Archive | February, 2011

//the short version of the story

28 Feb

once upon a time there was a boy who met a girl. he didn’t like her when he first met her, for some no-named reason and though she probably found him attractive, she wasn’t especially impressed after being introduced to his pretentious comments. but from that day on, the two ended up sharing many mutual friends.

they were often in the same place at the same time. it came to the point where the boy asked the girl to talk on the phone one night, in order to become “better friends.” that first phone conversation turned into hundreds and then thousands of minutes of shared conversation. what blossomed was a best-friendship.

eventually the boy developed feelings for the girl. unfortunately she was in one of her longer relationships. but the time came when the boy admitted his feelings (it was her 21st birthday). she wasn’t too sure about her feelings for him, they were after all “just friends” and things were breaking up with that other relationship. for the next 4 months she went back and forth but could only see him as her best friend. that was, until… he kissed her. it was late on new years eve eve (yep two eve’s because it was december 30) and then on the more formally observed new years eve, the cat was out of the bag as their friends caught them kissing around midnight.

the boy and the girl ended up making things official. i think it would be fair to say they both thought this was a dream come true. until it wasn’t. things got really messy, really quick, as it so happens in relationships. after some really good times and some really bad times, it ended. they tried being friends but it’s true what they say, boys and girls are never just friends. give and take, back and forth, with external factors breaking in, things eventually spiraled into chaos and then nothingness. the boy and the girl not only lost a boyfriend/girlfriend but a best friend.

what followed is hard to say, because each experienced things so differently. they were after all, still a boy and a girl. she ended up moving on because that is all that made sense. and she was learning lots, about who she was and who she was supposed to be. she also entered into what seemed a fairly serious relationship, lasting a few months, during this time she did not communicate with the first boy they were strangers. a place the girl had never hoped for or imagined but necessary. according to him, the boy spent his time in isolation.  because of the rift in the boy and girl’s relationship he found himself separated from many of the mutual friends that he loved.  it took a while but the boy realized that this time of isolation was intended to strengthen him; to serve as that time in every boy’s life where he has to grow up.  he made sure to keep himself apprized on the happenings of the girl.  he learned to be excited for her from afar hoping but not waiting for a day when he could tell her that his love had never left, that she still was in fact ‘the girl’ in his eyes.

as fate would have it, the original two were reconciled. yet no longer just a boy and girl but a little more matured. they started hanging out again. the connection between the two, even with all the time apart, even now just as friends reacquainting, was undeniable. just as before there was something different when they got together, they connected on a different level. and it was nice.

summer came, they spent time together often until she was out of town for a month; and then, summer went. on the tail end of that season, after an evening happy hour together, she (the now more matured girl) realized in an instant she really did love him (definitely not a boy anymore but becoming a wonderful man). she thought lots, and talked lots with friends and those wiser than her, realizing the implications of what this could mean and overwhelmed by what was at stake. she took time to know for certain this was no fleeting feeling. turns out it wasn’t! and he, he still wanted to be with her, a real prince charming, and together they chose to give this romance another shot. one last shot.

as it turns out, that one last shot was worthwhile. because this last weekend he asked her to marry him and she, of course, said yes. and neither one will say happily ever after, but they will be best friends forever.


//never too old for a snow day

24 Feb

I don’t care how laughable my still-grass-poking-out-deep snow is, school IS cancelled! I suppose that is the beauty of being in public education (besides summer break of course); all of that great equalizer and closing the achievement gap hope seems to be secondary this morning. Last night I wanted a snow day so I could sleep in. This morning, I woke up to my alarm at 5:25 to go to my work out, looked outside and have been wide-eyed ever since. I’m just too excited.

My grandparents live about three and a half hours north (I know I should have used miles for this term of measurement, but I have no idea, okay?) and they’ve reported 17 inches! I will admit I am slightly jealous of that. My cherry on top would to know a near by frozen over lake to go ice skating on. Check out this brilliant winter ice skating party idea:

all photos by geneve hoffman featured on the sweetest occasion

This is such an incredibly simple idea, yet so magical. I am definitely going to have a cup of hot chocolate today!

//worth a thousand words

23 Feb

a very long-held dream of mine would be to have an immaculate library in my home. realistic goal projection? retirement. but who needs goals to dream? certainly not me. truth of the matter is, there are few things i love more than getting lost in a book. i could curl up and read for days before i needed to go find someone to talk to. welcome to the places i would gladly fall off the face of the planet for…

candida hofer

max and lauren







book lovers tumblr



22 Feb

One of my all time favorite stores, as is anyone’s who has stumbled upon it, is terrain. My excitement went through the roof today when I found this wonderful treasure in Pennsylvania, which is a Garden Center, Greenhouse Café, and offers Landscaping Services.

It’s like the anthropologie of ikeas, with what looks like an impeccable menu. Unfortunately for me, as I am reading the menu, I am SO hungry… I would probably order the  Housemade “Nutella” French toast or Branzino, white bean ragout, pancetta, cabbage, mint pesto. And definitely the artisanal cheese: Rogue Creamery Smokey Bleu, Shellbark Hollow Sharp Chevre, Cypress Grove HumboldtFog, Doe Run 7 Sisters, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, house-made preserves, honeycomb, crostinis. I can almost see my trainer’s smile now with the satisfaction that I’m nowhere near PA.

Instead, I will look at the outdoor spaces fondly and think of warmer seasons.

all images from terrain at Styers

from the café gallery

//el presidenté

21 Feb

“Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.” -George Washington [1974] I take for granted on a daily (probably minute-ly) basis of what it means to be an American citizen, to live in a free country that was fought for, paid for with a price of great sacrifice, steered by leaders whose vision had consequences on the line that determined my existence.

“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large; and, particularly, for their brethren who have served in the Geld; and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacifick temper of the mind, which were the characteristicks of the divine Author of our blessed religion ; without an humble imitation of whose example, in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” -Circular Letter to the Governours [1783].

Ryan Brenizer

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.” [1790]

Happy Birthday George Washington!

& thank you.

pottery barn


alexander mcqueen

olive manna

eryn brinie



Hope you enjoy  somewhat trivial finds in the grand scheme of America and Your Day Off (or your time and a half)!

//you’re the inspiration

18 Feb

Happy Friday weekenders! For your viewing pleasure, I give you my latest obsession. And by obsession I mean I may need to cancel my account because it is becoming an addiction. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard — a place where you can post collections of things you love, and “follow” collections created by people with great taste. I am someone who always saves images I find, prints them out, puts them into a scrapbook of things I love; now I am saving a whole bunch of time because this site stores things for me and allows me to find them later.

I introduce to you, pinterest. Here is a sneak peek at some of my boards, the things that inspire me. But viewer be warned, you too could develop a dependency.


17 Feb

Maps are such fun for decorating inspiration. My mom has wanted a map for a long time. LONG TIME. They can run fairly expensive, but I happen to find a sheet of paper (boutique papyrus wrapping) at a local market. So the six dollars which would have been a lot for wrapping a present, seemed cheap for wall art. I am going to find an ornate frame and make it gold, if it’s not already, for an old world feel. But I also love all of these ideas: hanging frame over a print, door windows, a lamp?! There are some really cool possibilities.


diy ideas|withtwocats|better homes and garden|martha stewart|simplesong


16 Feb

Remember when silver was really cool and the dominant metal in the fashion world? I can vaguely remember refusing to wear gold accessories. Now, that is a time I can barely comprehend; suppressed memories, if you will. Over recent years, now in this moment more than ever, I love the complete and perfect combo of things black and gold. Not too long ago I bought a gold ring with a little black onyx because it was on sale, but the size is far too big and every time I try to wear it I find myself disappointed. Today in the midst of disappointment, I am finding the strength to look forward, and lusting after these:

my first favorite by bario-neal

the beautiful bracelet watch by movado

incredibly unique double leaf black diamond by cathy waterman

very classy kat bone and black diamond by andrea fohrman

fun band black moghul diamond again by cathy waterman

splendid cat-eye sunglasses by gucci

//picture this

15 Feb

I love looking at pictures. I love taking pictures. Therefore I love cameras.

I would love to start a camera collection, I believe I am at 5, so perhaps I have already begun. And as my “collection” grows, I’d take pleasure in displaying them nicely.

things organized neatly

tim milideo photography

rob orchard

dear jack sundance,

this is for you.

with love.

//happy valentine’s day

14 Feb

So I was thinking about it, and even though I give Valentine’s day a lot of flack now days, I remember a time when I loved it. Elementary school. It was one of my favorite times of year, purely because I got to decorate my very own shoe box or paper bag. With that in mind, this year I wanted a simple way to tell those close to me I care. This is my twist on the box of chocolates or suckers for the modern Valentine.

This is a really cheap idea with most supplies being things you have lying around the house. I got the boxes at a craft store for 75¢ and the valentine style ribbon at the same store for $1. I used a gold paint pen to decorate the boxes with uncomplicated patterns. I would have maybe tried something more sophisticated but I was afraid the pen would die after I’ve used it all week on another project and getting carried away doodling because they’re so fun! I used tissue paper I had from home and cut wax paper into squares to line the boxes.

On the tops of the boxes, as well as the insides, I wrote some short & sweet messages personalized for each recipient. I used stamps and micron pens (which are amazing! unfortunately they can run between $15 and $20 at the store but I bought 2 packs, a black and a color on amazon for $8 or less)

Next, I went to my friendly neighborhood store to buy a variety of fillings in bulk. Everyone I had wanted to shop for has such different tastes. On the left, I got some peanut clusters and peanut butter malt balls and on the right, some dried sweetened cranberries and walnuts. Each box had something different (I spent around $20 for 5 boxes worth of fillings-with some left overs of course). It would be great to also use savory snacks. Now, you know when you go to a market/co-op type store and buy flowers, they wrap them for you in a sheet of brown paper and tissue? Well I always save those things, and for the “more perishable” foods, I used that tissue because it’s different in texture, waxier, I didn’t know how the regular tissue paper would hold up with foods like strawberries. 

and Violà! a small gift, for really any occasion or thank you.

//you’re so punny

11 Feb

Valentine’s Day is never a day I’ve taken too seriously. Yet cards and small gifts are always fun. This is one of the times of year (since it’s not a real holiday) to throw in a little mockery. Fact: I love a bad pun, or a silly play on words, or just plain cheesy cards. Especially when it’s done nice, screen-print or letterpress like. For your merriment:

from hello luckyfrom egg press

from michellebrusegaard

//over the mountain and through the woods, to lincoln center

10 Feb

Drumrollllllll please . . . . . . . .

Today officially commences fashion week. There is no where I’d rather be this week than NY. In weeks to come that destination will change to London, Paris, Milan. And while I’m dreaming, on this day, I would wear Elizabeth and James. I love how cohesive all the pieces are.

Photographs by Roderick Angle

My favorites include:


//summer lovin’

9 Feb

I know it is ages away. I know. And as unfortunate as that is, Anthropologie is really warming this season up with a great swimwear collection. These are my summer fantasies, secondary to the sunshine.

//la blogotheque: local natives

8 Feb

Local Natives | Who Knows Who Cares | A Take Away Show

The last amazing concert I attended belonged to Local Natives. A wonderful birthday present if I do say so myself (thanks Josh). They never let down, here featured on La Blogotheque :

La Blogotheque is one of my favorite websites of all time! Independent filmmaker, Vincent Moon from Paris, created a little revolution between cinema and music. When you visit La Blogotheque, you are sure to find one of your favorite bands, as they put on a show for the unsuspecting public. It’s quite a beautiful things, once people realize what is going on. Among my favorite moments captured are: Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s, Teagan and Sara, and Fleet Foxes. Be warned this is highly addicting. Oh and, a bit tricky, I have to rely on my much faded french to navigate me and piece the narrative together, but the beautiful part is, it doesn’t matter if you can’t read it.

Maybe wikipedia explains it best, “The sessions are usually two or three tracks filmed improvised in an unusual environment and as such they often had a rough and ready, demo-like feel, somewhere between a live performance and a finished music video. These live, unusually staged performances differ from the artifice of traditional music videos in favor of single-take, organic and primarily acoustic sessions.”

//wood you be mine

7 Feb

[wood]: the hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches. best used for the following…

large stained wood tags $6 from olive manna

wood grained pitcher $58 from terrain

ordinal dresser $998 from anthropologie

‘italian cypress’ by tom ford $190 from nordstrom

seascape stamp set $30 by yellow owl workshop

aviator sunglasses by alexander mcqueen $480 from nordstrom