“The best part of getting back into dance was not the physical activity, but the therapeutic nature of it all. “

Image by The Studio Junkie

“I don’t remember the exact moment I fell in love with dance. The feeling sort of creeps up on you and one day you wake up and simply realize that you’re obsessed. I think the moment when you’re standing offstage during a seemingly endless rehearsal and you realize you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else is a tell-tale sign.”

Source: “The best part of getting back into dance was not the physical activity, but the therapeutic nature of it all. “

If you know me then you know that I used to spend a great deal of time dancing! Head over to The Studio Junkie blog where I was profiled about my experience in dance. I share all about how I got started and my difficult experience with transitioning to dancing in the city.

Buzzfeed on Southern Mothers


“Oh, she calls me everyday…” 

I wanted to share this video simply because I enjoy Buzzfeed videos and Mother’s Day is coming up! I love my southern mama and this video captures some funny quirks of the southern mom stereotype. The accuracy is off the charts.

I can attest that southern moms are all about hospitality, love, and making sure their children are fed. It’s also not rare for them to be a little bit sassy; the best part is that they do it all while wearing a smile.

Check out some exclusive conversations about southern life with my mom on this Mom & Manhattan podcast episode!

Word on the Street: Southern Perceptions


Recently I sat down with some of my Columbia classmates to discuss their perceptions and experiences with the south. We kept it light, but boy was it fun to hear what they had to say on the subject! Check out some of my favorite quotes from our conversation below.

On Food

The food… fried chicken is good everywhere! That something I miss. And Waffle House. Waffle House is the greatest.

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Top 5 Lessons I’ve Learned in NYC


If you know me or have been following my NYC journey on social media, then you probably know I moved from North Carolina to New York a little under a year ago. With my first year of graduate school at Columbia coming to a close, I thought this would be a great time to reflect upon all of the lessons learned during my first year in the city. Read more

Southern Review: Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar


Location: 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282

Specialty: Popsicles and Prosecco

Magnolia Rating:  4 out of 5

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar has quickly become one of my favorite spots for a drink in the city. Now that we’re approaching summer I couldn’t resist covering this fun place.

A rooftop bar located on top of the Conrad Hotel, Loopy Doopy is known for its craft cocktails.

The south is known for whimsical cocktails, but this NYC bar does not disappoint. The drink options are both fresh and inventive.

Don’t play games when looking at the drink menu. Go straight for the popsicles in Prosecco. This place is any wine lovers dream, plus there is a view of the Hudson River that can’t be beat. Although, you pay for the novelty and the atmosphere – drinks are about $20 each but completely worth it for the experience.

I’ve always gone during happy hour and though it’s often crowded, it’s not impossible to find a seat.

Make sure to take a photo as well. This is not a time to be shy. About a dozen other people will be raising their glasses to take the perfect Insta-worth pick at sunset.