Walking around the city & film woes

It had been awhile since i’ve used film, so I brought one of my toy cameras along to a sunny day in the city. What I didn’t know, was that I would have a really hard time getting the film developed. All of the local drugstores removed their machines and some provided a service to send it out for developing, for a lot of $$ and a week turnaround! After finding out that a Costco nearby still had a machine, the lovely boyfriend did me a solid and dropped the film off. It was a great price, BUT I can’t go back there because we don’t have a Costco membership and we got away with it this one time. I know film has been dying out, but I feel like a fool for not realizing it was this bad & that one hour photo processing is no more! Very sad.

Anyway, I really love the vibrant colors produced by the film I used. Although some good shots came out blurry i’m happy with the results. Next time i’ll slow down more :) Here’s this past Saturday on film:

Drove to Queens to check out a bud’s new apartment then took the train into Manhattan.

Stopped by the Etsy x Dossier pop up shop / a pretty park

Brian took us out of the way to look at a beautifully designed menu, it was worth it / did a lot of shopping (more like looking!)

Succulents galore.


Little Italy festival around where we got falafel.

All taken with a Diana Mini & 35mm Lomography film (that I got on clearance whoop whoop!)

P.S– If anyone happens to know of a photo lab in the Long Island area that still develops 35mm film, send them my way.



After work on Friday, I spent the late afternoon at the local amusement park called Adventureland. It was a lot bigger than I remember it being as a kid!


Usually when I edit photos I end up desaturating them, but I wanted to try something different this time around: increased saturation.





The dinky kids lady bug roller coaster was my favorite.

Do you usually edit photos in the same style, or change it up often? Have you been to any amusement parks yet this summer?

Geocaching Adventure + Landscapes

On one of the last warm days of fall in New York, Matt and I went on a little geocaching adventure. This was the first time i’ve been in about 2 years! During one summer my friend Dani and I would spend whole days just going around local areas with a hiking GPS seeing how many caches we could find before it got dark out. If you have no idea what i’m talking about, check out Geocaching.com!

We headed to a nearby park/beach that had 3 caches within walking distance. Now that I have a decent smartphone the geocaching app speeds up the process! Big fan of this mural.

Getting warmer?

We found a tiny one under this bridge

…And another one along the bushes of a baseball field. I hope to make it out ‘treasure hunting’ one more time before it gets too too cold out :) Geocaching is my favorite way to enjoy the outdoors & explore areas you frequently pass by, but wouldn’t otherwise spend time in because you haven’t had a reason to. There’s always going to be something nearby to find.

Coffee shops & Busyness

This past week/weekend i’ve been staying in a different neighborhood pet sitting. It happens to be near a rather rad coffee shop called The Cup.

Fun fact–the boyfriend and I accidentally went on our first date here two summers ago. So I guess it shares a special gushy place in my heart.

I enjoy this place because frankly, there’s nothing like it around. An expansive tea menu, vegan eats, games, music. Last week was pretty stressful, so i’m winding down with some tea, spicy fries, and taking a bit of a break from the blog.

Where do you go to relax?

Coney Island at Night + Gotham Roller Derby

coney island carousel

Last Saturday New York City’s Gotham Girls Roller Derby was having a triple header, so we headed out to Coney Island to watch & hang out with some of my league mates/friends. The main event was Brooklyn vs. Bronx, but first up was the Gotham Juniors vs a junior league from Ohio (all 8-17 years old!) We left before the third bout, but they were both nothing short of inspiring.

[ setting sun during the game + some swag for my car I picked up at a cute shop on the boardwalk ]

original nathans

A couple posts ago featured a little list of things I wanted to during the summer in the city, and visit Coney Island for the first time was one of them. The first must-do was to get some french fries from Nathan’s, of course. In between games the boy and I got some greasy goodness and I tried hard not to look a the calories posted on the menu.

the swings

I was excited to take some photos of the day, but it slipped my mind that it would be dark out by the time we got out of the arena. Whoops! Next time i’ll be sure not to wait until it gets totally dark out :)

coney arcade

coney boardwalk

I think it actually worked out for the better that I couldn’t take any photos during the day because then I would have missed out on all of the amazing lights!

Have you taken any photos at night lately? I’d love to see them!