Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
My friend, Heather, wrote me an email the other day wanting to know what kind of cake we're going to have at our wedding. Her interest in the sweets made me smile. I've never been asked such a specific question about the reception but honestly, it's the one question I would DEFINITELY want to know the answer to as well! I absolutely love dessert but I'm actually rather picky about what I like...'light' and 'fruity' is usually want I prefer.
Funny enough, when I was shopping at Zara this weekend I noticed a number of these slouchy jacket numbers. There were a few I liked, none as much as this one though.
The lovely young illustrator and designer, Anna Bond, who's designed the fans for our wedding, recently posted about a quirky and brilliant decorating decision she made with respect to a friend's wedding gift. She purchased a gift from her friend's registry on Crate & Barrel and while she adores the boxes that they package the gifts in, she felt that they just weren't festive enough. Instead of spending money on wrapping paper and other fancy trappings, she pulled out her sharpie and drew tracings of flowers all over the box. How smart right?
What a lovely weekend. Our engagement party was this past Saturday and oh what fun we had!! 4am dance party, wonderful friends and amazing food. I'll always have fond memories of the evening.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I used to own a book of the "Best of Blue Note Jazz Covers." Where did it go?! I loved that thing. Carried it with me through four years of college and it left Wooster in tact.
How does one get into the field of designing book covers? If I had artistic talent of this sort I think it would be a fascinating job, notwithstanding great challenges (i.e. pain-in-the-ass authors who have a 'vision' for their book cover).
If you have any thoughts on how one goes about doing such an awesome thing, I'd love to learn.
My CB2 magazine came in the mail two nights ago and boy was it good this time around! There were so many things that I loved - from patio furniture to vases to kitchenware. Most of all, I loved the tatami bamboo bed they featured in the "sleep" section.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I watched this short "behind-the-scenes" video on the New York Times' Caucus blog and loved it. The piece uncovers the meticulous planning that's required of the President's staff and the press prior to such a high profile event at the White House.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Uh oh. Trouble's brewing. Just came across Bird, a fashion boutique located in Park Slope in Brooklyn. It was voted Best Women's Boutique in New York City in New York Magazine in 2008 and yea, they have a great, if not pretty awesome, selection of clothing, accessories and jewelry that's *yay* available online as well.
I went shopping after work yesterday with my Mom. Desperately in need of something fun to wear out now that the weather's getting warmer I saw a number of sparkly mini dresses...far too short for my tastes, but fun to look at nonetheless. I want a cream-colored sparkly top to wear under a black tuxedo jacket. Wouldn't that look sharp?
So why am I posting her recent cover on Parisian Vogue? Because Carine Rotfield, Editor of the French edition of the magazine, does much better covers - in my humble opinion - than Anna Wintour does for American Vogue. They're more imaginary and evocative of a range of ideas, imagery and emotions than anything we ever see here. American Vogue loves a 'straight shoot' - a boring profile of a beautiful actress in an unoriginal background.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Rununculus - they look just as pretty as peonies, my first flower love, but they're more affordable. I bought a bundle of pink and yellow ones this weekend at Whole Foods to decorate my kitchen table. I'm thinking about incorporating them into my wedding bouquet now.
(Via Cannelle at Vanille)
Life hands you unexpected gifts. During my year in Namibia, I met and came to know an amazing woman, Stephanie, who is now a dear friend of mine. While we didn't live in the same town, nor teach the same classes or grades, we shared a bond through our trials and tribulations that we'll have for the rest of our lives.
Given that she's coming for a visit this weekend, Namibia has very much been on my mind this past week. I talked for what seemed like an hour straight after work on Friday with my fiance about my teaching experience in Odibo...likely killing the happy hour mood because I always end my walk down memory lane with a mixture of so many complicated emotions.
On a lighter note, due to Stephanie's prowess as a trip planner, she and I visited what must be one of the most untouched, spectacular places on Earth - Bulungula, South Africa. We stayed in one of ten available huts at the Bulungula Lodge, an eco-friendly backpackers paradise along the Eastern Cape that is 100% community-owned and operated. It looks exactly like it does in the pictures above and in the link to the lodge. It was breathtakingly beautiful and more peaceful than any other place I had ever been before.
Go there. You must.
Life gets a whole lot better when my Mom is in the kitchen whipping up a Saturday night dinner for our family. This weekend we were treated to Spanish chicken and rice, a twist on a Greek salad and her now famous lemon coconut cake, which is to die for without a doubt.
My Dad and fiance so desperately wanted seconds but decided that restraint was in order (why? I really have NO idea..I didn't hold back for a second trip!).
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sadly, I had no idea that my friend Jenna had the world's most perfect blog name until this week: L'ecume des Jours = "the froth of days". As she says in the header of her blog:
I lived in Odibo, Namibia - a village 1 km south of the Angolan border - for nearly one year. I taught high school geography and computer science to 8th-12th graders at a mission school. During apartheid, St. Mary's Odibo High School - where I taught - was the only secondary school in South Africa or Namibia to offer English language instruction to blacks.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"History always makes a sharp turn in Washington when a new American President takes the oath of office, and so it will once again on January 20, 2009. There will be new Cabinet members, a new Congress, a new foreign policy, a new style in the East Wing, new embarrassing relatives (if the past is any guide), and new first friends.
But many other things in the private world of the President of the United States will stay remarkably the same. The maids on the permanent White House housekeeping staff will make the presidential bed, just as they always have. The kitchen staff will still peel potatoes and scramble eggs. The gardeners will have planted 3,500 tulip bulbs to bloom in the Rose Garden in the spring."
It's been more than two years since Sparky's closed on 14th Street and was taken over by the wildly popular Cork. While I'm not a coffee drinker, you're likely familiar with my random musings of my deep love for chai lattes :) Now that I'm moving closer to the Columbia Heights metro where will I find a neighborhood joint to grab a croissant and a chai on a lazy Saturday AM? Looks like good news has come to the hood.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Wowzers. Now THAT dress is somethin' else isn't it? How did this not leak out earlier?!?! I would have thought that the press would have had a field day with this.
I received our wedding invitations in the mail over the weekend and we were so delighted with the results! If you haven't already browsed Etsy you are sadly missing out on an assortment of beautiful, handmade (and usually very affordable!) goods by artists from all over the world. If it hadn't been for my obsession with Etsy I never would have run across the fabulous studio we've collaborated with for our wedding materials.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I had to ween myself off of 20x200 after I found myself longing for nearly every photograph and painting I came across and following the loss of precious hours of sleep browsing the contents of its archives. It's tough to find high quality art for $20 anywhere so how can you blame my obsession?
This morning I allowed a little peek...hey, don't judge! Some women have the same affinity for shoes as I do for this site!
This painting by Jeff Lewis struck me as optimistic and playful - two things we need a bit more of in the tough times we're in.
Friday, March 13, 2009
A little fashion gossip for you: Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist and Garance Dore of Garance Dore are a couple! Talk about the two coolest fashion street photographers out there today. OMG...my mind is brewing with ideas for an otherworldly collaboration. Their fans (including yours' truly) will be waiting in anticipation, that's for sure!
The moodiness of March may continue to bring Washingtonians gray weather, but that never stops the joy of arriving at Friday after a long week.