In New York

Spring Break

We’re nearing the end of the first quarter; and around this time I like to check in with myself about some of my quarterly goals.

My one word for 2022 is 𝗣𝘂𝗿𝘀𝘂𝗲, and one of my pursuits is continuing to be more intentional about the time I spend with my daughter. She’s growing up so quickly; and honestly, I feel like there’s so much ground to cover in such a short time. As a treat for The Girl (my daughter) and myself, I decided on a quick getaway adventure to New York City. Jump in for a few New York deets!

The Stay

Our Hotel

Even Hotel offered a convenient location walking distance from Times Square and safely nestled in close proximity to a police station. Additionally, we were steps away (0.02 miles) away from the nearest subway (Penn Station).

While the room was fairly small in size, it’s to be expected for most hotels in New York City. But don’t let what you think as “normal” size sway you. The room was accommodating enough for the teenybopper and myself to not get on each other’s nerves.

Our room offered essentials for a quick in-room workout. However, ya girl was not bout that life; so, it really wasn’t a huge wow factor for me.

Customer service was A1 every single day of our stay- right down to the day of our departure! Speaking of departing and if it’s in your budget, I strongly suggest letting the hotel concierge reserve a car for your ride to the airport. As I become more seasoned in life, I realize that I am willing to pay for convenience.

Hotel Price Point

Now was it a little pricey? Yes, especially to say there was no complimentary breakfast offered; but cost is subjective. The biggest factor driving this reservation (and based on guest reviews) were the location and the concierge. With all that said and to repeat, if it can fit in your budget, this hotel is worthy of a stay.

To Try

Food & City Travel

The kid and I enjoyed breakfast at Flippers, near Soho and Chinatown. These light Japanese pancakes with fruit was more filling than I had expected. Maybe it was the constant movement and maneuvering in and around SoHo and Chinatown that suppressed our appetites.

Japanese Style pancakes

Nonetheless, we really weren’t hungry most of the day so we ate little snacks just to maintain our energy. I mean who wants to experience not being hungry and then suddenly hunger pangs strike!

For dinner, I encourage you to try Havana Central (Times Square). The food was delicious, and the live band was spectacular. We ate here for dinner but had a light meal, only because we had so many little treats leading up to dinnertime.

Of course, dinner meant we needed dessert so New York cheesecake was a must, but not Junior’s -as most are familiar with from Puff Daddy’s former MTV show “Making the Band”. Instead, we opted for sweet treats from Roxy Delicatessen.

To get around, we utilized what most New Yorker’s use -the subway. At $2.75 a ride, it was definitely a cost savings outside of a taxi and/or ride service. My only trepidation was more of a “me” thing. I was a bit nervous about taking the subway without knowing exactly what train to catch. Needless to say, I was able to overcome this uneasiness with the help of Mr. Google/ Google Maps and reviewing directions with the hotel’s concierge prior to leaving for our destination.


First of many

This was the first trip The Girl and I took with just the two of us. Normally, we travel with family and/or friends. I am so proud of how we worked together when out and about in the city. We enjoyed each other’s company, and I loved every minute we spent together -even time spent relaxing in our hotel room. There was so much more we did while on this vacation, but it’s far too much to fit into a blog post. You can check out our New York reel over on Instagram. This time was such an enjoyable way to bond; I encourage you to take the trip!

Until we meet again… Keep It Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Making An Entry

Upon entering my home, there’s a blank wall needing some attention. If you’ve been rolling with me in my stories over on Instagram, then you know the wall. Yep, uh huh, that one.

Listen, I want this wall to be that curiosity piece. You know? The one where people see it then wonder what other hidden DI-trY gems does this home possess?

Here enters…

Lé Slat Wall

For the longest, this wall has been bare. Like seriously… No color; no art, no nothing! Oh but baby, that’s about to change with yet another wall upgrade! If you didn’t catch the first upgrade, check out these posts on adding wall moulding and an Artsy Fartsy DIY art project using hot glue! You’ll love ‘em! For today’s DI•trY, you will need the following:

Of course, there’s always some Pinterest inspo to help get the design juices flowing. I usually try to go with no more than five ideas; or else I risk having analysis paralysis and won’t start! You ever get like this with too many options? I know I do.

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Before the fun…

Before the fun begins, I had to take care of the not so fun parts, at least to me they aren’t. I painted the wall Midnight Blue by Behr paint, followed by sanding my slats.

On my Instagram stories, I shared my fear of adding color in my home, but I’m gradually getting over it. If you’d like to try this project, you can shop materials here.

FYI… I brought my slats inside to get acclimated to the atmosphere of the house versus having them in the cold garage. Wood contracts, so I wanted the slats to do what they do in the environment of the installation, prior to staining.

Stain On…

Before taking on this DI•trY project, I honestly did NOT think staining slats would dang near take me out! In between life happening (per usual), there was plenty of staining. Hear me when I say PLENTY of staining (this is where I begged myself to abandon this project)!

Needless to say, I didn’t flake out on the slat wall. Shucks, I purchased all these slats already and the price of wood today is not ya friend! Needless to say, I’m not wasting any money simply because I had a case of the ‘don’t wannas’!

The idea…


Of course once the staining was done, there’s the cutting. I cut my slats based on the above idea drawing (obviously not drawn to scale).

  • Started with 3 vertical slats, affixed using my 1/4 inch multi-screws.

  • Used my 1×6 as the leading board (header) and wanted to use same size as the ending board (footer)

  • Atop the slats and following the header board, I used my nail gun to attach my cut horizontal slats (again, based on my above “Idea” drawing).

  • Using a scrap piece of wood, I was able to create equal spacing between the slats. This helps eliminate mis-measuring and BONUS: the spacer can also serve as a small shelf. (Note: I’m not placing anything super heavy on this tiny shelf. I’ve opted for small decor, to include a small vase with a plant cutting)


I’m not one for prolonging the reveal so here’s the 95% finish of the slat/plant wall.

Why 95%

Why 95% you ask? Well, turns out the bottom portion of the wall isn’t straight so the bottom boarder slat can’t simply lay flat and get nail gunned like the top boarder. This places a slight burnt crisp on my cookies – meaning I’ll need to figure something out.

HOWEVER(comma), it’s going to have to go on the backlog because I’m totally over all the staining and the One Room Challenge is headed my way! So let’s end on a good note.

Possible changes…

also known as The Backlog

I’m thinking I would like to bring the Midnight Blue Behr paint slightly higher up the wall. Perhaps, I’ll also move the slat wall over to the right, and cut the bottom portion up above the electrical outlet.

But again… that’s all BackLog and we’ve got more plans for this space during the One Room Challenge!

Till we meet again… Keep it Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!