March 28, 2013

Fancy Fabrics!

As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, my sewing machine is back from the shop!

In addition to the mint peplum outfit I'm currently undertaking:

I also went a little crazy and bough a crap load of fabric to make some fun work outfits!

With this gorgeous 1930s-inspired blouse pattern in mind:

I got two different kinds of chiffon -- a gorgeous dark forest green, and a shimmery coral:

As well as a black chiffon and a white and black polka dot charmeuse, with which I'll make two blouses with contrasting trim (one black with polka dot trim, and one polka dot with back trim).

Then I also got some fabric to make a couple of 1960s-inspired shift dresses.

This gorgeous teal wool gabardine (right) and a matching lining (left):

And a smoky olive green wool gabardine (right) with a matching lining (left):

Then, because they were on sale, I also got a gorgeous beige and white printed silk organza:

And this shimmery gold charmeuse:

Not sure what to make with those yet. I'm thinking maybe an architectural blouse with the organza and a swingy summer dress with the charmeuse, but I'm open to suggestions! Thoughts?

Can't wait to cut into all this gorgeous fabric and seriously jazz up my work wardrobe! 

March 25, 2013

A Fanciful Weekend With Paige!

This weekend my friend Paige came up from DC for a whirlwind 36-hour visit. 

As per usual, we had a bunch of places we wanted to eat, so we built the weekend around our culinary adventures through the city. 

Saturday morning we started at our usual Bomboloni, with Italian doughnuts and lattes. 

Raspberry, Nutella, and Lemon Paradise bomboloni.
Then we took ourselves to Brooklyn for a morning stroll through Brooklyn Flea, but we got off in Boerum Hill so that we could walk down Atlantic Ave and pop into all the cute shops and florists on the way. 

Boerum Hill metro mosaic.

Colored polka dot milk glass planter.
Brooklyn Flea, which in the summer is outside in Williamsburg, is indoors in the winter in the old bank building at Atlantic Pacific, in downtown Brooklyn. The old building has gorgeous vaulted ceilings and old windows. 

Then for lunch we went down to the basement to sample the best of Smorgasburg, a Brooklyn flea food market. Everything was so delicious! 

Lobster mac and cheese, a spicy tuna taco, a short rib taco, and ginger beers.

Then Saturday afternoon we met up with our friend Amy and walked around Park Slope, browsing vintage shops and eventually relaxing for a little mani pedi. Paige and I got complementary spring colors!

coral + mint

Then we went to the West Village for dinner, and as a result of having forgotten to make reservations at the place we wanted to go to, we ended up discovering a delightful little Italian bistro where we had some yummy seafood and wine. 

After dinner, as a pre-birthday celebration for Paige, we went to see Le Scandal Cabaret, New York's longest running Burlesque variety show. With a unicycle-riding juggler, a contortionist, and a bone fide Guiness Book of World Record sword swallower, we were in for an evening of solid entertainment!

The next morning we were back in the West Village, perusing our favorite bookstore before we met up with my roommate Kim for brunch at Bosie, our favorite tea parlor.

Then we took a leisurely walk back up to the subway, stopping in some shops on the way to see the pretty mint clothes.

We also discovered a new Swedish candy shop with all the prettiest cups and bowls! 

Then it was time for Paige to go to the airport, so we bid each other adieu and made plans for our next reunion in the Spring. 

March 19, 2013

Weekly(ish) Photo Essay: Central Park Under The Snow

On Saturday, the day before my race, I went for a short two mile run around the reservoir in Central Park. 

It was overcast, but it didn't start snowing until I left the house. 

Within minutes, everything was blanketed in giant white snowflakes. 

It was kind of annoying for a run--the snow kept getting in my eyes--but it was so beautiful.

I kept stopping around the reservoir to take photos.

The ducks were huddling together in the water.

Everything looked so magical. 

I'm so ready for spring, but if winter stays so lovely, I won't complain. 

March 18, 2013

NYC Half Marathon!

Yesterday was my second time running the NYC Half Marathon (and my third time running a half marathon ever) and it went super great! 

It's usually on St. Patty's day weekend (this year right on St. Patty's day) so green is definitely part of the style. Not sure why the walls look green though...

Two of my roommates, Shannon and Amber, and our friend Elizabeth all ran it with me. 

Shannon and I got lucky with the lottery and got into the race officially, while Amber and Elizabeth didn't, but decided to "rogue run" the race anyway. 

Shannon and Amber are training for a full marathon in Paris in April, so being already at mile 20 of their training, this 13-mile half wasn't a big deal, but it was still fun to have them!

We're so green! 

We got there at the ungodly hour of 7am when the sun was rising,

but as we waited to start it got more light, although not warmer; it was freezing! 

We started off with a 6-mile loop of Central Park and so by the time we ran down 7th Ave through Times Square my toes had defrosted and we were about halfway done.

My selfie skills, while running, are not excellent!

By the time we crossed over to the West Side Highway, the stretch between miles 8 and 13, the sky had cleared and it was a crisp, sunny, beautiful morning.

At 20k we crossed under into a tunnel for a little while, which was fun but also a little bit claustrophobic. 

When we came out of the tunnel we only had 800 meters to go, which I sprinted! 

I finished the race in 1 hour 58 minutes, which was 2 minutes less than my goal time and puts me squarely into a sub-two time! My average pace was exactly 9:00 minutes/mile!

That's a huge improvement from our time for last year's half, which was 2 hours 10 minutes, at a 9:56 pace. I shaved almost an entire minute off each mile! (Although last year our goal was to finish in less than 2 hours 30 minutes, so we beat our goal then, too!)

Yay for personal accomplishments!

Showing off our medals in the subway home.

Rocking a thermal cape on the walk home. 

When I got home and unloaded all my stuff it was like the race had vomited all over my bed! 

I wish I could pat myself on the back for a job well done and take a break, but I'm already a couple of weeks into my training for a 15k in April and the Brooklyn Half in May, both of which I'm running with Andrea, so I'll have to get back to it this week. 

And then we'll only have about 6 weeks off in May and June before our training for the NYC Marathon starts in July! Long runs are mostly on Saturday mornings, so we've effectively kissed my Friday nights on the town goodbye for the next nine months. 

It'll be tough, but I'm looking forward to it!