bed frame which I assembled by myself is not looking so good. I feel sturdy enough when I sleep in the bed, but I can see that I did a terrible job of assembling the frame and it could break at any moment. This is not good.

So a new bed frame plus the cost of assembly (which is going to be well worth it, to me) is the first part of my spring re-decorating. I can’t wait to expand on the wonderful beginnings and make my space into a more welcoming, pretty little place.

Before I go, I wanted to say thank you to my generous friends who not only allow me to spend exciting and romantic and sexy moments with you, but because you also bring a masculine support to my life. I can honestly say I would not be so happy without your support and love. <333

XOXO,

Lola

It’s Hard Being a Woman: Buying Jeans That Fit

I type this in some new jeans, because I got rid of my old ones since I thought they were too tight. Now these new denim fit me perfectly around the behind, but around my waist the pants are too big. Everyone wants a small waist and curved hips, bit but the reality of dressing them can be frustrating.

I have a belt on, which does the trick, but I have this nagging feeling that the perfect jeans are out there: jeans that fit like a second skin without any tucking or belting.

Then I realized – maybe this is a “Grass is greener on the other side” Scenario. Maybe it’s fine to get the best fit I can, and then let the jeans adapt to me as I wear them regularly.

This feels like a better, more Zen approach to jeans. I’ll keep this in mind as I continue my spring shopping.

That’s all for now. I hope everyone is safe and happy and ready to jump into spring. XO,

Lola

Good Morning, Is It Spring Yet?

Hi guys! I haven’t written in a while and I feel bad, I wish I wrote more to you. Because I care about you so much and my life is so much better thanks to you.

How many of you remember your first spring in New York? Many of you, I imagine, can’t remember your first spring here because it was so long ago. Well, this is my first spring in New York and I feel as excited as a little sparrow to see this frigid place produce life again. It’s like magic – seeing something come from nothing the way new buds and leaves do.

The air is still so chilly but the Sun is making its return. I am eagerly awaiting March 21, which is the Equinox. It’s basically when the days are equal, and the Sun is getting longer or shorter depending on the season.

Another thing I am so happy and thankful about is that the season reminds me I’m doing it, I’m really doing it – living in New York and not only surviving but also enjoying what the City has to offer. Even during a pandemic, I see museums, so many museums, and art galleries, and whole streets loaded with historical tidbits. I can’t go far without passing a site of some famous event. All the exploring is paying off, because I know certain landmarks in various areas of the city and that familiarity makes me feel like this is home.

They say home is where you hang your hat, and I agree with that statement. I decided to hang my hat in New York and it’s hanging pretty well. Well, it’s hanging, that’s for sure.

Because things are gonna get even better. With spring, I’ll be able to spend more time outside and meet new friends. Plus, I get to see all the spring fashion and activities.

Gotta sign off, unfortunately, because I have to go to the grocery store. Would it be terrible to order it for delivery? I’d better go now before I start having these crazy thoughts. Haha.

Thanks for reading and wishing you a lovely day ❤

XOXO,

Lola

Netflix and Chill and Reminiscing on Birthdays Past

Hi y’all! Because I am still resting and staying relatively cooped up, I decided to start watching the new show on Netflix called “Lupin.” I’m really enjoying because I love the French language and heist movies. The combination of the two is the perfect thing to get my mind going as my body relaxes.

I can’t help but reminisce, because my birthday is this week, and one year ago I was jetting off to Paris on a solo adventure. This year, I am living in New York, which is an adventure in and of itself. Yet I feel a little sad that global travel, and travel in general, is not what it was last year.

I found myself looking for flights to Miami, the Bahamas, and Punta Cana – anywhere warm and sunny. But I just don’t feel right about taking a birthday trip this year.

However, maybe this is for the best. I have made one or two girlfriends in the City, and we are going to celebrate by exploring Manhattan. I feel grateful to not have to spend my birthday alone. Even though last year I was alone by choice, and I enjoyed myself greatly, I felt a little lonely wandering the streets of Paris. I look forward to making this birthday a little bit more social, despite the circumstances.

It has been an incredible year for me. I moved across the country in the midst of a pandemic and found open, loving arms here to hold me. I also feel so thankful to be able to stay in contact with Austin friends from time to time.

I posted some new pictures on my Tryst and Twitter. I hope you like them!

XO,

Lola

Thoughts After a Hot Bath

Hi guys, and happy Friday Eve! I am warm, clean, and smelling like lavender oil from my bath. Today, I didn’t do much besides clean my flat and lay in bed with a heating pad wrapped around my tummy (sorry if that’s TMI, but being a woman has its necessary pains.)

I had planned to visit the Met Cloisters today, because I absolutely love the medieval museum’s architecture and strangeness. But I just didn’t have the energy for it, and I didn’t want to force anything. So I stayed home and enjoyed it very much!

I left the house around 9 AM to buy cat food, and the weather was stunning. I expected the New York winter to be truly unforgiving, and it has been at certain times, but today it was a perfect winter day. The sun was out, but it was still cold and crisp. Even now, I have my window open and am feeling the chilly air on my skin, which is still hot from my bath.

I made pesto and pasta for dinner (yum) and am now brewing some tea (oh no, I almost let it over steep!) Tonight, I plan to continue my relaxing mood and write in my journal.

I hope that you are all also enjoying the simple pleasures in life, regardless of what imperfections abound in all of our lives. Today I feel blessed to be a part of lives of truly special individuals who make me feel safe and secure, even when the world seems to be getting wilder and wilder.

Thanks for your time in reading this! XO,

Lola

fresh out of the bath