April 8, 2012

Dress Transformation!

When I was home last weekend my mother and I went dress shopping for a school gala I'm going to next week, but I couldn't find anything I liked.

(Which means there was really nothing good because I can usually find something to buy when I go shopping.)

So we came home and for fun we started looking through my mom's vintage clothes to see if we would find anything interesting... and we did!

We found three great dresses, one of which was really special.

It's an ivory lace dress my mom had made in Paris in the 1970s, and it fit me like a glove!

The lace is beautiful, the sleeves fun and flattering, and the open back spectacular. 

But, being ankle length ivory lace, it was a little dated. It looked a bit like a hippy wedding dress.  

Altered, on the other hand, I thought it would have a lot of potential. 

And it did! 

All I did was cut off 14 inches, reattach the scalloped hem, and it was a completely different dress! 

It's so amazing what just a shorter hem (I didn't alter anything else!) can do! 

I can't wait to wear it with nude heels, a giant 1960s updo, some light pink lipstick, and a big smile! 

Thanks, Maman! :)

p.s. Here's a sneak peek at the other two dresses I inherited:

Both are beautiful blue silk dresses I can't wait to get my hands on! 

April 7, 2012

Scotland Run 10k

Before we ran the half marathon, Andrea and I signed up for a 10k a couple of weeks after the half, just to keep us on track.

It didn't really work--I've run maybe three or four times since the half--but we did get our butts out of bed this morning (although we almost didn't. I overslept and Andrea had to call me three times before I woke up and rushed down just in time) to run this fun and short--compared to our prior accomplishment--little race with a Scottish theme.

It was a 10k (6.2 miles) around the outside loop of Central Park. We ran a 9:36 minute pace (shaving 20 seconds per mile off our half marathon time), and finished in 59:27!

People were wearing tartan (lots of thrifted plaid school girl skirts, especially on the guy runners, oddly enough), there were bagpipers at every mile, and a fun Scottish band for the end of the race festivities.

And I tried a french toast flavored bagel for the first time--yum!

After the race we went to get coffee and delicious Italian doughnuts at Bomboloni (Columbus and west 68th st.), one of my favorite bakeries in New York.

And in our runner's high we just signed up for two more races--the Wall St. 5k on May 31 and the Portugal Day 5 mile Run on June 17--with the aim of running at least the 5k, if not both, at a 9:00 minute pace or less! 

April 5, 2012

Springtime in New York


There's nothing better than wandering down the streets this amazing city, under the warm spring sun, and seeing beautiful flowers around every corner. 

April 2, 2012

Wedding Bells!

Not for me!

(Don't worry maman, I haven't been hiding a secret fiancé under the covers!) 


Jennah, one of my best friends from high school, is getting married at the end of the summer!

And she's asked one of our other best friends, Annika--from Lilleput Studio, and me to help out with it!

We'll be making her dress (which I'm really excited about! I've always dreamed of sewing a wedding  dress), the wedding cake, and helping out with general decor and planning! 

I can't wait! 

April 1, 2012

Lobster Benedict Brunch

And the deliciousness continues...


Butter-sautéed lobster, poached eggs, and homemade Hollandaise sauce served over sesame toasts smeared with avocado, with a side of fresh strawberries tossed in sugar and Meyer lemon zest.