May 27, 2012

A Golden Birthday!

Last Thursday was my friend Rachel's Golden Birthday.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a Golden Birthday--or Champagne Birthday--is when you turn the same age as your birthdate. 

Rachel was turning 24 on the 24th of May, so I decided to throw her a giant birthday party! 

The theme? Gold, obviously! 

I'm still waiting on photos from the actual party (I was too busy running around hostessing to take any) but I will leave you with a photo of the beautiful gold cake that Rachel, Andrea and I made. 

(It took pretty much all day)

This is a four-layer, two-tier cake, alternating vanilla and red velvet layers with a raspberry buttercream filling and a vanilla buttercream icing, covered in fondant (my first time using it!) and painted in gold luster dust. 

{Photo Credit: Cody Pope}

And it didn't just look good, it tasted delicious! 

p.s. My golden birthday will be next year (28 on the 28th of January); I can't wait to make another one! 

May 22, 2012

Getting Some Greenery

After an insane ten days of parties, graduation, and visiting family, I'm finally back to some semblance of a routine. 

A new, more flexible (read: funemployed) routine, sure, but a routine nonetheless! 

Which meant that I was finally able to get back to running! 

I took myself on a splendid, leisurely afternoon 4 mile run through central park and got a long-missed dose of greenery.

I missed you, Central Park!

May 17, 2012

You May Now Call Me Master!

Today I graduated from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs as a Master of International Affairs, concentrating in Human Rights and specializing in International Media, Advocacy and Communication. 

That special day wrapped up two amazing years that exceeded all my expectations, crossing my path with those of some of my best friends for the years to come. 

It has been an honor and a privilege be part of the SIPA class of 2012. 

 Congratulations everyone!  

May 16, 2012

Weekly(ish) Photo Essay: Brooklyn Flea

Last weekend my friend Paige and I decided to venture into Brooklyn for a Sunday afternoon of flea marketing, walking around Williamsburg, and treating ourselves to a lovely dinner at an adorable little Italian bistro.