On My Radar

I totally didn’t realize how quickly Friday got here! I don’t understand the science of time… how can one week feel like eternity and the next only a blink! Mostly, I did a lot of working-from-home and catching up. A couple of meetings and phone calls here and there, but I felt like this was a great week to put my head down and get stuff done. (Although, I need to be kinder to myself and remember how much I accomplished versus beating myself up for how much is still left to be done!)
My favorite moment of the week! Garrett and I went to visit the Halal Guys (literally the best food) in midtown. All the holiday windows were being put together and it was such a fun little moment. It’s definitely a cute little reminder that we live here. Of course, everyone wants to see the windows when they’re done, but it’s pretty incredible to see all the guys hard at work getting everything done. 
Here’s what was on my radar:
I try, really try to be a good tipper. I generally stick to the 20% rule for dinners (round up, move the decimal over one, and double!), but I get SO confused by everything else. There really are rules about these sorts of things. This is such a great breakdown about tipping and I learned a lot. Officially bookmarked (on my iPhone) to refer to as needed…. especially with the holiday season coming up!

My friend Katie Armour launched her new business venture!!! I’m so proud of her for creating something that is so truly Katie. Buddy Editions is a collection of limited-edition artwork that’s affordable and also always changing. I especially love how you can get to know the artists behind the work with their bios. There is really something for everyone; all of the pieces are diverse and unique.
I’m always fascinated by reading articles and studies about friendships. I think friendships are one of the most valuable aspects of life (next to family and love!). I’ve watched my own friendships ebb and flow over the years, with some fleeting and some the unbroken. There are plenty of studies out there about magic “numbers” of friendships (close friends, friends, etc.) so I loved how this article questioned what the effect of social media has on those numbers.
photo by Hallie, queen of getting the shot.
FOUR // Bartaco!
My friend Julia invited a bunch of us bloggers to the ‘burbs for lunch at Bartaco. I’ve been randomly once before in the spring and it is delicious. (You know a restaurant is amazing and well-loved when people comment on spotting a matchbox in an Instagram!) It was nice to get out of the city for a bit to enjoy great food with friends. Oh, and Tampa!, rumor on the street is that a Bartaco is opening in Hyde Park soon!!!
J. Crew’s nautical ceramic collection is so spot on. I included it in the gift guide I did for guys earlier this week, but I had to share again. I legitimately can’t get over how cute everything is!!! So perfect. Even this little dish is too cute.
Anything good on your radar this week?!

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Audrey Lin

There's a quote (I forget who by) that goes: The days are long, but the years are short. Isn't that incredibly profound? And accurate 😛 Anyways, I love that post about tipping. I just moved to the States from China for college a few months ago, but I still haven't gotten the hang of tipping. I used to be really stingy about tipping, but when my own friends started working, I realized how much they actually rely on tips to make money, so I feel bad and try to tip a little more generously than I used to 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's