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02/25/2015 – brooklyn and beyond

Posted on February 25, 2015

  I seem to be in this terrible habit of not updating my blog, but I’m optimistic that this will be the last time I take such a long hiatus…. The last 3 months have been some of the busiest and most hectic months of my life. Those who know me (or follow me on social media) know I have been going through some serious life changes. For starters, I left New York City and America (semi) permanently last Thursday. But let’s rewind….

Back in last April, I decided I wanted to move out of New York City. I’d been in the city for the last 5 years, and felt it was time for a change. NYC will always and forever be my home, but sometimes you need to leave the place you’re from to appreciate it even more. I’ve always been a believer in the “go big or go home” mantra, so I decided on not just leaving NYC, but leaving the States. Since 2012 when I studied abroad in England, I’ve always wanted to move back to the UK. However, one of the biggest factors of me staying in New York, along with my friends and family, was my job as a wedding photographer with Chellise. I approached her about my prospective move, and instead of me leaving the studio, we settled on me working for Chellise but in London. This was seriously the *best* possible outcome of our talk, and I was ecstatic. And thus set in motion a series of events to somehow get me across the pond. We researched different visas, scouring forums and blogs on what is best for our type of work, and spoke to many other ex pats and lawyers.

Fast forward 8 months to December. At this point, we had found a small business visa that we felt I qualified for, and had spent the last few months preparing all the paperwork that went into applying. I submitted my application right before Thanksgiving, and 3 weeks later in mid December, I received the email that my visa had been issued. After the shock and tears and high emotion calmed down, I began to realize… how the f*#$ am I going to move?! I had lived in the northeast my entire life, and this was going to be my first major move. Major in that I was going to be leaving all my friends and family, packing my life into 2 suitcases, and living in a foreign country for the first time. I was (still am) completely and utterly overwhelmed. But luckily I have the best support system around, and with the help of all my friends and family, I moved out of my Brooklyn apartment at the end of January. And on February 19, I said goodbye to New York City and boarded a plane to South Korea.

I’m sure you’re like “hey wait, that’s not London!” and yeah, duh, it’s not. I’m in South Korea now for the next 3 weeks, staying with my best friend Kathy, who’s from Seoul. I’m excited to explore another Asian city that I’ve never been to, before making my official move to London on March 10.

Now here’s a recap of what I was doing with my last 3 months in America…


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I went to Miami with Henah for New Years Eve. Got my last bit of warm weather and sun, ate all the Cuban food, and met a random assortment of celebrities on New Years Eve (including Jaleel White!).




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denver halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

I visited my cousin who lives in Denver with a group of my cousins. We ate all the Voodoo donuts, drank all the beers, some of us got tats, and explored beautiful Colorado for the first time.



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style&air claire millar sarah kuszelewicz photography

style&air claire millar sarah kuszelewicz photography

I started shooting fashion and lifestyle again, and started collaborating with Claire Millar, stylist and blogger behind Style & Air. I hated having to leave the awesome gig I had going with Claire, but luckily she plans on coming to visit London this summer.



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A scene from my final wedding in New York City. It was an intimate ceremony in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, right around the corner from my neighborhood. It was the perfect ending to my wedding season.



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halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

Of course, having a final departure date set, my friends and family went all out to ensure I had an incredibly packed last few months in America and New York City. I truly soaked up all the city could offer, even embracing the slushy snow. I could not be more grateful for a better home and humans to surround myself with.

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I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life, kicking it off in Seoul (during the Lunar New Year, at that!) Stay posted for more of this new journey.

12/02/14 – thailand, day 1: bangkok

Posted on December 2, 2014

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Thailand. I’m not even sure where to begin. While my love and loyalty will always lay with the Philippines as my favorite Asian country, Thailand comes to a very close second. The beaches, the islands, the people, the food (!!!), are all so wonderful and amazing. Not to mention, I celebrated my birthday on this trip, reunited with my best friends who have been scattered throughout the globe. I started the trip off in Bankok. Before I had left, I had heard from many people that Bangkok was a city worth spending a day or two in, not much more. They didn’t like the size of the city (13% of Thailand’s population lives in its 600 sq miles), the casualness of the thai lifestyle, the traffic (jams that rival LA), the heat, the cockroaches, etc etc. However, all of these things are of no annoyance to a New Yorker, and I found Bangkok to be a vibrant, eccentric, and buzzing city. It’s filled with beautiful and historic temples, streets lined with shops and restaurants, the most delicious street food you’ll ever eat, markets that hold any sort of knockoff item you may ever want, and it’s all dirt cheap. Did I mention that before? Bangkok, and Thailand in general, is ridiculously cheap. Like, $1 best pad thai of your life cheap. Couple that with the friendliest people in the world (they can tell you’re a tourist and approach you on the street to offer directions and sightseeing tips) and markets filled with amazing (cheap) clothing, and I am in heaven. Delicious, trendy, curry-filled heaven.

sarah kuszelewicz photography travel thailand bangkokI spent only one night in Bangkok at first, since we were coming back at the end of our trip. I stayed in the Samsen Nai district in the northeast part of the city. It’s a quiet residential area, a bit away from the more touristy parts of town. The hotel I stayed at was the Baan Neung @ Aree 5, very cheap yet luxe.

sarah kuszelewicz photography travel thailand bangkokIt is common (and polite) to remove your shoes before entering Thai households and some establishments.

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10/07/14 – rivington dining club

Posted on October 7, 2014

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Scenes from a test run dinner of Rivington Dining Club, a supper club started by a few friends of mine. Request an invite here!


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sarah kuszelewiczKale, apple, pear, blueberries, pomegranate, almonds, topped with feta.

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sarah kuszelewiczRoasted garlic hummus, roasted tomatoes, a spin on babaganoush.

sarah kuszelewiczCaprese on garlic toast.

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sarah kuszelewiczRoasted cauliflower with gorgonzola and tomatoes.

sarah kuszelewiczA perfectly cooked medium rare steak. Bet you’ve never seen anything more beautiful.

09/30/14 – surprise trip to san francisco

Posted on September 30, 2014


It’s been a busy summer, but earlier this June, Alexis, Kathy, and I made a surprise trip to visit Sam in San Francisco. She had literally no idea we were coming, which made the trip all the better.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographyChillin in the Tenderloin.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyDriving is crazy scary in San Francisco. Honestly how do people have small cars here?

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brenda's french soul food san franciscoBrunch at Brenda’s Soul Food Kitchen in the Tenderloin. Fried catfish benedict was the truth.

brenda's french soul food san franciscoPork belly cheesy grits… oh boy.

brenda's french soul food san franciscoBiscuits and chicken gravy.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyWalking on the water, wearing all back as usual.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographyAlcatraz.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyLychees from an open air market.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographyTelegraph Hill.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographyGorgeous day and a picnic in Mission Dolores Park.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyGolden Gate Bridge, duh.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographyBeautiful views at Chrissy Field.

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sarah kuszelewicz photographySome authentic Korean in Koreatown.

sarah kuszelewicz photographyWolfpack, just chillin.