May 27, 2011

Filling In Blanks On The 400th!

I didn't even realize it was coming up, but as I logged into my dashboard this morning I realized that I had written 399 posts. 

This is my 400th post!

Who knew when I started this little blog almost two years ago that I would keep it up this long; through trans-European and trans-Atlantic moves, through the trials and tribulations of grad school, and hopefully also through a summer in Africa.

It obviously wouldn't be the same without all of you, my amazing readers, and all of your wonderful comments and support. Maybe this week I'll do a fun celebratory giveaway to thank you all!

1.   If I could get away somewhere for the weekend I would go       to the beach somewhere (since I'll be spending the summer in land-locked Mali)    and I would bring     all the friends I won't be seeing this summer while we're off  around the world  .

2.  Something I often rant about is    people who walk really slowly on the sidewalk in front of it. Biggest pet peeve. And people's ridiculous fashion choices. I will judge you .

3.  One item I need to have in my fridge at all time is     cilantro. It's so delicious!

4.  My "life-saving" product is   Aveeno hand lotion. I always have a little travel bottle in my purse .

5.  A friend is someone who     lets you go on and on about something you're really excited about, even when you've been telling them about it constantly .

6.  If I could write my own blank it would be       about food. I'm always thinking about food .

7.  My favorite kind of art is      photography and classical Greek and Roman sculpture  .

Don't forget to link up with Lauren!
Well, I'm off to Cambridge for ten days to visit my family! Have a wonderful weekend and stay tuned for the giveaway!

May 25, 2011

Wee Bits On A Sunny Wednesday!

{one} what’s the worst date you’ve ever been on?
I went on a pretty bad blind date with a guy who turned out to be older, shorter, and less attractive than I expected, and didn't pull his own weight in the conversation at all. 
Plus he was apparently a huge stoner.

{two} if you could be any other person for one day, who would it be?
Someone like Secretary General, or President, to see what it is they actually DO all day. 
And what you actually get to know when you have maximum security clearance.

{three} what is your favorite kind of cheese?
Camembert. I could eat a whole wheel of it.

{four} do you remember your 1st grade teacher?
Yes, she was very nice, but I don't remember her name at all.

{five} who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
Depending on what the bad day was about, either my mom, or a close friend.

{six} were you ever in a school talent show?
I had piano recitals, but I don't think I ever was in a talent show.

{seven} who is your favorite fictional character?
Ooh, tough question. Scarlett O'Hara was quite a character.

{eight} can you open your eyes underwater?
Yes, but everything is so blurry!

{nine} do you look at the keyboard when you type?
Sometimes. I type very quickly, but poorly. I erase a lot of typos.

{ten} when was the last time you took a nap?
A while ago. I love naps, but I always feel so disoriented when I wake up!


Don't for get to link up with Leigh!

May 23, 2011

Double Brunch

I love bunch.

love love love brunch.

I think that people who don't like brunch probably have no soul.

There's sweet, there's savory, there's morning-appropriate champagne! What's not to love?

This morning my friend Noah invited me over to cook brunch with him this morning. 

But we each had different cravings, so we indulged them both!

He wanted delicious crepes with nutella (I added the raspberries):

And I wanted eggs Benedict with asparagus and hollandaise sauce (which I made myself!):


It was probably the most delicious meal I've had in a while
(except for the delicious gnocchi I had at a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant in Brooklyn yesterday. Yum!)

Needless to say, after two brunches, I was very full. And satisfied.

What's your favorite brunch dish?

May 22, 2011

Sunday Sweets: Suits For Summer

I may be getting a little ahead of myself.

It's barely Spring, here in New York, let alone Summer. And I'll be nowhere near the ocean this summer, given that Mali is completely land-locked.

But I've been seeing cute bathing suits popping up all over the internet, and I wanted to share my two cents.

And I will have a pool, so I'll need something to wear there.

Starting with the more wallet-friendly swimsuits...

Yellow Bikini H&M

Chevron Stripe Bikini, H&M

On to the slightly more pricey...

Beach Blanket Bingo, ModCloth

And then the prohibitively expensive...

Tempest Bandeau Bikini, Anthropologie
Zigzag Maillot, Anthropologie

Modern Triangle Bikini, Anthropologie


Well apparently this season I'm into one-pieces, chevron, and neutrals. 

What will you be wearing by the pool/lake/ocean this summer?

May 20, 2011

Fill In The Blank Friday!

 Good Morning Friends!

I'm not sure why I'm so chipper today -- after a (semi-) beautiful day yesterday the rain has come back and I'm having flashbacks to my two days of cabin fever --but it's probably because it's Friday, and even though the weekends mean nothing to me anymore, I still have a positive Pavlovian response to the end of the week!

Today we have some blanks to fill, and don't forget to link up with Lauren!

1.   People always tell me I look like     Jennifer Aniston. She's the only celebrity comparison I've ever gotten. Actually I got Reese Witherspoon once. I think it's the chin. People also tell me I look like my mother, but that's more obvious.

2.  Friends don't let friends    go on and on and on about something no one clearly wants to hear about, or tell the same story multiple times, or obsess about the guy they're seeing to everyone they talk to -- friends don't let friends make asses of themselves in public .

3.  A sunny day is perfect for     people judging watching, playing in the park with friends, having a picnic, walking around the city discovering new neighborhoods; putting on a pretty sundress and wedges and sunglasses and feeling glamorous!

4.  My favorite accessory is   a smile :) And earrings; I never leave the house without earrings. Or mascara, for that matter.

5.  If I could afford it I would     have a driver in NY and multiple houses all around the world .

6.  The cure for boredom is    to get out of the house and start walking; if you live in a city, you'll eventually find something to do/see/eat/watch .

7.  I am currently "in like" with     food carts, sunshine, and not being in school! I'm also loving blush/nude clothes for summer -- so pretty when you're tan! 


I was planning on heading to the Food Cart Festival at Madison Square Garden today, but the rain is really coming down and I think this is the gods' way of telling I really don't need to be spending more money and eating more food. Maybe I'll have an indoor picnic in my own kitchen? 

What do you do on rainy days?

May 18, 2011

Wee Bits On A Wet Wednesday

Since I have such terrible rainy day cabin fever, I might as well answer some wee bits!
 {one} do you watch the history channel? if so, what’s your favorite program?
No, I hardly ever watch TV. Well, not on TV. I stream the shows I follow.

{two} what is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
Apparently I get bored really easily! It's been raining for two days and I've sewed, cleaned, caught up on my favorite shows, send out some emails, and blogged.

{three} what does your dream house look like?
I have a thousand dream houses. But I think I wouldn't mind a nice old stone villa in Tuscany with a lemon grove and an orchard and a vineyard (and a gardener, since I don't know the first thing about keeping plants alive!)

{four} what state were you born in?

{five} do you have a change jar? if so, what do you use it for when it gets full?
No. I've tried having vacation funds before, but they usually end up being used for the metro.

{six} what’s the first website you look at when you get on the computer?

{seven} what is your favorite breakfast?
Eggs Benedict. Any kind. I'll take Canadian bacon, salmon, lobster, spinach, asparagus. Whatever. As long as it has poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, I'll eat it.

{eight} what’s the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?
I travel a lot, so I wouldn't say any one trip was particularly memorable. Guatemala was pretty awesome, as were Sicily, and Mexico, and Granada. 

{nine} do you prefer your coffee black or with cream/milk/sugar?
Sugar and lots of milk. And I prefer iced coffee.

{ten} have you ever done a professional photo shoot?
I've had a couple recently, oddly enough. One with a professional photographer friend, a 1950s themed shoot, and one here in NY. 


I hope you're all enjoying the rainy day in your own way!

Lacy Skirts on Rainy Days

Those of you who live in New York know that it has been torrentially downpouring for the last couple of days.

It was nice at first, because it forced me to relax and take some time off to recover from this crazy graduation weekend, but now I'm getting a little bit stir-crazy.

Luckily I had everything I needed to put together this lace pencil skirt, and so I got to work while catching up on Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife, and Modern Family.

These are the results! 
(Sorry for the terrible photos; it's rainy and dark and there's no natural light anywhere!)

This is the pretty cream lace I used

And the skirt!
It's a bit lumpy looking, and I haven't sewn the button on yet, but I think it'll make for an adorable spring skirt. Paired with some chic nude pumps, maybe?

What would you wear this with?

P.S. And happy birthday to this little munchkin--Marta, my cousin's baby--who turns 1 today! I'd show you what she looks like now, but I don't have any recent photos!

Auguri Marta! Sei un amore!


May 17, 2011

A Little Obsessed

Lately I've been a little obsessed with dresses like these:

I love the lace overlay and the vintage style and I find these dresses so pretty for fancy summer events.

I bought some fabric to make one--a nude stretch lace with a champagne satin for the lining--but I'm having trouble finding a pattern for the dress I'm picturing in my mind.

Does anyone know of a good pattern for a tank dress (for the lace overlay) that I could combine with a pattern for a full-skirted strapless sweet-heart neckline dress (for the the satin lining) to make something like this, but more fitted, and with lace covering the whole skirt as well:


*all images via google image search and modcloth*

May 8, 2011

A Day For The Best Mother In The World

A year later, all of these (and more) still apply. 

I'd write a new Mother's Day post, but I'm too busy having an amazing Mother's Day Brunch at the Harvard Club (thanks, Lucas!) with my mom and brother. So all of the wonderful things I said last year will have to make do for this year too!

Maman (the hottie mother-of-two)
My brother, Lucas (the melon-headed baby)
Me (the sassy looking toddler with the awesome suspenders)
Circa 1988

My Maman is the Best Maman in the World
  • She never used to wake us up early on the weekends. Instead, she would make us pancakes almost every Sunday, and yummy hot chocolate every morning before school;
  • She introduced me to all my favorite music - Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, The Gypsy Kings, Getz & Gilberto, Madeleine Peyroux;
  • She made sure we grew up speaking three languages;
  • She taught me to cook, bake, and to love doing it, all while keeping it healthy;
  • She brought us on so many adventures - Mexico, Arizona, Spain, the French and Italian Alps, Canada, Provence, the Cote d'Azure, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Paris, Vermont, and so many more;
  • She taught me the importance of being honest, not just with others, but with yourself;
  • She'll randomly surprise me with little sartorial gifts, while at the same time keeping me in check when I just have to have that new pair of shoes;
  • She has always encouraged me to do whatever makes me happy, and has wholeheartedly supported every decision I've made;
  • She's (slowly, but surely) taught me the importance of financial responsibility;
  • She gave me the opportunity to explore everything that piqued my interest at some point or another during my childhood - ballet, choir, musical theater, sculpture, piano, ceramics, drawing, gymnastics, cross country running, crew - just in case it was something I would end up loving and wanted to do forever;
  • She makes silly pronunciation mistakes in English and is still a good sport about letting us poke fun at her French accent;
  • We wear the same size in clothes and shoe, and if she has something I really love she'll let me steal it :);
  • She taught me how to fold a fitted sheet;
  • She helped me arrive at the realization that it's better to have one great, timeless item of clothing, than a bunch of "meh" disposable pieces;
  • And she helped me pick out those great, timeless items;
  • She gave us crash courses in table manners before going to visit my grandmother in France, and was never exasperated when she had to do it all over again the next summer,
  • She taught me that looking put together is important;
  • But also that there's nothing better getting messy and dirty while doing something fun.
  • She taught me how to properly set a table for a dinner party (with multiple forks and knives!);
  • She has showed me that living a life full of compassion and generosity towards other--even if it occasionally means cutting back on something for yourself--is the most satisfying kind of life;
  • She's always willing to have a homebody night on the couch with a yummy dinner and a movie, even when we've made plans to go to the cinema;
  • She taught me how to make crepes. And then repeated the recipe from memory to me, every time I called to ask her what ingredient I was forgetting;
  • She gave me her beautiful green eyes, and petite frame :)
I'm pretty sure I could go on forever about how awesome my mom is (she really is the best in the world!), but I'll stop now. I think she gets the idea :)

I Love You, Maman!
Happy Mother's Day!

May 7, 2011

50% Done With Grad School!

Yesterday I wrote my last exam, closing the book on my first year of grad school.

It has gone by so fast!

It seems like yesterday that I was thrilled to have gotten accepted, and so excited about starting the year with all my new friends...

And now it's already over.

I'm a little sad--although not about being done with exams--and I'll definitely miss all my school friends over the summer while we're all flung around the four corners of the earth for our internships. But I am very excited for Spring, which seems like it's finally here to stay, and I'm very much looking forward to giving my brain a little break! 

I'm home for the weekend--to spend Mother's day with my wonderful mother--but then it's back to New York for a flurry of end of the year celebrations, graduation, and preparing for my trip to Mali.

Right now I'm just going to have a glass of champagne and a delicious steak with my mom (a little post-end of the year/pre-mother's day celebration if you will), relax, and enjoy the fact that I'm no longer studying for econ.

May 4, 2011

Wee Bit of Disappearing Wednesday

Have you liked my disappearing act?

I've been totally MIA because it's the end of the semester (and the end of my first year!) and I'm neck-deep in finals and papers. 

I'm supposed to be studying Keynesian and Classical Aggregate Supply and Demand (vomit) but I'm taking a little break to do some wee bits and get in touch with my sanity. 

{one} when was the last time you used a pay phone (if ever)?
Maybe 10 years ago? Actually, probably more recently, in Europe.

{two} did you ever fail a subject in school?
Linguistics, in college. I would have never taken it if they'd told me it was math applied to language! Never failed anything in high school though; I was definitely a teacher's pet who got straight As.

{three} where do you go to get your favorite hamburger/cheeseburger?
Mr. Bartley's Burgers in Harvard Sq., Cambridge, Ma.
You can thank me later.

{four} have you ever served jury duty?
Nope, I've always been living abroad when I've been called.

{five} how old were you when you moved out of your parents’ house?
When I was 18, to go to college.

{six} what is your favorite color to wear?
I wear a lot of black and neutrals.
I'd like to wear more green.

{seven} do you have a pair of shoes that you wear all the time?
I have a pair of black flats that go with everything that I've been wearing a lot recently.

{eight} do you enjoy talk radio?
Yes (if the "talk" is interesting and intelligent), but I hardly ever listen to the radio unless I'm at home and my mom is listening to NPR.

{nine} if you could turn one unhealthy food into a healthy one, what food would it be?


Luckily I only have two more hours of this before I have to go home to get ready for the opera! I'm going tonight with Annika, one of my best friends, and my friend Molly's parents (who invited us). It's raining (blah) but hopefully that won't mess with our plans too much.

Unfortunately I'll have to get back to all of this macro nonsense tomorrow, but by Friday afternoon I'll be done and getting ready to spend a lovely weekend with my mother for mother's day :)