The Book Of Love: Volume 1

The Book Of Love Playlist!

Dear Alexa,

Remember the very first text messages we sent each other? Post-it note selfies! It took me about 10 minutes to make sure I took a good one, good thing I texted you first! When you responded with your own post-it note selfie, that was officially the very first time you slayed me. We did some serious communicating.. on all mediums! I can’t believe it’s already been a year. It’s so strange how quickly it went, but when I look back… we did some serious hustling! To name a few of our finest adventures:

  • Furnishing our apartment, making it rain in New York City!
    • Shout out to Ikea and their magical chicken fingers.
    • Remember staring through the diamond window every day while Beekman was still being built?
      • Vertigo! Ahhh!
  • Doing touristy things..adventuring to the top of the Freedom Tower to see all of NYC in it’s glory, yes please!
  • PIZZA, I still can’t believe how many times we got Wanted.
  • Starting our own traditions!
    • “Year boxes”
    • Christmas Advent Calendar!
    • Themed Wreaths!
  • MATT AND KIM!!!!
  • Finding our “go to” restaurants.
    • Also, our “go to” Seemless options!
  • August “Gus” Anastasio-Kwok
    • I’m still recovering, it feels like I’m dreaming. HOW LUCKY DID WE GET?

The list goes on and on!

I just wanted to say: thank you so much..for everything that you do. No words can express the feelings I get after I open my eyes and the first thing I see in the morning is you laying next to me. I love our life, my heart is so full. I’m so lucky to have such an amazing partner, you inspire me. I love you so much.

– Justin



#2. Valentine’s Day Shenanigans!

#2. Valentine’s Day Shenanigans!

It is now March and I planned to write this post in the beginning of February. I refuse to let this be unfinished!

First things first! Here’s my Valentine’s Day playlist!

I have a list of future gifts I could potentially give/make for Alexa. I’m a super planner – so naturally I have a gift for every possible situation for the entire year. (I know what you’re thinking, whoa super intense, but hey, when it comes time for a gift I’m pretty much stress free. #2blessed2bestressed) So here’s how I’ve created this holy grail of a list – Anytime we’re out together or just sitting on the couch browsing the internet and I hear her say the phrase “oh my god, this is so stinkin’ cute” ..or something along those lines..I secretly put it in my phone with a little description so I can find it later!

So for Valentine’s Day my plan was definitely flowers. I didn’t want to get roses, but something different! I did some googling and found this pretty awesome company, UrbanStems. They had great reviews online so I figured I would give it a try!

Flowers, check!

I loved this confirmation email!

I wanted to do some crafty, so I looked at my trusty list and decided on a rocket, Earth and moon shadow box!


I took the subway the next morning and went to Michaels! I grabbed a basket and went straight to the frames aisle, praying they had a shadow box. I found three options, all different sizes… HELP. If I ever have a choice between something, buckle up, I will take 10 years looking up reviews and pacing back and forth before actually committing to something. (Alexa can testify, bless her sweet soul for putting up with me.) I was in that damn aisle for probably an hour before choosing a box. Next on the list was crafting paper, HELP x2. HAVE YOU SEEN THE CRAFTING PAPER AISLE IN MICHAELS? It’s literally an entire aisle, floor to ceiling filled with every possible color, pattern and sizes of paper. Long story short, I was in Michaels for probably 4-5 hours, my brain was dead.

Here are the items I ultimately decided on!


Progress pictures and the finished product! The glass was super reflective – hello internet!

I am so lucky to be living with and dating my best friend!

I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day! I’ll be better with posting future entries on time, I promise! I am so excited for Spring – I definitely need a new umbrella!

Until next time!

– J

#1. Music!

Music, holy shit I love music. I love it so much I’ve decided to include a playlist or song with every post! There is a perfect song for every emotion I have ever felt and the thought of that still blows my mind.  For my very first post I present to you 10 songs that hold a special place in my heart:

I used to have a cute little music player here, but for some reason it’s not working anymore! Plan B it is!

Click here for the playlist!

  1. Matt and Kim – Block After Block
    • I AM OBSESSED WITH MATT AND KIM. This is my go-to happy song. It’s amazing. They’re amazing. End of story. There will definitely be a post dedicated to these two majestic creatures! (Fun Fact: They filmed the music video for this song all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, you can see where I got my glasses in Chinatown, Optical 88! How boss is that?!?)
  2. Pharrell Williams – Just a Cloud Away
    • Ugh, if you’re ever angry just listen to this song and let Pharrell serenade you with his beautiful voice – it will lift you from the baddest of moods!
  3. Childish Gambino – Sober
    • Donald Glover is so damn talented! I am obsessed with this song, I listened to it a lot when I first met Alexa. Definitely check out the music video for it, I’ll link it here.
  4. Bleachers – Wake Me
    • This whole album is bananas, it’s just incredible. Being in love and listening to this album, I enjoyed it 1,000x more! Jack Antonoff, keep kicking ass!
  5. BØRNS – Past Lives
    • Ever since I’ve met Alexa, I keep getting feelings of déjà vu. She’s the one, I know it.
  6. Lise – Where is my mind
    • Insane rendition of such a classic song, she has such a lovely voice!
  7. Death Cab for Cutie – Earth Angel
    • Speaking of a classic song! When I found out Death Cab for Cutie did a cover of Earth Angel I almost died of excitement. (This song totally reminds me of Back to the Future.)
  8. Passion Pit – Dreams
    • I think I might be a fan of covers, what do you think? …  Ahhh, THIS COVER THOUGH!! Every time I listen to this song it makes me think of Alexa! ♥
  9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love feat. Mary Lambert
    • I first discovered Macklemore and Ryan Lewis from an AMA they did on Reddit. They deserve all of the fame they have received, this album has some powerful messages.
  10. Cults – Always Forever
    • You and me, always forever. I love you Alexa. Oh hush, let me be cheesy!

This was so much fun, I had a blast sharing my love for music with you! Feel free to follow me on Spotify!


Until next time,